Geekapoo: Thank you for the review...re AF, you nailed it. Sometimes you get the reading of an AF lock (green bracket) and you are using high shutter speeds....and the image is blurred.
Yes, this does occur in relatively low light and the subject is moving...but the AF is just plain wrong...what is captured can be out of focus...not always, but it DEFINITELY affects the "image "keeper" rate!
From the review:
"Our feeling is that the green box highlighting what the camera thinks is the subject you wish to track is a bit over-engineered: it tries to be intelligent in picking something near your selected AF area to focus on, but often picks the wrong subject, or wanders off even after initially picking the correct subject"
Thank you for the review...re AF, you nailed it. Sometimes you get the reading of an AF lock (green bracket) and you are using high shutter speeds....and the image is blurred.
Konost? What is a Konost? Better be good as this sector is going to be incredibly competitive over the next couple of years..
kff: a cheap APS-C camera with a compact lens like Pentax DA 50/1.8 + 35/2.4 would give a better picture quality and with cropping to 1" too :)
But why not Panasonic or Sony :)
Such a bizzare statement kff. When I use a zoom lens, the ability to view at 200mm, 300mm, 400mm etc. help me define the shot, it being interesting and how to best compose (framing, f-stop, shutter speed). Ys, I will crop some of my pics after the fact to place focus on parts of the image...but that is not what telephoto photography is all about...at least to me. The folks who would use a 50mm lens and crop or talk about using the RX10 to 200 and crop...I just don't get it (more your coment vs. the use of the RX10 zoom. Maybe a cheap APS-C will give a better image overall in some circumstances...but you are not going to get the type of pictures with a 50mm that you will get at 300mm or 400mm from a creativity standpoint IMHO.
forpetessake: If you want a superzoom, just get any lightweight Nikon/Canon DSLR and attach an 18-200 zoom to it and it will be ahead of this Panasonic in every way. Or if you want a mirrorless camera, get a Sony A6000 with 18-200 zoom, or Samsung with 18-200, or Olympus with 14-150.Only those who are interested in half baked 4k video may find this camera interesting.
Yea, I pretty strongly disagree as well. YOU go ahead and buy one of those cameras in any particular configuration you want for the zoom...the FZ1000 and RX10 are game changers for bridge zooms, same way as the RX100 and soon to be released LX8 are game changers for the P+S pocket camera crowd
Geekapoo: When looking for a 24/7 carry camera, I initially tried the Canon S100, which I sold to purchase an Olympus XZ-1. Neither camera gave me the type of performance I wanted. Was only when I purchased a Sony RX100 that I felt I was were I wanted to be re image quality...a compromise versus my APC and m43 cameras but much better than the standard P+S. Would have purchased a Sony RX10, but felt I had most of the range covered with my Olympus OMD EM5 with the f2.8 12-40 (Oly) and 35-100 (Panny) and going to 200mm was not where I wanted to be.
I see the FZ1000 as transformative, in the same way the RX100 (and the RX10)...but at a focal range up to 400mm and more with lower MP images/cropping. Much better than the $$$ and weight (the latter being more of a critical issue to me) to do something similar with a m43, APC or FF. I'll stongly assume be happy overall, given my experiences to date with cameras (unless Panny pulls a Fuji-like x10 disaster by capturing blobs LOL).
Sorry, but having used the Sony HX200V since it came out, for me, the ability to go to 400mm and then crop some if needed is HUGE.
..especially if I don't need to switch lenses to do so.
Having bought lenses that cost $1k or more (the Olympus 12-40 and the Panasonic 35-100 as examples), a camera that goes to 400mm without a lens change coupled to a 1" sensor is a mighty fine camera IMHO. The proof will be how frequently I go to use it vs. my other cameras
Me = preorder for the FZ1000
Looking forward to owning it and adding it to my photo taking options. Panasonic can make a pretty good camera (loved my ZS3, GF1 and G3).
When looking for a 24/7 carry camera, I initially tried the Canon S100, which I sold to purchase an Olympus XZ-1. Neither camera gave me the type of performance I wanted. Was only when I purchased a Sony RX100 that I felt I was were I wanted to be re image quality...a compromise versus my APC and m43 cameras but much better than the standard P+S. Would have purchased a Sony RX10, but felt I had most of the range covered with my Olympus OMD EM5 with the f2.8 12-40 (Oly) and 35-100 (Panny) and going to 200mm was not where I wanted to be.
I ain't buying the OMG...I'm an athiest LOLOLOLOLOLOL
Artistico: Yes, this is the must-have thing for a camera since there is no way I'll be able to cope if I can't share all my unadjusted images almost instantly on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr - my friends would love their timelines filling up with that. Preferably they should be up there just as I trigger the shutter - no, even before I take the picture would be ideal so I could look it up there myself before bringing out my camera to see if a picture was worth taking. Someone should invent a time machine Eye-Fi card so I could do that.
