fedway: Let's say you have an MBA from a top U.S. school and you are now working for Samsung strategic planning. Your company is No. 1 globally in smartphones and No. 1 globally in TVs but are under tough competition from the likes of Apple, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Lenovo, Huawei and a host of growing Chinese and other Asian competitors. Smartphones and TVs are hugely important markets now and in the future. Your company is also in the camera business where industry sales have been shrinking for several years and you are No. 6 or 7. What would you recommend?
Bringing new things to market is great. The problem with the camera industry is that it's in a long-term systemic decline, so it would've required revolutionary innovation for a relative newcomer like Samsung to even rise above the noise let alone build a successful business unit in such a rapidly declining market. This is why I believe Samsung shouldn't have even entered the camera industry let alone develop the NX1 - the risk/reward ratio made failure a near certainty. As good as the NX1 is Samsung needed something a lot more revolutionary to overcome these factors to justify entering the market (btw I own the NX1).
I would recommend Samsung exit the camera business and fire the executives who were involved in the strategic decision to invest in the development of the NX1. The risk/reward for Samsung's investment in this market was abysmal.
Horshack: I realize this video showcases the A7rII and many have rightly pointed out the camera is receiving a disproportionate amount of coverage on dpreview. But for this particular video I recommend putting the gear talk aside and watch it for everything else it offers, which IMO is an inspirational story about an independent photographer making his way through the country with his best friend, taking great images along the way. At three minutes into the video I found myself completely zoning out the camera and focused on the content, which is the first time that's happened to me watching a dpreview gear-oriented video.
Rishi, you're right, I forgot to mention the vibration and AF improvements. In terms of delta to the A7r for those two aspects I would agree with your assessment. However in terms to delta to what's already available in other cameras including Sony's own A7s/A7/A7II the improvements seems less impressive to me. For AF I suppose I'm spoiled but having owned an E-M5 for several years now I'm accustomed to having an AF system that never misses for the static subjects, so Sony's improvement from a rather poor base seems less like a technological advancement to me and more just fixing issues. I think that's the general theme I feel about the A7rII as a whole - an A7r with first-generation bugs fixed. Taken as a whole that makes the A7rII a very impressive camera. Taken as the individual parts it strikes me as a camera that has just caught up to everything else on the market.
RichRMA: More than few companies are aiming products at upper-middle and wealthy class because the middle class has lost a lot of its buying power and they are more likely to adopt phones as their camera of choice. Formerly, companies that didn't even offer higher-end products are doing it now, you can spend $1500 on a Timex watch, as an example. Expect more $1000+ primes and $3000 bodies. Which is fine, there is no benefit in pursuing a dead segment of a market.
Certainly a factor. I think it may be more about the middle of the market being hollowed out by satiated demand and new buyer demand fulfilled by smartphones. That would leave only the high-end.
neil holmes: I can not help thinking there SHOULD be at least one APSC camera in this group.....
Nikon D400 really is missing.
The 7D Mark II started at close to $2k and refurbs are now selling for under $1k just one year after its introduction. That tells me there isn't much market even for just one really high-end APS-C camera.
Fairness never entered into the equation for me; that connotes a personal perspective on a matter I consider rather dispassionate since we're just talking about inanimate objects. My POV is whether the level of coverage is commensurate with whatever dpreview's strategy/goals are.
If the primary goal is to rightsize coverage vs interest and the site's metrics indicate the majority of visitors are looking for information about the A7rII then that makes sense.
If the primary goal is to be on the leading edge of the camera industry and technology reporting even if that technology is in an expensive body with relatively low volumes but with an eye toward that technology eventually trickling down into lower-end cameras then that makes sense.
If the primary goal is to provide review information for the types of cameras currently searched/purchased most often (esp during the holiday season) then I would venture to guess that the A7rII's coverage relative to other models makes less sense.
The A7rII is receiving more coverage on dpreview than any other camera that I can recall. I don't attribute this to any nefarious Sony bias - I'm guessing it's a combination of authentic enthusiasm for the camera in combination with more editorial resources available now vs previous time frames. In terms of proportionality of coverage vs technological advancement things may be a bit off - in reality the A7rII is an incremental upgrade to the A7r, with slightly better resolution and DR, plus the incorporation of technology available in other cameras (IBIS and 4K). Perhaps by dint of all this is being packaged into a single camera is what makes it stand out and worthy of the extensive coverage.
