FriendlyWalkabout: I was hoping canon would launch a new competitive mirrorless camera...
I'm pretty sure that Canon will put the 70D sensor in an EOS M in the near future, and they are rumoured to be working on a model with built-in EVF. The big question is if they will release it outside of Japan.
quezra: "Sony has dropped the Tri-Navi operation of the NEX-7 in favor of a more conventional twin-dial approach in the a6000." - this doesn't make sense? It's more like "Sony continues the twin-dial approach of the NEX-6" - there are no mirrorless or DSLR cameras in this price range with more than 2 physical dials?
Yes, I agree that the a6000 may not be the replacement that NEX-7 users were hoping for, but it's a replacement in the sense that the a6000 is what they have to offer you.
RFC1925: They always seem to drop some key features when introducing new ones, don't they?
Where are all those nice manual controls that one would expect from a G-series Canon? Not even one control dial (I don't count the wheel around the 4-way controller) when the original G1X has two.
I don't know what functions you can assign to the two rings, but both are customizable. The clickless one is mainly for focusing, I believe, but it remains to be seen what other things it can do.
Lawrencew: Here in the UK it is interesting to note that the pre-order prices of the Sony A6000 (£729) and the Olympus OM-D E10 (£599) with kit lenses are both lower than the G1 X II (£749). And that is before you even add the price of the EVF to the G1 X II making it £949.You can argue they are in different segments, but for anyone just about to spend circa £700 on a new compact camera (i.e. none DSLR) the Sony and Olympus offer fantastic VMF for the feature set they offer in comparison.
Also, don't forget about the dual control rings, which partly makes up for the loss of the dials.
I suspect the price has a lot to do with that lens, which is not like your typical kit lens. Apparently, it was very challenging to design and build, and even required the development of new manufacturing processes. This is assuming that the information in Canon's brochure is correct.
Marty4650: It always amazes me how the instant a new camera is announced, a few people say "I had it."
These are probably the very same people who "were married to Susan Anton, who they have seen naked. Yeah, that's the ticket!"
There are always some who say "I own it" too. I guess they use them as like/dislike buttons to express their preconceived opinions.
Or maybe they have very poor hand to eye coordination, and clicked on the wrong button.
D1N0: Won't this make all subjects really short and fat?
You always pay extra for that. One of the reasons why professional-grade products are more expensive than consumer-grade ones, is because of tighter manufacturing tolerances and more thorough quality control.
In this case they allow the presence of some dust as a cost-cutting measure in order to be able to offer a less expensive alternative. As they say, a small amount of dust won't perceptibly degrade image quality.
Retzius: What the Nikon 1 should have been...
With the AW1 the 1 system has a unique selling point compared to other systems. Also the crop factor for telephoto reach. I can see Nikon 1 surviving as a niche system.
The a6000 is supposed to be the replacement for both the NEX-6 and -7.
It has two control rings around the lens.
Esign: Canon quality compacts: G15, G16, EOS-M. This is m43 with stuck lens. Certainly very nice, but not very clever.
And the G15/G16 are small sensor cameras with a fixed lens. Is that more clever? The G1 X is not that much bigger, but has a much bigger sensor, and a lens that is surprisingly compact, considering how fast it is.
MarshallG: What's with all the complaining? This camera is intended to be Canon's highest volume DSLR. They will stock these at every Wal-Mart, Costco and Target store. This model is intended to compete on a store shelf where price is king. Canon needs to cost down these consumer electronics models annually. That's just the business of entry-level cameras; no point in complaining that it doesn't meet the needs of the serious amateur or pro.
This is the cheapest Canon DSLR. The recommended price is $549 with kit lens included, which is lower than the price for the SL1/100D at launch. Sure, the SL1 is cheaper today, but so will the T5 be in a few months.
You don't actually install the CHDK, if I've understood it correctly. You run it from the memory card, so the camera's firmware should be intact.
RyanBoston: I thought they had a T5 a couple years ago?
Canon seems to position the 100D right in between the other two, although in some respects (eg. AF) it's better than the 700D. At least this is the order in which the models are presented on their European websites:
parallaxproblem: A confusing review:
- Is the body all metal as stated in the specs and in the 'body and design' section? This would be a big advance over the NEX-6 which has a metal top-plate but in which the rest of the body is plastic
- There is one more button on the back of the body and the position and function of the buttons seems to have changed in comparison with the NEX-6, why is this not mentioned and explained?
- What exactly is the difference in user experience over using the new, lower-res EVF over the older one?
- Why was no quick testing of the AF performed as this is supposed to be the area that has changed most!
Quote "While its 'NEX-like' design is getting a bit stale". Would you rather it took a 'faux-DSLR' style like some other mirrorless cameras? The problem is that earlier in the review you say "It's by no means the smallest mirrorless camera on the market, but it still travels well in a small camera case" which would no longer be the case if it received a 'hump'!
These previews, or first impression reviews, are based on handling a pre-production unit, so it's not just based on reading the press release. However, no definitive statements about performance can be made from using a pre-production unit, so that's why they haven't performed any AF tests.
Lucas_: For readers that anxiously wait for DPR Review just lo see if the camera gets a "gold" badge, first remember this is a Sony, so regardless it seems to be another excellent product, it won't go above "silver"...! This "first impressions", says it all: for almost every "positive" DPR have to add some "negative", already preparing the path for their review!Anyway, as several other review sites say, the A6000 seems to be another awesome advance in technology. Weather it looks almost a twin of the sucessful NEX6 in appearance, it really is a very different camera, which shows a number of improvements and new tech. Sony promised the new fast AF and there it is, let's see the test results.l
You're right, but the same reasoning applies to positives. Selective highlighting of positive features, and uncritical use of superlatives, can be just as misleading.Therefore, I think a reviewer should report every negative (as well as positive) thing he can think of. Then we have to decide for ourselves if those things are major or minor, relevant or irrelevant. And we all know that some things, like ergonomics and user interface, are very subjective, so any remarks about such things must be read with one's own preferences in mind.
But writing a balanced, objective review, that takes into account the target audience's expectations, sure is very tricky.
I prefer reviewers who are critical, and try to find as many negatives as possible. Then it's the reader's job to determine what relevance those negatives have for his own shooting.
Mark9473: The camera ticks all the boxes for me, provided it lives up to IQ and handling expectations. But a big let-down is the appalling battery life. Any chance for an after-market solution offering better battery life? Or will we just have to get used to carrying 4 or 5 spare batteries?
Remember that the CIPA figures includes 50% flash usage, i.e. every other shot is taken with flash. If you're not a heavy flash user, you get more shots from a charge.
Naveed Akhtar: Now could someone explain, why canon announces T5 alongside this much improved G1x camera!!
Canon doesn't see them as directly competing. In the press release, they say that they see this as a second camera for DSLR users, while the T5 is for beginners buying their first DSLR.
exdeejjjaaaa: fastest AF ?
"Amongst interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C image sensor as of February 12, 2014. Determined with internal measurement method with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted, Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use."
as usual the real kings of mirrorless AF = Nikon 1 and m43 are excluded for marketing purposes :-)
And as long as they don't reveal their "internal measurement method", their claims are meaningless to outsiders.