Valiant Thor: I realize there are positives and negatives with so many of these cameras, however, I am a mid-grade photo amateur and I purchased this camera about 2 weeks ago. I also have a complete Lumix 4/3 system, but I have to say this is a great camera. I'm using it with the 30mm Sigma lens (which I had to update the lens firmware to work with the D5300), and the quality is outstanding. I got the gray D5300 and the Sigma Lens is the same gray color and they are an awesome combination! Also, I shoot products for web work and the D5300 works great tethered to my PC using the Nikon Camera Control Pro software. The tethering even works with video and saves the video clips right to the desktop. I'm not a full frame shooter yet so this is a great camera for me since I already had a few DX lenses. I've had 5 or 6 Nikon DX cameras over the years which I sold but this is the best yet, not to mention the large LCD screen. The D5300 has a nice quality feel to it and it does 1080 60p video. Nice.
This one is supposed to be good too, and free: http://www.sofortbildapp.com
skiphunt13: Am a bit surprised actually. I'm betting this will be a dynamite video camera for travel in particular, but for $1300US I'd want better than average stills.
Have been seriously eyeing this one, but am now glad I didn't pre-order.
I personally don't think the images are bad, but they aren't exhibiting exceptional quality with regard to color rendition or resolution compared to the RX100s with the same sensor. Frankly, I could and have made more technically impressive images from a little Olympus XZ1.
For $1300 I'd want to be wowed a good deal more. I'm still looking at this camera because I'm betting the video will be quite impressive... it's just for me personally, I'll need stellar stills performance too to justify the high cost.
Not dismissing the camera, just glad I haven't pre-ordered until the whole picture is revealed. Could go either way with this camera, either a magnificent journalistic/indie film tool or bloated, over-priced failure. Still hopeful for the former.
Am a bit surprised actually. I'm betting this will be a dynamite video camera for travel in particular, but for $1300US I'd want better than average stills.
mcshan: One article about hipsters and another about gypsies. Sad.
I like the articles about how others are using the art of photography. Endless conversations about pixels sensors, noise, etc. distract from the main reason anyone should even be bothering with any of this, ie. making images.
It baffles me why you read such hateful and angry posts on this site. Seems photography would be something that brought most joy. Instead, it seems some use it as an excuse to stew in their own disenchantment I suppose.
Seriously, when you look at the posts in general on this site, the vast majority and angry and hateful. Why do you suppose that is?
skiphunt13: Although I can't completely disagree with this assessment, I still chose the P7700 for my particular needs. I have a couple of Nikon strobes that the P7700 can control wirelessly. That's a big plus. The articulating screen and the not-insignificant extra reach of the sharp zoom, and it was an easy decision for me.
Looked at both in a shop for nearly an hour, making images with both, etc. The Canon was only slightly more responsive, but it made a difference if I was using the Nikon's Active D-lighting. Focus was similar on both at the same focal lengths. Both good compacts, but the areas where the Nikon beat the Canon were areas right in my personal niche.
Regarding those who can't figure out why anyone would buy one of these... I can say that I want a compact that can do pretty much everything I need it to do for travel via motorcycle or hiking. I don't have that much space to store stuff as you can see in this image of my bike: http://skiphuntphoto.com/moto-southwest-2013/
Thanks! Will do. Was thinking of leaving today, but there's a lot of weird weather forecast from where I'm at all the way up to where I was headed. Figured I'd wait a day for at least a shot at a dry start without tornadoes and hail. ;)
Although I can't completely disagree with this assessment, I still chose the P7700 for my particular needs. I have a couple of Nikon strobes that the P7700 can control wirelessly. That's a big plus. The articulating screen and the not-insignificant extra reach of the sharp zoom, and it was an easy decision for me.
keith james taylor: wonderful pics but a difrent story in the Guardan for example all the photographs where taken with a Nikcon F3 " so never let the facts spoile a good story". Thanks for the introduction to this fasinating body of woork
I had to look that up too, because although I really like the work... many didn't look possible from an old discarded polaroid. He actually went through 3 polaroid cameras until settling on the SX70. Then switched to the Nikon 35mm after they stopped making the Polaroid film.
