nerd2: Why they are still making long-flange (mirrored) version of their camera instead of going full mirrorless?
Rishi, I don't see why lenses will be an issue with A-mount. You can pick up Sony 70-200/2.8 SSM II and use a similar lens from another mount. If you desire to keep FOV identical, you can always select a specific FL range to work with (for example, 70-135mm on a77 will compare to 105-200mm on a FF).
Steven Blackwood: This is a real conundrum. While most specs seem to favor the RX10, the absence of OSS seems a real oversight in a camera priced so high. I have a video at Vimeo that illustrates why this is important, esp. at telephoto.The camera used is a 70d with the 18-135 IS lens (which is pretty close to the 200 equiv. on the RX10. The video was originally made to illustrate what people with Nystagmus (wobbly eyes). The video is only 38 sec. long. Oh, and the video is handheld; obviously on a tripod the issue would be irrelevant.
******************************EDIT: Now I am confused. The specs fir the RX10 does say it has OSS but in the head to head video comparison, it seems to say it does not. Does this mean that OSS does not operate in video mode? If not, ny criticism remains. If it DOES operate, forget I said anything: RX10 wins on points (It does have an ND filter!)
Sony uses a combination of digital and optical stabilization for video (only optical for stills), a point that such reviews should include.
Edymagno: Dangerous times to buy expensive glass.
Why? Its not that existing lenses don't have curvature or incidence angle hasn't been an issue (especially with very short flange).
Vegasus: Sony products somehow always invented new technology but after a while, today's technology will be replaced by tomorrow's technology. This is mean price will drop a lot. Last time A mount lens, then E mount soon FE mount then what? Can't they keep it simple? New tech with new body, but still able to use older lens with no adaptor ring at all. Another one is the NEX cameras, now they changed it to A cameras. Geez, just bought NEX-5 for like $990ish, changed the name now worth less than half the price.
Changing camera names from Alpha NEX to Alpha, or having two mounts (SLR mount "A" and Mirrorless mount "E") isn't the kind of technology based argument you're looking for. This is an evolution of sensor design, which may or may not be the norm but offers intriguing possibilities.
reginalddwight: Thank you for the additional photos now archived in the photo gallery.
I am impressed by the IQ and low light performance of this pocketable compact.
Could have fooled me that the photographer did not have fun taking these photos. The pictures look intimate and engaging.
You did an excellent job Barney.
cybergap: I have had the A6000 for two weeks now, and in general, really like it. The only issue is that I am having a hard time finding a lens that really brings out the sensor's capabilities. AngryCorgi pointed out below that the FE 55 1.8 is amazing, and it is. I was using the comparison tool with the Nikon 800e and I swear the A6000 is far more detailed with this lens on it. It's the only lens I have rented in the e mount line (Tried them all) that really makes good images, but it has no OSS and a 82ish focal length. Soooo. Great camera, EVF is fine, controls are excellent except for the movie button placement. Very fast on the draw which is fun shooting out the car window at 1/2000. You just have to pay for the FE55 and hope that Sigma and Zeiss port their best lenses to the mount soon. With OSS. At this price you really can't go wrong. Buy one if you can find it.
Indeed. The 35mm f/1.8 OSS is my "kit lens",
Luekutus: The viewfinder "downgrade" is disappointing — the viewfinder is what brought me to the NEX (6) system in the first place.
I am okay with the higher res EVF in NEX-6, but a6000 seems to have a better refresh rate which I think is more important than more pixels.
Don't expect stabilization from any Zeiss lens (only way to get Zeiss and OSS together is if you shop for a Sony Zeiss zoom). Sigma doesn't do OS on its primes either... other than three long macros.
Ed Gill: Sony has to be spastic! Now they drop the hotshoe just when the lens got fast enough for decent portraits and depth of field control (read high speed flash sync). Hello - hello? They can't even manage a stinking little sync port for flash triggers. Hopefully Panasonic will scale up the LX5/7 to m4/3 next time around, my money stays in my wallet until then. And Canon - he coulda been a contender just those crappy sensors kept him outa the ring. Maybe Canon will give up and just buy Sony sensors and get back in the race.
