If these are the "best of 2013" it's clearly not been a banner year for cameras.
With the EM-1 you get free shutter shock and one of the smallest sensors for any crop sensor camera. The X100s took the excellent X100 and saddled it with X-Trans RAW conversion issues, and the K-3 is an excellent APS-C camera at a time when most advanced amateurs and professionals are shooting FF.
These polls give DPR another tool for advertiser banners like "DPR Reader's Poll Best of 2103" that we see in magazines and e-commerce sites. So in a sense they symbolize the growing commercialization of this website. Content like this is ultimately tied to Gear Shop which is fine if that's the direction they want to go, but kind of a turn off for readers.
Mirrorless Crusader: Obvioiusly no coincidence that there isn't a single Canikon product that could even win its own category. Of course it doesn't help that Canikon has no idea how to do mirrorless, though it's not long they ever had a ghost of a chance to win that category no matter what they did, considering the E-M1 and A7R,
All Canikon is doing is selling cameras, while the rest of the mirrorless vendors decide how they can even stay in business.
As far as these silly polls, truth be told the D7100 blows the socks of any of the crop sensor mirrorless cameras for IQ, AF performance and video, and the modest entry level FF D610 is flat out a better camera than the A7.
These polls exist as click bait for DPR, but truth be told there was no better camera than the D800 last year and this year...ho hum, Nikon added another camera to DxOMark's Top 10 with the Df, the best performing low-light camera ever made and Canon has brought HDSLR video up to the next level with the 70D. Meanwhile, mirrorless vendors keep trying to think of more ways to make cameras smaller, less ergonomic with zero consideration about flash systems, reasonably priced lenses, super telephotos, or anything that professional or advanced amateurs need.
Coliban: Hm, i wonder why no one of these images are really sharp. I can´t see the the portraits are sharp, even in the original size and even in the pallet transporter i can´t find a really sharp zone. Shutter speed is sufficing. Is it the aperture which can´t provide this sharpness at 1.2 or maybe it is the light which is irritating the AF?
The focal point is on her nose, mouth, the eye nearest to the camera. There may be other focal points, but that's where the photographer locked focus. At f/1.2, DOF is pretty shallow that close.
But for a random snap, this image looks lovely. Nice bokeh, skin tones and it goes without saying, nice model.
Carlos Loff: Nikon - Sop the trash, launch the best cameras you can produce
Then buy a K-3 so we don't have to listen to any more whining. :-)
The D610 has much better IQ than the K-3 and the D7100 is a better all around camera if you shoot video. No moire/aliasing issues that plague nearly every DSLR except the 5D Mk III and extraordinarily good low-light ability. Lens lineup between Pentax and Nikon? I've used both systems for years. There is no comparison.
Carlos Loff: Is this the best Nikon has to show in Las Vegas ??? Trash, trash, trash - Maybe next year we have a D5375, lol - One week from now, if the D400 is not announced - I swear for the most sacred saints - I buy the Pentax K-3
Buy a D7100, D610 or D800 like the rest of us. I can't imagine why none of those bodies would suit you, but if they don't buy a K-3. Nobody cares (no offense).
Just be prepared to buy into an extremely pricey K-mount, lots of holes in the lineup, often FF prices for APS-C lenses, and lots of screw driver AF lenses badly in need of an update with zero commitment and financial resources from Ricoh to do so.
zoranT: Who keeps buying this bulky, generic, plastic stuff?
Maybe a user with dainty girl hands would consider this tiny DSLR "bulky". For most people, these cameras have glove like ergonomics and are easily transportable.
Who's buying these? People who want class leading IQ, terrific HD video and access to one of the most complete lens mounts ever created.
As far as materials, people aren't going to care if your body is carbon fiber, plastic or titanium if your images aren't interesting. And Nikon has been leading all cameras in IQ for years which is one reason these cameras sell so well.
tmurph: Some of the comments on here are so negative it makes you wonder why they bother. There is actually someone on here who has compared this entry level camera with a pro spec Cannon....WHAT!! Then you get the one who hasn't got a clue about card speeds but derates the D7100 buffer, go figure. To have an entry level DSLR with that kind of spec has got to be applauded no matter who brings it to the market so, if you're one of those who's a gear freak but never takes any photos stop boreing everyone else on here and get a life.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion but a lot of stuff on here is just childish claptrap.
The negativity starts at the top and filters down to users. But after several years now of being told how wonderfully desirable these small high end ILCs are, an announcement for an entry level DSLR with class leading features like 1080p60 and close to the same class leading IQ from the D5300 for very little money is met with mostly snarky comments and contempt.
But first world problems like no Wifi standard at this price point, reading about new gear is supposed to be fun. Unfortunately it has become anything but.
kewlguy: Even though we can always say "sharpness is not the only thing that matters" - still, a $1700 lens with poor sharpness? Does it get better stopped down? yes, but for the price, IMO, not good enough. I tried it for a day and my first thought was the awful plastic build. Yes, it produces 'unique' rendering, but the fair price should be $700 less.
According to the Sam Hurd review below, the 58 f/1.4G is metal. It also has much, much better bokeh than most other fifties, not to mention high color/contrast that you'd expect from a professional grade Nikkor.
mike kobal: looking at the crops wide open the 58mm produces a less hazy and slighter sharper image. Could be the difference between breathtaking and garbage image. Once you stop down to f2 however, you overpay.
