Suntan: I can only imagine the price overhead to get a slightly smaller enclosure (compared to any 2.5" based portable HDD.)
Not what I meant, they tend to command a premium and be more expensive per GB, usually the cost per GB is pretty linear but the top end consumer drive will often break that, such as with Samsung's largest SSD.
disasterpiece: Does it really have a 200-shot buffer, or it just manages to shoot 200 consecutive frames without slowing down when using a fast card?
I think that would be quite useful Rishi, Imaging Resource has already been doing something similar (tho it's more like fast & faster, testing with a decent UHS-I card & then a faster UHS-II to check if they support the faster bus spec)... I get the rationale around the end result is what matters, but it's very useful to know how much of a difference certain cards make as it can be dramatic... Particularly when you're bridging different bus specs, and manufactures are not always completely clear on which they support.
Love the colors, not typical of this kinda cityscape.
That's fair enough, but it should be pointed out what kinda card you'll need for that... My E-M5 II effectively has an infinite buffer at 5fps too, but it does require a decent UHS-II card, UHS-I won't cut it... They're still fairly inexpensive tho (paid <$60 for a 128GB Lexar 1000x a few months ago), dunno about XQD.
It's pretty sweet that card speeds and better controllers are starting to mitigate the need for huge buffers tho.
sleibson: This idea is DOA. You get inferior visual quality compared to HD or 4K. It costs a lot more. You need to send the film cartridge to someone for processing (try taking it to the corner drugstore). And who owns a Super8 projector any more?
What am I missing?
What experience would a student get? They aren't processing it or editing on analog, it's like most of the hassle without much of the actual experience/reward.
vscd: Before you judge... please note that even the latest Star Wars Film used film for some scenes, while the big blockbuster from Nolan or Tarantino used film nearly for everything. Even today. There are some specs on the Vision 3 based emulsions which outresolve any digital sensor, even today (-5/+5 lattitude, no highlight clipping). It's not for me, not for my neighbor or my aunt, but maybefor for new filmmakers out there. The work is harder, but driving an old car is not about efficiency or costs, it's about the thing the driving aka filming was all about. Long time before pixelpeeping and equivalencetrolling ;) I like the idea and still take pictures on film. Using the fullframe digicam for metering the light, only.
They're not filling on Super 8 tho... :p
If they price them no more than $50-75 over the cost of an 850 EVO they'd be interesting, otherwise we're back to the early days of external HDD where a BYOD enclosure + drive made more sense (and still does for some uses and users).
Also, 2TB SSD are more expensive per GB than smaller ones just because they're the largest consumer capacity commonly available... I'm sure street price of the 2 TB 850 EVO will fall to $600 this year tho, it not under that, it's already down to $700 on Amazon and camelcamelcamel shows it's been as low as $650 twice since August.
Had it launched earlier I'd probably bought one instead of my two 1TBs... Tho I really started with one then added the second one a couple months for more fast storage.
Err, actually, there's probably no price overhead on their end. A lot of 2.5" SSD are already half empty inside, and a lot of laptops with 256-1TB SSD have already moved to smaller form factors like M.2 which are more like the size of a pack of gum (I have an M.2 drive on my desktop as an OS drive for the speed, and 2x 1TB SATA SSD for other stuff). 2.5" was basically a vestige of the HDD days.
Only reason the 2.5" form factor might not fade away, ironically, is it makes more sense on high end workstations than M.2 or PCI-E (for thermal reasons, but the U.2 connector will likely replace SATA for fast storage).
Good 2.5" 1TB SSD were already damn close to $300 around six months ago when I bought 2x Samsung 850 EVO, if they're charging a lot more than that for the 1TB external it'll just be because of Type C and because they figure they can. You can always buy your own enclosure and drive if you don't need anything too fancy but still want the speed, tho Type C enclosures might still be hard to find (3.1 are common tho).
Mid April huh, let's see if they actually hit that in NA. Still leaves time for Oly to launch the 300mm f4 ahead of them...
Chaitanya S: Interesting addition to micro 4/3 finally this system is getting tele lenses.
