Marty4650: Lets put this into context.
The gear heads voted and decided that Sony is the most innovative and interesting camera maker. And they deserve this honor because they boldly keep pushing the envelope.
Unfortunately, this has absolutely nothing to do with sales, profitability or market share.
But the customers have also voted (with their dollars at Walmart and Target), and this year's camera of the year honors go once again to the Canon Digital Rebel and the Apple iPhone.
Sure - but isn't it a bit off-topic? We're talking about the best products here, not the best selling ones. It's hardly a surprise that the two categories only happen to overlap sometimes.
Hassy must have really big shelves for all these overpriced, unsold, then massively discounted cameras. Seen their crazy B&H offers on their wooden grip RX100s and revamped A99s?
j900: Calling this thing a lifesaver for the a-mount is a looooooooong shot. Sony has given up on attracting switchers and caters for the existing a-mounters only. But even the a-mounters are underwhelmed (and rightly so), and may skip the camera.
A-mount will have more years left if we see an A99mkII, and a metal mount one, please.
I fully agree that E is a different mount, but it has a few things that we have learnt to love with Sony, like EVF, IBIS, usable video AF. These are the things that have prevented me from moving on to another mount. Currently the only other full-frame, IBIS option is pentax and is not even on the market yet.
Sony will probably bring on a better, mirrorless LA-EA4 with screwdrive PDAF someday. Then kill the A-mount for good. The question is when. I'd say this will come sooner if they choose not to update the 99.
Calling this thing a lifesaver for the a-mount is a looooooooong shot. Sony has given up on attracting switchers and caters for the existing a-mounters only. But even the a-mounters are underwhelmed (and rightly so), and may skip the camera.
Franka T.L.: is this et. classiqueof product really viable any more. there need to be some reasonibg through and some re boot to this class of products and not just Sony.
I think you should turn autocomplete off on your smartphone
dwill23: Everyone is bashing Canon sensors. Saying it's bad, or they need to fit it, etc etc.
CANON HAS AMAZING SENSORS. Just because Sony's for the last few years are a bit better does not mean Canon is having sensor issues. Their latest sensors are the best ones they've ever made. Everyone would want them if Sony didn't come up with something a bit better.
In other words, as good as Canon's best cameras were, the newest ones are even better.
It would be completely different if their sensors have gotten worse, but they are only getting better.
Trust me, I'd love it if they jumped in bed with Sony (like Nikon and everyone else) if they can't make senors as good, but lets just be reasonable.
CANON HAS AMAZING SENSORS
That statement is soooo 2006.
Two things here stand out compared to A7rM2: The variable OLPF and the 35/2 Zeiss.
The variable OLPF will most probably find its way to the next iteration of the A7R, but that Zeiss 35/2 in E-mount... who knows?
j900: Funny discussion on the adobe blogs:
hogarty: I promise I will listen now!user: why did you remove the auto-eject after import?hogarty: because we have in-software analytics that told us so.
So basically they commit to listening, but not to users - to their in-software analytics. Way to go Adobe.
Now that personal computing has become mature in pretty much every respect, I sense a growing and general trend of software actually getting WORSE over time - google maps 7, keynote 6, and now even lightroom! Is that so difficult to keep old features in a sort of legacy mode?
@dr8: spot on!
On the same blog there was someone saying that auto-eject after import was not much used simply because it was so hard to find, and that everyone who found it used it! In-software analytics are just as prone to errors as any other statistical tool that does not properly sample the possibility space.
Funny discussion on the adobe blogs:
mpgxsvcd: I didn’t always 100% agree with Dpreview’s first place selections. However, their top two selections always coincided with the two products I would have put at the top of each category.
The one very important thing I learned from this article is that Canon can still make some wonderful lenses. The same cannot be said for their camera bodies.
My point about AF was more about the fact that it can PDAF with A-mount and many other third-party DSLR lenses than about its intrinsic performance (though the Eye-AF appears to work very very well). To me it's always been the game-changing point, but to be fair I haven't tried it myself (not rich enough :-).
For the rest I agree that the A7 line has way to go as regards ergonomics and ironing out the little quirks and mostly BATTERY LIFE, but each Sony step is easily worth 2 or 3 Canikon steps these days. Bring on the DSLR-sized A9!
Sony's tech advance over Canon is now a bit more than sensors - cross-brand AF, in-body stab, 4k video come to mind.
Canon apparently thinks more pixels is the future
They should think again.
j900: The press release forgets to mention that it comes with a scanner for posting your prints to social media.
that was a joke of course
The press release forgets to mention that it comes with a scanner for posting your prints to social media.
I think there is not one Rishi Sanyal but several ones. Proof: so much bitching around here (a good portion of 0.5k comments) and a response for each.
Ruy Penalva: Keep on Canon/Nikon realm. Most predictable. More realistic. More ergonomic. More lens available. More design. More secret to be revealed. The game is only beginning. Sony disappeared in every field it tried to be a leader, from sound to TV screen passing by cell phone. Would it be successful in photography? How long it will endure the competition before having the tongue out of the mouth?
please note that asking for your sources will never be a "cliché". Conversely, the geeky rudeness/self satisfaction such as that you're showing will, unfortunately, continue to remain a cliché.
@Ruy Penalva and @oselimg: mind to share your source regarding the unsuccesses of sony? your statements, not mine, so your burden of proof, not mine.
@Ruy Penalva: From what I know their xperia phone line is quite successful. This same old betamax comment is less and less convincing with every rehash.
At risk of playing the self-satisfied froggie, I'm quite happy that at least one company in my beloved country of croissants and pains au chocolat is able to do high-end electronics.