Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults. Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating. I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.
Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.
I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.
I only experienced overheating oroblems when using data before using the camera or using the camera for about 5 minutes.
As a side note I just upgraded my S5 to Lollipop and experienced that the battery didn't last as long as before even though google claimed so. Anyway I reset my phone and started from scratch and now it works.
AksCT: how is Z3 camera compared Galaxy Note4?
Galaxy S5 is so much better than the Z2 and since the Z3 according to this review is same lousy quality it's the same regarding the Z3 and S5.
I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults. Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating. I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.
Mark H B Findlay: Hmm puzzling. How do they do it? What kind of saw would cut a lens neatly in 2? And then the question why? Squillions of quids worth ruined... and it won't actually tell you how good the pics are that these things help you take. Or how good the sandwich tasted, for that matter.
They probably use a diamond band saw common in the glass and semiconductor industry.
The viewfinder hump reminds me of my Sony a900. So I actually like the design.
Rooru S: At least Pentax is showing something. Meanwhile, we can guess Sony has completely abandoned Fullframe A-mount research and development.
Yeah. I am also starting getting tired of Sony's a-mount policy. It would be nice with 2 slt FF models.
But to be honest. Pentax has shown nothing until now whereas Sony have had 3 FF a-mount cameras We must also remember that the a99 is "only" around 2 years old and that there are 3 updated lenses for a-mount on the way.
I think us a-mount users are waiting and a bit worried because Sony spits e-mount camera's and lenses out at the moment.
While we wait my trusty a900 serves me just fine. Actually I just love that camera ;-)
Maybe you should mention that this app only works on a Nexus device since ie. Samsung hasn't implemented the API.
So my Galaxy S5 with the Lollipop update can't shoot RAW even though it's running Lollipop.
Come on Samsung!!
TheEulerID: It's simply untrue that FF focal lengths aren't useful on APS-C. Firstly, the so called "classic" focal lengths are semi-arbitrary anyway. OK, a standard lens might approximate to a human field of view, but mostly it's a bit arbitrary. After all, who uses zooms only at what are recognised as "classic" prime focal lengths.
A 50mm lens still makes a decent portrait lens on an APS-C for instance. I you want a slight flatter perspective on the face, stand back a little and crop. (Perspective is defined only by camera/subject distance).
A 35mm prime provides for a useful WA on APS-C. A 70-200mm f2.8 works very well on an APS-C in my experience.
Yes, might want some special APS-C lenses (especially at the wide end), but only 2 of my 9 lenses are APS-C specific. Those APS-C lenses are still useful on FF when you want something more compact to carry as you can always work in crop mode.
+1 I started with KonicaMinolta and aps-c and ended with Sony FF. I am glad I had full frame lenses so I didn't have to buy any lenses when I bought the a900. We are some people who have to think about the costs too!!!
Tom Goodman: An opinion piece that could only appear on a site devoted to the myth that the camera makes the picture.
You could boil this down to one sentence: the best camera you have is the one that took the picture you wanted to take.
Completely true. I have made Great shots with my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
Serious Sam: It wouldn’t be a Sony thread if people are not complaining about the lens line up.
In my opinion it is likely there is not enough finance resource to develop a new FF body and high quality optics hence they leave the job to Zeiss. Then there is the challenge of keeping the lens small. People already complain the size of the F4 70-200, imagine that lens at 2.8
One would argue that the others are doing it ok.
Lets start with Fuji, they have been making lens for 80 year so optics is not a problem for them, they just have to work out the sensor. Which is X-trans and its working out quite well for them.
Then there is M43. Well they have two and a half company work on this system. Panasonic, Olympus and the half is Leica. Therefore the system evolution is much easier. Just look at the two 2.8 zoom from Panasonic...remarkable engineering.
Actually the Sony a-mount 70-200 f/2.8 G SSM is not much bigger than the E-mount 70-200 f/4 G. The only real difference is the weight!
I think you need to review the Alpha 77 II before you make any photos with this camera!
Donnie G: I was convinced that I wasn't among the consumers that Canon's G7 X was made for because I have never been interested in owning any compact camera. Boy was I wrong. Although I have no interest in owning compact cameras, my teens are very interested in the category, and I am their "deep pockets". So I wound up buying 2 G7 X cameras, one for him and one for her. Between the 2 of them, they were able to setup the cameras without any input from "the broke old guy". After about 10 days, my gorgeous gal pal, Brandi, and I were able to decipher enough teen slang to learn that the camera features they worship the most are the programable click wheel around the lens collar, the articulated touch screen, and the ability to upload images to social media via Canon's Image Gateway service. I don't think that these kids are even aware of the other features, such as sensor size, lens speed, focal length, or even IQ. It takes better photos than their smartphones and their friends think its cool. :)
Why buy a product just because of the brand name. It only tells that one are driven by commercials and brand recognition rather than the quality and performance of a product.
