WordsOfFarewell: I bet it's because Sony and Nikon upped their game significantly so people rather buy their stuff. Would be interesting to get their numbers as well.
Sony and Nikon are in the same boat as Canon, as are all the other camera makers. The market as a whole is contracting due to smartphones. Read this article by Thom Hogan:
haroldo: Smartphones? i'd say Mismanagement and Sony. Wake up, Canon!
You'd be wrong. The sales decline is industry wide, not just affecting Canon. And the main cause is general consumers abandoning compact cameras for smartphones.
Sony has yet to take any substantial market share from the Big Two in interchangeable lens cameras. Their market share is about the same (perhaps slightly higher) now as it was when they acquired Konica-Minolta's business, only now most of it is made up of mirrorless cameras instead of DSLRs.
tkbslc: Very confusing article. Am I supposed to vote again? Why is it going through all the losing products one by one on each page?
The blue links lead to the previously published polls, where you can read about all the products. The new content is the presentation of the runners-up and winners.
Caerolle: Wow, X-T1, Best Camera. I will never understand that. Pretty camera, though.
edit: Ooops, Runner-up. I guess there were two runners-up. How it beat the D750 is beyond me, though, and I hate Nikon cameras. Size and weight, I guess, and old-dude controls.
It didn't beat the D750. As explained in the text, the D750 got 14.2% of the votes, while the X-T1 got 14%. So basically a tie between these two, which is why they chose both cameras as runners-up.
All the losing products? Where do you see those? They present the runner-up and the winner of each category. And if you want, you can vote for the overall best product among those.
yesman12: For a web site that claims to be impartial, I am surprised to see a headline which fundamentally sounds like a apologist for Nikon. Also, since you uncovered the problem in your testing, why was it until now that you decided to present the issue with a full page?
Given a string of similar issues from recent Nikon cameras, If DP were really impartial, perhaps the headline should read "Nikon Flare issue: Is there a pattern of QC problems"
"We shot thousands of photos on two Nikon D750 bodies and never experienced the flare issue. We took shots directly into the sun, or with the sun just outside the frame, for dynamic range tests and for our D750 video at the Museum of Flight, and still saw no issue. When we directly went looking for it, and tried really hard to reproduce the flare, though, we were able to reproduce it."
In other words, they didn't uncover the problem during their testing for the review. They decided to investigate further after the review was published, and now they have added that to the review.
1. Whether one thinks that this particular flare issue is important or not, isn't it some cause for concern that there is such variation in placement of the AF modules? I would have thought that tolerances in assembly were much tighter than that, especially for a high-end camera.
2. "Or, perhaps this sort of flare is more prevalent than we might think, and we just dismiss it as lens flare."
I wonder how many lenses that have received worse reviews than they deserve because of this?
WetCoast: 1" sensor, please. No more 2/3", 1/1.7" or 1/2.3"... :)
True, I agree.
Daniel Lauring: Still the same lame electronic only shutter and dismally slow flash sync speed? At least there is a reason to not have a hotshoe this time.
There is a mechanical shutter in the GM1/GM5/GF7, the design of which is the cause of the slow flash sync speed.
bluevellet: Same shutter as the GM1/5?
"Unfortunately, flash sync is limited to 1/50 second or slower, a feature that suggests it has inherited the GM1's pared down shutter mechanism."
AngryCorgi: This selfie nonsense is getting out of control. First off, people don't act the same way with legitimate cameras like they do with idiotic cell phones. Second, the average consumer of these products is NOT a 13 year old girl.
Camera industry: knock it off! Your market analysis is lying to you!
"First off, people don't act the same way with legitimate cameras like they do with idiotic cell phones."
Well, before the smartphones became ubiquitous, teenagers used to stand in front of the mirror taking selfies with their compact cameras, so the behaviour was there already. Smartphones just made it easier, and the camera manufacturers seem to hope that these new cameras will do the same.
"Second, the average consumer of these products is NOT a 13 year old girl."
You're probably right, but the selfie craze is unfortunately not restricted to just teenage girls. I have friends in their thirties, both men and women, who posts selfies on Instagram every day.
.Sam.: Hmmm... the GM1 proved impossibly hard to use without the rear wheel, and it was corrected with the subsequent model, GM5. Now Panasonic comes out with a NEW camera, repeating the problem ?
Don't you think the controls are used for product differentiation? Bad controls for entry-level models (GF7/GM1), slightly improved controls for the mid-range (GM5), and really good controls for the high-end (GX7/GH4).
Raist3d: Trying to understand the GF7 vs GM5... other than that selfie screen....
There's also the EVF in the GM5.
Yes, but since 1/1.7" is the nomenclature that is used in the industry even in this day and age, most visitors to this site will know that it's the size of sensor that is commonly used in enthusiast compacts.I think what Mr. Carver wanted to know was if the sensor is 1/2.3", 1/1.7", 2/3", 1" or whatever, not the exact size relative to FF.
A visit to Olympus' own product page, or DPR's camera database, would tell you that it has a 1/1.7" sensor. Nothing suspicious about that. :)
norman shearer: Blimey, this camera is about as exciting as a firmware update!
Sony must be gutted - who's gonna buy an A6000 now. ;-)
We are so used to people making bizarre comments or just trolling, so when someone is joking we don't always realize it. Despite the smiley at the end.
This one isn't meant to compete with the A6000, but rather with the A5000/5100. The A6000 isn't an entry-level body.
snapa: Most boring camera release I can remember. After reading the specs and looking at the camera, it took me about 5 milliseconds to decide I was not interested. No matter how fast the AF is, if the pictures are not any good (at least RX100III IQ), what is the point? No tilting/touch screen, 4k video, no grip, EVF, WTF!
Canon, Panasonic, Fuji has failed this year IMO with their pitiful attempts to produce anything worth upgrading to. Hopefully Sony (a7000), Olympus (ZX-3), Nikon (P8000) may still introduce something worthwhile this year.
Failed this year? It's only January! And if you look back at earlier CES shows, most of the cameras announced were modest updates of compact cameras, just like this year. This is usually not the time for exciting announcements.
mpgxsvcd: “Both cameras also give users a bright F2.9-F6.5 lens”
Since when is “F2.9-F6.5” bright? I would hate to see what they consider “Not Bright”. Focal Ratio is just not understood enough by the general public and even by some so called experts, apparently.
These companies are in the business of selling cameras, so educating people or even telling the truth is probably not their highest priority.
RedFox88: DPR: 2/3" is really 1/1.5". Use common nomenclature to make it not sound like a much bigger image sensor.
Since the camera manufacturers write 2/3" in their own spec sheets, it would be confusing to write 1/1.5", which rarely, if ever, has been used to refer to that sensor size in the camera industry.