Wow! Something totally worth of press release
Francis Carver: "Australian company Blackmagic Design, which already offers a movie camera with a passive Micro Four Thirds mount and is rumored to be working on a fully compliant version, also joins."
Considering that the company has no camera, compliant or non-compliant Micro 4/3 or anything else otherwise, that is good news indeed. But personally, I am waiting for a decent M4/3rd SDI capture car from them.
it is $3000 camera - in that field it is like giving it for free.
Photocounter: Just in relation to those wondering who/what JK Imaging is, there's a story here which gives the bare bones: http://www.photocounter.com.au/2013/kodak-camera-licence-to-unknown-start-up/ - But this just makes the whole thing even curiouser. JK Imaging is fronted by a Miami camera distributor called Joe Atick (Jaacx Distributors) who operates mainly into Latin America. Simply a marketing/distribution business with no design smarts. When speaking with JK Imaging's marketing/PR firm IMS - also out of Miami - there was no hint that there were any cameras about to be announced a couple of days later. There is something decidedly odd and even a bit tacky about this whole deal. How many employees does JK Imaging have? 'We don't reveal that sort of information.' Come on!
It is not that you need to designed anything. You go to expo in china, pickup interesting product, agree on volume and they can put any name on it. This time JK licensed the name as well - a good strategy move. Kodak sounds better than Jazz
timo: People here are dismissive about China's approach to quality and innovation. They were saying all the same thing about Japanese cars in the 1960s, and they've been saying the same thing about everything with 'Samsung' on it for years. Reality: China and Korea are going to give Japan, let alone the USA, real - really real - competition in every area of business over the next few years. (The Pacific is not going to be tension-free.) Get used to it. If you don't like it, produce more competitive products at home.
The point is not that people were SAYING the japanese cars in 1960 had terrible quality, they really WERE build terribly. Other than that yes, China quality will improve with time, they will start producing more their own designs without copying. But are they there yet?
Andy Crowe: So first Polaroid licensed their name to Sakar International for an Android powered interchangeable lens/sensor module camera and now Kodak have licensed their name for a Micro Four Thirds camera, I guess these new mostly unknown camera makers feel they need a "big" name to put on their cameras to sell them?
Polaroid is licensing its name for ages for many different (often crappy) products including subpar cameras. This is all what is left from Polaroid and Kodak - bunch of patents and their name. They can still milk it for some time and it probably pays few of their managers salaries.
Not half bad. Show me the samples.
T3: Remember when Fuji and Kodak were rivals, and Kodak was king? Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Kodak gone, Fuji going strong. One company didn't survive the digital transition, one company did.
Fuji was nearly loosing it as well with the PS market few years back. It took lot of curage to invest into the X systems and it pays off.
munro harrap: NOw we hold off buying computers with conventional Hard Disc Drives because they are too slow to use with USB2 and 3, and want Solid State drives instead, so too we should hold off buying these tiny sensored cameras that physically are big enough to use APS-C and even full-frame. The new Fuji may be OK, but the x100 SHOULD be a full-frame machine. Even Leitz-not exactly the most adventurous of designers, have gone full-frame at the same price.
As to the tiny sensos, well, you may as well stay with a Canon G2,3,5,6 or even a Nikon 950 as the cramming of pixels (and/or their imterpolation) has done nothing for PHOTOGRAPHY at all- just as this site repeatedly said years ago.
The number of secondhand new compacts on the market bears witness- they really are toys.
hear! the FF evangelists are on the mission again. Take cover.
Ulfric M Douglas: Wow that blue Polaroid is really ugly!Sensor-in-lens sounds interesting, like Ricoh's modules but I'm guessing smaller sensors and cheaper opticals.
it will probably cost very little as other polaroid digital cameras - so it is more like pretend interchangeable system destined for walmart.
xoio: Getting sick & tired of the current trend of cameras loosing their EVF/OVFs .. Then bullsh*tting the public into thinking that the above is a 'Premium' feature now, when it has ALWAYS been & SHOULD always remain a FUNDAMENTAL component of a CAMERA! - That's right .. camera.. NOT a wave it about in front of your face iphone!
Yeah, but still two years ago there were practically no cameras with VF, now we have all of the fuji x, nex 7, E-m5... so the trend of OVF is growing, not loosing.
seems nobody really talk about the actual af speed, only that fuji promises it is faster, but didnt the focusing work on the sample camera?
they should make the bands more visible, more contrasty
Pretty good, I want to see how the small x-trans performs - fingers crossed.
Indoor focus still a challenge, especially in the dark winter months. Camera likes to focus on wrong things or not focus at all. Output is great.
jweatherill: What makes it or breaks it at this price level is the lens quality. Full stop.
With Zeiss optics this should be a breezer. Images should be pin sharp.
Not to be a pixel counter, but from the look of the samples they are not.
Pity, though - I wanted it to blow my existing equipment away so I could have something more to pine for. I guess I'll just have to wait, but for now my patience hasn't been tried much.
Zeiss like everything else become a brand and can be glued on anything if you pay good money. Let's hope this "zeiss" is one of the exceptional ones.
Dyun27: Nearly $3,000??? What kind of crack is Sony smoking? This is a pocket camera for the upper class, not for ordinary consumers. I wouldn't pay that kind of money for a camera just because I'm able to put it in my pocket. It doesn't outperform my DSLR and I can stick that in my bag. Sure it's two or three times the size, but it still takes better pictures and costs $700 less. Ridiculous. At $1,000 I'd understand. $2,700? Nope.
Yes exactly. It is not for ordinary consumers. I don't see soccer moms buying this over some $300 huge zoom tiny sensor camera. But that is the whole point. It is not another of the hundreds of variants of the same, it is unique. Some people do have the money for this some don't. (I don't) But the product could be great.
starwolfy: I just Hope this camera will fail and not sale because I don't like Sony.(a guy who remembered he bought a super small nice wow genius NEX who electronically failed after 2000 exposures -_- )
If I can count all the stuff that broke we will be here forever. The question is if the warranty works or not. here fuji has 2 years automatic warranty which gives it a huge advantage over the sony warranty.
The pictures are fantastic and inspiring, just bang! right there in between them is wedged Angelina Jolie.... what is going on?
Lytro never really explained (and I am afraid they never really figured out) who is the target audience for their camera. Kids would use Lytro instead of cell phones? Amateur photographers? People who have no idea about photography?
I can't find any of the commercial group who would get anything more from Lytro than from the cellphones, cameras that already exist.
In fact the only group where I would understand this is some scientific microphotography where a millimeter makes difference in OOF image - but the Lytro is definitely not build for them.
I had seen plenty of technology that claims to solve problem that bothers nobody.
wakaba: So here we have a camera that is really bad at taking pictures and uploads your picture, denies ownership and only lets you see trough a browser window.
What will happen to your pictures in 5 years? Kodak went bust...Flash is getting phased out...Firefox will change...
Raw and JPEG win. For the price of a Litro a very decent SLR can be had.
No go unless your a noveltyseeker drone.
I don't think people will be desperately seeking lytro viewers in 5 years, the lytro will simply endup on the bottom drawer or in the box in basement with all the other fantastic products that gave us some fun for a brief time then became obsolete.
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