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?
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?