"The 42.5mm lens will be the fastest ever made for the Micro Four Thirds system."
What about all those f/0.95 by Cosina (Voightlander) and SLR Magic?
Are they going to "invent" autofocus any time soon?
"To put these differences into perspective, before the release of the iPhone 5, we asked 50 non-photographers to compare 15" prints of a similar image from each of these cameras, to work out which were the cheap ones and which the expensive ones and which was the iPhone 4s. 15" prints aren't a stringent photographic test, but they're bigger than most iPhone photos will ever be printed. Over half of people placed the iPhone 4s above the Nikon D3. The picture quality from the iPhones is 'good enough' for most people."
This is the important finding. When light is good and your subject is not moving fast, don't fool yourself that you need an expensive equipment.
What is it with his face?
I wonder why this report is not in the dated list of new articles on the front page?
Mdopp: P.s. There's another way of comparing sensor sizes and that is in f-stops light sensitivity. Medium format is two f-stops more sensitive than full-frame as each pixel is four times larger and can capture four times as much light (on the basis of similar pixel count, of course).This is comparable to the noise reduction associated with an ISO reduction of 400 to 100, for example.But the Leica S is merely one quarter (1/4) of an f-stop more sensitive than the D800. Not really an impressive markup.
And thats if the lenses have the same maximum aperture. And where are f/1.4 for MF?
"but people who really like to work with medium format don't ask me that. Because they know medium format is about more than just resolution. There are still a lot of photographers who work with 22 and 31MP digital backs, and they are fine with the resolution, and they would never change to a 35mm [format] because the image characteristics are completely different. People who ask about cameras like the D800 have never experienced medium format. "
Blah-blah-blah. Defensive much? ;)
Absolutely unnecessary if your EVF is working as it should (as even in A57).
Pavel Sokolov: Who need an unscratchable lens when you should buy new iphone every year? ;)
"current price for iphone5 in russia is about $2000 for 64gb model"
The same model without 2-year phone plan (and it's subsidy) is going to be $849 in the US (at least in the states without sales tax). You can fly to NYC from Moscow, rent a car, drive to Delaware, buy unlocked iPhone5 64GB, fly back - and still be better off than buying it in Russia.
Vinand: For everyone who is interested in the sensor. The camera sensor is being created by Sony (no suprise)...
Here is the specsheet of the sensor series that they have used the iphone5: http://www.sony.net/Products/SC-HP/cx_news/vol68/pdf/sideview_vol68.pdf
Have your read your second link? It's hilarious:"Figure 2Sony's Objectives as an Image Sensor Supplier:Incompatibility of image sensor specific processes and standard logic processesSensor process constraintsInefficiencies caused by unnecessary logic processesConstraints in process line generationPerformance and cost barriers to customization"
Some of the designs are fine, and what some segments of the market want. I'm sure the market will sort them out. And NEX-7 is a good camera to base a product on, even if actually bettered by NEX-6 in Sony's own lineup.
Firmware releases with real improvements are some of the best ways to improve brand reputation. And they are not expensive if they are just backports of some features of new cameras (like in this case). Not nearly as expensive as marketing campaigns or massive returns.
Why would anybody buy this?
jhinkey: Ugh - no true 16:9 ratio with a multi-aspect ratio sensor. As someone who shoots a lot of landscapes and is looking for something more compact than my FX DSLR this camera just became much less desirable.
Perhaps, since they say this is "video optimized" they will release some other m43 camera that keeps the multi-aspect sensor capability?
A GH2 may be the way to go or the OM-D just became much more attractive.
There is VERY little difference between the 16:9 crop of 4:3 sensor and 16:9 crop of multiaspect sensor. Just a few percent of sensor area. You will never see a difference in an HD movie or even still picture. Just marketing.
tutek: After 80-100 zoom sony loses the advantage larger sensor (2.89 x larger surface area) because the 3.1 to 3.7 times slower lens. So G15 gives less noise in the telephoto area. Even G1X is not much better with a larger surface area 6.5 sensor (in the end, only 1.6 to 2.7 times). So where should the G15 ISO 100 to sony 300-400, G1X should 250-400ASA.
But how often do you use 100 mm+ vs the rest of the range in the dark?
peevee1: S110 sucks even more than S100. Same sensor, same processor, same lens, same display, not GPS, and shoots even slower (2.1 fps vs 2.3 fps). Canon has not produced a single competitive camera this year short of 1D X.
Well, in comparison to RX100 S100 certainly sucked. It could certainly be explained by their release dates, but S110 does not have that advantage already.
Kitamura: Got an S90 when it first came out. It has served me well and although I've dropped it many times and it's died and come back to life and I still love it, I think it's time for me to start looking for a new compact. Like the article says, its a great time to be in the market since we're spoilt for choice in this category.
The RX-100 looked like exactly what i need, until I saw the price. If it came down a couple hundred bucks I would reconsider. Then I considered the LX-7 with it's F1.4 lens. Could be great fun. The G15 is also an attractive camera, although I'm disappointed they took away the flipout screen. The new Fujifilm XF-1 is interesting too. I even considered the new Olympus TG-1.
But then I remembered why I bought the S90 in the first place. It's the size. Not sensor size, but the body size. It was the only camera in this class that actually fit in my trouser pocket comfortably. Again, there is some tough competition, but none beat the S110 for pocketability.
Both S110 and RX100 are pocketable. But S110 is still a P&S, in terms of image quality, speed of operation, video, number of shots per charge etc, while RX100 matches or beats any APC-S or smaller-sensored DSLR or mirrorless with their 3.5-5.6 kit lenses (the only exception seems to be Fuji X-E1 because the kit is 2.8-4 and the sensor and JPEG are good).
Michael Doleman: Is it just me, or is Canon's output in anything except their DSLR line increasingly yawn-worthy? As a former S-series owner & fan, this is disheartening. I'm now a Sony RX100 owner and have to say (hopefully without going too far down the road with the hype bandwagon) that it's now difficult to view these tiny-sensor enthusiast compacts as anything but irrelevant. My assumption was that Sony just happened to be lucky enough to be first to market with a large(ish) sensor in a pocketable form factor. I expected the next round of compacts from Canon, Samsung, and Panasonic to all sport larger sensors and be very significant upgrades to each respective model series... Instead: minor refreshes only, right across the board.
Their current DSLR line also sucks, with the lonely exception of 1D X.
Marcin Moscicki: Size of a K-5 (even slightly larger). I guess it's great for those doing video, but I'll pass.
And heavier than A37 and D3200 too. And why it is 82mm deep? It must be a mistake, there is no pentaprism there...
"and shares that model's key features; a super-fast F1.4-2.3 24-90mm equivalent lens in front of a 10.1MP 1/1.7" CMOS sensor. "
Isn't it really a 12Mpix 1/1.7" sensor, and it is just the lens illuminates and the camera uses a smaller 10Mpix part of it? Meaning it has faster lens only because the used area of the sensor is smaller than for other 1/1.7" cameras (kind of like Oly XZ-1 did not use the whole 1/1.63" sensor).