Zentinel: As i expected.Canon now is not Camera Brand, they are the greatest printer company of the world, cannot expect world leading technology on Canon camera...really SAD.
Just curious, what world leading technology did the other companies present? It seems to be a general consensus, that nothing groundbreaking was introduced at this show, at least on the camera front.
RichRMA: A BSI sensor that large? Should be interesting.
4/3" is the sensor format, Micro Four Thirds is the lens mount. This camera uses both.
Boerseuntjie: JK Imaging is just a shady Chinese copycat company with a shiny Kodak name.http://www.photocounter.com.au/2013/kodak-camera-licence-to-unknown-start-up/
It may be a shady copycat company, but it's American, not Chinese. They did make their first announcements in China, though, so they're certainly aiming for that market. And according to one rumour, the actual manufacturer of the cameras is the Taiwanese company Asia Optical.
RobertSigmund: I have no doubt: this is a superlens. But the samples also show: FF cannot be replaced by 4/3. Even at F 2, a FF 85 mm lens gives blurrier backgrounds than this 42,5 mm lens at 1,2. Quite interesting!
The amount of light per unit area is certainly relevant, since it determines exposure. When taking a photo, one usually tries to achieve a certain exposure, rather than trying to achieve an image that is equivalent in all aspects (DoF, noise, diffraction blur etc.) to an image that one would have taken with some hypothetical reference camera, with a different sensor size.
peevee1: DPR, I cannot believe you highlighted L830 on 3 (THREE!) pages (6 to 8)! This is certainly an ad.
Sorry, but I don't follow the logic either. You wouldn't have complained and called it an ad, if it were a camera you were personally interested in, would you? Instead, you would want them to write a preview, with even more pictures, and a description of all the important specs.
WACONimages: What happened to the Nikon 1 series??? Like the waterproof version, or a new V3 for example. An underrated system because of it sensor. But a camera is more as its sensor size alone!
Great pictures are created by photographers, not sensors. Unless you focus more on pixel-peeping and looking for noise in your images, than focusing on the composition and overall impact of the image.I'd say that a camera is only as good as the photographer who uses it.
jtan163: Thats not a D400!
The D7100 and D610 are both consumer bodies. The D400 would be a pro-grade body (better build quality, ergonomics, AF, buffer). Many wildlife shooters would prefer a crop sensor body of that calibre, rather than using a FF body.
backayonder: Ah the Wizard of OZ. If only Nikon could find the Courage to produce a D400
The D400 is a mythical beast said to possess tremendous power and speed, and therefore must never be released.
peevee1: They insist on remaking the same thing over and over again...
Taken out of context, yes, I can see how people could be misled, but DPR did explain their intentions clearly in the articles.
I'm sure Shawn Barnett chose the SL1 because he was impressed by it, but there are many things that one could be impressed by besides technological innovations, like for example convenience, or how a camera handles in real-life, everyday shooting. We're all different, and noone can speak for everyone.
70D, K-3, Stylus 1 and A7 are all impressive and innovative in their own ways, but exciting, new features don't necessarily translate into a better user experience. And I guess that was the main purpose of the "gear of the year" articles, to choose gear that the staff members actually had lived with for a while, and enjoyed using. That would naturally exclude any cameras that the person in question hadn't tested personally.
peevee1: The lens sounds awfully lot like the one from Panasonic FZ70. Now not just Olympus but Panasonic too sells its lenses for fixed-lens cameras?
Maybe they're all buying their lenses from some third-party vendor, like Asia Optical?
Mirrorless Crusader: Why does Nikon keep doing this every year?
Because people buy them. Even though the compact camera market is shrinking rapidly, it's still much larger than the interchangeable lens camera market. I guess Nikon wants to enjoy the party while it lasts, and deal with the hangover later.
DT200: 'the world's lightest" = lots of plastic.The 5N is still the best NEX "5" camera.
