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.
"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?
But both him and a few of my friends keep trying to take pics indoors at night and it's almost always useless. And they want to take those pictures - they keep trying to - they just end up with either a blurry mess, or a washed out white pic from the "led flash".
To be fair though, for a lot of them they still only have a cameraphone anyways. But this is what keeps me from ever giving up my compact for a cameraphone.
If camera phones somehow ever got a decent flash, in the same size phones like the iPhone are now, that would really be the death of entry level compacts.
lol. wow sorry getting a lot of double posts lately. What's going on with dpreview????
Which U.S. carrier carries the N8?
PaulRivers: I would like to say that I love that dpreview is mentioning, you know, updates to *the most commonly used camera*.
I'm sure there was a lot of whining back in the day about how compacts weren't "real cameras" like dslr's so they "shouldn't be reviewed". Before that about how film was the only way to shoot and these digital cameras were just "a silly novelty", and on and on and on.
I appreciate keeping up to date on the cameras that people are actually using. If there's any updates to the Nokia n8 would love to hear about those, to.
Why would a USA based camera web site
Review a camera phone not available in the USA?
Congrats on a really great video preview.
As one of the big features of these cameras is portabilility, I would love to see a size comparison (especially against the 5n) equipped with a pancake lens.
Someone on the thread is really defensive about the lack of a PASM/mode dial.
For myself, I'm biased towards having a PASM/mode dial, preferably on the top, so I can just look down at my camera and see which mode it is in and switch it to the mode I need, reducing my time to first shot when I actually turn it on to take a picture.
Also I love that it appears the few buttons it has are programable. Can any of the buttons be set for ISO and if not can ISO be set quickly without navigating a menu tree (as nikon makes you do)?
If they sell an unlocked version, I'm canceling my S100 pre-order.
SF Photo Gal: This could be the end of the compact camera.
Of course there is:
Tough time fitting it in your pocket though....
Regarding all the "wipes the floor" comments.
Backing up that camp: PP just crowned the A77 as the king of the APS-C DSLRs ranking above the 7D etc.
No grass, leaves and almost no hair in these pictures.
Fine details in leaves/grass/hair is were small sensor CMOS sensors often fall short.
How about some available light pictures of people? O
Or at least a dog or cat?
M Jesper: I think this might not get as many clicks as it should, with the image of the old S100 on the front page ;)
Always wondered what would come after S95 as S100 was already taken. But i guess they figured that's too long ago for anyone to remember anyway ;).
Remember I still have the S100.
Now there will be so much confusion in my house. Do you want the old S100 or the new S100.
I canceled my 500 HS order after reading this. Too much over lap as other than a wonky touch screen I don't see anything the 500 HS offers over the new S100.
keeponkeepingon: It's great that you are giving some love to the compact crowd.
I concur the FH7 is an odd choice.
I think most folks would have been much more interested in the FXZ8 (F2.5 5X 25mm wide, 3.5" touch screen, lists for $349 but is selling for $264 on amazon)
I'm missing the "Timings and file size"
Here's an example from the S95's great grandfather, the S50
While all of these small compact have the same small sensors and similar IQ there can be huge differences in battery life (from 200 to a 1000!) and camera speed.
Ditch the apologetic tone . You seem to be saying, "Yes it's horrible but for the price it's ok." NO it is not OK if the touch screen is a pain in the neck. There are too many other cameras in this price range that are not a pain in the neck.
Keep up the innovation and I can't wait to read your next review.
Sorry that was a Panasonic FX78 not FXZ8 offered as an example of a slightly more interesting Panasonic 2nd tier point and shoot.
It's great that you are giving some love to the compact crowd.
keeponkeepingon: Does it still come with free bonus spyware?
(AKA Protexis Licensing)
If you disable the Protexis PSP via control panel PSP will not run. (in theory). There is a hack to make it not run all the time.
"Thats not spyware, its DRM like licensing"
And sony's famous fiasco was not a root kit it was copy protection?
Spyware can and is used to enforce licenensing. Why corel needs it when they practically give this software away (I see PSP on amazon all the time for $30ish) and Adobe does not is puzzling.
Protexis claims your system info is not communicated to their servers, but that the application using Protexis can examanine your system to ensure license complaince. Does that make it spyware? Maybe not if it really and truley never communicates yoru system info to protexis or the corel.
My main issue with Protexis is that I like to run a clean system. When I first tried PSP and saw that cr@p running I was pretty upset. Especially when uninstalling PSP left protexis software (and if I rember correctly the running process) on my system.
Does it still come with free bonus spyware?
Canon has it no their web site right now for $149
Just some nice basics.
Some sort of table of camears and where they fall in the spectrum would have been nice but OTOH it would be outdated in a few months.
I first learned about water and cameras not mixing when my wife dropped a new $399 P&S in a pool in maui.
It would not turn on for months then one day just started working and worked fine until one of my kids stepped on the LCD. When I opened it to replace the LCD there was so much corrosion on the inside I gave up on fixing it and put the LCD in my EX-Z850 which also had a cracked LCD.