Ian: I was looking for something similar for my Nexus 5 and found the tiny Meenova drive that plugs into a micro USB port and reads microSD cards. Sure, you have to shoot with an adapter for most cameras, but if you have a camera with multiple slots, like my 5DIII, you can copy it to the (micro)SD card and then plug it in your phone. For $15 with shipping, it's a good deal, and C-Net and others have given it good reviews. DPReview Connect might consider reviewing it - and I can follow up on this post once mine arrives.
I've got one of those, works perfectly fine, very clever and very small, though ironically it's a little bigger than the smallest microSD readers for full size USB ports (those can get away with putting the card inside the actual male plug, so they're literally the size of a male USB plug plus a little edge).
I don't really use it for anything related to my camera though, mostly for quickly moving stuff between tablet/phone etc. Since I prefer to use my full size SD cards on my camera I'll just use a regular USB SD reader (thumb drive sized) and a 3" USB OTG cable... That is, if I don't simply use my camera's wifi.
The OTG dongle + reader is useful for quick backups to the tablet tho (or to another drive), and less battery intensive. Having all these options, I can't see myself ever going back to iOS, though this is like the tip of the iceberg as far as that's concerned.
Impulses: Why didn't the E-PL5 make the list? Four or five other brands got two models featured... I'm just curious really, no skin in the game. I've got a GF6 myself (though the choice was between it and the Oly, for the newer sensor). Nice roundup, dizzying array of good options really.
Is the E-PL5 really that reliant on the touchscreen? Somehow I doubt it but it's been a while since I read the reviews... I can adjust anything on my GF6 without ever touching the screen, if I wanted to (the screen is just quicker for certain things), and Panasonic usually has a more full featured touch UI. Pressing up on the rear dial lets you change between shutter and aperture for example...
Why didn't the E-PL5 make the list? Four or five other brands got two models featured... I'm just curious really, no skin in the game. I've got a GF6 myself (though the choice was between it and the Oly, for the newer sensor). Nice roundup, dizzying array of good options really.
mad marty: Entry level cameras should be cheap and two of the winners are just damn expensive. The Samsung NX1100 and the Nex-3n are real entry level cameras with under 300 Euro.I would never recommend a camera which costs twice as much to a beginner. That's just no entry level.
I think what Revenant is saying makes sense, although they did pick a best in class + a value winner in some of the other roundups... (EM5 + G6, RX100 + S120) I guess the Nikon could be viewed as the value pick here, although it's probably not the strongest pick if action shots aren't the top priority.
A value pick in addition to the Fuji instead of singling out the GM1 for it's size might've made sense, it's size advantage is rather obvious anyway... Could've just left it as a honorable mention or whatever (along with the Nikon). I guess people just want more structure to these things.
I kinda like how the roundups took shape as is though, specially if it makes it easier to update them later (more rigid categories, price limits, etc would make it harder to recommend or highlight new and different models, i.e. something like the GM1).
keeponkeepingon: Wow. Y'all need to fire your "fact checker".
The LF1 has a Q.menu
c labs noted:
"Q.Menu system which allows you to adjust exposure compensation, Step Zoom, aspect ratio, resolution, sensitivity, white balance, AF mode, movie quality and monitor brightness using either the front or rear dials. "
And your own picture shows the Q.menu button on the lower right:http://www.dpreview.com/files/news/9157282048/LF1_F3-7001.jpeg
It makes me wonder if you actually spent much time with the LF1?
So your major gripe then would be a lack of exposure flash compensation? For a point and shoot (to me) that's not really a big deal.
Good stuff, thanks for going back to it to check.
The S120 does feature a usefully wider FL of 24mm, and starts off marginally brighter.
The S120 does offer a wide degree of customization for it's JPEG output, judging by the forums that's indispensable to some... The LF1 lacks any fine JPEG output settings, so it's RAW or take the JPEGs as they are.
The S120 also feel slightly better built, more densely packed and more metal, though that may not mean much in light of past issues with their lens retract mechanism on the S110...
LF1 has a larger aperture thru it's range and faster max shutter.
Flash exposure compensation aside, I'm curious what other indispensable features are found to be missing from the LF1... On paper it seems mostly on par with the S120, if not slightly ahead depending on preference.
The EVF is mediocre sure, but it's still usable and better than not having one (i.e. every other camera in the roundup). The S120 has a touchscreen but the LF1 has remote control over Wifi, longer reach, sweep panoramas, and more burst modes.
phazelag: I think someone looking at my Gallery of LF1 shots, might question the review o the LF1. Specs dont make an image, and this camera made these.
Maybe he meant the Q.menu isn't customizable? (it isn't, mildly disappointing) It's certainly there and accounted for though.
Mr Justice Cocklecarrot: Curious that the Panasonic LF1 is overlooked. It's an LX7 with a longer but slower lens, but with a EVF.And it has the same 1/1.7 sensor.
Currently top of my Christmas list.
This wasn't a pocket camera roundup, smallest one is the RX100 and the rest are mostly not gonna fit into your pant's pocket... They already mentioned the LF1 will be in their advanced pocket cam roundup, along with the likes of the S120, P3300, possibly the RX100 again, etc.