As much as I think Sony makes great products I don't buy any of their products if I find them worse than a competing product from an other company.
tabloid: I think apple does a pro service…but you have to pay for it.
I use a A65 and as a full time professional photographer…Its more than ample for what I need.
There is no such thing as a "pro camera" .There is a simply camera that a professional photographer find adequate for the job.
I completely agree with you!. Also some Pros only have one body!! Lets see how the pro support will be in Europe. Hope it will be better!!
Greetings from a poor semi pro who only owns one FF body.
Bhima78: This looks good for professionals that are already shooting with lots of Canon glass... to the budding professional, this price point puts it squarely against the A7S with the 4K addon. Pretty sure the A7S with that addon will absolutely mop the floor with this though. Of course, maybe the A7S has more rolling shutter and this has none. Someone that is actually a videographer, chime in as to why you would buy this other than owning Canon glass already, over the alternatives (especially the A7S with the add-on).
Here in Denmark the national TV DR tv they use mostly Sony cams with fujinon or canon lenses. Sony is a big player in the TV industry. Several movies are shot with Sony too....
To all the guys claiming they have a lens mounts that has wiggle. It's rotational wiggle you have. If it were axial it would ruin your photos because of a massive lightleak made by the axial play. The rotational wiggle is there also on a-mount and dosent mean a thing unless the tolerances are exceeded.
ChiTown1200: My A7 that was purchased right at the release time most certainly has a lot of wiggle in the mount with the 24-70 lens on it. I double checked all the fasteners on the camera and lens, nothing loose. It doesn't seem to effect the excellent images this combo makes, but it is kind of annoying. I very well might buy this product, just for piece of mind of fixing a problem that's not really a problem.
The wiggle you see are rotational and is there because of the tolerance on the lock nut. There is nothing wrong with that. But if you had any axial wiggle you would not be able to take photos without light leaking into the kamera and it would ruin your photos.
rwbaron: Appears to be a really poor design by Sony especially on a camera in this price range. What were they thinking?
It's not true that the lens mount can flex because of the plastic shim between the outer mount flange and the body. The plastic shim is so thin and the weight distribution so big that in no way the shim will flex. I am a Technical Designer so I hope I know what I talk about.
If it does flex it's less than 0.01mm.
Joe Ogiba: "Director Featured in Canon Ad Says He Used Sony, Tells Canon to Get ‘Its Facts Right’"http://petapixel.com/2014/10/10/director-featured-canon-ad-says-used-sony-tells-canon-get-facts-right/
It looks like Canon opened a can of worms with this ad campaign.
It's so funny!
Andy Dan: DXO test, that's what the reporter was refering to. I agree with Maeda regarding DR. Few people use a camera at ISO 100/200 only. Sony sensors have an advantage in the ISO 100-400 range. From ISO 400 to 3200 no one has a big advantage (better results for Sony at ISO 400 and better results for Canon at ISO 3200). From ISO 3200 Canon sensors have a big advantage. So overall sensors are evenly matched.
So, for landscape Sony sensors are the best right now. For various genres of photography at various ISO settings (architecture, travel, portraiture, macro, street) and low-light work Canon sensors are the best. Also Canon is better for sports and most professional sport shooters are using Canon because of the speed. Considering Canon outsells both Nikon and Sony it seems that even from an financial pov mr. Maeda is right.
You forget the ugly pattern noise of the canon and that the Sony have much better DR at low ISO and not much worse at high ISO. In a fact I think you can push the high ISO files from Sony more than a canon file.
I think most people usually shoots at 100-800 ISO or even 100-400. P.S. my 5 year old a900 has better shadow noise at low ISO than 5D MkIII when you push the shadows!
kevin_r: I'm just getting this definite impression that Amazon/Dpreview is at loggerheads with Sony.They seem to be sending a message that Sony will be treated with scorn and contempt unless Sony ponies up some moolla somewhere.Why do I say this?Look at the treatment the Sony A77 mark II is getting even though it has been out on the market since August already.Then, this specific article is clearly sending the message - "Oh, sorry, we didn't see you there - your cubicle was so small and unnoticeable....!"
Great way to go, guys. Keep it up. Sony will soon cave in and spend some moolla as required.
Imaging-resource has just now posted a shooters report part 1 about the a77 MkII. But they don't have a review either. The writer of the shooters report found the A77 MkII to be a worthy upgrade of his guess what Canon 7D ;-)
IMHO I find the a77 MkII to be more exciting than the Canon 7D MkII but I bet we will see a 7D MkII review before we see an A77 MkII review. Isen't it right?