What a big disappointment! I've been waiting for the big reveal ever since the countdown timer stopped at zero. Apparently, the programming of the website was as faulty as the grammar as it did not use an international standard time reference. The countdown ended several hours early for many countries with nothing to show.
Now that it is revealed, like everyone else, I was expecting some breakthrough in imaging technology or at least, something photography related. It turns out it is just some big overhyped marketing ad. If this is the new way Canon advertises new technologies and products from now on, any further promo ads of this sort will end up like the 'boy who cried wolf'. The marketing agency who created the teaser ad is probably smiling ear to ear right now for their tremendous 'success' in gaining wide publicity (1196 posts from dpreview as I wrote this). Let's see who will have the last laugh.
Possibly a Canon camera-equipped mobile phone?http://www.bandwidthblog.com/2014/07/07/future-nokia-lumias-might-feature-canon-camera-tech/
If this RX100 only had an Android OS and equipped with smart phone capabilities (voice calls, text, internet, games, apps, etc.) like the Samsung Galaxy cameras, then it would have gained the interest of a wider market and possibly reverse the downhill trend in compact camera sales.
In an era of smartphone photography, phone equipped 'smart' ultracompacts have a strong fighting chance over traditional ultra slim 'smartphones' that have forgotten the importance of good handling, long battery life and and an optical zoom for photography, gaming, internet, and phone applications.
Fujifilm Finepix F30: Stupid idea, Canon. You are no different from Nikon in releasing this new camera. Protecting your dsLR and lens business will not do you any good in the long term! Sigma and Tamron are releasing lenses for the NEX. Fuji is coming up with X-Pro1 with 3 excellent prime lenses to start with! Stop fighting the inevitable! Release your own version of Sony's NEX 7 or Fuji's X-Pro1 to stop them from eroding your Canon dSLR sales! Do it before its too late!
Just to comment on the poster who said I'm a 'confused' soul. The Nex7, Fuji XPro-1 and other mirrorless interchangeable cameras with large sensors (APS-C and micro 4/3s) WERE NEVER intended by their manufacturers to be DSLR backups. Sony, Samsung, Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji - these manufacturers designed these cameras to REPLACE and KILL dSLR's. They are out to GRAB the dSLR market away from Canon and Nikon who have been dominating the photography world for so long. Sure, mirrorless still have some quirks, being relatively new technology compared to the mature dSLR technology, but with every iteration and development and with third party lens makers supporting them, it won't be long before it will be a mirrorless world. Those LATE to the party, will lose the market BIG TIME. Look at Kodak when photogrphy became digital. Look at Nokia when mobile phones became smart phones. Sure it won't happen overnight but it will be inevitable. If you can't win the game, you change the rules.
Stupid idea, Canon. You are no different from Nikon in releasing this new camera. Protecting your dsLR and lens business will not do you any good in the long term! Sigma and Tamron are releasing lenses for the NEX. Fuji is coming up with X-Pro1 with 3 excellent prime lenses to start with! Stop fighting the inevitable! Release your own version of Sony's NEX 7 or Fuji's X-Pro1 to stop them from eroding your Canon dSLR sales! Do it before its too late!
I want the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 for the NEX. Sigma, give it to us please!
After all the criticism about the Pentax Q's small sensor, I am actually liking the camera's jpegs shown here.
I don't know if these samples were postprocessed or straight out of camera jpegs. If they are straight out of camera, then these are the best straight out of camera jpegs I've seen. Not even my Canon 550d dSLR can duplicate it without using a custom picture style/curve.
There is something distinctly 'unique' about these samples. They look like they are expertly tonemapped images processed using an HDR software such that the highlights overexposure is very gradual and well handled, retaining as much highlight detail as possible and where shadow detail is also well handled, very gradual, and retaining as much shadow detail as possible and where midtone detail is enhanced, much like it has been processed with a detail enhancing software.
Sure the jpegs are soft but they have that subtle (not overcooked) HDR effect which I like a lot. Worth taking a further look.
Fujifilm Finepix F30: Try this. Upscale the ISO 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and 12,800 test shots of the 18 megapixel Canon 550d to 24 megapixels. Compare the upscaled version of that dSLR to that of the Sony Nex 7's native 24 megapixel output. View 'equalized' (same megapixel) comparisons at 100%. You'll be surprised that the dSLR outperforms the Sony Nex 7. I really can't understand why dpreview makes such sweeping statements claiming 'Nex 7 has the best IQ among APS-C cameras bar none' when a lower megapixel (18 megapixel) dSLR clearly produces better output and retains better detail upscaled to 24 megapixels from ISO 800 and up than the Nex7 has in its native 24megapixels to start with.
