RolliPoli: As the precursor to 'translucent mirror' cameras, I hope proper mention is made of the Olympus E10 - E20 camera series. As well as using a fixed translucent prism between both the eye piece and image sensor to eliminate the moving mirror years before Sony built its first DSLR of any kind, the E10 was the first 'live view' DSLR 5 or 6 years before the E330 I still enjoy using my E20 even though it's now a digital museum piece. .....metal body with an f2 - f2.4 lens
I used an E-10 at work for a couple of years. It was so frustrating because of poor focus speed and worthless raw capability - the latter was so slow that it wasn't really practical. At the time, Olympus insisted that removable lenses was not practical for digital because of the problems with dust on the sensor - which is why their first DSLR a few years later had a dust removal system.
In any case, I was so happy when I was able to upgrade the work camera to a Canon 10D, with a good set of lenses. I liked this so much that I bought one for myself.
MrTaikitso: In 1995 or so whilst living in California, I had a Logitech Pixtura digital camera (740 x 648 resolution). I flew my mum out from the UK for a once in a lifetime holiday where we hit Yosemite. Took some amazing photos, 144 in fact, filling up the in built memory. In all my life as a photographer, the most amazing shot was of a chipmunk staring direct into the lens at 1" or so.
I wanted to take one or two additional photos on our last day, so hit the erase frame button to delete a few of the most recent images and free up the in built memory. (There was no built in preview display, just a mono LCD frame counter.) After hitting [Delete] the hourglass remained on the screen for quite a while, which was odd. It then finished erasing what I assumed was the last picture I had taken.
To my horror, the frames remaining counter showed 144/144.
I plugged the camera into my PowerBook and there was nothing on the memory in the camera. I had hit [Erase All] in error losing ALL the photos. Cried.
I did the same thing in my film days, shooting a parade for my college newspaper. In those days, I loaded my own cartridges and getting 40 shots from a roll was common. But once I hit 45 I realized that something was wrong...At another parade, I changed film while running alongside a vehicle. I dropped the roll as it came out of the camera, and watched it hit the ground, pop off the end, and the exposed film spool out of the cartidge. I was lucky - I grabbed it quickly, pushed the cap back on, and stuffed it in my pocket, and managed to salvage enough shots to make the paper happy.
Digital, with a 64 GB card, removes both problems (as long as the card doesn't fail).
That shot was not taken in Maui.
freeAgent85: I currently have a NAS with 10TB of usable space (5x3TB drives with the ability to recover from a single lost drive at a time). This much storage on a single drive will be awesome once it becomes affordable. I'll be able to replace 5 drives with 2, gain capacity, and also increase transfer speeds (those 3TB drives are magnetic, not solid-state). Technology is great.
I would not trust a two drive array. It is not uncommon for a second drive to fail shortly after the first - especially if they were bought at the same time from the same batch/lot. The second can fail before you have time to install and fully integrate the replacement. I have a Drobo unit with five drives, configured so that two can fail without data loss. Currently it uses 2 TB drives (making 6 TB usable), but it takes mixed sizes so I can slowly upgrade to 3 TB drives if I wish, for 9 TB.
SCC322: Been waiting for the FZ200 successor - now that it's here I'm underwhelmed with the same 12MP sensor as the FZ200 (circa 2012). Who puts a 3+ year old sensor in a "new, improved" camera?? I'll pass on the FZ300
How much real improvement has there really been in sensors of this size over the last three years? I haven't seen any reviews of the small sensor cameras that show newer sensors with better image quality that older models - but maybe I've missed something.
I have a predecessor of this camera - the FZ40. It is a great little camera, which I use to take photos at concerts where a real camera isn't allowed. It is also a remarkably good video recording device. For real photography, the small sensor just isn't good enough - then again a bigger sensor would make such a camera impossible at any reasonable size.
I was always tempted to pick up an FZ200. What made the FZ200, and the new model, worthy of serious consideration is the constant F2.8 lens, allowing shots at low ISO where the sensor quality can be tolerable. But I wish they could have done something to improve the image quality with the new model. Then again, I have a friend who takes her FZ200 on family trips and loves the image quality - the sensor is good enough for posting photos on Facebook etc.
Jeff Peterman: Why the arbitrary ban on interchangeable lens cameras? My SL1 with a 40mm pancake lens would be smaller than many that are permitted. And what about the 3" lens length? Would it be OK to use a lens that is 2" at 28mm but 4" at 200mm?
I was in the White House for the last Christmas tour, as part of a group for people who do volunteer work for the government. I don't remember the exact rules but just took my S110 and used that to take a bunch of photos inside the White House.
How about an iPhone with a removable add on lens!
The problem is that after waiting a long time to get the tickets, and then waiting in line to get it, is it worth the risk that you'll get turned away at the door because you're little mirrorless camera has a removable lens, or because your small P&S has a lens that extends out passed 3 inches at max zoom?
