RStyga: Where is the review DPR??
Oh well, in the meantime here's the review by the masterful Ming Thein (in two parts):
I'd switch "masterful" with "sleep inducing" as I find his photography way boring!
I had an A7 and returned it. I love mirrorless, but all the great advantages of the format go out the door with the bigger sensor in terms of both camera and lens sizes. If someone wants to go FF, I think they are better off getting a FF Canon/Nikon and any of the Sigma 24/35/50 Art lenses.
Not very impressed by this lens especially for the price. For the cost I'd rather get a Helios 40-2 85mm 1.5 with that dreamy swirly bokeh.
Horshack: Q: If you had to convince a first-time camera buyer to invest in a D5500 over - say - a Sony a6000, what would you tell them?
A: I think the optical viewfinder is a strong point of our SLR system. This allows users to be able to take pictures as they see [them]. This is our competitive advantage. Of course mirrorless is smaller, but our SLRs offer other advantages, such as our family of lenses and accessories. The D5500 is a great introduction to SLR photography.
With an OVF you can take pictures as you see them but the resulting pictures may not look anything like what you saw if the exposure, focus, WB, color profiles, etc.. aren't what you expected, problems all solved by an EVF. So I suppose it comes down to personal preference - either a more accurate depiction of what you see when looking through the camera vs what you get in your actual images.
At least in in North America, I think mirrorless will take far longer to knock DSLRs from their top position. I've noticed most young photographers will opt for a DSLR first as opposed to a mirrorless camera and use their smart phone as an auxiliary camera. DSLRs are just cheaper and more readily available. Not to mention the plethora of lens options available in both Canon and Nikon mounts.
EVFs are nice, but they clip highlights and get choppy in low light even with the latest tech. OVFs still have lots of advantages.
I'd like to meet the engineers behind the Df.
Saying that, I really wish Nikon would make some AF pancakes like Canon.
Nice Photoshop illustration work on display.
Nothing beats my reusable grocery bag and a sweater for padding as a camera bag!
I like how Sigma used to be the brand people used because they couldn't afford the first party lenses, to being the brand that actually excels in beating the first party lenses at an affordable price!
Love my Sigma 50 Art and 120-300 Sport! Amazing lenses for the money and performance!
J A C S: "With no mirror action and no mechanical shutter in electronic shutter mode..."
Does the OM-D E-M5 ll have a fully electronic shutter (2nd curtain) or his comments are about future cameras?
There is nothing preventing the mirror in the dSLR to stay up with similar high resolution implementations.
" He said that resolution lost to camera shake in DSLRs reduces the advantage of having more pixels."
Unless you shoot with an electronic shutter, which is what you do with the Oly anyway for higher res. That was a really cheap shot.
I shoot both M43 and with a Nikon D800. While the D800 results in better all-around photos, the window to attain those nice photos is smaller. With my OMD, I can shoot in ridiculous low light scenarios, stay quite portable and carry a full kit for travel. M43 won't replace high res DSLRs, but I find the entire system to be far more flexible.
Olympus is one of the most innovated photography companies in the business. Olympus cameras aren't top of the class in any one area, but they're just very good and fun all-around! Their engineers are some of the best out-of-box thinkers!
I like the sample photos from Disneyland! I'm going to have to keep an eye out for secret, unreleased cameras the next time I'm there!
Jonathan F/2: I'm a Nikon guy, but sample pics look good to me. If I was a Canon shooter who needs high megapixels, I'd be excited. Plus who cares if it doesn't shoot faster when shooting in crop modes, you guys have a 7Dm2 for that!
Just go on Tumblr, Flickr or any photo sharing site, and people are producing amazing work with all sorts of cameras APS-C and FF alike. Plus who needs crazy high ISO with a 50mp sensor? The D800/10 sucks at high ISO even compared to the likes of the old D3/D700.
I'm a Nikon guy, but sample pics look good to me. If I was a Canon shooter who needs high megapixels, I'd be excited. Plus who cares if it doesn't shoot faster when shooting in crop modes, you guys have a 7Dm2 for that!
What's with the tie at first place? They only award prizes like that to little elementary school kids. It would of been entertaining hearing all the gear heads cry like babies (on the forums) wondering why their prized camera didn't win!
While all the real photographers just shrug their shoulders waiting for these guys to sell their current cameras on the cheap when next new shiny gadget gets released!
What I find funny is that Nikon shows how to do small optics with the 300mm f/4 PF VR. Sony makes small bodies, but their optics look no smaller than SLR equivalents.
Jonathan F/2: Those lenses look huge. Better off buying Micro Four-Thirds for the size and getting a DSLR when you need FF and proper continuous focus.
What are you guys talking about? A GM1/5 and E-PM2/E-PL7 are tiny and so are the accompanying primes. For the price you pay for the Sony FE glass, you're better off buying Nikon 1.8 G glass or even the Sigma Art lenses which are just as good if not better than the Zeiss offerings.
Those lenses look huge. Better off buying Micro Four-Thirds for the size and getting a DSLR when you need FF and proper continuous focus.
Nikon is starting the new year off on the right foot. I think we'll be seeing some butt kicking form them this year! I think the sleeping giant is about to wake up!
Frank C.: dumbed down piece of photographic equipment for 2k$+... I don't think so! 1/8000 and 1/250 x-sync was around decades ago, srry today it's fuel injectors, not webers! LOL
At it's $2k+ USD price point, I do think a 1/8000th max shutter speed and 1/250 flash sync should of been standard. It reeks of a marketing decision more than anything else. If the camera came in cheaper, I wouldn't think anything of it.