thejohnnerparty: This new image processing and senor technology looks very promising. If it lives up to the promise, how are small senor P&S cameras going to survive?
They won't! In fact they are allready dead if you look at the market data and manufacturer products range.
Manufacturer are now focused on :- rugged compacts (waterproof/shockproof) with zoom- compact long travelzoom with more and more "expert" features (HX90/sony : 24-720mm with evf, still pocketable)- long-zoom "all-in-one" AKA bridges. Demand is still strong for cheap and very long zoom (nikon P900). But also for more versatile ones (shorter range/brighter lens) like FZ200/300 or olympus stylus 1.- "experts" when you look for better image quality and more complete photo/video features. Sony leading the bunch with RX100's and RX10's but followed by Pana and Canon (at least).
IMHO, it's a good evolution because :- hundreds of similar, low-end cameras was a non-sense- manufacturer's working hard to pack more features and quality inside versatiles compacts, and I like this type of cameras.
iAPX: This will probably not translate in better photos, but probably in less mediocre videos.
But as usually will the optics deliver enough resolution for the sensor, without too much aberration/distortion/vignetting/etc? I don't think so, and it will be "corrected" by the ISP, that is not a solution for anything else than web viewing.
Will the screen be correctly calibrated with great color rendition and dynamic? Don't think so except on high-end.
As usually, will die for a 3MP to 6MP sensor with a quality lens, no magical software, and great display. Says 4MP sensor instead 16MP+ sensor, prime 35mm f/1.4 equivalent lens, QHD screen over 5", to be a great photographic bloc-note.
And good RAW processing software as a bonus, to sort, edit ad minima, and sync photos on different community website simultaneously and automagically (facebook, twitter, flickr, 500px, dpreview; name it!). Maybe with LightRoom compatibility?
HTC tried it with their 4mp "ultrapixel" camera.In the end, very few improvement over 10/12+MP sensors in low light but less details in bright light.
To be interesting, those low-res sensors have to provide way bigger photosites (like A7S). It doesn't work on small sensors... unless you want VGA resolution only.
nunatak: in theory, this has to be one of the best weatherproof digital compacts to date. while sensor size may be a concern to some, the other thing not addressed is it's fore~bearer's frequent tendency to fog up.
olympus and other manufacturers have the tech to build argon/nitrogen filled lens units which _are_ hermetically sealed to eliminate fogging. perhaps at this price point it's not feasible to "fog proof" — but until it is the issue remains a barrier to obtaining a true weatherproof camera. =:-/
There's an easiest way : keep only very dry air inside your camera.- downloading images : wifi / eye-fi type SD card- battery charging : use an external charger to swap batteries in less than 15s- from time to time, replace the battery by a silicate gel bag during the night
Dry air inside : no fog on the front élement/screen.
Angrymagpie: Would you be able to have the camera turn on to a specific focal length every time? Or do I need to manually adjust that after powering on? 24mm is a lot less useful to me than 35mm so it'd be great if the camera can be set to 35mm
Yes, that's exactly the point of MR modes.
Greg Gebhardt: No Apple OS, no deal. Who cares about that thin.
you mean you want to work with your tablet, not only read news and play games with an expensive but limited-on-purpose toy?I think i can undestand exactly what you mean, Ipads are so frustrating. And just because of marketing choices.Different devices for different users, I guess...
Still no touch screen for quick and precise focus selection? That's a bit odd...
For a "3 years old" photographer, you had a very steep learning curve!Your enthusiasm and dedication surely help here.I wish I could show some pictures as good as yours.Congrats, really!
Al de Wet: Why should I consider this? Panasonic offer the FZ 200 and the FZ 1000 which seem to be better?
FZ200 is no better. It offer a longer range, true, but nothing more.Stylus 1s has a bit bigger sensor, much better evf, magnesium body, beter defined touch screen and built-in wifi.It's also smaller when turned off.
