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Reader's concept prompts question: what would your ideal camera be?

By dpreview staff on Oct 19, 2012 at 23:22 GMT

What does your dream camera look like? One of our more enterprising readers has sketched-out what his would look like - creating an interesting contemporary rangefinder concept. Bristling with Nikon F4-inspired manual controls, each dial and switch also has a 'neutral' position to allow the on-screen interface settings to take precedence. Easycass acknowledges the concept may not be entirely possible - an 'ultra-fast' 24-105mm lens would dictate a fairly small sensor, and autofocus rangefinders have never exactly been commonplace - but it raises questions the question: 'What would your perfect camera be?'

With mirrorless and large-sensor compacts still going through a growth spurt, what would you like to see? What controls would you demand and what balance of size, price, sensor size and lens specs would you like to see. Let us know in the comments, below and try to be plausible (a realistic price is usually more than you want to pay for it).

If the comments section doesn't give you the space to express your ideas, consider doing what Easycass has done - create your own article.

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FunckyPIX
By FunckyPIX (Oct 20, 2012)

Leica M form factor but with reworked buttons and screen or à digital rolleiflex old style

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KGP
By KGP (Oct 20, 2012)

A camera that combines:

-A unique FF sensor, like Foveon, Fuji X-Trans, or a CCD that matches CMOS in terms of handling noise & dynamic range
-No AA filter
-No mirrorless, dslr in a small body like Oly E-450, 100% coverage OVF, plently control dials and dedicated buttons
-Articulated screen with a descent resolution
-Mount that takes existed Samyang's prime lenses range, but with AF & the same price tag
...in a more realistic approach i would like to see Olympus & Samsung going FF in their own way.

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Yossi Kramer
By Yossi Kramer (Oct 20, 2012)

V3 - like nikon V1 sizewise, with external controls, better AF system than V1, using the sensor of Sony's RX100 with some improvements, a more detailed evf.

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deep7
By deep7 (Oct 20, 2012)

Fuji X-E1 is already pretty close, on paper! If it looked like the X100, even better. It would also need a "bird" lens in the line-up, like a smallish 400/f4 or so, taking advantage of the modest image circle.

The one feature that would elevate it into a camera-for-a-lifetime would be the ability to change sensor/processor as technology advances (I would have loved to have been able to do that with my former Olympus E3, heavy sigh.)

Nearly forgot - it would be the icing on the cake if it has the good old eye-control autofocus my old Canon EOS30 sported. Best technology ever!

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onlooker
By onlooker (Oct 20, 2012)

Digital Nikon FM2.

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (Oct 20, 2012)

GF1 with replaceable sensor

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ddtwenty
By ddtwenty (Oct 20, 2012)

1.) My dream camera may be like the Panasonic LX7 but it will come with large back LCD monitor ( 4-5 Inches ) with decent resolutions(the same pixel density as Iphone 4S). That means at the back side of the camera , there will be just an LCD monitor with touch screen capability,no more buttons, but at the front there still be the same funtions including a useful aperture rings.

2.) Must be Android O.S.
3.) The sensor should be at least 1 inches for better performance in low light.

The optics and other functions or options shal "atleast"l be the same as LX7 has.

Thank you Panasonic in advanced... I know you are reading this forum.. and you will make it come true in the new Panasonic LX8. Wow... dream dream dream.

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Illumina
By Illumina (Oct 20, 2012)

My ideal camera would be :
- EM-5 size and look..
- 16mpx FF with excellent DR
- IBIS
- Mirrorless and EVF (so we can get small form factor)
- Tilt LCD 3inch without touch screen..
- Lenses : Collapsible 24-70 f4 ( I think its impossible to make FF 24-70 2.8 collapsible ) , and small f2 prime : 24-35-85 and pancake 50 1.4 and small 16-35 f4..
- I don't need extreme weather seal, but of course it had to be solidly built..
- Good JPEG Processor..

Price for BO : 1800$
Lenses : 500$ each..

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sean lee
By sean lee (Oct 20, 2012)

I really like the design of Fujifilm x100.
If it comes with interchangeable lens, it will be the best for me!!!^^
or Canon g1 x with f1.4 would be great!!^^
or Olympus EM-5 with optical view finder....^^

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Kami Hunter
By Kami Hunter (Oct 20, 2012)

Hi all,

I dream of a Sigma SD 1.5 with a Canon mount a faster processor and a big buffer to be able to shoot at 4 images/s. A fast, modern, reliable (bugs and locks free) and multitask interface.
A Foveon X3 sensor able to produce better results at high ISOs.
I don't really care about video but liveview could be good.

