Bram de Mooij: It seems the megapixel race has changed to an af points race. Do we really need that ? Most of the time I use only one af point. But that's me. Not really an action photographer and never using the video features of my cameras. I think I can stop buying now. Oh, but I forget I am a gadget freak .....
If you don't care about action shooting or video, you'll be better off going full-frame with the A7 series. For this price you can now pick up a good used A7R, which I'm sure has far superior stills capabilities.
Average User: Nice article, and love the quality and tone of the discussion. The different companies have their different strengths; Don't know about top three, but I hope the dedication of Fuji to aps-c and iq keeps them in the game. In my experience, though many pros favor short dof, for most every day applications, greater dof is better, so I hope this works for Fuji.
I'm in agreement that greater dof is better for the majority of shots. Shallow dof is great for portraits and close-ups but not too much else.
Looks like the optical design was changed, from 11 elements/8 groups/1 aspherical element to 12 elements/9 groups/2 aspherical elements. Possibly some improvement in optical performance in addition to the new stepping motor?
For this price you can get an awful lot of capability from an APS-C or entry-level full-frame camera. Shooting video or travelling light would need to be high on your list of priorities to consider this model.
Flashback: Although the extra resolution does not seem to have compromised the sensor performance, I'm not seeing any real benefit here.
I understand it's all about marketing pressure, but I would have preferred the old 16MP with a step up in dynamic range, coupled with lower noise.
If I can give an analogy, I want to buy the cheapest house, in the most expensive road, not the other way around!
A very interesting set of pics, by the way.
I was also hoping for a boost in the dynamic range.For a brand new sensor (supposedly supplied by Sony, which makes APS-C sensors with excellent DR), only 0.3 EV improvement is kinda disappointing.
JonB1975: I normally stay out of these and keep my opinion to myself.... but... no.8??? Really??? there must have been a dearth of entries......
no. 8 has potential to be a good shot but is poorly composed. I think the distracting road needs cropping, and the flowers should take up more vertical space in the frame.
ChuckTa: Some of them are really nice, some I don't get.
Me too. I really don't get #4, and #2 is rather meh.
Stollen1234: It doesnt matter what sony shows off..sony is good in film and tv video...in photography stil photos. They are not...
The Sony design aesthetic favors clean, simple lines, as opposed to the traditional rounded, bumpy SLR shapes. At first I thought the A6000 and A7 looked too plain, but I've grown to like the simple lines.
sportyaccordy: Looks good. Wish it had a viewfinder though. That's a deal breaker for me. Maybe they will make a follow up to the NX30?
I hope so, and hopefully nx50 will have some additional features besides evf
jhinkey: Well, I hope there are more advantages to this than just getting increased resolution. There are only a handful of native m43 lenses that can handle 40MP of true resolution. Hopefully there are some dynamic range advantages that come along with this.
I find it hard to wrap my head around how the extra pixels is going to help. A really good lens can resolve only 80 lines/mm. An m43 sensor at 16MP is already at 133 lines/mm (on the shorter axis).
I have a NEX-7 and was considering upgrading to the A7. After reading this review I have second thoughts. It's definitely a step up but the improvement in IQ is not as much as I expected, given the significantly larger sensor size.
For all the work they put into manufacturing this body, it looks rather generic and plain. Maybe it looks better in real life, but from the photos I couldn't distinguish l it from a cheapo model if the red dot was not present The back does look kind of sleek and classy, though.
At first I was skeptical about Panasonic being able to squeeze more out of the outdated sensor. But from the sample photos I've seen at ePhotozine.com, the images look really impressive, clean and sharp, with loads of detail. Unfortunately, they also appear dull and flat. Hopefully that can be fixed with simple adjustments in LR.
If Pentax ever releases a K-02, they don't need to come up with some ground-breaking k-01 or GXR type configuration. Just stick in the awesome K-5 II sensor with 14-bit color and it will give the X-Pro 1 and NEX-7 a run for its money.
Investing in a super durable camera body may have made sense back in the days of film, when you can use the same body for decades. It makes no sense at all in the digital age, because the electronics become obsolete way before the body wears out. Anyway, machined aluminum is not exactly high tech exotic materials....the Pentax K-01 frame is also made from machined aluminum.
rgnewell: I own a Panasonic LX3 and was amazed when Sony introduced the NEX with an APS size imager in a body about the same size as my LX3. I had hoped that Sony would have a lens about the same physical size as the 24-60 mm f2 on my LX3, but evidently not. Maybe Sony will surprise me. Until then, I sit on the sidelines.
I've also been sitting on the sidelines but I doubt they will ever come up with something like Panasonic's X series 14-42mm.The most you can hope for in a pancake zoom for APS-C is something like the Samsung 30-50mm kit zoom for the NX100. Limited range, no image stabilization.
IamJacksBrain: It would be more useful if they placed the EVF on the left side of the camera instead of in the middle.
The new Sigma DP1M and DP2M is one example of "the body stopping at the edge of the lens". It has a 3" screen.
AG: look ugly to me
I agree. Awkward proportions, pentaprism is too tall. The original OM cameras looked better.
Anfernee Cheang: Appearance is something that cannot be measured or analysed. The only way to weigh it is vote...
I vote K-01 is pretty pretty ugly...
You would think that a camera with a machined aluminum body would look classy. Somehow they managed to make it look like a cheap plastic toy (especially in yellow)...
This is a most interesting and unique photo. The scene would normally be considered an eyesore, but somehow you make the shot look eerily beautiful and artistic. Good job!