jon404: Pentax people -- if I got a K-30, does Pentax make a 35mm or 40mm small, bright, sharp prime lens that you would recommend? I hate zooms.
Primes/pancakes is an area where Pentax really excels. I fully agree with the recommendations above, you will be satisfied with one of those.
steelhead3: Good to see you guys shooting out of rainy London or Seattle, the sun always shines in Central Oregon.
Really nice country (according to the pictures). ;-)
In my opinion the pictures look good. There are some flaws of the lens of course (some corner softness etc.) but I think the quality of the camera (and sensor) itself can bewell judged from the pictures. As a K-r user I can tell two things: 1. dynamic range of the K-30 is better than the DR of my camera and 2. high ISO capability of the K-30 is much better that the K-r (ISO 6400 of the K-30 equals to ISO 3200 of my K-r). That being said, along with wether sealing makes the K-30 an ideal future camera for me.
MaRcIu: not sure if everything about this camera is expensive or I'm too poor.
I do like the RX100 very much and it is the closest to my ideal of pocketable high-end compact (actually the only pocketable big-sensored compact). But paying for a back-up camera almost the same I paid for my DSLR with f2,8 zoom lens is a bit inapropriate. I know the prices will drop in a couple of months, but now there are small M4/3 cameras with zoom+fast pancake for this price.
RX100 is extremely expensive (for now at least). The price of 699 eur has no reasoning in comparison to other enthusiast compacts like XZ-1 (350) eur or X10 (430 eur), as well as in comparison to other cameras with similar sensors (Nikon J1: 410 eur).
mpgxsvcd: This is a very well written preview. Great job Dpreview!
@Barney: that´s admirable and most of us appreciate this (although some would not be satisfied even if you made one review a day).
Rachotilko: Guys, it's f1.4-2.3 ! ISO400 is completely clean (cleaner than larger LX5). You think you need more ?
That´s what I keep saying all the time. According to my experience with EX1 (f1,8) there was rarely a need to put higher ISO than 800. And f1,4 is even 2/3 stops better.P.S. vidím, že si aktívny na viacerých fórach.
Could have been usefull to see f1,4 shot...
Camera with such bright lens does not really need to use ISO6400 (the same could have been shot with ISO 1600 and 1/25, not mentioning wider aperture). In my experience ISO 1000 is acceptable maximum for this sensor size.
RAW, PASM modes, decent EVF, hotshoe and bright lens with amazing constant aperture, all this packed in a body 0,5 kg heavy. This seems to be the king of ultrazooms, probably outperforming by it´s lens the bigger sensored X-S1. Great job!
Jens_G: 1/2.33" sensor, ROFLOLOL
Compare how much bigger the X-S1 with 2/3" sensor is. Let´s give the emperor what´s emperors´. This is a big achievement and definitely the best specidied ultrazoom; I don´t prefer ultrazooms but I have no problem admiting this fact.
wildkat2: The new Pentax/Ricih PR team is setting new standards for what not to do. There is not much worse in the business world that "we are canceling product line X" followed by "we are still discussing if we might cancel product line X." Guess what guys, in the minds of buyers, its already canceled so forget about the decision. No one wants to be stuck buying something that is no longer going to be supported.
Who is buying Pentax point and shoots anyway?
Rachotilko: Let them dump the compacts & concentrate on introductio of a wide variety of reasonably priced lenses for Q system. That win them minds&hearts.
I am not that sure about the Q system. Most of the reactions are "a step along", "expensive toy" etc., it´s not taken too seriously. The K-01 is a much stronger player, with its size being the major disadvantage. However I also think it would be no pitty if they terminated compacts having Pentax name. Concentrating on DSLR (and CSC) is the future (more DSLR lines, a full frame...).
jon404: Junk. Why don't you redirect your time and effort to full reviews of actually interesting cameras, like the Sony RX100 and the Pentax K30?
I would only review a non-PASM camera if it had a truly unique feature, like emitting a low-pitched ultrasonic whistle that would scare away teenagers and dogs.
Barney: that´s music to my ears ;-) I look forward to the review of both the RX100 and the K-30.
A nice shot indeed.
iudex: I am really impressed. A used to own an EX1 and was really satisfied how it worked and what pictures it took. There were some flaws, however: 1. no full HD video, a bit too slow, only 1/1500 s was not sufficient in bright sunny day, f7,1 as well, 72 mm was a bit short and 370 g was a bit heavy. All this has hanged and the good remained (or even got better). That is what I call progress. My Canon S100 with its f2-5,9 is ashamed. :-)
387 g is the weight of EX1 according to DPR database (the first figure was just a guess).
PaulRivers: According to the specs, the s100 is 26.7 mm. According to these specs, the ex2f is 29mm keep - 2.3mm deeper.
However, look at the pics - the ex2f looks much deeper if you count the lens protrusion (which you would for jeans pocketable size).
Does dpreview have this camera? Any chance they could tell us the real depth measurement - including the lens protrusion? (measured when the camera is off and the lens is not out, of course).
Are they fudging their depth measurement like Panasonic did on the lx3, and only measuring at the thinnest part of the camera?
I can confirm that (as a former EX1 owner): Samsung gives figure for the body itself, not including the protruding lens.
Definitely, that´s why I have it. Previous EX1 was a bit chunky with 387 g, the S100 is half of the weight. At least the new EX2 was on a diet and is less than 300 g.
I am really impressed. A used to own an EX1 and was really satisfied how it worked and what pictures it took. There were some flaws, however: 1. no full HD video, a bit too slow, only 1/1500 s was not sufficient in bright sunny day, f7,1 as well, 72 mm was a bit short and 370 g was a bit heavy. All this has hanged and the good remained (or even got better). That is what I call progress. My Canon S100 with its f2-5,9 is ashamed. :-)
I see Canon S100 in the title and think to myself: oh, some new firmware, thats fine. Instead, to my dissapointment I read about possible defect of my camera. Not a kind of news I want to read about my 410 eur camera. :-(