BikeSalon: Great photo! Do you recommend this camera to beginners?
Beginners do not need expensive lenses. People need to focus on their needs. What focal length or focal length range works best for you? I have been shooting digital for 14 years (with a large collection of lenses including the 70-200 VRII and 85mm F1.4), and right now my favorite lens is the 24-120mm F4 on fullframe. There is absolutely nothing wrong with starting with a "kit" lens. Once you outgrow your equipment, you can upgrade.
andy1331: It's stupid to believe plastic = bad quality, metal = good quality.
Here are some fact's:
I'll believe that when I start seeing plastic mounts on lenses like a 70-200 F2.8
Jonath: Fascinating comparison and really not a lot of difference between these cameras. Lots of comments saying Sony is far worse or Canon is far worse - if by far worse you mean 1% maybe 2% difference - then fine but this is SO subjective and is really about how you like your RAW files to look. Canon is cleaner at higher ISO (although frankly they're all beset by a fair degree of colour noise), Sony is retaining more detail (look at the words on the colourwheels near the playing cards, top-mid-right but again very marginal). Simply put, if you were using sensor quality to decide between these cameras its almost a dead heat - further reinforcing other opinions on here that it is in other features you would determine which camera to buy.
There's a lot of difference in the way they (camera companies) choose to make their images look. It is not a 1 or 2% difference. Also, the ability of the camera to get out of the photographer's way is important (AF speed/accuracy).
JackM: Reading below, it warms my heart to learn that there are as many Nikon whiners on this site there are Canon whiners.
We whine because this is basically the same as the D600. This is one of the most boring releases ever.
My initial reaction is that this is a huge disappointment. I have a D600, and I love it. This camera is only 0.5 fps faster? Come on! It should at least be as fast as the D700! Everything else about the camera looks virtually the same as the D600. This camera better have a buffer at least 3x as large. Please tell me why I would want this over my D600, and a few extra AF points isn't going to cut it. Neither are a better LCD or viewfinder. 1 more stop of high ISO performance, maybe. I'll be looking forward to the reviews. I want 8 fps!
Dimitris Mitrovgenis: PEOPLE this camera rocks.I love it.It is strong,weather sealed with a new AF system!!!!And not to mention the manageable 24.3 mp. This is the best all around camera to this date.Small light and powerful.It is better than the 5D mkIII in all aspects.Get serious.this is the one that tickles me so far.
This is a very disappointing camera. It's basically the same as my D600. I have zero reason to upgrade!
Red G8R: I will replace my D600 with the D750. The AF alone is worth the upgrade.
What do you find wrong with the AF system of the D600?
Just another Canon shooter: Nikon, can we have a D750-EOS with an EOS mount, please???
The problem with most of these comments is that they come from "enthusiasts" expecting too much. They forget the target audience of this camera. I shoot mainly with a D600, and I after searching for the "best" pocket camera, I ended up buying an HX30V. I love my Sony.
mpgxsvcd: I am waiting for a company to just say the heck with it and come out with a camera with a 1/3" sensor and a 20-1000mm F8.0 lens. They know that the average consumers have no idea what the lens specs mean.
The only thing the average consumer knows are megapixels and 50x zoom and that is what Sony, Canon, and Nikon are giving them.
However, Panasonic and Olympus know that eventually people will realize that the most important thing in a small sensor camera is the lens because that can make up for the fact that the sensor is so much smaller and still has way too many megapixels.
This Sony DSC-HX50V has one of the slowest lenses I have ever seen on a really small sensor. Why in the world do people think that they need telescope focal lengths in a pocket camera?
I don't like Panasonic point & shoots. Bought the FZ150 and returned it. Got the HX30V instead, and I'm loving it.
joe1512: Why so expensive? An SX260 is less than 200 bucks now. This buys you more zoom (30x), more unnecessary pixels and um... yeah I dunno. Wifi maybe?
Oh...but I can totally pay double and put that huge freaking Viewfinder on the top of my compact camera. Score!!Or maybe that freaking Flash thats bigger than the camera itself and probably drains half the battery. I hear those are really awesome on 30x zoom cameras!
You need to be able to daisy chain the peripherals so I can have a huge flash, a monster microphone AND the gigantic viewfinder all piled on top of my little camera.
No one comes close to Sony as far as video is concerned.
JackM: there's a sucker born every minute, and someone is going to sell them a superzoom.
I shoot mainly with a D600, and I love my HX30V, so....
No one can beat Sony for video shooting either. That active mode image stabilization is unbeatable.
heehee62: Looks like this camera will blow all other cameras in it's class away!
