This is a new camera review site but to be honest, the best value in this price category is probably not a new camera at all but an older pro-model.
I'd like to see a value/performance comparison between the new models versus a used full frame D700 on ebay for around the USD$800 range. I suspect the main feature difference of the newer cameras is really just video and smaller size, otherwise I can't see how any of them could be recommended over a FF DSLR for IQ at the same price.
D135ima: What about "best cameras for your mom" ? Seriously - a large number of your readers are able to pick up a camera. But I fall into a stupor when the task is to buy a camera for a gift to snapshoter.I mean a person, who will not do anything, except to press a shutter button. And then come to the fore completely different priorities. In this case is very important Automatic.Like color rendering and quality of Face detection AF. It is also important dimensions and design to the camera does not burden your grangma/mom/siste/child and liked it looks. Moreover, in this test can take part as a camera with a sensor 1 / 2.3, and the cameras like RX 1 and x100 - they are large and expensive, but provide a "bokeh", which is so pleasant to people. But still far more important automation - Chinese smartphone for $40 can be useful for such a person, if we assume that the RX 1 in "green mode" inclined to make unnatural colors or uncorrect exposure. Sorry for bad english.
I think the single most important usability feature by a country mile for people not really interested in photography and only use a camera infrequently is battery life and/or ease/speed of charging.
Their cameras are typically stored for long periods between special occasions or trips so the battery is invariably drained and they have to go through the hassle of recharging it first every time before they can even take a pic.
This is why the phone cameras are probably best by default because the camera is built into something that the person uses and re-charges every day anyway.
I do believe those are 180 degree hinges holding the screen to the bracket on the four struts, which should allow it to flip vertically above the prism.
Is this a first for a DSLR? All other reversible screens on DSLRs have had to be side-hinged becuse of the OVF/prism, no?
PVCdroid: I don't get this at all. The Qx1, 10, 100 were all crap per reviews here but this is the best thing since sliced bread..... and only works on the iphone?Give us a break.
@Langusta, still waiting as I said. It's not available in my region yet.
So I waste my time posting about a camera I'm interested in to answer all the FUD by those who waste their time posting about a camera they aren't interesetd in.
And now to those who waste their time counting other people's posts.
Whose the insecure one.
How do you remain connected to your local wifi network and the internet when using your QX1xx with a wifi-only iPad?
As far as I can see, you have to disconnect every time from your LAN and so lose communication with the rest of the world for the duration in order to connect to the camera's own wifi network every time you just want to take a picture.
brumd: I have to agree with Sigma82. Come on, this thing is made by DxO. DxO is collabarating with dpreview. The very very least you can do when making publicity for this gadget is at least mention this very clearly in the article, in bold. Because there IS a commercial interest.Robin Wong does this right, every time.
Together with the heavy promotion of an event which is in the USA, while this website is visited by a worldwide community, makes a bit there isn't a lot to enjoy here lately.It might be me, but it is a bit reflected in the number of comments (well agreed, not that I would have *wanted* to read 60% of the comments that aren't written now, but that's a different point ;) )
The overwhelming and unsubstantiated bias I see is not in the DPR articles, it's in the comments.
I would prefer it if all the negative naysayers and FUD spreaders dissing this camera in every article so far would disclose whether they are Android phone owners.
anthony mazzeri: Other European countries in the next few months - what about the rest of the world? I've been waiting since 2007 for this camera so its starting to get frustrating being told now to wait even longer while it's available to others.
I'm not 'the iPhone market' so have a rethink about your assumptions as to who wants this camera.
In fact, I won't be using it with my iPhone. Out and about I plan to shoot blind as I did with my GRD III, screen-off.
When not out and about: iPad - HUGE retina touch screen on my camera!
I'm also not being encyclical. I have no desire to convince you or anyone else to buy this camera - go right ahead and buy an RX100 if that's what you prefer. Just answering your question as to why *I* want it and won't let the overwhelming negative DPR naysayers sway me from it. Not even your dongle-breaking FUD.
dedirg: well, the ergonomic look bad
Except I don't see it as an add-on.
I see the iOS device as the add-on attachment.
I don't even see the constant fixation on iPhone users as the sole purchasers.
Can you attach an iPad Pro to your RX100 to give it a whopping 12.9" retina touch screen and iOS interface control and full connectivity?
Or instantly switch to add an ultra-thin 5th gen iPod Touch with retina screen for on-the-go?
What does the iOS device add to this camera? EVERYTHING.
