Gosh I hope this is better than the EX-ZR100.
I purchased the ZR100 hoping to revive the glory days of the EX-Z750/850 but could not stand it. Cheap build quality, horrible IQ. I saw how bad the IQ was in the dpreview tests but did not believe the tests and got it any way. +1 for dpreview and +1 for amazon's return policy!
Perhaps explain why, for the eye-fi card, I would pay for shutter snitch or mofoto when eye-fi now provides a free app to do the same thing?
Or am I missing something?
thethirdcoast: Thanks for doing this.
I especially liked the shot-to-shot time and AF tracking segments of the video. I'm a little envious of the Nikon's write and cycle times after shooting my Pentax Kx in RAW for the past few days.
The size comparison with the Panasonic G3 was pretty startling...the Nikon is about the same size with the significantly smaller sensor. I also don't care for the simplified mode dial on the Nikon. I will be curious to see how the Nikon 1 vs Pentax Q comparison turns out.
It's interesting that DP Review used a big MF43 camera instead of one of the small ones such as the GF3 or EPM1 or even the EP3 w. OVF.
George Lepp: The people responding to Ellen's article seem to have a problem with the fact that she is affiliated (not employed) by Nik. This means she is an expert in this software (even the software company is impressed with what she knows). Would you rather DP used anyone for their articles? There's plenty of that on the Internet. I'm an Explorer of Light with Canon, does that mean I can't write articles about Canon cameras for Outdoor Photographer magazine? If you can't tell that Ellen is knowledgeable about this subject, you have no right to criticize it or call it Spam! We write about and teach what we know, and you are the benefactors!
I thought it was curious that there is no comparison between what LR/PS can do and what Nik can do. The image for each example is different. Make them the same and let the readers decide if Nik is worth it or not.
Also I thought it odd that the 8 settings under detail in LR are not mentioned. I know the intent was to keep the article short but at least mention the wealth of other options (or did I miss this?)
These omissions make a LR user go "Hmmmm" and now a possible unstated conflict of interest make me go "Hmmmm" twice....
As a new Lightroom user I'm a little disappointed the article on increasing "detail" does not touch on any of the settings under "Detail" in Lightroom.
I was a little confused by the clarity description but after watching this short tutorial all was clear:
The plugin demonstrations would have been enhanced if you compared the end results against not only the the original image, but against what could be accomplished in LR/PS without the plugins. As this would have been easy (just use the same image in all the examples) I have to assume not pitting the plugins and LR/PS against each other "head to head" was intentional?
In LR 3.5 under Develop/Detail are the following sliders:
Sharpening: Amount, Radius, Detail, Masking Noise Reduction: Luminance, detail, contrast, Color, Detail
keeponkeepingon: Here is why I am not canceling my S100 order
The camera looks very pocket unfriendly. "Is that a light field camera or are you happy to see me". Quick shooting is useless if you have to spend precious seconds ferreting it out of your backpack.
I love that it does not have a pinochio style zoom lens. I've had way too many "lens errors" from the current state of the art but I have an old Casio P505 that keeps on going (5x non telescoping out lens).
The lack of controls makes it look very easy to water proof. It's a shame it is not water proof as many folks might then be able to justify this as a second camera plus it would be easier to compete against the IQ in that market.
Accessories: A video DSLR style LCD eye cup for the display for use in bright sunlight.
Software: Alot of folks still use cameras to print out 4x6's to send to their 90 year old great aunt who won't touch a computer. This market will be lost, unless the software allows you to fix the focus and output a jpeg.
I'm a dad looking for a camera to take pictures of his kids. Both are $400 putting them as direct apples and apples competitors.
TLDR: One camera I can fit in my pocket, the other I can't (comfortably). I'm keeping my order for the one that fits.
Here is why I am not canceling my S100 order
Another (I)nteresting (R)eview site just posted a zillion studio sample images including RAW.
I just glanced at a few of them and they look very good.
I'm not sure what lens they used; are the results from a great lens or a great sensor?
David G Peterson: I want it but I'm waiting for the in depth review...so many of these cameras look great at first but turn out with just average IQ or are slow, etc. Also, at $1400 it better be great!
IR has sample images up if you can't wait for dpr to get around to it.
