darngooddesign: "With your eye to the viewfinder you can use your finger on the touchscreen LCD to move the focus point around. It's a handy feature that lets you keep a firm grip on the camera instead of having to move your hand to use the four-way controller."
How does this make your grip any more firm? You are still moving your thumb around. Having to shift the camera so your nose, pressed against the screen of the camera, probably is more awkward than just manipulating a right-side d-pad. I think it would make more sense on the GX8 where your nose is out of the way.
Ignoring those issues, I do think the process of doing this with the screen is smoother and faster than the d-pad.
You are missing the point. You move the focus point with your nose! No additional fingers needed.
faithblinded: Wow. Adjust focus point with the LCD while looking through EVF. Go Olympus. I've been jealous of Panny users with that feature for a while now. Not a bad refresh of this cam at all.
@olivemoonstudioI am left eye dominant and a few years ago i bit the bullet and started to use right eye and after a few days my brain accepted the habit. no more smudges!
Of course the new 'E' lenses can only be used on mirrorless cameras at full aperture making a system switch much less convenient (for now)..
Impressive, cant wait for that 20MP!
Thank you for the commentary, very interesting and educational.
seeblue: Although I often find a good smartphone to be a great substitute for a camera, I doubt this good camera makes a great substitute for a smartphone.
For the size and battery-life alone, I wager NO ONE will (or will manage to) use this as their single smartphone. Thus the single device argument falls flat. This is a large sensor compact camera trying to look and act like a smartphone. In the end, it’s an expensive, moderately powered device, with average handling and speed, designed for a handful of pixel-peeping RAW and resolution enthusiasts.
The smartphone which will come closest to conquering photography will come from Apple or Samsung; not from a camera maker. Apparently they’re taking their time. In a few years we’ll look back at the CM1 as a kludge.
I am hardly an apple fanboi, (galaxy nexus, nexus 5, LG G2, LG Flex, Nexus 6, Nexus 7..) but my comment to Rapi was that if you are going to trash someone at least make some tiny effort to have the facts. That is all I said. Anti-Apple fanbois are every bit as insane as their counterparts. To sh*t on apple's board which has 2 women when you consider that Samsung's board has always and will always be all korean males is a bit hypocritical. So, please troll with facts! Thanks.
I know, I forgot to read the sign "Do Not Feed The Trolls". Sigh!
Please spend 5 minutes researching before making your claims. Andrea Jung was on the board since Jan 2008. The other one since 2014.
Actually 2 of the 7 members of Apple's board are women and the first widely commercially available tablet computer was (scarily) made by AT&T (before the breakup).
Cheezr: 45 Quid for a different color?
You are right! :-)
I read exactly what dpr posted above:"The two XPRO Ball Head models are distinguished from each other by their color: the 200PL features a black finish, while the Top Lock version is grey. "
45 Quid for a different color?
veroman: Really? Listening to customers? Then why did Sony transfer all of their DSLR repairs (perhaps repairs for other gear as well) to a company known for many decades for shoddy workmanship and extremely poor service?
Why doesn't Sony have a legitimate service department of their own? Why is it that my A850, which needs a new shutter after only a few thousand clicks, cannot be sent directly to Sony for repair?
Listening to customers? Hardly.
Mine was fortunately under warranty but the included invoice showed $359 for a replacement circuit board. I would not have been a happy camper if I had had to pay that.
johnsmith404: Please stop that compressed vs uncompressed nonsense. What people are really asking for is lossless compressed files (even if they claim otherwise), not some gigantic 100MB RAW files, save for a few specialilsts.If data compression itself was the issue, no audiophile would ever consider listening to FLACs. Compression is not a bad thing, does no harm to data and is 100% reversible when done correctly. The issue is lossless vs lossy and you should make that clear.
@Mister JosephYou must not spend much time on the internet.:-)
QuarryCat: yes the 1,8/55 mm Zeiss is better then any other AF 50 mm lens.But are there other lenses that can compete with Canon's newest lenses?I haven't testet one from Sony, that can do better and they are not all even equal.Who needs 399 AF Points?When still 9 points do better focussing on moving subjects?The new Sony lenses have the same mistakes like Canon lenses 20 years ago - the switches are so loose, you have to put them under tape (4.0/70-200 mm SONY).Why are Japanese technicians so ignorant and don't take the best lenses from Canon and Nikon and construct a new one without flaws?
Why they still use the old and ugly strap-attachment?There have do be 4 points in front or on side of the camera - so everybody can wear it like he wants to - no need to let it swing in front of the belly.(Look at Pentax LX or even Canon EOS M)
the switches on my 70-200F4 are so tight, I have to claw at them with my fingernails to move them, drives me crazy!
zodiacfml: Love their answers in the interview, straightforward and humble. We also get a straight answer regarding uncompressed RAW.
You have to admit Canon were being honest ;-)
I recently had my A7r repaired by the new service and it was excellent. Easy to track the status and the repair was 100%, they also cleaned and adjusted the camera before returning it.Just maybe Sony has an SLA with them requiring top notch service? As my broker says, "past performance does not predict future returns"!
kee808: Useless. For $599, I might as well buy the RX100.
Why does this thing not have a flash? Seems like a great camera for social situations. iphones take pretty decent daylight shots, but in dark or mixed lighting they struggle. I would absolutely be looking to take better flash pictures than my phone. Carry in my pocket out to dinner or to a party at the dimly lit bar or club. Impromptu sunset pictures (with fill flash). Even with a 1.8 lens, you sometimes need a fill flash to stop the action.
For the photos I saw on their website, landscapes, portraiture, still life, most of those photographers would be using a SLR or mirrorless. It seems to me the advantage of the small size is to take it anywhere, which to me is screaming social situations, which to me mens a great deal of the time I would be wanting flash of some sort.
It might be a nice toy if it was $299, but for $599 with no flash, I would just go ahead and get a RX100 to be almost as pocketable, have a flash and zoom, etc.
I read that it can use the flash from the phone.
Reminds me of the original NIkon digicam 900 series? don't rememberAt around $400 it would be much more interesting.
tom43: Will it be possible to use Nikon AF-S G lenses with support for autofocus? Any information on the RAW file format?
true but tom43 only asked about autofocus..