jadot: I Appreciate what these cameras are supposed to be used for, but really?; NO pictures of people? Just a couple of headshots would be helpful.
At 1, it was a shiny toy they liked to carry around. At 2, she liked to make the flash pop. At 3, she was taking pictures. By 4, she was framing shots and arranging things to take "still life" photos.
You might not want to give a camera to a 1 year old, but I was more than happy to.
Second that. My first rugged camera was an Olympus before they all figured out to call them Rugged cameras.
My 1 year old loved to slobber on the shiny metal surface. Rinse & return. Then it became a play toy, dropped and kicked numerous times. Then she learned to take pictures with it- really, that means press the shutter button so the flash would fire. THEN she learned how to aim the camera at what she wanted to take a picture of- at 4 years old.
Any other camera would have died 100 deaths before the learning happened.
msolea: This is almost the perfect compact for me feature wise. However, for video, it should have kept the hot shoe and possibly added a microphone jack to it.
I have had both of its predecessors and I can say the are the most comfortable and best compact point and shoots available, at least for me. I have tried the top of the line canon, panasonic, olympus, fuji, nikon, and a few other compacts and they have all disappointed and of the ones I have owned, I did not keep them long. Otherwise, I simply did some testing and did not acquire the other ones.
Exactly. These days a "video" DSLR needs to have both a mic input, and a headphone jack.
Otherwise, it's like a still camera with only an "auto" mode, no manual control at all.
Okay, let's see-Wastes vertical storage space with 4 spinny wheels.Wastes interior cargo space with handle rails tat go in the middle of the case.Weighs a lot.Still doesn't even really qualify as carry on.Costs a lot.
THere's your mission, DPreview... find a case that actually DOESN'T do these things, but is still a good gear case.
IE, find a case where - the wheels take up minimal space in the overall "carry on" space requirements. - the handle is either set to the edges of the case so it takes up minimal interior room AND provides structural rigidity when collapsed. - is light- is carry-on sized, and slightly mooshable for when the bins are tight.- doesn't cost a fortune.
MrTaikitso: No articulating display! Why? Such a good spec.
I'd take a bit more bulk for incredible usefulness of a tilt-swivel display. Like the Nikon P7700, if it were actually decently fast, and had a longer "travel zoom" in it. I had the 7700 and had zero issue with the additional bulk for the screen.
Charlieangel: I like the styling. We'll have to wait for testing to see if the image stabilization is better than other brand compact travel zooms. If so, then the SH-1 could well be the best option for this type camera. But the new Panasonic ZS40 has 40x zoom in roughly the same size camera, with hybrid optical and sensor shift image stabilization, so the Oly SH-1 has some tough competition.
Hey, summer is coming and it's time DPreview gave Jeff Keller some more work putting together a compact travel zoom shootout!
I would love to see a bunch of the 10x + COMPACT travel zooms go head to head with the best image quality coming out on top.
Alexis D: People need to realize that this is a take anywhere travelzooom and so a small size is more important than a big sensor.
A 5-axis IBIS that works with 60p video is nice.
They have that already, it's called the OM-D. Sure, you can take the lens off, but you can also treat it like a fixed lens camera.
I didn't expect to be impressed, but even after seeing the impressive HDR video mode, the fingerprint scanner, photo access from the lock screen (FINALLY), able to take a splashing, (No not underwater like the S4 Active- but maybe an S5 Active is on the way?) and that low power mode? Amazing!And the multi-homing (able to connect to two internet sources simultaneously) is usually a feature reserved for a $200 router. Not that I'll ever use it for that, it's just damm impressive.
Make me want to hand in my Galaxy Note II for a S5 now.
Jurka: Yeah, but still without exposure compensation.
The iPhones have "spot metering" which I GREATLY prefer to my exposure compensation in my Galaxy Note II.
With a bright background, I can get the right face exposure on an iPhone with one touch. With exposure compensation, it's three-4 touches and it's still not enough compensation.
Spot metering wins every single time.
mailman88: Where's the lens selection for this camera? Can't find any 300-400mm lens
FrankS009: I wonder what the G7 will be like, and whether Panasonic will introduce a new enthusiast stills camera between the G7 and the GHK4. Will a new GF camera play that role? My guess is that Panasonic still has a card or two up their sleeves.
