Plastek: Good test. Guys at LensTip.com made similar tests (only never published the results) and came to a similar conclusions - adapters are completely random and getting an acceptable one - perfectly centred with accurate flange distance - is impossible. That's why they test lenses on native bodies instead of comparing all of them in a single body and single sensor (what would allow cross-system comparisons).
So much for all these people thinking that shooting mirrorless with adapters is a valid way for photography.
"That's different. TCs benefit you by providing longer focal length without a need of taking a second lens into your backpack. That's a huge weight-saver for the price of IQ. Completely different situation."
How's that different? Your OK with loosing IQ to save weight/get more zoom, while other folks may be OK with a (slight) IQ loss to use a legacy lens.
It's the same thing. Trading IQ for to do something you normally could not do with your camera. Just because you value zoom and don't value using legacy lenses does not make it totally different.
One nice thing about pentax is there are some great legacy lenses and you don't need an adapter as the current bodies work with lenses made eons ago.
I was disappointed that my fourth generation ipad did not get the panorama feature.
Any idea why? It's has to have the horse power, there are like 20 apps that seem to manage.
An article stating 8mp is good enough right after the new iphone is released with an 8mp sensor?
please add the 808 to the test scenes.
Why add a nitch phone?
The 808 has the largest sensor in a phone; arguably the best cell phone camera to-date.
If I still lived in seattle I'd loan you mine for a day or five but someone has to have one laying around?
Gosh their testing methodology for the video AF is absolutely horrible.
I'm talking about the test where someone holds a memo and walks away from the camera. The guy is moving back and forth so often the camera has no text to focus on.
I'm not sure how they can draw any conclusion from that sort of test.
keeponkeepingon: I'v seen at least one review (digital rev?) trashing the ergonomic of the X-M1
issues included how you have to reach over a control wheel to get to the shutter button and a touch thumb dial on the back that was too easy to easy to hit accidently.
Could any users of the X-M1 comment on how good/bad it is to handle?
" the awesome build quality only found on high end cameras since it has a magnesium alloy body."
Fakuryu Are you sure you used an X-M1? It has a plastic, not magnesium allow body. There's like a metal part on top but most of the body is plastic.
I've never touched it but just looking at it, it looks very cramped for folks with bigger hands.
Just look at it, the way the shutter finger is completely covering the main control dial. Do you turn that dial with the shutter finger or do you slide your thumb over the thumb control dial to get to it?
Regadless of the opinion of Kai just looking at the camera he has some valid points. You do need to reach over the control dial to get to the shutter button, an arangement I've never liked, and there is a thumb button situated right where you may want to place your thumb to hold the camera.
I'm interested in opinons of folks who have handled an X-M1. Your love of Kai is somewhat irrelvant..
I'v seen at least one review (digital rev?) trashing the ergonomic of the X-M1
So slightly upgraded everything, on-sensor phase detect but otherwise a similar sensor/IQ? Sounds like the Canon 70D approch, maybe Canon is on to something....
Did Olympus do anything to improve the menu system?
DELETED88781: Small sensor is not good regardless of any feature.Entry level FF DSLR has 4 times bigger sensor and only 200g more weight. Cost? Almost the same.
"What happens to the "small SLR" when you put a 24-70mm f/2.8 on it?"
What happens to the olympus when you put a F2.8 equivalent zoom on it???
Regarding the tryx:
You need to change your ending from "maybe it was a bit too radical" to:
The tryx is so popular that they are selling for $1000 new and even amazon will pay you $425 for a used one.
Casio recently released a new, upgrade of tryx, the TR15:
I've been waiting for this review.
I love my 808 but will dump it in a heart beat if there is something significantly better.
Unfortunately this review has no IQ comparisons against the 808.
(that I could find, if I'm wrong tell me the page number and I will cower in shame).
I thought y'all reviewed the 808 as one of your first reviews? How can I get a comparison of the 1020 and 808 test shots? Your selectoramoter does not include the 808.