FZ1000, in the other hand, is another beast : much bigger but with better sensor and longer range. So, yes, the stylus 1s is a bit pricey compared with FZ1000
maxnimo: If this camera can produce images as good as the Nikon D750, I will be impressed. Keeping my fingers crossed.
hmmm.... heavily cropped D750 vs. 2000mm equiv. OPTICAL zoom (and tiny sensor)... That's an "interesting" fight! :)
marc petzold: And another Nail to Canons coffin: A firm which does make a 24 to 600 (read it yesterday off the web before dpr here btw) can't be threat serious - who in hell would someone need such a nasty, crappy soup zoom mounted on a 1 inch sensor? well, anyway, as we know from the G7X, Canon may do inferior 50.6 MP sensors, and even pointless 120 MP sensor with insanely small pixels,, but they can't even do a decent 20 MP 1 inch type, so it's being bought off Sony.
The optics would be far worse than the FZ-1000, because of the insane focal length. A 24-600 is way harder to design optically without runaways at any focal length than a 25-400 into the FZ-1000....good luck selling this toy to the people, Canon. And then comes the parade part: still missing an decent EVF, so in other words: more worse then the G7X, but at least with more zoom! There's not the slightest reason for developing Toys like that....and the Brand still don't get it, the Designers must be on crack or something... o.O
"This G3X failed my personal uaage needs, therefore it's a fail."Who is childish?Maybe you were waiting for this camera for long with high expctations. And now you are hugely disappointed. Ok. Maybe another brand can sell you something more in line with your personal needs? Maybe this is not the end of the world after all.
With such wisdom and impressive foresight you must be a well known camera designer and a respected precursor among your peers, aren't you?
Hmmm... Did you worked for Hasselblad recently?
Jim: Rhetorical Question: I wonder how much better the G3X image quality will be over an SX50HS when compared at 600mm and below? Especially so, since the SX50HS can be had for $200. Maybe it's just me but I am not seeing the value proposition here.
If you folow this logic, you could ask the same for 7D MkII + 100-400L II."How much better quality" is fully subjective. So different people, different point of view (I won't say "needs" since we are mostly amateurs here :) )
old shutter bugger: no evf, no interest
But still wasting time for limited usefulness comment...
Pythagoras: With the a6000 in existence for about a year now, i can't think of a reason for this camera to exist. And at this price, even less reason.
an focus peaking is also included...
Augustin Man: Wow! Interesting to say the least, but how big and heavy would be that "grote" zoom? Besides, after the SX60 cold shower, I feel like treasuring my dear SX50, but also like moving away to other brands :(
what's the sx60 cold shower?
stevez: I'm really enjoying these superb videos you're producing. Keep it up.
I like the video format, but I'm affraid that a significant part of DPR audience cannot understand native english speaking.Any % on this "issue"?For my part, french native, I have no issue reading any review in here, but listenning is quite a bit harder.Are subtitles a lot of work? I'm affraid they are.
topstuff: To me, it looks like something from the last decade.
I know its got killer AF and the BIF guys will love it, but to anyone who doesn't need the sports/BIF AF capability, its just a big heavy brick with average IQ, IMHO.
"Unless you really need ultra fast AF and the crop factor to shoot BIF or sports, there really is no need for anyone to want this camera."Totally right since this body is made espacially for them! This is not a mainstream body. What wade you think that?
KL Matt: Technically, the sensor rotates around 3 axes and moves along 1 horrizontal plane, but I suppose you could cheat and reference that horizontal plane as the two axes you would use to describe locations on a graph of it (but then again no, because you've already used up both of those two axes, X and Y, for yaw and pitch, so I'd say it is actually cheating to use the same axis twice.)Sigh. Marketing.
Sony (again) is working on this! :)2013 rumor :http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-there-is-a-sony-camera-to-come-also-for-nikon-and-canon-lens-owners/
2014 patent :http://www.sonyalphaforum.com/topic/19-sony-is-working-on-a-z-shifting-sensor-that-can-focus-with-all-manual-lenses/
For once it's not marketing BS. It's mechanical speaking. In the CNC machines industry, translation motion and rotation motion are seen as two different axis even if the are on the same direction.
Edit : degrees of freedom, that's what i was looking for. Thx Spatz :)
Mike Tunstall: My priority: does it take good pictures? Answer = yes. You can keep all the other stuff.
Very "black or white" vision. But the world is made of many shades of grey...Could you define what is a "good picture", for you at least?For me, the 24mm equiv. shots from the G7X are not "good pictures". And I was waiting for this from Canon since the first RX100 came out! Very disapointed.