Ashley Pomeroy: Nah. I'm not a brand snob, but 24mp is absolute overkill unless you're a technical landscape or architectural photographer, or a working professional who absolutely needs a high-resolution file, in which case the noisy output and flimsy body aren't very impressive.
I can picture the typical consumer being angry when those 24mp images take ages to upload to Facebook and display on an iPad screen. For a compact, fast-shootin' camera like this I would prefer a really good 12, 16mp or so file with excellent image quality at ISO 1600 and Fuji-esque dynamic range, so that I can shoot in suboptimal conditions and still have a usable result. Twelve more megapixels is neither here nor there.
Facebook resizes and compresses the pictures before uploading them ... so uploading 24 MP files to Facebook won't necessarily take a long time because they will be resized and compressed.
You, of course, have the option to upload higher-res photos to FB.
You guys had the calculate the equivalent focal length? Please explain why.
Is this a true test? Hardly.
1) Try discrete cameras next time. People tend to behave when they know they are on video. If I was a security guard, I wouldn't get fired up with someone pointing a video camera at me unless it was really really serious.
2) Everyone has a British accent. If the photographers were clearly tourists, then things would have turned out differently. Tourists, who cares about them? They'll be back in their own country in a couple weeks. Harass them while we can ...
TechOutsider: "Power O.I.S does a great job of stabilizing images taken in our test environment but out in the 'real world' performance depends on a number of factors, including camera panning. Although it is an obvious point, we also found that in especially cold and/or windy shooting environments, where the degree of camera shake is increased"
This is non-sensical. A breeze causes you to shake the camera more? Are you experiencing hurricanes in Seattle?
No, that still doesn't make sense from a physics standpoint.
Does the extended lens at 450mm equiv. catch the wind more versus 24mm equiv. :P?
The camera's mass (and thus inertia) doesn't change when zooming. So what are you talking about? Forces (such as winds) should affect the camera equally at any focal length.
TechOutsider: And uh, where's the Fuji F550?
Whoops - jumped the gun - I missed the perfunctory review towards the end. Sorry :).
"Power O.I.S does a great job of stabilizing images taken in our test environment but out in the 'real world' performance depends on a number of factors, including camera panning. Although it is an obvious point, we also found that in especially cold and/or windy shooting environments, where the degree of camera shake is increased"
"we've picked out six models which represent a broad cross-section of the available products"
You'd think that DPR would include the F550. Doesn't it supposedly represent the higher-IQ portion of the market?
And uh, where's the Fuji F550?
DPReview, always one step behind DCResource.
The one upside to DPReview is that its reviews are more through. I'll grant DPR that. Other than that, it doesn't help to be 6 months behind the competition.
Who will actually buy this?
TechOutsider: An adapter that costs almost as much as a lens. Brilliant.
Well, it's not a S2 -> S2 lens adapter, is it?
An adapter that costs almost as much as a lens. Brilliant.
Nice! A competitor to Sony's 30mm f/2.8 macro lens! Fortunately the Nikon has the slightly longer focal length - a 30mm macro is all but a joke ;).
A Lensbaby competitor? We already have enough toy lens.
I love industry shakeups.
Finally, an AF illuminator.
That probably cut AF time by half in dim situations.