This review is fair. Anyone who has bought Sony cameras understands part of their marketing strategy. They always cripple or leave a few features out in order to include them on the next camera. Or this is done for economic reasons to keep costs down and to make the product as appealing as possible. Plus its not like they are the only manufacturer to do this. *See D7100 Buffer.
You need look no further than taking out the electronic level in the A6000 as an example of this kind of behavior. Simple, small things, but still annoying.
The A7II is an awesome camera, but obviously it could be better. If they gave it a 100% Gold Award and said it was the best camera ever made I guess Sony wouldn't have to make an A7 III with better tracking, larger PDAF focusing points, and better high ISO noise performance. But who would that benefit? No one.
We should thank the review for being critical where criticality is due. <- Not a word but it should be.
I remember being a young forum member and posing innocent questions about why a 2.8 lens had to be so bulky and why couldn't it be smaller or this or that and boy. If I had a nickel for every scientific expert who claimed that "PHYSICS MORON" was the answer I would have like 7 dollars. My general response was that "PHYSICS" hasn't figured out how gravity works yet, so there is hope for a compact bright zoom yet!
For some reason "Coolpix" has always struck me as either a missed translation or a terrible mistake made by some total nerd that wielded too much power at just the wrong time. What a God awful name. And to stick with it for so many years. Jesus. Cut and run... Cut and run.
So will the 90 be the best native AF portrait lens for the E mount system or will the 55 still hold that crown?
Linerider: These look like great lenses!!Now all Sony needs is to make a FF camera with "decent" battery life and im sold
Why? I have never understood this argument. When out shooting, granted I am not a wedding photographer, but battery life has never been an issue. But always, juts in case, I bring along 1 or 2 batteries that are about the size of box of tic tacs. I accidentally leave them in my pocket all the time. They cost about 10 dollars a piece. So why on earth is battery life a problem?
Tommygun45: God. I wish I could go back to all of those guys who I've had to stand next to at airshows or when birding or at sporting events. They sit there with 30 pounds of DSLR and lenses. They would look over at my 5n, or A6000, or A7r and laugh. Now I am not going to say I told you so, but....
Well, who's laughing now?
Have fun with your slew of new garbage cameras Canonites. Those lenses must feel like an albatross around you necks, no?
Oh I'm sorry, can you cite all of those fantastic Canon lenses that I can't get for Nikon, or Sony, or Pentax? You will fall back on specialty glass that the vast majority of users don't care about. Sigma, Zeiss, and even Tamron are making lenses that will make L glass not necessary, and are making them cross mount. Heard of the ART series? Or anything Zeiss?
haha, nothing like 9 people upvoting a guy bragging about his system having an $11,000 lens. Congratulations. I will just dream of the day Sony makes that same piece of glass so I can keep dreaming about never buying it because I would have absolutely zero use for it. Nor would 99% of camera owners. You Canon fanboy's, and I hate to use that term, will defend your brand until it shrivels up and dies. You are the problem. Not Canon. If you keep defending their pathetic attempts at "competing" you are only enabling them. Hang on for dear life because you're about to hit the iceberg.
That whole glass lasts thing is going to get pretty old pretty fast. Sony is innovating and making plenty of new excellent lenses in conjunction with Zeiss. Not to mention what Fuji is doing. Over the past 5 years Sony has created more new, exciting, and innovating products than your dinosaur Canon has in the past 15. So in 10 years time when every one of Canons lenses has been duplicated and even superseded given advances in design, coatings, and construction techniques you had better hope Canon finally realizes they are getting left in the dust and that people actually care about bodies. No matter how good your glass is, sticking on the front of a camera with what will be a sensor who's technology was surpassed a decade before will start to get kind of boring, no? Or is having technology carried over from a MKII of 2008 acceptable to you? Your glass can't compensate for what Canon's garbage sensors can't record.
God. I wish I could go back to all of those guys who I've had to stand next to at airshows or when birding or at sporting events. They sit there with 30 pounds of DSLR and lenses. They would look over at my 5n, or A6000, or A7r and laugh. Now I am not going to say I told you so, but....
lacikuss: Good for Sony, they are making the right steps by first pioneering the mirrorless FF technology, then dominating it. Now with the convergence from mirror to mirrorless they are ready to debank Canikon.
This is a longterm strategy that is playing out slowly but flawlessly. Sony already "owns" Nikon now they are going after Canon, and this is happening just watch the next 3 years...
By populating the FF mirrorless lens lineup slowly but steadily they will make switching brands more palatable. For Nikon with its quality control issues and Canon sensor's laking dynamic range the market is ready for a change to mirrorless.
Disclaimer: I don't own Sony equipment at this point, only Canikon in the past 10 years.
