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..
Markol: Awards, awards, awards....Why do people care?A site which gives 95% of all reviewed cameras (above the travel zoom category) an award just gives them away, rendering them meaningless. An award should be by definition something for rare, top of the class products. What DSLR was the last not to get an award here?See...
well, largely DPR only test cameras worth testing, and not the mass of useless compacts for example.
I also think we're in a very rich era of camera development and the pace is such that each new camera generally does bring something to the table.. (and some more than others.. :-)
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)
fz750: I wish that, in addition to a "Like" button, you had a "dislike" (or whatever) button..
How do you vote a stupid idiot/comment down?!
Then also you could EFFECTIVELY search by most liked comments..
well, we have "like" buttons for fanboys, why not dislike..? Seems only fair.. :-)
Get out of bed on the wrong side today..?!
But anyway, yes, if the posts are disliked then at least that poster will get to know about it and it might mike them thnk twice before posting some inane comment and hopefully improve on the signal/noise ratio..
I wish that, in addition to a "Like" button, you had a "dislike" (or whatever) button..
DanielFjall: All the SanDisk SD cards are waterproof.
for 72 hours..
Ronald A Yorko: Agree with most of what you said. However, plugging the Fujifilm X100S as an alternative to a DSLR with a short lens doesn't really cut it with the points you are trying to make.
I don't think the point is that it is a replacement for a DSLR, just that you don't always need a DSLR..
Anyway, refreshing article - thank you. I also use my EPL-2 (bought half price in a sale) as my "lightweight" camera, rather than my APS-c Canon, it gets used more and more these days and to be honest the IQ is equally good for most (not all) situations.
Looking forward to the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 review :-)
Peter Gregg: How do you know if a lens like this will work on Canon's new 70D. Canon has list of "approved" lenses for a reason. With 3rd party lenses work on the new Canon 70D?
Seems to me that Canon's "interface" from camera to lens is not new (e.g. the STM lenses have been out for a while) and that the 3rd party manufacturers will have little difficulty figuring out any (unlikely) small changes..
h2k: I think you should post less of these links to nice pictures. They distract from your core business and DPR is not needed to find pictures like these (nice landscapes).
I also think you should post less of these sentences: "a gallery of 12 stunning images..., including a shot taken by dpreview contributor ..."
I disagree. The point is that it is explained (a link..) how the photos were taken, the problems faced and the techniques used.
I am defintely interested in that because I'd like to take pictures like that (someday..)
At least it's far more interesting than cellphone cameras & endless discussion from fanboys about "their" toys etc etc etc...
Some people are just never happy.... :-(
Amazing set of pics and, yes, I want to go there even more than I did before!
cmvsm: How does the Canon score a Gold Award at 78%, yet the Nikon D5200 scored 79%, but received a Silver Award? Furthermore, all other cameras reviewed within the last year, that scored a 79 or above, all received Gold Awards, except for the Nikon D5200.
I really could care less either way, just trying to understand DVR's scoring/rating system, as its a bit inconsistent.
The system used by DP is confusing a lot of people, and understandably in my opinion: giving a percentage and then silver/gold and then saying they don't apply across almost identical categories is a recipe for failure - people obviously want to compare across classes of camera, specifically in the IQ area!
Similarly, any given rating is only valid for the release date, and clearly won't apply 10 years later.
Anybody have a solution? automatic degradation of results depending on latest result..?
BTW, I would argue that the SL1 and D5200 are in the identical class!
nofumble: Canon will loose money on this one for sure. It is smaller than the standard Rebel but few mm difference is not going to sway any buyer's mind. By end of the year, you will see a 50% price-drop like the EOS-M.
I will not consider this type of camera until Canon add an EVF (mirror got to go). Meanwhile, my money is going to the other brands who offer smaller size, flexibility, and better low light image quality.
Actually, i haven't seen one EVF that I remotely like, awful mostly.., so actually I think having an EVF is a negative selling point in this class
Mikhail Tal: Giving a gold star for this camera is a joke. It's literally the worst current DSLR there is. The lack of articulating screen alone should make it a complete afterthought. The only people who will buy this camera are complete suckers.
i have no interest in either an articulated screen or liveview, I doubt that I am alone in this...
gnewsch: What's the deal with the US shipping only? You'd think that an e-commerce giant like Amazon would have the know-how to help set up an international shop from the start. That would have been vastly more interesting than this test run in a market that is already saturated with a lot of good online shopping camera stores.
Amazon UK denied once that this was the reason (and which would arguably be illegal under EU law as I was going to make a formal complaint) and warranties have to be EU -wide anyway..
They used to send abroad (US and Uk..) but now it seems that everything is getting worse with Amazon and I have to rely on amazon partners that may send to international destinations..
(but partners are useless, if they are still around, when there's a problem...)
mpgxsvcd: Finally, Canon got back into the game.
Actually I never had any focussing issues, ever. So it's not really a big deal for me personally and I wonder what percentage of people did have focussing issues? I also don't think that the introduction of this new technology is done for stills, but for video which I couldn't personally care less about.
Don't see any "photographic" improvements, just stuff for video/liveview..?
Plus it seems extra features such as twin SD slots are even missing from this enthusiast model...
RStyga: I do not follow the review priorities of this site. You spend time reviewing a camera like D20 and skip reviewing other much more important ones. This looks bad... almost "dodgy". Shape up a bit, please.
well "timely" in the sense it's nearly summer (33 degrees C today in Switzerland :-), but not "timely" in that this particular camera was announced in Feb 2012..