Not to mention it is too much hard work actually taking the SD card out of my camera and inserting it in the card slot on my computer to import my photos that way. I mean: who does that anymore? I read a review of an Eye-Fi card and it says you can "get rid of a ton of messy cables". Who doesn't want to get rid of literally a ton of messy cables, right?
That is what happens when someone reads a post and gives it a millisecond of thought...about all internet chat/discussion comments are usually worth
BobT3218: I was keen till I read Richard Butler's First Impressions where he says, "...once I've made the decision to carry something that isn't pocketable, I want a step up in image quality to make up for that inconvenience."Nothing truer has ever been said. I didn't bother reading on. Despite being unashamedly an Olympus fan boy, I no longer have any interest in this camera.
I also agree with Richard. I have owned ther Canon S100 and Oly XZ-1....dropped them like a bad habit. The only compromise I will make is using an RX100....because of the sensor.
Makes my happy I paid the extra bucks ($600) and bought a Sony RX100. Fits in my pocket and takes amazing pictures (IMHO, best compact camera available). If I only have one chance in a lifetime at an amazing pic, I want the best camera money can buy...the panny is cute but a toy, a quite capable toy but why compromise?
Absolutely love my RX100 and it's my go to small camera (the OM-D being my fav larger camera). Am curious to see a comparison for shots taken with the new vs. Original ......but am hardly disappointed with the RX100 now so doubt there is much they have done to warrant an upgrade or buying the new cam at a premium vs the RX100 at a discount. Oh and the slightly larger size/tilt rear LCD has no appeal to me.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....next! Canon fumbles again with their supposed upgrade. Nice camera but nothing new. I strongly assume I'd be able to pick it up in a couple of months (if I was interested) at a significant discount as they roll out their next "latest and greatest".
bobbarber: I don't get wifi in this class of camera, unless you also give it a keyboard. Just don't get it. In phones, sure.
No, I would not seek out a camera because of the wifi feature...I'd still go with the GF3 or GF5
arguros: Why this over the GF2?
I agree...WTF about looks, the fasionistas of photography...gotta love 'em!
YAWN. At the going price for the GF3/GF5, buying this camera makes absolutely no sense....great camera but not enough of a "step up" to warrant the very significant differece in price. Panasonic is amazing in the way they are late on delivery of new products and then quickly canabalize sales by having minor upgrades for the new models and significant discounting (dirt cheap) for the 6-9 month old model!
Thank you Panny....you make cameras affordable by your dysfunction!
helimech: 20min filling it out (way too long btw), survey froze on submit, waited a couple minutes then tried a refresh.....bye bye all answers. Not worth my time to repeat.
Same for new en using an iPad....FU to the designers of the questionarre..
Nothing quite like filling out the form on an iPad (painfully long) and it will not submit my responses...what a waste of time
Cy Cheze: A back-lit 1/2.3" sensor, in conjunction with a F1.8 - F2.7 aperture range, truly will offer better image and low-light results than the usual P&S camera. A $350 price is also a lot below the $650 wants for the RX100, or the circa $450 prices of various 1/1.7" sensor alternatives, which are also heavier or larger cameras.
Thus, the XZ-10 really does fill a particular niche in between other competitors, in terms of performance or price. The real question is whether people happy with phone cameras will bother to buy a P&S that performs a little better, though not enough for the usual Facebook viewer to notice. People who shop for a camera that does what a phone does not might not think in terms of aperture at all, but seek something with longer zoom or water resistance.
Question #2 is whether sales of the XZ-10 will improve Oly's overall sales volume, or simply cannibalize a share that would otherwise consist of XZ-2, Tough, or PEN cameras.
The RX100 is $579 in the states....it is getting cheaper...and even at $650...it blows away the other small P+S.
Maverick_: I have the Samsung Galaxy Note II with a 5.5" screen and I love this phone. No problem with the phone fitting in either pants or jacket pockets. My previous phone was a 4.7" which now looks diminutive in comparison.
The 5.5" is a perfect size and with quad-core and super amoled screen running on 4G-LTE it's insanely fast and responsive. Also the battery capacity is simply amazing. iPhone users lower their heads in shame when they see my phone and promise to repent from their blind obedience to Apple's marketing sham and dated 6-year old iOS.
Don't knock these phones until you have lived with them. Word's can't do justice to their awesomeness.
The Note? Fantastic phone but too big for me day-to-day. Myself? I'm loving the Galaxy S3....and keep an iPad mini with me when I want a bigger screen, using the S3 as a hotspot.