But as I have noticed with most 1.2 and 1.4 lenses, the optical quality isn't the real problem but nailing focus during a fast paced shoot is and it appears the 58mm isn't any better then the rest of the bunch /: phase detection just won't cut it on current dslrs
The 58 f/1.4G has much better color/contrast similar to other high grade Nano coated Nikkors. With that in mind, I don't know how you are arguing that you are overpaying. Especially a talented professional portraitist like you Mike, I'm surprised to read this from you. The 58 f1.4G would sing in your hands.
12345ccr: this lens should not have gotten 84%. The rating is absolutely ridiculous. In the sharpness test, the 50mm F/1.4 is sharper at most, if not all F stops. Plus, it's between 3-4 X as expensive as well. The most i would give is a 60%. As a Canon shooter myself, i can get a faster and better lens for less money and im sure Nikon users can as well.
Lots of wide open samples here. At close range at max aperture there is tons of detail from this lens. Like the 50 f/1.8 and f/1.4G lenses, 1 or 2 EV from max you'll have all the sharpness you'll ever need. But this lens had much better color/contrast that the two other current Nikon 50s.
Here's a nice mini review from photographer Sam Hurd with samples images.
This is a better lens than the 50 f/1.4G, hands down. Sharpness is but a tiny part of photography. This lens has professional color/contrast that high end Nikkors and L lenses are known for, great bokeh (dramatically better than the other 50s), and a solid metal barrel professional build quality.
See the Flickr stream from my comments below and the above review and get back to us. :-)
Before theorizing on this lens, I would urge everyone to see the below image set from this lens.
This lens has about the creamiest bokeh of any normal lens. It is absolute butter. And like all N coated Nikkors, color/contrast is extremely high, something that these kinds of "tests" don't always tell you.
Clearly for professionals wedding shooters, portraitists, and general shooting, this lens is a no-brainer.
Anyway, in case you haven't seen these, have a look at this set of 58 f/1.4G images from Joe Marquez that he made in Hawaii. Lots of wide open portraits made in this set, and they look terrific.
leventhan: Go to here: http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/pentax_k50_review/sample_images/
I downloaded iso 6400 and its very clean yet sharp even though I didn't use the sharpening slider. It's very very usable. If only Pentax step up their game in their movie quality...
The K-50, like the K-30 before it has remarkably good IQ, easy to see in the photographyblog samples. That sensor has extraordinarily good colors, with extremely clean files an most ISO settings. I'm likely in the minority but I prefer the body design of the K-30 as it somehow looks more interesting. But IQ is mostly all I care about.
But I'm sure reviewers will try to find some way to give this camera a mediocre score / review. Isn't that how it goes with most interesting non-mirrorless cameras these days on DPR?
Akpinxit: IQ just a notch lower than 70D , never the less , I've become used to see Nikon sensors in lead
> Not sure what Timbukto is talking about as the RAW files from the D5300 are have as much detail or more than the 70D. Really there is very little difference. Where there is a big difference is in areas that the studio scene cannot depict, like DR and better color fidelity of the D5300. Not to mention the lower noise at higher ISO settings plainly visible in the studio scene. Put in on RAW ISO 3200 and have a look.
km25: The biggest point seems to be AF. Maybe firmware may solve this. This almost sounds like Fuji X-Pro 1 when it was reviewed. So combo of high price and AF. Well the X-Pro 1 has come down in price and had a lot of firmware upgrades. The other stuff, let's face it is pretty much.. minor. The bottom line is, what do the images look like. Some people have said DP has beeen unfair to Nikon, but the D600/610 has a very high score. I will also see how they review the Sony A7/A7R. Some are calling the dream camera. But thr mirror less users love using RF lens, Sony can not use shorter then 35mm RF lens and the A7 should focus better the A7R, some say that the A7R wins. That there are only two lens ready for it and with the history of slow Sony roll out?? But no matter what Sony does, any fast, very wide and/or long lens is going to drawf the A7s into an unbalanced mess. Will DP give 'em 90 and gold rating, we will see how this different camera does. Just say 36MP you get gold!
DPR is the ONLY tech website that is writing that the Nikon Df has "weak AF". The camera has the exact same AF module as the D600/D610 which is quite capable even in low-light.
As far as the A7R cares what score or award DPR gives the A7R or A7 (or any other camera for that matter)? The scoring and awards have become so random as to be almost meaningless.
Because the new Nikon received an unprecedented number of clicks here on DPR they hurried to bring us this Df review and it showed. It was truly a subpar effort. It felt rushed and had an overly negative tone with nitpicks that weren't mentioned for other cameras in the past.
Hopefully DPR will hire some more DSLR oriented writers because all this mirrorless talk / frame of reference is a bit of a snoozefest.
Check DxOMark Sensor ratings and you'll see the D5300 way higher than the 70D.
Lots of daylight samples. Does DPR ever bother to wait for interesting light to go shooting? IQ looks good, but for crying out loud. If I had a job that allowed me to make images with the latest cameras, I would at least wake up early at sunrise or go out late to catch the magic hour. Grab shots in bars and daylight snaps, that's all we ever see with camera after camera.
No offense but since you guys have decided to be hypercritical with no hold barred negativity in your more recent Previews and Reviews, there is no need to beat around the bush. A little effort will go a long way.
Carlos Loff: Nikon - Cut the crap and show us what you can do on a D400, so tired of waiting
What "crap" is that? Nikon has excellent, class leading bodies at every price point. A Nikon user complaining about a lack of choices kind of like a potato farmer complaining about the availability of french fries.