I love my FF Canons and prefer them over my Sony a7s for most shooting but I honestly wish this camera sells very well and stirs up the pot in the FF market. I'm just tired of Canon and Nikon's glacial phase of innovation.
JakeB: I would never buy such an ugly looking camera.
Still a better looking camera than the DF
vFunct: Nikon Pro range are perfect cameras. They do everything exactly what a pro needs.
Compare to something like Sony's Alpha A7 series, which is "almost" but not quite there, and it's obvious how perfectly refined these Nikon Pro cameras are.
Sony Alpha's are good for amateurs, while pros will go ahead and use Nikon.
Why are we even comparing Sony's Alpha series to this? Clearly the D4/5 series are for a different segment of the market. I certainly won't be taking my a7rII cameras to the arctic or to a war. Heck despite of articles on how you can use an a7rII camera in pro sports I doubt you can get much keepers as an equally skilled photographer using a 1DX or D4s.
Nikon moves so fast. Canon's 1DX has yet to be updated.
Although I understand the need for speed, in most pro sport photography jobs they encourage the use of Jpeg in shooting for fast turn around. However in this age of digital everything, jpeg and its meta data can easily be faked.
topstuff: Meh. How many people shoot pro sports?
I don't. Never will.
That's not to denigrate those who do, but it's a niche.
This is an interesting analysis but not really relevent to the majority of shooters unless they ultimately buy gear for bragging rights.
Not pro sports but parents who want to shoot their children's sports games is one significant market for action cameras with fast AF. My good friend works as head of sales at a big camera shop and he tells me that cameras like the Canon 7d are usually bought by dads (and some moms) who want to shoot their kid's basketball or football games.
Perhaps because most of their latest higher end digital cameras were simply minor updates. Just look at the x100 series, if you are happy and owned both the x100 or x100s, upgrading to the x100t will only give you some some minor ergonomic improvements. The sensor is still the same and the autofocus still sluggish.
nerd2: Good luck edit photo with only 2GB of ram, tiny storage without USB, DP, SD slot.
Better to see the real life performance tests first before judging.
Songline: I see the leader become the follower. My wife bought a very nice Surface Pro she uses to give lectures on. I quite like the styling and functionality. We probably would have bought an iPad with Stylus but Apple was too busy redesigning iTunes and Music to stuff into my face to bother with something useful.
I prefer the Surface myself but if I think its too early to tell if Apple will or will not dominate this niche in the market. Sadly in the tech industry, it is not nessesarily the one with superior hardware that dominates the market.
Too bad Apple killed Aperture, this app could have been great on the iPad Pro.
Under The Sun: I'm loving my Sony a7s but I wish these camera spokespersons could just tell us straight up that they are doing a PR piece instead of pretending they are some independent third party. I understand everybody does it though and don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading stuff like this even if its basically an ad for their camera brand but I wish they just be honest about it.
Its not how many times the brand is mentioned but how strongly it is implied. Savvy advertisements are very sophisticated in their approach, we as consumers must be more so.
I'm loving my Sony a7s but I wish these camera spokespersons could just tell us straight up that they are doing a PR piece instead of pretending they are some independent third party. I understand everybody does it though and don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading stuff like this even if its basically an ad for their camera brand but I wish they just be honest about it.
G1Houston: I personally would much prefer a built-in flash as opposed to an EVF. Use the rear screen for composition, what do you do now if you need some fill in flash?
I see the point of G1Houston. A example of a good build in flash would be the x100 series. The point of this camera is to be relatively compact and bring everywhere quality camera. Mounting a flash on this thing doubles its size and gives you another thing to mind.
photog4u: How could they leave out IBIS and EFCS silent shooting?!! Shame on you Sony and you were doing so well lately...
The original RX1 used a left shutter, you can hardly hear it.
QuantumPhysics: 12 months after buying a Canon 6D, being disappointed with Canon, I bought a Sony Alpha 7 MII and LOVE IT!
Economy is not achieved by hobbling the video, autofocus, HDR and other features as Canon has done. I feel as if Canon punished me for not buying the more expensive rig!
Having taken my licks, it's time for some fresh air. With Sony, so far, so good. Video is definitely pro quality. It does everything well. Native 16:9 delivers the same size image as a 6D and is nearly a 2X panorama. Image quality is sumptuous at 24 MP and the kit lens, contrary to my expectations, delivers excellent contrast, color, and resolution.
Using a Metabones adapter (fairly expensive) my Canon EF lenses are all image stabilized by the body. I can also use my old FD lenses, including an FD 300mm f/2.8L lens, and Sony is on the right track with clear 2X zoom, which is more than a sales feature--it draws on CPU power to interpolate pixels by unique algorithms.
6d has fallen into disuse.
I own both a 6D and a a7. Although the a7 has a really nice sensor the 6D's autofocus especially the central one is very snappy, consistent, and faster than the a7 in my experience. Not sure if the 6D is faster than the 7D.
Skrocki: " For now we’ll have to stick to our MacBook Air, Windows laptop or even Microsoft Surface Pro device, which is currently the only tablet that allows for installation of a full Adobe Photoshop version." This statement is incorrect.
Nerd2 the Windows tablets from the early 2000s were awful nothing like what we have today.
darngooddesign: In summary...
If you have a lighter workflow, handling 50 RAWs instead of 500 for example and light to medium post processing, it can. Maybe you like your camera's JPGs and only go to the RAWs for keepers and particular photos. You will use it in tangent to your computer. You value carrying a large but lightweight device.
If you have a heavy workflow with lots of files from high res sensors and stitching and stacking exposures, you need tablet like the Surface Pro. One that can drive a big external monitor and take a mouse. Because you need higher specs, you don't mind a tablet which weighs closer to a laptop than an iOS/Android tablet.
The commenters can be divided into those who understand this and those who sneer at anyone who doesn't have their needs and workflow. Kind of like you have people who sneer at anything not a 30+MP full frame DSLR.
If I need to do heavy editing of raw files regularly I would probably do it on a realtively more beefy laptop than a surface pro. Tried the Surface Pro and I found it too sluggish in Lightroom.
Image pro is a wide gamut of professions. If you do a simple Google search you can see a number professional illustrators doing fantadtic work on iPads. So yes for certain kinds of image pros the iPad can be a serious. For photographers who edit tons of raw files probably not.
Perhaps one day hardcore hobbyist and professional will be mostly editing on tablet but I don't think it will be this year. With the emergence of the Surface Pro and now the iPad Pro looks like we are heading that way.
NoMirror99: Sony, you have a set of great cameras! Now get a great OS for the camera: Bring iOS with touch screen to my cameras!
An iPhone is not an interchangeable system with a full frame sensor. :)
Nothing wrong with the man wanting a iOS/Android like interface with his Sony camera.