This is the replacement for the NEX-3N, not for the NEX-5T, even if the model name A5000 implies otherwise. They should have called it A3000 (or even better, keep the NEX designation), but unfortunately, they already used that name for their DSLR-shaped entry-level model.
razorfish: I'd like it even better if it was called Noctilux like a real Leica. Panasonic should have demanded that. What's a "Nocticron" anyway??
The -cron suffix is used for a lens that is slightly slower than a -lux lens. So just as a Summicron (F2.0) is slower than a Summilux (F1.4), a Nocticron (F1.2) is slower than a Noctilux (F1.0 and faster).
You can't say that he lost his objectivity, when he was asked to write a subjective opinion piece, and make a personal choice based on his own needs and preferences. The whole point of the exercise was to choose their personal favourites, their personal "gear of the year". There were no awards, no recommendations, just personal opinions, and they are as valid as anyone else's.
wlad: Is there some sort of competition between Nikon and Canon in who can come up with the most ridiculous product that sells the least units ?If Cannon & Nikon really want to lose market share and become irrelevant, they both are doing a great job.
Seriously - what were the last exciting products these two have released ?You know it's bad, when Sigma makes more exciting lenses (Art), and Sony makes more exciting cameras (A7/R, RX100 etc).
There is a tendency among photo enthusiasts to think of themselves as representative of the camera buying public in general, but apart from the high-end stuff, Canon's and Nikon's DSLRs mainly target non-enthusiasts. A Canon Rebel doesn't have to be exciting to an enthusiast, the regular consumers buy them anyway. The Sony A7 and other "exciting" products have very little impact on the part of the market that actually generates the most sales.
Why would you call a person you don't know stupid, just because he liked a camera that doesn't suit your tastes, enough to label it his personal "gear of the year"?
If you like how a camera handles and performs, have fun using it, and you're satisfied with the images you get, then you have every right to say it's a good camera FOR YOU.
d3xmeister: And this will be the official death of most APS-C dslrs. Unless Nikon and Canon decide to learn from Pentax and really support their apsc cameras with lenses, features an ergonomics at pro levels they are doomed much quicker than we thought.
The vast majority of interchangeable lens cameras sold are APS-C DSLRs, mostly Canon Rebels and Nikon D3xxx/D5xxx, and they are mostly bought by people who don't buy many lenses, and don't care about pro-level ergonomics. The Fuji system is more enthusiast-oriented, and so has a different, much smaller, target market. The X-system is excellent, but thinking that it will overthrow the Canon/Nikon dominance anytime soon is not realistic at all.
Abaregi: If that camera worked where the sun was not shining (indoors/evening and nights) it would be quite nice.
You'd need a rectoscope for that! ;D
mpgxsvcd: I can see a lot of novice users shooting in the rain with this and then calling up customer support to find out why the camera couldn't get rid of the water spots in their images.
No one needs a weather proof camera. You either need a water proof(Submersible) camera or you don't. There is no in-between. If you are worried about a camera get damaged in the rain then by a weather proof bag. You won't actually be using the camera in the rain if you want to take good photos and videos.
Nothing beats a GoPro in the water proof category for video.
I have seen many great photos taken with weather-sealed cameras in rainy or snowy weather, or in extremely humid, dusty or sandy conditions, where a non-sealed camera likely would have been damaged.
mpgxsvcd: What I gathered from this is that Dpreview readers are starting to take notice of Olympus M4/3s cameras and lenses but not so much with Panasonic M4/3s cameras and lenses.
They also agree that Sony flat out owns the compact sensor camera category.
Canon is starting to make a better product but it just can't quite catch up with the other brands.
Pentax has made a great product for many years. They just can't get the review sites to acknowledge that.
Nikon made some great products lately but they probably priced themselves outside of what the market would accept.
I don't recall reading many bad reviews of Pentax DSLRs lately. K-r, K-30, K-50, K-500, K-5, K-5 II, they all have received mostly praise from the major review sites, and the K-3 will likely get great reviews too. I don't think the critics are to be blamed for Pentax's small market share; the great camera buying public (who rarely visit gear sites to read reviews) is simply not aware of the brand, which has low visibility in stores, and is, quite frankly, poorly marketed.