erichK: For me, the obvious big change-in-direction for Panasonic here is that they have finally added in-body-image-stabiliztion. This finally makes it possible to fully use such little gems as the Olympus 12f2, and 17, 45 and 75 f1.8 lenses as well as the Oly 60 f2.3 1:1 macro with a Panasonic body which offers such features as the "silent mode". Better still, one that turns of other distractions like the focus-assist light and audible function signals at the same time.
I often shoot at classical music performances where even the very quiet shutter of the OM-D has to be timed carefully. so the comprehensively quiet would be wonderful. The spoiler is the fact that they did not include a mic input. We do also use a separate Sound Design digital recorder with a pair of good quality Schoepps mics, but in the past synchronizing separate audio with video has proved a real chore. It would be much simpler to simply be able to use the decent little Olympus hot-shoe mics, or use Rhode ones.
Yeap! The real stunner is the in-body IS. Wonder if its smart enough to turn itself off for lenses with OIS?
Tom Caldwell: Big red dedicated video buttons right under the thumb are a complete turn off for me and anyone else who doesn't do video. My NX10 is looking pretty good and now seems even better.
Really, you don't do video, so you think the button is a turn off. Cause you are the only person on the planet, and everyone thinks just like you. Is there something of real value that you don't like. Say....Image Quality. Maybe the texture isn't right. Sheesh!
munro harrap: What has a 24-120 f2.8-4.8 Zeiss Vario Sonnar manual zoom/focus lens for its APS-C sized sensor, live view EVIL 100% viewfinder and live view twist and flip 100% screen, live histogram, zebra, good macro and RAW? As well as autofocus points that can be toggled to almost anywhere in the image area, and accurate spot-metering. The Sony DSC-R1 of 2005
What does not have ANY of these and a viewfinder so bad it is a lot worse than an old Sureshot film compacts? The Canon G1 X- a step back in time to the Stone Age of Photography!
HA! best comparison ever. This is like all the love for mpeg video, don't people remember that firewire gave stunning control over the tape. No such thing for todays video.
Aaron MC: Really impressed, I am. I've been waiting for an excuse to jump ship from Canon, who's level of innovation post 5DMkII has been disappointing to say the least.
I am concerned about noise levels at such a high resolution. Sony's sensors are already at a light-deficit because of the SLT tech, and does anyone really need a 24-freakin'-megapixel APS-C camera? Full frame, yeah, but APS-C?
I have a Canon 5D classic. Its 12mp. Take these images and reduce them to 12mp. See if the results are more to your liking.
venice events: lo sapevo ....... la sony diventerà la perfetta erede della mitica Minoltawww.digitimagephoto.it
I agree. I think Sony has done an amazing job resurrecting Minolta.
scooternh: With an electronic first curtain, and no mirror flip-up, how loud is the shutter release?
I often shoot in a very quiet auditorium. Traditional SLRs are very frowned upon...
These cameras get rid of the mirror slap. What's left is the shutter. Given that Nikon has some of the nosiest cameras with there extremely touch mechanisms, I would say that Sony would be much quieter. Also you could go to the store and check out the A55 to see how it sounds. These should not be much worst as the A55 is a 10fps little monster.
Hi dw1338, the purpose of bracketing is not DOF. Its diffraction. Its finding the sweetspot of the lens/sensor combination to maximize sharpness. Take a look at the cambridgeincolor link below.
You will find the modification here http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4913961542/photos/847224/modification-of-chickphoto-picture
First of all even though I'm a Canon shooter. The D3 is awesome. But I would add a couple of tips. If you are a experienced photographer please forgive me. One thing to think about, since the focus is at a far distance, is you should consider bracketing the aperture. Because of diffraction ( http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/diffraction-photography.htm , play with the calculator in the middle of the page.) I would consider f11 to f8. I think you would get even sharper results. Oh then on the other end of this issue is depth of field. So bracket the aperture. As far as the Gamma change, please remember photography is an art. Therefore, the way it is could very well be perfect. Since you did use NIK to get a more HDR look by reducing the Gamma we get it to pop a little better.
Once again, congrats on a well made photograph and I understand the effort to get such a shot. Oh and thanks for the permission. Hooray for the clouds which cooperated with you.
I think this is one of the most amazing pictures of Yosemite. I wanted to get you permission to use this as my computer background (I change it every week). Also would like to get your permission to print it. I live in the San Francisco bay area and you cannot image how many photographer try to get this shot. You have to wait for the right time and be in the right place. But you got it.
One more thing, if you bring the gamma down about 20-30% it rocks even more. Well in my opinion.