Kirk Tuck: Hmmm. 20 megapixel APS-C sensor instead of the ubiquitous Sony 24 megapixel sensor. I wonder if this was sourced from Samsung which has been making APS-C sensors of the same spec....?
Sony also makes a 20 Mp sensor. It's used in the A58 and A3000.
Ricoh/Pentax makes very capable cameras, but they need to forbid drinking during working hours.
Torsten Hoff: For when you really need a green color cast on your portrait skintones...
If it's good enough for the Hulk, it's good enough for me!
photoshack: I preordered today based on the timing of things: I was looking for a "backup" camera to my 5dMkIII and was not having much luck with a used 5D and didn't really want to mess with the rebel series. I don't care about sensor size...I can take a good photograph with 6 mp. I have had a X100S (loved it but returned it because fixed lens was not flexible enough) which had the EVF that worked great. My hope is this little camera's EVF is also as good.
The fuji film simulation was really nice, and got me thinking in "chrome" colors again. Anyway, my X100S experience led me to this camera...we'll see how it goes.
The less time you spend in post-processing, the more time you can spend using your camera. I guess that is one reason why some people prefer having things like film emulations, art filters, HDR and sweep panorama in the camera. Convenience is always a selling point.
phoenix15: Suddenly it becomes the most popular camera in DPR ? How come ?
Because it's the most recently announced. The popularity list is based on the number of views in previews/reviews during the last five days. The X30 won't stay at the top for long.
Skipper494: I agree with others, why compare chalk and cheese? Comparing a M4/3 with a FF is absolute nonsense, particularly harping on video when we all know that video cameras take much better video. It would also be nice to see 'professional' standard sample photos, instead of the usual snapshots. For instance, I chose a Fuji S2 Pro long ago after downloading the extra sharp London Bridge shot.
We expect to see the ultimate capabilities of cameras in these reviews, not amateur examples. That an a7S was used to shoot a Chev commercial is hardly a recommendation, an Airbus or even a BMW, maybe.
My Pan M4/3 system is sitting in its bag, waiting for a buyer, but my NEX 7 and Samsung NX20/200 are kept busy.
Of course one can compare cameras with different sensor sizes (and therefore different IQ and DoF control), just as one can compare cameras with different AF performance, ergonomics, build quality etc. It's perfectly valid as long as the intended use cases for the cameras aren't completely different.
Since there are many use cases where both a GH4 and an A7S would be appropriate, what's wrong with comparing them?
NCB: Sensor size isn't quite as important as many believe. 12MP on a 2/3" sensor is roughly the same pixel density as 21MP on a 1" sensor as in the Sony RX100 III. I would expect similar image quality. And 12MP is easily enough for many people.
The EVF is enough to make me seriously consider it. I like optical viewfinders, but framing difficulties with those found in compacts combined with the improved quality of some recent EVFs make me think it's time to move on. The "advances" found on other recent cameras aren't necessarily what people want. So, for those looking for a top quality compact picture-taking machine, I think the X30 will prove attractive.
"All other things being equal, a 16MP full-frame sensor will outperform a 16MP APS-C sensor."
Yes, but all other things aren't equal. To rule out the influence of sensor size, you should compare sensors with the same size, but different pixel density.For example,the impact of photonic shot noise (a property of light itself) depends very much on the total amount of light reaching the sensor, which is proportional to sensor size, not pixel size.So in order to be able to say "all other things being equal", sensor size must be the same.
Leandros S: It wants to be a Foveon when it grows up.
At least for high ISO work the Hasselblad approach probably works better than a (current) Foveon sensor.
Langusta: Ridiculous. Not even worth discussion.What next - if I use self-timer the credit for photo goes to camera manufacturer?If I use leather gloves does the copyright belong to a cow (deceased) or farmer who owned the animal?
The copyright belongs to the photographer, the creator of the image, not to the owner of the equipment. Imagine that you borrowed a camera by a friend, and used it over a weekend, and then your friend would claim copyright to all your images!
If you use self-timer, then you are the photographer, because you set it all up.
In the case with the monkey, the monkey is the photographer, but animals can make no copyright claims, which is the reason for this controversy. I would say that the person who brought the camera to the monkey is the copyright owner.
Petak: How is a camera without a viewfinder a rangefiner-style camera? I'd say it's closer to a tv-style camera :-)))
The E-M10 is just as small and light as the A6000, despite not being rangefinder-styled, and the E-M5 is only marginally bigger. Both cameras are noticeably smaller than the X-E2. The EVF hump doesn't really make the cameras large in the hands. Even the E-M1, X-T1 and the A7 aren't exactly big and heavy cameras compared to most DSLRs.
I'm well aware that the 4/3 sensor is smaller than an APS-C sensor, which explains why the OM-Ds can be so small, but to many photographers the real world difference in performance between the two formats is negligible.