I just want a fast and reliable Foveon X3 camera without Sigma mount ;)

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zerotator
By zerotator (Oct 20, 2012)

DP2MF = DP2M Full Frame Fast or DP3xMF full frame zoom

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Ed Buziak
By Ed Buziak (Oct 20, 2012)

Although mostly a Nikon user for 40+ years, I would change in an eye-blink to an Olympus E-1 (or even an Olympus E-620) with Olympus EM-5 internals! Simple really... could be done, but won't be. Most cameras were too large; now they're trending to being too small... which manufacturer is going to re-discover the Goldilocks factor?

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Oct 20, 2012)

Pentax Spotmatic. Quit while you're ahead.

Actually, my Contax RX was the best camera I ever had, best designed, superb handling, build and image quality. It even had an external battery pack for use in the cold. They thought of everything the photographer actually needs. Every DSLR I've had has seen a depressing drop in quality in every area. Sigh, I think we've all been had by clever marketing and gadget love.

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Caleido
By Caleido (Oct 20, 2012)

Guess you haven't had a DSLR in the last 3 years.

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xtoph
By xtoph (Oct 20, 2012)

I know what you mean; i often am struck by how my om3 is still a better camera in so many ways than my 5d2 etc. the metering alone was in many respects more advanced. Small, quiet, reliable, small and useful lenses... I do wish that olympus hadnt insisted on the lens ring shutter speed, though--in that regard id prefer a digital fm2.

Funny how many old contax users wax nostalgic. I never quite got their cameras, though the rts3 was very cool.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Oct 20, 2012)

The control layout on the RX was perfect, no nikon or canon I've ever seen came close to that level of usability and simplicity. Spot meter and easily accessible exposure lock is all you need really, and aperture priority. It's be a brave manufacturer to only offer that these days!

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Oct 20, 2012)

PowerShot G/ProX:
G1X Sensor
Keep classic VASS (vari-angle swivel screen); capable of 'face-foward' functionality when on tripod
Keep Mini EOS-1 controls (thumbwheel plus finger dial) and regular 8-way nav joystick.
Keep Full-Time ES-LV (Exposure Simulation); include for IR and Deep ND photography.
Keep Optical Tunnel, but allow view to zoom with lens.
Keep a substantial hand grip.
Optional 'active' Manual Zoom Ring
Optional 'active' Manual Focus Ring
Add Flexible M.E. (Multiple Exposure Modes) and combine with HDR Options
Include dual linear ND filters to allow for 'regular' polarization as well as 'unlimited' deep ND filtering when set out of phase with each other.

Offer Programmable Multi-ISO 'per pixel' customization a la 'EV Zone System' in Full M mode. ISO Range 6 - 25600.

Offer Wider 'Golden' FOV for Zoom f2.8 24-120mm (35mm equivalent)

Add full res max 60fps/120fps and max 'full-res' 4k (UHD) video (if not 1080p Full HD)

Tripod mount CENTRED on lens center line of sight.

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eques
By eques (Oct 20, 2012)

With a mFT sensor of the Olympus EM-5 and a F2 lens this could be realized right now. The collapible lens might be a little larger, but then ...
I guess that Sony is already working on it: between the RX 100 and RX1 there is a RX 10 missing: APSc sensor, fast zoom lens, tiltable screen, very compact design - a modern version of the Fuji X100.
1200 €/$ any time! - Peter

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cincin680123
By cincin680123 (Oct 20, 2012)

I am actually happy with my 4/3 cameras. I think it is a good compromise in size and quality

I like the flexible LCD screen of Panasonic and I like the versatile flash system of Olympus.

I also like such gems like focusing when I look into viewfinder, and tuch controls are handy making macros from tripod.

I would prefer an Android based software. Not just the connectivity of Android is good (file sharing, remote control) but you can imagine nice applications like movement detection, timelapse, gps apps.

The noiseless electronic shutter is fun too.

Panasonic G5 ergonomics and customizable buttons are nice.

And yes, a durable environmentaly sealed camera is good to have.

Price? Up to 1000$.

