Obviously Sony have do not subscribe to the idea that their 1" sensor compact mades the 1/1.7" type obsolete. It would be great if they produced a 2/3" 14mp sensor so the format was available without the intricacies of EXR.
NX1000 not NX100.
Francis Carver: Wow, this is gonna be a great camera!!!
Man, I can just use my venerable collection of fisheye and UWA lenses to capture amazing super-telephoto shots, thanks to the 5.5x crop factor introduced by this camera.
Thanks, Pentax, you had really made my day! In fact, I had always wanted my 28mm lens to give me the equivalent field of view of a 154mm telephoto lens, yessirie.
Pentax is definitely on to something good here, let's hope that the other camera makers will follow down this path as well.
Surely it is easier to crop your large sensor images in an photo editor rather than buying an expensive camera and adapter to do it.
Jun2: The backside looks remarkably similar to iphone. Sue Samsung again, Apple please. haha.
I think this must be America's tactic to pay off its huge debt. Patent the mundane and obvious and sue foreign companies in its home courts with local juries with predictable outcomes.
Greynerd: When contrast detect cameras struggle to focus I often move the focus square to overlap the edge of the object which usually solves the problem. In fact I would move the square from where it is on the Canon example to where it is on the Panasonic example to get focus. It does not seem to be a very convincing demonstration. In fact having the focus square in the middle of the body in a same sized image would be a tougher and more equivalent test.
Edit: Also looking at the examples the Panasonic focus square is also larger which helps especially when it overlaps the object.
Thanks for the reply Amadou. Obviously you have found marked differences in varied testing so that is fair enough.
When contrast detect cameras struggle to focus I often move the focus square to overlap the edge of the object which usually solves the problem. In fact I would move the square from where it is on the Canon example to where it is on the Panasonic example to get focus. It does not seem to be a very convincing demonstration. In fact having the focus square in the middle of the body in a same sized image would be a tougher and more equivalent test.
migus: "it uses the widely available, though relatively inefficient AA battery type"
Not quite so inefficient - wrt. life time, usage and even energy density (where NiMH is closing the gap vs. LiIon). Most often the humble AA/NiMh beats the noble LiIon, except in custom shapes.
"However, the Li-On battery does have a shorter useful life, in terms of time, than NiMH batteries. A Li-Ion rechargeable battery will last about three years, starting from the time of manufacture, versus about five years for a NiMH battery. Unless you're a professional photographer, It's likely that you'll never reach the maximum number of charge/discharge cycles, before the three years is up, and the Li-Ion battery begins losing capacity. " http://batterydata.com/
"NiMH has a volumetric energy density of about 300 W·h/L (1080 MJ/m³), significantly better than nickel–cadmium at 50–150 W·h/L, and about the same as li-ion at 250-360 W·h/L." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel%E2%80%93metal_hydride_battery
Eneloops are the best option. They are the only batteries that work in my SX130 apart from Lithium batteries. I think Duracell do an alternative now. The rule is to buy rechargeable batteries that are fully charged when sold. They cannot do this with normal NiMH as they self discharge so rapidly. I even use Eneloops in my clocks which would be impossible with normal NiMH as they go flat in such a short time irrespective of power demand.
IcyVeins: HAHAHAHAHA The beginning of the end for CANIKON!
I suspect the professionals photographing the Olympics not sponsored by Panasonic will be exclusively Canikon.
Is this the photographic equivalent of McDonalds doing all the catering?
Boerseuntjie: I can not wait for all the Samsung fan boys to go.... see Fuji just ripped off Samsung now you know how it feel when your competitor takes your ideas looser...LOL
@BoerseuntjieYou seem amazingly obsessed by Samsung. I have been looking at your comments and a tremendous amount are about Samsung. I reckon you are a fan but just do not want to admit it. It is easy to see denial when someone protests so much yet is obviously thinking all the time about something.
magneto shot: 1/2.3 sensor...with 18 mp ? sigh...thats like putting an 18inch sports rim on a 1.1 liter car and thinks it will perform better.
In a big technology store the display compacts cameras had a card behind them and at the top all alone was the megapixel number. It is probably the only bit about the camera most people think they understand. Just count yourself lucky that you know that you should go for the one with the lowest number. The people who buy this camera are not really going to notice any problem so I doubt if it really does any harm. The Sony forum will soon be billing and cooing over each others' pictures taken with this camera in perfect contentment.
Timmbits: I don't care! Korea has decided to start hunting whales, and I am participating in the international boycott of all Korean products!
What are you going to do with your Japanese cameras. I think you should destroy them and post the picture in DPR to show your comitment to whales. What make would you suggest that has no links with whale hunting countries?