ROFLOL: I was waiting to see what Nikon would announce before ordering an NEX-7.Wow, Nikon has candy colored toy cameras. Can't wait to see if Canon will also offer so many colors. ROFLOLPre-ordered NEX-7.
It's not his fault the comment system has been funky lately.
You post and nothing happens so you hit post again, nothing happens, you hit post again and bam you have three posts.
So ugly I thought this was a joke.
It looks like the cheap body armor they sell for cameras. Bad fitting cheap body armor.
joyclick: Way too much more to pay than the LX5
"considering the larger sensor (and therefore the better IQ)."
Examples of better IQ? Have not seen any yet.....
arc97: For that large a camera and barrel, you would expect a much larger optical zoom range.
Also, spending $900 for something these days without wide angle just doesn't make sense. Sure it's good at HD video, but even the current Canon SX230 HS can do 1080P with 28mm wide angle and a 14x zoom.
It looks like a fun toy...sort of like the Casio EX-F1 from a few years ago....whatever happened to that?
Casio dropped the high end cameras and instead keeps on putting out a zillion low end cameras.
The latest and greatest the EX-ZR100 is the queen of features with every bell and whistle under the sun except.... Image Quality and a body that does not feel like it is going to fall apart when you pick it up. (former owner)
wutsurstyle: Holy mother of all that is blessed. Thank you JVC for entering the video/camera hybrid system with emphasis on video, rather than focusing on the camera and "adding video" (sorry Canonikon). I think the take away here is the high bandwith Falconbird processor and 32gb internal memory to utilize it - 8.3mp stills DURING video recording, 12mp at 30 fps, VGA at 300 fps up to 2 hours real time.
On a side note, I wonder what the minimum focus distance is for that lens. The flash/modeling light is unusually close to the front lens element.
"Yup, there are cameras, but the more/most popular ones (P&S: Canon S9x, Pana LX3/5, Canon SX230 HS etc.; m4/3: GH1/2, APS-C: all NEX series; all Sony SLT and DSLR, all Canon DSLR, all Nikon DSLR and pocket (e.g., P300) cameras etc.) don't support taking (with the GH2, high-res) stills while shooting videos."
And this will be popular?
I doubt it. It's another niche camera with niche features that few can afford.
Sample images here:
Looks about what you could get with any cheap P&S.
keeponkeepingon: What is this super expensive small sensor camera day?
First the JVC now this.
$600? It'd be worth it if the IQ was amazing but Fuji's small sensor track record has been abysmal for the past few years and the initial X10 samples are simply not $600 amazing.
ISO 400 daytime:
More samples at lens tip dot com
> What do you mean???
I mean it's an OK picture but not $600 OK and certainly does not wow me as a sample of the stellar performance of the "unique" Fuji sensor.
To me the picture looks no better than samples from the G12/S95/LX5 at ISO 400 outside in the daytime.
What is this super expensive small sensor camera day?
"Well, actually, that's not entirely true. Very-very-very few decent(!) digital cameras, P&S and DSLR/SLT/EVIL alike, are capable of taking stills during video recording. And if they can, in many cases they aren't full-sized (e.g., with the GH2 - it captures 2 Mpixel images). As far as (semi-)decent cameras with acceptable stills/video IQ are concerned, it's probably only the new Nikon 1 series that is able to capture full-res stills during video recording."
Full size stills during video (with no annoying canon pauses) was first offered in 2010 with samsungs WB2000 and is currently offered in the Olympus SZ-30MR. While Casio's ZR100 reduces the size from 12 to 10mp when recording stills during video it can record those stills during the movie at 10fps (faster than my T2i when it's not recording a movie).
Those are just "off the top of my head", I'm sure there are more, hense the "everyone does" comment.....
Everyone does stills DURING video recording.
For example the Casio ZR100 can even do burst shooting during video and record 10mp at 40fps all for $200.
VGA at 300fps may be "class leading" but only golfers may be willing to pay a $600 premium for it.
Interesting "blast from the past format"
Ackward but a little more sturdy than the Pinocchio lenses on most super zooms.
The only thing I can't get over is $900?????
I don't see them selling a lot at that price.
Heck that's GH2 territory. Why would most folks buy this over a GH2?