kapeed1: Question to Gurus here and to Canon: Why can't such a beautiful lens be available as a EF-S lens option for the Rebel DSLRS like T3i (that I have)? That will offer the best of both worlds: 1) The flexibility and interchangeable lens aspect of a DSLR when you need it 2) A general good walk around lens that is BOTH bright (f2) and with decent 5x zoom range. Request - Make such a lens for EF-S too !
The issue is currently the DSLR lens options either start at f3.5 (not BRIGHT) or are just too HEAVY and PRICY - and even if they exist (like the L lens) don't cover a 5x zoom range. For this reason, I am planning to get this camera once it comes but since I do not like to haul 2 cameras, I may have to let go of the DSLR.
The bottomline with this awesome lens - even with a smaller sensor than APS-C, there is more light reaching the sensor and more bokeh at full open - so no point of keeping my T3i DSLR with 18-55mm kit lens other than the occassional use of the Nifty Fify 50 mm f1.8 prime.
Lens aficionados will probably offer more expertise, but it probably comes down to exactly what you described - ASP-C vs 1.5" sensor size and interchangeability vs. built-in lens.
According to the table in the article, the difference between the G1XII's sensor and the T5i is 95mm^2. That's a pretty sizable difference in the surface area the lens would need to cover.
Also, I'm sure there are some design considerations that have to make the lens bulkier to allow for interchangeability.
Combatmedic870: In the first paragraph you put 1.2 fx prime. I'm assuming it should be 1.8 prime.
Thanks for pointing that out. Fixed.
Rocket09: So they put the best low light sensor in a camera with an AF system that is not great in low light??? Oh Nikon...
Differing definitions of low light, perhaps. In casual use it was hunting quite a bit in a dimly lit bar setting. Once it did establish a focus lock the pictures were great.
DELETED88781: My own error?NEF Files can not complete the download for low light comparison.
What camera (I'm assuming the Df) and ISO combination are you referring? I was able to successfully download the Df low light scene at ISO 100 Raw.
l_d_allan: "Cons" in the overall summary doesn't include lack of video?
Or has that been implemented? Firmware update?
My understanding is that on a camera with LiveView, video is "just" firmware.
My Canon 50d didn't have video, but did have LiveView. The MagicLantern firmware team were able to implement video on the 50d. Amazing.
It's not "just" firmware, but there are a number of hardware considerations as well. Things like needing a larger memory buffer, additional CPU power to encode the video, and heatsinks to dissipate the heat from the sensor.
That's not to say that the Df doesn't have all those things and video can be enabled with "just" a firmware swap, but without knowing the engineering underneath the hood, no one can say for certain.
micronean: an 81 on a non-recommended camera?
It seems like DPreview was very generous on their review. Had its name been anything but Nikon, its real place would have been somewhere in the low 70s.
Take a look at the pie chart. The scores are heavily weighted towards image quality and the Df does that splendidly. If its name had been anything but Nikon, it would still have the same score.
harold1968: the conclusion and summary of this camera isn't particularly good.its not bad, its a good camera, but many people will form their own judgement based on cost and functionality.Nevertheless it gets 81%. I really don't understand that, simply that dpreview are completely inconsistent with their summaries and their scores.
Camera scores and ratings explained: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4416254604/camera-scores-ratings-explained
Rascati: Upon initial reading of this review I was under the impression that the reviewer did not like this camera. In two instances (Aperture control and O-Ring Protector), the reviewer did not take the time to read the manual to understand how the camera worked. While the operation of this camera may not be to the reviewers liking, knocking it down because he didn't read the manual does not seem fair. Additionally, the photos that were used in the review were nowhere near the quality of the photos in the gallery. The use of some of the better gallery photos for the review would have given a better example of what this camera can do. To be fair, Jeff did indicate the conditions in which he took the review photos (Less than ideal conditions). Overall, it just seems like the reviewer highlighted the negative aspects of the camera vs. the highlights. If I had a trip planned to Hawaii with a new camera, I think I'd take a few minutes to read the manual first.(I don't own this camera) Best Regards
I can only speak for myself, but having handled plenty of cameras that come through our offices, you come to expect cameras to work in a seemingly logical way. On most cameras aperture is set with a control wheel or the 4-way directional buttons, not the playback zoom buttons.
Yes there is the argument that the manual should be read front-to-back, but the likelihood that this would be done by the average user is next to nil, even if they're buying an expensive interchangeable lens system. I certainly didn't pour over the manual when I bought my Canon DSLR.
And though Jeff did figure out where the controls were in the end, something has to be said about Nikon placing aperture controls in the last place a reviewer would check.