Great points @eoshd. For those that need it, here's the 4K camera. Everyone else, here's HD and stills.
Vitruvius: I doubt that it can record 200 Mbps without the additional DMW-YAGH interface unit with the 4 raid card slots - $$$. So it isn't really a feature included with the camera. It is like saying that my DSLR has a flash guide number of 54 when I buy and attach an additional external flash not included with the camera. Perhaps if they had actually added a second card slot to the camera?
I didn't see card slots on the XLR adapter. I would have liked to see a battery compartment on it.
Jogger: Although there is a lot of hype on this forum for this camera, the fact is that m43 is a non-player in the cine market. Others such as Sony and Canon have long released dedicated S35 and FF cine cameras (C100, FS700, F55, F65, etc). This market is dominated by S35 cameras. Whereas, the only m43 cine camera, the Pana AG100 never took off. The m43 mount BMP is even more of a compromise, and after the hype, its fading away.
So the reason you dont see these specs on Sony/Canons is that they dont need to... they are already catering to this market, but, you wont see the F55, F5, etc mentioned on here.
Upstream color, and several others, shot on M43.
There is _no_ format that's a non player. Even 16mm still gets shot. And there's way more content getting produced on M43 than 16mm these days.
Pocket superzoom indeed.
Something with 10x + and stellar image quality. Fast shutter and multiple FPS. Great JPEG right in camera, without having to resort to a RAW workaround/workflow just for some great shots of the weekend trip to the zoo with the kids.
also note the blown highlights in the peak of the building in the Lumina versus the Canon.
I'd like to see this redone with RAW from both.
5x lens? Nikon beats it.No tilt-swivel screen? Nikon beats it.But the Nikon is infuriatingly slow to use.
Can someone come out with a mash up?Great image quality, 10x bright lens, very zippy, 10MP enough- use big pixels to gather lots of light, WiFi, = great travel zoom.
I reviewed the P7700 and sent it back (instead of buying it) because I just couldn't deal with the slow interface. Slow compared to anything else I used. Slow meaning you have to wait after every action. Slow meaning, if you lie to move slow, it's fine, but if you use and are used to using any other piece of electronics today, the P7700 was notably slow.
So they update the camera and keep the slow?
Awesome roundup Jeff. Great to see your work over here and this kind of multi-camera review is so much more usable to so many more people than another $1000+ DSLR or Lens review that people will nit pick in the comments, but so few will actually purchase.
I'd love to see a similar comparison article of some nice compact travel zooms. I recently recommended the Panasonic TZ15 to a good friend because every review of the TZ20 said that if I didn't need the GPS, and I don't, the TZ15 was a great choice. For the person I recommended it to, it was. But with two kids I need a camera of similar performance that don't start up in playback mode (the physical switch) which causes more missed pictures than you'd think.
I have an aging Canon SX20 that I'd like to replace. I don't need 20x zoom, but greater than 10x. I want full 1080p30 HD and as good still images as I can get. And it has to slide into a belt pouch or pocket. Cost less than $500.
Ever since I kickstarted Capture quick release clamp, and that uses an Arca-compatable plate, I've been looking for an manfrotto-like, drop-in, automatic locking plate to put my camera into. Everything else I have is manfrotto, but the Capture is so handy, that I've been itching for some way to have that auto-lock functionality with the Arca.
I looked around and all I see is "quick release" and I'd much rather have quick LOCK. As in, the base locks on to the camera plate when it is dropped in to place. Just like Manfrotto has done for years.
Peak Design actually made an Arca/Manfrotto combo plate, but designed it 90° wrong so the camera mounted on the Capture belt clip goes in to the Manfrotto head facing sideways.
Now Capture has v2 of their belt clip system, and it has a tripod plate on the bottom, but ... really? NOBODY else has made an automatic latching system for Arca? As in, drop the camera in and it click-locks automatically. 1-hand secure with zero extra effort?
Is it possible that the lens can be profiled and a correction file be made so that when converting from RAW, a lot of the corrections (CA, barrel distortion, etc) can be corrected in post?