Oppo manufacture very high-end audiophile grade planar driver headphones, universal disc players and DAC/headphone amps that generally receive rave reviews. But this smartphone division of theirs is very lacklustre by comparison and nothing on the Samsung S6 series. A 6" 1080p display - that's very two years ago!
Very slow flash-sync speed. But never the less, seems to be a major improvement on its predecessor. Gives Oly's E-M10 a run for the money. But Panasonic cameras like Oly's leave me cold somehow.
VisualFX: "MADE IN CHINA". No purchase from me. Fuji had something going there for awhile, being Made in Japan. Now they are going cheap like everyone else. Whoever wants to support sweatshops and poor labour conditions and poor human rights, go right ahead and purchase this camera.
Didn't they say made in Thailand? None the less I agree. What I liked about Fujifilm cameras is that they were manufactured in Japan. It was one of my main considerations when purchasing the X-E2.
In my case for quality and reliability reasons. Now they seem to be going the Oly and Nikon way, which I don't like...Canon have recently announced that they're bringing their camera manufacturing back to Japan for instance.
I also think, that gradually Fujifilm are becoming like all the other Japanese brands. Their Kaizen firmware updates now seem to target only their latest model cameras, rather than older ones, which used to be one of their most endearing qualities. Again just like all the other main stream brands...a little disappointing.
For instance both the X-E2 and X-T1/T10 use the same sensor and image processors. So all the features now available on their XT series cameras could be added to the X-E2 via firmware. Such a move wouldn't effect sales of their latest I don't think.
flysurfer: "It's also worth noting that users now have the ability to toggle their AF point when shooting with Face Detect on, which is new."
It may be worth noting, but it isn't new, because the at least my X30, X100T, X-A2 and X-T1 also offer this feature. :)
Great work if you can get it!
retro76: Honestly right now the Olympus EM10 is the camera to beat, especially @ $499. I purchased a Fuji XM1 before sending it back for the Oympus. I know it's subjective, but I really don't get the appeal of Fuji, it's a camera that reviewers seem to put on a pedestal, yet IMHO it's a camera that falls short in just about every category especially so compared to other brands I have used. Maybe I missed something in my short time using the camera, but it's a system that didn't impress me in the slightest, in fact it's the most clever marketing I have ever seen for a brand.
Very subjective...before purchasing my X-E2 I went for an Oly E-M10 based on its great for the price feature list, and good reviews. But when I received it, it left me cold despite the fact that it took good photos. Also the built-in flash on mine didn't work. Which is not something you expect in a brand new camera (another Japanese branded camera not made in Japan!) so I ordered a replacement, which took an absolute age to arrive.
So I got fed up waiting, added a little more money and went for a made in Japan X-E2 instead! Which didn't leave me cold, despite the lower specification. So yes, what one thinks of a particular camera is very subjective...you like the Oly but I didn't!
I like it. I'm an X-E2 user and this is its successor apparently. One little thing I didn't like though is that this camera is manufactured in Thailand rather than Japan. I know there's quality control and all that. But from my previous experience with Japanese brand cameras I've used over the years. The one's manufactured on home turf...so to speak...tend to be more reliable.
You've got a lot of Fujifilm cameras! A fanboy then? I'm not being cynical, I use an X-E2 myself.
As this is a limited edition, why couldn't they've put in a little more effort and made the upper and lower panels real titanium instead of just paint?
RStyga: Leica "upgrades" a $7,500 camera with Live View and 3" 921K LCD in 2015? At this rate they might catch up with the rest by 2050, give or take a decade.
Although good adapters are abundant for DSLM cameras, a native M mount camera could put a stop, or at least a brake, to the Leica camera charade...
I believe there is some startup working on a digital rangefinder like camera with a native M mount. It appeared in the news sections here and elsewhere a while back.
maxnimo: Why do they call it a 1" sensor when not even the diagonal is even close to 1" in length?
Very informative Joel, I didn't know that. Nice to learn new things.
I think the new APS-C sensor is the one heading for the rumored Fujifilm X-Pro2! Here's hoping, looking forward to that camera a lot, as an X-E2 user myself.
GabrielZ: I shoot stills, very little video. I still don't get these video ratios. What's the difference between 4:2:0 - 4:2:2 - 4:4:4? What do those three numbers _:_:_ stand for?
Thanks, that was helpful.
I shoot stills, very little video. I still don't get these video ratios. What's the difference between 4:2:0 - 4:2:2 - 4:4:4? What do those three numbers _:_:_ stand for?
Just a Photographer: I think a 15.4" Surface Pro 4, with proper i7 processor, 512GB SSD, 32GB memory and 802.11AC would have been a better choice.
At least it would then make it an interesting device for photographers and illustrators.
@Just a Photographer & BattleBrat - You're right about a 10" tablet not being great for photo editing - that's what I do, I'm not an illustrator - a tablet would be used as more of a portable showcase.
But then I don't use tablets for photo editing anyway. Also when I wrote, who on earth would want that, I meant as a general purpose tablet like an iPad...such a device would be just too bulky for that kind of market.
Anyway according to Dianoda here, you're dream machine already exists in the form of the Wacom Cintiq Companion 2? For pros that seems like a good solution, I'm more of an enthusiastic amateur myself...the Wacom too specialised.
You're describing a laptop - they already exist. Why on earth would anybody want a 15"+ tablet?
This is what the Surface should've have been from the beginning. A good alternative to the iPad now. Microsoft, Samsung etc..have caught up with and are in places - surpassing Apple at their own game lately.
I hope Apple can counter these recent announcements with the upcoming large screened iPad 'Pro' and iPhone 6S. Next years iPhone 7 needs to be something very special!
Only a Silver award then. A little surprised by that. I think its that old-hat sensor, the same as the original E-M5 I think, together with its relatively high price compared to the competition, that's influenced the reviewers here maybe?
Rather underwhelming next to the Samsung S6/S6 Edge. And that dual-tone gold and silver finish seems rather fake Rolex chintzy to me. Samsung definitely make the better Android smartphone for the time being. But then I suppose they do have the much-much bigger R&D budget compared to little HTC.
I'm an iPhone 5S user, Apple fanboy and really like iOS (7 and onwards) and won't be switching, but still think the S6, especially the Edge version pictured above, is gorgeous and so much more desirable a piece of kit than the iPhone 6 by a long shot! Bring on the iPhone 7 in 2016 Apple. I found the iPhone 6 to be very underwhelming when it was introduced last year.
The iPhone 6S maybe arriving at the end of this year with improved specs, but its still going to be an ugly duckling (those messy looking plastic antenna openings on the back especially) compared to this!
And what a fantastic specification too! Samsung really went full-out this time. Even though they seemed to of quietly dropped the water resistance of the S5, but thats still a relatively small price to pay for such an elegant design IMHO.
GabrielZ: I was watching a review of the 645Z at TheCameraStoreTV channel on YouTube a while back, and was really impressed by the apparent image quality of this camera. Easily outdoing any FF DSLR I've seen lately. If I had the dosh I'd get one, despite the bulk!
@canonpro Back in the 70s, 80s and 90s all pro 35mm film SLRs from Canon, Nikon etc...came with a button or lever on the body to lock-up the mirror...very convenient.