Really excellent update. Brighter and wider lens and clever pop up evf compensate for reduced reach.
Jogger: Canon should just start using Sony sensors; they have fallen so far behind, its not even funny.
Not with the 70D sensor.
vroger1: We, as consumers are never satisfied- but in this case I am glad I am not alone in my feelings about the 35mm (focal length) as "normal". Where my compacts have a zoom, I leave it at 50mm- where I am constrained to use a 35mm fl lens, I crop and hope for the best with the distortion. 35mm is best used with at least anAPS C.
X100/s is APSC
Can't get the refocusing to work (worked on past images OK).I find the angled screen an interesting design although the overall design looks a bit too clean and simple. I wonder how comfortable the handgrip is. Other than that good to see them progress from the funny little box they started with.This is more niche than Foveon!
4shore: Looks like every one has an opinion on this camera and other rants so let me cut to the chase...
I have been looking at purchasing a new camera for a month or so for the family more or less. My needs are slightly different than most on this board but I look for compactness, weather ability, DSLR like results and very important HD VIDEO ( this aspect seldomly comes up with photo eccentric biased opinions, or how the frame may feel.) I have done my fair share of dark room picture developing at the house 20 years ago so consumer is not an option.
I am looking for the best COMPACT ALL IN ONE with great video. Kinda like a Water Resistant DSLR compact fixed pro lens with High quality video that can be replayed in 240 fps slow motion but yet small enough to pull out of my cargo short pocket while climbing a waterfall deep in the mountains or chasing my kids on my long board while videoing the scooter session.
My understanding is the best video camera is the GH3. From DPreview:"The GH3 offers the best video quality of any camera we've ever seen and does a pretty good job of making it available to a wide range of users. This footage is available without external recorders, making it ideal for in-the-field shooting as well as more formal rigged-up setups. It's also a pretty handy stills camera with plenty of external controls, making it an impressively flexible package, overall."
Wolfgang Fieger: The original G1X was producing pictures with a contrast setting way too high. As a result sunny daylight JPGs out of camera where hardly usable. How did this change with the new G1X MkII? If I look at the HDR image in your review I still think that the standard shot is way too contrasty, while HDR is just close to what the camera should produce as a standard...
Looking at the HDR example vs normal shown in this review I agree that normal is too contrasty but the HDR is too tonally the same. About halfway would be right. Anyway I shot RAW when possible.
camerosity: Hey dpreview! How about a Nikon V3 first impressions review? It's a system camera, not a fixed lens point and shoot like the Canon G1X Mark II. I don't know anyone who liked the G1X, it was a dud at introduction. The Nikon 1 series is much more popular. So...prove to me you don't have a massive Canon bias and review the V3!
So because the Mk1 was a dud they shouldn't even look at the significantly upgraded MkII?
Francis Carver: My very first impression on CANON G1XII: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....
My very first impression on Francis Carver's comment; Zzzzzzzzzzzz...
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.
X100 had Bayer. X100s x-trans.
J Parker: Initially I thought this camera was expensive -- then I realized it might be dollar for dollar one of the best camera values around.
If the Zeiss lens is as good or better than the f2.0-2.4 from the days of the Sony F707/717/828, this is tremendous value for the money. Consider the cost of a Canon or Nikon F2.8 24-200mm lens combination -- then ask yourself how much would a Zeiss equivalent would cost.... To add a little more food for thought, years ago, Luminous Landscape did a shoot out between the above mentioned Canon L Glass and the fixed Zeiss lens on the Sony F828. The Canon should have won hands down -- it was a dead heat.
Think about the sum of the parts this camera offers. This camera is worth every dime.
@Northgrove. Actually 27-300mm equivalent for the Nikkor 18-200mm.
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
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.