I like the 20mp, built-in stabilization and the faux-no-AA-filter mode. Does Pentax have other cameras with this sensor? Only time will tell about the IQ and noise factor but...I like this camera!
I've been through two bags of popcorn already reading the replies and they just keep coming!
I'm sticking with my stand-alone LR5.4 and Photoshop CS5 for now.
toomanycanons: Well, if you believe DxO's sensor rating...and I say why not?...the V3's sensor is rated 52 and my J1 is rated 56. All scores that go into that rating are higher for the J1 except ISO and it's neck and neck there.
So, ground breaking sensor technology? Maybe not so much. Super fast focusing? I find my J1 does focus fast but all the green boxes lighting up on the LCD don't translate into actually capturing correct focus, I find. It's sort of hit and miss although my J1 would have me think it's capturing focus.
I've retired my J1 to my "video camera I keep in my car" status and continue to shoot with DSLRs for the IQ and more accurate focus. Trust me, I've tested my D5200/D5100 against the J1 numerous times and the J1 ultimately loses (and loses in the dynamic range department as well). Does that translate to the V3's performance? I bet so.
It's funny to hear that the launch price "includes an EVF!!!" Well, it did with the V2 and V1 and they weren't some wonky attachable EVF.
I do like shooting with my J1. I like manually zooming. It feels cool in my hand and it exudes more confidence than any point and shoot I've owned (P7100, numerous Canon P&S).
But at the end of the day that's what it is, an "intelligent" glorifed point and shoot. People who shoot with both a Nikon 1 of any type and a recent m4/3 "always" seem to agree the m4/3 IQ is better (indoors and out) but they like the quick AF of the Nikon 1. But that doesn't mean the m4/3 camera they compare it to is slow. I don't care that much about the "quickest AF around" although I don't want my camera to slow me down.
But I'm all about IQ and a 1" sensor can only be so good.
Well, if you believe DxO's sensor rating...and I say why not?...the V3's sensor is rated 52 and my J1 is rated 56. All scores that go into that rating are higher for the J1 except ISO and it's neck and neck there.
abolit: no criticism intended, but if everything of this camera comes out in focus (can't see any depth of field samples) would it be better just to carry a smartphone instead? Really, what's the reason of having a camera like this besides my Note 3 cellphone?
abolit was surely jesting. I think. Maybe not.
But if he wasn't...I dunno...worst comment ever maybe.
toomanycanons: Little things like she describes would drive me nuts, too. And I'd probably have my own list. Little distractions like these add up to the negative side during a day of shooting.
It was a little disconcerting to read how she didn't think she'd be shooting wide much going into her testing because that's basically all I shoot--wide, wide and then some more wide. A 24mm wide angle would be perfect in my estimation.So what if it's not as long at full telephoto, give me 24mm wide!
Yes, you're correct, when I'm shooting for money I take my DSLRs. On all day shoots. When I'm not getting paid and am basically just relaxing and playing tourist, I'll take my J1. On an "all day shoot". Just like I would this Sony.
There's "photo shoots" and there's "carrying a camera around all day and shooting pics". You surely know the difference.
Little things like she describes would drive me nuts, too. And I'd probably have my own list. Little distractions like these add up to the negative side during a day of shooting.
I loved all the images the photog in this video chose to show us. Sure, he could cherry pick amongst thousands but he sure did choose some great ones.
As I read the comments below before posting this reply, one thing that sure has changed here is the desperate need some commenters have to just talk stuff and b!tch and moan and complain---well, there's even more of that these days.
Nikon is just about to release yet another 18-300. I wonder how hard it would have been to have made it 16 as well.
Oh well, all Nikon has to do is release a 16mm DX lens along the lines of their 35 f/1.8 (lightweight, pretty darn sharp and cheap) to recapture some momentum amongst us DX shooters.
Maybe the IQ will blow everyone away. Like, sharp edge to edge from wide to tele. Only time will tell.
I really enjoyed this series of pics.
To the grumpheads: lighten up, will ya?
peevee1: The biggest news seems to be that Nikon seems to finally fix its JPEG engine which was so badly broken it made their cameras practically unusable for JPEG shooters. Now their high-ISO JPEGs look as good or better as Canon's.
What a ridiculous comment. Nikon's JPEG engine has always been great for JPEG shooters (I'm one). What the heck are you talking about?
I'm not bothered by the HDRness of these shots but there is nowhere in my area homes that get abandoned "staged" like this. Who leaves a suit coat hanging on their armoire? Where I live, that would be a crack house and some drug dealer would be wearing that coat.
And of course the next time this Pro is going out on a job wherein he HAS to get the shot, he'll again leave his Nikons at home and just take his phone.
keepreal: For amateur use, DX and FX are just too big and heavy. Mike99999 is right.
In 2009 I bought the D300 and kept three high quality lenses from my film days but I get fed up lugging this around. When on a stroll with my equipment with me just in case an opportunity arises, that stroll turns into a keep fit session.
So in May 2013 I took the opportunity with the Olympus E-PL3 with the 14-42mm kit lens. It having recently been superceded, I picked one up new at about 40% of the hitherto normal price. I thought at worst it would make a useful second camera but did not rule out better than that.
That is just what has happened. Micro Four Thirds is so good, I recently added the 12mm f/2 and VF-4 EVF viewfinder. I do not like being forced into any lens with distortion even if it can be corrected in camera as I take RAW and use a RAW developer that does not correct it. Apart from that, MFT is close enough to DX or FX for me and for my normal work it is a pleasure to use and CARRY AROUND.
The old "tired of lugging around a heavy camera" story. LOL.
First time digital user review. And he discovered...yes, you can take a pic with a phone! "Look, Martha, you hold it out like this and see your subject on the screen! Remarkable! And you push this little button and it takes a picture! Just remarkable. I never knew!"
Delete your Facebook account. Simple.
Now was that so hard, Nikon? Essentially a P7700 with an EVF, about time.
For those of you might think this will tick off P7700 owners who might feel short-changed at this "upgrade" remember that there's a high percentage of point and shoot owners who actually PREFER no viewfinder so this, to them, is almost a downgrade.