Does it apply as a "robotic" rig or should it be (at least partly) autonomous to qualify as such?
Computer controlled rigs (cranes, dollies tripods and so on) have been used in the film industry for quite a while now. The novelty seems to be in the application, not the technology.
calmwaters: I like Stone Roses and Ian Brown as a solo artist. I find that all the criticism in these comments come from people who have never listened to the band. Well maybe you should listen to yourselves, you sound like idiots. It's their venue that they paid to play in and they should have the rights to photographs of themselves. If you don't like those stipulations then don't take pictures of them. If you think boycotting them is going to hurt them in the least you are very misinformed. Their fans don't say, "That's a band whose photos I really like"! They like the band for their music! If you really want to get even with them then become a paparazzo and hang outside of clubs or restaurants they frequent where they don't own the rights to a "venue".
I fail to understand what this has to do with their music, or "getting even" with them. Am I being an idiot or is your comment simply infantile?
Edmond Leung: The X-Pro1 has no built-in diopter adjustment !! Unbelievable !! A serious defeat!
Neither is it his fault... anyway a add on diopter lens would work perfecty, it takes just a few seconds to screw the thing on.
K_Photo_Teach: What I see here is new technology that will improve low light performance regardless of whether it is put into a camera or a DSLR.
But it shows that the camera phone market is driving the innovation. Between this and the Nokia 808 who knows what the future will bring? Imagine the Nokia 808 with great low light performance?? It already rivals Full Frame DSLRs in resolution. Take a look here:
No one is saying 2x sensors are better than FF (24x36). Many people find, however, than smaller sensors (1.5x, 2x or smaller) make a good compromise in terms of size (this would include lenses), performance and price.
HiRez: Compared to the Fuji X-100, the XPro1 is less noisy but considerably softer, which is quite odd. I assume that;s the lens not being up to par?
It seems soft even at base ISO, so I'd think that's not because of noise reduction. Instead it could be attributed to either optics or RAW conversion.
As mentioned by others, the colors look muted compared to other cameras, especially the reds seem to lean towards brown. This may suggest RAW conversion issues.
That said, the detail seems to be there, which hopefully means in should respond well to sharpening in PP. I assume a dedicated color profile might help as well.
The high ISO performance is stunning, though.
apil_ua: I'd like to see a review of leica lenses separately from a camera and also comparison to similar lenses from other vendors (though not only MTF charts).
is it only mirrorless cameras that can be used with rangefinder lenses?in this case it look like unfortunately there are no full-frame mirrorless cameras currently available, to make such comparison comprehensive.
In any case, I bet nobody could see a difference between the leica and other full-frame camera equipped with a good prime lens.
Though I think other mirrorless cameras are good candidates for replacing overpriced leica bodies (if only it makes any sense).
Sure, HowaboutRAW, and you are basing your comment on?
This is exactly the OP's point... need for a methodical comparison between Leica and other lenses.
Sometimes, you know, a red dot is just a red dot.
JohnHoppy: Seems Panasonic is stuck in its own groove, leaving Olympus to make the running for the m4/3 team. The GF3 and GF5 appeal more to smartphone users than photographers. Rather than pick our pockets with a 6-9 month cycle, most photographers would rather see a new camera in 15-18 months but with real progress & innovation. The GX1 is a short step from the GF1, if the G5 when it comes is barely a step up from G2 & G3, core Pany supporters are likely to feel short-changed. With the mirrorless market on a roll and Canon's effort appearing this summer/fall, Panasonic need to up their game.
In fact the G3 is very much changed compared to the G1/G2 - much better sensor (in terms of resolution, noise and read-out rate), much changed body (for better or worse) and many features added in firmware such as extended tele conversion, picture in picture focusing aid, quick menu and so on.
Have you used either of those cameras or do you simply believe you do not need first hand experience to make such comments?
Mtsuoka: 3DNR sounds like some BS to meno sensor level improvements? maybe we will have to wait for GH3/G5
I hope they won't be using same sensor
How do you know the sensor was not improved? Panasonic makes its own sensors, some of which are designed for just one camera model (GH1, GH2, AF100/101). The GF5 sensor may be totally new for all we know. Coupled with a new image processor, it may very well deliver results comparable with Panasonic's top models (i.e. less than a stop worse from APS-C competition).
aVolanche: Panasonic G3 needs a grip!
It does, but the integrated grip contour and material probably makes it very difficult to design one.
NL21458: I live in Holland we have the euro
2300 Dollar = € 1756 EURO (body)599 Dollar = € 458 EURO (lens)
Total: € 2214
Way to much for me
X100 is in Holland 1243 dollar = 950 euro
In Germany photography gear costs the same as in the US, only in Euros...
