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.
alexdpx: I just bought a Fuji X10. I love it . . . perfect for my needs and shooting style. The fast lens and "large" sensor are its best qualities making it capable of bokeh shots - something I doubt can be achieved with this new Cybershot. Yes teh RX100 has a larger sensor . . . but f/4.9 at the long end . . .
You *do* understand the equivalent apertures are similar, right? And that there's no such thing as "bokeh shots" and only n00bs who listen to salespeople too much use the term "bokeh shot"?
Learn what bokeh actually means. It's NOT the same as "blurred background".
cheenachatze: Nice that the flash is built-in. But why do they keep mating a 16:9 LCD to a 3:2 sensor? And is it really necessary to have articulating screen on every model? I'd rather have cheaper, lighter camera.
Because they put the settings display down the left and right of the image, making use of the 16:9 resolution. I'm guessing you never actually used a NEX?
The articulating screen is a highlight and a key feature - it would be a very very very small market that would buy a model without one.
Gesture: Very exciting development. Three levels within the NEX. Now, at top end, integral EVF?? What else???
Integrated EVF, better build quality, tri-navi, 24MP...
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.
windmillgolfer: For an entry dSLR the JPG images, even teh high ISO, look pretty good to me. I just hope buyers notice the file sizes and budget for a higher spec processor, RAM and disc space. Should be good for AMD & Intel. The 24MP is bound to attract many buyers. It'll be interesting to see what Canon do but I'll be sticking with the 600D :)
24MP pictures (and even higher!!!) have been around for many years. I don't understand why people are now thinking 24MP sensors will all of a sudden require upgrades, when older PCs work with them just fine...
thx1138: Where to next for Nikon. Will Sony soon have a 30MP DX sensor that Nikon will use in the D300s replacement? Can't see the point at all in an entry level camera. Will these people seriously be making A2+ prints on a regular basis. The 16MP was more than adequate. Should have focused on better AF and CDAF for LV.
This targets the 95% out there that think "bigger numbers is better". They don't even understand that AF can be better or that the CDAF of Nikon in live view blows chunks. To them, they want nice facebook pictures and to "look cool" and "look pro" by wearing their DSLR fashion accessory.
Oveerik: This is WAY better than SONY A77 which i sold as not usable over 1600 ISO. I rather have this as companion to D700 (later D800) than A77 with A900.
And - if I do not need 24mpx there is a possibility to shoot at lower resolution.
Wait for the actual side by side pics...
And I find it sad that your only criteria is ISO noise. I really wonder what happened to the actual photographers on this forum?
schufosi777: The higher ISO is amazin It is so much better than Sonys performance with the quivalent sensor, more than two stops better. Images are great just a little flat and muted nothing pressing a few button on the PC wouldnt fix. Cant wait to see what Pentax can do with this sensor if tthey use it.
"more than 2 stops better"? Really? Based on your unscientific eyeballing?
Take of the pink fanboi glasses.
OzK: Are these better than the a65🚺77 images?
Possibly, as the A65 and A77 still have the SLT mirror in the way, and the Nikons use a weaker AA filter.
But there is more to a camera than just pixel-peeped image quality. In terms of overall feature set, the A65/A77 murder the D3200 (which they should, looking at the price...)
jc52e53: Nice sharp good color but when you really enlarge I can see some aliasing.Weird as it has an AA filter.A little noisy in some shots too.But great for $699.$1000 less than the A77.Photos from the Fuji X Pro 1 are far superior.
Nikons traditionally use a weaker AA filter than Sony on the same sensor. While this results in finer grain at high ISO, it also results in more moire/aliasing. It's the trade-off.