I note the way in just announcing a price decrease they emphasis that the lens slows to 2.7. As most cameras drop to far worst apertures it is interesting why the fairly wide maximum aperture on the Samsung is described as slow.
You have to remember if you are looking for a broad view of the market that DPR only focuses on a limited sub-set of super zooms. The last review on the Canon equivalents was the SX20 in 2009. The Panasonic and Nikon mentioned above get instant reviews.
Joo Prates: The problem is the greed of big companies that cut costs, by using bad material, to make more money. It is incomprehensible that a company like Canon put defective, or in this case, dangerous products on the market. Perhaps they transferred people from quality control to costs control. I am a Canon customer for years but I think is inadmissible the use of bad materials in such products, to save a few cents. And it is true that these problems are happening more and more, because the millions in profits are not enough…"wash your hands with water if they have come in contact with the rubber grip"...it seems that to grab a camera is like playing with poisonous substances. whatch out ! wash your hands.
I do not think that quality issues are just greed. There is a battle for survival going on in these companies as the model of poor Asian people being paid very small amounts of money to make cheap but sophisticated toys for rich westerners is unravelling rapidly. Most western wealth is borrowed or based on synthetic paper valued with absurdly elaborate mathematics which is in fact worthless when a modicum of common sense is applied instead. I doubt if any of these companies are actually making any real money. Expect these sort of goods to get very expensive in the near future and in the interim quality issues to increase before they inevtably have to be sold at their real cost.
villebon: HDR Photography.
That used to be a valuable tool until the amateurs started doing just about anything with HDR and ruined it for everyone else and gave it its bad rep.
Now, HDR resides in the basement of color photography from where it may never come out.
Are you actually a professional or do you mean by amateurs people who cannot match your high level of achievement? This book is written only for people with SLR cameras so it is not for people with SLT, compact or mirrorless cameras so hopefully it will not be read by amateurs and will make HDR suitable again for a better sort of person.
Wally Brooks: Not so sure! With Inter changeable lenses, an EVF, Hot Shoe, manual controls, and a sync port for flash Sony has my compact business! From a Happy with my Nikon D7000/pocket wizard shooter who is not happy with Nikons mirror less entry user.
My wife also thinks it's a cute camera and she does NOT want it in pink! Simple concept, easy to understand, get it? NO COLORS!
My wife said to me that if I was buying a different colour camera she would understand why I keep changing them otherwise they were just cameras. So having cameras in different colours might spare us a bit of grief.
toomanycanons: Did all the major camera makers get together and agree to be done with viewfinders? Is their consensus that us buyers don't want them (WRONG) or what?
I love my DSLRs, don't find them too bulky, love their IQ and versatility. A camera such as this Sony comes along, looks great...but alas, no viewfinder so I immediately cross it off my list of potential next buys. Pentax just did that as well. What gives?
@Jens_GThe problem is it is nice to know on a bright sunny day if you are pointing in the right direction. It is best to see how this extra white display pixel works which might minimise the problem and make it worth losing a veiwfinder. I once had a very miserable holiday with an early Olympus camera without a viewfinder where the display completely disappeared in sunlight which was a case of BLINDLY GUESS AND SHOOT. More recent cameras I have had not been much better.
Greynerd: I think this is more of a marketing excercise of mega megapixels in a mega sensor in the smallest box. The cost is the slower aperture at maximum zoom which would put me of buying it. A 2/3 sensor with a lower pixel count and a fast lens throughout the focal length range would seem a much more sensible design.
I think the size of the sensor in camera has been determined by the megapixel number they wanted to market. To get a good quality at this sort of pixel packing it was 1" which was also a good marketing point. This has however compromised the lens making it pretty slow for a modern top end compact. If you look at a light meter it says nothing about sensor size, just the combination of aperture, shutter speed and ISO for correct exposure. This means indoor without flash you are going to have to push the ISO or slow the shutter at f4.9 and already at 50mm it is down to f3.5. Given that pixel packing pushing the ISO is not going to be as good as if the sensor was less stressed by its pixel size. When I first saw tis camera I said wow but that lens is slow and purely I think because cramming in the pointlessly high megapixels was the main driver of the design. People seem to fuss about tiny sensors but see no problem in tiny pixels.
I am presuming the sensor size makes getting a fast lens more difficult. From my point of view I would prefer a smaller sensor if this means a brighter aperture at long focal lengths for taking indoor pictures of the grandchildren. I had a XZ-1 but did not like the image quality and the Fuji X10 does seem the ideal compromise but not with the rather eccentric EXR sensor. The XR100 seems a brilliant concept but the lens is already down to f3.5 at 53mm which is a pity. Not the strongest camera indoors I would think but useable I am sure.