What an incredibly underwhelming announcement! And its not even available outside of Japan.
How do you connect a smartphone to this? Its not like they come with tripod sockets.
I know there are a lot of nay-sayer's here, but I like it - especially in silver, I really liked the FM-2 back in the day and the Df remind's me of that camera. I wouldn't buy one, even if I could afford it. Too big and chunky for me, as I'm moving on to compact and mirrorless, but still very pretty - I'm glad it exists.
nearprairie: If that shutter audio was real instead of sweetened, then it sounds like a dead ringer for my F3HP. (If that's already been submitted, my apology for the redundant observation.) And I agree with those who've stated, in effect, a properly--read:classically--designed DSLR is long overdue. This camera looks both intriguing and promising. Bring it, Nikon!
Battlesbridge I believe, a nice offer but I'm currently living abroad for the foreseeable future.
A few months ago I saw an F3HP (my dream camera back in the early 80s!) in very good condition at an antiques shop selling for between 40 and 50 quid! I contemplated purchasing it, but didn't in the end because I wouldn't go back to using film, so it would probably end up being nothing more than a paperweight.
joexu: That is pretty big, just a DSLR with retro looks. Would've preferred a mirrorless FF
That's what I was thinking too.
What possible advantage could this retro-styled new Nikon offer over a D800? I just don't see the point frankly, unless its much more compact in size - like a Sony A7/A7R, which it doesn't seem to be.
With the sophistication of mirrorless cameras these days, outside of the pro market DSLR's are looking like dinosaurs. But mirrorless are in decline too, so overall this is a worrying situation for photo enthusiasts like myself.
I'm upgrading to a X-E2 sometime over the next month or so, and I'm going to look after it because 'proper cameras' might not be so readily available in a few years time... if these doomsday predictions are accurate?
UnitedNations: Highest shutter speed is still 4000. A reviewer said if wanting to shoot wide open with the 23mm f1.4 lens one would have to invest in a ND filter.Didn't the X-E1 already have an in built ND filter???
The X100/X100s have built-in ND filters I believe, not the X-E1 because its an inter-changeable lens camera. As for wide-open at f1.4, maybe not using this camera in bright sun-light but at lower light levels where such a large aperture would be useful, not an issue.
This camera looks so much sleeker in all-black than the two-tone silver/black finish.
Good on Fujifilm for doing this - other manufactures should be so bold! This is one of a few reasons I'm considering moving over to Fujifilm when I upgrade camera system soon.
Hmmm...a bit blah then. The X-F1 was beautiful and interesting, this is just like everybody else. I can understand why Fujifilm did this, but I still don't like it.
A good if not Earth-shattering upgrade. I would really of liked more sophisticated WiFi capabilities and Auto-ISO (aka Nikon). As well as environmental sealing and better video (headphone jack, more manual control etc...) anyway, a lot of worthwhile improvements none the less.
I'm on the cusp of upgrading my current camera and the X-E2 is still a front runner, if not by the same margin it was before this official release. Still a few important features for me missing, we'll see...
Rod McD: Evolution, not revolution, but sensible updates - making a good camera better. As someone considering buying a mirror-less, it goes up in contention. Still not enviromentally sealed though - something Fuji needs to address in future models.
Yeah, the lack of weather sealing is the thing that most surprised me - all new cameras at almost every level are getting weather sealing nowadays... an oversight on Fujifilms part.
I was expecting improved standard ISO range, weather sealing, a headphone socket for audio monitoring of video and faster focus tracking than 3fps though. None the less a good upgrade.
Wow! I'm gob-smacked by the difference in size between the Alpha and the 6D - that's really a tiny full-frame camera. Impressive!
I really like the squared off styling of these cameras, very pleasing on the eye anyway. Looking forward to the full review...
Except maybe slightly increased comfort, for talking on next to your face or storing in a large bum pocket, what's the advantage of such a design? Seems a bit gimmicky to me, a case of doing something with new technology just for the sake of doing it, no matter how Samsung tries to spin it.
Its aesthetic resembles that of a 1950s/60s portable radio. From the smoothed out curves of the whole body and lens, to the control dials on top, to the laser-etched body texture, which resembles that of a speaker grill...I wonder if they looked at such retro-radios for design inspiration? Anyway that's what this project remind's me of.
I've always really liked Pentax's flagship DSLR's. They're compact super-solid bricks, that are always a little different (in a good way) to their main contenders in the segment. If I wasn't in the market now for something more compact and light-weight...Fujifilm should be releasing an updated X-E1s/X-E2 some time this month. I would seriously consider upgrading to this. Not so keen on the 'Ricoh' logo on the back though.