Nikon D7000Nikon D3000Nikon D40Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSMTokina AF 16-50mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LDTokina AF 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DXNikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR EDNikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VRNikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DXNikon 85mm f/3.5 DX VR Micro-NIKKORTamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LDNikon SB-600 Speed light
" Making practical use of this ability, the A57 also has a mode that will re-process your people pictures with what it thinks is a better composition." -DPReview
Seriously? A camera that overrides your own thinking for you. How nice is that! Leave it to Sony to make a camera that is idiot-proof! No doubt it will become a "must have" camera feature for the Sony crowd!
The Lytro camera looks like another one of those "Gee-Whiz" products that has interesting technology, but will never make it as a viable consumer product. Some things are best left as only imaginings in an inventor's mind, and the Lytro camera appears to be one of those.-Jon
With the release of the G1X studio images, it's now obvious to anyone who has eyes that the mediocre slow focusing lens in the G1X puts it at a huge disadvantage to the latest state of the art interchangeable lens cameras like the Nikon System One, Olympus Pen, and Sony NEX cameras. No doubt the Canon G1X will be a the first and last of it's type, soon to be replaced by a compact interchangeable lens camera in the genre of the Sony NEX cameras.
The two-fold question is why is Canon taking so long to enter the very fast growing compact mirror-less ILC market, and will their entry be worth the wait?
marike6: I actually think DPR got this one wrong. They kind of reviewed these cameras as Advanced P&S's, and even state in Good For sections, for "soccer moms". But then they clearly subtract quite a lot for lack of external, hard buttons as if the reviewers tried to use these cameras as DSLRs.
The Nikon 1 has a fairly brilliant sensor, with excellent color depth, and very good high ISO performance. That it doesn't equal the 16mp m43 sensors of the G3 and GX1 shouldn't even be mentioned as a minus. It took Panasonic 4 iterations to produce such a sensor. Why should the smaller, first generation Nikon 1 sensor be held to this standard? Brilliant video mode, great IQ and performance. The faster glass, and prime lenses be announced soon.
Next month we'll see DPR fall all over the new Canon G1X because it has a large sensor. I predict it will get a Gold Award. The slow focus, slow f2.8-5.8 fixed zoom lens won't matter or adversely effect the score at all.
And you can bet the Canon's G1X's fixed lens with poor resolution with a DSLR price won't matter either to DPR!
javaone: If you ever try to take pictures of a 4-10 year old child playing with a point and shoot you would realize this is a big step up. It may be even better than most SLR’s. My wife thinks her D60 SLR’s are too big and is difficult to focus on a running kid with only 3 focus points. She does not want theoretical image quality but large number of blurry shots. I go to my 4 year olds soccer game with a D300, 80-200 afs/f2.8, mono pod and I just stick out.
To say the price is too high seems to miss the value of a well-focused action shot.
What cheaper camera would have a better success rate in casual photos of a kid’s soccer? Kids playing at a birthday party?
Ignore the naysayers that have not actually had a hands on test drive the Nikon V1 like I did. Have your wife try it out and I predict she will LOVE it for her intended use!
RickBuddy: I'm most interested in this camera for its video capabilities. I'm continually frustrated by reviews that overlook or simply give lip service to those issues.
So far, I'm not impressed with the DPreview approach.
On a consumer video camera in this price range, I think fast focus is important, and throw in small, interchangeable lenses for under a grand and that's a nice thing. Oh, and it can capture some nice photos, too? Cool.
1" chip is fine for video, and the crop factor works very well compared to an 3/4. A 200mm zoom lens has more reach in video mode than it does on a 3/4.
I think this is Nikon's first serious venture into video. I want to know more about it. V=Video?
I agree with you Rick. The smaller sensor will give a huge advantage to anyone shooting sports from a distance and the motorized zoom lenses are a godsend for video shooters. Can you image shooting with a 500mm APS-C sized lens on a Sony NEX camera? It would be HUGE! Besides looking silly, it would be a nightmare to handle such a lens/camera combination. An equivalent field of view lens on the Nikon 1 system would only be a much smaller and lighter 185mm lens! Nikon was correct in using a smaller than APS-C sensor for a lighter system camera for shooting sports.
arhmatic: Why is everyone making Continuous Shooting and AF Tracking a HUGE feature?Trying to cover up all other shortcomings?
I can't ever remember using Continuous Shooting... EVER - and I am a Nikon SLR AND P&S user for just too many years... I'd be VERY curious to see a poll on how many of us are REALLY using that, at least once a month.
Anyone who has shot spots knows continuous fast and accurate AF tracking is essential for sharp images of the subject. Only one of the current crop of mirror-less cameras is up to the task, and that is the Nikon V1.
After test driving both the Sony NEX and Nikon V1, I feel that Nikon has the better camera for moving subject photography. The Sony NEX has better high ISO IQ, but the Nikon V1 has much faster and more accurate tracking focusing, and that is even more important than high ISO IQ in any camera. (How many times have you heard someone with a pocket camera complain they missed the shot because the camera was too slow?) The focusing speed and accuracy of the V1 is surprisingly fast, and puts the Sony NEX cameras pocket camera focusing system to shame. Also the Nikon lenses are much better optically and more compact than the over-sized, overprices and optically poor Sony NEX lenses (check the reviews!). I think Nikon has a winner with their new Nikon 1 system. The powered zoom lenses (that other systems lack), and more powerful telephoto power of the smaller sensor size will be Nikon's advantage, and make the Nikon 1 system the darling of soccer moms everywhere!
Best regards, Jon