Cane: Fact: Leica making digital cameras is like Patek Philippe making computer driven smart watches to compete with something like the Apple watch. The brand name carries the clout and the heritage, but what has made them mechanically great doesn't translate into electronics greatness. Leica, like Patek Philippe, isn't an electronics company. All the heritage in the world won't change that. And these types of camera are more than a lens and dial layout, they are sensors, circuit boards, hardware, software, etc. Like it or not, that's the truth about a modern day camera. Sure they can add a little old school pixie dust, but if you can't get the main ingredients right, the frosting can't make up for it.
Bottom line, Leica is not going to outdo the big electronics companies in designing electronics, no matter how many old German craftsman are hand making red dots. And the gap will continue to widen.
Exactly correct except that watches get into tens of thousands of dollars without any increase in utility. Leica has always done well with things they make and can control. When they need things like electronics they are at the mercy of whomever makes the stuff.
The current owners have poured money in and are happy with a boutique approach. Perfectly fine but comparisons strictly on utility or value for money don't apply. It's like trying to place a "value" on the Canon camera that comes with the designer handbag.
Also correct is that anything electronic will be obsolete in a year or two. No more buying an M4 with a Summicron and using the camera for 25 years.
PPierre: I think the 7th one is amazingly well thought: good atmosphere, good story, and a topic we never talk about/feel ashamed to talk about though it exists and is quite common. I like this kind of photos !
Waiting for for room service that will never come. Sigh.
Sdaniella: History being made!For the first time DXO Marks sensor 'rating' correlates more in line with actual IQ performance!for supposedly the exact same 'SONY' sensor (RX100/II/III)
but utilized by Canon, with REAL ISOs, not contrived fake Sony ISOs
its better processing that makes all the difference to better IQ, better NR, and a natural progression of noise as light gets less, and amped 'for real' (no fake pull processing to overcook blacks) when using progressively higher ISOs.
out performs RX100IIIhttp://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Canon-PowerShot-G7-X-review-Has-it-got-that-X-tra-something/Canon-PowerShot-G7-X-vs-Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-III-Competitive-performance
either this is an indictment that something was amiss with DXO's working basis, or its a Canon spec'd sensor even if mfr by Sony
looking at imaging-resources examplesCanon IQ surpasses all other 1" sensor systems at ISO 6400/12800
Oh dear. When DxO starts giving Canon high marks, that's like getting a stock tip from the Motley Fool. And it seemed like a nice camera.
Grickel: Bought the G7 X a week ago. I have had all 3 of the Sony RX100 models, but want a longer lens and low light capability in a tiny package. I've always liked the colors in Canon images. I thought the Canon would be perfect. Blurry images, shutter lag, very poor autofocus, and its clunkiness led to returning the thing today. Had high hopes. Maybe the G8 or the RX100 iv will get it right.
I'm sure the price will drop to $5 by tomorrow. With a $100 rebate.
Mike FL: "Misses focus too often for me, sending back., November 1, 2014"
Above is an review from amazon's user who is a "Verified Purchase".
BTW: I ONLY care [online] stores' reviews from "Verified Purchase", and most of respectable stores FLAG their reviews "Verified Purchase" or not.
There is another one from a "Verified Purchase", and " focus speed is lacking particularly in low light or fast moving subjects... Battery life is poor.". He did not return the camera yet...
There are total 8 reviews as today, and how many " "Verified Purchase"?:
- One "5 star" reviewer gets FREE G7X sample as amazon flagged
- Five reviewer are NOT "Verified Purchase"
- [Only] Two "Verified Purchase" out of eight. BUT Both users have AF issue as seem from above.
Again, there are ONLY two "Verified Purchase", BUT both have AF issue. One already returned the G7X, and the other user NOT yet ...
Of Course, we all know "...Battery life is poor..." as Canon indicated by itself already.
But what about verified purchasers? This would make sense, except that Amazon now collects sales tax throughout the US which can add close to 10% to a camera purchase.
