As a old time Canon user (dabbling in Fujifilm and Panasonic mirrorless) In the end, I hope that cameras like the Sony's a7 series be such a smash hit that big boys like Canon and Nikon will somehow feel the financial hit from the enthusiast/pro market that they try to play catch up in their tech. They have been putting their heads in the sand for far too long. Their strangle hold in some key markets are still pretty solid though so I'm not holding my breath.
TheVoid: I'm happy to see Sony's eye-AF highlighted here. It's my favorite feature in the under-$1000 a77mII. My keeper rate for candid people shots has gone up a lot, and it's given me the confidence to take on paid portrait work. So yes, there is an affordable non-e-mount Sony camera out there for casual shooters or amateurs with this feature! (Although not in continuous AF mode -- it's a single focus implementation only, but mapped to any of several available custom buttons it's a very simple thing to re-engage.) Go Sony!
Hmm interesting. I stand corrected then.
To be fair Canon has eye tracking too, My old, bought in 2011 1DX has iTR which locks on to the face quite well for slow moving subjects. The 7D mark II which inherited the 1DX AF system also has it. So the technology is there, its not just implemented on all Canon cameras which is a pity.
Wow that looks really promising. Especially for video...
Skipper494: It does not impress me when a company keeps bringing out new firmware versions, means they didn't get it right the three times before. The lenses are excellent, the performance clean, but it's still a 16MP camera.
Tell that to the Sony RX1 owners.
Under The Sun: I love this company. The only thing that is preventing me to go all in is video.
Actually, the XT1's video is quite good for close up and half body shots where the background is compressed. I use my 56mm 1.2 for that. The skin tones are very nice too, excellent for interview shots. However shoot anything with a pattern or intricate detail like foliage or a checkered shirt and and things get ugly. Good thing I still have my Canon and Panasonic cameras when I want some good video.
Its very unlikely but if Fuji does get decent video...I'll definitely consider selling all my none fuji gear.
Just a Photographer: I know one thing for certain.Fuji takes care of its customers.
For a Autofocus update like this most other camera manufacturers would bring out a new body instead.
More then 40 new features have been added to the Fuji X-T1 since its introduction. No that is not bugfixes, but complete new features that weren't in the camera when it was released.
And for those that want to bash.Then not that this camera always performed as advertised and people bought it upon the specifications as it was released.
Its less stressful if you look at the glass half full anyway.
I love this company. The only thing that is preventing me to go all in is video.
peter1957: Yeah i agree with Photo Nest. I have four Canon DSLR'S ,two being 5D3 and 7D2. I also find touch screens awful there just a toy an add on you really don't need and something to easily break. Do yourselves a favor, grab a 7D2 and a good lens get off your butts go outside learn to use it and it will blow you away. This is one awesome camera and does not deserve to be picked to pieces by people who most likely have never used one.
Fellow 1DX, 7dm2, and 650d owner and I respectfully disagree that touch screens can't be durable. I have dropped, wacked, and abused my poor 650d and its touch screen still works perfectly. Same with my GH4 and ancient panasonic video cams, used them to death for years but the touch screens still work perfectly.
Najib: Mr. Maki, if the customer's voice is so important, then listen to all the RX1/R owners who have been waiting for a firmware upgrade since it was released! *rollseyes*
Joe Ogiba: Wow, it looks like the old world DSLR still shooters are getting all bent out of shape of the NX1. It is now 2015 and 4K video is the future but it looks like DPR is filled with PHOTOGRAPHY ONLY fanboys that hate were the world is going to.
I bet the demographics of owners of the Nikon Df is about the same as viewers of Faux News, 60+ white males that want to live in the past.
Wait. Why should "old world" still shooters get bent out of shape about 4K when most of them don't care about video in the first place?
