RichRMA: Sony, Sony, Sony; the one camera that screamed out for in-body stabilization and you didn't provide it. Why?
They killed the NEX brand *name*. THAT. IS. ALL. Just the name, nothing else. Not the cameras, not the sensors, not the lens range...
There is zero reason to believe that Sony will not release any more APS-C e-mount cameras.
Maybe we should all believe that Canon will not launch any more black DSLRs. Afterall, they just released a white DSLR, so that MUST mean that black Canon DSLRs are dead, right?!
parallaxproblem: Poor interview - all we get to know is that the guy has no prior E-mount or A-mount experience... no wonder both ranges seem to be so confused now!
Also that the guy is an intellectual butterfly wanting to 'create something new every six months'... fantastic for gaining new customers, but what about the existing customers who want to see some coherency and ongoing continuity in their product range? And new customers become existing customers as soon as they buy something..!
What does the cancellation of the 'NEX' product range name mean?
What is the future for A-mount?
Will there be future small Emount cameras like the NEX bodies were or will they all be huge monsters like the A3000 or expensive mini-DSLRs like the A7?
Will there be future low or mid-range A-mount bodies?
How are Sony going to integrate E-mount and A mount?
Yep... none of these questions and more were answered
Sorry, I'm disappointed, and I suspect many other current Sony owners are as well!
Carl, I'm wondering where you get your sense of self-importance. What qualifications do you have over others to guide Sony in the market and what leads you to believe they should listen to you personally?
Horshack: Contrast the entrepreneurial spirit Mr. Maki exemplifies vs what Nikon is about to demonstrate with their forthcoming release of the safe and overpriced DF camera. Hats off to Sony.
One Direction sell a heck of a lot more records than most other artists. Doesn't mean they are any good.
wombat661: "as they get older, get married and have babies I expect they will probably want to buy a better camera."
If you want to cater to the new parents crowd, then that better camera would not be a mirrorless. Babies moves very fast you need all the help you can get to get those candid shots. SLR with good focus tracking is very helpful here.New parents thinks their babies will sit still for them to adjust the camera. The optimal window to get the right shot with the right expression is about half a second.Told my in law to get a camera with fast focus. They looked at me like I was nuts. They though babies are so small they do not ever move. A month latter, they told me how frustrated they were with slow focus. Went out and got a SLR.
True, but your J1 has much greater DOF and much smaller and lighter glass to shift.
Tord S Eriksson: Well, I was impressed by the ease the camera handled colours in low light, and the very subdued noise, no matter what setting! The rest (choice of subjects, and so on) wasn't so impressive.
Oh, I wish you had had Steve Huff to take the photos, someone with a little imagination, outside the box. 50 pictures taken in neon light doesn't say more than a handful, but some portraits, close-ups, in short something interesting, had been appreciated!
The photos of the Jack Daniels guy going through the motions made my day, while those of our four-legged hoofed friends were the worst I've seen in a long time!
Tord (sure that's the right spelling?), a lot of people think photographers and journalists are arseholes. Congrats on reinforcing that view.
dopsgp: Busy day for toilets in Solms. Leica execs cr-pping bricks now.
The 5D Mark IIIs and D800s of this world are hardly beauty queens. Besides, would you really reject a camera based purely on looks?
ianimal: A lens roadmap is what I want to see now.85mm, 24mm primes when?
Peter Jonkman: Sorry Sony, but the Leica M9 was the first fullframe mirrorless camera. :)
"1 According to survey conducted by Sony as of October 2013, for non-reflex interchangeable lens digital camera equipped with auto focus function."
The key words being "auto" and "focus". ;)
peevee1: LA-EA3 does not support autofocus AT ALL, even with the A7 which supposedly has OSPDAF! $200 for what?Only expensive and light-robbing LA-EA4...Sony really, REALLY wants to sell you those overpriced FE lenses.
Oh, I get it now. You're a troll!
RAG64: Why offer a 'kit' lens for the A7? Why not a HQ power zoom or prime?Surely somebody buying a FF camera won't be compromising on the glass just to save a few $$...
Well you can turn the zoom ring, but it's electronically assisted. That's the problem.
peevee1: "All told, Sony plans to offer a total of 15 FE lenses by 2015"
Good plans, but it means that APS-C NEX and A-mount are going to be abandoned. Good thing about APS-C A-mount because it does not make much sense, but NEX customers who trusted Sony their money over the last 3 years but waited for higher-quality lenses will be disappointed.
I'm agreeing with you, peevee1. 2+2 definitely equals 5, right? Right?
That's right, 2+2 definitely equals 5.
No thanks to power zoom if the 16-50mm PZ is anything to go by. For still photography, the power zoom is a pain in the a**e.
jon404: Gee, those lenses are EXPENSIVE!
That new Pentax K-3 looks like a much better deal.
Gee, that Ford looks like a much better deal than that Mercedes.
misolo: And, just like that, Sony's SLT technology became obsolete.
Unless Canon have matched Sony PDAF performance in live view with its new Dual Pixel technology, then no, it hasn't made SLT obsolete. If Sony is dumping the SLT mirror next year however, it means they may have made SLT technology obsolete.
The Lotus Eater: Canon chickened out putting an EVF into this camera. The obvious reason is that they would have upset a lot of people, and that's fair enough, but how much more can they improve their APS-C OVFs? EVFs are getting better and better, and many EVFs already surpass APS-C OVFs in terms of both view and functionality.
How good is Canon's on-sensor PDAF? If it is as fast as the off-sensor PDAF module, then Canon should have removed the OVF, mirror and PDAF module. Does the fact that they haven't indicate that it isn't as fast, or is it purely for the reason of avoiding alienation? If the latter, then one could argue that it is a compromised design.
Not true, Ross.
Lag is rarely an issue (you should be more worried about shutter lag).
EVFs show a discernible image in low light, OVFs show darkness.
Have you used a modern EVF? There is more clarity in modern EVFs than a lot of smaller and darker APS-C OVFs.
Certainly for some, 007peter, but the reason a lot of people buy DSLRs is because they think they take the best quality photos.
I also think many people would buy whatever Canon put out, regardless of OVF/EVF, as long as it took their existing lenses.
Canon chickened out putting an EVF into this camera. The obvious reason is that they would have upset a lot of people, and that's fair enough, but how much more can they improve their APS-C OVFs? EVFs are getting better and better, and many EVFs already surpass APS-C OVFs in terms of both view and functionality.
tbaker: I don't see what advantage this really offers over say a OMD, or NEX-6 since this the lenses on this camera are still going to bigger. While the aforementioned mirrorless cameras maybe around the same size, the offer smaller lenses. Sure, in the case of the Sony the lens selection is a bit lacking(at least in the E-Mount since you can uses adapted A-mount).
"You get an ovf"
But not a good OVF, a pentamirror APS-C OVF. The NEX-6 EVF has that one beat in magnification (1.09x), coverage (100%) and brightness. The jury is still out on FF pentaprism OVFs vs EVFs, but APS-C pentamirrors have had their day.
starwolfy: My wife has a Canon 100d with the kit and 40mm pancake lens.It is impressively small and light and I've found the IQ quite impressive for a low entry level camera. It's definitely a great camera.
The problem is that 40mm on APS-C is in no-man's land.
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