"It's not just DPR. Dxomark also rates Nex-7 much higher than Canon's 18 MP cameras. So it's most likely that you are the one who is wrong and doing something wrong, not the rest of the world."
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the statement is a fallacy. The 24MP Nex7 should kick the 18mp Canon in the butt given its 6megapixel advantage, but the detail isn't simply there. Just for once, try downloading the dpreview standard test shots. Download and compare Canon 550d's upscaled ISO 3200 to the Nex 7's native 24 mp ISO 3200. Look at the clock face. Look at the globe. I'd call it even from ISO 800-1600 with a practically negligible detail advantage to the Nex7. At ISO 3200, 6400 and 12,800, the NEX-7's 24MP worth of fake detail simply wipes the floor with that captured by the 550d at the same very high ISO settings. And mind you, it doesn't matter if you upscale the 550d output or downscale the Nex7 output.
Try this. Upscale the ISO 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and 12,800 test shots of the 18 megapixel Canon 550d to 24 megapixels. Compare the upscaled version of that dSLR to that of the Sony Nex 7's native 24 megapixel output. View 'equalized' (same megapixel) comparisons at 100%. You'll be surprised that the dSLR outperforms the Sony Nex 7. I really can't understand why dpreview makes such sweeping statements claiming 'Nex 7 has the best IQ among APS-C cameras bar none' when a lower megapixel (18 megapixel) dSLR clearly produces better output and retains better detail upscaled to 24 megapixels from ISO 800 and up than the Nex7 has in its native 24megapixels to start with.
"It's no stretch to say that, at its best, the NEX-7 offers the finest still image quality of any APS-C camera, bar none."
I don't quite agree with this statement. It's pretty obvious from the test shots that from ISO 3200, 6400 and 12800, the 24MP NEX-7 is remarkably mushy and inferior in terms of detail retention compared to either the 18MP Canon 550d or the Nikon D5100. The high ISO image quality of the Nex-7 is actually inferior even when compared to that of the Nex-5N. I suspect even use of RAW will not dramatically improve things.
John Carson: If you want to see a really spectacular example, look at the orb on the windscreen of the car in the center of the shot here:
(the full-size version is best).
And Fuji claims this is 'not uncommon' in other cameras and that 'the camera is working within prescribed tolerances' ... and that a quick solution is 'increasing the ISO' so that high ISO smearing and noise reduction diffuses the clearly defined edges of the orbs.
Fuji should recall the affected X10 cameras. It's obvious they have a manufacturing defect that escaped detection from their QA department. The promised firmware upgrade is not likely to improve it much judging from the size of the 'orbs' which is about 4x the normal size if you consider the comparison with the Olympus XZ-1 above as 'typical' or 'normal'.
That the blooming issue is something 'not uncommon' with digital cameras is true but it's not the whole truth. The whole truth is that the XZ-1 has a blooming area 4x the normal (XZ-1). To say that the camera (X10) is 'working within prescribed tolerances' is simply not true. Come on Fuji, do a 'Toyota' and admit this blunder.
Also, the high ISO solution just doesn't work. The reason the orbs are slightly lesser in size at high ISO is because there is much less detail and more smearing of edges (noise reduction) at high ISOs. Also, there are exposure differences (slightly more underexposure in high ISO's).
Wake up Nikon! Even with the perceived compact user 'target market', this interchangeable lens camera line with small sensor is simply NOT GOING TO WORK. Interchangeable lenses is too complex for the typical compact camera user, not to mention clunky and expensive. Why would a compact camera user want to go into that inconvenience and outrageous cost?
Creating a new camera line in order to avoid further erosion of your dSLR sales by the new m4/3 and other mirrorless systems is NOT the solution. Resistance is futile, Nikon. You have to fight them at their own game even if it means cannibalizing your own dSLR sales with your own m4/3 release. You'll have better chances of survival as a camera maker in the long term if you learn to accept reality and face the eventuality that dSLR's are not going to be around for long because m4/3 and other mirrorless systems are getting better by the day and slowly but surely, aggressively eating up the dSLR market.