So many insightful comments.... so few people who could ever actually AFFORD TO BUY something like this, huh? (Myself included.)
gerard boulanger: "smartphones, not enemy.." I think that statement is absolutely wrong.
Not that smartphones are capable of technically challenge high end DSLRs, but they already swallow the worldwide P&S business and they will continue to eat market of entry level DSLR and mirorless cameras in the near future.
To me the real threat for all the photography industry is that one day the IQ from very small sensors will be more than enough to share, publish even print 4x6 pictures without carrying another device, most of the time bulky and heavy.
Sony understood the trend with its Q series. Not a success now indeed, but the idea is there.
The last time I went on the golden gate bridge (last month), more than 50% of photos were made with a smartphone...
"Sony understood the trend with its Q series."
Wow, Sony also has a "Q series" now? Wow.... Which ones are those, please, the Sony NEX Qs or the Sony Alpha Qs or perhaps the Sony CineAlta Qs?
aftab: " There are many development tasks around that goal, such as increasing resolution, sensitivity, dynamic range and so on. Ultimately what we want is to have a camera that incorporates all of this. With unlimited resolution, unlimited sensitivity and unlimited dynamic range you can take photos of anything that exists on this earth. That's our ultimate goal. "
Canon users who worry about resolution and DR, worry not. Canon has you in their mind. :)
"With unlimited resolution, unlimited sensitivity and unlimited dynamic range you can take photos of anything that exists on this earth. That's our ultimate goal."
I am slowly beginning to think that maybe this interview with Maeda-san has been conducted in some flashy sanatorium or asylum?
Just Ed: Not as revealing at the recent interview with Nikon execs, but useful none the less. Both seemed to point out that the camera market and the public's desires do indeed differ by geographical region.
It is interesting that both Canon and Nikon express that mirror-less is less popular in the US than elsewhere. Possibly Canon was right not to put much energy into mirrorless technology, at least yet.
As to camera size, I find uses for both by medium sized 6D and small sized Sl-1. Each shines, but in different situations imo.
"It is interesting that both Canon and Nikon express that mirror-less is less popular in the US than elsewhere. Possibly Canon was right not to put much energy into mirrorless technology."
Well, you had probably meant to say than in the U.S., folks who know a little bit about their mirrorless cameras clearly prefer to buy mirrorless cameras from companies OTHER THAN Canon and Nikon. That's much more like it, right?
DanielFjall: "...but looking to the future one thing I can say for sure is that the camera has to outperform the human eye."
How could anyone tell?
"... looking to the future one thing I can say for sure is that the camera has to outperform the human eye."
Are these Canon top honchos FOR REAL???? Who is Canon going to be making these sorts of cameras -- to their android and robot customers?
Man, this guy recites more farragos than the Beatles did in "Helter Skelter."
No camera company in the world today is as completely clueless about where things are and where things are going than Canon-san. These poor people are truly completely clueless. One almost starts to feel sorry for the Canon people. Notice the word "almost."
dariva: well after I have been fouled by promissing advertisement for the GX1, which after 7 month of desperate try to work with it to my satisfaction as a Pro Photographer, I sold it for €300,00 less at Christmass to somebody who seemed to need a gift in the last moment. Meanwhile the price for the new camera had dropped to €200 less (in 8 month after after the introduction!).I totaly trust in my D5 MkII and D5 MkIII. But i do not trust any compact models of Canon until they make a real effort to deliver outstanding RAW quality on it and a simple but effective manual handling. Aperture /Time /Focus those thinks I handle manually fast then any program selecting cane be done.I am now on the Fuju XE1. To big to be put in the pocket but decent, fast manual handling and very good picture quality until 3200. Thats all I need. face detection, smile detection, night view, touchscreen…..we have eyes don't we ?! thats what I need on a camera:see, focus, and shot !enjoy life !Larry Williams
Obviously. And you?
TheAlex: I love the G1 X so it's great to read about the improvements to the slight flaws in the focus speed and accuracy, and macro mode. However, the first thing I look for in a camera is a proper vari-angle screen as I tend to take photos in tight spaces and at awkward angles - the replacement style on the Mark II is nowhere near as useful in my experience.
The lack of an optical viewfinder is disappointing but I could live with that. If Canon had kept the same style of screen it'd be a definite buy, but now I'm going to be looking at competitors - and as I love the G1 X I don't want to do that!
Agreed. This on is yet another Canon-dud-cam, most unfortunately indeed.
Best P&S camera of the year 2008 or thereabouts.
Fast move by Nikon. Only took them two years to get off the latrine. Yeah, for speeds like this, you definitely do have to pay the "Nikon surcharge," good people.
Zeisschen: So now the NSA gets free 3D maps of all our private houses. Fantastic idea!I'll pass
Google has got the money, not so much the brain.