Because Sony A - Mount was going up against established DSLRs and the only thing they differentiated themselves with really was their DSLT tech. Hardly a selling point. Average consumers who purchase entry level DSLRs are absolute fools. Most of my friends have done this. They are all lugging their D5300s and Rebels around thinking they are going to get awesome pictures. I use my A6000 to shoot my kid, and theirs, and guess who's pictures are hanging on everyone's walls? Once they all see my camera and I can actually explain to them how it is superior to theirs in every single practical way, I have been bogged down trying to sell their entry dslrs on craigslist, ebay, and our bst trade forums. The A6000 stomps on every entry level DSLR, and unless you are a professional who can truly maximize your gear, the D7100 and 7dII. Like I said, any average consumer buying any of those DSLR bodies is a fool, and it only takes time for people to realize how much better an A6000 suits them.
marc petzold: And further with SONY DSLMs - many people like myself are using the dead-cheap A3000 Body for it's great APS-C sensor with manual focus lenses - or together with a lens turbo or speed booster, to have that "full frame look". Please Sony, do make a 1.01 Firmware Update with RAW-shooting only, it's a mess, to record always a 20 MP JPEG together with the 20 MP ARW RAW file, thank you. It can't be that hard. Show us some love, as brand, would you?
What? Are you saying that on the A3000 you can't shoot Raw only? This can't be true. My 5n allowed raw only and my RX100III allows Raw only. Have they seriously omitted that feature?
Calvin Chann: Yet another Sony body. Why am I not surprised?
I know. I wish they were more like Canon and waited 5 years to release a new top of the line APS-C camera that has technology that is two years old. Man, if only they were just like the big guys.
Is there a camera made in the past two years by Sony, Fuji, or hell, Samsung priced between $500 and $1000 that this thing out performs? I don't understand it. This camera is why this world is going to implode. On this board you will have people who crap on the mediocre performance of this insanely priced camera, and then there will be those who make fun of those people because they "can't afford it." Right. The problem is, those who can afford it, buy it because it is the most expensive mirrorless system there is, or, because its a Leica, and that's it. This schism is repeated here, and throughout the rest of society. Usually it leads to revolts and revolutions. I bet Marie Antoinette would have had a Leica T. Nothing like pricing an 18-56 3.5-5.6 lens for $2,200 bucks! AHH!?!?!
I was buying a 5s for my gf the other day and when I was at the Verizon store I gave the Galaxy phone a whirl. Sweet Jesus. It took about 12-15 seconds just to turn on. How could anyone in their right mind buy a camera for 4-500 dollars that takes 15 seconds just to start up? My Droid Razr boots faster than that. It was insane. This is one of the worst products Ive ever seen.
Also how is an RX100 not on this list? It is basically the ultimate social camera as far as the criteria this list is using goes.
photo perzon: Why were the previous RX100 II samples dim and unfocused? These look good.
Sorry Sage, we all can't be pro's like yourself. Nice gallery.
My point is, if I worked at Motor Trend and Ferrari gave me a car to write a review about, I wouldn't drive it down a dirt road to see how it handled or how fast it went just to be the first one to 'post my results.' Thanks for 'updating it as soon as possible' but you realize what that does right? When you post sub par photos or reviews of a product in a 'time constrained' manner are you being fair? I'm not some crazed Sony fanboy, just being a realist here.
Mattoid: Please do a direct image comparison (with foreground and background elements to show blur amount and character) between the RX100 II and the Ricoh GR wide open at 28mm 35mm and 50mm equivalents. (interestingly the GR cropped to "1 inch" sensor size gives 50mm equivalent)
You can always add the 20mm pancake to make it very portable. No let up in IQ either as many examples of that lens have shown.
Barney, c'mon now man. I love the work that you guys do and love this site but don't go down that road. If you can't post fair and realistic examples of what a camera can do why post them at all? It's not fair to the manufacturer or to the customers here who are trying to figure out how best to spend our hard earned dollars, know what I mean? The reviews in general are very well written and you guys do a great job but don't compromise it by saying you didn't have the time to take quality shots, or at least explain it when posting the original samples. (And maybe it was, I haven't seen them but based on that question and your response that is what I assumed, please correct me if I am wrong.)
"Coolpix" and "$1100" should not ever be in the same story.
This camera is about $500 over priced. And learn from your competitors. Get a new name. Its the Sony Nex. Not the Sony Cybershot 7. Its the EOS M, not the Cybershot M. If you are going to introduce a new line of camera that is 4x the price of your already inflated compact line you need a new name.
Weird video. A its in 480p. At least give us a quarter of the resolution of the device you are showing. Also what exactly is he doing when he starts sloppily tracing the guys shoulder? And hopefully the tablet only recognizes the pen so you can write with your hand on the screen. Oh and why is the flash going off when taking land scape shots? So many questions.
Is the omission of the filter over the sensor similar to what Fuji does with the XP1 and XE1 or are we talking about a different filter here? I though their filter was an AA filter. Are there a multitude of filters in front of sensors?
Elaka Farmor: Nice too see that nex-5n holds up good against it when it comes to IQ
Same sensor, just a little more crowded out with the pdaf pixels. The 5n is quite a camera, esp for 300 bucks body only. Absurd.