PenPen: I have a question for camera experts like you. I currently have an old Canon 550D since a few years and want to buy a new camera, a bit more pro. I was expecting a lot from 7d Mark II but was disapointed, as it's not a camera for me. I'm more interested in landscapes and street photography than wildlife or sport. And I'm not interested in video or be able to shoot 15 images per second.And so now I'm thinking of leaving Canon and I'm hesitating between Samsung NX1 and Nikon D750. The NX1 seems more interesting in terms of modern features, but in terms of image quality, is it equivalent to D750? Can a very good APS-C mirrorless camera compete with a full frame camera in terms of image quality?Thanks
I swear I too can see the difference between my full fame and crop sensor cameras and its not just the depth of field. It actually took me a while to get it but after a few years of using full frame your mind learns to spot the difference. This discussion reminds me of debates of fine wine aficionados on mid priced and expensive wine.
vesa1tahti: A very good camera, but: We have now the Nikon D7200, there's no APS-C-camera that could beat this Nikon. BTW: I've 10 pieces of (almost) professional DX- lenses, so the D7200 was 'a must' for me, after the D7000.
You actually have a good point. For many pros doing big shoots on a tough deadline, after service support is extremely crucial.
Folsomite: First off, I am so lost at all the ranting. Folks, who is your audience that you must have 4k? I get the idea to be future proof but considering that most people don't have either the TV or a method to view content, shouldn't a camera like this be consider an investment. And most NLEs and computers are just getting up to spend to editing 4k content. You can probably count quality 4k monitors on both hands. Also, I don't understand why people are complaining about the cost. This is meant for professionals with the business to justify. Buy a camera that fits your needs. If you are selling your content for $200 and you produce only 1 a week, then maybe you are striving too hard for quality. For all the Sony fans, go enjoy your camera. What benefit do you have giving feedback to a camera you don't have and aren't interested. Do you think calling people stupid is going to make your purchase any better? You really can't compare a camera that is not out to something off the self.
Big studios and established businesses, which is probably the target market for Canon, won't bat an eyelash when buying these C cameras.
maxnimo: Would this camera be good enough to film a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster?Just curious.
Canon C cameras are different tools from RED cameras. RED are fantastic narrative cameras but you will be hard-pressed to use one in run and gun situations.
Under The Sun: As a person who used Canon's cinema cameras like the C100 and C300 and the F7 extensively I subjectively think Canon has some advantages in the look of its footage like the skin tones but the C300 Mark II with is stratosphere level price will surely sway a lot of budget videographers to the Sony F7. I don't need 4K right now but I for one will definitely buy this camera when Canon drops its price a few years down the line.
My bad I meant FS7. Thanks for the correction.
As a person who used Canon's cinema cameras like the C100 and C300 and the F7 extensively I subjectively think Canon has some advantages in the look of its footage like the skin tones but the C300 Mark II with is stratosphere level price will surely sway a lot of budget videographers to the Sony F7. I don't need 4K right now but I for one will definitely buy this camera when Canon drops its price a few years down the line.
I like the concept but this thing needs at least an APS-C sensor and a lower price tag. Though I'm curious what the footage looks like.
HSway: Samples tell us 24 Art bokeh can be very jittery. I don’t say it lightly, I am not any of the bokeh fanatics or a Sigma basher and I am very happy with 50 Art and 60 Art in this particular respect. The point is that while this is absolutely OK with some, say, (14-) 24/4 lens the purpose of f1.4 lens fills also different roles where this is a consideration. I wish they take it into account with such fast lenses including UWAs and avoid rendition that really can be distracting and limiting for certain uses. (As distanced from the character; most people will agree on the difference - my Touit 32 can have unpleasant jittery bokeh @f1.8, it changes to character I love @f2.2, I could go on). No it is not a disaster but it makes the potential of the lens less versatile.
Not that the standards are not high but thank you for the most interesting article.
Normally I'm nick picker myself but I second Rishi's statement. I have bought and desperately wanted to love my Canon 24L but the bohek characteristics bothered me a lot so I returned it. However the Sigma sample looks much better. Very promising IMHO.
The more I read about Sigma, the more I really like this company.