Also you state the sensor of the 1020 is "slightly smaller"than the 808s. That's sort of an exageration. I've seen anything from 30 to 50% smaller. What's the exact size difference?
hoousi: Good article, and very true. Though I left DSLRS one year ago I'm back now, my main subject being three running children I just need the AF of DSLR at least for the next few years... But the X100s just tempts me too much for events where my DSLR is too big the the iPhone inadequate.
this. Notice how not a single ain't life great without a DSLR picture could be considered an "action shot".
My various P&S are miserable keeping up with the kids. The DSLR has issues but at least it can hang in there most days.
You sort of misrepresent the entire original article.
While he does rant against traditional, hard to moderate, sucky comment systems, the main thrust of the article is not to banish comments altogether. The main thrust is to suggest outsourcing comments to 3rd party commenting systems such as branch. com and kinja. com, systems which facilitate moderation by the author and the commenting community.
dpreview is slowly trying to improve commenting in it's own homegrown system with the "like"s. If you made the best comments (such as this one) bubble to the top of the comments that feature might actually be useful.
BTW I love comments even though I barely read any of them. Just the fact that one of your news items is heavily commented on tells me it may be worth looking at, even if the title does not initially catch my interest.
Are STM lenses slower to focus? Would that be an issue using this lens for sports?
I was one of the canon faithful (Y2K S100, SD780, S95, 300HS, S100 owner) but I think I'll be moving on now.
It may be silly for the purist here but I'm pretty upset that there is still no auto/sweep panorama mode. I've played with the competition and it's really really nice to be able to make a pano on the fly.
Gosh even my iphone can make a nice panoramic image and because of that I would often use my iphone even though I'm carrying my S100.
Like everyone else, I'm a bit disappointed in the lack any innovation here, especially in regards to the sensor. I can stomach that on a P&S for FB/email snaps but I can't stomach having to spend time in PP just to get a little bit wider.
Mikhail Tal: Why is Andy Westlake reviewing some obscure gadget that is going to interest a tiny group of people, instead of one of the overdue mirrorless camera reviews like GF6, G6, NEX-5R, NEX-3N, E-PL5, etc? Obviously this is somewhat shorter than a camera review but it seems very strange to prioritize a niche product over a camera with much broader appeal, especially on DPR.
" it lets you do the same thing that you can already do with every other camera maker's lenses."
This is untrue. I have a T2i and a buggy canon 40mm. Canon does not support flashing the lens's firmware with the T2i. Having a cheap dohicky by canon would mitigate the issue of canon dropping support for older hardware.
mrdancer: Hmmm, 5-axis stabilization...
B-b-b-b-b-b-but......, image blur hides the noise! :)
Lotsa nice features/tricks in this camera, but nothing that couldn't be done by Android apps. Still waiting for more decent cameras to utilize Android OS so we can have some real individuality and creativity via various apps.
I would be very happy if the Panny FZ300 bridge had latest Android OS, 1/1.7" sensor and 18x zoom, while maintaining F2 throughout.
p.s. - the 'droid cameras also need onboard GPS/gyros for shooting geocoded panoramas!
Android can do OIS with an app? Slick.....
white shadow: There are just too many people who are concern over whether a particular camera gets a gold award or a silver award. The review and conclusion is just more information about the camera. Different users will place importance on different aspect of a camera. Ultimately, if you think that a particular camera suits your requirement and budget, buy it and if doesn't buy another.
The 100D is only one of the choices and its good to have them.
"Except for the fact that camera companies themselves are now using the "DPR Gold Award" logo in their advertisements in Pop Photography and on Amazon. So these awards have a direct impact on sales."
Exactly. One nice thing is that this review has done a good job highlighting how useless and irrelevant the gold award is. It's a "I felt like it" award and means nothing unless you know and/or respect the photographer.