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I started with Kodak Bridge Cameras. So I have a like for them. The Kodak P880 had superb color accuracy (Imaging Resource) and was an alternative to what was then dSLRs over $1000. So it did not have those punchy consumer colors.
Subjectively and Pro test (IR) showed saturation at about 6% over and hues were the most accurate measured at that time, at IR at around ~3.5%. That is equal or beats a lot of dSLRs. Another Kodak know how is WB.
Take a look at the WB of these pics. The reds, whites and other colors are near perfect or at least not pushed hard. Hues are excellent as well. Time may tell if I am right or wrong.
Not sure if everyone realizes color is as important as sharpness. Look at all the color profiles we have. No one knew the science of color better than Kodak.
I am going out out on a limb by saying this camera has the accurate Kodak colors. Not the punchy consumer Kodak colors. Which makes this a very good camera and or interesting camera!
I admit to being a fan of "bridge" cameras. The joy my Kodak P880 (loaded) gave me is equal to my K-5. The P880 do it all 24mm - 140mm camera with superb color/hue accuracy (Imaging Resource review). I had the 1.4x t-con which gave me 200mm, it was not enough reach for serious bird shots. Panasonic has always been a serious player. The FZ30 (50) (35-420mm) and Sony with its APS sensor 24-120mm DSC-R1, where classics. But to get 420mm meant a small sensor.
So The bridge camera is a great camera for many people. Who may then upgrade to ILC. Who knows maybe this is the future of digital photography. A camera that can do it all. Its not out of my belief that we will have cameras like the Panasonic FZ1000 that rival the Pentax K-3, very high quality lens of 16mm-450mm, sensor- APS, weather resistance, macro and video. It would be a serious thing to look at for all enthusiasts.
And pixel-peeping the pics shows a huge jump in IQ from the old classics. I just like the concept!
ThePhilips: Judging by the mix of cameras on the list, the "enthusiast camera" moniker meaning less and less.
Inclusion of the Pentax on the list is rather unexpected. Sad to see system sliding into obsolescence. But IMO in 2013 and forward, with such limited lens catalog, having just lost 3rd party lens manuf support, and no video, the Pentax simply has no place on the list among the mainstream cameras today. Sad, but true.
NEX-7 and Fuji X-Pro1 are also oddballs on the list. IMO they are not proper "enthusiast cameras", but "enthusiast's second cameras". And that deserves its own category. Many own two systems this days, and choice of second system is important too. I think "Best enthusiast cam to go with your Canon/Nikon DSLR" might be two interesting topics (one for Canon, one for Nikon).
As for Canon and Nikon not making really low cost weather sealed kit lens. You would think they would. If not? Well all Pentax weather resistant bodies that started with the K10D had top PRO level sealing. Simply put they were designed for very harsh weather. There are no short cuts. As sealed as any. Pentax offered PRO level sealed lens. Great! But when Pentax released the lower cost K200D many cried they wanted a low cost kit WR lens. The rest of that is history for others to look up. Why would Canon and Nikon not offer a lower cost sealed kit lens for the D7100, 60D. Because this makes it available to all users of bodies that are stated to have weather sealing. The problem is 'how much' sealing. This would open a can of worms and people would be putting the lens on bodies that don't have PRO level sealing and cause harm. If you can afford a PRO level C/N dSLR you can the sealed lens. C/N have to save features and benefits for its top cameras. Still great systems, All have cons/pros
Pentax without question belongs here. Pentax is really moving up the "enthusiasts" game! Its making what seems PRO level APS dSLRs. Pentax users have a large list of consumer level sealed lens, not just its PRO lens. Pentax consumer WR lens use the same method of sealing C/N uses for its zoom lens at the zoom joint. But C/N charge a lot for WR; why no consumer WR lens for the D7000 or 60D. I think C/N will offer one however (if not see my reply to this)? Its nice what competition will do for price to performance ratios. Not saying Pentax is better than any other choice, but it belongs on this list as it was a major starter of affordable high performing dSLRs with the award winning hi-spec Pentax K10D. Pentax has the largest collection of lens dedicated and designed for digital APS sensors than anyone. This capitalizes on APS lens benefits of smaller size, less weight and lower manufacturing costs. Why make a APS dSLR if your not going to take advantage of it? Again, no wrong choice ;)
The pic deserves all the praise it gets!
I rarely comment here as well. But this is just so wonderful. Its equally wonderful at any size but looking at it has you saying "whats that over there?" and you look at it in a bit bigger size and find more wonderful things.
Congratulations to Olympus, what a fantastic camera system. Pentax also made a fine move with its K-01. But its lack of a OVF/EVF makes it less fantastic.
