MartinaB: Hypothetical situation.
A businessperson named John lives in the same region as a world famous website's office that receives over 20 million visits a month. John has a good high profit product but doesn't have the budget to buy advertizing on this site.
In a wise business move he offers one of the employes a commission for units/sold/month if he posts press releases of his product. With his high profit margin product he could offer say... $5 a unit commission and still double his money. 1000 units/month = $5000. Easy money. The employee accepts this profitable arrangement. With 20 million visits a month the huge increase in traffic and sales to John's website both parties prosper.
However to the many companies who's press releases are continually refused by this website, the ongoing coverage of Johns product becomes suspect.
Pretty strong accusation there... any proof?
Francis Carver: I guess we still have plenty of fools in this racket with money to waste. Why would I spend a small fortune on a Nikon 1-series toycam -- just so I can shell out extra dough immediately for a 3rd party grip that should have been an integral part of the camera that Nikon brought out? Looks like one would be getting it by both ends of the stick going this route.
Alain x: I paid my V1 grip a sweet 73 euros : more than this one, but at least I can remove it, it is not bonded by some magical adhesive.
We would also like to see some pictures of this grip, not only from the same front end, 'cause the trouble with the V1 is it lacks some sort of "Thumbs up" device to take the thumb out of the mode wheel, and it looks as if this grip is not doing the job.
Why would you care?
Naveed Akhtar: Yes sensor size is right, for future expansion into more useful and pocketable cameras. Nikon took one step in the right direction.
Its the lens line that need to be build and can only be developed with the passage of time. m4/3 (am big fan of them) also came with kit lenses and then expanded to something close to complete.
What I want Nikon to focus is on better sensor technologies like Fuji is experimenting with, (no worries for buildin flash of VF, take them out and make them shrink, give Hot shoe for those who need it), more accurate metering and focus (its quite good at this moment), tilting LCD like Sony NEX, and touch sensitive. Shrink the body even smaller and thinner than J1 and keep it metal and weather sealed.
- Yes for MF controls- Keep electronic shutter- Customize Auto ISO- RAW HD video?
Give it a RAW deal, core functionality and photographers of all genre will buy it. Its target market is just right, good for both worlds, beginers, enthusiast and pro (as backup)
So only shallow DOF is creative? LOL
dark goob: Also: there is no way the image quality is "comparable" to FourThirds cameras. It doesn't even compare to the XZ-1, which isn't even an interchangeable lens camera! The Olympus E-PM1 can be had for $150 less than J1... and it kills it, quality wise.
We must be on different planets.
HeavyDuty: OK, I just finished a quick read of the review. Speaking as a V1 kit owner that bought same to supplement DSLR and Leica RF gear, these review phrases jump out at me:
"... But quite honestly, after waiting so long for a mirrorless camera from Nikon, we expected something more polished than the 1 System in its current form..."
I agree - this camera really needs to go back into the oven for a firmware rebake. Most of the annoying characteristics - auto image review, oddball auto ISO choices, F button that isn't assignable, no live histogram, etc. - could likely be handled very easily with a firmware update.
"... If you want to shoot moving subjects in good light with a small (ish) camera then the J1 and V1 really are the only game in town, at least as far as mirrorless models are concerned..."
Describes me to a T - my V1 is an everyday carry cam for when I don't plan to be shooting anything in particular. It's very competent at shooting action and just as good at urban landscape.
Oh, and because I ran out of room:
DPR, your score doesn't really match up with your comments. I think your scoring algorithm needs a rebake, too.
OK, I just finished a quick read of the review. Speaking as a V1 kit owner that bought same to supplement DSLR and Leica RF gear, these review phrases jump out at me:
Haters gonna hate...
Please, Fuji - a fast 50!
disraeli demon: Echoing Joel Stern's thanks for an informative article on the X10 from the user's perspective, Harold.
One quick question: if you set the camera to manual focus and switch off and on. does the autofocus resume the last distance setting entered by the user or does it default to a pre-set position, such as infinity (forcing the user to re-enter the focus distance every time the camera is switched back on?) I'm interested in the X10 for street photography, where depth focussing is useful, but that can only be used reliably if the camera will remember a focussing distance through the off/on cycle (as my current compact, a Panasonic LX3 will).
My X10 returns to infinity when I turn it off and then on manually. However, if the camera times out and I restart it with a shutter half-press it starts set to the last MF distance. I'm a zone focus shooter too, so it's something that is important to me - I have no problem with this behavior, the camera isn't getting turned off unless it's going back into the bag.
My only (minor) complaint with my X10 so far is that it's a bit too small for my liking, but I'll adapt. That, and I have to learn to trust in the automation - I've been shooting 100% in MF using the AEL/AFL button for spot focus when needed, I should learn how to best utilize the camera's AF.
BatFung: Just tried the camera in Tokyo. Everything is great except that when the AEL is on, the aperture and exposure compensation cannot be changed anymore. The AEL is not just Exposure Lock; it locks down all exposure related settings!!! I notice the same problem on other Fuji's prosumer cameras.
To me, this is totally unacceptable as I often adjust the aperture after the exposure is locked. As far as I know, only Fuji cameras have this problem. All the other makers will allow aperture and compensation adjustments after the AEL turned on.
Fuji has been making cameras for a long time. This fault seems unreal and unbelievable.
Per the manual, this is configurable.
It's a mistake to pigeonhole the E-PM1 into the beginner/intermediate category - some of us consider the streamlined UI to be an advantage for serious shooting when compared to the models that have masses of tiny buttons that festoon every surface! Not everyone needs single button access to all functions - I'm personally happy with only shutter release, AF on or lock, aperture and/or shutter speed and exposure compensation being top level.