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rybu: Does anyone know how many of the posters on these forums are Canon or Nikon employees? There's a lot of "pushing a message" from uninformed people here.
They have better things to do, especially today.
Hey, any publicity is good. But the astounding number of photography experts and pros just proves it ain't neurosurgery. Some of the computer software comes close to the complexity of neurosurgery but the rest of it, no.
Prairie Pal: If all manufacturers put grips on every model that we thought needed it, then they effectively REDUCE our options to ONE. On the other hand, leaving enough real estate for third parties to design a grip increases our options to TWO; grip or no trip (or more depending how many different grip designs are spawned.Omitting a nicely designed grip may also be the makers' way of crippling the model in some way to avoid customers becoming so enamored with it that they refuse to budget up to the next camera level. The money is in the upsell.
It's surprising there aren't more OEM grips as they are pure profit. And that's for all concerned. When I sold my Minolta CLEs and Olympus OM-4T, the grips, which were scarce, were worth a surprising amount of money.
radissimo: There are many excellent camera accessories made every month, but I can't understand why Richard Franiec is DPReview protégé with an DPR announcement almost every-time he makes a new grip.
People know about his products, it's great stuff, but why this publicity?
What harm does announcing the availability of a product do? And Richard is just a nice guy, not some mega company with superstar endorsers giving them publicity.
marc petzold: Richard Franiec does a great job with his custom grips, users of the specific camera model should be thankful. i've bought during the past 2 years 3 custom grips from Richard, for my Sigma DP1s, DP2s, and also the Merrill DP2M.
The haptics of my Sigmas really improved because of Richards custom grip for that.
If you say 35 bucks is too expensive for a well-made, CNC-machined custom grip, you should really look for a cheaper hobby..collecting beer coaster, mustard jars or something else...because it's totally worth it.
For instance, the cheap 15 bucks Sony RX100 series grip is really crap, and make out of cheap material, neither CNC-machined nor aluminium. I'd never buy this, if i'd own a RX100 series digicam.
Well said. Photography has always been expensive and (in general) the cheap stuff is lousy. Richard manages to make a really quality product and deliver it so fast he can keep up with Canon's product deliveries.
I almost pulled the trigger but then I noticed the Halliburton case is one of the cheaper ones, with the latches on the surface instead of recessed and flush with the case. Typical DPR reader who finds fault with everything.
If it was a little more affordable I'd get one to put next to my Nikkorex 43-86.
ogl: All weather APS-C fixed wide-angle lens compact camera will be the hit.
Dimit is correct. The only drawback to the Coolpix A was the price. The Ricoh is still a little nicer but at least now you don't pay extra for Nikon. They both produce beautiful images and who knows how many Nikon could have sold at the current price.
PhotoKhan: Discriminating between "pros" and amateurs is one big, huge blunder.Now you'll have high-end enthusiasts mad at you.
If you HAD to start this way on account of limited resources, just let customers know that, something in the lines of "a wider scope of users will reached in the next step of this service...".
All you had to was look at how CPS does. It's all based on equipment owned, not business cards.
It's about getting endorsements from well-known photographers in exchange for free publicity and very long-term loans of equipment. Obviously, Sony needs this more than Nikon or Canon. Better service is great but that's not the purpose.
It looks like you unwrap it and there's chocolate inside.
(Not shown) The camera also includes a sturdy table tripod, 25 sheets of lens cleaning tissue, a blower brush, a Aetna Rokunar skylight filter and a roll of GAF 400.
Ken Phillips: How is this NOT property of the citizens of the USA? Was it merely lent by Hassy, and then changed hands a few time? Curious minds want to know.
Ken Rockwell bought it through Shutterbug Ads some years ago.
Very good for a sensor this size. Of course the light is helping and when the sun comes out in Seattle, the light can really punch things up.
Definitely worthy of a movie. Exploration, survival & naughty penguins. I hear Hollywood knocking.