An interesting if very pricey concept. I'd actually consider getting one if were a lot cheaper. It'd be nicer if it were more compact too, its seems to be about the same width as a relatively large DSLR...but then it is a first generation product. If they survive the next few years (I hope they do) it would be nice to see a more compact and much more affordable version of this unique camera.
I agree with most of DPreview's choices here. I'm glad to see a site like DPreview start to do this sort of thing. Its a rite of passage of sorts, means you've grown up and a lot of people now take what you think in the realm of photographic equipment seriously.
What an elegant simple solution, good on Sony. I have a feeling now Apple/Samsung et al might incorporate a similar solution on their future smartphone models.
Impressive tech and expensive! But you get what you pay for I suppose.
Slimjon: Who manufacturers the sensor?
I stand corrected then.
Definitely a handsome brick of a camera! I've always liked Leica's industrial design...minimalist but functional and often quite pretty with it! I'm sure the image quality is good too. But I think Pentax's 645z is the better value device and has received generally good reviews too.
The sensor company for the Q is TowerJazz, an Israeli based outfit of which Panasonic owns 49% I believe...that's according to Leica Rumors anyway.
GabrielZ: With the vast majority of the smartphone industry taken up by devices from Apple and Samsung who both now use their own proprietary SoC designs. Is their enough of it left for Qualcomm's designs to continue to make a profit over the long run?
IZO100 - If you don't want to believe me, go check out the industry statistics. As I said, apart from Apple and to a lesser extent Samsung none of the other brands are profiting in this industry. Sony, Lenovo and HTC are already in trouble and others will probably follow. Huawei and Xiaomi are gaining market share in their home country of China in particular. But their smartphone divisions are still not currently turning any significant profit. And that 's what it comes down to in the end - profits. If all these companies are unable to turn a profit in the end on smartphones, they'll exit the arena.
IZO100 - The combined market share of all those companies (Samsung are gradually dropping Qualcomm SoC's and Blackberry are already dead in the water) you mention here are still insignificant compared to the two big players. Only Samsung and Apple currently make any sort of profit from smartphones, its generally a loss making industry for most other players, Sony for instance are going to exit the market soon because of this. How long are all these other companies going to continue doing this at a loss? Because of this I think Qualcomm are going to have difficulties in this department going forward.
With the vast majority of the smartphone industry taken up by devices from Apple and Samsung who both now use their own proprietary SoC designs. Is their enough of it left for Qualcomm's designs to continue to make a profit over the long run?
This reenforces my long time suspicion now that Sony is going to exit the APS-C market altogether. And maybe the reason why the rumoured A7000 is being delayed or maybe even shelved! This concerns me because I'm a Fujifilm user and they use Sony manufactured APS-C sensors. And if they do decide to exit that market. Sony may not continue to develop APS-C sensors like they do their state of the art FF and 1" ones which are way ahead of the competition. I suppose now this increases the importance of getting into mass production that Fujifilm/Panasonic organic sensor project.
Its nice to see a mainstream manufacture other than Nikon and Canon producing professional niche cameras like this. But the price does seem rather elevated...probably due to low production numbers.
GabrielZ: Good results for a smartphone. But I really don't believe tiny smartphone lens's can genuinely resolve 8MP worth of detail let alone 21MP...no way! Its a marketing gimmick, the vast majority of those MP's are just eating up memory while going to waste.
@Lars Rehm - Yes the above photos do have more detail than the iPhones 8MP camera, but I don't think its 21MP's worth of detail, just like I don't think the iPhone is resolving a true 8MP worth of detail either.
My point being if Fujifilm's rep says their excellent primes were designed to resolve up to 25MP of detail at APS-C size. I don't believe tiny massed produced plastic smartphone lenses can genuinely approach that level of detail
The physics of achieving these sky-high levels of resolving power are difficult enough on standard size finely ground glass lenses, that's all.
An excellent specification for the price. And I like the wooden back shown here.Something a little different from the Android norm then...nice!
Good results for a smartphone. But I really don't believe tiny smartphone lens's can genuinely resolve 8MP worth of detail let alone 21MP...no way! Its a marketing gimmick, the vast majority of those MP's are just eating up memory while going to waste.
dholl: high-end Canons are "made in Japan". high-end Nikons are not.
I believe this fact bares further investigation as there lies the answer to Nikon's problems.
That's what I've been suspecting too.
Here we go again. QC issues with Nikons, together with a reduction in sales and that announcement that they won't be going mirrorless (the 1 series doesn't count) Nikon seems to be becoming the dinosaur of the industry.
I've never used Hasselblad cameras, so I have no point of reference. But a lot of people in the comments below keep on saying that Hasselblad's H series medium format digitals are pigs, their lenses too apparently (I always thought Hasselblad used Zeiss optics) are they really that bad? Because almost every time I watch a video or documentary that shows pro photographers in studios taking photos, its a Hasselblad that they're using.