Priaptor: These are JUST the types of "upgrades" or "new releases" that cause consumers to leave a brand.
Not so with Leica. It's hardly a consumer brand, and the diehard Leica fans love this kind of "upgrade". Just look at all the weird special editions Leica have made.
Nowadays, rangefinder-styled seems to mean 'not looking like an SLR'.
InTheMist: So, are there any features for grownups?
mpgxsvcd: The single biggest thing to remember here is that Sony, Panasonic, and Olympus all depend on revenue from something other than Digital Cameras to keep their businesses going. Canon and Nikon are Camera companies first and foremost.
Slumping camera sales will hurt Nikon and Canon way more than it would for Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic. If Nikon and Canon stopped selling DSLRs and compact cameras tomorrow those companies wouldn’t be around for long.
Cameras like this are the best bet at continuing to sell cameras to the mass market. Canon and Nikon have abandoned this market almost entirely.
Nikon is the only major camera manufacturer, where cameras and lenses is the main part of the business. It's only a small part of Canon's business, so they would certainly survive without it, although as a slightly smaller company.
And what's that about Canon and Nikon having abandoned the mass market? They wouldn't have had the largest market shares, if that were true. Consumer models like the Rebels and the D3xxx/D5xxx are by far the best-selling system cameras.
keeponkeepingon: One thing I really like about the 3n/5000/5100 bodies is the zoom control for the power zoom allowing full one handed operation.
While I want the EVF and Flash shoe offered on the A6000 I don't have the luxury of using two hands to control the camera.
Why sony would go through all the work to make the power zooms then not put a zoom control on new models such as the A6000 is very puzzling.
Sony probably sees the zoom control as an entry-level feature for compact camera upgraders, who are used to controlling the zoom in that way. The A6000 has another target group.
Boss of Sony: I want: the next full-frame Sony (successor to A7, etc.) announced soon please. Will it be called A8? Or A7ii?
The next FF Sony won't be a successor to the A7 models. High-end models aren't replaced every year. So if there are more FF E-mount cameras coming this year, they will be something different from the A7 series.
Chaitanya S: Sony needs to start releasing some good lenses for mirrorless system and stop pushing so many bodies. Micro 4/3 and fuji x system have best choices of glass options right now.
Five different lens mounts? I count two, A- and E-mount. Each of those has two lines of lenses, for FF and APS-C.
Menneisyys: Given that the ancestor, the A5000, had a, noise-wise, *significantly* worse sensor than its big brother (the A6000), I wonder if the switch to using the current (A6000, D5300, D3300 etc.) stunningly excellent 24 Mpixel sensor means the possible A6100 is introduced with a, say, 30 Mpixel, absolutely excellent sensor.
I was under the impression that the D5300 does use a Sony sensor, and not the Toshiba sensor from D5200 and D7100. Chipworks claims that the D5300 uses the Sony IMX193.It's a bit odd that Nikon use 24 MP sensors from three different sources in their APS-C line-up.
tjobbe: Imaging resource mentions the drop of the sensor cleaning on the new one.
As well compared to the A6000 and Nex5 the screen flips up only as on the A5000 so with dropping the accessory port and the top dial this is really more a step-up of the A5000 than a Nex5 replacement despite the sensor upgarde
Does the tiny flash at least allows to trigger any other Sony flash wirelessly ?
Adding some features and taking away others is typical of Sony. I guess they have decided on a certain manufacturing cost beforehand, and then pick and mix features to achieve that cost.
parallaxproblem: You state in your first paragraph: "The a5100 picks up where the NEX-5 series leaves off"
This is NOT a replacement for the NEX-5T
It is a continuation of the NEX-3 series and basically a mild update of the A5000 to include the latest sensor/chipset and a touchscreen (though you don't mention the touchscreen in your preview)
In comparison to the NEX-5 series:
- it does not have a Metal body. Front plates on all NEX-5 models were alloy as were the top plates on earlier products in that series
- it does not have any form of feature connector so you cannot connect an external EVF or microphone or external flash, as you can with the later NEX-5 models (this is a big disadvantage of the A5xxxx series)
- its LCD only tilts upwards whereas the NEX-5 series LCD's also tilted downwards as well as upwards
- it does not have the top dial of the last NEX-5 series models
PLEASE UPDATE THE INCORRECT STATEMENT IN YOUR PREVIEW THAT THIS IS A REPLACEMENT FOR THE NEX-5T
Interestingly, Imaging Resource makes the same claim, that the A5100 replaces the NEX-5T, and they go on to say that the A5000 (which replaced the NEX-3N) remain in the line-up as the entry-level model.
Even though you are right that the A5100 is in many respects a downgrade from the NEX-5 series, this wouldn't be the first time that Sony has replaced a model with a lower-specced one.