Great stuff though... doesn't matter which camera he was using but it did imply that he did it all with an abandoned Polaroid, when that really isn't the case. Took a good deal of digging to even discover that, so it's likely they're indeed letting the Polaroid vagueness sweeten the story in general. Worked... got my attention.
Very good images regardless.
This is an excellent article and checked out Eric's blog for the first time. Also excellent!
At first I thought this was clever, but after I thought about it for a minute... if I was on the street and this guy rolled up on me and did a drive-by style shooting like this, I'm afraid I'd be scouring the ground for a good-sized rock to chunk at him.
That is... after I got my sight back from being unceremoniously blinded by some passing (expletive deleted).
It's kinda odd the way they've got it laid out. It looks like you're voting for one of these 5 images, but they're just the first selections for each of the 10-image categories. I have one in Altered Images too, but I'm betting most think its just out of these 5.
Lots of great images though! Sweet to be among them :)
I checked out this app after seeing this post. I really didn't want to buy yet another redundant app, but the demo video looked promising.
Have to give it up for this app. What it does, it does better than any other app I have. It beats Touch ReTouch and Anti-Crop as well.
Would like to use my own textures, and some layer functions would be nice. Other than that, I think this is now one of my top 3 editing apps. I tested it out on an iPad and haven't tried the iPhone version yet.
Glad I found it here. Thanks!
Haven't read the article yet, but thems pitchers is purty. Um-hum.
I like turtles. :)
I would take a soft, gritty, finely composed image of great subject matter with soul... over a state-of-the-art Monter-MP dSLR pristine image of banal, generic scenes I've already seen a thousand times any day of the week.
If what gets you off is the resolution itself, and the subject matter is secondary... then you're a fan of tech... not of art.
bobbarber: Guys, I made a "negative" comment further down. I'm going to defend it.
Sony deserves a lot of credit for being innovative. They are one of the most innovative camera companies currently, and I think it is a lot of fun even for those of us who aren't Sony owners to see what they'll come up with next.
The flaw in this camera is the lens. It sucks compared to the lens in the XZ-1, and a few other compacts. Look at the comparison tool. Go to the watch, the hair next to the watch, or anything else sort of near the edges. This lens sucks.
THE QUALITY OF THE LENS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SENSOR SIZE. YOU CAN NOT PUT A $50 F8 500MM LENS IN FRONT OF A NIKON D800 SENSOR, AND EXPECT BETTER PHOTOS THAN YOU GET OUT OF A PANASONIC FZ150, FOR EXAMPLE, JUST BECAUSE THE SENSOR IS BIGGER.
Sorry to shout, but Good God, people are talking about the size of the sensor as if it absolutely, positively is the one spec that most defines image quality, and it absolutely, positively IS NOT, the LENS IS.
Bob Barber, go to ISO3200 on the same image and then compare. I see what you're saying at ISO100 but ISO3200 is another kettle of large sensor fish.
george4908: The XZ-2 pics by Robin Wong make a much more compelling case for this camera.
Only... that video he shot does not look promising at all. I know he says he doesn't know much about video, but the very soft quality of the sample video has me looking at the RX100 again.
Looking forward to decent video samples by someone.
I almost bought this app, but noticed another one that comes with more textures, you can make your own... and it's a Universal app that works with iPhone too, so you can control one from the other, or use an iPad AND iPhone for a two-light macro set up.
Seems to be a much better value for my needs. Thanks for reminding me that I already have extra tools to use! :)
Here's the other app that I ended up getting and so far it's working perfectly Photo Light HD (Softbox): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-light-hd-softbox/id515832290?mt=8
I don't really use my flickr pro account for social networking. For me it's a very good place to host full res images for use in other flickr supported services like Magcloud. For what you get, unlimited storage on a very stable system with support from other services for the $29 annual fee is a good value.
Forgot to mention there's a deadline of March 6th of 2012. Haven't sold many eBooks so far, so as of this writing, your odds are VERY good! :)
Thanks OldArrow! Glad I'm not alone on this. :)