Jake2046: With 100+ billions in their reserves...and this is what they come up with? Apple seriously is no longer the leader in innovation. People just buying Apple products cause of the brand name.
Go ahead, pretend this is Apple's biggest invention for the year, rather than just a small, smart piece of the puzzle.
I doubt they had to put much engineering resources into it, yet it could turn out to be very useful.
Paul Farace: I accidentally found myself standing on the very spot that Ansel Adams shot his famous "Moonrise Over Hernandez, NM" (1941) in 2012... he used an 8x10 I used a Canon 50D... point is that except for the church and a few headstones in the cemetery, little was identifiable... what was flat ground in 1941 had become heavily forested (trees and scrub) and homes and structures. Earth and man are dynamic... constantly changing... also the choice of format and lenses are crucial for making comparisons. Adam's print shows the mountain range... my shot couldn't... a bit too wide.
Wow, don't even know what to do with that last one.
Perhaps if I join Richard Sherman's Toastmasters club ...
joe6pack: Used infrared "to reduce the hazy effect of pollution and keep land formations in the distance visible. "
Okay, I don't get it.
Pollutions in National Parks? It is not Los Angeles we are talking about here. How does all the other landscape photographers "get by" without infrared?
How is comparing photos between B/W and Infrared not apple-to-orange?
Funny, I was in Seoul and Beijing a month after the 2008 Olympics.
The people in Seoul say the obvious, visible pollution all blows over from China (nonsense - some of it is local)
The people in Beijing say it's not pollution, but simply dust blowing in from undeveloped areas outside the city (also largely nonsense)
Interestingly, here at home in southern California, the big news this month is that up to 16% of our air pollution blows in all the way across the ocean from China (but that still makes us responsible for 84% of the problem)!
The point is that, while we have a tendency to blame someone else, air pollution does travel *a long way* and combines with whatever amount we already have (be it large or small).
I'm surprised Sony didn't implement Steady Shot or some kind of in-body IS, especially since Sony (Minolta) were pioneers in this.
This would have allowed it to work better with anybody's lens, and mitigated the problem with the 1/60s shutter speed.
Perhaps Sony doesn't want it to work that well with "Anybody's lens."
DStudio: JPEG output is very important - especially in our fast moving digital media society. There are many times when you NEED to use JPEG output, because it's impossible or impractical to do otherwise.
The fact that Sony can't get good JPEG output out of their own camera and sensor is a sign that it's not refined enough yet. JPEG output quality is fundamental, and should've been a given, at the top of the design list.
Sorry, but you don't get to run it through Lightroom if you're at a live event and need to post immediately, or need to send it via WiFi or Cellular to a photo editor who may be quickly culling the photos.
Sometimes we tend to think of only one way of doing things, and discount all others. Obviously this is what Sony did.
JPEG output is very important - especially in our fast moving digital media society. There are many times when you NEED to use JPEG output, because it's impossible or impractical to do otherwise.
jaygeephoto: Who's CMOS would have the best image quality if scaled up to 645 size? Will Leaf and Phase One follow?
Perhaps this will push Phase One to go to 100 or 120 MP to differentiate themselves, even if still CCD.
I think they may still want to use a sensor that is custom designed by them, or at least for them.
Loreno Heer: Coca Cola Classic is back.
Thanks for firing the CEO, finally there is some hope.
Hopefully they haven't also ruined the product by "corn-syruping" the old formula in the process.
This isn't a camera. It's a device to make Android photo and video apps much more powerful. Suddenly you have a proper zoom lens and a decent sensor. You combine this with the power of a quad-core processor. This makes it ideal for applications like live video streaming. The power of this product is in how powerful it can make an Android application become.
The main weakness of this model is the lack of 4G capability. The main problem with the previous version was the fragile lens zoom mechanism (which, unfortunately, appears to be carried over). This camera is conducive to tripod use in locations where it can easily be knocked over or blown over by the wind. And it will almost certainly break on the first fall - even if it falls on grass.
The new, larger battery is also welcome (the old one could overheat). Normal photographic concerns, like its average sensor size and 2+ stop aperture variance, are not big issues here. It's an impressive technological package with the proper app.
Hugo808: I got as far as number 7 before deciding that if I'd taken them they would have gone into the bin and never been seen by anyone!
That's what makes them rare - similar shots taken by others were binned long ago ...
Mateo Miller: For whatever reason the 18-135mm seems to out perform the 16-50mm on the K-3. At least in this small sampling of photos. Noticeably better color and contrast although that could be attributed to the lighting I suppose.
