Thoughts: A review of a camera serves to provide an important guide to potential buyers whether to consider to make the purchase.
Obviously the reviewer's user experience will determine the final verdict.
It appears to me though, this time the reviewers only tested the camera, not used it as a photographer.
In my view, you might get a quite balanced review by asking the forum users (those brave early adopters) before Dpreview publishes a review, if ever.
"[...] not used it as a photographer."
DPR was *always* reviewing the cams like that.
That is also why they review bodies only and disregard the impact of the lens system. (But, oh joy, they have posted the A7+legacy lenses article before.)
plasnu: Dpreview should publish the reviewer's name.
@plasnu, they were always there. You can also click on the names to see the articles/reviews posted by the DPR team member.
babalu: Most of these are very nice photographs really, and worthy of exposure to public voting . I do have however some slight doubts about one of the entries, its author having been subject to a controverse about having used two accounts at the same time.I will not call names or point to the photo in question, but I trust that it's known.
Whatever controversy it might be, images do not lie!
P.S. Unless plagiarized, of course.
babalu: Why is there no way to have the pictures in the shortlist blown up to 100% for viewing before casting a vote ? Do I miss something and is that possibility given ?
"Why is there no way [...]"
Probably because it's not pixel-peeping contest?
My first reaction was the same as yours. But then I relaxed, leaned back in my chair and simply enjoyed the best of the best of the 2013.
Ronan_M: Agree the selection is small, should have been @ least 100 pics
Those are winners of the 2013 challenges.
That's why the name: Challenge of Challenges.
Try once browsing through the "Challenges" in the top menu.
Good ones. All of them.
Viramati: I have they A7 and FE55 and FE35 and am blown away with the results I'm getting from this little gem. I actually used it on a job last night along with my leica M and found that the A7 did most of the work. I personally give it a platinum award!!!I would add that this is the first time that I have owned or used a Sony camera and that I mostly have used the Leica M system for my recent work both personal and professional
"and am blown away with the results"
You should get out more often. Market right now is full of cameras which can "blow" you "away with the results."
And many of them, lenses included, can be had for the half price of one M body.
ThePhilips: DPR, feel the wrath of Sony fans...
@R Butler, you do not have to justify it somehow. The GX7 review came at the time as I have finished reading the Canon D70 review. Contrast between the two was just too great to miss. GX7 review was like "oh that and this works but we don't like it". While D70 review was "omg, there are problems and compromise, but those are OK for the Canon because all Canons have them and anyway it spells omg the great future!!!1!!". It is bias in its purest form. It is also humane to be biased so I'm not really protesting much. I'm just stating the obvious.
HubertChen: Fuji keeps impressing me by making a practical innovation of something that has not been improved by all other companies for decades. This new layout makes lots of sense. In Video compression regularly more information is given to luminescence than color information with great success.
"This new layout makes lots of sense."
The "weird" layouts are nothing new. There was a lot of research over the time done by all major camera manufacturers.
What is new, is the price niche were Fuji sells the cameras and lenses. The higher price allows Fuji to put more expensive to produce "weird" sensor into the cameras, thus keeping its higher priced system exclusive.
Other do not follow the suit for the simple reasons of the lacking price flexibility and lacking economies of scale.
pca7070: Feveon X3 or ailke is the way to go.
"overwhelming sensor resolution"
To me it was always advantage of the Foveon that you do not need the "overwhelming sensor resolution" to maintain the level of details. And images from Foveon sensor also scale up very well.
"for there is no point to demosaic"
That is possible only in theory, unfortunately.
In practice, you still have to use demosaic algorithm to de-pattern the sensor's pattern from final image. Or other way around: viewing devices and printers would have to be in accord with the pattern, meaning that you simply move demosaicing from camera to the end devices. That solves nothing.
If you own *and* like the camera... I'm not sure why would you be bothered by reviewers' opinion. I personally am not.
You take the DPR reviews too seriously. They are not objective. I'm happily shooting away with the GX7 and it got worse score than the A7. But DPR staff doesn't like it.
They like camera - it gets better scores. They do not like the camera - it gets worse scores. And that's pretty much all what there is to it.
DPR, feel the wrath of Sony fans...
Tom Ames: "We see three major audiences: those stepping up from existing NEX models, photographers 'buying into' full-frame, and fans of third-party lenses who want to use them on a full-frame body."
And do not forget those who already has a FF camera and are looking for a smaller FF package. (I sold my D800 and invested in the A7r + lenses)
If comments on DPR to be trusted, the D800 is by far the most bought-and-sold camera. And something tells me that the problem lies not with the D800.
Domagoj Batinic: you really should take a look a this collective thread with samples from manual lenses on a7 and see what people that know how to use manual lenses properly can do with them:http://forum.mflenses.com/shooting-the-collection-on-a7r-t63368,highlight,%2Ba7.html
Wow! Unbelievable! I'll rush home now and disable AF to test if that would improve my images!!!
> it accepts 120 roll film.
I wish makers have actually tried to build a digital camera...
I gather the sensor and the IC are the problem - but that's precisely the challenge: to try to replicate at home the expensive manufacturing processes.
About #3, wearable 4K:"... and just still taking frames from the footage for newspapers and magazines rather than carrying a dedicated stills camera."
Are you looking for the next "revolution" in photography?
I spend some time thinking about it, and I do not think it is going to be that easy. 4K in itself is not even the enabler. Lytro/etc tech allows to adjust focus. But that alone is not enough, though IMO would be a prerequisite. Adjustment of DOF and perspective at the moment are only possible with the stereo imaging. IOW, you need two cam setup shooting in parallel, using Lytro-like sensor, to allow for correction of: AF errors, DOF and perspective.
Gesture: Is the modern digital camera reaching its end-point.
End of development is not the same as the obsolescent.
Oh wait, in the internet age, were relevance is measured in number of posts and clicks, it is. AKA "if it doesn't generate news, it is dead."
ThePhilips: I wanted none of the picks, so I voted for what I would have bought if I had very limited choice: the RX100ii.
As m43 user, I really appreciate the advancements of the E-M1. But unfortunately, at the asking price, I'd rather spend the money on the lenses. E-M1 costs as much as 1.4/25mm, 1.8/17mm and 9-18mm combined.
@caver3d: "Name me one other camera that gives you that much for $1399."
Let me answer with a car analogy: I do not own a SUV or a race car; for commute I prefer the humble plastic Citroen C3. It can't drive through wilderness and it accelerates poorly, but it gets me from A to B every day.
I wanted none of the picks, so I voted for what I would have bought if I had very limited choice: the RX100ii.
Ben O Connor: I am a micro43user... But Folks....
is the OMD-EM1 that good? Even better than APS-C sensor? Smilar sized to a DSLR as capable without mirror ?
Thanks to GH-3, mirrorless is already very capable video maker... But em1's price... Size... COMPARE TO K-3 !?
oh come on ...
@Heie2, but let's for a moment compare something standard and more relevant, than the obscure FL primes:
or standard primes: