Well done Fuji. It is important to make cameras fun to own.
I dare say they are appealing to a much younger, optimistic and care-free customer segment than the resident old grumps on DPR.
Photography is a creative art. It is ultimately about self expression. If a photographer wants to cover his Fuji with a custom colour covering, then good luck to him /her.
I know of more than one very serious pro who would love this !
We are meant to have some fun while on this planet.
Whats this about Americans not liking small cameras?
It is bizarre. Do Americans think that large = better?
Makes no sense. No sense at all.
Image Quality is not fantastic. Seems on a par with my RX100.
I do not think it really matters here.
I think I will buy one, if only because of G.A.S.
Shame about the 30p video though.
I'm sure someone will be along in a moment comparing it to an Olympus EM-1.
It seems every camera is compared to an EM-1 these days.
Whatever the question, some people think the answer is m4/3.
Problem with these forums is that they are the opinions ( generally speaking, for I am sure there are many exceptions ) of people of between middle age and retirement age, generally white and western and with English as their native tongue. And with a heavy bias toward North America.
This is not representative of the world. We talk as if we understand what is happening but we forget that we see things through the lens of our own , narrow, perspective.
DPR forum members look at the world through a 500mm telephoto lens and simply do not realise that there is a much wider field of view with aspects to the environment that they cannot see. Therefore, most of the opinions here ( while passionately held and as legitimate as the next mans ) are irrelevant - my own opinions included.
Some strange gear heads infest these forums.
Lets get some facts clear. These Sony /Zeiss lenses are quite clearly very, very good. All the tests confirm this. And although not cheap, they are certainly cheaper than Zeiss or Leica glass. And they also appear to outperform high end Canon and Nikon glass - although you never get people complaining about how much they cost...
There really is nothing to criticise here. Yet somehow, people creep out of the dark and troll anyway. Must be because it is Sony.
Yep, there are strange gear heads on these forums. Yabokkie - I am talking about you. Nothing you say makes any sense. :)
RobertSigmund: An overpriced piece of glass. There are better and cheaper alternatives (Sigma and Canon are mentioned), just not for Sony E mount!
No idea what RobertSigmund is on about. His comprehension is clearly suffering, perhaps influenced by his prejudice. Empirical data points to the opposite conclusion - the Sony appears to perform better than practically any alternative.
Are the apertures click stopped or continuous, like the Samyang cine lenses, I wonder...?
Hugo808: What no OVF?
No OVF thank god. Much prefer the EVF now.
If DPR do a full review of this camera before the summer, I will be amazed frankly. I don't know why they call these articles "FIRST impressions". It implies that there will be a further, in depth review, when the reality is that for most cameras there will be no such thing.
DPR should just call this a "Review" and ignore the "Initial" bit and the false promise it offers...
JerryKraut: Sony is on the way to bankruptcy, folks. Their debt is rated close to junk. Looking at this camera, I can see why. Great product let down by far inferior EVF. How could they do this??? I was almost going to buy one. Hope somebody makes good A-Mount adapters for the X-Mount soon. Would be a shame if I had to throw away my big glass.
JerryKraut - this is nonsense. Sony is no more likely to go bankrupt than the United States of America is. Just because Moodys downgrade Sony paper, does not mean a company is going bankrupt. This is the same Moody's who rated Lehman paper AA the day before they crashed. Americans simply do not understand how Japan works. Sony will not go bust. The principle of Keiretsu is ignored by analysts, who frankly are worthless and best ignored..
Zeisschen: DSLR is just a transition technology from film to digital. Mirrorless (or better CSC) is the only future, even Canon and Nikon have to admit that sooner or later. In 2013 mirrorless already took the crown in picture quality and equaled in sensor size (A7r) and 100% replaced the OVF (A7, E-M1). In 2014 video and AF are the last things that mirrorless will fully catch up and overtake the DSLR (actually I think AF is already better today because accuracy is more important than the last 1\100 of second a DSLR might be quicker). In 2015 CSC will surpass DSLR in market share, in another 3 years the DSLR as it exists today will probably be reduced to one pro FF body and one crop body per brand for some people who still prefer an OVF. The actual only other reason to do that is to serve people bodies for all the the lenses they still have. But most will adapt then to a CSC (without the advantage of having a smaller system).Finally in 2050 Nikon is going to release the DF mkII. It's basically the same thing but it has a video button to record 1080/30p.
