Was expecting a RX1 competitor to try push Sony to lower price...but geez..this is just ridiculous...
Better save that money, add 200USD more and you can go with the RX1, small camera, fullframe with a fixed f2 lens and 24MP. Even cropping to 16Mp gives you a fair amount of "zoom".
Reminds me about the patents filled by Sony and Samsung in 2010. The logical approach to use this kind of lenses is with Mobile Phones. This on full-frame or APS cameras doesn't seem to be happening in the near future.
Why the a900??? You should be using a recent model like the a99
Carlos Quan: sony.com, says this HX50V has not gps....dpreview say it have gps.
guess you're talking about the HX50 version..the one without GPS that usually ships to or stay in China..the HX50V should come with GPS. The same happens with the top end SLT-a99 and SLT-a99V
ballwin12: Someone may move back to DX because of this lens.. if it's good, of course.
Well, look at this from a different point of view...2.8 limits how much light the sensor gathers, but 1.8 is pretty fast. You get both 24 and 35mm at 1.8. If I had a Full-frame, I would consider getting an APS-C camera as 2nd camera just for this lens. Imagine now a 24-70 f/1.8?
Pablo4: mhh... sad that it only gives you APS-c FOV... big lol to poor m4/3 users that will pay 600 bucks extra, so they get to see what 1.5 crop users normally see :>
Ummm you gain somehow more effective aperture and wider FOV... It's something!
There is just no competition. Sony 4K Global Shutter camera is 25000 USD and this is just 4000 USD? Wondering how other manufacturers are going to respond to this. The market for sure is going to see benefits of this competitive and radical pricing!
Dickerson: "which easily show us why SLT are new generation technology and better than a regular DSLR" I judged the images based on the above criteria. However, I have to say that in most photos here the SLT gives no identifable advantage. There are still some great shots though.
The advantage comes in getting 12fps at full resolution in a 1000USD camera instead of buying a 6000USD "Top" DSLR and get the same fps. After all, Sony markets the SLT concept as getting it easier to get action shots in focus with less money, or in this case, more fps for less money although they still have to overcome some issues (buffer). Other advantages comes in the shape of more reliability with less moving parts.
did windows phone users tell you about the dissapointing results? Maybe they just rushed to tell they had something, even if it doesn't perform well
chiumeister: How is it that both Sony and now Nikon has this same lens out at the same time?
Ermmmm Sony already had the 70-400mm a few years ago. The new one it's just an update to it's coatings and SSM motor maybe. Not in any way similar to the Nikon.
Weathersealed? Good.. SSM AF? Great! Now I just want to see some reviews of this lens, because I was expecting 1200USD or a little bit less...let's not forget it's a 50mm lens..
now all I need is something like the a850, with all the photographic features and the sensor of the a99. Not interested in video features at all. Just the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4, and a SLT-a85 offered in a bunddle for... 2750USD? Sounds good, right?
harry cannoli: $2800, viewfinder optional?
I just can't get past that. Blame it on my age. Texting is a solution looking for a problem, a Tweet is the sound a bird makes, and as cameras go, the viewfinder is as integral a component as the shutter.
$2800 and I charge the camera the same way I charge my phone?
Have fun with that.
And that's why I'm only looking how Sony is developing their cameras. Once they make a successor of the RX1 with a built-in EVF, I would gladly consider it (if there is still no real competition aside of the RX1 itself) and probably by that time, have some money for a possible RX2 or whatever name they give to it.. RX1 it's a good camera but as with many of Sony cameras, it seems like the first generation of NEX-series, RX-series and SLT-series, they try to make it as small as technology allows to prove something then afterwards, they take their market base more seriously.
See RX100, RX1, NEX-5, NEX-3, A33, A55. All of them 1st generation of their lineup, and all of them being advertised as small and with big sensor compared to the competition.
sadwitch: dcwatch just did a review with numerous images. For people with just compare specs on paper, do yourself a favour and look at those images before slagging it.
Nothing this compact has produce such incredible details and like many said it's sitting side by side with full frame digital bodies mounted with their respective highest resolving lens. It may be a one trick pony but there's no other ponies like it.
Everyone loves the pictures coming from a Foveon at daylight and low ISO, there is no question. But once it gets higher it gets worse than Bayer sensor.
I'm skipping the RX1 but really looking forward for the successor! Hope it does have a built-in EVF at least!
Beautiful video. I use Sony bodies with Canon and Minolta legacy lenses most of the time (Yes, NEX-series user here) but I'm always looking at Nikkor lenses to get. They have my respect.
admiralsmyth: Who was that designed to impress? Dreadful 'musak' and hardly informative. Having watched the video I still know nothing about how lenses are made, let alone Nikon's. Maybe the makers of the clip did not know either.Chris
Did you expect them to reveal all of their secrets or manufacturing process? It wasn't intended to be a documental =/
Everdog: I noticed a lot threads in the NEX forum like, "Is AF-C basically a myth for NEX?", calling PDAF on the NEX 6 a farce, and saying inside the focus is still slow.I am sure DPReview will get to the bottom of this. Can't wait for the full review.
I think, the PDAF on sensor in NEX series is used mostly for tracking and not for focusing at all. That could explain the AF speed being almost the same as before.
In 2009, a friend bought a Casio Exilim Superzoom bridge...at first I was like...what is a bridge camera? Then he showed me the zoom range, the 120fps capability on video, the background defocus you could get when using long focal lengths (I didn't knew it was the so famous "Bokeh"), it was a really nice, fast and reliable camera! But didn't get a Casio. I was already using a small Sony W170 (very good at that time for me, specially for the "tunnel" OVF). But I can remember that after some time using P&S, the wonders of bridge cameras made look further ahead and decided to do some research about F-numbers, Focal Length, Shutter speeds and stop looking at just the 3x or whatever zoom a camera has and how many megapixels it got.. And then I got into Mirrorless cameras. So I can say that Casio made me look further ahead, more than Sony did.
kewlguy: I thought one of the benefits of smaller sensor is smaller image circle thus lenses can be made compact while maintaining similar f/stops. If there are so many f/4-5.6 FF lenses with similar focal length, why does Oly have to make it f/4.8-6.7?? It's not cheap, too.
yes it does in some way. That's why you can see 30x zoom on bridge cameras. The main point of m4/3 compared to APS-C cameras or even FF is being able to have smaller lenses while retaining a bright aperture. That's the only reason I have been looking at the OM-D for some time.
They're gonna make good money for just making it on EVA colours =) Being a fan of that anime (and many others) I find myself quite surprised to see something like this on dpreview. Not for me, but this made me smile today!