mpgxsvcd: Basically Panasonic is the first manufacturer to figure it out. Even with the much larger sensor of the DSC-RX100 the shallowest 35mm equivalent aperture is F4.9.
None of these cameras will produce a shallow depth of field shot. So why not just make the sensor a little smaller and the the F number a lot better.
They finally got it right. Shallow depth of field is not important for these cameras. Low light performance is. They have a winner on their hands in that respect.
If only we could convince the novice user of this fact since they will need to be the ones buying this camera for it to be a success.
"By your logic, there is more reason to go with bigger sensor.Bigger sensor would definitely improve your low light performance."
not above gaining more actual exposure.
It would be great if they would just make a larger version of the lens for a larger sensor version. Then they would have both in a jacket pocketable package.
Kodachrome200: What is the actual focal length range so I can get an idea of dof
Too big* unless you mean it is too big by a factor of two.
Ibida Bab: Was the video done on the Fuji?
Unlikely. Although he hasn't confirmed what it was shot with yet, the other videos on the vimeo account are done with the 5dmk2.
joshdphoto: Oh gosh, I really hope this is a joke. How is this a replacement to the 1Ds MK3?
I've owned all the 1 series cameras but will definitely not be buying this one. Hmmm... something wrong when you can buy a higher spec Sony with higher MP under $1000 USD. Perhaps an "s" version is in the works - I hope so! High FPS not of much use to studio shooters. I don't even care about DR!
Very doubtful of the claims of files that can be "up-sized". Sure, low noise is great, but if the detail is not there, the detail is not there. I've used a Fuji S2...
Maybe time to switch (back) to Nikon or Mamiya (with Phase One)? Wow! I never thought I would be writing that sentence!
For other photographers who use Canon in a studio environment, I think this will be a big disappointment.
"BTW - while I am normally not one to broadcast it, my IQ is above Mensa requirement and slightly below "genius"."
I'd stick to not broadcasting it if I were you. Even if it's true it makes you sound like a douche. But surely you're smart enough to already know that.
Eric Calabros: Look at lizard picture.. It means: forget corners at f/1.8Why should I pay $1000 for this? Just because of that blue icon on it? To prove I am in elite part of photographer community? Looks funny for me
The depth of field is razor thin in that lizard shot. You can see it going across the picture. The ground would only be fully in focus if you were shooting directly down.
buchacho: I am liking the feature set here, but one critical issue I have is with the max video length of being 30min. I would like to see the restriction lifted to fulfill my need for taking long videos.
The video length restrictions on still cameras are rarely arbitrary. It is usually a file size limitation of the codec used. The GH2 can sort of get round this by instantly starting a new clip with no gap. I have no idea if the nex 5n will do this.
"Lucky for me then that all the new Sony cameras have 24p as well (25p in PAL countries)"
Does that mean the PAL versions have both 24p and 25p or just 25p?
Good article btw.
Mattoid: Not being able to use auto focus and manual exposure in video at the same time pretty much negates any advantage over canon in terms of video production.
@ PentaxNick. Video cameras that have full manual controls are a lot more expensive and they have smaller sensors. A good percentage of the adverts you see on tv or on the web will have been filmed on a 5D mk2, so you are way behind the times I'm afraid.
@ whtchocla7e I wasn't aware it was supposed to be common knowledge. Even if it is impossible to have auto-focus and manual exposure at the same time, how does that make me wrong about it not being an advantage. My point stands.
to ET2. The A77 bit-rate for 60p 1080 is 28Mbps. The canon 7D bitrate for 30p 1080 is 38Mbps. 60p 720 is the same. So in terms of data there is no improvement. Maybe the camera will be just as good, but there don't seem to be enough advantages for someone to switch systems.
Not being able to use auto focus and manual exposure in video at the same time pretty much negates any advantage over canon in terms of video production.
Mattoid: Why not make a full frame one? Everyone would by it then. At the moment it only has the lack of filter and silent shutter over the nex. But the nex has video and focus peaking. But the nex will never be full frame, so the direction to go is obvious.
It already has a full frame mount with a full frame flange focal distance. A full frame sensor is 36mm x 24mm. The size of the module is 68.7 mm x 57.9 mm. So there is enough room in there as well. All they have to do is make the sensor it and put it in. Just a matter of time surely?
Why not make a full frame one? Everyone would by it then. At the moment it only has the lack of filter and silent shutter over the nex. But the nex has video and focus peaking. But the nex will never be full frame, so the direction to go is obvious.