Arndsan is right, you misunderstood, but anyway the total price you have there should be about right for the European market.
sandy b: So this camera has a new filter array. But underneath its still the Same chip as in the D7000 and K5? Thats good, and I understand it will be sharper with no AA, but it should still not rival a FF camera in many ways. For the cost of this and some glass, I maybe able to get a 5D3 or a D800. If it were my money, I would sit on it until a lot of reviews, both user and pro, are out. Oh, and is it supposed to have Pro AF?
Why would you assume it's the Sony sensor used in the D7000 and K5? As far as I know the sensor is made by Fuji.
IcyVeins: This could be a great camera for those who would normally just buy a DSLR and never change the lens. But it's not a serious competitor to mirrorless system cameras.
" IMO writing a statement should be backed up with some evidence."
Lovely, can you back up your statement with evidence?
I bought the Bowens 400 kit just one week ago in Germany (calumet) for only 499 Euros! A fantastic price - cheaper than what it sells for in the US (e.g. bhphotovideo). It is probably good enough to last me for a long, long while. I may need to add a stronger flash (to serve as a key light), and a softbox would also be a nice addition but these would come on top of the Bowens kit, not instead.
I have invested another 60 Euro for a Cactus V5 wireless duo (two identical units capable working as either transmitter, receiver or remote shutter release). Still expecting delivery, so can not comment on the Cactus, but expect them to work just fine with the Bowens flashes.
CameraLabTester: Olympus has got a very good 4/3 sensor who sniffed a raw deal, a hybrid shutter who can't keep the anomalies shut, an anti vibration and image stabilizer engine that's so good it's rocking the whole company, a pristine zoom lens that is like a magnifying glass on the accounts, and a great 100% viewfinder that has a permanent lens cap soldered on.
beautiful. condense that into 5 lines and you've got haiku.
Richard Franiec: Thank you all for your comments.Just to remove any possibility of misunderstanding, suspicions or accusations, I don't pay any Website, including DPReview for posting information about my product.I merely supply the press release. If the publisher finds the provided information relevant and newsworthy it is up to them to publish it or not.That's all I have to say.
Any chance you'll come up with an improved grip for the G3?
I guess it should be more difficult to fit on a curved surface, but still doable and could improve the G3's ergonomics a lot!
Prognathous: I stand by my original post. Counting out "stupid adapters", m43 does have 3 fish-eye lenses:
Panasonic 8/3.5 Samyang 7.5/3.5Olympus 8/3.5 (can be used on m43 via adapters from Olympus and Panasonic)
m43 does NOT have a inexpensive 50/1.8 option:
Olympus 45/1.8 - $400vsCanon 50/1.8 - $120Sony 50/1.8 - $150Nikon 50/1.8 - $125
On average the new Olympus 45/1.8 is three times more expensive than the competition. Olympus (and Pentax for that matter) should think hard about this omission. It's a real turn-off for customers on a tight budget who are interested in portrait photography.
I doubt we will ever see native mft lenses in the $120 range.
derfla1949: For some people, this ist an interesting product no doubt, an the maker deserves applause.Nevertheless I should much more like to see a fixed focus near-pancake for m4/3 somewhere between 9 and 11 mm, reasonably fast. I would clearly prefer this over some wideangle zoom such as the 9-18 mm
I can think of quite a few excellent wide angle zooms: the Tokina 11-16 would be one of them, as well as the Olympus 11-22.
From what I've seen, the new 12/2 is not optically better than the good old 11-22. It is much smaller, though, and has faster AF on mft.
kongor: So much for the stories about how "it cannot be done because of physical laws, optical laws, blah-blah-blah..." that we have been offered all these years. And now, the next step in the de-idiotization of the masses: small lens/large aperture. I actually have some (C-mount) zoom lenses that are 1.8/24-85 that are minuscule and weigh next to nothing. Of course "it cannot be done because of physical laws, optical laws, blah-blah-blah..."
As long as we're concerned with de-idiotization, it is worthwhile considering c-mount lenses cover a frame that is ONE THIRD the size of the 4/3 sensor, and have a shorter flange distance.
Fazal Majid: This module doesn't have a rangefinder coupling cam, which makes it harder to detect lens focusing action. I've used M lenses on a m43 body with adapters, and the user interface is far worse than "native" manual-focus lenses like the Voigtlander m43 ones, where turning the focus ring automatically brings up whatever focus assist mode you selected.
Vladimir is correct, the only m43 lens Voigtländer offers does not have electrical contacts and does not communicate with the camera.
I have found that automatically triggered focus assist can be awkward at times, as the slightest movement of the focus ring triggers it. Usually I leave it off.
for the soul purpose of displaying your 'work' and participating in challenges and what not... oiii. i'm sorry to say, i consider that a selfish and cowardly act.