LJohnK2: ....18-300 yawn....as a DX shoter, I'd be alot more impressed with the rumored 16-85, f4 or a refreshed 80-400.
The 24-85 is interesting and would seem to be the precursor for a Consumer FX body, but for consumers the future is smaller, not bigger ?.... so not sure what Nikon strategy is here.
I did purchase a complete MFT's setup earlier this year for a trip ...used it for around 4 months....was much lighter, but in terms of size...its still no where near compact..neither is the Sony NEX.
So far the Canon G!X seems to be the only true 'compact' camera with serious IQ....hope Nikon does similar with P7*00, but may eat into the J1/V1, so time will tell.
....18-300 yawn....as a DX shoter, I'd be alot more impressed with the rumored 16-85, f4 or a refreshed 80-400.
LJohnK2: Kudos to Canon for resisting the push for massive amounts of MP's....they seem to have made some subtle but nice operational improvements here.
...well, I'm a past Olympus user (enough said I assume) and now a Nikon user and I'm not at all impressed with the 24MP heaped onto the entry level D3200 with sparse controls to boot....so maybe "alot of MP's" is relative....just how many MP's are needed for photo's of your kid, cottage & dog....I know 16MP shows every sin of a consumer grade lens.
Kudos to Canon for resisting the push for massive amounts of MP's....they seem to have made some subtle but nice operational improvements here.
Olympus is a great example of technical ingenuity being engineering into irrelevancy by incompetent upper management and corruption up to the Board....I'm surprised Panasonic wants to touch them.
As a primary Nikon user I'm envious....Pentax resisted the MP wars and actually provided a useful mid range upgrade option.
Hope they sell well...sweet piece of hardware !
SnapHappy32: Nikon had no choice considering the onslaught of CSC's.I don't understand the negativity in below comments.
This is a heaven sent cam' for me.Having a fair selection of Nikon lenses, I've spent a good part of the last months considering what to get as a travel cam.
I've been looking closely at the EM-5, the XP1 and the Nex7.The latter is supposedly a staff favourite with the people working for a small, local camera company (PhaseOne).
Now Nikon have fitted that sensor into an inexpensive, lightweight body.What's not to like?
24mp too much? Don't get the cam.Not enough HD space? DittoNothing better to do? Get back to work!
...IMHO more MP's seems to have trumped things like the nice subtle color transitions of the past 10 MP CCD Consumer Models The D3200 is like putting a 454 block in a Chevette body package...guess i just dated myself....but seriously forget storage, processing 16 MP RAW images is still a tasking operation for most Consumer PC's....why not same megapixels, better ISO/noise and better control options ? That would be interesting.
Hope Nikon Service staffs up for all those new users with camera and lens "defects" ...when entry level users with a whooping 24 MP shooting photos of their kids and dog start wondering about blurry photos as the sensor resolution highlights every limitation of the 18-55 or 18-105 kit lenses.
I have both Nikon DSLR and recently a mirror less Olympus E-PL2...the V1/J1 sensor misses the mark IMHO.
Nonetheless, I think there is a huge potential for these types of enthusiast cameras and I think Canon is on the right track.
Drop a 12 MP CMOS into this and add a fully rotating LCD and Nikon will have something....it is still way smaller than a mirror less kit, but I'd be surprised if we see a P7200....I think Nikon will likely put thier eggs in the CX line.
LJohnK2: Freakin' AWESOME !.....I sold all my Olympus 4/3rds gear a little over a year ago....so here I go again.
This is what m4/3rds should have been from the get go...hope the IQ measures up to the E-PL2 !
....I went for a Nikon D5000 & D5100...everything Nikon is CCW and switching btwn systems confused me.I got rid of E-620, E-520, & E-510 and a whack of lenses and two flashes.Wished I'd kept my FL-36R also and my 70-300....got trashed in reviews but I loved its lightweight and stopped down a bit was tack sharp for birding. ...bad for my economy, got for the rest of the economy :)
Freakin' AWESOME !.....I sold all my Olympus 4/3rds gear a little over a year ago....so here I go again.
Megapixels with a capital M....so the RAW files must be ....yikes.
Budget 6.5 K....3.5 for the body and 3 for a new computer with the processing power needed....LOL.
Still, looks like a sweet piece of hardware for those who need it.
So using the Photographers figures Avg. cost $ 2,500/(8+22.5 hrs)= $ 82/hr....so it appears the Bride is young and has never hired a Plumber, Electrician or paid a car repair bill.....but then again who can fault here deductive reasoning as it is embraced by "educated" political and business leaders in her culture....she has learned well....she considers the cost of everything and the value of nothing.
...absolute rubbish....Judges interpreting qualitative elements in photographs for Solicitors in pursuit of cash.....this is a sad commentary on greed....not a complex legal or artistic argument
LJohnK2: $ 1700 for the body and $ 650 for a lens....so lets see you could buy 3 Nikon D5100's kits, almost 2 - D7000 kits, say 4 - mirror-less kits or even an Olympus E-5 with a 14-54......so is this a concept camera or are they thinking someone will buy this ?
..yes.... you are correct my comparators are not in the same league as this offering...but really put a "premium label" on what is essentially an APS-C offering and triple the price over other mirrorless and APS-C options .....I just don't get it....do "Leica folk" like to overpay or is the name just that magical ?
$ 1700 for the body and $ 650 for a lens....so lets see you could buy 3 Nikon D5100's kits, almost 2 - D7000 kits, say 4 - mirror-less kits or even an Olympus E-5 with a 14-54......so is this a concept camera or are they thinking someone will buy this ?
Awesome....took way too long for the manufacturers to get here but this promises to be a game changer....everything m4/3rds is not and will potentially blow Nikons odd V1/J1 approach into the land of irrelevancy.
First time I've been excited about a launch in years !
no VR :( ....at 85mm w/o VR I'm not sure how useful this will be in low light on a DX body.....min shutter speed of 1/130 ?
LJohnK2: Axel: I do agree that companies need to make money and I don't mind paying...what I do mind is that your grace period for a free upgrade was less than 3 months.
The norm in this industry is to pay for an upgrade every year....not every 3 months. In my case I think I got about 4 months of buggy v 6.6.
To suggest your policy for charging folks upgrade fees with less than 6 months use is the industry standard is a joke.
Do you think I have no other software ?
Please Axel...be truthful
Some of your customers like me just purchased DXO v6.6 a few months ago, not in December of 2009...we got shafted....and have been charged for an update after a mere couple of months.
...don't fret... I'm shutting up now....all I can say is that your response to customers is reminiscent of Olympus.
Thank you for the very concise and practical review/article....in answer to your question I would like to see more of your work on dpreview !