Class A: "...we're disappointed by ... the disappearance of the built-in flash..."
Really? P-TTL is so bad at controlling more than one off-camera flash, why would you put up with such a bad optical triggering system (that does not even support HSS through the built-in flash and requires line-of-sight)?
Using a dedicated radio trigger on camera with direct control over manual flash levels right from the camera position is so much better and adequate for a camera in this price bracket.
Class A:the added GPS module is bulky and robs you of the hotshoe (and you can't use the pop-up flash with it anyway).The added Wi-Fi module (i.e. flucard) is small and goes in the (second) SD card slot, so camera size remains the same.
Plus, the flucard costs a little more than half the money the y ask for the gps module.
If they had done the reverse, we'd have much more complaints, I reckon...
KL Matt: No built in flash is a bummer for triggering an off-camera flash without having to lug around a second one. Also, I use mine for fill in daylight backlit people shots infrequently, and it's really handy to be able to just pop it up. Plenty of power for that purpose. The GPS would be way cool to have, but what will turning it on do to battery power? In any case, this camera will likely bring down the price of the K3, which is probably where I'm headed now that the K5 IIs is no longer available for a reasonable price (missed my window of opportunity there).
@jpinoActually, they already do...
Those accessories are called "Pentax O-FC1" (FluCard) and Pentax O-GPS1...
Jim in Hudson: WiFi -- convenience itemGPS -- adding permanent and sometimes useful information to the image file itself.
There are times I wished I had the Pentax GPS unit but I never bought one and adding location info via Geotracking or map placing into software is by no means the same thing. OTOH, I've never bothered to take my FLUcard out of its package.
There are programs that do that thing with a .gpx track and some images (provided that you synched the clocks), a trivial job.
However I agree with you, GPS is much more useful than Wi-Fi (and a Flucard much less expensive than an O-GPS1...)
xmeda: 1) Instead of HSS upgrade to build-in flash they killed easily portable wireless flash ability on PRO body.. I don't want to carry two flashes2) No articulated or touch-control LCD3) No wifi4) Ugly implementation of GPS on top, with stupid GPS button instead of flash-deploy button.Sticking with K5 waiting for proper upgrade..
D750 has flash (and articulated LCD), D610 has, D7200 has, Canon EOS7DII has, EOS70D has. All of them boasting about wireless flash control..
To be precise buy a Nikon D4, it has all the pop-up you'll ever... oh, wait...
wolfie: So no increased MP from sensor shift?
Much better this way, IMHO.
rsf3127: this and the 20-40mm 2.8 lens is all I need.
DVT80111: Sorry for my ignorant. How does it work at slow speed? Do I have to wait for the camera to finish 4 pictures? What if the object is moving? So will I get a noiseless picture, but blurry image?
Use probably limited to tripod & still objects, maybe landscapes (without too many moving elements i.e. leaves, cars etc.).
vesa1tahti: No integrated flash? It means, not a modern camera. D7200 wins. Cheers.
So Nikon D4 < D7200 based on that? :-|
Doug Frost: This is nothing special. Even my smartphone has a self-powered video camera in it. I can record and play back videos without connecting it to an external power supply. Plus it has internal power for the phone and a bunch of other stuff, too. Imagine that!
Prognathous: It would be nice to see Ricoh delivering DSLR firmware updates similar to what they've been releasing for years for their high end compact cameras (e.g. the GR series), these are typically choke-full of new features and enhancements.
Wellm the 645Z's updates are more in that direction, although that's in a totally different ballpark...
Knock on it for better pictures...
justmeMN: "If we buy into the idea that photography is about the 'Decisive Moment', what are the implications when we gain the ability to capture all the moments in the scene?"
Seriously cool, for lack of a better phrase.
Yeah, it takes the balls out of the word "photography".
Convergence...A mobile phone can do gps, camera, camcorder, notepad, internet point etc., but I still feel the need for a proper gps (when out in the woods), a proper camera (with glass lenses, not plastic), a proper videocamera (that can record more than an hour uninterrupted), a proper screen for web browsing.
justmeMN: To steal a historic quote, DPR sure has a lot of "nattering nabobs of negativism."
I'd like a staggering kabob, please.
Toccata47: Alright, calling BS in the image quality score. Specifically, the mk2 ranks lower than the mk1 though the image pipeline is identical to reflect that image quality in competing cameras has improved (what?).
Here's the problem: the nikon 5500 review shares the same imaging pipeline as the the 5300 yet it ranks higher. The same dubious standard was not applied.
Obviously, personal bias is inherent in the review process but this is the first time I've seen this sort of flip flopping in a dpr review.
Last point, I remarked earlier that the drop down menu for the comparator in this review seemed weighted to nikon over any other camera company. The 5500 review seems to underscore this point again.
Benchmarks are open-ended, why don't you take up a benchmark-style scale?If a model totals 92, then the next best one could total 105, just omit the percent sign.Just a suggestion, OFC, do as you please.
dynaxx: Re the long debate below about DPR's policy on the prioritisation of camera reviews ; what happened to the old pre-commercialisation DPR's aim to be a leader of opinion not a follower ?
When DPR staff/journalists say they are responding to the volume of interest from their followers it is a feeble cop-out when most photography enthusiasts urgently want to know about the groundbreaking/state of the Art cameras to keep in touch with developments in the industry. Devoting all that time and effort to reviewing re-hashed Canikons must be as frustrating for the journalists as it is for the bloggers.
The point is that the lesser lights in terms of camera sales ( Sigma, Samsung, Pentax, etc. ) have no choice but to innovate to grow their market shares forcing them to differentiate their products by innovating.
( when this comment finds its way into the DPR stat's it will give another "tick" to Nikon !!! )
IMHO that's not a satisfactory answer.One can be supported by advertising /and/ be a leader of opinion.
Because if one can't, I don't like the implications of this.
Azurael: What is with 4K video but at a frame-rate so low it's useless...?
First the GoPro Hero3+ Black, then the CM1, now this. Just so illiterate salespeople can shout 'ITZ GOT 4-KAYS!!!!!111!!!111!' ?
I guess if it's good enough to grab stills from, you could view it as a 15FPS low-res burst mode but this being Olympus I doubt it will be. They aren't exactly famous for video, are they?
Homam: What good is 4k at 15 fps?
@JaPYes, there's a massive encoding overhead.
wpstl: I'm not sure what I should do. I don't know what it means to "loose money" but it doesn't like something I want to do. I know for certain I don't want to lose any money.
I'm ESL too.