MayaTlab0: "I think we did too much too fast, and made too many models."
I believe that's the first time I've seen a camera manufacturer acknowledge that aimless, numerous and boring iterations are detrimental to this business. It couldn't be a stronger contrast with Sony's interview a while ago.
"Our biggest challenge is customer awareness, and customer education. We think that at least 50% of the market could be mirrorless in the future, but what’s missing is awareness on the part of the consumers about the benefits of mirrorless."
I absolutely disagree with this assessment. If customers can't understand the benefits of mirrorless, perhaps it's because camera manufacturers, including Fuji, have made a pretty poor job at exploiting them. For example, no mirrorless camera manufacturer has yet produced a large sensor that covers portrait and landscape formats in various ratios while keeping the camera horizontal, something a DSLR can't do because of the mirror box and viewfinder prism design.
The XT-1 rotates the evf info when you rotate the camera.http://www.dpreview.com/previews/fujifilm-x-t1/4
hotpot65: Excellent interview with insightful answers.
I agree that Fuji released too many models and it was interesting to read that the Bayer CFA in the X-A1 'surprised' them (albeit in conjunction with their image processing - smart answer!)
Comments on earning customer trust are nice to hear and Fuji have borne this out with updates even for older models.
After buying an X-M1, a friend's first question was 'Is it a DSLR' ?.Looking a little puzzled at the petite X-M1, I then took a photo of his wife with the 35mm lens. They were both impressed.
The vast majority of people equate quality photos only with DSLRs and smaller cameras with convenience/gadget driven smart functionality. So I think the Fuji representative is right about education.
Don't know why the Bayer in the X-A1 surprised them. After all the X100 was/is an excellent Bayer sensored camera.
venancio: A young mind, without a hint of arrogance, focused, and acknowledging deep respects to consumers not just with words but with firmwares- wow! Nevertheless, I was almost tempted to conclude that they have milked the 16MP too far, but then, if they want to match the 16MP capability of the D4, then so be it. The good thing is that they might come to a conclusion that they can only match the D4 by going full frame... very good interview, very subtle in revealing what a company wow factor is all about...
@Robert1955.It is in terms of making it's own body and lens line up apart from P & S cameras. The S Pro series was based on a Nikon Body and used Nikon lenses.
50mm pffhh! what about 75-90mm?
canonluber: I'll tell my wife it's for her and maybe I get to use it 80% of the time. beautiful piece of kit. Way better than the Canon G1X mII and about the same size and price,cheaper if you count the overpriced oled add on.
But the Canon has a built in 24-120mm bright lens
Looks promising and quite an improvement on the MK1. Having the option to add a high quality evf if you want (not everyone does) is good if not as convenient as a built in. This could be in the running to replace or supplement my X100 but it is even chunkier (especially in depth). Probably more of a competitor to Sony RX10.
peterwr: No viewfinder = no sale. Pity, because apart from that and the lack of weatherproofing it looks like a pretty good bet.
@Serious Sam. Well consider that I paid USD $1500 for my X100 in 2011 this is OK.
Jaythomasni: Picture Quality is the King. None of the current Canon P&S cameras have the deep color,contrast of the old Por-1 and G6 or even the old Elphs with UA elements. Pro-1 had miniature L-lens. G6 had super f2 lens.People only look for focus speed, evf,tilt lcd. no one does care for absolute pic quality. All todays models have the average lens quality. no aspherical, UD, UA or super UD elements or fluorite or fluorine or super spectra coating.the result is current G models have low contrast, shallow color,.only thing improved is low light grain and some DR. and those are mostly achieved at processing level. not at absolute lens or sensor quality level.
The G16 uses Sony BSI sensor appearing on almost all P&S on earth. cold low contrast pics. Canon is yet to bring the ultimate sensor and lens combination to the bridge market. sony did it with RX10 and is a huge success..Fuji has a the good lens on their X20. L class lens and high end sensor is the ultimate success recipe.
Sony RX10 a huge success? Do you mean in sales or in execution?
How is this differentiated from all the others? Either it should have a really good EVF or a longer lens or a brighter lens or larger sensor or something!!
matty_boy: By far the biggest issue with the other XE cameras is the AF performance. Something we have regular comments and complaints about in store. Having owned an X-E1 i have to concur that the first few versions of firmware were awfully slow.. Considering Fuji now claim that the XT-1 has the world's fastest AF, how come there is no comment whatsoever about this claim. It would be somewhat of a game changer for many enthusiasts if it really does live up to the claims, making the XT a candidate for action photography which none of its predecessors could ever have been accused of being suitable for. How come there is no comment, in fact the whole 'first impressions' reads like 'our interpretation of the specs with a smattering of opinion' i have to say I'm surprised that focus point selection (as mentioned by Andy Westlake) has only just been mentioned, this has always been a pain on other X series cameras
@fakuryu. Unlikely to be quite as fast as OMD5 but apparently will track moving subjects well- currently a weakness in M4/3 to date.
Looks like a good entry model for the EM series.The controls look more accessible than EM5 but why is the diopter so large?This may be better to use than EM5 if you don't need weather sealing.