Why the arbitrary ban on interchangeable lens cameras? My SL1 with a 40mm pancake lens would be smaller than many that are permitted. And what about the 3" lens length? Would it be OK to use a lens that is 2" at 28mm but 4" at 200mm?
Traveling with small arms can get you into trouble.
Jeff Peterman: Given the decreasing usage of traditional GPS units for driving (many of us just use our phones), Garmin and Tomtom must come up with a new product line to survive. I wonder if there is enough room in the "action camera" market for them to succeed.
I still have and use my Tomtom - that way it is easier to use my phone when stopped, if I need to. But sometimes I use my Note 3, and at times I also use both.
When my Tomtom dies, I probably won't bother replacing it.
Given the decreasing usage of traditional GPS units for driving (many of us just use our phones), Garmin and Tomtom must come up with a new product line to survive. I wonder if there is enough room in the "action camera" market for them to succeed.
brumd: When you are a 'traveling photographer' you tend to carry around a lot more things than just camera gear. Therefore, a backpack dedicated to taking only camera gear isn't particularly helpful for traveling photographers. At least, in my experience.
Looking at the specifications, the new 250 model is similar in size to the old 350. Personally, I always thought that the old 250 was too small and the 350 too big so maybe the new 250 will be just right for me.
wetsleet: How come they don't just make the thing waterproof right off the bat, instead of faffing about with a separate rain-jacket?And can we have it in a heat reflecting colour please? In a hot sunny country your gear fries in a black bag.
I would never rely just on zips for weatherproofing. All you need is a tiny gap (because you didn't close the zip fully or it was knocked and opened slightly without your notice) and the rain could pour in. Have a cover the goes entirely over the bag removes that risk.
Mike FL: I like my Lowepro SlingShot AW, and It has three sizes (102, 202, and 302). It is very light, well made, and it has its own raincoat. I like sling bag better than my backpack because:- Backpack is too hot on my back in summer.- Sling bag is easier to take things in and out.
The CON of the Lowepro SlingShot AW may be that it is too simple (less compartment) for some users.
On several occasions I've compared the Slingshot line and the Tamrac Velocity line and ended up with the Tamrac sling bag. I have three different sizes of the Velocity bag, and the lack of an AW cover is easily dealt with by carrying a $2 disposable poncho in the front pocket (that will cover me and the bag, if needed).
What a shame. A great idea ruined by poor choice of colors - the contrast is so low that it is almost impossible to read the text on the keys, which makes the tool pretty much worthless to me.
Treeshade: After all these years, I thought Canon (and Nikon) would never release a wide angle for crop sensor so that they could keep advertising FF having "wider angle of view". Did Canon learn from the success of EF-M 11-22mm?
Hmm, what about the 10-22 EF-S? Doesn't that count as a wide angle for the crop sensor? It has been out for at least five years.
itchhh: What's the catch?
This is just one of multiple modules. They're hoping that you'll buy additional modules, but you don't have to.
bluevaping: This guy doesn't understand that marketing, adding a feature, removing a feature doesn't drive sales in different markets the same. The reason the Rebel SL1 is not selling more in the US. They wanted to market the smallest DSLR. People in US complained it's to small, but they likely meant that there not comfortable grip for shooting. So marketing got them marginal smaller DSLR that's uncomfortable to many models. And with same lens sizes. WIN/Lose. The competition is giving them marginal better image quality and better handling. Win/WinIt's like they need to do SWAT analysis on future products. Smartphones are threat. They have high resolution screens. A few have bigger sensors than most compact cameras. Most smartphones have faster glass and some have image stabilization. Like shooting with a prime lens compact camera that you like have with you. I have a canon point and shoot for ergonomics and shooting lots for work. Threat of substitution is real.
As someone who bought an SL1 last week to use as a travel camera, I love it. I bought it specifically for it's small size and light weight (much lighter/smaller than my 7D, yet with comparable image quality). Yes, the ergonomics are not ideal, but they're not bad and I'm adapting. I hope that they don't abandon the small body market in the US.
Daniel Lauring: IMHO, this is stretching the envelope of usefulness of tablets. It is "trying too hard" to fit a 10lb brick in a 5lb basket. For RAW editing anyone would be way better off with an Ultralight laptop (like Macbook Air) or Windows tablet (like Microsoft Surface.) Heck, you can buy last year's Surface Pro for $600 with an i5 processor and 128Gb SSD. Better still the Surface has true Wacom digitizer support.
It all depends on what you're trying to do. I don't see this as replacing a "real" computer with a full RAW processor/editor. I see this as a tool to have a look at your chosen images in the field and then adjust them to see if you have what you need. Maybe you You've taken 200 shots and you scan through them and pick your best ten to work on with this App on your tablet. Then, when you get back, you copy over the sidecar files from those images and the RAW files and do final tweaking on your desktop/laptop with Lightroom. But this is speculation on my part, as I haven't tried it yet.