DP review today had this to say about Nikons D600 - "the D600 is probably best known for collecting oil on the sensor". Maybe Nikon needs to redesign this camera as an oil gathering sensor for the Oil and Gas industry. Put it in a package with a drilling bit and sell it to Exxon, Chevron, BP to help them find oil in areas where they cant find oil. I hear that sophisticated drilling equipment costs an arm and a leg. They could replace the Nikon mount with one for a drillbit and make some modifications to the electronics.
DP Review should accept a lot of the responsibility of how the D600 was accepted in the public domain, maybe Nikon should have called it the DP600. DP review gave this flawed camera one of its highest ratings for any DSLR that most likely have lead to many dissatisfied purchases and Nikon not living up to it end of the bargain. DP review knew about the problem about the "dust" and "oil" issue and continued to mislead customers with its very high rating. I am very suspicious of any DP involved rating when it comes to camera equipment - DP Review have never issued any apologies nor recalls for its flawed review and may have knowingly mislead many readers. I am also very suspicious of any DXO review as well.
Serious photographers hardly use crop bodies. Sigma announces lenses and take very long to deliver. 1.8 at that focal range is not really so critical - that range is of interest mainly to landscape photographers where smaller fstops are used typically. On the flip side SIgma seem to be taking advantage of an area that is completely neglected by canon and to a lesser extent by nikon. Maybe its in anticipation to the upcoming 7DII. Wonder how it would perform on a FF body - will it vignet?
Wilmark: "Camera specs are unimpressive for a device that is otherwise futuristic: a 5MP camera that can record 720p video puts Google Glass's camera capabilities far behind today's leading camera phones. "
LOL, Its a good thing I dont take camera advice from DP Review anymore. MP and HD recording on camera phones are meaningless - they almost all shoot worthless photos and videos, especially if i compare it with old DLSRS and video recorders with these specs from 5-10 yrs ago. NO matter how many camera phones you guys review, you guys are hilarious ever since youve been amazoned.
@ mikusa - the latest thing but NOT in megapixels and HD resolution, which dont even mean a thing not even for cellphones. They make NO point.
"Camera specs are unimpressive for a device that is otherwise futuristic: a 5MP camera that can record 720p video puts Google Glass's camera capabilities far behind today's leading camera phones. "
@ barney - what are you a volunteer? Why cant you take criticism in good stride (see elsewhere) ? Many of the posters here including myself was expecting something meaty about this article of a real opinion. A lot of DPReviews indepth reviews are truly questionable take the recent D600 review - where it a camera with a serious design defect was given the Gold Award!! The only reason I come to this site is to get photography news. Now they are padding the news items with garbage like this post. Where is the opinion? I was seriously looking for a second or third page. What is this opinion based on Specs - have you handled the lens?
Tell me why this is a better option than buying the best 70-200 F2.8 VR + 2X tele for about less money? They have to be kidding.
Eric Fossum: I should mention here that I have been working with Rambus for a few years and they fund our Quanta Image Sensor R&D at Dartmouth, along with other projects elsewhere. I believe their strategy is to invest in R&D that yields fundamental IP in advanced areas. It is an interesting business model and one that actually supports innovation and technology development even if they are ultimately a non-practicing entity.
@ Hroshak, I bet he's being paid per word or per response. Lol we dont live in a court room. I recall the details very well. Intel should have made sure that they never do any business again. These kinds of companies hurt consumers all over by preventing progress and overall cooperation at least for the purpose of standards. If it wern't for AMD and Via we would have been paying loads more for memory today.
I would say The Medellín Cartell has an "interesting business model". Rambus are downright patent trolls at the highest order.
You cannot trust a company like Rambus. They have a terrible history. They are a patent troll of the highest order. Genuine companies should steer clear of them. They join technology consortiums, with the guise of cooperation and knowledge sharing, then they run off and patent these shared ideas or incorporate it in their patents. Then they mount a battery of lawsuits with companies that would rather give in than expose them. The worst was when Intel partnered with them in the famous RDRAM fiasco, after RDRAM failed they sued almost all the memory manufacturers, after joining JDEC and stealing their ideas and patenting them. This company needs to be put out to pasture. I wont doubt that any technology they are showing off is fluff only to get corporation.
"We covered this issue in our in-depth review of the D600, last year."From the review final page "We're working with Nikon to understand (and further test) this issue and we'll update this review accordingly as we use the camera over time."
First off the problem seems to be OIL and NOT dust. Big difference. The other point is that I see you did consider this issue in your D600 review and yet you awarded it your GOLD AWARD. I cannot see how one can recommend this camera with this problem - it was prevalent in the model you tested, yet you gave it one of your highest ratings for a DSLR. Now you will understand why I never look at DP review for buying choices, I just come for news. How can anyone trust your reviews, when you have highly recommended a camera that probably has a serious design flaw, even when you picked it in your test model. Your high rating is that with oil or without? (a la Mc Donalds combo)
I really dont think its important what tools the photo journalist depend on for his stories, but I am not too thrilled about the instagram appearance of the above photos, makes it look like screen shots out of a movie from the 70's or looks like it belongs on facebook.
