Objective of the article is good, but maybe content is lacking. A $100 piece of equipment might be very cheap for some but might be expensive for others and also depending on its purpose, quality of photos, and it's capability. It should be properly categorized like categorizing the the entry level, mid, and full frame or high end dSLR.
I'm interested on aerial photography using quadcopters and was looking at DJI Phantom as entry level investment. I guess the content of the article or the quality of the output (photos and videos) of the products mentioned are not in a level of what we can expect from a photo or video enthusiast people.
Maybe it would be best to define what is the target output quality, then categorized its capability before comparing it's prices and avoid title such as "cheap" because it is very subjective.
mgblack74: I wonder if Fuji will sue for trade infringement like Nikon is doing to Polaroid
Nope, they are partners and probably sharing design and technology. Consumer wins. Take a look at GX7 and this GM1, it's heavily inspired by Fuji.
Deleted78792: Great job by Panasonic on the body. Imagine how much smaller the lens could have been if they opted to go the fixed lens route. The lens would have been retractable inside the camera body, the mount space could have been saved, and sensor to lens distance could have been reduced... all to result in a much closer form factor in lens- collapsed state to RX100. Then it would have been pocketable, and potentially an RX100 killer.
Why are M43 manufacturers so averse to making a fixed lens camera? Surely the RX100 makes profits and so could a fixed lens M43 camera. They already have so many camera models with mounts for those who want interchangeable lenses. Panasonic missed this opportunity to provide a pocketable larger-sensor fixed lens camera. Half measures.
I guess Panasonic strategy is not to beat the RX100 but trying to create a new market. Sorry if the RX100 is the collateral damage on the competition.
kahren: They should have a collapsible ~20mm f1.7 built in, as an actual pocket-able camera with great iq for enthusiasts. I think that way they can really have it as slim as the rx100 which is already on a hefty side for a loose jean pocket. AND if it has an evf like the LF1 and a tilt screen it will sell like crazy!I really don't see why anyone would buy this over a nex 3n with 16-50mm that goes around $330-350 on sale. Does the slight size difference really matter when you still can't fit it in a pocket?
Small and light is the selling point of this camera over NEX. Yes, you may forgive the slight size difference, but the weight makes a lot of difference especially when you add-on extra lenses that you wanted to bring. If you're an outdoor photographer doing lot's of hiking, mountain biking, etc, weight really matters.
Ausphoto2011: Yeah sure, its a good looking small powerful camera. But at the end of the day you're still stuck with a terrible crop factor even worse than the BMCC. Goodbye Wide angle shots... you can forget it with this. However, Still intrigued to how the video will look from it.
"Now if they'll only show us where the SD card goes. It doesn't show in the schematics on their site."
It's on the battery compartment door.http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicpocketcinemacamera/design
peter xyz: Great article.Just two comments:- I hope it will be a "living" article, i.e. it gets updated by the authors with new learnings / tips from the DPReview readers community (eg. with the often excellent tips or corrections made on the m4/3 Forum here on the site)- A versioning (or mention the "updated on" date) of the article would be a nice addition in that case
Thanks a lot !
I agree on this one. I'm about to comment the same thing, but I saw this post. The new findings from the user would help this document a very powerful guide. For example, there's a lot of new user asking if photos can be displayed on the rear screen after the shot. The default Review Time set is 0.5sec which is some of the users are not noticing it and always end up pressing the "play" button.
On more thing I notice is that the default level gauge is way off and you need to re-calibrate it.
Iso1975: The only flaw I see so far is only having 4:3 aspect ratio instead of also having 3:2, which is the common ratio for photo printing. This will make many people crop their pictures everytime they want to print them. For me this is a major disapointment. Nevertheless this is a beautiful camera (in silver) and every time I see it I desire it more and more!!
It's a multi-aspect ratio and that includes 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1.
645D: Just checked the in-depth reviews, the 3 most popular picks of this group: G12, LX5, and EX1 all have the same magic score of 73%. Pure coincidence?
Olymps XZ-1 has the highest score at 74% but not in any of the picks. Consistencies?
RestyF: I'm just wondering if this kind of corporate mess has something to do with this site as a camera review and information site. This is Olympus as a whole and camera division is just a part of Olympus corporation. If Sony, Nikon and Canon has some corporate problems, how far will DPReview dig into it? Most of the corporations have their own corporate problems, will DPReview care to write articles on those problems?
@CarlPH, I'm not downplaying the issue, my point is that this site focuses on photography reviews and information as the banner itself says "Digital Photography Reviews". While they can add up relevant news about photography, this kind of articles for me is in the wrong track as what the site's vision is trying to go.
I'm just wondering if this kind of corporate mess has something to do with this site as a camera review and information site. This is Olympus as a whole and camera division is just a part of Olympus corporation. If Sony, Nikon and Canon has some corporate problems, how far will DPReview dig into it? Most of the corporations have their own corporate problems, will DPReview care to write articles on those problems?
Jogger: Sounds more like another paid advertisement for Apple.
When somebody posted an article about iPhone, it's always been commented that it's a paid advertisement. Even some of the people who's commenting in favor of Apple accused of being paid by Apple. But when somebody posted a review on other devices, did Apple user accused you of being a paid advertisement by whatsoever company it is? Let's respect everyone's opinion here.
pjsalty: What is the function of the projector? To project images onto a wall or screen?
Is anyone really going to blow a bunch of cash on accessories for a camera with a 1" sensor? I'll be very interested to hear what the iq is before I leave my m4/3 cameras.
The lens is bigger than Olympus m4/3 format due to its in-lens stabilization. They should put the image stabilization on the body.
justmeMN: The press release states "The new 12.3 megapixel sensor is the same size as those used in pro quality DSLRs." What "pro quality DSLR" uses a Micro Four Thirds sized sensor? Big liars...
How can you say a sub-standard-sized sensor? and what is your guidelines to be a standard? 4/3 sensor are built from the ground-up and developed/optimized with digital in mind.
Being a small marketshare doesn't mean they don't have pro quality dSLR. Are you saying only Nikon and Canon has pro quality dSLR? How about Leica, Sony, Pentax, etc.
NZ Scott: Built in EVF, articulated screen, big fat rear control dial - this is what the E-P3 should have been.
I admire the built-in EVF, but E-P3 has touch screen with touch-shutter and has 2 control dials. E-P3 still the winner.
@PhoqueI am looking at the whole sensor technology as a package here, the vast improvements in AF alone is a major success for the sensor technology and the system itself. This is not a minor-modification as what you mentioned ealier. These obvious improvements is not just in a marketing sense because it clearly performs in the actual and practical use.
bloodnok: according to olympus, the pen ep3 *has* a new sensor, albeit still 12mpx. so why does your in-depth review slag them for its "ageing sensor"?
It's a new sensor, how can they achieve fastest autofocus if this is an ageing sensor, how can they achieved improved image quality compared to older models, how can they achieve better video compare to older models? etc etc. I don't get why dpreview tag them as ageing sensor.
Mark Alan Thomas: When I click a link to a review on the homepage it shouldn’t open a page with another link I need to click to take me to the review. iT SHOULD TAKE ME TO THE REVIEW.
As temporary remedy, you can use Safari and activate the Reader function. It will be converted to a reflowed text in white background and easier to read.