aris14: It's funny and nice...A 200$ compact cam can nowadays produce images of similar IQ with 10 years ago DSLRs...And it's not in the top of the range...
XZ-2 is a $200 compact camera? It is $600 ...
chj: Nice pics, but doesn't look like an RX100 killer. Of course there's a big price difference as well.
There is? RX100 is $650. XZ-2 is $600 ...
Ruy Penalva: My sensation is that we are in the very beginning of video production and the industry keeps bringing innovations each year so that they do not fit in the consumer (even the pro) budget.
Professional videographers have budgets in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. I think they will be VERY happy with cameras like these.
jorepuusa: Every professional photographer who "shares" his or hers knowledge about photography to amateurs takes part in the killing of photography as profession. For some odd reason some pros do not understand that.That is probably cause they have a firm position in the business and cannot see the problems of those who do not and specially young pros who are just starting business.It is very sad that dpreview takes part in killing of profession by giving advice to amateurs how to shoot. The amateurs shoot for free or minimum prize. In Finland where I live professional photography is almost dead and amateurs have taken over cause those who buy pictures do not anymore see the difference of quality but consider only the money. This is why I see this kind of sharing knowledge extremely hazardous for the industry.
Wow ... This is a very ignorant comment, jorepuusa. If sharing of knowledge was to be forbidden, then nothing would have progressed throughout human history. Sharing of knowledge happens in all fields, and photography is not an exception to it.
Octane: Firmware can not change the physical design of the AF system. Most cameras did AF ok in some situations at one f-stop beyond the official limit, nothing new. It's not a matter of software/firmware, it's a matter of physical design. The AF sensors are designed to only see the light from a certain aperture. IOW, an AF sensor that is designed to see at f/2.8 will not see more with a 1.4 lens, nor does it get more light. Of course it will work with a faster lens, but when it comes to slower lenses it's more a matter of generous tolerances. This firmware update can only allow for some more tolerance, it can't change the design. The AF system was not designed to work at f/8, like for example Nikon did for the D4. Of course that didn't sit well with Canon so they are pushing it now to match it. Real life will show how well it actually works.
What's wrong with improving something afterwards? Clearly, Canon did not see a need to fine-tune their AF for F/8. They saw a demand for it, and now they have added it. They never promised it from the start, so you can't claim half-baked. This is an ADDITION to the original specifications, not a improvement of an already existing feature. Now if they just add clean, uncompressed HDMI out, and improve the WiFi capabilities with the adapter, then it will make the camera even more attractive.
Maxis Gamez: Can't wait to try focusing at f/8 with my 800mm.. Hopefully will be faster than with the 1D MKIV.
Glad Canon Listened!
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._. You have a 800mm F/5.6, correct? That focuses at f/5.6, regardless of what aperture you select. AF is always done at max aperture.
This update adds the capability of focusing lenses that have a maximum effective aperture of lower than f/5.6, for example, your 800mm with a 1.4X TC.
All Canon lenses have a max aperture of at least f/5.6 (or faster), so this problem only arises with lenses used with a Tele-Converter.
Thank you, DPReview, for weighing in on the Purple Flare issue. A proper 'authority' in photography review world was required to bring real attention to the issue.
SantaFeBill: Well, if you are a DX/APS-C user, it was one of the most depressing shows ever. Note that the roundup mentions almost no new equipment for that format, and no new DX lenses at all. :-( As Thom Hogan pointed out, this format isn't where camera makers are putting their effort. (The Lunacy aside, of course.)
APS-C sensors were in all NEX and Fuji products announced.
However, no Canon or Nikon APS-C camera bodies.
This year's Photokina was the year of Full Frame goodness.
Dan Ortego: Does anyone know if the RX1 accepts a threaded filter to protect that pricy lens? Maybe the hood is all that keeps that glass from scratches. Man I sure hope not.
A 49mm filter.
Richard Murdey: "And, in an odd way, it's hard not to wonder whether it would have been taken more seriously if it had said Hasselblad on the front."
No, it would not. Sony (Minolta) are conversely one of the few companies that people would trust to be able to pull it off.
One has to finally let Minolta separate from Sony. Konica Minolta still exists on its own.
Sony was making high end compacts a year before they even began talks with Konica Minolta, and that compact was the Sony R1, which the RX100 and RX1 are a homage to.
Sony has always been a high-end company with quality products. They lagged behind by about 10 years in the last decade, but they are making a huge comeback, at least in the imaging department.
It is not hard to think of Sony as the Kodak of the digital world, with Sony's dominance in the sensor division for all sizes and types of imaging devices. I just hope that comparison does not lead to Sony going the way of Kodak. lol
SergeSmArt I: What I'd like to get it from Sony, for my "Sony FS-100 Movie Camera" :) .. is wide angle lens WITH IMAGE STABILIZATION!! - to use it when I shoot on STEADICAM !! Unfortunately no one, who produce the lenses mostly do it for PHOTOGRAPHY.. and they don't care about VIDEO... so there is NO wide angle lenses with IS on the market... but.. if we have something like 15mm or 20mm IS lenses - we can get MUCH MORE STABLE VIDEO from STEADICAM shooting!! I hope Sony will hear me :)
Your wish was answered with the 10-18mm f/4 Sony NEX lens WITH stabilization.
JensR: Right now someone at Sony is seriously mad that they didn't go for the NEX fullframe and instead did the RX1. Ah well, there's always next year.
But they did. With a camcorder that has full still photo capabilities and more. They just haven't announced a NEX-7-esque Full Frame NEX yet ... and that can't be far behind. RX1 is just testing the waters and showing Sony's Research and Development prowess.
Joe Ogiba: And the Full Frame hits just keep on coming :)
I don't believe Joe said anything about this being new to Full Frame or anything of the sort.
Well, so much for a sub-$2000 Full Frame DSLR.
Francis Carver: Bit surprised about no built-in wireless and GPS.... no USB 3.0... and particularly about no timelapse recording/built-in intervalometer.
Also, it would have been very nice to finanally get a proper normal sized HDMI port instead of this mini stuff -- a standard size HDMI jack is not that huge, for cripe's sake. A huge sensor inside -- but only a mini HDMI jack for external monitoring and recording connectivity, not too good, really.
Let's perhaps ask Sony as to the 'why' parts. Anybody out there is going to be missing any of these features, I wonder?
GPS is built-in.
wlad: nah, I'll get a new car instead..
Clearly, you are not the target market. No loss to Hasselbald, I'm sure.
paulbysea: Reckon they are releasing this so it is ready for when NASA go to Mars. They will probably be the only people who will be able to afford it.
Guess you have not been to enough photo studios to see medium format cameras being used.
AV Janus: They left the most important information out.How many Mega Pixels?
Reading really helps.
"The H5D series is expected to start shipping by December, and will include 40, 50 and 60 megapixel models, as well as 50 and 200 megapixel multi-shot versions."
Anybody else notice the opening is now circular instead of triangular like the first version? :D