abortabort: I think DPR should have included some actual coverage of the LA-EA4 Alpha adapter. Adaption of lenses in covered more properly in other reviews by DPR and despite the SLT adapters being available for a couple of years are seem mostly to have been ignored.
This adapter isn't 'just' for adapting lens mounts, it actually adds significant functionality to the whole camera, by adding a second AF system (with motor drive supporting the mount fully going back 30 years), it actually converts this mirrorless camera into a fully fledged DSLR (DSLT). That is not only quite an achievement, it means that cameras like the A7 and A7R become convertibles - One camera to cover many use cases. No longer having to choose between buying a mirrorless or a DSLR.
Is it perfect? Is there confusion about what it is for? This is why some in depth coverage by DPR on what it IS for as well as how well / badly it works is more important than the assumption 'it's just another clunky adapter'.
I don't agree. I agree it's a very useful looking accessoory and looks worthy of an additional review, but unless it comes in the box I don't think it should be part of the camera review itself.
mpgxsvcd: The Olympus E-PM2 is about $200 after you sell the lenses it comes with. The only advantage this camera has over it is WiFi. Not worth 3x the cost.
who says they're not supposed to?! The customer or the manufacturer..?
UnitedNations: Unacceptable JPEG performance.
That is interesting, it has to be said and the image quality at different ISOs (on imaging resource) seems very well done. I wonder why such different results..
greypixelz: This is hungary, the land of Mr. Tamas:
nazi mass murderers:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DauT5r34Gl4
and what does this have to to do with anything..?
So sad that a collection of pretty interesting images invoke such posts..
I think a lot of people here should simply be ashamed of their reaction (and posts..).
fz750: Am I the only one wondering why the Pentax K3 got twice as many votes as any other camera in that group?
It doesn´t seem logical to me, given the reviews (of all the cameras), price (50% more than the D7100 here) and number of sales and lens support etc etc
I own none of these cameras voted upon, just an interested observer..
D7100 Body: 830.- SFr K3 Body: 1495.- Sfr
D7100 with 18-140mm: 1198.- SfrK3 with 18-135mm: 1799.- Sfr
Strangely, there is a K3 kit listed with 18-55mm costing 1369.- Sfr but there's no direct Nikon D7100 kit equivalent, perhaps the cheapest kit with the 18-105mm lens which is 1111.- Sfr
(1000.- Sfr = $1110)
So, as you can see, the k3 is
Body: 80% moreKit1: 50% more kit2 (cheapest K3): 25% more
(prices source: toppreise.ch comparison site)
I suspect that Pentax in Switzerland are simply overpriced (often happens) and the camera hasn't been available for long and prices haven't dropped yet, maybe it takes longer with cameras that don't have the sales volume that Nikon have. I've not seen it in mainstream shops yet that stock other Pentax cameras (FNAC, for example).
qwertyasdf: Personally the best lens this year is Canon's 11-22mm STMIt's small, it's light, it's sharp, it's got image stabilization, it's got low distortion...and it's so CHEAP!!!
I don't shoot people or go birding with it, but for any other occasions, like parties, hiking, travelling, street photography, it's a must have.
It would be if it fitted any cameras that many of us own and only one in Canon´s range..
Am I the only one wondering why the Pentax K3 got twice as many votes as any other camera in that group?
FinDERP: These articles are laid out so badly!
Hire a web designer, seriously
Actually Barney, the web page above looks pretty awful, half a mile long full of repetitive elements related to first, Gearshop and then Amazon´s offers.., as well as the "useful" information being split by adverts which is less than optimal
The fundamantal structure is sort of ok, but somewhat confusing (cover flow style element with the repeated results in the grid below) and maybe Nielsen´s heuristics should be revisted.
Somehow I think the website has become so overloaded with adverts and the like (when looking above..) that the information we came for is becoming lost.
b craw: Nice job, Jeff.
[as there was not a comment section on the previous article - best interchangeable lens cameras under $1000, I just wanted to mention that the Samsung NX300 is listed with a kit 20-50mm lens. The picture actually shows the much less compact 18-55mm. The price listed also reflects the kit with the 18-55 (recently reduced about $200); the 20-50mm is about $50 cheaper. Just a minor thing, but thought I'd give you guys the heads up.]
All the NX300s that are for sale here are listed with the 18-55mm.
The price is starting at $750, which, whilst the camera actually looks really beautifully designed etc, is really asking quite a lot in a VERY crowded price and market segment..
thanks for the short review.
I was so interested in this, not so much to go snorkelling or underwater actually, but just to be rain and sand/dirt proof and generally totally worry free.
Unfortunately, I wasn't aware about the lack of IS which is a deal breaker for me.
Nikon, are you listening? $200 cheaper and IS.. :-)
(unknown member): I've always wondered: If any of the OEM manufacturers wanted to play hardball with the Tamrons and Sigmas, etc., why wouldn't they encode their cameras to just make it next to impossible to use anything except their own lenses on their cameras? I would think it would not be hard for Canon or Nikon to include code that would make life very difficult for aftermarket lenses (or flashes for that matter).
