NZ Scott: .... Bloody hell. The ColourChecker Passport is USD $115. Seems like a lot for some coloured plastic squares.
It's 84 USD from Amazon right now. Bought one a week ago, myself. It just arrived, however, so I've yet to start doing the calibrations.
JEROME NOLAS: These interviews are pointless, waste of time. Talking about things they want not the things we would like to talk about. Basically PR and marketing talk. All media should boycott them but then they wouln't have a nice trip to Japan...
You must not have experience in large-scale business. If you did, you'd know that "PR and marketing talk" is the only kind of talk they CAN say, because everything else is confidential.
Photographer Jonathan: A really nice camera, BUT, every new camera should have a touch screen, and it should be articulating so you can angle it for portraits not just landscape, and for actual photo shoots, it is a must to have a focus point that can be moved in one step, nice and fast, not two steps, and 8000 shutter would of been nice also, and a higher flash sync speed, and a popup flash, I could keep going if a wanted to, but this camera is really nice, now if Canon would make one the same, with there regular lens mount that takes my ff glass, that would be great, but I might have to buy this new fuji along with the 56 f1.2 lens, and the 35 f1.4,,,,,, I am sick of waiting for Canon, and Nikon slightly missed the boat with the DF, it should've been more like this fuji Xt1, ( real digital fusion ) with electronic view finder, focus peaking, video, touch flip screen, 4 years in the making so they could leave out all the new technology, doesn't make sense, go Fuji, kick Nikon and Canon's ass
"What happens with a touch screen camera when you press the camera tightly against you cheek?"
The touchscreen deactivates because a proximity sensor - a sensor that detects when something (such as a face) is within millimeters of the viewfinder - turns the LCD off. Last time I checked, Canon had three "real cameras" that work exactly this way (650D, 700D, 70D).
groucher: This is a classic compromise - a fully featured camera (except for video) in a retro body. A shrink wrapped but cluttered D4. I'm hoping that this is the first in a series of Dfs and that eventually we'll have a Dfm with no rear screen, no PAS and no wired or wireless connectivity - a true uncluttered digital FM (or FE).
Underneath all the controls, thumbwheels and displays the Fd looks pretty good.
@groucherYour Dfm wish specs sound like it would cost even more than this Df already does.
kevin_r: This is a lens Sony users have been shouting for for a long time but now Sigma has gone greedy and removed the OS. Which means that a whole market segment that wants to use this lens on the FE or Nex E mounts with LA adapters will have no stabilisation.
Perhaps they should simply bolt on an FE mount with stabilisation and watch it take off. It'll give the 24-70mm f/4 Zeiss a fair thrashing since that lens is priced at $1000.00.
"Sigma has gone greedy and removed the OS"
Sony decided to make a full-frame E-mount camera without IBIS, and you're blaming Sigma?
Donnie G: The top of the line Olys and Panas have much more to fear from these new Sonys, (especially the A7), than any current mid level DSLR. It'll be interesting to see what happens to 4/3s system cameras if the new Sonys prove to be popular. Will the A7 kill off Olympus in 2014? Will Sony's camera division turn a profit in 2014? Will the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2014? (Ok, maybe that last remark was a bit much), but you get the idea. Speculation is futile. We need answers that only time can tell us. :)
Yes, Sony appears to have a medical imaging portfolio (I found their online medical imaging catalog via Google), but the product lineup does not seem to be anywhere near that of Olympus'. I am aware of Sony's financial issues, but that's precisely why it makes a lot of sense to compete against, then buyout, Olympus.
With an acquisition, Sony would jump to the top of the medical imaging industry by proxy (i.e. "Olympus, a Sony company") and completely own all of Olympus' imaging-related patents (as opposed to their current, limited patent-sharing agreement). Gaining a significant foothold of the m4/3 market would be a side-benefit.
As they've already done this kind of thing twice before (with Konica Minolta and Ericsson), it's not out of the realm of possibility that they'll aim to buy Olympus primarily for their med-tech.
Though, such a strategy would hinge not on the success of the A7 and A7R, but on the success of the PS4 (which releases next month).
@pdeluxReally? You don't believe it's in Sony's best interest to compete against Olympus in order to drive down the price of a future Olympus acquisition?
Seehund: Is there a technical reason for the inability to use movie mode and WiFi simultaneously? If not, can we expect a firmware update that addresses this issue?
Yes, there is: Wi-Fi is slow.
It's barely fast enough to transmit a full-size JPG in seconds, but nowhere near fast enough for RAW. The lag of Live View for stills is already noticeable, rendering wireless video streaming completely unusable.
ProfHankD: I really don't much care about PDAF. In fact, I usually prefer manual focus with peaking. However, I'm impressed to see that Canon's dual pixel structure doesn't seem to have sacrificed IQ for PDAF. According to both DxOMark and the DPReview sample images, this sensor is a significant improvement over the sensor in, for example, the 100D or 700D. It still has a half stop less dynamic range, but it's the first 1.6X crop sensor Canon has made that doesn't get trashed by the 1.5X crop one in the Sony NEX-5.
