GlennKoehler: This leaves me wondering why they bothered developing a 24mm version at all?
Think in terms of angle of view. The difference between 20mm and 24mm is 15 degrees, i.e. roughly the same as between 35mm and 50mm.
jesus_freak: It's puzzling why Sony is so dead set against touchscreens, yet so innovative in many other areas..
I recall having read an interview with a Sony executive, who said that they regard touchscreens as a consumer feature, that isn't needed in high-end models.
s_grins: EVF that does not inspire, and does not belong hereFixed lens makes camera suitable for studio only
Having the EVF placed along the optical axis does make a difference, but it has nothing to do with what you see in the EVF. It's about the handling of the camera when used with a large or heavy lens. You simply have a more stable hold of the camera when you hold it directly in front of your face, rather than slightly to the side.This was the reason Sony cited for placing the EVF in the centre on the A7 series, and Fuji said the same thing regarding the X-T1. It might not make much of a difference with a camera like the RX1R, though.
Light Pilgrim: I do not know a lot about Sony system. This looks like a very expensive camera. Does it have exchangeable lenses or it is only 35 mm? Hope it is not, I would not be able to undestand how it cost so much and only have 1 lens.
Shouldn't a camera body plus a high quality lens cost more than a body without a lens? What would an A7R II plus a comparable lens cost you?
MikeFairbanks: How is this all that different from the EOS-M3?
I'm confused. (and, no, I'm not trying to be a wise guy).
Different sensor, slower AF, inferior build quality and ergonomics.
mpgxsvcd: "Canon has dropped a trio of new cameras on the world - one mirrorless and two fixed lens"
Aren't all three of the cameras mirrorless? One of them is interchangeable lens and the other two are fixed lens.
'Mirrorless camera' is nowadays almost exclusively used as a short form for 'mirrorless interchangeable lens camera'. And it's really not necessary to talk about mirrorless fixed-lens cameras, since there are no fixed-lens DSLRs that they'd need to be distinguished from.
RedFox88: $1300 is a joke. People would basically have to carry around something the size of a large smart phone that isn't a phone. And they'd be taking 15 times too many photos. Because in the end there's only one best photo.
New technology (or a clever use of existing technology) means high R&D costs. Combine that with a low volume product, and it inevitably ends up being rather expensive.
maxola67: Just imagine that - 16 shots at once!Probability increasing in 16 times you would make great shot!)It's for lazy people undoubtedly.
The images from the different camera modules are combined to give you one final image. This is what allows the user to change DoF and focus after the fact, and probably makes possible lots of other feats of computational wizardry.
Create: Nothing will change, it's still all Sony controlled.
Except that, according to the press release, the new company will have control over its own R&D and product development, whereas before those things were controlled by the Sony Corporation.
MikeF4Black: Manual focus? What was Voigtlander thinking?
I highly doubt that 95% of photographers think that AF is essential for the use cases where UWA lenses are mostly used, such as landscape photography.
Pocket NEX: Ouch. They will work with Sony APSC cameras, but every press release and this article mention only Full Frame.Sony has completely abandoned APSC development and it appears they've told 3rd parties to ignore or forget old Sony APSC offerings too.
Canon and Nikon don't mention APS-C cameras in their press releases either, when they announce FF lenses, even though the lenses work on their APS-C bodies too.
Also, the most common use cases for UWA lenses are landscapes and architecture.
brumd: I have to agree with Sigma82. Come on, this thing is made by DxO. DxO is collabarating with dpreview. The very very least you can do when making publicity for this gadget is at least mention this very clearly in the article, in bold. Because there IS a commercial interest.Robin Wong does this right, every time.
Together with the heavy promotion of an event which is in the USA, while this website is visited by a worldwide community, makes a bit there isn't a lot to enjoy here lately.It might be me, but it is a bit reflected in the number of comments (well agreed, not that I would have *wanted* to read 60% of the comments that aren't written now, but that's a different point ;) )
According to your logic, a website with an international readership can't promote an event that will be taking place in a single country. How many events that you know of are worldwide events?
photomedium: Manufacturers should really be asking the question: does the universe need this?
You can't draw any conclusions about the sales or popularity of a camera based on what you personally have seen people using.I have never seen a Sony A6000 outside a camera store, but it's reportedly the currently bestselling mirrorless camera. I'm sure they're out there in the wild, I just haven't crossed paths with one.
photomedium: 16.5 stops DR...damn! Can we have that on a stills camera?
The problem with independent tests is that there are several different ways of defining DR. In order to test someone's claim, you have to know exactly how they define DR, because otherwise you might be measuring something else entirely.
Peiasdf: I wish Pentax don't go FF with DSLR. Mirrorless FF will slowly eat into FF DSLR market and with C/N already offering a full lineup of cheap to expensive FF, Pentax won't make a splash. I'd much rather they go mirrorless FF to give SONY some competition and expend the mirrorless FF market.
So Pentax, Nikon and others who use Sony sensors have never competed with Sony in the camera market? The famous 16 MP APS-C sensor was never used in competing cameras? This is news to me.
happypoppeye: They announce a lens for a system that doesn't exist?
Lenses are just as important parts of a system as camera bodies are. And the system already exists. There are several APS-C K-mount bodies that you can use with this lens while waiting for the FF body.
JakeB: I find those Sony mirrorless cameras look incredibly boxy and ugly, even worse than traditional dslrs, and for that reason alone would never carry one.
Spec sheet is impressive, though, which makes them attractive to gearheads.
I have no problems with people caring about the aesthetic appearance of the tools they use. Most people choose a car for its looks as well as for its performance, and yet a car is just a tool designed to take you from point A to point B faster than you can walk. So why not a camera?
SFuller123: Laughing right now at anyone that bought an significantly inferior brand of camera becuase of such an insignificant difference in Sony raw compression.
Your camera choice is likely to have an affect 1000x more significant than this.
Lack of perspective.
Discreetly? I would think that a high res camera like the D810 is mainly targeted at landscape/studio/fine art photographers, for whom discretion aren't a major concern. It's hardly the ideal choice for street photography or reportage.
Francis Carver: If it is wholly uncompressed, it is obviously "RAW." So, "uncompressed RAW" is sort of redundant.
Francis, do you also doubt the existence of zip files, then? Lossless compression is nothing new, and Nikon indeed uses it, as does Canon. Why Sony can't or won't give us that option, I have no idea, though.