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.
justmeMN: "Some people have suggested to that Samsung tried its luck in the camera market but never completely committed to it." -DPR
(USA) It's safe to say that Samsung's marketing and advertising departments weren't committed to it. Outside of DPR, most people don't even know that Samsung makes (or made) cameras.
Huge Samsung photography kiosks in many Best Buys beg to differ... That they weren't successful in reaching an audience is another story, it did seem like they tried tho, marketing wise. Not that they couldn't have done much more, I think all the mirrorless makers have done a terrible job of marketing their advantages, on balance, but Samsung at least seemed like they were trying.
Han pulled the trigger first, just like Samsung when faced with an uncertain prospect!
justmeMN: DPR hasn't reviewed it yet, but the Canon G9 X looks interesting. It's apparently the smallest 1" sensor camera on the market, and it doesn't cost a fortune. (It looks to be genuinely pocketable, which would be convenient for travel.)
Yeah, much slimmer than an RX100, I'd been waiting for someone to pare down the features on a 1" compact and sell it for less, rather than the constant upwards price creep of the RX series. G9x ticks a lot of boxes for me, $450 is still a little rich for something I'll use sparingly (having two M4/3 bodies, including a tiny GM1), but it's a good value regardless... I'm picking one up the second the price drops further to replace my Panasonic LF1.
NAwlins Contrarian: With the exception of the Olympus, which is otherwise compromised for toughness, is there nothing to recommend that costs substantially less than $700? For many people, that's insane money for a fixed-lens travel camera. Some years back, in part based on DPReview's recommendation, I bought a Canon SX230 HS, mostly for my wife's everyday use. It was about $200 or $250, IIRC. It works well for her as a point-and-shoot, fits into many pockets (even in its Canon case), and had extensive manual controls when I want them (PASM, flash exposure compensation, manual focus, etc.). In short, it's a very satisfactory 'vacation camera' that rarely leaves me wishing for more. But maybe that sort of thing doesn't exist these days.
It exists, to an extent, but they're basically the same thing now as they were 3-5 years ago... That market had stagnated even before smartphones, which stuck the fork in it. The guide did recommend a Panasonic ZS, those should be <$350. If you don't need a large zoom, stretching the budget to a $450 G9x with a 1" sensor will yield a big leap in quality.
Anything under that is basically smartphone quality + zoom. Stuff like the Canon S series and Panasonic LF1 are slightly better and have brighter lenses, also <$350, but that's about it. I think it's a shame 1" sensors didn't become more commonplace before the P&S market got gutted so severely, it might've changed the market substantially.
alffastar: The fact that 12-32 and 35-100 are updated means that GM7 will have IS!
Or that people with those lenses might like to use them on the GX8...
Nomoreheroes: Where is the firmware for my GX7?
Your GX7 doesn't have dual IS...
Richard Franiec: I'm not sure how many different versions of Canon Powershot cameras with previous generation of RX100 sensor would take to equal the appeal (and sales success) of RX100MkIV, a single Sony camera in the segment?
In my mind, the "revolution" in Canon compact cameras started and ended with Powershot S90/ S95, two possibly most desirable and best balanced designs at the time. The following iterations were just mundane, killed with introduction of RX100.
It is sad to see the former undisputable leader in such state of confusion and impotence.
" The whole assortment makes absolutely no sense at all, especially because all the various iterations are all within spit distance of 1000 bucks. "
Uh, isn't the G7x priced at less than half that? And isn't it also smaller than any RX model? I'd call that pretty unique, I've been wishing for years Sony would make a slimmer/cheaper RX100 instead of pawning off the outgoing models as the budget option.
That being said, I can see how the other two Canon models do less to vindicate themselves and their price point.
Impulses: They ought to consider releasing the 90mm and maybe the 75mm in a MFT mount... I doubt there'd be much interest in the others given the faster native alternatives, but f2.4 primes at 150mm & 180mm EFLs would be pretty interesting for the right price... Basically pick up where the Sigma 60mm leaves off! Outside of Oly's 75mm f1.8 there isn't much else up until the upcoming 300mm f4.
The 75mm would have to be under $600 tho (preferable closer to $500), otherwise Oly's 75mm would eclipse it (it's often sold for $560 refurb IIRC).
They ought to consider releasing the 90mm and maybe the 75mm in a MFT mount... I doubt there'd be much interest in the others given the faster native alternatives, but f2.4 primes at 150mm & 180mm EFLs would be pretty interesting for the right price... Basically pick up where the Sigma 60mm leaves off! Outside of Oly's 75mm f1.8 there isn't much else up until the upcoming 300mm f4.
papa natas: Why is Apple always trailing on issues such as this one?After I've bought my Iphone5 for my wife I went to Best Buy and bought a MOPHIE battery case (99$) Since they had none at the Apple Store..It works wonderful!!
Anker makes some pretty good ones for half the price or less, Wirecutter's choice.