Alvar: Great zoom range but pretty disappointing aperture. With a max F3.4 you can't do pretty much anything in low light. That's why people move on to larger sensor cameras, I've tried once to take fast action pics in low light with a similar Canon zoom, how clueless I was, you can do nothing with it.
With so many generations of cams and in 2013, you'd guess they at least be at F1.8, ideally at F1.4 or better. With such small and noisy sensors these cameras are useless and the slow lens doesn't make it better.
Faster lenses in compacts/small sensor cameras should be next hot thing brands should be competing for.
Why have such a big zoom when you can't use it past 6 PM?
You're right but obviously that glass is of better quality than a superzoom one. If any camera maker can make folded zooms, Sony translucent mirrors, some hybrid AF, etc, why can't they work on faster lenses?
I mean the generation before this camera had a an F2.7 lens, why step back almost a full stop with an F3.4? Probably this generation should have been an F2.
What I'm saying is that I'm sure there are ways to design faster lenses for compacts but there is not an interesting to do that in the first place 'cause mostly everyone overlooks that. They're squeezing 20X zooms in little compacts. If there was an interest in developing that technology, it wouldn't be so hard to have compacts with lenses like that. As it isn't hard to watch a cinema 35mm sized sensor in a DSLR.
Great zoom range but pretty disappointing aperture. With a max F3.4 you can't do pretty much anything in low light. That's why people move on to larger sensor cameras, I've tried once to take fast action pics in low light with a similar Canon zoom, how clueless I was, you can do nothing with it.
drbird: Certainly a nice camera....Just take it out in the cold (-26°C - 32°C) on day two both camera were still working perfect just both displays were unusable...the EVF went black/grey the rear LCD was black. This was the same with the 5DMK III but at least we could still use the OVF. This and the delay of the EVF for birds in flight or other action shots were seeing what you capture is important just makes it a no go for me. btw the displays came back to live when we got down from the mountains ...another drawback was that the camera was just eating batteries in the cold about 5-8 times more than equivalent cameras with OVF. Sure the camera is fine for many things but I pray that the OVF will stay with us for a long time to come.
Shamael is right, but it'd be great if the A99 could work at those extreme temperatures.
What I also find that doesn't make sense on this otherwise great cam is that why one of the greatest features of this, Phase AF in live view, doesn't work in manual exposure for video.
That's a bummer!
Checked the review and everything looks nice, except the lack of mic jack, but the camera is literally dying at ISO 800, companies really understimate the customer, change the sensor ASAP.
Yeah, I never understood why did they lock compacts with 1/2.3" and 1/1.7" sensors. They are simply unacceptable upwards 400 ISO. If they want to keep the size they should at least give a good 1600 ISO and fast lenses. Compacts are mostly good in the day and in the night only with flash wich is a pain.
What happened to the skater?