Looking at the older models such as the ZR100, they look popular in germany. The ZR100 is sitting at #16 and #19 on the top selling compact camera list on amazon, but in the US the ZR100 is #674.
I owned the ZR100 for a bit and returned it. I own and love a EX-Z750 and EX-Z850 so my casio standards are fairly high. Compared to those two cameras the ZR100 had horrible build quality (felt cheap and rattled) and the image IQ was abysmal.
That's too bad as Casio is still the everything but the kitchen sink "scene mode" king and tops in battery life (at 500 shots this is wonderful compared to canone etc, but OK not great for casio. They've had cameras that do 1000 shots on a single charge).
" the 18-55mm focuses pretty quickly,"
Did you need to do any tweaking to get OK focus speeds (turn off face detection, select a single AF point or whatever?).
I'm asking because your assesment is a bit out of line with what the rest of the blogsphere is reporting:
The verge: "laggier than the NEX–5N, but offered results comparable to a good point-and-shoot." ($800 is an amazing price to pay for P&S class AF).
IR: " a lot of buyers are going to be frustrated with the EOS M."
Engadget: "Speaking of focusing, our experience was surprisingly sluggish, even with the 22mm and 18-55mm kit lenses. "
The 60th superzoom of 2012 (really)
Vlad S: Totally a soccer mom camera.
slow AF and no zoom in the kit? Yeah that will do great capturing a kids soccer game.
Paul Greenwood: As a Canon rebel 350 D then 550D userI had been waiting to see what Canon mirrorless offered before proceeding to micro four thirds as that system now offers quality acceptable to me. The appeal of M4/3rds being the weight of the lenses especially long zooms. Increasingly I have been using a travel compact and leaving the Canon system at home. The use of the APC sensor means no significant weight reduction for longer zoom lenses compatable with this system.
My move from Canon to M4/3 rds proceeds
Wow. That describes me exactly.
Once I got my S95/S100 the T2i has been staying at home a lot. Even on trip such as disneyland which is a lot more fun when you are not whacking kids on the head with your DSLR.
I think we all had great hopes that canon would offer a compact innovation but with this.... I may try out the 40mm pancake to see if that makes that lump more palatable but that $200 would go a long way towards financing a M43 body.
keeponkeepingon: IR is reporting extremely slow AF speeds. Basically the EOS M is about as fast as 2009 M43 cameras.
Question: Why was there no mention of AF speed in the dpreview "hands on".
Is it because this was a pre-production model and you are giving canon a chance to get it right before final release.
Or is IR wrong and the AF speed not an issue?
Can't wait to see your impressions!
FYI AF Speed is currently about the same as a 2009 M43 system camera (Source IR).
If you have a 650D it's the same as that camera in "live view".
That makes this camera somewhat of a "mixed bag" even for the mom and pop looking for better IQ than their P&S camera.
True high ISO will be better but they will miss a ton of shots due to the slow AF speed.
IR is reporting extremely slow AF speeds. Basically the EOS M is about as fast as 2009 M43 cameras.
I thought I first read his blog when he was putting out performance stats on various compact flash media.
Then I went on a long hiatus and came back to it when reading up on the nikon 1 system.
I must admit I was a bit disappointed. It's been a while since I read it but if I recall correctly it was like a great big nikon add gushing all over the new system. (or was that kirk tuck's blog)?
Gosh. a blast from the past. Is ACDSee still around? How's this compare to lightroom? Is it non-destructive?
Marksphoto: 1. I would love to try whale meat and i feel sorry for all conservationists who think that a whale should have more rights than a pig. It's all food to me as far as I am concerned!
2. 1.4 is interesting but I would love to see an opinion on the functionality of this camera once the most hated photography celebrity writes a review on it. I hope he also placed an order on it already. Especially I would like to see a review comparison with S100 speed and ease of use before I even make a decision to buy this instrument.
3. Cameras will be available and better ones will follow, no sense in premature rushing on the purchase. I would rather wait at least for the first firmware upgrade to see if everything is kosher :) and in my case I will wait for Canon's counter- response
4. My name is Mark Konkolski and I live in Beatiful British Columbia
I've had whale meat... It's nothing to write home about. Canada allows whaling too. If you want to try it, get of your but and head north and make some friends.
The point is their are a lot of pigs... not so many whales. Onward to the edge....
Two posts on the EX2F and no BenQ G1 F1.8, pocketable swivel screen love?
Timmbits: I don't care! Korea has decided to start hunting whales, and I am participating in the international boycott of all Korean products!
And the good ole USA also whales? (alaska eskimos with their traditional explosive harpoons)
Lupti: So what? In my country it is priced around 550 €. For that price I can get a decent stills cam with optical stabilisation and good video capabilities with stereo mic AND a smartphone. Nothing to rave about this video sample, it´s shaky as hell and sound isn´t good, it´s pretty muffled and 128kbps is also nothing special, listen to the drum sound, due to the low bitrate it sounds too clanking for my taste. There are some pocket camcorders with better video and sound for sale.Smartphones are just toys without real value of use, photos and videos aren´t good, surfing the web is uncomfortable, the small screen gives you the experience of mouse cinema when viewing photos and videos and with heavy usage the battery will quickly run out of power.And phoning and writing SMS, I can do this with my 20 € cellphone as well...
Wow. An anti all smartphone rant in this day and age? I've lost track of the times my iphone has "saved the day" with the integrated gps/maps and web browser. Then throw in the entertainment value with games, the ability to take and send pictures with folks thousands of miles away... it's one of the truelly neat inventions of the last few years.
And regarding cost, in the US this symbian dinosaur is about the same as the iphone, and with that camera, I'd wager worth every penny.
ARTASHES: Max aperture on this cam is f3 and not f3.3 as stated on spec sheet and cons list.
Nikon is wrong?
I'm curious because snapsort also lists F3.0 but nikon states F3.3. Which is right?
keeponkeepingon: I'm disappointed that there is no mention of digital zoom, no samples, assessment of performance at extreme zoom, and that Nikon is not slammed for the anemic 2x digital zoom (the canon has 4x).
I am often amazed at what I can capture with the 4x digital + 35x optical zoom on the SX40.
Why digital zoom versus just taking a picture at full optical zoom and cropping?
Because: Even though the resolution is not improved, digitally zoomed, the focus and exposure can be much improved as the camera is only figuring out how to get the best image of your subject, not a full frame of other stuff.
Finally you should include a "moon shot" with these super zooms. It really lets them "strut their stuff" versus the normal P&S and DSLRs with sub 800mm lenses.
Childsplay but fun.
The nightwiing picture you are referring to is here:
It's a nice illustration of the fact that 7more X and 4 more megapixels does not get you very much more resolving power than the SX40.
(A quick google of saturn SX40 shows pictures at least as good or better for example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/42374265@N07/7269266276/ )
I follow the canon forum and have yet to see a "SX30 was better" opinion. The canonist are gaga over the SX40.
But all that said I think all the superzooms will do fine on the moon, it really lets them strut their stuff
I'm disappointed that there is no mention of digital zoom, no samples, assessment of performance at extreme zoom, and that Nikon is not slammed for the anemic 2x digital zoom (the canon has 4x).
And still no Canon SX40 love?????????????
The SX40 outsells the P510 and has been out 4 months longer than the Nikon. When can we expect a review of the SX40?
So all of the cameras in the published serial number range have this defect, but canon won't do anything until the camera actually fails?
Shame on you canon. Do the right thing and fix cameras with the problem.
I paid top dollar for the best of the best, not something more likely to fail in certain environmental conditions.
An S95 with a larger sensor and faster AF? What's not to like?