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twald
By twald (Oct 20, 2012)

Thought controlled camera worn as glasses with iq of a modern full-frame camera

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moderntimes99
By moderntimes99 (Oct 20, 2012)

My dream camera is still a digital version of the Nikon FM3A

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LazyFatCat
By LazyFatCat (Oct 20, 2012)

What does dream camera ???
1/ Sensor pixel : The war of pixels seem to be comes to the end . Canon do not make sensor with more pixels than Nikon D800 ? and Sony does the same, and Panasonic self satisfies with 16M pixel for its latest top model GH3. Some camera website rise question :" Do the common photographers need more pixels than 16M ?".( or maybe more than 20M ?).
2/ Sensor quality: Bayer type sensor seem to be comes to end of sensibility posibility . Fujifilm tries to modify Bayer type sensor in oder to increase sensibility a little bit but it is not an overall solution. At last Sigma Foveon X3 sensor is the FUTURE of digital sensor.
3/ Size : Sony does good job with Nex mirroless series but not so good with E lenses size.
4/Design : Compact and light weight, Articulated Screen, enviroment proof and Flash built in should be.
5/Processor : Olypus does good job with JPEG engine and Pentax and Fujifilm do godd job with output Color. canon does god job with noise reduce.
We hope.

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wy2lam
By wy2lam (Oct 20, 2012)

Easy.

Olympus OM-D feature set, Fuji FF X-Trans sensor, Nikon D800 AF, Pentax K-5 ergonomics, Canon lens system, Fuji X-E1 size/weight.

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ali sangari
By ali sangari (Oct 20, 2012)

Fujifilm X100, with d800 operation ! , x100 body is a dream come true !!

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Tee1up
By Tee1up (Oct 20, 2012)

Fuji X100 with a true manual focus would do it for me. Throw in a lil focus peaking and it's all over.

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InIndochina
By InIndochina (Oct 20, 2012)

My idea camera would be a fully manual digital 617, about 40Mp, with built in Tilt/Shift on the lens mount and able to take Super Angulon lenses.
Forget video and all that other non-photograph stuff - although as a landscape photographer, a built-in GPS might be a nice touch.

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Jan Toude
By Jan Toude (Oct 20, 2012)

Weather sealed compact system camera with good sensor (little channel crosstalk, high DR, high resolution, fast readout) and open application programming interface.

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Area256
By Area256 (Oct 20, 2012)

I second an open API!

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Area256
By Area256 (Oct 20, 2012)

My ideal camera would be/have:

* Mirrorless, and about the size and shape of the OM-D, with a hand grip.
* Full frame sensor!
* A good collections of fast primes (16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm) - with f/1.4 to f/2.0. I don't need Leica magic f/0.95.
* Great EVF and LCD screen (i.e. high resolution, fast refresh rate, good color, large viewing area).
* Fast auto focus (ideally some kind of phase detect on the sensor, like the V1 maybe).
* No build-in flash, but a build-in radio trigger for off-camera flashes, and a hot shoe.
* Weather sealed, and durable (ok if it's a little on the heavy size).
* About 18-24MP - but really I don't care as long as it's more than 10MP.
* High dynamic range.
* 3 control dials (like the NEX-7), for ISO/Shutter/Aperture), and a few well placed custom buttons.
* Mode dial with at least 2 custom settings.
* WiFi and GPS optional, but nice to have.

I think a reasonable price would be $2000-$2500 for the body, and about $500 to $1200 for each lens.

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BobYIL
By BobYIL (Oct 20, 2012)

Sony RX1 with built in EVF, tiltable LCD and 35-50/2 lens.

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eques
By eques (Oct 20, 2012)

... at 3500€/$, the way they priced the RX1?

Peter

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1 quarter 20
By 1 quarter 20 (Oct 20, 2012)

Updated Digilux 2 with FF sensor equal to 5D Mark II or better, stabilization on sensor, current EVF, and HD video. $2,500.00

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Oct 20, 2012)

ExpSim LV w/ OVF-EVF Hybrid Overlay (Separate or Combined Modes)

Primary Modular VASS (Vari-Angle Swivel Screen) 'Face-Forward' capable while mounted on tripod; removable for extended viewing.
Secondary Fixed Screen w/ opt Touch-Screen Modes

EOS-1 Dual Controls (Large Thumbwheel plus Finger Dial) optimal for above ExpSimLV
Regular 8-way Nav Joystick control