Start with RX100 can't edit videos in iMovie and the list goes on.
And then just as big a deal is what does the iOS device take away when you detach it? EVERYTHING.
Can you detach the RX100 lens and sensor from its rear screen and controls and go 'stealth' for the ultimate street shooter etc?
So the way I see it, they're not even in the same league. To me, people saying they'd rather choose the RX100 for the same price is like old film cameras, still good but the format's had its day.
PS. I'm not fussed if this camera isn't popular in the DPR curmudgeon echo-chamber which doesn't actually reflect the real world.
That SuperRAW format that they're all placing so much importance on to diss this camera? As if it's this camera's sole purpose for being?
It's not even listed on the official DxO ONE product page as a feature. And never has been since I've been looking at it.
As far as I can see, it's only mentioned once as an asterisked footnote in the RAW comparison score pop-up link - because it's a desktop app feature, not a camera feature. All the camera does is just takes a burst of 4 RAW files, and that's it.
I would have bought it already if I could.
I would have bought it back in 2007 as the only camera that integrates into the Mac/iOS envirnment.
Eight years later I would buy it for the same reason as the only camera that integrates into the Mac/iOS envornment.
Name a single other camera in the world with a lightning connector. Not one.
Which is quite a bizarre situation, don't you think? 'iPhone accessory' has been a licence to print money, yet every one of them in their wisdom has decided to compete AGAINST the iPhone camera instead with their Samsung Android cameras and Nikon Coolpixes.
Anyway, no need to ask me. This very article is answering your question - people must be buying it in droves because my waiting time has just gotten months longer.
Instead of the expected worldwide release this month after the US release, changing it to just a limited number of selected countries indicates to me they have been caught out by unexpected demand and are short on stock.
Apart from that, he still managed to take some nice samples. The brickwork in that white public building is first rate, where it's totally lost on the iPhone image.
Hopefully everyone will stop comparing against the iPhone camera itself, and more against 1" competitiors like the Nikon 1, G 7X and RX100.
Raber needs to view DxO's 'how to hold your camera' youtube video.
The instructions are honestly so basic I can't see any reason for it except specifically in reaction to him.
aramgrg: In order to appeal me, it should cost less than 200. Otherwise I'd better carry an rx100b for that price.
Funny you should say this, as the reason I want this camera most of all is I'm tired of wasting money on camera after camera.
I now want one decent pocketable carry-everywhere camera that will last me at least the next 5 years minimum, maybe much longer. This one will have firmware updates for its lifespan, not just the bundled desktop apps and its own iOS app but also huge feature-enhancing iOS and OSX updgrades for free.
An example of exactly what I mean - I'm still waiting for this camera and bundled DxO apps as I mention elsewhere, but I believe the release of OSX El Capitan last week makes for these standalone DXO apps to work now as integrated Photos extensions on your desktop linked with what you do on iOS 9 - it's already upgrading now even before I buy it.
Compare with the Sony RX100 if you asked for the firmware to be updated to make the video button selectable, sure Sony listened - and sold that update to you for another $600 in the RX100 II. And so on every 12 months..
Jun2: One hand with camera, another hand with iphone or ipad. Not for me.
So you only use one hand at all times to operate your smartphone?
Other European countries in the next few months - what about the rest of the world? I've been waiting since 2007 for this camera so its starting to get frustrating being told now to wait even longer while it's available to others.
bertalan: LOL. Check low light, RAW, iso3200 lower color wheel. Cant even read the color names compared to D5500 which rates lower than the DXO One.
KonstantinosK and KAMBIC, Super RAW allows for detecting moving subjects so not quite the same as simply using a longer shutter.
Reviewer on TWiP says he even uses it to photograph his friends in low-lit restaurants.
Took me a while to realize there's an additional little pop-down menu to select between normal RAW and Super RAW.
Perhaps you both missed that too.
Mister Roboto: I still find this thing and its implementation worthless when paired to an iPhone? Why iPhone? Can't you use any smartphone? Just ditch the iPhone and put built-in interface/display or just buy RX100 IV ^_^
I stand corrected. Apple's role was likely merely consultation on integration with the iPhone.
The 'designed in California' most likely refers to Design SHIFT in Palo Alto.
Francis Carver: Do some people really fall for this lame cr*p? Really?
I don't know. Do I?
I recall they specifically mentioned consulting with Apple engineers regarding the lightning connector being frangible.
So maybe try a search for 'frangible'.