RedDog Steve: A cease-fire in the pixel wars ?
Canon needs some time to catch up...LOL
jerome_munich: "The A99 becomes the first pro-level SLT camera. Are pros ready to give up an optical viewfinder?
PM: We're being disruptive. Part of the appeal of being disruptive is that pros see that we're being innovative and want to explore what Sony has to offer."
Being disruptive is a good thing. Being disruptive without the safety net of offering the customers what they know and love is a risky bet on the future. Keeping a line of more traditional cameras in parallel with a more "modern" line of SLT cameras would be a prudent choice and would insure support from faithful users.
I agree with you and that is why my a900 will be my last Sony and the Nikon D800 and D600 is beckoning, there is one thing about being so disrupting to the point of Alienating your loyal customers a.k.a the Minolta users from the past, I cannot see any part of Minolta left in any new Sony camera, the might as well drop the A-mount and adopt the E-mount for all their cameras, that would be the final nail in Minolta's coffin
nicolaiecostel: The samples are quite good, apart from the landscape ones, off-course. The high ISO shots are quite nice as well, this camera keeps good dynamic range, detail, color, even at ISO3200, and I suspect that above as well.
D700 user here/enjoy what you allready own.
You are about the only person on here that make sense and is not smoking grass when reading reviews, I applaud you.
Paulo Ferreira: Who took these samples? Awful, poor light, focusing, framing auto ISO? auto everything? That landscape taken from above with the 16-35 is shameful! You could not have found worse subjects, colours, settings... or maybe I'm wrong and you will still surprise me. Literally shown in a "bad light"
All cameras are just point and shoot cameras in the hand of an amateur.
pca7070: Very poor corners!
Wide lenses usually have weak corners at it's widest angle and that goes for any lens from any brand
You are all smoking grass, I can't see how any other camera could have done this better with the same lens and same lighting conditions.
stan_pustylnik: 1 from 2 1- tester, testing procedures were faulty - camera is great2- tester, testing procedures were fine - camera is bad
Test photos from A99 are not impressive. Color is bleach, contrast is low, detail is smeary at Actual Size, landscape photos - simply shame from CZ 16-35mm f/2.8 , 70-200mm f/2.8, and CZ 70-400mm.
These tests show lower IQ than images I get with Sony A850 + 20 years old Minolta Maxxum lenses.
I have to agree with you moimoi but I think Sony will be releasing a camera in the future that will suit your and my needs and this one is a video orientated persons cup of tea.For now the a900 is all I need for in studio work.The a57 I play with now and then is more of a playful thing, I don't take the SLT cameras too serious.
Read the title idiots it's 2x Zoom
I have to agree stan and that is why I will keep my A900 thanks, marike6 I will agree with you, people like to point out the bad and not the good but that is what you get from Haters
rusticus: At present the best image quality for me have the Fuji cameras -well, the AF leaves something to be desired, but the picture quality is awesome - I will not buy the new Sony, Canon or Nikon. . . and I do not need FF
That is Ok you already did buy a Sony, Fuji is about 50% Sony ;)
Princess Leia: Most of the bad comments are just haters of Sony or could not afford to buy it so they'll say anything to discredit this camera. A99 is very capable profressional camera. Just look at other samples and reviews from professionals, A99 is a beast!
Haters will be haters, I only have one issue with this camera and it's "BIG" EVF,EVF,EVF,EVF why EVF? and that is why i'm not getting it.The pictures were what I would expect to see and the haters can hate if they like but I think Sony is getting better all the time, they need better direction, why would you put an EVF on this kind of camera?
nikonnikon: "Alessandrini stressed that, 'This [the Lunar] is not a NEX-7 camera, just because we are buying components from Sony"Sorry Mr Luca, what do you think if Lamborghini super sport car replaces its V12 engine and put suzuki swift engine into it.Nice try sir, and good luck with your strategy..btw i think wood accent using at camera grip will not work unless u have plan to use it as an ornament...man that's a very expensive ornament, but Mr Gates will love it.. :)
Hey your Nikon has a Suzuki swift engine ;) Mr nikonnikon or should it be Mr sonikonsonikon?...LOLNice one King Penguin it's clear this dude does not know cars.He probably thinks Koenigsegg cars don't use ford engines...LOL
Hey if they actually make a FF DSLR with OVF, I might switch from Sony to Hassy..LOLThe SLT/ EVF crap just does not interest me, sorry Sony
AnHund: Pure speculation that the Samsung should outperform the Canon S100 in my opinion.
Actually Canon sensors score bad all the time ;) but I will agree with you no way the Samsung outperforms the S100
rallyfan: Call them "ephemeral."
Once phones improve in low light situations I'm done buying pocket cameras.
I agree this these cameras are pointless not point and shoot, excuse my pun
Sergey Borachev: PROs:
1. Badly needed stability for Olympus to move on.
2. Access to the latest Sony technology (sensors, EVF, focus peaking...) for use in Olympus cameras. Just what is needed for the best mirrorless format, M43, to achieve greatness.
3. A faster pace in the Mirrorless Revolution as Sony and Oly, and Panny (all strong believers in MILCs) get friendlier. This will weaken the unhealthy duopoly of Canikon and remove the obstacle to progress those two have become as they cling on to DSLRs. This must be good for competition and for consumers, and for progress.
4. M43 becoming more compelling, with this vote of confidence from Sony, to other makers and help M43 become a quasi standard to benefit consumers for better choices and prices, e.g. if Tamron start making native M43 lenses, Sigma a line of M43 cameras, Sony M43 pellicle MILCs, Fuji M43 superzooms, and Pentax...
Not too many. Perhaps risk of Sony's proprietary garbage, like PlayMemories, XQD ... in Olympus cameras.
Sergey the XQD card was a Nikon request and developed by Sony,SanDisk and Nikon to replace 18 year old limatations of CompactFlash memory, so get your facts straight.BTW Sony is not interested in M43 and I would not be surprised if M43 cannot survive in 2013
javaone360: Not sure how long Panasonic will stay in partnership.
Sony and Panasonic will be working together on OLED TV productionand soon if not already Panasonic will be buying Sony sensors, the new GH3 might already be sporting a Sony sensor ;)
Boerseuntjie: That 50mm Zeiss is mine, let's hope it's under $800.
But we have free healthcare and a strong economy ;)
MrPetkus: No - it's really a Hasselblad - that's why it still has a non-ISO compatible hotshoe...
Those are not production cameras and Sony now has ISO hotshoe in their new cameras.
Boerseuntjie: Sum Hong Lim, once you use the iphone 5 you will never want to use the Samsung imitation ;) Poor us for using conventional cameras are you kidding...LOL
I have one, it's called a "Cell Phone" and I can actually make a phone call on it.I think they should put a cell phone in the NX cameras and call it the retro cell phone, you know those old 1980 brick cell phones they use to have, that would be nice