Live R-G-B Histogram Preview opt

Full M/M-ISO Only: but Color Zone System Multi-ISO* programmable for SINGLE HDR Exposures rather than restriction to Mono-ISO. Includes Zone Digital ND customization.
No AE Needed: P, Av, Tv, All-Auto AE
No Speed/Aperture/ISO Bracketing Allowed
No More TTL Light Meter Readings
No AE Compensation needed
Flexible Multiple Exposures Overlay options (fully in JPEG, not just RAW)
Dual Linear Polarizer Filters Option to double as Unlimited ND filter or just Polarizer alone.
Broader Negative EV 20 ExpSim LV to handle ND and IR photography.
External Flash Only
GPS/WiFi Opt (Non-Metal Body)
FF: f/2 24-120

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Oct 20, 2012)

Color Zone System Multi-ISO* programmable for SINGLE HDR Exposures:

*this means one can shoot High DR Bright Contrasty Scenarios and simultaneously capture ALL desired 'shadow details' and ALL 'highlight details' WITHOUT Post-Processing in ONE EXPOSURE. Simply choose optimal LOW ISO (say 50, 25, 12, 6 for Brightest Glaring Highlights if need be) and optimal HIGH ISO (say 800, 1600, 3200 for the darkest pitch black 'sunny day' lit outdoor shadows). Being able to have good extreme low/no light clean shots at much higher ISOs would still be available in less contrasty Lower DR scenarios, like under starlight or just moonlight.

Since PP would never be needed, pp raw-to-jpg artifacts like 'banding' would never occur.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Oct 20, 2012)

5DMkIII or as small as 6D/60D/650D Size would be fine; max weather sealing a bonus for those who get wet'n'dirty.

AF from 5DMkIII if not 1DX.

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Tap0
By Tap0 (Oct 20, 2012)

My ideal camera is comprised of features available in cameras currently in the market :

1. Size and form factor : Olympus OM-D

2. Sensor : D 800

3. Auto focus : D 800 / D4

4. OVF : Sony a900

5. Weather sealing : Not important to me.

6. Price : $999.

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raizans
By raizans (Oct 20, 2012)

For a small camera, imagine a Fuji X100 with fast PDAF, no EVF, image stabilization, no stupid built-in flash, no anti-alias filter, menus and operation that are user friendly, a regular bayer-filter array, and industrial design that doesn't make you throw up a little. APS-C or full frame, 12mp or 24mp, I don't care. That's pretty much it.

As for DSLRs, just put built-in image stabilization in the Nikon D800E, or an optical viewfinder in the Sony A99. You get the idea.

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supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (Oct 20, 2012)

You should look at Samsung NX210.

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cheetah43
By cheetah43 (Oct 20, 2012)

Camera: compact, RX1 style, NO IN-BUILT FLASH with hi-res, bright, articulated touchscreen, high capacity internal memory
Controls: fully manual and other usual priority settings with control rings for all [focus, aperture, shutter speed, zoom, EV compensation, etc], bracketing options
Sensor: full-frame with high resolution
Kit lens: f1.4 [zoom: 35 - 135mm, max f2.8 at highest zoom range, interchangeable, fast focusing, undetectable distortion, aberration, noise
Viewfinder: electronic and optical
Filters: ND, Skylight, polariser, yellow, red, others
Film simulation: Kodak, Agfa, Fuji transparency films' simulation
Video: highest resolution possible
GPS and WiFi

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Oct 20, 2012)

There never was the perfect 35mm rangefinder, SLR, medium format, etc. and so why expect there to be a perfect digital? But I say we already have the perfect SLRs Canon 50D, 5d, 6d, Nikon D600, yadda yadda. The Fuji X100 in black is sweet, but maybe something APS-C with interchangeable lenses (a pancake among them) with optical hybrid viewfinder and under $800! I will keep dreaming...

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Nathaniel George Weir
By Nathaniel George Weir (Oct 20, 2012)

50 MP DSLR, 10-1000mm lens, f/1.2. image stabilization ISO to 204,800 boost to 819,200 Weight, 3 pounds, built in flexible pop-up flash with 100m guide number, and a 4 inch screen, waterproof, and built entirely out of carbon fiber!

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rplst8
By rplst8 (Oct 20, 2012)

Digital F3HP. I don't need no stinking auto focus if I have a split prism.

Seriously... no auto ISO, no auto focus, Program shutter? eh, fine. But I want an aperture control on the lens, zoom ring on the lens, focus ring on the lens, shutter speed wheel. Don't need a flash, but a hot shoe is fine. I'll even cock the shutter manually - make auto drive an option to save room in the body and make it smaller. Throw in a remote shutter release and we're there.

