Zvonimir Tosic: "Photography" just fell from the art of profane to the art of ridiculous. Now it even excludes human eye behind the camera, and replaces it with a remote controller. I personally don't know what this "art" is, but when something is totally removed from our senses and sensibilities, and drowns in the blind fad of times, it despises everything we sensibly believe is human side of photography.Drones are not the apparatus, but drones are people who engage in this profanity just for the sake of "ability".
Photography has always been about gadgets and tricks. Art means gadgets and tricks. Singing too is a sort of trick, though most of us do it rather poorly. Take away the gadgets, and most of us are simply bad singers.
Digitall: I need one that always bring me coffee..., please.
Interesting picture below, plans math required to make this work. The Drones many of them already have in your programming called "Security Area" Drone do the rest. I'm waiting for a Drone would definitely replace the photographer.
Aren't half photog poseurs already pretty much drones?
justinwonnacott: Military applications ? The horsefly from hell!
Replacement propellers for the military version would cost $100k each.
Jogger: Would be much cooler if it used some alien anti-gravity tech, propellers are so 21th century earth.
The Martian patent on anti-gravity does not expire until the 25th century. Time travel might fix that.
Elon Musk (half Martian or Vulcan?) promises extravagant daydream stuff, but not this.
Too noisy for studio use, and any real studio will have multiple ceiling lights and controls. Lights not strong enough to illuminate an accident or crime scene either. Night vision or infra-red lighting might be preferred for stealthy peep-owl stuff.
A spooky looking place. I can imagine Quasimodo grappling about the towered stacks and ladders, and a phantom in the basement. Were the "readers" in the photos real patrons? The badged guard probably steered away unrespectable types. Exactly what titles circulated most and least? To research any topic would be slow and tedious.
By contrast, a $125 3-terabyte hard drive can hold the equivalent of roughly 6 million 250 page volumes, which software can help one search for content, key words and so forth. Millions of texts and other media have been put on line. Have the tools made people better informed or more astute? Probably not.
Then as now, most popular reading involved practical topics, "self-improvement," entertainments, or escape.
George Veltchev: Come on guys ... the 'studio comparison' reveals that this 1' sensor battles with the noise as early as ISO200 ( just look the shadows at this settings ) ..ISO200 I am talking about !!!! WOW ...and on top of that this mediocre Leica lens is as soft as a poppy marshmallow on a hotplate, killing the detail even in the center of the frame, never mind the corners ... take it to the beach in summer, between 10:00am and 2:00pm, keep the ISO at 125 and you'll be happy as a scamp with new white leather shoes...... not bad for a lovely tight package with the modest $900 I guess !
George, there is world outside the studio and high IS0.
How much would a 6D 400mm lens cost and weigh? Absent a big fee, would you be allowed to use one in the Marcaná stadium? Would you dare, absent a body guard, lug one about in the streets outside? So far as video goes, the 6D is handicapped by softness, moiré, and jello.
trunksye: Why wouldn't one choose a combo like: Olympus M43+ lens 75-300mm? That's 150-600mm equivalent. I know there is this aperture factor, but the large sensor and better iso compensate a bit for this. And you get the flexibility of switching lens...
Video is not the whole point. Besides the 4k video, the 400mm equivalent zoom with a 1" sensor is a novel feature in a sub-$1,000 package.
One vast advantage of 4k video, even in a world of lower display resolution, is the ability to crop, stabilize, or adjust for rotation in post, without IQ loss.
The irony is that the FZ1000 can't offer 5-axis stabilization or "level shot" when shooting at 4k. This presents problems, especially when shooting at 400mm equivalent. Sad it has no internal NDF feature either.
The 400mm equivalent zoom reach is great for wildlife or other travel shots, but also means the FZ1000 will fit in no pocket. 80%+ of the time wide-angle and pocketability matter.
The discontinued coat-pocket LX7 (now very cheap) has internal NDF, as well as a colored bar option that indicates horizon. One fears the forthcoming LX8 may not.
The RX10 and RX100 series are both strong competitors, but cost more, and neither offer 4k video.
Optical: Never seen such a crap! There are plenty good examples of cheap drones on youtube with impressive videos and stills.A shame for dpreview for such a lousy article
Impressive videos and stills don't come "cheap," no matter what the gear.