Doesn't seem to bother Apple, lightning connector with a chip inside etc..
And I was asking EASA in Europe:
KW Phua: The problem for most Japanese are not admit mistake and move on from there. I work in Japanese Companies before. They always try to cover up. Canon may have improved. Hope they really change.
For what it's worth, it was an often reported national/cultural characteristic in the international press/news during reporting on the Fukushima disaster (and still, recently with the cover-up of people's illnesses and their possible cause).
I suppose we could also add the Olympus scandal (by a tobashi scheme) where bad investments were covered up..
springsnow: "Now, the FAA is lifting its rules on in-flight electronics. Instead of having to turn off your phones, cameras and laptops entirely, you just have to make sure they are in airplane mode and safely tucked away during takeoff and landing."
Wait, do people really truly turn off (literally turning it off, not just in stand-by/sleep) their stuff before? Isn't that the point of airplane mode on phones in the first place?
That's the current rule, turn it off completely!
Airplane mode only stops radio transmission not the processor running etc. The (current) point of airplane mode is to use it during the flight and not during takeoff/landing.
I imagine it'll take european authorities at least 10 years to catch up with this... :-(
williams359: Please canon or a third party maker is there any way of making a grip with a extra memory card slot
Surely it would depend on what interfaces were available to the grip? Everything is possible, whether it's desirable ir advisable is another question..
How about a grip connected by radio (Bluetooth, wifi, whatever) that mirrors the built-in card? Can't be that difficult...
steelhead3: You didn't think this was important in the original review, please don't let Amazon dictate another favorable review.
The D600 got a gold, and obviously this was based on it's performance during the test, but since then this issue with the oil from the shutter has mushroomed and Nikon have managed this very badly, to say the least, and lost a lot of sales (and no doubt customers) along the way.
Surely there should (or could) have been some update to degrade the rating or add a serious caveat? I think this is what is missing and what people are somewhat dissatisfied with..
Alternatively, is there not a place for a much longer term test, in the way that car magazines do, to reflect on day-to-day usage and reliability in such "suspect" cameras, what repairs have been needed over a 12 month period etc? Surely somebody would be really pleased to be given such a camera for 6-12 months merely at the price of writing periodic reports and doing some tests? I volunteer for the D610! :-)
VaLeX: come on, guys, not a single photo with that articulated screen tilted?How does it tilt? At what angles? How sturdy is the articulation?
well, i'm not actually interested in articulated screens, not interested in video either and whilst there has been a rush to provide decent video capability, maybe it's less imprtant for some sectors of the market?
johnmanoah: When talking about innovation, why aren't these companies considering these easy-to-have innovations?
1. Rotatable (up/down) flash head - so that we could bump the flash to a ceiling or elsewhere. Currently, the in-built flash forces light upon the target which usually results in bright spots or over exposure
2. 3G sim card slot - so that the camera is connected to the internet and sharing/storing is simple
4. Touch screen
Ricoh/Nikon/Canon - Are you listening?
Canon have touch screen on the 650D and 700D. I would prefer not to have a touchscreen actually, but more direct buttons like Nikon seems to use (I have canon..). I don't think the UI is very easy to design to please everybody..
I suspect that manufacturers have gone to wifi instead of bluetooth because it simply works better, less compatibility issues..?
3G I kind of agree with but actually my "all you can eat" sim card sits in my phone, and will stay there, and I don't want to buy another subscription so hence i'd rather use wifi to connect to my phone nearby (or bluetooth, whatever) and auto-upload to my preferred location that way..
I agree about the flash head, but I also think that the larger market is for no-flash pictures, so they couldn't care less: what's included is just for those cases where you have no choice and if you want "more", buy an external flash and use the hotshoe..
fz750: I do wonder what the real market is for M4/3 and even for similar cameras like the Nex range. I live i a pretty touristy (Switzerland) place, so see people shooting lanscapes and buildings and stuff all the time, have been on various holidays or trips this year (europe, switzerland, austria, germany, uk, france and once in Israel) around, but I have **not once** seen a M4/3 (other than my own) or Nex, just canikon D-SLR basically, 98% APS-C but some D6/800 and Canon 6D (ignoring all the mass of compact cameras obviously)
I have a E-PL2, use it most of the time it seems (in preference to a canon Eos, despite missing a viewfinder..) and really like it, so am interested in smaller format camera like the OM-D but wonder who is buying all these M4/3 & Nex cameras?
I doubt my subjective sample is representative of total sales! perhaps they more prevalent in some markets?
Bluevellet, obviously I get that, I bought one, but I just don't see them anywhere, but it's interesting that Thorgrem saw many in Barcelona...
I do wonder what the real market is for M4/3 and even for similar cameras like the Nex range. I live i a pretty touristy (Switzerland) place, so see people shooting lanscapes and buildings and stuff all the time, have been on various holidays or trips this year (europe, switzerland, austria, germany, uk, france and once in Israel) around, but I have **not once** seen a M4/3 (other than my own) or Nex, just canikon D-SLR basically, 98% APS-C but some D6/800 and Canon 6D (ignoring all the mass of compact cameras obviously)