Photomonkey: GoPro has created an ecosystem with their camera that wannabes will find difficult to beat or even match.The camera is only the starting point for the action/extreme photographer . Accessories and software tools allow for a large range of application plus post processing.Those detractors focusing on sensor size and IQ need to see properly PP video from these cameras. Most all of us have seen the output as they use these cameras in almost every action film and scores of television shows for the otherwise impossible to get footage. It does perform at the cinema level assuming proper use and handling.Of course proper use and handling of cameras is harder than carping about the lack of features that the self appointed expert believes are necessary in any camera they have never owned or used.
At $399, you can afford to lose 15 of them on the shoot and not even break the bank. They are basically disposable digital cameras for today's workd, a little bit different league than your run of the mill Arris, Reds, Panavisions, and VIsion Research heavy guns.
Any footage shot with a GoPro, however, instantly screams this: "I was shot with a GoPro." Not that it is a bad thing necessarily, mind you.
Wow, good to know that $200,000,000 budgeted big-scale movies are happily using the $399.99 GoPro-cams.
Re. the second title -- the DP of that is Mr. Shane Hurlbut. He shoots with ANYTHING, the more of-beat, the better. Anyhow, having a GoPro aimed at the spinning wheel of an automobile is not exactly the same thing as having actually shot the movie with that particular camera.
mpgxsvcd: Telling us the action cam shoots 1080p video and then not telling us what frame rate is like not actually telling us anything at all.
Yes indeed. Mystery-Cam Extraordinaire -- Garmin had failed to provide even the most basic of camera and lens and codec specifications for these two POV mystery-cams.
Longest press release with the fewest hard specs I had ever seen. Nothing on sensor size, lens type, lens focal length, lens maximum open aperture brightness, and so on.
Also at $399.99, they are at the same exact lofty price as the world class leader GoPro Hero 3 Plus Black Edition. I would rather get that, frankly.
I agree with P-monkey. In fact, we should outlaw all other make and model cameras and severely fine folks who pay a red cent over $399.99 for a camera. Use GoPro -- or go to prison, folks. :-))
daciangroza: The Sochi Project is amazing! Unfortunately it flies way above the heads of the vast majority of dpreview readers and forum members.
@ Samuel: If you truly dislike "anti-communist comments" to such an extent, how about moving back to god old North Korea then, huh? And short of that -- to Venezuela, Bolivia, or Cuba, hmmm?
Sochi -- it is like the Key West, Florida of the Russian Federation.
Only someone totally warped in the brain regions like "Vlad the Terrible" Putin would be wanting to and in fact able to sell this beach-side resort city as a site for holding the WINTER Olympics.
Of course, perhaps no international "non-profit" organization is more disreputable today than the International Olympics Committee. For enough money, they will do anything.
Brightshade: IMO 4K is a headline grabber but mostly a gimmick. I'll be buying the GH4 on day 1 for its faster sensor, sharper OLED and focus peaking. Sounds like it'll be at least 1 stop faster, if not more. The biggest plus will be the 50% faster rolling shutter. Few mention it but it's the lack of global shutter that limits the Canon DSLRs & the GH3 for pro video work, something the test video makers always miss, as they lug their tripods around on holiday. The GH3's current 70 mbps bit rate is already adequate as a B camera for Full HD acquisition for folks like the BBC, but the shutter spoils the show
I'm making 3x1hour TV docs, posting at a decent London facility and the grading and online pros there have been very impressed with the GH3's flex, depth and sharpness, (I've edited around the giveaway wobbly frames ;-). the GH4 will be even better and at an amazing price. BIG shame they didn't move the headphone output. Next steps, built in NDs! (who'll be first to do this electronically??)
"....the GH4 should be hard to upgrade from for quite a while."
Could be. But I suspect that the Lumix DMC-GH4 is a temporary measure until Panasonic gets with the program and comes out with a true 4K-enabled GH body. Could be called "DMC-GH5" for all we know, right? I don't see how it is not going to happen within the next 12 to 18 months.
caver3d: No, thank you. The GH4 is looking better and better. You will see a lot of videographers opt for the GH4 (as they did for the GH2 and GH3).
Re. Lumic DMC-GH4:
Good for 1080p HD video, but does not strike me as a "go-to" 4K camera, however.
Also, not everyone wants to get into the world of Micro 4/3rds, with M4/3 lenses, and with a "square" 1.33:1 aspect ratio sensor, which obviously is less then ideal t capture .781 AR video, let alone "cinematic" 1.85:1, 1.89:1, or 2.35:1 video.
If you are indeed thinking of going theatrical, there is no reason NOT to use a D-film camera with a Super 35 sensor. Your pixels won't be wasted that way.