Fantastic news and I say this as someone who has never owned any of its cameras. Sony deserves this. Always pushing the envelope, trying new ideas, formats, putting everything in and not holding back on technology, as well as persevering over so many years. It is finally getting it right, with the RX100, A7, and its sensors. Good to see it has a management that dare to explore and dream, and not just short-sighted beancounters. Compare that with Samsung and Canon.
PaulDavis: Looking at the Ricoh and X70 next to each other I can't help but think I would want the pick up the X70 instead of the GR. Logically the GR seems like the better choice but it is one of the most unexciting cameras I have seen. Some cameras just get you more excited to go take pictures.
One of the best feature of the GR is this - It is the most unexciting looking camera. Therefore it won't attract attention when you do street shooting. You can point it at strangers and they just think it's a point & shoot and mostly likely would accept what you do, never suspecting it has as high quality as other much larger DSLR cameras. They would also think you are just taking snapshots and not serious photos of them.
If this had been released before the GX8 and PEN-F, it would have been an exciting camera. Now, it is just another rangefinder like camera with fairly ordinary features.
Is it worth the weight/wait?
82 is a very high score, when the camera is according to the review not really reliable in some common situations, eg shooting at the 1/60 or 1/120 sec. The IS may cause a problem when it tries to reduce shutter shock, or there may be rolling shutter effect from the electronic shutter fix, or there may be blurring from either shutter shock or hand shaking if one tries to do without IS. How can one be sure that some important photo will not be blurred by the problems in this camera. They automatically rule out the GX8 for me.
None of those Panasonic ambassadors who published reviews earlier noticed these problems, why we wait for DPR reviews. Well done. As always, the scoring is not always relevant, when particular pros or cons are important to a consumer.
12 MP, Dial Pixel AF, and micro SD are all great to see.
Non-removable battery is bad. If you do a lot of video and WiFi things, like watching Youtube, taking and uploading video, etc, none of these batteries are big enough, except perhaps the one in LG.
How can anyone know if it's worth the wait, when we are still waiting for enough proper or native lenses? The worth of a camera with a couple of zoom lenses or some old manual or film lenses cannot be assessed yet. Come back and ask the same questions in a couple more years' time. At this time, the answer has to be No, not worth the wait because it is not very useful for most photographers without enough lenses, and, by the time there are enough proper lenses, this K-1 is too old and unlikely to be worth using when compared to other options. The K-1 Mark II may be, if Pentax can release or get others to release another 8 lenses including fast primes for the mount.
Except for those owning some old Pentax lenses, there is no point getting this camera. In 2 or 3 more years time, assuming there are enough lenses, you still have to worry about how well this DSLR camera in its Mark II form can still compete with ever more advanced FF mirrorless cameras.
Henry McA: A problem is the weird focal length of 21 - 30 mm on APSC. That´s not very useful, 16 - 35mm is useful, 15 - 24 would be useful but this is just a odd - why not use primes instead.
21mm is a very common FL for traditional SLR cameras, a standard FL just like the 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm. The long end of this zoom at 30mm OTOH is close enough and includes 28mm, another standard FL.
They got themselves to blame for a poor reputation by making that monstrous $2000 f/0.85 lens.
For me, I don't mind a heavy, expensive, slow, manual focus, 6-blade and ordinary performance lens that will be used mainly to show off than taking serious photos, if it's something from the 50s or 60s. For use on modern FF mirrorless cameras, I suspect it would be a nice looking paperweight after the initial "fun".
The lens should be interesting if mounted with a Speed Booster on M43 cameras. 22-420mm f/2.5-4.5. The whole thing should be as small or smaller than on APSC, but provide a more useful FL range and faster shutter speeds. The IQ may not be so good but should be better (esp in.DR) than any long range superzoom cameras with their tiny sensors.
Steve841: I predict massive fail. iphone users, [in general and not dpr readers], could care less about this thing. And the other faults have been pointed out in previous posts.
I think you are right. Most iPhone users would just use their iPhones. Those who care about high IQ would buy a RX100.
Don't bother with an Android version either, mon ami. Those who care about high IQ would use a GR.
Why struggle holding 2 devices?
Ils sont si difficile a manier! **
** meaning "So awkward!" ;-)
Just like IBM, Digital, Microsoft and Nokia and others. As they grow and get really big and dominant, many companies tend to lose their heads and forget how they got so successful in the first place. Then they fall and they fall hard. A lot of support for Samsung was due to the freedom of choice in accessories and peripherals, and a different kind of phone that stresses functionality and versatility more than looks (iPhone).
If you have Samsung shares, sell, sell, sell. It will be interesting to watch the revolt by disappointed Samsung users.
LG G4 should do well now.
Would be great it it works. Maybe it will allow adjustment the amount of polarising effect at PP. Good also for bulbous lenses and saving money on those super expensive big PL filters. A few of those filters cost as much as a camera.
The next mirrorless lenses, logically, from Sigma should be a 14mm f/2.8 and a 90mm f/2.8. These FLs are great classic ones for both APSC and M43. They should sell really well, since there is hardly anything remotely competitive from the mirrorless camera makers. I realise they are no longer in a normal range and harder to make. I am however happy to pay twice as much and even accept f/3.5, if they are also good performers at max aperture and still compact for their FLs. What are you waiting for, Sigma?
Let's be honest and truthful here. The Sigma 60mm is the sharpest lens for M43 based on all reliable tests, along with the Olympus 75mm, the Panasonic Leica 42.5mm, and the Voigtlander 25mm. What distinguishes it is not just the low cost, but its sharpness at f/2.8, which is better than any of the others. True. I suspect this review may be based on a poor sample. Besides the tests like Lenstip, there are also numerous user comments saying the same, i.e. disagreeing with your comments regarding this lens, Damien.
Based on my own experience in use, this Sigma is indisguidhable from my 75mm, and in fact it appears just slightly better in some cases. The superiority at its widest aperture over all the other lenses are also confirmed by Lenstip.
cfh25: 4' 9" - for the vertically-challenged "who require an eye-height tripod"?
These prices just ensure that most people continue to go to M43. I really doubt how much better quality, if any, you can get out of this Zeiss 16-50mm than the smaller, lighter and much cheaper Panasonic 12-35mm or Olympus 12-40mm
Yeah, thanks, I can stop looking at Sony cameras from now on, since they are still making good quality lenses only at such prices. So long!
Sergey Borachev: About time there is some improvement in IQ for M43 after more than 3 years, but will these sensors provide that?
The present IQ is not competitive. Other brands have better sensors/IQ, which means that Olympus and Panasonic are not giving us the best there is.
About time there is some improvement in IQ for M43 after more than 3 years, but will these sensors provide that?
Why agree to have an interview if all you won't acknowledge what is well known fact, like the lack of attention to APSC lenses and APSC pro model, or the lack of success of 1 System, and won't provide any meaningful answers or information?