BoFiS: So awesome, makes me want the Z5 Compact even more...now if only they'd sell it in the US (or you know, through TMobile)
Sadly, that's for T-mobile to decide. The US phone market is controlled by the telcos.
Death89: And yet, no proper flash. The n82, n8-00, 808, gs4zoom, k zoom along with many others laugh at your pathetic LED... I understand xenon isn't perfect in every situation but there's no excuse for not putting both in a £400+ smartphone.
Galaxy K zoom is also about 3x as thick as the Z5.
Jostian: more of the same from Sony, great sensors, horrid processing...
Yeas, but those images are for the "Clear image zoom" which is digital zoom. Not base images.
Where's the A6000? It's a fantastic little beast.
Alejandro Ruiz: I wonder if Sony IBIS use Olympus technology, now they are shareholders (and even if they previously denied tech cooperation).And if it's the case, I wonder what Olympus get from Sony: new sensor? better CAF? Better video codec & frame rates (announced for next-coming EM5 generation)?
@stu5: Yeah, that's why Oly switched to Sony sensors with Sony video output technology. Because they were capable of doing it on their own. Yup. Uh-huh.
Volkan Ersoy: From Sony website, on 5-axis IS:
"When using a third-party mount adapter, performance, functionality and operation are not guaranteed and Sony will take no responsibility if a malfunction occurs."
I take this as an indication that 3rd party mount adaptor producers can work it out with their new models.
It's a basic, common-sense disclaimer. NO MANUFACTURER can guarantee functionality when using third-party parts, because third-party part quality can range from "great" to "utter rubbish". This applies to ANY PRODUCT by the way. Even cars.
Chaitanya S: This is exactly what is wrong with Sony. They keep releasing bodies(also they have bad habit of killing systems without giving a try) like a kid with loose motion. Only Fuji and micro 4/3 seem to be a serious mirrorless system with good selection of lenses and bodies.
@ Chaitanya S: So, you're basing your "Sony kills off camera mounts" conclusion based on UNRELATED departments? Do you even have the tiniest clue how big Sony is, and that the individual departments make their own choices?
So, are you going to say that Nikon and Canon are bad choices for killing off their old lens mounts? Whereas Sony has kept improving the lenses for the old Minolta A-mount?
You're full of it and sadly are too blinded by fanboi websites to see it.
Anesh Pather: Did not see an "image stabilizer" test. I have two versions of the RX100 and their I.S. is terrible. I expect the GX7 to be much better.
It's not, sadly.
jonrobertp: This cam is better than the latest Sony. Pop up VF vs touch screen is no contest. optical VF is not a big deal any longer...passé. Lens ---Canon wins easily. The Sony got 2% higher score because it came out first. Had this cam come out ahead of the Sony it would be the Gold recipient and the Sony the silver. Just a matter of a few months timing.
Yup, no contest indeed, the pop-up VF is BY FAR a better choice than a touch screen. Optical VF? The sony is a full EVF. Lens? The Sony is sharper. Battery life? Sony. Focus speed and accuracy (far more important than a touch screen)? Sony. Performance? Sony.
Sorry, there's no way the Canon is better than the Sony.
Airless: TheEVF disadvantage is highly misleading and clearly written by a DSLR/Canikon fanboy. You are saying the cheapest EVFs are worse than the most expensive OVFs...WOW who would have thought? But compare for example a Panasonic G3/G5 EVF or the Olympus VF-3 (to a pentamirror OVF on a consumer DSLR and the EVF is the clear winner. Also, an advantage for EVFs that they neglected to mention is that you can see the scene exactly as the camera will render it, unlike with any OVF.
The claim of "less DOF control" for mirrorless cameras is also very misleading, if you comapare 1.5x mirrorless to 1.5x DSLR it's exactly the same, and for 2x mirrorless, you offset the lack of superthin DOF with the ability to get more DOF when shooting at larger apertures. Try shooting a landscape photo with everything in focus at night using a full frame camera without a tripod. You'll be stuck with f/8 and ISO 6400 or higher.
Plus, EVF tend to be LARGE, like a full-frame OVF, and not the tiny window entry-level OVFs are.
tknarayanan: Thanks for this nice article. My requirements are
1. low cost2. small size and less weight3. live view and movie mode
Can someone suggest some cameras please ?