I realize this video showcases the A7rII and many have rightly pointed out the camera is receiving a disproportionate amount of coverage on dpreview. But for this particular video I recommend putting the gear talk aside and watch it for everything else it offers, which IMO is an inspirational story about an independent photographer making his way through the country with his best friend, taking great images along the way. At three minutes into the video I found myself completely zoning out the camera and focused on the content, which is the first time that's happened to me watching a dpreview gear-oriented video.
Horshack: Really enjoyed the images taken during this excursion. My favorite is Barney looking out over the landscape at sunset while sitting in front of the trailer with a British flag inside, as if he's pondering his time away from his homeland. West Texas is probably the furthest a Brit can get from home in terms of culture and topology, at least within the confines of the Western world. Very nice juxtaposition in this image.
Btw, the photo is @ 4:00 into the video.
Really enjoyed the images taken during this excursion. My favorite is Barney looking out over the landscape at sunset while sitting in front of the trailer with a British flag inside, as if he's pondering his time away from his homeland. West Texas is probably the furthest a Brit can get from home in terms of culture and topology, at least within the confines of the Western world. Very nice juxtaposition in this image.
The Prada Marfa caught my attention. Here is more information for anyone else interested:
Horshack: I'm for any non-destructive photo editor that is destructive to Adobe's market share.
How is this bashing Adobe? I want competition in a market dominated by a single company.
I'm for any non-destructive photo editor that is destructive to Adobe's market share.
falconeyes: Another Lightroom without the raw conversion. Why do we need this?Why couldn't Alien Skin improve on their core competence which is Special Effects?
Exposure 7 fits into any workflow. It integrates seamlessly with Photoshop and Lightroom. With its new RAW support and non-destructive editing features, Exposure delivers excellent results as a standalone application.
Cool idea. I would have called it "Hocous Post Focus".
Wildpicture: Samsung Netherlands today stated that consumers shouldn't be afraid that service on cameras would be cancelled. However when I last week reported a software bug in the firmware of a camera (found in multiple samples of that camera) bought a few weeks ago, they refused to tell me whether there would be a firmware update. They also refused to tell whether the problem would be picked up by anyone at all. They just said; "Keep an eye on our website to see if there is any new firmware".
I mailed the Customer Service with a complaint a week ago and so far they never even bothered to reply. That is not promising for customers who just spent their money on a Samsung product.
That doesn't sound much different than Canon or NIkon. For example I found a critical bug in the D750 that causes intermittent corruption of NEFs outside the visible portion of the image area. The issue was reported to Nikon by multiple users and is still being reported to Nikon today yet Nikon has never issued a response. Here's a link to my thread on Adobe's support forum:
falconeyes: Forget the story.This is all about a 99$ mini printer turning any smartphone into a polaroid camera.
Estimated ship date is August 2016. Just in time for the Christmas shopping season...next year's. :) You can never start shopping too early!
That's already been done though:
From what I can tell from watching the video you take something like an Apple Live Photo, which is a photo plus 1 second of video, send/multicast it to as many people as you want and everyone with a printer (including yourself) will be able to print it. If you then hold the printed photo up to LifePrint's app on a phone it will match the photo to the Live Photo you sent (and others received) and it will play back that Live Photo on your phone.
Unless I'm missing something, this would appear to have all the existing utility of an Apple Live Photo without the convenience of not having to print it.
_Arpe: Is it possible to tell the difference int he final product? (From the metadata I mean, not how the photo looks)
All digital data can be faked. There are algorithms which can detect doctoring of image data but those aren't foolproof. The only way to guarantee that images from a camera haven't been modified is if the camera creates a digital digest of the image and then signs that digest with public key encryption, where only the camera maker has the private key (preferably a key unique to a single camera or at least small subset of cameras). This mechanism would rely on nobody being able to hack the camera to discover its maker-issued private key.