But it has to be styled like an F3 and no bigger.

Oh and a great selection of compact, lightweight, MF lenses to go with it. Also, F mount (AI/AI-s) compatible of course.

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MPA1
By MPA1 (Oct 20, 2012)

Agree that the HP is sadly missed on modern Nikons.
I cannot see the frame edges of a D3s or a D4 whilst wearing my glasses and do not understand why they can't do what they used to do and offer different finders.
In this day and age a high eyepoint finder could even be a factory option on special build.

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Tee1up
By Tee1up (Oct 20, 2012)

Thank you, yes! I've never had a camera that so right in your hands. it did it all and never let me down.

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Octane
By Octane (Oct 20, 2012)

A camera that brings me coffee :)

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ezradja
By ezradja (Oct 20, 2012)

Fujifilm X100 is already a dream comes true camera!

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (Oct 20, 2012)

Imagine how many knobs and switches you have to look at before you take a shot to make sure that none of them were "knocked" to a different setting ...oh wait, it's still on auto mode

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theoschela
By theoschela (Oct 20, 2012)

I would like a G15 with a vari-angle 3.2" LCD, G1 X sensor, 24-140mm f/2.8 IS with Leica glass, a Real View Finder, M Mode ETTL flash & M Mode Auto ISO 50-12800. All with the current G15's current dimensions & weight. For starters.

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MPA1
By MPA1 (Oct 20, 2012)

Tricky.

Either a full Auto Focus 24mp Leica M series that delivered M ergonomics and build with AF speed comparable to a Nikon D4

or

A Nikon D4 which weighs 50% of what one actually weighs, shot RAW only, had no movie functionality at all and a High Eyepoint finder to make it better to use with glasses than the current one; also built in GPS, reverting to 2 CF slots and the ability to connect direct to a portable HDD without a computer at all.

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avgcitizen
By avgcitizen (Oct 20, 2012)

Really, I'd like just look at something and to be able to record a high res image of it.

But assuming today's tech....

Square sensor w. vertical and horizontal aspect ratio overlays in EVF via thumbwheel; no need to rotate camera.

Ultra-res articulating EVF, removable w. wireless to be used as remote or visor/glasses mounted viewfinder.

I want to be able to compose in bright daylight and frame my subject accurately and comfortably.

Maxi-compact so to always have on hand, even if requiring fixed lens w. 24mm equiv. wide end. Bright w. sharp corners wide open (this apparently will require new lens technology since everyone seems to suck at it).

If removable lens, stabilization on sensor and open source lens pin electronics so 3rd parties can innovate and classic glass is more usable.

Plus the best of all current smart tech such as focus peaking, WiFi, RAW and low noise at high ISO of course, etc.

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sbansban
By sbansban (Oct 20, 2012)

(Continuation of previous comment) - HDR, backlight modes, in-camera sweep panoramas, several fully customizable rings, built-in graduated and regular ND and other filters (e.g.: CP, blue. orange), electronic level, all kinds of bracketing like WB, ISO, aperture, focus, AE, art filter, film simulation, sharpness, saturation, noise reduction level and scene mode bracketing, fully articulated LCD, EVF and OVF with 100% view, dedicated physical dials and buttons galore for as many settings as possible, a super-intelligent auto mode which will let even a monkey take award-winning photos, full weather-sealing, raw+jpeg, full manual exposure and controls, touch screen, app-enabled with GPS plus landmark database and WiFi capabilities, excellent availability of optional accessories and books along with a detailed, readable printed manual at (dare I say this?) an affordable price.

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sbansban
By sbansban (Oct 20, 2012)

Let's suspend the laws of physics to some extent for this exercise. Who knows, with advances in technology, and completely new paradigms, maybe all this can be achieved very soon within the aforementioned laws. My dream camera would have the following: RX1's full-frame sensor in a G12-like body with S100's pocketability, SX20V's zoom (heck, maybe even the SX50's zoom, and a manual one at that like the X10's!), ultrawide angle, great full HD video, image stabilization so good that you will not need a tripod even at the long end of the zoom for handheld video AND for still photos at shutter speeds of up to a few seconds in low light through the zoom range (concert lovers, rejoice!), no noise up to ISO's of the order of 100K, HUGE dynamic range, fantastic sharpness in all situations, excellent color reproduction, mega resolution (40 megapixels or so) without artifacts, CA or distortions, wonderful bokeh capabilities, (continued in the next comment)