Errr... You mean besides the 100-300mm, 75-300mm, 35-100mm f2.8, 45-150mm f2.8, the long litany of 45-150/175mm variants, 14-150mm and the 14-140mm? Or did you mean a higher grade of really long tele lenses? Because the system definitely wasn't lacking for more general tele zooms (long tele primes maybe, 60/75 & the upcoming 300 f4 being it).
sneakyracer: Im surprised the Batis 85mm edged out the Canon 11-24mm lens. The Canon is an amazing feat of lens design and manufacturing the Batis well, its a good lens but I would not call a f1.8 85mm lens groundbreaking or anything, and an expensive one at that. Guess it rode in the winner's circle thx to the Sony A7RII.
Agreed, evolutionary vs revolutionary IMO.
Boss of Sony: For me, the best product of the year was Panasonic's GX8. There are several reasons for this: ILC with IBIS and 4K video, first M4/3 with 20MP, eye level EVF (best EVF to date), smaller and lighter lenses than full-frame and APS-C, etc. I suppose the best product differs for each person.
By most accounts, the Leica SL has the best EVF out there right now (certainly the highest res), all those mentioned are pretty great and appear pretty darn large tho... However outside of 4K and 20MP (not a huge jump), the other things ascribed to the GX8 are shared by several other M4/3 bodies. Not putting it down mind you, I'd probably have one if it were a wee bit smaller and/or they'd built in an EFC. Oly always seems to get more love regardless what they do...
Combatmedic870: Sadly Sony won this year. Alot of good things coming out of Sony right now.
How is it sad? I don't own one bit of Sony gear but I still think they're pushing the market forward in interesting and effective ways... Not the least bit surprised the A7R II keeps surging ahead of the pack as more people vote (was closer earlier), I'm surprised the 11-24 isn't getting more recognition tho.
zw1975: Canon 11-24 is the most revolutionary, followed by Sony A7RII. I left the third slot blank.
Agreed, I don't own a single piece of either system but if you ask me those two are still the most revolutionary products on the list, by far... I still didn't leave the third spot blank tho. :p
Voted for an Oly product (can't help but be a homer), along with a Sony and a Canon as best of the year... In my mind, regardless of bias, the A7R II & 11-24 were a lot more REvolutionary than the rest of the preducts on the list, which while still fantastic were a lot more evolutionary.
gonzalu: Why is this still not implemented by default into every single camera by now? I mean seriously? I can get a FREE Android or iOS device that has FAR MORE functionality than a dSLR that costs hundreds or thousands... Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, LTE, full functioning software, apps galore, etc. etc. Why are cameras still hobbled ???
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Uh... That whole list of excuses is pretty much bs or only made sense 5+ years ago. Further, pretty much every mirrorless body released in the last year or two has ALL this functionality baked in; some do it better than others but they all provide some form of Wi-Fi remote control plus live view in addition to image transfer, geotagging, and intervalometer functionality. There's a reason you see these gadgets keep popping up for DSLR bodies mostly...
I use my bodies' Wi-Fi features constantly btw, never had it cause any sort of stability issues, and even my $300 mirrorless bodies featured said functionality.
Photography201: Now I see what a $3,000 point and shoot gets you.. $1,000 camera for $3,000 what a deal...
Evidently there is a market of buyers who do want a FF camera with a fixed lens for $3K, and more, not everyone wants or likes EXACTLY the same thing you do... Funny how that works.
Impulses: Han pulled the trigger first, just like Samsung when faced with an uncertain prospect!
Oh and Han didn't win, he got retcon'd by Lucas, i.e. succumbed to outside market forces. :p
Like I said tho, looking forward to the Samsung special editions or to seeing what Disney... Err, Nikon can do with them. ;)
Relax, I wasn't bashing Samsung, I genuinely hope all they've built and developed doesn't just vanish into thin air... It'd be a crying shame. However when they pull out of markets conspicuously and they let this kinda rampant speculation fester, there's invariably gonna be jokes.
Who knows, maybe the Nikon rumors pan out, maybe this time next year we're talking about the Revenge of the Korean. :p I always thought Samsung was something of a dark horse, the least amount of street cred but quite possibly the biggest marketing arm.
I thought they could've done what even Sony hasn't managed, in getting mirrorless into the limelight in the U.S., Samsung's marketing has moved mountains in other markets when they really set their mind to it... They did try to an extent, I've seen some pretty nice Samsung camera kiosks and displays in Best Buy...
That's more than I can say for pretty much every other mirrorless player. Sony's NEX booth still says NEX and has outdated models on display, or battery less models, and everyone else has a very minimal retail or big box presence.