If I'm not mistaken, DPR shoots RAW files in the studio scene with standard conversion parameters; i.e., no effort is made to optimise the image output, in order, I assume, to have a fair and even comparison. Only that this is not an even comparison. Wouldn't it be better to try and optimise RAW files (up to a "standard" degree) in order for the readers to be able to see what the camera actually CAN do? In X100S camera's case, the RAW is a bit soft; increasing sharpness a bit would help us see what's possible.
The X100S JPEG engine is phenomenal. I cannot remember any camera, irrespective of category, producing JPEG images with equal amount of detail to its RAW counterpart. X100 is almost as good in this respect but I feel this one pushed it even further. Impressive!!
RStyga: How much smaller *really* this $1100 camera is it to a ~$350 Olympus E-PM1 with a Panasonic 14mm (28mm equiv.) F2.5 pancake? Or, to have a resolution parity, to an Olympus E-PM2 with a Panasonic 14mm F2.5 pancake? And how fast does it focus? I know the PMx+14mm combo focuses practically instantaneously (~<0.15"). One has to be desperate to have the alleged high-ISO IQ advantage of the Nikon and external controls to justify the pronounced extra cost.
It's by far the most compact ILC in the world; what more do you need to praise it engineering-wise? A large sensor? Are *you* joking, now?
RStyga: AF MICROADJUSTMENT, CANON??? Or should everyone be sending your FF and BF camera-lens combos to you all the $&@&$& time? Just a thought...
I don't think such people would even know to go to the corresponding menu and play with it. It's just a marketing dept decision of the stupid kind. Unless Pentax did not do well for including such a feature to its lowly K-r...
RichRMA: Flat black and boring. Canon, the Model T of the 21st century.
Whatever sells is often not what's better got photographers... and I'm not referring to the body colour.
AF MICROADJUSTMENT, CANON??? Or should everyone be sending your FF and BF camera-lens combos to you all the $&@&$& time? Just a thought...
Pat Cullinan Jr: When will the review be ready?
But I am. Omitting a Pentax Q review was a mistake.
I can't help commenting here:Yes... it's next on the list, like Pentax Q... Very important to review this camera, I can see that clearly, now...
It should have been moderately smaller and lighter, however. For a m4/3 DSLM, it's large and heavy. It looks like its IQ is on par with GX1 and OMD.
zinedi: Again and again - no built-in viewfinder - no camera. Be happy Fuji - competition is still blind.
I assure you for many people, as well, it'd be bulky viewfinder camera, no compact-enough camera. There's nothing unusual or inferior about a compact camera with no viewfinder. I don't like Nikon A much, if at all at the time, but the lack of viewfinder is not one of the reasons.
I have used Olympus XZ-1, Pentax Q, Ricoh GRD, Olympus PM1 and I can attest that Nikon A, being the size of XZ-1, is neither pocketable nor tiny. It surely is very compact but not just "a couple of millimeters bigger" than GRD! Not a chance.
A large sensor does not make much else than the lens slightly larger (in diameter). Have you seen a non-Merrill Sigma DP up-close? I'm not sure Nikon A is a marvel. Pentax Q, however, is an engineering marvel.
It does, although slightly, but the body is thinner than A. Nikon A is not pocketable, anyway. GRD is, for instance, not Nikon A. Plus, I don't know any photographer who would put a camera in their pocket, literally. A PM1+14mm fits in a tiny compact-camera case, and the whole thing fits in my tiny wallet/beanbag bag, which I carry with me anyway. Splitting hairs here and at very high $$ premium.
I think you have not checked the following:http://camerasize.com/compare/#163,445
Panasonic 14mm weights 55g. So, PM1+14mm is actually slightly smaller and lighter (and very much cheaper).
How much smaller *really* this $1100 camera is it to a ~$350 Olympus E-PM1 with a Panasonic 14mm (28mm equiv.) F2.5 pancake? Or, to have a resolution parity, to an Olympus E-PM2 with a Panasonic 14mm F2.5 pancake? And how fast does it focus? I know the PMx+14mm combo focuses practically instantaneously (~<0.15"). One has to be desperate to have the alleged high-ISO IQ advantage of the Nikon and external controls to justify the pronounced extra cost.
rallyfan: Could an actual owner please comment on AF and burst performance? I shoot outdoor sports.
The reviews generally lack action shots.
How is it? Which lens did you shoot?
Owner of a K-01 and second that. AF speed is sufficient for everything but fast action (it can handle "normal" action shots).
Pentax did well with this camera. Design is a matter of preference and ergonomics partially a matter of holding style and hand size. I own a K-01 and I can say with confidence that it is a superb camera. Pentax has updated its firmware and the AF speed & low light AF issues have been resolved.
If you have never used one, especially after its phenomenal price reduction, you're simply missing out. I have used and owned a large number of Pentax DSLRs and currently the only Pentax K-mount body I prefer to use is K-01. Personally, I love its design and -with a light/compact lens- the ergonomics are very sufficient.
Does this affect the EXR sensor Fuji cameras (XF1, for instance) that have similar problems with their RAW files??
midimid: As a long-time D5100 amateur photographer, I've been waiting forever for this release. But at $1200, I now have to contemplate jumping up to the D600 and replacing all of my lenses (18-105, 35, 11-16, 60 macro). The D600 body can easily be had for ~$1600.
Any thoughts on a D600 / D7100 comparison?
You can say that again! It's one thing to be excited about technological advances and industry progress (count me in) and another thing to be a victim of marketing.
Indeed, very few camera specs really make a difference to the photographic experience. As an example, I used to own a Sigma DP2 and was happy with it except I kept missing shots because of its slow AF and inferior mid+high ISO IQ. But Sigmas are quirky. Mainstream manufacturers have been building very efficient and well rounded cameras for years now. Upgrading only makes sense if there is a significant gain AND there is a real everyday need to use such gain.
A few important, I believe, questions: Does it have AF micro adjust? Does it AF accurately under artificial light?