Jerry Ci: Devin -- you repeatedly refer to connections to an iPad, rather than tablet. Are you saying that Sandisk Connect ONLY works with an Apple product? Or, instead, are you simply an iTard that doesn't recognize there is a universe outside of Apple products?
Sandisk's Connect app is available for both iOS and Android operating systems.
duchamp: line 5: "put your media on a Samsung drive"
Have you meant Sandisk?
Corkcampbell: Is this going to be offered for free by the Creative Live website? Right now it says "Enjoy this free workshop!", but they could just be referring to the rebroadcast going on now. I keep missing the first segment because of my schedule.
Sorry, just saw a reply below that says it will be archived and available.
And it's now available here: http://www.creativelive.com/courses/dpreview-live
Jim Salvas: I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I haven't seen TV this geeky since the early days of MSNBC, when Soledad O'Brien chatted every day with virtual reality character Null Dev about computer software.
I didn't even know that was a thing. Wow. The 90s were a really strange decade.
harold1968: Looks like the RX1(R) doesn't get a look in anywhereStrangeAs it's the best compact
The RX1(R) is not very pocketable though...
idnab: Nikon P330 - "F1.8-5.9 lens" ?
What is actually indicated on the ring at the base of lens is "1:1.8-5.6", not a major difference, but what is stated here by DPR should be consistent with the product spec.
Fixed the typo. Thanks.
Love it! Great format!
I'd like to suggest it be on the "Buying Guide" drop-down menu at top. :)
We're working on a more permanent home for all our buying guide / roundup content. Thanks for the suggestion.
lester11: Nice! Going Shooting, capital G capital S. Yup, the E-M5 is round my neck and the backpack is full of lenses and I've got my Goretex on and yup, I'm Goin' Shootin'. Now when I'm not Going Shooting, I'll be in my suit and tie mainly, and I really really want to have something unobtrusive but good in my jacket pocket. Darn it, I don't think I have what it takes to pop a Cath Kidson handbag on my arm...
I carried a 5D2 and 24-70 f/2.8L while climbing a mountain, and besides the fact that it was inaccessible in my pack most of the time going up, I would've loved something that was 4lbs lighter...
Russell Evans: I setup the camerasize.com webpage with the GM1 and Sony Nex-3n on it and asked my wife which one she would like. She indicated the GM1 and said, "of coarse that one, as it has that old camera look". I then told her the GM1 is US $750 and the other is US $450. She then said the looks weren't $300 more important. I asked her about size and she replied she is happy with the 5n with the Sony 16-50mm she has now, and the little bit smaller camera isn't really enough smaller to interest her.
I have to admit I like the looks of the GM1, but even with my small hands, really small for a guy, I find the 5n too small and have to have a half case on it to have it be somewhat comfortable for me. My wife likes it without the case, of coarse. I also looked to find photos of the 3n with a half case on it, and that look is almost as attractive as the GM1 to me.
Crazy, after all that, I still would like to buy my wife the GM1. I might not be stylish, but my wife is still pretty hip and happening.
Admittedly I have not shot extensively with the GM1 like Allison has, but my first reaction upon seeing and holding it for the first time was, "Really? They made it *that* small?!"
Sizing it up on camerasize.com is one thing; holding it in your hands is something completely else. It may be too small for "serious" photo work or, as Allison puts it, "Going Shooting", but my sore shoulder wins out over my cramped hands when walking around with non-serious photography.
And then when you factor in that you're not sacrificing sensor size (didn't say image quality, as I haven't scrutinized the photos) it's really amazing what they've done.
thx1138: Google Nexus 4 has very ordinary battery life and the Nexus 5 uses a larger 1080p screen that'll require even more juice. The 2300mAh battery is a bit of a joke and given how little Google spends on battery optimisation, the Nexus 5 should also be poor.
As for the camera, who cares, 8MP is about 7MP more than most people need for their facebook snaps.
An unlocked Note 3 also costs $300+ more than the 32GB Nexus 5, at least in the US. $300 can buy quite a bit of electronics.
HappyVan: "In what may end up being a more infuriating than entertaining attempt at appealing to photographers, Google has released a video of people using their Nexus 5 smartphones to capture weddings. Since smartphones seem to be the #1 enemy of professional wedding photographers, we thought this was a funny choice for a promotional video."
Actually, this is wrong. Pro wedding photog don't fear smartphones.
Pro wedding photog provide value in a package. Pictures are nicely presented. Video is smartly edited and audio mixed.
Clients hire pro because they depend on the photog capturing the key moments in focus. Does that matter?
I'm guessing Lauren meant that smartphones are the #1 enemy by getting in the way of shots taken by professionals.
John McCormack: Anyone else having a problem viewing the samples gallery? I've tried a couple of browsers but they seem to be offline. ???
And we're back. Sorry for the inconvenience.