Marty4650: Just when you thought Nikon had run out of ideas, they come up with something really interesting and innovative.
By taking a niche product into a brand new niche, Nikon has transformed this Nikon 1 camera from being an also ran in the MILC market... to being King of the Rugged Cameras!
We now have a high end underwater P&S camera, that costs quite a bit more than an Olympus TG2.... but is an ILC, comes with two lenses, and should have much better IQ due to the much lager sensor.
They found a way to top Sony NEX, Fuji X and M4/3 at something, and considering how small this market probably is, they will own the top end of this rugged sub niche now.
Kudos to Nikon!
Is that a FT5 ;) ? I suppose many m4/3 lenses ( primes and 12-50mm first come to mind ) could be easily reworked to become waterproof, compact bodies as well, but I just don't see it coming so soon...
Anyway, Nikon has already shot themselves in the foot by not putting IS in the zoom and by making a slow prime ( less than a stop faster than 11-27mm ) - even more important for an underwater camera, so it's not going to be hard to top AW1. But for the moment, they've taken everyone by surprise. This is the most capable underwater camera out there.
MirosIav: This is not the first time someone made a cheap mirrorless camera that looks like a DSLR. Anyone remembers Panasonic G10? But this is the first one with IBIS, although it's not quite clear how it works. I wish Sony better luck than Panasonic had with the G10...
Yeah, unfortunately. I found that out only after my comment. I'm not interested anymore.
This is not the first time someone made a cheap mirrorless camera that looks like a DSLR. Anyone remembers Panasonic G10? But this is the first one with IBIS, although it's not quite clear how it works. I wish Sony better luck than Panasonic had with the G10...
Great price! Kudos to Sigma!
The future of P&S cameras. Soon there'll be response from Sony and Nokia... I'd like to see a waterproof model though, even at the expense of the zoom range.
Moral of the story: throw as much cameras as you can into a nearby see/lake/river and if they find yours you can win a trip to the other side of the planet :D.
Kudos to Taiwan airlines for their service and to Canon for the durability of their underwater housing!.
More TX30 specs and images can be found at http://www.zone-numerique.com/sony-cyber-shot-dsc-tx30.html .
Since it's only 96,4 x 59,3 x 15,4 mm, I'd like to see a SIM card and other related phone electronics added, enlarged a bit and it would be a perfect carry-everywhere device. Until that happens I'm not parting with my TX10.
Jefftan: Can someone tell me what is the difference between TX30 and TX20they are basically the same and TX20 is also the same as TX10Oh wait it now has 18MPis it actually getting worse?
New sensor, better IS, 5x 26-130mm zoom, microSD instead of SD card, can go 10m under water, has LED light, 360° panorama, 3.5" OLED screen and it's "slimmer", but no one knows how slim it is... Enough updates over TX20 IMO.
Wow, all downgrades :(.
Sergey Borachev: Nice to see 5-axis IS used also on other cameras, this Olympus and also the Panasonic DMC-ZS30.
It's interesting to see that a hump is not needed, something previously said to be required to house the IS in an elevated position. I hope the hum is also gone.
Yeah, where's the hump now? I hope it'll disappear from m4/3 models as well or be filled with something useful. Flash, for example.
Nice improvements, proper grip, but I must agree with all who say it's very ugly. The screen is too big and that's why the hump had to go up. A pity the viewfinder has not stayed in the same place as in V1...
And the price is ugly as well :).
Awesome! Where was this taken?
Congrats on finally reviewing a mobile phone camera. Now that they are taking place of P&S cameras, dpreview should test the ones with good photo capabilities.
thx1138: Why oh why do manufacturers refuse to make an underwater camera that shoots RAW or uses even a 1/1.7" sensor. Whoever does so will make a killing. Olympus should make and underwater version of the XZ-1 and keep the fast glass please.
And why do they refuse to put A, S and M modes? I'll stick with my current underwater cameras for the time being...
keeponkeepingon: How is the TX20 any different from the TX10?
Same lens, same resolution sensor same lack of external controls and touch screen that does not work underwater?
Is the TX20 just a TX10 with newer firmware for twice the price????? (got the tx10 as a gift for something like $169)
If that's the case... shame on you sony!
Yeah, new colors and some software tweaks. It should have been called TX10s or something...
TX200V is the real TX10 successor, so no need to be too disappinted by TX20.
MirosIav: I agree with negative comments - there's no place for iPhone news here, at least until other (decent camera) phone manufacturers are represented as well. I'd like to see reviews and comparisons of phone cameras, but it should start with Nokia N8, not iPhone 4S.
If dpreview based its news and reviews on "most popular" it would not look like it does. Take a look at its reviews. Do you see a Canon A800 or Nikon L24 review? MILLIONS and MILLIONS of people have bought those cameras, much more than will ever buy Sony NEX-5N or Canon EOS 600D. So what? dpreview covers relevant photographic tools and there are better camera phones than iPhone 4S whose announcement wasn't even menioned.
I agree with negative comments - there's no place for iPhone news here, at least until other (decent camera) phone manufacturers are represented as well. I'd like to see reviews and comparisons of phone cameras, but it should start with Nokia N8, not iPhone 4S.