bluevellet: Detail is impressive. High ISO is not so much; barely a stop better than APS-C and M43. I would have liked to check the A7 IQ too to see if the lesser pixel density/MP make a difference in high ISO.
But man, that Phase One image quality is completely in another league. :D
I think you can do that in the test by clicking the "web size" or "print size" button.
Caerolle: So Sony can make a 55mm lens for its full frame system, which is an odd length, but won't make one for its crop system, for a ~85mm equivalent.
God I so don't miss Sony.
Not sure what you are talking about. You can use the 55mm on the crop sensor and it turns into an 85.
Marla2008: This is not only very ugly, it's also insulting to the intelligence of its target audience. It SO screams "let's milk the money of the wealthy retirees". Faux retro and marketing cynicism at its worst. I initially thought the Sony A7 (which I have on pre-order) was ugly and looked put together from non assorted bits, but it actually manages to look rather sleek and sexy compared to this monstruosity.
I find mirrorless cameras the best. Looking through EVF is seeing the world close to how the sensor sees it and is far more accurate than an optical viewfinder in my opinion.
vFunct: And no, you DON'T need video in your dSLR.
dSLRs are the absolute WORST bodies for videography purposes.
The reason is that dSLRs are designed for still photography, and their grips are close to the center of gravity. This allows them to be turned and rotated quickly. Basically it's an unstable system that works because still images generally don't need stability.
Any cinematographer that's tried video with dSLRs quickly learns of this hidden problem with dSLR video, when they go to edit and they see useless, shaky footage. This is a MAJOR complaint editors have with dSLR video (another complaint they have is that everything is out of focus because of the shallow DoF..)
Meanwhile, videography requires constant stabilization. That's why ALL professional video cameras include shoulder mounts, or are used with Steadicams.
People that think they need dSLR video have no idea how bad dSLRs actually are for video.
You really need a different camera for quality videography.
I certainly do professional short films and photography with digital cameras. Here's an example - shot with an NEX 7 and a monopod:
The fusion of still & motion in one small camera body is incredibly important for the type of work I do.
What this review didn't talk about is what is gained by using a modular camera/lens combined with a smartphone. You get the Camera SDK so that you can write custom android apps for it. I think this is more about the software than the hardware. Tons of possibilities.
DDWD10: Haven't electronically-controlled ND filters been used before in compact cameras in lieu of actual aperture blades to reduce diffraction? I remember hearing this. Of course, Nikon's proposed system is much more advanced.
I'd love electronically controlled ND filters for video. Extremely useful!
Shamael: Wow, this will bring Nikon to leadership position, hahaha. How about lower prices on the better stuff. At Nikon, every buton or hinge added, doubles the price.
where is the manual focus ring on the emount/micro-four third lenses?
poor update on the nex for manual focus shooters. Still randomly moves center focus point off center when going into video mode. No spot focus on video mode. Spot focus on camera mode has no indication of where center focus point is when camera is set with af/mf on hold mode. Histogram does not accurately represent metering when in spot metering mode. Lots of bugs that haven't been fixed. But, never-the-less, I still love my nex 7. Just wish they had better photographers working at the company that would fix these functions.
I felt the article did a good job of simplifying the array of choices we have in mirrorless cameras for those looking to buy one - but the categorization doesn't really work perfectly. Some of these cameras can go in more than one category. The NEX 7 could be considered a hybrid camera. The GH2 could be considered an enthusiast. The Nikon J1 could be considered beginner.
Looks better by 1 stop to me. Last time I recall ISO 1600 on the a77 was about equal to ISO 6400 on the 5n. Now ISO 3200 on the a77 is about equal to ISO 6400 on the 5n. I bet this means that the nex 7 and the nex 5n would be pretty close and to me that shows that Sony did not make a mistake by going 24mp if the 16mp sensor performs about the same..Well - that's my observation. I'm feeling pretty good about it (for the first time).
hikenhi: Put this SLT-A77 against the Pentax K-5, RAW, ISO 3200. Any Questions?
Put the SLT-A77 against the 1/3 cost 5n at ISO 3200.
Looks like ISO 1600 on A77 = ISO 6400 on nex 5n. We're talking about a $500 camera performing way better than a $1500 camera from the same company. Great job Sony. I think there is a reason why Fuji x100 is 12mp, Nikon d700 is 12MP, Nikon 1 system is 10mp, and some point and shoots backtracked from higher mp to lower mp. If sony wants to get marketshare from the likes of Canon and Nikon - they aren't going to do it with this camera. Unfortunate because I have the nex 7 on preorder.
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