I don't know why all the people who complain about the sensor size and pixel count bother. It's obviously not the right camera for them but that doesn't mean it's not right for anyone else.
For me, I want a very light travel camera used primarily for video while traveling, safari photos where I need great zoom, and outdoor adventures where low light isn't a concern - the perfect camera for me and better than any other camera available!
I agree with the OP. I shoot mainly with a D600, and I have an HX30V. The IQ from the Sony is fine. I love that camera! I think people are getting too picky when they complain about the IQ.
ShutterAttache: Sony has messed up big time. on the out side, it has a lot of features that i would look for in a all around camera that would get used often. however, on the inside. the camera lacks a lot of features that would make this a winner.
Pros:30x zoom range on a compact body.physical control dials/buttons.standard hot shoe.a proper full featured WiFi mode.professional look (not having a lot of writing on the front other than the company name and g lens badge)
Cons:small sensor vs large amount of megapixels.no raw support.no noise reduction options.no built-in standard headphone/mic jack.
so as you noticed. i did not really complain about aperture or price point because the major focus for me is the lack of RAW and NR options. i think if you are paying 400$ and up for a camera, RAW support and noise reduction options for JPEGs should be available at this price point. and this is not limited to Sony. any other major camera company should do this as well.
I have the HX30V, and the only thing I wish for is the ability to save a copy of the original image. Sometimes in the auto mode, it does things I do not like (such as go into HDR mode, making the image look terrible). If I don't use the auto mode, low-light images suffer from camera shake.
RAW would be nice but most of those features you're asking for don't belong to the target audience of this camera. They belong to the $700 point & shoots.
But it's nice to wish and dream.
BTW, I LOVE the HX30V, and I shoot mainly with a D600.
lera ion: lack of low-pass filter greatly reduces maintenance costs in perspective dust and oil spots.Buffer; 6-9 RAW/ D7100; 30-45 RAW/D300s. Price-quality is OK, but take your time.
disasterpiece: I'm kind of sorry that I didn't wait for D7100 when I bought a D7000 four months ago, but then again, the differences are not huge. Also, I tend to disagree with the hint that there will be D7000 owners wanting to get the D7100 - for me, it makes no sense to 'upgrade' to the same class and only one generation newer body. Again, for me, the more logical step up is an FX body with the appropriate lenses.
My biggest reason for going with the D7100 over the D7000 is the quickness of the AF system. The D7000 AF system is just unacceptably slow for me, while the AF system in the D7100 is blazing fast. This alone is enough of a reason to want the D7100 over the D7000.
dennishancock: I have recently migrated to the D7100 from the D90 and it's proving a quantum jump in image quality, noise, color rendition, focus response, and features.
What condemns the D7100 to the insanely good category as opposed to the insanely great in my mind is the issue heavily discussed here--the image buffer. I'm not a sports oriented photographer and I'm OK with jpegs, but the thought that skimping on two dollars worth of memory is Nikon technical management's idea of the pursuit of technical excellence is astounding.
I'm getting a burst of 18 jpegs before the frame rate drops by approximately two-thirds. ( DX mode, optimal compression quality, fine image quality, large image size.)
Considering this camera is otherwise a technical tour de force, it appears Nikon technical management wasn't thinking. Marketing should be asking how many sales of the D7100 it will be losing because of this gaffe. Heads should roll. I know they would in America.
P.S. Great review, DpReview!
Purposely crippling a camera in this way is not cool Nikon.
mforbes: You guys crack me up, complaining about the buffer, I make my living taking photos of outdoor adventure events, zip lining, white water rafting etc., I use Nikon gear and have no idea what the buffer size is in any of my cameras, we don't have time to spray and pray and have the guests sort through a bunch of images and pick out the ones they buy, we do that for them by getting one or two good photos of them. If you need a large buffer for Fido running around the backyard, get a V1.
What annoys me are people that accuse others of spraying & praying. What gives you the right to tell me whether or not the buffer is adequate? Do you know exactly what I'm shooting and how I use the camera? If it's big enough for you, congratulations. For others, this buffer size is horribly insufficient.
RichDawson: Been looking for a new dslr and thinking of waiting for the Canon sl1.http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_rebel_sl1_18_55mm_is_stm_kit
But this nikon camera looks promising.
That's like trying to decide between a Corolla and an Avalon.
What he should do is clean the sensor and then do another run of 1000 frames. I'll bet most of the junk would be gone by then.
I had debris accumulate on the sensor of my D600 but after I cleaned it, it has remained clean for quite some time. Anytime I notice something, a quick blow with a blower bulb gets it right off. I love my D600.