I have the DA*16-50 and I really like it for times when a zoom is needed. But the color and contrast is definitely different on the DA18-135 (and that may be its finest attribute) and the DA*16-50 will never quite match it, so it's possible you'd still prefer it. But the DA*16-50 in combination with the DA*50-135 gives you probably the best two lens set on the market (short of a Full Frame Canon or Nikon with the 24-70 and 70-200).
deep7: You two are expecting a lot of the lens! It's not that bad but not quite up to the sensor.
Right - the DA 18-135 is a good, but not great, lens. It's only a ~$400 lens on a $1300 camera!
Actually the old K28/3.5 MF lens, for a little over $100, would probably do much better.
Gesture: Welcome, welcome upgrade and features to K-5 and a great competitor to Nikon D7100. But what is it with companies and naming. The next camera will be the K-1 and, then, there is no where to go. Others have boxed themselves in with naming everything the X Z and/or 1.
There's still room in FF for a K-6, K-4, K-2, and K-0!
K-2 is my vote for a FF, since it harkens back to the K2, a classic premium film camera.
Good article. This is true for general use most of the time.
However, I fear this fact may cause the public to devalue professional photography even more. People tend to think they can do more than they actually can with their compact camera or smart phone. They can forget reason 5, thinking "I could've got that action shot of my athlete son/daughter. I could have taken that studio portrait. Why would I ever pay for it?" The reality is they lack both the equipment and the skill set. But the illusion is still there.
Imagic Digital: Poor guy...
I think he's actually making more money now ...
Great shot Shawn - you took THE classic muscle car and made it look more incredible than ever!
ManuelVilardeMacedo: Mirrorless, as it is done now, is a path that leads to nowhere. Cropped sensors will never equal full frame. The way to go is the one Sony pointed at with the RX1: full frame mirrorless. Price can be a problem, I know, and then there's the lens size issue, but mirrorless cameras like this one are uncapable of the kind of dynamic range a full frame sensor can offer. I use a mirrorless camera alongside a 35mm film one, so I'm not writing this out of bigotry or cynicism. These are my findings after comparing results.And no viewfinder is an issue, too - although there will always be the X-E1 for those who can't do without one.
A Pentax Q takes quality photos (especially with the Standard Prime lens). It just depends upon what your needs are.
Sometimes an APS-C DSLR is a good idea. Sometimes an 80MP Phase One back is more appropriate.
Sometimes a Phase One back is a horrible idea (in low light, for most sports, or when size or cost is a problem). But in the right conditions it's unbeatable. Again, each tool has its place.
I believe Fujifilm (like everybody else) is seriously considering using a FF sensor in a mirrorless camera, it's just not something they can release yet. They're the only manufacturer that doesn't already have a decent lens collection for their primary mount, so they need to concentrate on that for another year or so.
"Cropped sensors will never equal full frame." This is just the point - it doesn't need to be equal. It only needs to meet the needs of the job at hand.
Kokeen4231: I think the pentax k30/50 should be considered too. Its got pretty great features for its price. I'm sure its below $1000 too.
Just my thoughts.
The K-30 is newer than many of the cameras on this list, and its replacement isn't even available yet. Perhaps 2 months later it would have made the cut.
Besides, every other camera (except the 60D) deserves to be here, so which ones would you remove?
Brentliris: Love Capture One 7, how about supporting more Pentax Lenses?
That would be nice, but look how strong their Pentax camera support has been. They even bother to make new or updated profiles for models like the K-5 or Olympus XZ-1. They seem to prioritize the quality of the camera over its popularity when allocating support resources.
Adobe (which didn't even have very good camera profiles until recently) only supports the current generation DA lenses (plus the FA Ltds). Realistically, 50% or more of a quality Pentax kit may be older glass. In fact, Adobe only covers about 20% of my most-used lenses. If Phase One's going to put the work in they should concentrate on the better glass (which should be relatively easy because it's mostly primes). The best 15-20 lenses among the previous 5 generations are pretty well known - they could just support those.Anyone who cares enough about quality to use Capture One will likely own many of these lenses.
straylightrun: Too bad they didn't include IS. Still, this lens will be a low light machine for Sony/Pentax users. I'm guessing RRP will be at least $2000?
@Benarm - Thanks. Must have been added since dpr initially wrote the article.
However, this is typical - it doesn't mean that Pentax and/or Sony mounts aren't coming later. In fact, if you look at the page, there are two blank rows below Canon, Nikon, and Sigma.