KariIceland: This is filth at its worst, SHAME on you connect, you have become pure filth doing this article. Filth is what you post & filth is what you are.
It's silly and pointless, I'd even give you irreverent on some of them... But filthy sounds a bit much.
Rob Sims: Should the title of this particular article really have been "Small but serious" when the two recommendations were by far largest and heaviest cameras (400g / 390g) in the group, despite having the smallest sensors?
(And before the hordes of m43 users come screaming in rubbishing every other sensor size, I don't disagree with either recommendations, just perhaps the title of the article)
I don't disagree with you, it's kinda curious that M43 being the smaller sensor actually has more large bodies as it's high end options... You could say Sony's trying not to overlap with their other lines (A3000 notwithstanding), Fuji and Samsung made conscious decisions to go another way tho.
Some might view this as an advantage though, the same system can span from GM1 to E-M5 to GH3 sized bodies... And lens size is worth factoring in too, the latest Pana 14-42 II kit zoom is tiny and doesn't even extend more than a few millimeters, plus the number of available pancakes etc.
Fuji's primes and the extra lens Fn on Samsung lenses are pretty enviable too tho. This is a pretty hotly contested and quickly evolving category!
Impulses: I'm kinda surprised that they gave the nod to two M43 models (queue the NEX/X-series/NX fan complaints!), gave the G6 the value nod, and simultaneously made little mention of M43's lens selection... You'd think if nothing else that'd be one of the big reasons to favor M43. I'm sure even the M43 camp will have a PO'd contingent though (queue the GX7 fan complaints!). :p
Is there a G6 review still coming btw? Just curious... The entry level roundup should be equally interesting, big potential price spread there too.
I'm kinda surprised that they gave the nod to two M43 models (queue the NEX/X-series/NX fan complaints!), gave the G6 the value nod, and simultaneously made little mention of M43's lens selection... You'd think if nothing else that'd be one of the big reasons to favor M43. I'm sure even the M43 camp will have a PO'd contingent though (queue the GX7 fan complaints!). :p
pixelpushing: The omission of the NX300 in the company of all these mirrorless models seems odd.
It costs 1/2 to 1/3 as much as any of these and it's smaller than all... It doesn't belong in this category,it belongs in the mid range mirrorless category. I'm sure that category will be heavily contested, maybe even more so than this one.
HappyVan: What about lens selection? EM1 may be the favour of the day. But, APSC lens selection for DSLR is way better.
For example, Sigma 18-35 1.8 matches DOF control of FF. What is the EM1 equivalent?
The size and selection of MFT lenses was actually what pushed me to get my first ILC... Shame they get so little publicity, I had no clue how versatile they were until I started researching.
Impulses: Is there a formatting error on the mobile site or something? The line that reads:
" However, even without taking that step, these enthusiast models offer until recently undreamt of image quality in a more compact package "
Shows up at the start of the last paragraph, when I'm pretty sure it's meant to go at the end of said pantagraph (contextually).
Cool, got owned by auto correct while pointing that out too hah (not even sure what a pantagraph is...). That isn't the first time I see an out of place pull quote on the mobile site btw, using stock Android browser if it helps any.
white shadow: What happen to the Canon 1DX, 1DC, 5D Mk3, Nikon D800E, D610, Phase One, Hasselblad and Leica S2 category?
I am sure there are potential photographers out there who are interested to consider them.
Shouldn't they be included in Camera Roundup 2013?
On the lower end, what about the best point and shoot camera for 2013? Can we say the Canon IXUS 255 HS gives the best image quality for the price? There are still quite a lot of people who want to buy just that, something which will cost about $200.
The way the market's turning seems to contradict your statement (that a lot of people still want to buy $200 P&S)... And DPR hasn't reviewed very many of those lately, outside of the one roundup they did on water/shock proof models. There's probably no such category due to a combination of those two factors.
onlooker: I am not following the logic of the categories. On the one hand we have "enthusiast" category, on the other "mirrorless". Are these mutually exclusive? Since EM1 did well, apparently not.
Also, will GH3 make it into any of them? It's not really small, so presumably not into the "Small, but serious". It did not make it into the current one, must not be for enthusiasts. Where will G6 be? Or will it be shunned like it has so far?
You're probably right Revenant, took me a minute (and several posts!) to arrive at the same conclusion but I got there, heh. Looks like the GH3 was retroactively included as well. To answer the other question I posed, I'm glad they're adding some models that haven't been fully reviewed.
Mid range mirrorless and DSLR categories are probably gonna be heavily contested/critiqued but that's par for the course... I'msurprised they broke off an entry level mirrorless category though, since they haven't had nearly as many reviews in that realm lately.
It does present a good question though, is the GM1 entry level cause of size/controls or mid range cause of price? I'm sure there's other equally nebulous examples.
jcmarfilph: Id rather buy a decent compact this holiday season and forget the miseries and nightmares of shooting with a mobile phone.
A number of the gift ideas presented are viable even for compact camera users (heck even for compact mirrorless models)... Gotta wonder why you're even reading an article tagged Connect if you aren't interested in shooting with smartphones though, assuming you're reading it and aren't just trolling that is.
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