noflashplease: Point and shoot cameras dominated the beginning of the digital era, in the years immediately before and after the turn of the century. Today, point and shoot cameras belong to a dying niche. On one hand, you have ever decreasing numbers of technophobic elderly people, devoted to flip phones, and on the other hand, neophytes who don't remember the heyday of the digital point and shoot. Fixed lens cameras are a novelty to people who were too young to "Party Like It was 1999." Camera companies really need to dump their point and shoot lines and concentrate on interchangeable lens cameras. Period.
Yeah but where is the cellphone data. Everyone has a cellphone, so I say that data is totally flawed!
"then why not stop camera production altogether?" I would imagine that point is not as far away as you would think.
None of these cameras are worth the price.They are P&S cameras. People other than few on here are not going to pay 850 bucks for a damn P&S. Ain't happening.
You can buy the best smartphone in the world for less money. You can buy a DSLR for 350 bucks. Way better IQ.
Yet DPR seems t have a shootout about every 2 months on them. Give it up, there is not enough crazy people in the world to support them anymore. If they had to survive on their own every company making them would be out of business in 3 months!
FantasticMrFox: This camera would be a nightmare to handle for anyone whose right eye doesn't work properly (like me). Put your left eye to the viewfinder and you won't be able to reach any of the controls on the right side of the body. You'd hardly be able to hold it comfortably and press the shutter.
How can a company which continue to pump out some of the best lenses on the planet take one of the best sensors there is and put it into an abomination like this?! It almost seems like they are desperately trying not to sell cameras.
I don't have a left eye. I am blind in it. So I have no choice.
Spectro: The center evf is mimicing the dslr ovf. Maybe because it will be using large full frame lenses for the h model and needs more face surface for stability. Not a small range finder lenses.
Would like to see how fast the processor is on this camera, since foveon sensor takes much longer to process and iso doesn't go very high on past cameras. Which limit its usefulness for most people. Probably a slow work flow if it can't use adobe editing software. Do like the look of the design though.
Yeah but the "Old SLR's" Had to have it there because of the Mirror.
The new Sigma has no mirror so they can put anyplace they want. And apparently they Think it is better to have it off to the right. It works better for ME than if it would have been on the left. So I am happy and I guess your not. Doesn't look like you will buy it and I will. Problem solved. I will be happy and so will you for not buying it.
And what if your left eye doesn't work well?
BJN, and like in the middle is not somewhat stupid also??
What is the difference, you have your snout pushed up against the LCD either way.
And oh, by the way, not everyone has the same eye preference. So screw people with the Leica way.
webber15: The future for this new release looks very bleak to me...
1...no ibis...2...no 4k (or was it 8k)3...no tilty/twisty screen for selfies...
Dead before it even hits the shelves ;-)
Man the average age of the people that replied to Webber15 must be 90 years old plus! veritalens got it, what the hell LoL.
Well written Barney! They DO deserve it at long last.
noflashplease: I'm inclined to say that Canon just undermined the marketing of STM lenses with the reversion to USM with this new model. Do I buy into the claims of quicker autofocus? Perhaps. Nikon's competing 18-140mm is a fantastic lens with a very quick autofocus and brilliant optics. Is Canon bowing to competitive pressure? Does anyone care about the powerzoom gimmick? At least it's an add-on. Maybe even a future collectors item because I don't see many people buying the powerzoom?
Oh come on. Every movie, every documentary, every news cast has been taken with a Film or Video person NOT having auto focus at all, or image stabilization worth noting in the last 100 years.
Not counting they are looking at it mostly in Black and White. I made a damn good living carrying a 20 plus pound video camera on my shoulder. It is not easy, but it is after you master it.
Sure is everything in focus, no, is everything you look at with your own eyes in focus all the time, no. Welcome to reality.
Video is Hard. And even harder to edit. But it is what we see every day of our lives. We only see stills in our dreams, not in the time we are awake. It can be a very rewarding thing to shoot. Try it, you might like it!
DualSystemGuy: Meh, you can buy a brand new D810 for $2250 USD from Canada (2 year Nikon warranty), or $1999 grey market. Seems overpriced for the specs at $1799, but if you're heavily invested in the Pentax system I guess this would be exciting.
Yeah, but they don't need to stoop to that low of level either.
Anytime you deal with the public you are open to all kinds of crap. But I bet he makes a hell of a lot more money than the average person does dealing with it does.
The web brings out the worse in all of us. Probably the dumbest thing that has ever happened to all of mankind in the long run. We will all be a horses butt 20 years from now LoL.
webrunner5: Wow, Sony is just the 800 pound Gorilla as of late on Sensors. Pretty scary what they have accomplished.
I stated it as Sony has pretty much every camera manufacture using their top end, and even low end sensors now. And yes, even cellphones. They are years ahead of anyone else.
And no need to act like a 12 year old kid on your response.
"I think I can count the number of cameras with 4K and USB 3.0 on the fingers of one hand."
Proof again that most camera manufacturers are WAY out of date and out of tune with the real world.
Cell Phones are way ahead of most cameras, and they cost 1/3 the price. Maybe they are living in the past.
Plus why are so so damn sarcastic to others replys on here, "made in a factory","Hard to argue that's overpriced, but full marks for trying", etc.
I thought you are payed to review stuff, sort of in a timely manner, not make fun of posters, and become the form police!
Yeah it seems like with the specs a camera that was introduced 4 years ago.
USB 2.0, no 4k, hardly any focus points, no touch screen, etc, etc. I am glad they made it for the Pentax people, but I can't see many others buying it.
For a workhorse landscape, Astro Photography camera I can see some non Pentax buyers for sure. Looks like you could drive nails with it. At least the price is great.
May just buy one to keep you Pentax guys afloat for few more years.
Wow, Sony is just the 800 pound Gorilla as of late on Sensors. Pretty scary what they have accomplished.
webrunner5: And they have a NEW CEO and this is pretty much a flop. Well done!
Yeah I have to admit Mercedes has not had a new exciting looking cars in a LOT of years.
The only exciting one BMW has had in years is the new i8 electric car. Now that is darn good looking!
Flashback: I think I'm going to tidy my sock draw now:(
Sick puppy LoL.
Yeah but why bother with a new CEO if it still stays the same. A CEO is suppose to set a vision above the last loser that ran the joint.
I think any of us could come in and say enough with the wooden handles and a 500% markup on the product to boot. Ray Charles could have seen that might have been a big problem!
I bet he is allowed to fire people! That always get a Lot of attention from the troops.
And this is their 75th Anniversary to top it off. I would think you would want to re invent yourself and make some damn killer products to be proud of not the same O same O crap.
RStyga: I wish Hassleblad would hire a Pentax or Mamiya/Leaf industrial designer - this is one ugly piece of gear.
Oh they are a thing of beauty in your hand. They are made to Very high standards just like a Leica. They Look and Feel expensive in real life. You have to hold one to believe how well they are made.
Actually they are pretty nice to hold handheld. That is the least of their problems in this day and age.
And they have a NEW CEO and this is pretty much a flop. Well done!