Sony is no more likely to go bust than the United States of America is likely to go bust.
People really, really, do not understand how Japan works..
There is one potential huge factor here - this camera could make taking stills from video a viable option.
Imagine this - you can shoot at 30 fps in 4k. That is enough resolution to grab a still image and be able to print it quite large and get pretty good detail.
Seeking the "Decisive Moment"? Just shoot 4k video at 30fps and pick your still image at your leisure. What would HCB have made of that? :)
D 503: I would have liked to have seen some horses in motion. If it can do horses it should sell.
You have no imagination.If DPR wants to get more clicks they should start shooting hot models running in lycra for the action shots ( male and female to avoid accusations ). People will really Pixel Peep then... :)
Anastigmat: LOL, the K3 is the best DSLR! Can you spell ballot stuffing? If only the votes can translate themselves into actual customers, Pentax has hope.
Its not hard to find. Google is your friend. And it is not hard to imagine either. The lack of an AA filter in the K3 could bridge some of the gap to the 5D3, with a decent processing engine helping as well. In truth though, I think we all know that "ultimate" IQ is a pointless search now and we are at the time of diminishing returns. I bet you could put K3 and D610 images side by side in large print and a random sample could not pick out which was which..
Everlast66: The awards given to Fuji and Olympus should be renamed to the "Retro Fetish Awards"
DPR spends a lot of its time being a smartphone forum these days.Lets not forget that more pictures are taken using smartphiones than cameras now. Thats never gonna change
Last time I looked my 70's SLR did not have IBIS or an EVF... The styling is irrelevant IMO. Even then, I must admit that I prefer "retro" styling to the shapeless ugly black blobs that most modern cameras have become.
And it should be noted that more than one other website has reported that K3 image quality and DR is, overall, at least equal and in come cases BETTER than the FF D610 and Canon 5D3.
And I don't even own a K3..
drummercam: Snippets: "I am glad that the value of Pentax is finally recognized. Now let's review it."
"So now the K3 has officially won the dslr section, can DPR finally spare a reviewer?"
Even in announcing that the Pentax K-3 won the poll, DPR could not resist pointing out that K-50 and K-500 "got no love." One might have expected that in the short three or four sentences spared for these announcements, that all the sentences would have been devoted to winning item. In adding the unnecessary smack-down of the K-50/K-500, DP Review simply further exposes their bias against the Giant Killer, Pentax. They just don't want the giants slain.
As for their upcoming review of the K-3, it can add nothing to what actual users of the K-3 already have discovered for themselves; namely, the reasons why it won this poll so convincingly (and please don't tell me that Pentax has more gearheads and fanboys that Canikon). DPR has already missed on this one.
If you can't keep up with the pace of gear coming out ( Pentax K3 for example has been in stores for what seems like aeons now ) then either stop pretending to be an up to the minute gear review site, or reassign / replace people doing other stuff....
The whole point of the Gearshop is that people can buy "your favourite gear"... the idea being that we read a review on DPR then use DPR to buy the gear you review.... if you don't get around to actually reviewing the gear while it is new and interesting, then that particular business model is rather flawed.... people are not going to buy "your favourite gear" using gearshop when they have to go to other sites to read a review, are they....?
If a site that actually did detailed reviews of gear before or on their launch to market, when interest is highest, then I think people would pay more attention - maybe even pay. I would.
DPR simply does not review enough gear anymore to justify its name, especially lenses...
Indeed, considering this site is called DP REVIEW, it is surprising just how little reviews are actually published.
There is now a considerable swage of popular, established cameras and lenses that have been in the market for some time and have not had any more than a "first impressions" from DPR.
DPR need to have a long hard think about their mission. There is no point in pretending they are a review site if reviews are not quickly responsive to the market.
DPR need to hire some testing Gimps. Shut them in a room with cameras and not let them out until DPR has caught up with the backlog.
Frankly, DPR should be pushing out reviews of new gear every couple of days. They are failing to do this. If this is simply because they lack the staff, then hire more people. If they don't want to do that, then quit pretending they are a review site. As long as large amounts of gear remain unreviewed, they are failing in their core purpose...