Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but this thing doesn't look beautiful to me. It may be built like a tank, but it looks like the average Sony/Samsung mirrorless camera and less attractive than the average Fuji/Olympus mirrorless camera.
Now, I'm not talking about performance, status, heritage or any of that, but purely on the aesthetic level this Leica underwhelms.
Put the Sony RX sensor in this Nikon, take the grip and EVF off the kit (not everyone needs a grip/EVF) and bring the price down to the $700 range and it can be a contender. As it is, it's a very tough sell (unless bright light focus speed is your number one priority) with all the excellent competitors available with better image quality and at markedly lower prices.
SammyToronto: Typical example of a company charging an exorbitant price for a camera not based on merit, but because they can. They were one of a kind in the market, so, to Sony, that meant ripping off their customers is fair game. Thank God for Panasonic, and competition in general!
Wow, didn't know my comment would unleash that much rabid fanboy vitriol, lol! To all, freaking CHILL! And the logic that you can't criticise this blatant price gouging by Sony since no one put a gun to your head is beyond ludicrous. Yes, it's a free market, but when a company's greed reaches risible proportions, it deserves the ridicule it'll be getting, no matter how much foaming at the mouth its rabid fanboys do!
Typical example of a company charging an exorbitant price for a camera not based on merit, but because they can. They were one of a kind in the market, so, to Sony, that meant ripping off their customers is fair game. Thank God for Panasonic, and competition in general!
Wow, just wow! Some of the best, most creative and/or most charming portraits I've seen in a long time.
Who is that for? Even the Kardashians, who are the poster family for conspicuous consumption, would find it ludicrously expensive.
utomo99: Samsung need to optimize all the code (for phone and tablet) so it can be faster and smoother. Many people complain the UI make slow. Also Samsung need to update the OS to kit kat for galaxy tab 3 family, S4 and other
You mean in terms of camera performance or you prefered the previous release (i.e. Jelly Bean) period?
Thanks for a most informative review Lars. It confirmed my decision that the Samsung S4 Mini is the best phone for my needs, producing sharp, contrasty images, indoors (with flash) and out, that are perfect for sharing with friends on social media and for displaying on computer screens. The Sony's camera may be superior in rendering high ISO fine details (for a cellphone, that is), but its superiority mainly shows when printing large prints, which is something I never do with cellphone pics. In fact, I find the one area that the Samsung won, i.e. flash pics, more useful since it impacts the picture quality regardless of size or usage. This is especially important since most of cellphone pics (in my case anyway) are taken indoors.
It would've been great if you included a quick video quality comparison since most cellphone users probably take as many videos as pics, but thanks all the same!
Digitall: Up to now, 5 users have had this camera supposedly already sold :)
You know you're an early adopter when you buy (and sell!) the product even before it's commercially released :)
BPD7: dumb question but is this a fixed 2.2 aperture?
On cell phones, aperture usually is fixed.
SammyToronto: While you're reviewing oldish phones, is there any chance for an S4 Mini review? I've read reviews for it on other sites, but being that your reviews focus on camera performance, which is probably the main criterion I consider before buying a phone, they have more weight imo, especially since DXO haven't reviewed it either!
Well, that's great, and timely, news :) Looking forward to reading your findings in that comparison.
While you're reviewing oldish phones, is there any chance for an S4 Mini review? I've read reviews for it on other sites, but being that your reviews focus on camera performance, which is probably the main criterion I consider before buying a phone, they have more weight imo, especially since DXO haven't reviewed it either!
Smart move; with this bullet-proof camera, they'll corner the market of photography-loving mobsters.
SammyToronto: Nice camera, but it doesn't add enough to the e-pl5 to justify the $300 extra it will sell for, imo. That is if you didn't pick up the e-pl5 + kit lens + the 40-150mm zoom for C$450 during Christmas sale, which was an even better deal.
I can also see myself picking one up after the price drops, but not at the initial price. The epl5 sold for similar price when new, so I wouldn't be surprised if the em10 will offer similar deals to what was offered for the epl5 this year by next Christmas.
Fair enough, but it's definitely not worth it to me. And for those who don't have the 40-150, it's a great deal. It's even better if you do have the 40-150 since you can sell the one you'll get for free with the epl5 kit for $150 and end up with a $300 camera!
Nice camera, but it doesn't add enough to the e-pl5 to justify the $300 extra it will sell for, imo. That is if you didn't pick up the e-pl5 + kit lens + the 40-150mm zoom for C$450 during Christmas sale, which was an even better deal.
I find this a tad harsh. The modification he did to the photo didn't take away from the theme of photographing Syrian fighters; rather, it enhanced it since that video camera stuck out like a sore thumb. It's not like he transplanted the fighter to the Moulin Rouge in Paris through photoshop! Of course rules should be followed, but reprimand for not doing so should be in the context of the infraction's severity.
The photo they almost picked would've been equally good, imo. Those piercing green eyes would make almost any photo taken of that girl (by a knowledgeable photographer) a work of art.
If this is a hoax, it's less hideous than the Hassleblad Lunar, Stellar, etc., which should have been hoaxes too.
One of the more useless camera launches in recent history.
Nikon forgot to say that this camera is for "trendy individuals" who don't own camera phones; NO need to get this camera if you have one, unless you're dying to have a zoom lens. A very niche market, I'd say, and not exactly a very promising prospect in terms of sales.