DPReview says the 70D competes with Canon's FF -- I cannot agree. The Sony NEX-7 outperforms the 6D at low ISO and looses to it at high ISO, but 6D IQ is always better than the 70D in color depth, dynamic range, and low light. Still, the 70D proves that Canon's dual pixels are a viable approach, competitive in APS-C IQ while incorporating a useful new capability. Now if only Canon would give us direct access to the 40M half-pixels.... ;-)
@ProfHankDCould a 20MP stereo pair be used to create a single 20MP 3D photo?
red fuji: In engineering, we call the D610 a 'reworked' D600. The word 'improvement' should be reserved for new models replacing older models. The D610 exists because of the D600 flaw. I dont know how Nikon could get away with this marketing move. Nikon really should have recalled all the troubled D600.
@photoreddiExcept Zigmont mentioned the -P- 7000 - the CoolPix, not the DSLR.
falconeyes: 0.01 lux is -8 EV.
I heavily doubt it was this dark, as it would correspond be about a moonless starry night. But the fireflies then would illuminate the scenery (or their direct surrounding at least) as main light source and I didn't notice the effect in the video.
Anyway, while dark, -8 EV corresponds to (F/1.4, 1/24s) ISO 1,200,000. I saw extreme noise at 640px web resolution. Scaling web resolution to full 24 MP resolution, the would be the screen pixel noise (24MP) at ISO 14,000. I'd say a normal full frame 24MP dSLR doesn't have this much pixel noise at ISO 14,000.
Therefore, I conclude that the demo shown by Canon is technically lame, more of a marketing gig than anything else.
@falconeyesPerhaps you were distracted by the marketing text in the center of the frame, but the scenes at 0:09-0:15 was of the night sky, precisely to show that this video was taken during a "moonless, starry night."
SeeRoy: Why doesn't one of the manufacturers release something with overall improvements in IQ (bigger sensor, faster lens etc) keeping the size down by eliminating the LCD screen?
Apart from setup (and the chumps who chimp all the time) I think many people would trade it for overall performance gains if the essential functions were externally accessible and setup could be done via an EVF. After all, there are plenty of overpriced cameras out there lacking a viewfinder - which many of us find indispensable.
Still, adding an EVF to cameras in this sector: about bl00dy time too.
@SeeRoyWhat is the point of a digital compact that can't be used to show the photo it just took?
(unknown member): If Mario Andretti drove somewhere in a Civic would there have been an article about it?
Not sure about Andretti, but back in 2007 there were a handful of articles about Michael Schumacher driving a taxi.
whtchocla7e: Nice photos. The question is why?Just because he can? Is that a noble motivation?
"Because it's there." - Sir George Mallory, mountaineering pioneer, when asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest in 1923
Imagine how much of human advancement would not exist today if people always needed a noble goal before they tried something.
Mike, I have a couple of questions:
1) Would you consider the Transcend an adequate solution for a non-professional just taking casual photos during a hobby event (say, something like Comic Con) to transfer to a tablet for immediate viewing by the subject?
2) Were you able to determine which solution used up battery power more, or did you find yourself filling up the card well before running out of power?
Thanks in advance.
Neodp: The problem:
The Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime is going for the lowest, *USED* price, of $400. This is the most, recommended lens, and for (wise) prime users.
So much for affordability. There are much better lenses; for much less. This, barely, incrementally smaller system size just costs too much. It's no value buy. Then there's lens selection. Now, if the E lens prices dropped....
Plus, as far as fun adapter mania, you should know, some systems use fun, high quality, inexpensive, old lenses; without needing any adapters.
@NeodpThat isn't a problem. Another characteristic of the target market for this camera is that they don't buy a second lens at all.
Timmbits: Definitely a smart marketing move on Sony's part - having a price-killer entry-level that gives you an upgrade path by keeping the lenses.
At first (as in my comment under the product announcement) I thought this might also compete with the NX20/NX30 and be a new option for mirrorless Sony fans not satisfied with the NEX ergonomics, but I see now that it is positioned lower-end - with it's low res screen and cheap feel to it. That doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend it to the masses and those looking to finally replace their film DSLR with a casual use (pretending-I-know-what-I'm-doing) replacement well suited to their needs (D3200 and Rebel turf).
I totally agree with DPR's view that this is a great alternative to small sensor P&S cameras and the intended target market.
"MADE IN CHINA" I suppose...
@TrojMacReadyLogical conclusion: there will be better and more expensive E-mount Alphas in the future.
Clyde Thomas: So why is this (or NEX) considered an Alpha?
Different menu and battery. And there is more than one smart adapter for lenses. Get AF adapter for Canon EF and Contax G now. Manual adapters for anything.
What makes this an Alpha?
My guess is the shape.
It looks like Sony will be going with NEX branding for cameras that use the current NEX shape, while using the Alpha branding for cameras that use the DSLR shape.
tabloid: Having a look on google...it seems that only Canon make STM lenses.
Come on Sigma etc get your finger out.
Maybe not for a few years. While stepper motor technology certainly isn't proprietary, their specific use as autofocus motors in camera lenses is patented by Canon.
5inchfloppy: I think there's a typo? In the article it states:
"Full-time manual focus is available in AF mode."
But in the table below, Full time manual is listed as 'No'.
That's technically correct, due to how FTM works for Canon's STM focus-by-wire lenses. With STM lenses, the user needs to half-press the shutter before the focus motor will respond to any motion of the focus ring. It's kind of like stepping on the clutch pedal of a manual transmission car in order to change gears.