parallaxproblem: A confusing review:
- Is the body all metal as stated in the specs and in the 'body and design' section? This would be a big advance over the NEX-6 which has a metal top-plate but in which the rest of the body is plastic
- There is one more button on the back of the body and the position and function of the buttons seems to have changed in comparison with the NEX-6, why is this not mentioned and explained?
- What exactly is the difference in user experience over using the new, lower-res EVF over the older one?
- Why was no quick testing of the AF performed as this is supposed to be the area that has changed most!
Quote "While its 'NEX-like' design is getting a bit stale". Would you rather it took a 'faux-DSLR' style like some other mirrorless cameras? The problem is that earlier in the review you say "It's by no means the smallest mirrorless camera on the market, but it still travels well in a small camera case" which would no longer be the case if it received a 'hump'!
@Anyf. The Imaging resource preview says the following:
"Carrying the Tru-Finder branding, the 0.39-inch 1,440K-dot OLED EVF does looking noticeably smaller than the 0.5-inch 2,359K-dot OLED EVF of the NEX-6 on the outside. However, comparing the two side-by-side, the A6000's EVF is the clear winner as it produces much more accurate colors and easy to discern details"
I wanted another user experience... do DPReview agree that the user experience is better or do they find it worse than with the older NEX-6 body? I am sitll none the wiser!
A confusing review:
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!
Thank you for taking the time to read my comment replying
Is there any way you can find out what the situation is concerning some of these issues for existing Sony customers?
I'm rather surprised that Sony can just announce the end of the NEX branding and that in reponse all the industry interviewers seem to simply nod and smile, and that none of them asks them what that actually means in practice!
I am only seeing comments from Mr Maki in this article on his desire to attact new customers. Sony need to make some effort to convince existing ones that they are still interested in us! (and potential new customers should consider how the existing ones are being treated!)
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!
My old Konica Minolta 7D doesn't look so different (angled pentaprism, knobs and dials on the top-plate), but nobody seemed to get so excited about that DSLR when it was released...
I am looking forward to reading the write-up of your interview
Did you ask Kimio Maki (or if you didn't, can you before publishing the write-up) what the implications are of Sony's announcement that they will not using the name 'NEX' on future E-mount cameras?
A lot of people in the NEX forum are concerned that the recent A3000 and A7 releases, together with the new product rebranding, might mean Sony are planning to radically change the format of APS-C E-mount bodies from the 'rangefinder' shape they have had until now to a larger DSLR shape in order to appeal to a different audience
Would it be possible for you to get from Sony some form of confirmation or rebuttal of these concerns?
So you like it then...? ;-)
Pikme: A bit infuriating to read this. Those of us who have known for years that there are small cameras 'good enough' for most purposes have been fighting an uphill battle to get reviewers to stop mindlessly tanking cameras for their 'tiny sensors' or fixed lenses. Now that you (that's a generic 'you') have seen the light, you have all sorts of rationalizations as to why these cameras are suddenly good enough 'now'. Yes, the technology has improved, but stubborn mindsets have improved even more.
"but I've never seen DPR be unfair when describing what a camera *produced by either Canon or Nikon* is good for"
There, fixed for you...
>> Hmm, we've been pointing this out for a long time, to be fair...
Can you give some examples? Is a 'long time' weeks or months?
My memory is rather long and I can say with some certainty that it isn't years
Strange... I alway tried to buy cameras based on portability but this never seemed to be a priority for DPReview until now
The tiny Canon Ixus I with a nice fixed 40mm lens and pretty decent IQ never got a particularly enthusaistic write-up from DPReivew when it was released nearly 10 years ago
For years DPReivew pushed the bigger, bulkier DSLRs from Canon and Nikon over the smaller DSLR models from Pentax - never once mentioning the benefits of smaller bodies and smaller, lighter lenses which the Pentax system offered
The same DPReview then gave (and continues to give) a very unenthusiastic welcome to the compact APS-C sensored NEX range from Sony when it was released...
Now the X100s has got the DPReview editor all excited and we are all supposed to suddenly be buying smaller cameras, though I'm a bit stumped as to why as although the camera has beautifully retro-stying the sample images posted in the recent review are frankly unexceptional
Better late than never, I guess...
No disrespect intented to the legacy of Fox Talbot, but I can't help thinking 2.25 million pounds could do a lot of good elsewhere in the UK at a time of significant spending cuts and economic pain for many families
I wonder what Fox Talbot himself would think of this
Maciek_Leopolis: Zenit "famed for their skill in developing high quality optical equipment" - ???What a JOKE!Their lenses had "high quality" of the bottom of an empty vodka bottle...C'mon...
