Today they "announce" and "introduce", and in Spring 2016 they "release". Presumably some day they "sell" and "deliver".
Yes, why cover the Pro 4 without even mentioning the Book, released at the same time?
I wonder what a Modern Boy would look like.
Talented photographers continue to publish new and original photos of the Eiffel tower. The reverse would be useful though -- a camera that tells you where the photogenic sites are in a foreign place.
The blurriness of the pendant is distracting. Shallow depth-of-field is sometimes beneficial but is over-used on DPR. However, the pose and crop are very good.
Chris Noble: Interesting article about a subject that deserves more scrutiny. Thank you! But I am afraid that your analysis is superficial and your conclusion faulty in this instance. There is more than one source of noise, and one of the purposes of analog gain (increasing ISO) is to reduce quantization noise from the A/D converter.
The place where you put the magnification box shows blooming and compression artifacts in the back-lit sign (although the lettering can be recovered up to ISO 3200 in Raw PP); but it is not a good demonstration of shadow noise, as the "dark" area is lit by the streetlight. Move the box to a shadow area (for example, the building top left that is almost in darkness), and you see very significant noise, decreasing steadily as ISO is increased up to 800, with minimal improvement beyond.
Sorry -- Raw histogram of the sign starts saturating at ISO 200. But looks well-behaved at ISO 100.
Good point Iliah. The exposure is the same for all the images so we're not seeing blooming; and the Raw histogram of the sign @ ISO 6400 looks very good. Still, what Rishi refers to as "massive highlight headroom" looks to me simply like 6 EV of Raw underexposure at base ISO, and lots of extra shadow noise up to ISO 800 (i.e. I don't see ISO-invariance).
Not just the very deep shadows -- all the shadows. And you are not seeing "highlight headroom" in the unreadable sign; this sensor seems to have a serious blooming problem.
Average User: I think the lossy compression is something Sony decided to do to maintain high frame rate given the high pixel count.
Would then seem to be easy and logical to have a lossless mode for low frame rates. Storage keeps getting cheaper.
Interesting article about a subject that deserves more scrutiny. Thank you! But I am afraid that your analysis is superficial and your conclusion faulty in this instance. There is more than one source of noise, and one of the purposes of analog gain (increasing ISO) is to reduce quantization noise from the A/D converter.
The first slide says "8 bits + 8 bits = 16 bits". If they are referring to filling the well twice, 8 bits + 8 bits = 9 bits.
Chris Noble: This is not a "closer look" by DPR; it is an extensive advertisement entirely written by Sony.
What are those guidelines Barney? I did not see any independent DPR evaluation in this article, strictly reporting of material supplied by Sony.
PS: Agitated Sony fanboys: this seems like an awesome camera!
This is not a "closer look" by DPR; it is an extensive advertisement entirely written by Sony.
W5JCK: If I lived where there were a lot of drones being used by jerks, I would pay big money for a directional EMP device. Someone needs to build and market an affordable one. It would be great. Just point it at the drone and blast it with EMP (electro-magnetic pulse), and watch that fried annoyance fall from the sky without a trace of what happened to it. :)
Drone target-shooting... interesting idea for a new club sport.
PowerG9atBlackForest: Does it matter what it says on the tin as long as you are happy with what is in?
PowerG9, the problem with your reasoning is that you experience the quality of construction of a lens over a long period.Many mechanical objects work fine initially, but those that are well made last longer. The consumer cannot judge the quality of construction based on examining the product or even based on the first weeks of use. So the brand does count, and Zeiss is explaining what they do to ensure that the products that bear the Zeiss name are well built. Makes sense to me.
Without a comma, means you want to fly in the back of the plane.
Dorkooken: A question... In the overview you write that Panasonic also promises around 1/3EV higher dynamic range...
Another site is claiming 1/3 better dynamic range...
1/3 EV better dynamic range is not much? (almost not measurable?)
Samuel, reducing the sensitivity (base ISO) would not improve the DR.
NZ Scott: Excuse me while I wipe the drool off the front of my shirt.
Wipe it off with that $1200 bill...
Slarpy: Seems like constantly writing to, and erasing from, a flash card would shorten its life tremendously.
Yes, from 1,000 years to maybe 100?
Chris Noble: Strange, begrudging review... An example: One feature that G-class users love is the Q-menu, a button to instantly access your own secondary controls (the primary ones being assigned to the custom buttons). In Butler's convoluted logic, "I'm not sure the camera needs its (increasingly dated looking) Q.Menu, in the light of how many custom buttons are available (though the customizable version can at least be pared-back to only include the features you want access to)."
Richard, the whole point of the Q-Menu is to include only the secondary controls each user wants; and I don't see any references to "increasingly dated" features in DPR's breathless reviews of retro cameras like the Olympus, Fujifilm and Leica nostalgia models. The Q-menu is a sensible and practical innovation that has stood the test of time.
What I'd really like to see is how the G7 compares to its peers and predecessors in shutter-shock sensitivity.
Richard, duly noted. Thanks for your contributions to your readers' posts, we appreciate them! One final comment in my opinion and I will sign off: sensor quality has reached an asymptote. Ergonomics, customizability and lens lineup is where the competition now lies.