Biological_Viewfinder: Why am I surprised that people continue to misunderstand the beauty of a fixed-lens solution?
These cameras are the beginning of the end for DSLR cameras.
They don't replace larger, heavier, bulky, multiple lenses in a backpack just yet; but as this technology matures, more and more people will come to appreciate these wonderful bridge cameras. I've waited for a decade for these cameras to arrive. It's still not quite there yet, but they are getting closer and closer to "bridging" the gap between good image quality and utter silliness of the DSLR's need for a backpack full of lenses just to take a picture.
A Nikon 80-400mm on an APS-C DSLR is 120-600mm. That one lens costs $2300. It's also large and heavy.
Some are suggesting 3rd party junk lenses like the 16-300mm. I would not ever use a super-wide to super-telephoto on a DSLR. The whole reason for a DSLR is changing lenses and image quality. Why put 3rd party anything on it???? Even a filter, even a battery. I *ONLY* use genuine!
"As the technology matures"? This can only mean you think small sensors will compete properly with large ones but any advantage the manufacturers of small sensors discover will work just as well on larger ones.
So it looks like the future is finally going to arrive, but do you realise that the better VR gets the more likely it is that we are already living in a VR universe created by persons unknown?
Excellent. Really nice clean compositions.
gravelhopper: I am grateful for the in-depth reviews and the usefull contents I find on DPR. I don't see that anything entitels me to quick reviews. Anyone here paying a subscription to this website?
I think reviews are intended to help make a purchase so the earlier they are done the better for the casual reader.
And a lot of people pleased to get the review here seem to have already purchased the camera, what they are looking for I cannot say, confirmation their purchase was the "right" one?
Sports Shooter: who's is young enough to remember the Pentax LX? It had a good lens/accessories system build around it. I fell in love with the K1000 and was seriously thinking to get the LX but then I went for the Canon F1.The K-1 sounds like a great affordable FF camera but Pentax is lagging behind with the lens system.
I started on a Pentax Spotmatic F, kept it for decades, it was the first camera with open aperture metering! Apart from that luxury it had no features whatsoever as it was all manual with match-needle metering.
I wonder what reviews were like in those days? Probably not as exhaustive as we're used to nowadays...
starwolfy: Way too much publicy for this brand in here these days. Sponsor ?
But practical and very well made.
My camera came with a strap. It hangs over my shoulder until I fancy taking a photo, job done. Don't know why anyone would spend a fortune on some fancy thing that does the same job...
Go the whole hog, include a free a card that only holds 36 shots!
Camera companies coasted for ages on people buying a new digicam every few years. But it was worth it then as things were improving fast, but now there isn't enough change between models to warrant the layout so people are using the things for longer. Those that haven't jumped ship for the mirrorless world that is...
Really excellent set of varied images that tell you exactly what you need to know: Weddings, sports, street, landscapes and ultra-low light work. It seems to cover them all extremely well. Just the small matter of carrying it around....
Hugo808: These are all undoutably excellent photos that I'd be most proud of, but what I'd really like to see is the new China, the vast cities and dams and the changing life of the people. I doubt I could go there and not try and capture something like that...
Dude, I wear a pollution filter when I'm cycling in town in England. If I went to China I'd take a full body suit and oxygen tanks. I would definitely go though...
These are all undoutably excellent photos that I'd be most proud of, but what I'd really like to see is the new China, the vast cities and dams and the changing life of the people. I doubt I could go there and not try and capture something like that...
alcaher: NASA sucks, they always waste alot of money and resources. Take all that money for better things to do here in our the planet.
Knowledge is priceless.
And NASA might be the people who ultimately save humanity, we can't stay on Earth forever, our destiny lies in the stars. Just think of the photo opportunities there!
Joed700: Did Nikon sponsor all the photo equipment for NASA? It seems like NASA's been using Nikon equipment since Nikon F3....
The FBI used a lot of Nikon stuff for spying purposes, maybe it's a US govt contract?
Cool. A good blues documentary with a neat camera review thrown in. Who could ask for more?
Mike FL: "the lens was awarded one of the top three worst lenses of 2015 !" by other popular site.
It is, take a look, this thing is not only noticeably worse than Panasonic TZ100 which has the same spec even Panasonic TZ100's lens is much smaller, but also noticeably worse than Panasonic old P&S LX7 and NF1.
Take a look, and look closely the text.
Canon is well known for sub par sensor, but LENS?
"Canon is well known for sub par sensor"
I'm getting pretty sick of this nonsense, I've been to several major photographic exhibitions recently and a comfortable majority use Canon stuff.
What leaps out at me isn't poor image quality I can tell you. So what is the fuss about, the lack of dynamic range or inability to push the shadows? Why don't all these obviously great photographers take them back if they are so bad? Or is it that your photo's are crap without a bit of post-processing?
(I'm not a Canon user BTW)
I'm surprised it got 80% after a stinker of a review like that, poor J-pegs? No RAW? No EVF? Sensor too small for serious video?
I'll have to read it again in case I missed something useful....
Boy, I'm glad it's only an option, I think civil war would break out otherwise.
The question for me is, do Canon users prefer the new look due to its lower dynamic range?
Very nice selection. Especially the waterfall, seems like a decisive moment that you have to wait ages for!