Tested an RX100. Too small and slippery. Nothing like a 'real' camera. Tried the XF-1 twice - and would be pretty keen to have one, despite my dislike of non EVF cameras. Handles nicely. Soon get used the twist to turn on.
rick01: I've been considering the panasonic fz200 and I'm wondering if the sensor size in it would be smaller due to its larger zoom range then some of these cameras ? And how does the quality of the images compare? I can't seem to compare the images of the Panasonic fz200 to the Sony rx100 or olympus x2 in the full review on the Panasonic.
@Timmbits: "...where its predecessor had a variable aperture of f2.8-5.2, the new model boasts nothing less than a constant aperture of f2.8 throughout the entire focal range. Yep, that's right, the FZ200 offers f2.8 all the way to its maximum equivalent focal length of 600mm." from Cameralabs review. ps: no h in my nickname
So how can we select the ND filter etc if the RAW button - which Fuji eventually made customisable - has been replaced by the Q button. I don't see it available in the Q menu? This would be a step backwards.
Yawn. Sorry, what?..yeah looks great...snore...
Wolffy: I am sure all of these cameras can and will take great quality images but 1 thing I must have is a viewfinder. That leaves only the Canon and the Fuji x10If no viewfinder then an articulated LCD would be nice Nikon and Samsungever tried using one of these LCD screen only cameras out in the sun? your better off with your cell phone
Agreed. One of the reasons I replaced my G11 with an X100.Hope the X-101 or X200 has a small fixed zoom (28-90 would do).
Looking at the images on the web the FZ200 consistently outperforms the XSi due to having a better (brighter and sharper) lens nullifying the sensor size difference.
Augestflex: NEX-6. My vote goes for the NEX-6 because it puts the majority of the power and most of the features of the higher end NEX-7 in your hands for less money and adds the improvements seen in the NEX-5R, namely the hybrid focusing system. Combine that with a mode dial and users get DSLR quality in a smaller package that is easy to use and powerful enough to take amazing shots.
Seems an obvious one that should have been on the list.I want to vote the OMD but it is hardly perfect. Same with X-pro 1 (no diopter???). D800E should probably get the gong but Canon seem to have hit all the marks with the 5D MKIII. As for the RX1 it is too niche. Great maybe but I think there has to be a certain amount of value for money for the best camera. And the FZ200 with it's constant f2.8 lens should also be on the list. And if the D600 is on the list what about the 6D?
role_of_72: My first thought is that this Nikon could have been a perfect camera in the Canon Pro1 era!But today I'm not sure. It depends on the use of the individual.I don't need shallow dof that much but print up to a3 size so it's certainly not for me.Anyway I suppose the future Canon 'pro' M model will have similar ergonomics. Now that would be a hit! :)
I have seen good A2 prints from a Canon G10 so this would easily print large.
Alec_c: DP - would you be so kind and let us know when would be probable to have a review?
Haven't you noticed they are called D Preview. Very slow to finish reviews these days. Too busy fluffing out the website with other stuff.
Nigel Wilkins: Well, assuming IQ will be as good, & I can see no reason why it wouldn't be, I'll be trading my 5DII in for a 6D as soon as I can for 3 reasons. 1. I'll be able to use my iPhone to focus & compose (especially useful when using a TS-E lens at low level on a tripod). 2. SD cards instead of CF cards...they slot straight into my laptop...no wires necessary. 3. GPS to geotag photos...so I can remember where I've been! Other improvements for me are single use buttons for ISO, drive mode etc., so I don't have to remember which wheel to turn, & a better button layout on the back for ease of use in the dark.As far as IQ is concerned, I really don't need better than what I have now...in my experience, you get much better IQ improvements by using better lenses.
Agreed. Just wish they would isolate the ISO button or have at the end like on a 50D. How about a programmable function button or two?
Because it is tasteful, beautiful, alluring and attractive. And well photographed too!
Marty4650: I never did get the point of superzoom lenses. If your object is to "never have to change lenses" then why not just buy a Panazonic FZ200 and call it a day?
The whole point behind buying a more expensive ILC is "changing lenses."
Even though zoom lenses have gotten better, good prime lenses really deliver the best image quality. And even among zoom lenses, a 3X zoom generally will perform a lot better than a 15X zoom will. This is simply because ANY zoom lens is a compromise, and the wider the range, the bigger the compromises involved.
Personally, I feel you are paying too large a premium for having the convenience of not changing lenses. A Nikon 2 lens kit would cover the same range at 1/4th the cost... and probably deliver better image quality.
But that's just my opinion. Others will certainly disagree.
The FZ200 although posing a tiny sensor and (good) evf only does have an excellent lens. A Leica 25-600mm f2.8 constant aperture through the whole range (although is sharper stopped down to f4). Of course what you wont get with a tiny senored camera is depth of field but the f2.8 will improve low light performance, allowing higher shutter speeds.This Nikon 18-300 is just too big and weighty.
vFunct: These cameras scream for Instagram/Facebook/Twitter integration.
Quick snapshots, easy to use, no massive post-processing needed. No one cares about sensor quality anymore since, they're all good enough now.
If they added the Android integration, they could very well compete against the Cell phone cameras with something like this.
All we ask for is a camera with a small sensor, some decent interchangeable lenses, and Instagram integration.
In the professional world, quickest to publish wins!
vFunct said: "Basically if you do not use social media, you are an amateur, and have no business taking photos."
I don't think so! More likely the other way round.
Sexiest photo of the year!
zinedi: Tihis is ugly Sonykon with poor EVF. Another wrong step.
SonyKon. No. This has an Aptina sensor in it. Not Sony.
catchfire: do you really purchase camera gear because it looks nice?
Well it helps. But then if so then out goes all my Canon gear. Only left with my X100...or is that too obviously retro...oops off it goes.
Dimitris Servis: A general remark for dpreview: would it make sense to have two lists of comments, one for comments and one for whiners?
Where doe that place you? : )
No it isn't pretty but it may be a vast improvement in handling and control over the V1. If so I am interested.
VivaLasVegas: This is my third day looking at this latest release in hopes of purging my intial easthics impression. No change, it is such a fugly piece of plastic, sorry. Its getting uglier everyday I look at it.
I think you may be deceived by the size. When you see it in real life I think it may make more sense and not appear ugly but utilitarian. A bit like an old F4 - but way smaller, This is about the size of an LX7
GeorgeZ: Do you plan on turning every preview into a review?
Why the hell not! What is the name of this site? Ah of course Digital Preview!!