What's with the goofy names? Why not call it Zen, or at least Zen Phone? Why mutilate a perfectly good English word? At least in Apple's case "i" stands for "internet".
Whoever is the first to make a rectilinear action cam will own the market.
An awful lot of great people have passed away this year. Sad.
photogeek: Funny how the lens lineup is not even a consideration. Sony APS-C lineup sucks pretty bad, whereas Panasonic and Oly have high quality lenses available all the way from ultrawide to telephoto. If this doesn't matter to you, then I'm not sure you even need an "enthusiast" camera. A fixed lens 1" sensor camera would be a better choice.
Trouble with this reasoning is with MFT you get size, weight, convenience, AND lens selection. What you don't get is 42 megapixels, but really, who needs that?
Sony doesn't just lack "something" though. Until recently even with FF on which they're clearly focusing their development efforts, they did not have an AF normal prime. No, $700 55mm f1.8 is not a normal prime. Their 35mm f2.8 lens (which could in theory be used as standard on apsc) sucks when it comes to close focus. That's just meat and potatoes stuff which they should have nailed from day one. Instead they just keep cranking one body after another.
The Achilles heel of x-mount is not even price (Fuji almost constantly runs significant discount deals), it's the outdated AF motors in most lenses. Optically a lot of them are great. But in the flesh Oly lenses are just much nicer to use due mostly to silent and fast AF. I don't own a single MFT lens that's anything but excellent in this regard. At one point I had an X-T1 with almost the entire complement of lenses available at that time. I ended up getting rid of it, since OM-D E-M1 was just more pleasant to use, and pictures coming from it required less work in post. The fact that lenses were almost half the size is gravy.
Funny how the lens lineup is not even a consideration. Sony APS-C lineup sucks pretty bad, whereas Panasonic and Oly have high quality lenses available all the way from ultrawide to telephoto. If this doesn't matter to you, then I'm not sure you even need an "enthusiast" camera. A fixed lens 1" sensor camera would be a better choice.
60 dollars for a camera strap. Truly, there's a sucker born every minute.
Don't you just love how they drag out the full introduction of this feature over several product releases. In this release, a single focal length and only in the center. In the next, start/end focal length and in the center, in the one after it, start/end, and a few peripheral points, then all of that and several focusing distances, and so on and so forth. And you upgrade with each release, because let's face it, it sucks when you spend $15K on lenses and camera can't focus them properly by default. Never mind that their own service software can do full calibration already, and it did it for at least the past decade.
Lucas1964: I took a year to decide between Panasonic M43 or Sony 6000, and I found it a hard decision. Video is very important to me and both systems had their advantages. I recently decided to go for the G7. Now that the 6300 is out I was reconsidering my choice… It surely is a heck of a camera, but it has its flaws too. Several tests have shown that it had extreme rolling shutter and the overheating problem is not something to discard lightly. The most important drawback to me remains the lack of convincing lenses for this camera. Sony now only offers good (but very expensive and large) full frame lenses, and if you decide to invest in these lenses one should move up to one of the A7 camera’s. The lack of affordable and good lenses for this format would be an insurmountable problem to me. It is a shame, because on the camera side they seem to lead the pack…
I had both Sony APC-C E-system and MFT for a while. MFT lens lineup blows Sony out of the water. You could argue that MFT doesn't do well at high ISO, but with in-body stabilization it does better than one might think. Add to that the fact that lenses are one third the size and weight, so they'll actually be with you and not at home, and IMO MFT is hard to argue against. The only major thing is, bokeh is more difficult to obtain, but on MFT this is solved by just slapping a longer lens (such as the wonderful 75mm f/1.8) onto the camera. All in all, no regrets.
fmian: It was a terrible business decision for them to market and make their products for consumers in the first place. I still don't understand why they didn't push the technology in the security, investigation and surveillance realm.Instead they ended up making toys for peoples curiosity.
A couple of friends of mine are entrepreneurs too, both in established industries. Those industries already have substantial and entrenched networks of providers and consumers, and they are very much not interested in any changes to the status quo. Basically the only way to break in is to work with one of the established players. Cold calling gets you bupkis, you have to have a connection, play golf with execs, etc. And even then deal timeframes can be months or years, which for a startup is basically eternity.
Mike FL: 'We had just raised $50MM in new capital".
$50MM will give Lytro another 3 years to burn as one headcount costs about $150,000 per year in average for an US based high-tech company, so a 100 employees company cost $15MM per year.
Lytro is based in Bay Area where employee costs are at least twice as much since you have to compete with Google/Facebook/LinkedIn and others.
It's a lot easier to sell to consumers. LEO/security -- you have to be "plugged in" with the right people to make any inroads.
photogeek: Which begs the question, why are SSDs so physically huge in comparison?
None of this matters. The underlying thing that takes up space is the actual memory cells. The size of those is determined by the lithographic process used. The speed is achieved by parallelizing access to memory cells and having a much faster controller. I posit there's no technical reason why M2 drives couldn't be one third the size, even in 2TB capacity.
lylejk: Incredible. Still, cannot wait until the magnetoresistive memory devices gets released. The densities will be an horder of magnitude (maybe 2) bigger and both read and write cycles will nearly be as fast as D-RAM. :)
MRAM is like sustainable nuclear fusion: always in the future.
What happened to "2 to the power of"? - where the other 56 GB?
Probably allocated to spare blocks to remap to when some of the blocks wear out. Or disabled at the factory after testing bad, to increase yield. Or a combination of those two things.
Which begs the question, why are SSDs so physically huge in comparison?
David Hull: This seems like a great thing but I wonder what it means for the future of the applications?
I had my editing computer die a couple months ago and I e-mailed NIK to see how they handled things since I was an owner and needed to re-install. I couldn't see where to put the codes in in the latest version. The lady I was in contact with just sent me a link to download -- no codes necessary.
Hopefully they will keep investing in these apps.
Why would they keep investing into it if they don't make any money from it?
A7R2 runs circles around this, at about the same pixel density. Impressive feat on Sony's part. Back to the drawing board, Canon. Better luck next time.
Don't know why they bother. APS-C is definitely a dead end in Sony lineup. To make it otherwise, Sony needs smaller, APS-C specific lenses for these cameras, and given that they can't even be bothered to produce a full lineup for their $3K+ bodies, I just don't see this happening anytime soon, if ever. This is coming from a former NEX-7 owner. I liked the body, but the lens lineup was inadequate, so when the first A7 came out, I saw the writing on the wall and got rid of NEX-7.