I also agree
I've owned Zenith, Helios, Industar and Jupiter eqipment (including a 1950's Jupiter 8 which is supposed to be one of their best efforts) and frankly they were all junk, with the exception of the Zenitar 16/2.8 fisheye which is not so bad
No knee-jerk reactions needed... I also found the "famed for their skill..." blurb somewhat laughable
Blinged-up, outdated models at 'stellar' prices, targeted at technically clueless people with too much money is a market sector which is already well established in the mobile phone sector
Expect more of this sort of thing based on other manufacturer's products soon
cheddargav: Back in 2004/05 when I was 100% novice (now only 70% novice), I went to Jessops and tried the then all powering Nikon D70. It was great, I was set to buy, but then I saw a Pentax: the *ist DS. It was smaller, I liked that. It sat nicely in the hands, I liked that. So, despite the AF being a bit crappy by comparison, I bought the Pentax. And thus started a 6 year love affair that only ended when I decided to take wedding photography seriously, and moved to the Canon full frames.So here's the thing: Pentax were the leaders a few years back in beautiful small primes, everyone in the forums were desperate for a FF camera to put the 3 legends on (the 31, 43 and 77) but it never happened. Then small, mirrorless cameras came along, led by Olympus: surely a market perfect for Pentax? But again, it didn't happen, until... the K-01. I just can't understand how Pentax failed so badly.I'm praying that Ricoh help them design a great small camera
The Limited lenses would have been a perfect vehicle for the sort of 'retro-styled', well constructed camera which now seems to be all the rage but even now they still haven't entered that market
Making pancake primes for m43, or NEX or even setting-up a serious contending mirrorless mount would also have been a natural move but they missed that option as well
And many more squandered chances... But they were always very keen to keep changing the colours of their existing models :-/
A very strange company that has let every opportunity slip through their fingers
I've still got my Pentax gear and am still waiting for something good while I use my Sony equipment... but my patience is starting to wear thin
parallaxproblem: Simply awful: hundreds of dollars for something that becomes landfill as soon as the battery is expired. Shall we also start scrapping cars when the tyres wear or brake pads need replacing?
Apple was the company that started this wasteful trend and I will never buy one of their products for exactly this reason
@Barney Britton. $100 for a DIY replacement battery - what on earth were you changing?
I've never even managed a third of that for anything (including postage). Even a new LCD screen for my Kindle came to $65 all in...
@Dan, actually I have replaced several of the batteries in my mobile phones: touchscreen phones get through many more battery cycles than normal ones so the batteries don't last as long, and that's ignoring the issue of defective battery cells
But I have also given some of my older devices to younger relatives or to friends in other countries who do not have the financial resources I have. The idea of 'junking' an othewise working item but because a consumable part has expired is abhorrent to me
Simply awful: hundreds of dollars for something that becomes landfill as soon as the battery is expired. Shall we also start scrapping cars when the tyres wear or brake pads need replacing?
Nice sensor, great concept but mediocre lens, at least that's what I see in these photos. High ISO performance seems very good by my standards but the street photograpahy I thought this camera was built for lacked the 'wow' I was expecting at the price and spec
I guess the odd white balance in some of the images will get corrected in the production firmware, but the softness in some of the ISO100 daylight photos and the surpsingly obvious distortion must come from the lens - a bit disappointing for a 35mm Zeiss prime lens
DStudio: Perhaps a quick recap of the situation (and the interview) will help:
- Hoya invested as little as possible in Pentax; Ricoh is making big investments
- It takes about 1.5 years to develop a new product
- "We're developing a FF plus other higher-end models, but I can't tell you about them because they're not ready yet"
- The K-01 is Pentax' best video camera, but not what Ricoh (or most buyers) want for the future.
- The Q sells itself as long as we can get it in people's hands (and it's priced right)
- Pentax is getting back into US retail stores
- "We've heard customers concerns and have been working on them for a long time, but you can't see the results yet. Our current products are very good. I don't want to cannibalize current sales, but what's coming is even better."
- "Ricoh is focusing on producing a complete line-up of Pentax DSLR-class products that excel in key performance areas rather than adding frills."
I think we must be looking at different interviews. I even re-read it and still didn't see any of this 'recap' written in it...
Unfortunately it seems to be mainly 'wishful thinking'
Ricoh has been good for Pentax, but the long-term prognostic cannot be optimistic: Pentax's core selling point is the K-mount - a full-frame mount. Furthermore with the advent of the new mirrorless systems, the future of DSLR's and current DSLR mount cameras at all price levels has to be Full-Frame, however Pentax have no full frame lenses in their range, having committed fully to APS-C in one of many terrible business decisions over the last few years and have insufficient resources to revamp their lens range back to the full-frame standard. This has been the situation for some years now and it isn't being addressed
Throw-in what has been until recently a completely incoherent product and pricing strategy and things look rather bleak
Pentax's best bet would be to partner with Sony, making bodies which support K-mount (via adaptor) and NEX mount lenses. Simultaneously plugging the current gaps in the NEX lens range, selling to a captive market of existing, lens-hungry NEX users