At least it looks better than the Hasselblad Lunar.
Yiotis: I can take those photos anytime with an Iphone...
Who needs those bulky cameras and lenses.
Do you keep it under the bridge with you?
Rod McD: Quote from the conclusion :- "Details are smudged at base ISO (though likely not an issue for target audience)"
Why is there this ongoing assumption that people who like the outdoors aren't interested in better IQ? In my experience, people who want tough, WR cameras to take to wild places greatly value where they go and the images they bring back. Perhaps the target audience who buy these cameras do so because there's simply nothing better available. It doesn't mean it isn't wanted and wouldn't sell. And no, one shouldn't have to carry a D4 in housing. We need something in-between - a modern day Nikonos with a fixed wide to standard zoom.
Surely someone could make a better small WR camera with a 1"- APSC sensor, a WA zoom, and real O-ring seals? Yes it would weigh more and cost more, but many would be prepared to pay more for a comprehensively better outdoor camera.
No one's taking this on a National Geographic photo shoot (they still exist, right?) It's casual snapshot camera that can be taken to the beach or on a camping trip. 64 Gig memory card, a couple of spare batteries, and you're good for a week in the woods with the fam.
reginalddwight: Thank you for the heads up, DPR. Since the AW110 can't float in the water like your photograph suggests, I will take a pass.
There is such a thing as a floating wrist strap.
I have a nice dslr and one of these. Guess one takes better pictures? Guess one goes in my pocket when I am swimming/rafting/riding my mountain bike?Each one is a good choice for its intended use.
Simon Zeev: Good.I prefer a yellow camera. I have enough of black cameras.Every other color sauf pink works for me.Camera companies understand now that items for people have to look good and not all people have the same taste.
Danny: Camera's like this always makes me think they are for underwater purpose. I wonder how deep this thing can sink.
It could sink all the way to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, no problem.
Karl Scharf: Having two totally different and incompatible hot shoes within its current camera lineup is why Sony will always lag behind Nikon and Canon. Sad, very but true. All the great innovations and then they blow it on something basic, like a hot shoe!!!!!!!
Sonyt tries to take a page from the Apple playbook!
I know they are great cammies, but I can't feel the love for Sony as a camera co yet. They need to invest more in their brand mythos. Because I am all about the brand mythos. I mean, except that I won't get a Leica boner because seriously, $7,000 for a basic box? Nah.
CaseyComo: Aren't _these_ the golden days of camera design? Features, functionality, optics, and prices that photogs of previous eras could not even imagine. Nostalgia is one thing, but there's a reason that we don't all shoot manual focus rangefinders or big 4x5s and carry a lightmeter and exploding flashbulbs.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not disparaging old cameras. But there is an awful lot to be happy with in the current ones.
Aren't _these_ the golden days of camera design? Features, functionality, optics, and prices that photogs of previous eras could not even imagine. Nostalgia is one thing, but there's a reason that we don't all shoot manual focus rangefinders or big 4x5s and carry a lightmeter and exploding flashbulbs.
sarkozy: shutter 1/4000 is to bada shutter 1/8000 or 1/16000 (electronically) could have induced me to buy this camera
Look, if you don't have 1/16,000, how are you going to be able to shoot ISO 1600 at F 0.9 in full sunlight? LOL.
Blanket comment: Christ, what a bunch of whiners. Do any of you actually like to take, or view photographs, or do you all just like to look at MTF and chromatic aberration charts? You're like the old-school "audiophiles" who don't actually enjoy music, but instead spend all their time looking at sound-pressure and frequency response charts. Maybe if someone could create an auditory mapping of a sharpness chart and play it through a high-end stereo you could all find something to be cheery about.
CameraLabTester: There is only one specification needed for a P&S for Kids:
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I got 'em a Nikon AW110 for that reason.
dale thorn: Based on the comments here, DPReview readers must be very sad and unhappy people who, instead of spending their extra money on tangible collectors items like this Leica, are instead spending their money on doctors and drugs to fix the ills they bring on themselves with all of their unhappiness. Just look around....
Wait, you can buy drugs to be happy? Why was I not informed of this before? No more snark for me!
That seems like a pretty nice Lumix, all right.
[insert obligatory Nikon/Canon/Sigma/Sony/Leica/Tokina fanboy comment here](and note that if you snark me I will call you, or imply that you are, a fanboy)
RichRMA: Is anyone going to admit they hate it mostly because they can't afford it?
Not me. It's a ridiculously ugly housing on a perfectly ordinary camera. It's like buying a Toyota Camry with a bunch of burl wood trim and gold plated plastic. And the one in the photo isn't even clean!
Boy, that's grim.
RXVGS: 'Jif' vs 'Gpeg'
I _believe_ the correct pronunciation is Gpej!