Donnie G: No surprises here. Canon is wisely selling the camera in Japan and Asia only, since those are the only places where mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras have had any kind of sales success. Unlike the competition, Canon doesn't have to bet the company's future on a camera form factor that has only proven to be commercially successful when they were sold by the millions as small, pocketable and cheap fixed lens P&S. Smartphones own that ground now, and so far, the idea of adding a larger sensor and interchangeable lenses to that point and shoot form factor hasn't paid off for any camera company. If the EOS M cameras ever turn a significant profit for the company, then there will be incentive for further development of that system. Until then, it just makes sense to stick with what works for the overwhelming majority of camera buyers on the planet, and that's Canon's highly profitable line of DSLRs. Business 101. :)
@Donnie:"The competition may not have any choice but to chase the hoped for mirrorless revolution." Last time I checked, Sony makes a kind of SLR camera called SLT so they aren't depending only on mirrorless. Here in Latin America they sell more "SLR" shaped cameras than mirrorless and in US there is a bunch of NEX-FS100 and FS700 being used by several studios.
Still, Canon are lazy right now with their mirrorless incursion. I was expecting to see an admirable competitor to promote manufacturers to step up their games but nope.
Matewka: Nikon Df announcement: Nov 5, 2013 (3 weeks ago)Pentax K-3 announcement: Oct 7, 2013 (7,5 weeks ago)
So far...Df review includes: first impressions + full ISO range studio testK-3 review includes: first impressions + worthless sample gallery
Either I'm overreacting or some brands are favoured by DPR.
Since the K-3 has this unique "software AA filter" feature, I guess many people (not only Pentax die-hards) are extremely curious what this baby can do. Not mentioning that overall Pentax IQ and NR in recent models are outstanding, even beating some FFs.
@naththo:"Nikon and Canon are the only two have the most backward compatibility lens."Sorry, what? As far as I know, only Nikon and Pentax are backward compatible with their old lenses from many many years ago. Canon has changed mount in order to get AF.
Hey dpreview, any chance to see high end cameras make it into the test? I mean, like the top top from both Canon and Nikon.
Jun2: Everything will be online. Newspaper will soon be history. Doesn't really matter if it has pictures or not.
Even with all the online media coverage, the way you get a lot of information in a newspaper instantly without taking you battery power or needing data coverage is unique. Newspaper will stay for a long time.
EDIT: just reread the whole article again. Seems like the a7R is the best choice given the AF performance.
"Still, even a theoretical minimal one-touch tethering solution is to be appreciated."
Seems like you want the Sony One-touch approach on it.
white camera for a white christmas...
RStyga: I still believe Sony would benefit from retiring the SONY logo on their cameras to a discrete position at the bottom and creating a new brand without the consumer electronics associations "Sony" has. Panasonic has done it very successfully.
It is negative, whether Sony can see it or not, to have this crude SONY logo plastered on top of a A7 camera! I thought they are a for-profit company; why Mr. Maki insists on risking market share on account of brand arrogance, I don't quite follow...
There are people using CineAlta and NXCAM cameras that are so happy with those, that having a camera with a Sony logo in the front isn't bothering them.
But now I'm curious...Why should they do that? What about other manufacturers? Should they have their logos removed too? What's your idea?
dannyboy5400: DF = Dumb FoolsPay more for less. Ooooh, retro knobs make me a better photographer!
@Raist3d...actually I think the D800 is more functional compared to this.. for the same price...and size. I'm not convinced at all with those retro knobs...
I'm glad you decided to put on production such radical ideas (like the RX1 or RX100) but for ILC users, lenses are priority, not cameras. There is a lot of ground to cover.
Jim Evidon: "....'Every six months I want to do something new' Kimio Maki of Sony...."
I think we now understand Sony's problem.
@cgarrard: Since 2006. Quite an achivement to become number 3 in just 7 years, don't you think?
Digitall: Maybe someone must read this, even Mr. Kimio Maki
SONY SELLS 31% FEWER CAMERAS.Demand for Sony digital cameras shrunk 31% in the three months to 30 September, compared to the same quarter last year.
I'm quite sure you're aware it's happening to all manufacturers.
ok Nikon experts.. What's different from this camera compared to...let's say, D600 or D800 or D4, apart from all the manual controls ala old time film cameras? Let's put this in other words. What makes it special apart from the manual controls?
All I see is a camera with a Retro look. Unless it has all the good things from the past (interchangeable parts for example) I don't see what's so special about it. Unless we are talking about a new film camera.
Edmond Leung: By the way, will Sony, Canon..... think about using the Beaulieu 4008ZM4 style for their new 4K cameras?
The style of Beaulieu cameras are..... really beautiful!
oh I saw one these days...gosh...you're right those are beautiful but with their size and shape, the largest sensor I could see on those cameras would be... 1.0 Type sensors.
vFunct: Has anyone ever seen a professional photographer at a press event use anything BESIDES a Nikon or Canon?
All other manufacturers are a JOKE compared to these kings.
Mirrorless camera's are even WORSE than jokes.
There are absolutely ZERO Photojournalists in this world that use a mirror less camera. They are completely useless!
The only people that use mirror less cameras are measurebators! HAHA!
Really kiddos, stop playing with your mirror less camera and get a grown up camera like a Nikon.
Seriously, has anyone actually ever seen a photographer at a press event that uses anything besides a Nikon or Canon?
Of the 150 photographers at Fashion Week or a Sporting Event, I noticed that ALL used Nikon or Canon. HAHA!
All the other cameras must be used by girly weaklings.
girly weaklings? Oh my...you must be the most manly photog ever.
But Seriously, this is a free world and there are people changing their FF dslrs and now are shooting with mirrorless due to back pain or others just want something easier to carry around. And last time I was at a press event, I saw more cameras brands than just Canon and Nikon.
Yes, Canon and Nikon are the best brands for people who makes money with photography, but not necessarily the best brands for people who love to make photography with their money.
Right now I will skip Sony lenses and use it with adapted Canon FD lenses (even if I have some E-mount and A-mount lenses already)...Never used a Rangefinder lens so I'm really interested on these kind of lenses. Can you please make a stand alone test with adapted lenses like the Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 or Zeiss and Leica M-mount lenses? Both on A7 and A7R and make a comparison.
I'm not sure how many people will be with me on this one, but would like to see some manual focusing lenses from Sony, fast as hell but small enough to make them worth. With aperture control for AUTO settings or aperture priority, OSS if they want but not necessary, and compatible with the fullframe sensors. I like adapting lenses (like my Canon FD lenses) but optimized-small lenses for these sensors, with aperture control, electronic feedback for EXIF without needing adapters would be nice. Quality being priority but small size being relevant.
Paul Richman: The Leica comparison in the Introduction is dated. Leica now offers the X Vario at basically the same price point, but with a zoom. I prefer it, from the little testing and comparing I've done.
mmmmm Leica with APS-C, slow lens, yes a zoom, but proturdes more than the Sony-Zeiss 35mm F2 Fullframe lens. And let remember again...Fullframe.
TN Args: So, what adapters will fit an A7 and allow a full frame image circle at present?
My rainbowimaging Canon FD to E adapters works just fine, tested it last night at a Sony launch event of the a7 and a7R here in Panama with a FL 55mm f/1.2 (Central America)