Fuji have made this claim before but only to be shown to be nearly 'up with the play" eg EX-2. Hope they are there or thereabouts anyway.
MarcusGR: Now than Oly has released its Stylus1, it is high time for Sony to respond by equipping RX100 with a built-in EVF (and possibly a slightly wider and/or longer zoom, as far as camera size does not exceed 400-450 grs.) !! A viewfinder is vital for ... 'grown-up' travellers, finding it highly un-practical having to wear glasses each time they need to see details on a darned small screen in a sunny day.Of course, RX100's sensor is much larger than Stylus1's. Nonetheless, a long-sighted person will rather sacrifice some IQ (and some high-ISO performance) than the possibility to SEE all camera info when shooting. As to external (add-on) VFs, they are not a viable option for a traveller's camera !You, camera-makers! Can't you see that MOST travellers are aged over 45 ??
@MarcuGR.Sorry: have to do this.
IMPRACTICAL not UN.
Had a look at the Stylus 1. Great to handle and excellent viewfinder but the IQ is a little worse than the ZX-2 due to the longer zoom having quite a bit of distortion ( looking at the reviews now on the web).It is also a little large. Make me think why not just have an EM-5 and a couple of lenses but I DO see the point of this camera.A near equivalent is the Sony RX10 but as the sensor is much larger so too is the lens and therefore the whole rig.
crazyhorse5: After looking for a compact digital with large sensor. It seems that the Lumix DMC-Lx7 seems to have the largest sensor with the best Lens . So would this make it the best one to buy for Picture quality , which is what i really want. Not sure if it has zoom , but then none of the large sensors seem to have zoom. Would cropping deliver the same results as a Sony HX50v
Maybe the confusing naming of sensor sizes has...er..confused him. One day we may have an understandable naming ie diagonal measurement in mm (7.2 to 43.3mm) or surface area (28 to 864 mm) or just a grading eg size 1x to 30... 1x being the smallest used in cameras (1/2.3") and 30x being "Full Frame or 35mm film size.This would make the Sony X100 a 4.1x sensor and an LX7 a 1.72x, a Fuji X20 a 2.0x, an OMD-E5 an 8.0x and Canon 70D 19.5x and a 5D 30x. The HX50V would be a 1.0x.
Causio: I just noticed that the RX100 II overestimates ISO to the point where - being iso the same - it shoots at half speed as the Fuji X20. You can download the night shots at iso 3200 for both and check yourself: Sony is 1/8 sec f5, Fuji 1/15 f4.5. Sony shot at iso 6400 brings it at 1/15 sec (f5). Even considering the tighter aperture, sony overestimates iso more than Fuji does (2/3 stops?). In real world, this would translate as shooting at lower iso with Fuji, being the desired speed and aperture the same.It would be nice if dpReview made people notice in an OBVIOUS way on their comparison pages, that there is some iso overestimation going on for all cameras, and varying from model to model.
At the long end of the zoom (f1.8-4.9) the Sony will be getting less light to it's sensor compared with the Fuji and although it's sensor has more light gathering area it cannot make up the difference to the Fuji with it's brighter lens (f2.0 -2.8). Hence the Sony needs more time to gather the light and chooses a slower shutter speed.
larrytusaz: One page--again, ONE PAGE would be nice. Next, next, next, next--what is this? (Hint: view it on a tablet or smartphone with a browser in "mobile viewing" mode, something like Opera Mini or Dolphin Mini.)
@Barney Britton. If you are doing a site redesign I have a couple of suggestions.When you have a review page please don't require the reader to click again to another page. It used to be fine but now is confusing and a bit daft.When you click on review images they expand (twice). Can you please revert to all images doing this including forum post images.Please, please delete the "click for remaining replys" nonsense in posts.
Other than that well done for the good work. I think the site IS getting a bit overloaded but also some interesting stuff going on. Don't forget to get those reviews out though. : ) Cheers Doug
DP review mentions the 360º rotation of the mode dial but don't say if the lock is as per the 60d. ie if it HAS to be unlocked or if it can be set to lock or not - ie do we have a choice? Also the rear multi-controller - is it better or worse than the 60D (which was not very good).One of the main turnoffs of the 60D was the loud and cheap shutter sound. It is probably the same mechanism as the 50D but I think the light plastic body made it sound worse.I actually reverted to the 50D as I preferred the handling.This 70D looks to have better shadow noise and hi ISO, better af and better movie af but will it still have the traits of the 60D that I didn't like eg unpleasant shutter sound and clumsy rear multi-controller and awkward Mode dial.Also I see it has the ISO button in the middle (as per 60D) not the end where it is easy to find (as per 50D).
white shadow: A reasonably good compromise for those who cannot afford a Canon 1DX or 5D Mk3.
Good God it does not have a built-in GPS.
I would like GPS just so I could remember the exact spot I took the photo. Even better would be voice annotation as on Pro level SLRs (and as I had on my Fuji S2 Pro). This allow you to make a small voice note about what you are photographing. Very handy when you are shooting for calendars.