grasscatcher: What I often hear from newbies who have an interest in photography, is that they either want everything in the photo to be in focus, or they want just their subject to be in focus. Pretty basic stuff, but difficult to do if you don't know what you're doing, and most don't want to take the time to learn it. Smartphones pretty much get everything in focus, and can isolate subjects if you get pretty close to the subject. People figure this out over time and use it to their advantage. Smartphones do often fail to offer proper perspective, but most people don't care about that.
Focus-stacking and focus-isolation are the two "apps" that I think will appeal most to newbies in the camera market. Imagine a touch-screen that offers two sliders, one for focus depth and one for focus isolation. Very simple and intuitive user-interface, and can easily be done with today's technology. The only camera makers I see moving in that direction are Casio and Panasonic. The smartphone designers/mfrs are even closer.
My XZ-1 had such sliders (although without a touchscreen). Bun Canon and Nikon are stuck in the past and they are the ones with the brand and marketing resources. So no one knows about the adavances that already exist.
I agree totally with the author. But I think his dream product already exists.
It's the Panasonic GF7.
Almost as small as a smartphone but with a large sensor. And while it still has PASM on the mode dial it also has a Portrait, Children and Landscape mode. It also has a dedicated iA button for every situation. It's controlled by a touchscreen like a phone and the display folds for selfies. It also has Wifi yo you have all the connectivity of your smartphone. Underneath are the complicated menus, but you wouldn't need them if you don't want them but they are there so you have room to grow. It costs 450 EUR, so about as much as the author wants it to.
So it's the perfect cam for the mass market. It's also probably selling worse than the super-featured 1500 EUR (kit) GX8.
James Booba: Nerds use cams, the average joe uses his phone. why? easier interface, mobile connectivity. something neither canon nor nikon gets.
1. off/on switch2. focus/shot3. switch betweeen photo/video4. share button
all a camera needs. maybe 3-4 "intelligent" scene modes. oh and capable of selifes.
Caerams like that exis, e.g. Panasonic GF7. But people don't know about it.
leica f64: Good article, sound thoughts. If I'm heading out casually I ask myself, almost daily, do I lug a camera or just rely on my iPhone. Back some time ago in the days of small film cameras I'd carry one out the door on every trip. That was my standing habit up until a few years ago. Today's cameras are too bulky, heavy and obtrusive. Forget about the menu's and the learning curve - I consider that a challenge. As my youngest daughter casually told me as I was grabbing for a DSLR "Dad, don't you know they've been replaced?" Well, in my mind - no, not really but to the next generation of casual shooters-yes, they've been replaced. As long as we have working pro's there will be a need for versatile sophisticated gear. As far as the balance of the upcoming market - phone cameras will rule.
"Today's cameras are too bulky, heavy and obtrusive"
If you only consider DSLRs sou're right. But check out the Pansonic GM1 with its kit lens? Bulky, heavy? No that's solved.But such cameras are still to unknown. When someone thinks of a camera he thinks of a big Canon or Nikon DSLR and Canon and Nikon don't want that to change.
Jefftan: "softening brought about by shutter shock. The E-M10 II suffers from the same problem but, unlike G7, offers an electronic first curtain mode (called 0sec Anti-Shock) that eliminates it "
May I ask the reviewer or anyone in the know, Does it mean that I should always use electronic shutter in GM1 (probably same shutter shock problem as G7) or only in certain shutter speed?
Get me confused. My understanding is that using electronic shutter bring about added noise and rolling shutter effect (is this effect only for moving subjects?) and should be avoid when standard shutter can be used (1/500 or slower)
But than what about this shutter shock problem? Thanks
There is no shutter shock on the GM1 because of the electronic first curtain and because of mechanical shutter mechanism that's not a spring loaded one but a motor driven shutter.
Why is the lettering on the helicopter mirrored?
"the highest European mountain"That would be the Mont Blanc or the Elbrus, depending on the border definition of Europe. The Zugspitze isn't even close with more than 500 summits over 3000m in the Alps.
It says in the article:
"The dial above that is used for aperture or manual focus, depending on what you're doing. Above that is the aperture dial, which goes to F16, instead of F8 on the LX7."
I'm guessing it's meant to say the first dial is for "zoom or manual focus", or why should it be aperture when there already is a dedicated aperture dial? Zooming with the Lever on top would actually let me hesitate buying this camera.
Peiasdf: So how much is 100 kgf consider it is not a SI unit. 100G?
1 kgf = 1kg * 1g = 9.81 N. So crushproof to 100kgf means you can put a 100kg weight on it without crushing it (static load). I assume they used that unit because it's more intuitive than 981 N, even though it's non-standard.
How strict is the "no snow and ice" rule? Does this mean no winter pics? Are snow capped mountains or small fields of snow in the summer OK?
Buzz Lightyear: While I would not argue with the suggestion that there are a few entries clearly not following the rules, it seems to me a rather punitive, arbitrary and exclusionary definition would exclude a silhouetted landscape because somebody claimed it was "misunderstanding the point of the challenge", IMO.
I think a silhouette misunderstand the point of the challenge because it is a "picture without green of a landscape" not a "picture of a landscape without green".The voters seem to agree with me, I think.
jetals: I suggest that less than HALF of the entries fit the criterea in the rules :(Lext123, you might have some work to do, unfortunately.
I agree, all pictures are without green, but many are not of landscapes without green. The silhouetted landscapes and seascapes are beautiful and well shot but misunderstood the point of the challenge IMO. It's not so unusual that pictures of the ocean are without green, is it?