A ridiculous option that will be just as amusing any time. Even when you realize (and obviously some don't), the real estate is better used on something useful someone can use every time, every day: EVF.
Aroart: Once again sony is kicking nikon and canon but.
As soon as restructuring is complete, I just might be tempted to.
white shadow: Now, it may be a good time to get the Mk2 as price will drop to make way for the Mk3.
I think the pop-up EVF is a gimmick. The flash hot shoe is more useful.
Unfortunately, they didn't improve on the clickless front wheel and provide an external battery charger.
The faster lens is welcome but I think the old one is good enough for casual photography.
The option to use now is EVF... useless would have been hotshoe approach, which I'm sure Sony realized wasn't one of the used features on MkII. But those who can't live without hotshoe... pick up MkII on a deal.
photo perzon: Still a tiny sensor compared to m4/3 and aps-c no?
Yes for pretty much anything. But if one does want to settle for Canon G1x II size and price, a smarter approach would be to go with an APS-C ILC.
For flexibility, Interchangeable Lens Cameras are the smarter solution, especially now that we have a variety of nice, compact cameras that put even FLCs like G1x II to shame.
Inclusion of EVF was an amazing surprise. And so is articulating LCD (fixed with MkII). But, if you are well tuned into cell phone photography, you may not understand the value of either. Hey, I wouldn't say no to Hotshoe, but EVF is brilliant addition, and EVERY buyer is likely to use it.
Bounce flash isn't really a big deal. That is the only way I use built-in flash on my NEX-6 (I may have used direct flash, may be couple of times). OTOH, carrying an external flash about the same size/weight as the camera, now that will be quite a sight.
Its is about as "tiny" compared to m43 as m43 is to APS-C. Performancewise though, pretty close to m43. In fact, it matches (and beats) even near APS-C size sensor on Canon G1x II.
Its a gimmick because Canon G1x II doesn't have it. :D
AP Hovasse: I love my "old" RX100 and I'm really looking forward to buying this one. I was an early buyer of the 100 and have really put it through its paces. I love the files, the resolution is so sweet. It's so small it never ever leaves me. I will miss the reach of the 100mm which is itself pretty weak. I hope they've done something about the focus, which sucks for anything with movement. The EVF will be great. I won't have to put on my glasses every time I want to look to see what I'm shooting. I will be happy to give up my Eye-Fi card for quick wifi. I'm really really looking forward to more low-light shooting. I've been really hard on my camera, it's always on the go, I'm not too delicate with it, but these things are solid, so well built and such a fine fine little camera. My DSLRs are gathering dust.
NFC should help towards that. But, not all smart phones have NFC.
I don't think people looking for a camera the size of RX100 are doing so with the idea of carrying an external flash. The flip up built-in flash should work fine for the purpose these cameras are meant for... even my NEX-6 gets away with it often (I never carry external flash unless carrying bag full of gear).
And yes, RX100 MkIII does have bounce feature on its built in flash.
Storky: Very disappointed that Sony *still* has a tiny sensor that doesn't give you any opportunity to create a good bokeh, and that the zoom range is still so limited. How do they expect to compete with similar-priced alternatives like the Canon G1X-II this way? Sigh. It's time that Sony finally cleans up their act.
Because Sony has a real APS-C sensor packed in a camera that is smaller than Canon G1x II, while that tiny sensor you speak of, is in a much smaller camera (with more useful tools), and the sensor itself puts the G1x sensor to shame. For size comparison: http://j.mp/1gc3jPZ
Sometimes I find it amusing that people actually trumpet G1x II as "greatness".
MarcLee, there is a better way to use a bounce flash on a camera this size: its built-in flash does that. No need to carry flash units bigger than the camera.