I believe this analysis is consistent with why I hardly read dpreview anymore. Photography from a gear/technology standpoint looks at the entire ecosystem. Not features of the body. Maybe DPReview caters for casual photo enthusiasts with more than a few bucks to spare. One of the most serious drawbacks for anyone choosing between Canon and Nikon and going Full Frame is the deficiencies in Nikon's Lens line up - and this is far more impacting than the selection of a few mangy features that the body possess. I am not talking about the casual user that have a few crop lenses. I am talking about serious photography, whether you make a living from it or not. As a canon user I wish Nikon did not have this gap, I may be able to afford that new F4.0 600mm II. Canon knows this. Serious photographers are more interested in lenses that more heavily impact their particular genre of photography, than i dare say DR with canon about to close the gaps in their lens line up (like the wide angles etc).
Wilmark: What will kill this potentially good phone is the phone itself. It does not run Android nor Windows 8. It has a lousy screen resolution. How could the best camera phone have a screen resolution of 360 x 640?????? Cant see myself buying it, although this is the type of camera a photog like me would want in a phone. Until Nokia gets its OS business sorted out, no way. The whole idea in a photog cam/phone is that he wants a decent camera so the dslr stays home. This has a decent camera, but now it looks like the phone stayed home.
Guys, Yes it was stated in the article why Nokia went with symbian etc etc. And also what limitations they had with WP7.5/Even 8. Dont make a difference. I too will say good job Nokia. Personally I wont buy a phone with these limitation. A prospective buyer wont say well Nokia did the best... hmmm I will buy two of these. The Phone OS doesnt cut it, even though you have good reason. Bottom line I want a phone that has a GOOD PHONE + GOOD CAMERA. This is NOT it. Finally I dont agree with the Gold Rating, because it ignores the poor phone aspects of the device BUT it rates it highly because its a PHONE. Doesnt make sense.
I think you are behind the times. I search for years for a phone with a good camera. The advent of smart phone have give users new tools to live their lives. You might not agree with it but its a fact. People want ONE device in their pockets. A phone is not what it used to be. If you dont get that then you would in time. The only platforms out there worthwhile of consideration is Android, IOS, and now it appears that Windows 8 will be there too. Symbian and BB are condemned to the dustbin. I didnt make this up. As I said that I have looked for a phone with a great camera for a long time. Nokia made it but the screwed the phone part up. The screen res thing is mind boggling. Why did they have to use symbian, arent they partners with MS Windows. Dont plan to buy a phone on a dead platform. I wont give up my phone for a good camera. Neither will most people. Phones have become too important, its 2012. It appears that Nokia realized this too late as well.
What will kill this potentially good phone is the phone itself. It does not run Android nor Windows 8. It has a lousy screen resolution. How could the best camera phone have a screen resolution of 360 x 640?????? Cant see myself buying it, although this is the type of camera a photog like me would want in a phone. Until Nokia gets its OS business sorted out, no way. The whole idea in a photog cam/phone is that he wants a decent camera so the dslr stays home. This has a decent camera, but now it looks like the phone stayed home.
Wilmark: Proof that photogs hate facebook - DP Review one of the biggest photog gear websites DOES NOT HAVE A FACEBOOK like button in the "Share" tab above!
Well it doesnt show up on THIS article. I know there is a like button on the pics for example.
Proof that photogs hate facebook - DP Review one of the biggest photog gear websites DOES NOT HAVE A FACEBOOK like button in the "Share" tab above!
hrl: Soon, Facebook will only be relevant in the third world countries, just like Blackberry.
WOW, you couldnt have said it better. I am from Trinidad. I hate when my photos appear on fucebook. But you know what here everyone is on facebook and everyone uses blackberry, the more uppity one use an iphone with almost NO android proliferation. And we are a thirdworld country. But most of the world is thirdworld.
XmanX: For Canon to stay relevant in still-photography, there better be a 40MP+ 5DMkIV (or whatever they want to call it) before Thanksgiving 2012.
No amount of "but-this" and "but-that" spin is going to cut it for people who value, and often need, more megapixels over 6 fps. No brand can sustain itself, let alone thrive by attracting new customers, by putting out what seems like an also-ran product. I hope the cash registers at Canon are already sending this message loud and clear to the management.
Canon has made documentary/wedding/event photographers and soccer moms happy with this 5DMkIII. Now it's time for them to stand up and deliver something truly special to the fine art community who want to make amazing poster-sized prints. And do it REAL soon.
Until thanksgiving you could always buy the Nokia 41 MP phone and you'd have lots of money remaining for Turkey, or is it baloney.