The article points out, quite correctly, that drones are not easy to navigate or deliver results that impress anyone. Drones are noisy, wobble, vibrate, crash, run out of juice, and infuriate some people. Potential buyers should be duly warned, rather than be baited by exotic flyovers shots that require months of practice (and losses) or better equipment. Drone shots may find various useful applications, but probably not public events or sports. Licensing, insurance, and local ordinances make this difficult. Few players or spectactors will welcome a buzzing, gyrating gizmo over the playing field, and the fish-eye or shakey video won't be worth the trouble.
Black Box: I don't know if this camera is good or bad. Or, actually, if the competing Sony is any of those. But I know for sure, both companies are heading in MY direction - large sensor superzooms. I don't mind 4.0 lens. I don't mind the bulk. The price of Panny is fine. What I want reduced now is WEIGHT. If they need to use plastic lenses instead of glass or plastic body instead of whatever it is now, I'm fine with that, too. Just make it under 500g and it's sold!
A 100g phone camera, then.
spitfire31: I am not going to buy any new camera in this class that doesn't feature manual audio and a headphone output.
In the year 2014, audio is still receiving stepchild treatment. Sheesh!
Manual audio and headphone don't solve the fundamental problems of on-board audio capture: wind noise, handling noise, distance from subject, ambient disturbances. Serious audio usually requires a separate recorder or studio conditions outside amateur budgets or privileges.
The 5-axis Power OIS stabilization may be the crucial feature. If it works, it alleviates the bane of most hand-held video, especially if the resolution is 4k. Stable video at long zoom may remain ellusive, but any improvement is welcome.
An angry man, apparently. Unfortunately, the smoke and flames make it hard to see what he specifically wanted Canon or Nikon to deliver. Deep down under, so many people seem to crave something that is either impossible or picayune; 1) a pocket FF camera with a huge OVF, f/0.8 24-600mm pancake lens, for $300; or 2) a camera that makes some geezer feel like a teenager at the wheel of a '70 GTO.
The two companies somehow continue to make money, when camera operations for others are ailing badly. Maybe they're doing something right.
Hli5d: 70 years.. I lived in Ca in 1994 when it was 50 years and remember the memorials.. Time flies. June 6 th is a special day for me. My dad was in the resistance during wwii and was together with his brother, arrested by Gestapo in the morning of june 6th 1944 - D-Day. My father escaped by pure luck, but his brother was shipped to concentration camp, which he survied after 11 month of agony. My father continued his actions in the resistance until the war finished. I have been raised by my father always telling me that we have our freedom today because of to the soldiers who died on the beaches that morning. My father passed away on june 6 th 1998... This date is just something to me.
The OZ contingents had lower casualty rates in the D-day landing, perhaps due to memories of Gallipoli in WWI, so they planned and trained carefully.
sonics: We should always remember the sacrifices made that day. If it wasn't for the allied landings in Normandy Stalin would haven conquered the whole of Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium and prolly part of France.
The landings would have been far more difficult without so many Axis troops and resources tied down, or dead, in Russia. The "prolly" (prole?) Marchais / Sartre part of France continued to worship Stalin. They would have hated him had he ever occupied, which he did not, so the Americans became the object of ire.
Menneisyys: New video shot with the M3: https://vimeo.com/97586765
Too bad there are no handheld shots (except for the very last minutes but those were also shot on a moving staircase); that is, anyone looking for some live demo of the OIS and/or true compression artifacts in the H.264 mode* should look elsewhere.
*: compression artifacts are a big problem with the RX10 (see http://www.eoshd.com/content/11581/exclusive-review-sony-rx10 )
Dedicated thread: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53812227
If ordinary people are the judges, just about any hand-held video loses. The only on-board stabilization scheme that comes close to answering this problem is the Balanced Optical Steadyshot gyro approach, which is almost impossible to built into a pocket camera or DSLR type design.
Nice camera, but worth $800? That's the main question.
cgarrard: Excellent write up Richard, enjoyed it. And btw, I don't take any of the criticisms beyond what they are, and I think they are equally valuable to praise in a write up. Sony's got just a few things to tweak in this camera to make it ultra gold material it seems ;).
What would be nice is to see Sony make a G1X competitor with an even larger sensor and longer focal range lens that mirrors many of the features of the RX100III- especially the built in viewfinder.
Edit: And oh by the way, one gripe I'd add: I still think a grip should be included with the camera and not be a $25.00 accessory. :)
A G1X competitor? Don't you mean the a6000?