In the DSLR/DSLT range I'd recomment the A37, as at least you get fast autofocus in live view.
But realistically with your requirements, look at point and shoot cameras from sony, canon and Panasonic. It does not seem like you are at a level where you clearly understand the pros and cons of different camera classes.
You forgot to mention that entry-level SLT cameras can have 8FPS/10FPS.
Not sure why the sample shots are soft - I was able to try an RX1 as well and it was ridiculously sharp.
K_Photo_Teach: Competition is great, improved phone cameras have spawned this! Why buy a compact when your phone is always with you and can take comparable pics?As someone mentioned this kind of thing should have been done 5 years ago!
Great times to be a photographer!
Zstan: 1.5 seconds on my phone, then it's already focused and taking the shot.
Sony Xperia S. ;)
D R C: The big question for me is how good is the WhiteMagic screen outdoors in sunlight?
Judging by the Sony Xperia P smartphone which uses WhiteMagic... Very very good.
munro harrap: No good without a viewfinder. Even with IS you cant hold the thing still at arms' length, and you can't see properly outside without a viewfinder, duh. I look at guys doing this all the time because they failed to get a viewfinder to be able to see what they are doing, it amazes me. Then I look at all these guys around me holding out their cameras, even their iPads, to record how well their anti-shake works (if they have it), but please note that unlike the Nex 3 and 5 you cannot fit a viewfinder on these things anyhow (unlike Ricohs), so you do not have the option.As Sony provide viewfinders to fit in a hotshoe and now, unlike Olympus are REFUSING to do even that, one wonders who their TARGET is.
Are YOU the target for this lethally crippled bling?
I still treasure my R1, which is better in every way, but I suppose that as populations become more stupid, manufacturers will take advantage more and more of our jackdaw urge to acquire "cool" machinery. Will they do it in pink?
So you are going to be crippled because of no VF? Well, all the other compact camera users, smartphone users, etc, must all be taking better pictures than you, because they are not stuck in a deep dark well where photography is impossible without a VF.
Crac1: Hello, I confess that I no longer understand the recent political Nikon ... Why 24 million pixels in an entry level DSLR? And what will they do to the replacement for the Nikon D300s if the little camera has 24 million pixels ??Looks like they have "flipped" and abandoned quality imagen general, and especially high sensitivity for the benefit of the size of the image ... What does an amateur with 24 megapixels honestly?Nikon suddenly recedes. I am worried and disappointed.But despite this, I remain faithful to the yellow mark ... for some time.Best regards.
Ivanaker: No, Nikon did not hand Sony the design and just use Sony as the fab. It's Sony's own design that was mildly tweaked by Nikon. Sony have far far more skill in digital sensor design and development than Nikon does.
simon65: Does anyone know if this is the same 24 mp sensor Sony is using in the NEX-7?
Yes it is, with some Nikon tweaks like different AA filter and microlens array (the one on the NEX-7 is optimized for shorter flange distances)
OneThird: Nice pics! After owning a D3100 awhile back before I sold mine, the low light images are much improved, thanks to Expeed3 and the new 24MP sensor (from Sony of course).
Now, if Nikon can include these features, it would be a sweeter deal, IMHO.
-more than one custom white balance.-Kelvin temperature scale.-shoot with flash while dragging the shutter.-Off, Low, or High NR at ISO 800 and above.
sotirius, lensberg: stop smoking the Nikon marketing brochures. This is the Sony 24MP APS-C sensor, just tweaked (slightly different size since it does not need to be placed in an IS frame) and with Nikon's usual tweaks to the AA filter. There is nothing "exclusive" about it.
And the D3100 sensor was also not an "exclusive". It was the same Sony sensor used in the A560 and A33.
Ivanaker: Yes, Nikon and Pentax are able to buy the sensor. Of course, you are proving how little of the modern world you understand if you think these are sold individually to consumers, or that sensors are interchangeable. They are offered in bulk, with minimum lot sizes and costs involved.
Also, it is well known that the D3, D3s and D700 sensors are NOT from Sony, but the other sensors are.
I would request that you please stop talking nonsense, it's painful to see how little you know.