I have just seen this camera in shop and was pretty amazed: its dimensions are diminutive AND it has an EVF. Whatever IQ, the camera is definitely a milestone.
"There's one more review left in our waterproof camera series, followed by a wrap-up article that will help you pick the best one."
Alas! You could have timed that better: 2/3 of vacation season has already passed. April and May are good months to publish such wrap-ups.
"[...] but from loyal, genuine customers, 'self-appointed brand managers' who are taking advantage of the review process to 'give feedback on the firm'."
Huh. Where is the news?
Most consumer electronics companies have precisely zero possibilities to submit any kind of feedback, and users have to resort to /excotic/ methods.
(OK, some have outsourced support line, but listening for many hours/days/weeks to the same boilerplate questions and suggestions is rather a maddening experience.)
ThePhilips: That could have been the quickest lens review to write. But nope you went and actually shot with it. :D
@AbrasiveReducer, honestly, I do not understand all the whining here. I wager the body cap was tested along with some other real m43 lens. But the review, unlike for a real lens, for the body cap lens takes literally minutes. Alternatively, somebody went on vacations and oops! accidentally between drinks and beach wrote the review.
And the review pays off, because now DPR has joined the exclusive rank of review sites which have bothered to post an official review of the body cap lens ;-)
That could have been the quickest lens review to write. But nope you went and actually shot with it. :D
Shotcents: Not much of a guide. Looks like a plug for Amazon. There's really no info here at all.
"Looks like a plug for Amazon."
Well. All other review sites "plug" a store - often multiple stores. Most review sites do generate revenue mostly from the ads and affiliate links. There's nothing wrong with it. That's how internet works. And everybody knows it.
sohrab bonyanalam: What about Panasonic lumix G6!!!
"I'm surprised the G6 made the list given all the complaints about Panasonic using older sensors"
The "older sensor" claim is getting tired. It is probably not to standards of current slew of Sony ones, but still a sensor with pretty usable ISO 3200. OK, it might clip highlights/shadows, but really, in real life the difference is much less pronounced than it is in pixel peeping.
Sony sensors are always "revolutionary" and whatnow, but Panny's lagging *constantly* 1/3-2/3 EV behind are not really "old". (They simply can't catch up, sadly.)
Even GF6, with supposedly ancient sensor, has very good IQ. Check out the studio tests at Imaging Resource's "Comparometer":http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTMDPR ignores most of the low-end Panny stuff, but others do test and review them.
If the AF motor is not upgraded, then it is fail IMO.
radissimo: Seems that price/value is BETTER than Olympus E-p5 ,but NOT Sony NEX-5R...Competition is good...
"price/value is BETTER than Olympus E-p5"
A sucker punch, man. Literally every other camera, even from Oly, is better at price/value than than the E-P5.
limlh: At last, a company has produced a tiltable LCD only camera without making it look like a cheap P&S and without astronomical pricing. Good job.
Because look of the camera is everything.
This posturing and nitpicking is actually quite ironical. And counterproductive. Two most robust and light metals - magnesium and titanium - both look and feel "cheap".
starwolfy: Troll ON. I would rather buy a Samsung NX300 with a 30mm F2 pancake.
Troll ON ON. Why no love for 20mm pancake?
I'm glad Sammy is doing it. Somebody got to try doing it, and they are best positioned.
Now, as the first thing, Sammy needs to send a batch of free Galaxy NXs to Adobe and other camera software companies, and let them develop apps for it - and see what would come out of it.
PredatorsPrey: I hope D-SLRs will stay free of Android or something similar.. and I don't understand why everyone needs instant sharing.
Instant sharing is there just for the marketing.
The bigger thing is the ability to replace camera UI with something entirely different, potentially several different UIs suited to various photographic scenarios. Also, of course, the PP and editing. All the things which are impossible with the proprietary firmwares - but are possible with the open Android SDK. Worth mentioning, Adobe is already well presented in app stores.
NZ Scott: Peiasdf:
I'm sure you're correct.
The 1.8 is superior in every way except for two - it's slightly bigger and it's quite a lot more expensive.
It's probably also losing a lot of sales to the Panny 20/1.7, which is also a pancake.
"It's probably also losing a lot of sales to the Panny 20/1.7, which is also a pancake."
Worth mentioning that 17mm, though it loses badly in IQ, has faster AF when compared to 20mm.
The faster (and IIRC relatively quiet) AF is pretty much the only distinctive feature of the Oly's 17mm pancake.
How about extending it to the rest of EU? Or at least Germany??
Also, in Germany, neither E-PL5 nor E-PM2 is available as body only. I'm not sure who's making the marketing decisions over there, but they are not particularly clever.
00112233: Not a single photo in the review sample gallery is taken with the standard lens!!!!!!! What is going on?
"It's a trap!"
yabokkie: still confused who is who. do you sure the camera tested is really 700D?
@audijam. I googled, but it persisted at sending me to potentially NSFW websites with "Kiss X7i" in the title.
Benarm: With Sony SLT bodies, this would be extremely awesome low-light lens since you can take advantage of image stabilization. Easy 2-3 extra stops.
"With Sony SLT"... and Pentax, of course.
I thing they decided to spare on OIS, because it is known to be very challenging with bright lenses: the glass element for IS is too heavy and hard to stabilize.
Bravo, Sigma! Bravo!!
Excellent idea of a lens, Sigma!
I'm not sure how financially successful it would be, but I'm pretty sure many would crave the f/1.8.