ttran88: I have to wonder, Pentax releases the K1 and gets all sorts of kudos from different brands of shooters. But with Canon's recent releases it gets bashed left and right. Are people just against Canon as a brand? Or are the recent releases not very exciting?
No fight, it just looked like there are no novelties on the K-1. The fps, sync speed etc. are mediocre, but similar to the competition. D810 has 5 fps (not much of a difference), same has the 5Ds. Sync speed: 5Ds has the same 1/200s, D810 slightly better 1/250s. Only the AF modul is questionable: 33 points is behind the competition and I am afraid we cannot expect Canon AF speed. But I will save the judgement for later.
Nice. I expect these improvements to come to G5x soon, so it may finally be the perfect enthusiast compact. At least for me the G5x ticks all the boxes: large sensor, EVF, fast lens with sufficient focal range, good handling and controls. Only the performance (speed) was poor; now it promises to be much much better. We will see.
h2k: "At the time of launch, Ricoh offers approximately 12 FA and DFA full-frame lenses."---Wondering what's the difference.
FA are lenses dating back to film era. DFA are fullframe lenses developed for DSLRs, so basically newer design/construction.
The Squire: Big news. I wasn't sure if this or Duke Nukem Forever was going to be released first.
They don't release very often, but when they do it's always interesting... I almost bought in to Pentax a few years ago, only the slow release cycles put me off.
The slow release cycle goes well with the "built to survive" construction and 300000 actuations shutter. It takes some time to wear down such camera. :-)
Just like the last slide says: for Pentaxians it´s dream that has come true and even if it didn´t have anything more the competition has, it has a FF sensor and that would be enough. However the spec list is impressive and there are many novelties the Canon/Nikon fullframe cameras don´t have.And for non-Pentaxians there is this huge appeal of fantastic price: 1000 bucks cheaper than comparable D810 and even cheaper than lower-positioned D750. I cannot imagine the price of the rumoured (less specced) K-2.
@scd: Nothing new? Which other DSLR offers 5-axis IBIS? Which other DSLR (or any type of camera) offers twisting LCD? Which other camera has shutter built for 300000 actuations? Which Nikon/Canon offerr pixel-shift high resolution mode? Which other camera offers astro-tracing? Has iluminated mount? Etc.I would understand if you complained about K-1 video features (these are sub-par), but saying there´s "nothing new" is ignorance.
Pentax has introduced it´s first fullframe DSLR, that is packed with unique features never seen before in a (FF) DSLR, all this fot a price of high-end APCS cameras from Canon/Nikon. So why should anyone be excited about this expensive Canon with minor upgrades?
jaxson: These seem to be teasing anyone with any remaining faith in the company.
Everyone else just gets a good old laugh out of it.
scrup: have you noticed the delay of D500? ;-)Nikon introduces its cameras quickly, but then either delays them or solves problems on the fly.
The king of all hipsters! :-)
Wouldl you laugh if you got a Nikon D810 1000 dollars cheaper? Because K-1 will compete directly against D810, with the same sensor, more features for much less money.
iudex: To all those bashing Pentax for this pics: the pictures have no other meaning than remind that the introduction of K-1 is close (rumoured date is 18th February).Ricoh does not want to reveal anything in advance, even not the resolution, thus the resolution is so small (so proclamations like "this could have been shot with an iPhone" are out of place). Anyhow it is a public secret within Pentaxian community that the sensor will be Sony 36 MPx, the same as in D810. But before people start sayng something like "oh, Nikon has got this sensor for 2 years now" please wait for the price. That will explain everything (rumoured MRSP should be cca. 2000 USD, what is 1000 USD! less than the D810).
Sony was in a different position: the SLT concept was not great, seemingly a dead-end. Pentax is a different case, it has tradition, strong fan base and loads of legacy FF lenses. I am sure it will sell well.
Also the K-1 will have many unique features the competition does not have, like the pixel shift high resolution mode (imagine those details at 36 MPx multiplied by 4!), unique movement of LCD screen and basically all the other features the K-3 II has (and maybe Ricoh has something more up in its sleeve). And I repeat, for the price of an entry-level FF cameras from N/C.
To all those bashing Pentax for this pics: the pictures have no other meaning than remind that the introduction of K-1 is close (rumoured date is 18th February).Ricoh does not want to reveal anything in advance, even not the resolution, thus the resolution is so small (so proclamations like "this could have been shot with an iPhone" are out of place). Anyhow it is a public secret within Pentaxian community that the sensor will be Sony 36 MPx, the same as in D810. But before people start sayng something like "oh, Nikon has got this sensor for 2 years now" please wait for the price. That will explain everything (rumoured MRSP should be cca. 2000 USD, what is 1000 USD! less than the D810).
iudex: If should have been weather sealed for that price. Apart from that (and the high pricetag) very tempting, currently the most interesting M4/3 camera.
It´s not only the price of the material: in fact, material is the least expensive part. It´s the R&D, more time and work, all this needs to be paid. What do you think, why they are no 200-300 USD weather-sealed cameras (if weather sealing costs nothing)?
Really? So you mean more material, insulation, more precise manufacturing etc. cost nothing? ;-)
If should have been weather sealed for that price. Apart from that (and the high pricetag) very tempting, currently the most interesting M4/3 camera.
Can't believe it... The Godot has finally come. :-D
Photography201: What was the Fuji XA-2 compared to to make the Fuji gear of the year?
The author of the article said he did not come to DPREVIEW with too much hands on experience with other brands.
If you are comparing this Fuji camera why not compare micro four thirds for example or a high end bridge camera and forget the sensor size.
I guess I am missing the criteria or checklist for what makes an editor choose any camera gear of the year. Does this mean all the other cameras are not worth a look in the same price point. Does this mean it is only a mirrorless camera comparison. Is this a Fuji XA vs Nikon D3300 ?
The one point in the What I love list is "Cheap" IMO, the word Cheap will deter certain buyers from any camera. Say less expensive, for the frugal buyer or bargain. I am not wasting $500 on a cheap camera. I see "cheap" as a negative not a good thing with any product. If the Editor would meet the CEO of Fuji, nice to meet you I like your cheap cameras, not the nicest review.
Olympus (and Pana too) have concentrated on EVF mirrorless recently. Oly pushes the OM-D line hard and it shows. However the PEN line is somehow forgotten and there is actually no reason to choose a PEN camera instead of the X-A2 (the sama applies to GF line). Fuji´s APSC is definitely better than 4/3" sensor (lower noise, higher DR, narrower DoF). Plus there are advantages of better ergonomics (twin dials etc.). A usual argument for M4/3 over Sony CSC is the lens portfolio, however Fuji lenses are excellent and the choice is already wide, so again a PEN has nothing to offer to beat the X-A2.As regards the D3300: Carey mentioned the posketability of X-A2 plus 16mm/27mm lens; something a DSLR obviously cannot offer.
Chinese manual focus lenses, that are as expensive as AF primes, but slower? Hmm, that´s what I call deal. ;-)
I think most of us agree this is the sweet spot of FF DSLRs, an ideal combination of features, picture quality, speed and price. Of course there are people who will buy a Leica SL (I saw one 2 days ago), but from the perspective of "power for money" the D750 is the best choice.