In 5 years, probably less, we will see almost all cameras that cost under $1000(USA) a nSLR (no single lens reflex; my term). Nikon, Canon, Pentax will still sell dSLRs but for a higher cost. nSLRs will become very appealing for almost all enthusiasts.
Again great looking camera with a great feature set and at a great price!
Karroly: K-mount and sensor-shift are big pros for "universal lens use".But lack of electronic viewfinder or socket for an additionnal one is a big con.Please, Pentax, design something else more ergonomic.Shooting arm stretched with such a camera and one of the big zooms shown in the picture above is just nonsense to me. But I am aware that some people need heavy, unstable gear to muscle their arms...My first mirrorless camera is a Samsung NX11 because it is yet the only one, as far as I know, with APS-C sensor and built-in viewfinder. And the more I use it the more I love it.And more: compared by myself to 2 Canon, 3 Pentax standard 18-55mm lenses on various Canon and Pentax bodies, the Samsung lens produces the sharpest shots @ 18mm F:3.5 with no chromatic aberration and near zero purple fringing in backlit situation ( and lens distortion correction setting to OFF in the camera menu...)
Read the history of why Evil was considered a replacement for SLRs. Read my posts of a couple years ago.
Mirrorless was excepted among the Pentax community to offer the benefits of no mirrorbox. Those benefits are dramatically improved reliability for the camera and shot to shot.
Only the mirror-less makers decided to make them small and not many dSLR owners wanted them. As I said they do have a place. But Pentax also needs a mid-level mirror less as I wrote 2 years ago to allow the use of all Pentax glass.
You fail to see the light. Pentax knows the lack of a view finder hurts sales to dSLR guys. But they have dSLRs coming. So... start to see the light? This allows all Pentax owners to go mirror less without have to buy new lens and flashes if they wish.
Other mirror less systems lock you in with no upgrade path! True upgrade, lens, flash,.. all gear for your Pentax. I bet within three years Pentax releases a mirrorless with an view finder? I will pull this post in two years.
I have written many times in the past the main point of a mirror-less from a manufactors point of view is less design cost, better reliability (less warranty cost) higher profits.
For the consumer the main point of mirrorless is to get rid of the number one problem of dSLRs AF problems FF/BF mirror box. This camera is the first to step in the right direction.
Think... no need for AF fine tuning, superior reliability, still has Shake Reduction! When this camera has a EVF it will be complete. That is the transformation of dSLRs into viable mirrorless dSLR replacment for your current system.
The small mirrorless cameras are just point and shoot cameras. This is the first serious mirrorless as it did not leave behind the lens and Shake Reduction.
Its all in my writings a few years ago. Many said its not possible. I said it is including having Shake Reduction and use of old lens.
Those are new kit lens.
Me I hate mirrorless, But I am not blinded by my own wants as many are.
IEBA1: I'd love one of those Zeiss cinema primes for the 5D thrown into the mix here. http://blog.ieba.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Picture-2.png
I mean, it makes no sense to me to have good glass (even a non-L canon lens intermixed with the quality of L and Zeiss lenses) that clearly has a very high resolution somehow be "not good enough" for video where there's line skipping, moire, and aliasing. If anything vDSLR users need to be adding softness, not sharpness. But every vDSLR user I talk to who is series about video completely shuns the still camera glass as totally inferior and goes after the cinema primes. I'd love to see them on the chart compared at full still image resolution to see what they truly offer.
Amazing the negative talk.
But people just don't like it because it means their camera/lens is not perfect. Well it gets worse. Over time your gear will drift out of alignment! All dSLR/lens manuals tell you to have them checked now and then to correct this.
My experience is that even if your dSLR shows outstanding AF it may need tuning. Its all relative you can say. To the person, body and lens.I will just say its lack of knowledge that have people criticize the truth. Even if you have 80 years of experience in photography... gear has changed. I respect years of experience in photography but not comments made with not much knowledge of digital, mechanics and materials. Its price prohibitive to build a perfect dSLR and lens. Film was much more tolerant than digital, much more! Digital sensors are extremely demanding and sensitive! They are great instruments to test variations flaws in lens! Remember its all on a powerful computer! That's sees every bit of the picture.
I have been questioned by the police and just stood my ground and they leave. There is more education now about photography for all peoples; law enforcement and the public.
All of this goes back to 911. How can I relate it? People now live with fear in the USA. Its in thier minds and they don't even know it. So any threat big or small or very small is viewed by the person as serious such as a camera.
Funny thing is all kids are putting themselves on facebook and parents with thier names! And you think a photographer is a threat! Some people are to ....... to know what a real threat is!
I mean come on any kid with Internet access is more dangerous than any photographer could ever be.
Everyone is taking pics these days, the camera is in the cellphone. Enough of the picture taking rights. We all know we can take pics of anything we want on public property period.