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Voldenuit
By Voldenuit (Oct 20, 2012)

Rangefinder-style body with:
APS-C Foveon-style sensor (hopefully one that fixes foveon's problems at high ISOs)
Dedicated control dials for Shutter Speed, Exposure Comp and ISO, with 'A' settings
Dedicated aperture ring control on lens (with 'A' setting)
Hybrid AF that's not as slow as 650D
High resolution progressive EVF
Fast kit lens (f/2.8-4) and fast compact primes in system
Wireless flash system with off-body wireless trigger of external E-TTL flashes - transmitter built into body
High resolution tilting LCD/OLED touchscreen on back
Weather-sealed body and lenses
1080p 120 fps video with full manual controls, All-I, and clean 4:2:2 HDMI out
Built-in ND filter
Electronic first curtain

The Fuji X-E1 comes close, but sluggish AF and afterthought video capability are a minus. Plus, I've already significantly invested in m43,so will be sticking it out for a while.

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ZeteoPhoto
By ZeteoPhoto (Oct 20, 2012)

a Fujifilm X-E1-like body with a 24 MP full-frame sensor and EVF with zero lag, with a universal mount that support various lenses from all major manufacturers , a super fast AF capable of tracking fast moving birds and wildlife, 5 fps or faster, 1/500 s flash sync speed, battery that can last for weeks, and a 35mm or 50mm collapsible lens that can collapse into the camera body for travelling (like those old leica rangefinder lenses). all for under $1000 USD

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Pixto
By Pixto (Oct 20, 2012)

Ricoh GX300 - an enthusiast oriented compact in the style of the Ricoh GX-200 but a larger (1") sensor and a faster 24-72mm f2.0-f4 lens. Add the user interface and ergonomics from GRD-IV and a built-in EVF like the NEX6 or X-E1.
Fujfilm X200 - just update the X100 with the X-Trans sensor, and add an IR remote please.

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John Miles
By John Miles (Oct 20, 2012)

Without a shadow of a doubt an update to the Panasonic FZ50. It's everything in one manual non-extending lensed package. And smaller sensors are producing some serious looking results these days.

References:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50029392
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/42547238
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/42366095
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50035066

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photosen
By photosen (Oct 20, 2012)

Homermobile! Homercam!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Oct 20, 2012)

"it raises questions the question: 'What would your perfect camera be?'"

Oh, that's easy, The one I can easily afford. After all, it's only a camera. And as long as it is not that Professor Baron von Frankenstein "Nikon C1" hack job depicted above.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Oct 20, 2012)

A camera and data storage system running on cold electricity, figure it out.

A lens that focuses by changing the shape of the lens itself.

So many pixels (like 1000MB) that the zooming can simply be done by cropping.

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kevindar
By kevindar (Oct 20, 2012)

5d3 with d800 sensor, shooting at 6ps full resolution, 8fps in dx format, on board flash with master funciton, spot meter linked to autofocus point.
as my back up, a full frame nex, 16 mp, with a pancake 24-80 f 4 lens, and a couple of small fast primes.

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garyknrd
By garyknrd (Oct 20, 2012)

+1

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Area256
By Area256 (Oct 20, 2012)

Honestly I wouldn't need the 36MP, but getting a good Sony made sensor into the 5d3 would be awesome. And yes spot meter needs to be linked to the autofocus point. And frankly a better meeting system would be a nice addition as well.

As for flash, I'd prefer to see an on-board radio trigger. I never use on-board flash, but being able to trigger a few 600EX-RTs without something on the hot shoe would be nice.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Oct 20, 2012)

An RX1 around 1000 USD.

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rrizw
By rrizw (Oct 20, 2012)

with collapsible lens

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imbimmer
By imbimmer (Oct 20, 2012)

Why would someone prefer to have all the important controls at the front of the camera? and how would in-body VR fight with optical VR? :-)

If one company could combine all the virtues from Sigma Merrills (for the sensor), the Sony RX1 (for the ergonomics and high ISO performance) and Nikon P7700 (for its control layout), they'll get my money for sure.

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Easycass
By Easycass (Oct 20, 2012)

Yes, on the classic Nikon F designs, the metering mode was on the finder, so moved to the front here for slightly easier access; the drive mode was on top-left plate, also moved to the front; and the focus mode is where it more or less it has always been. The VR switch on the camera means the optical or in-camera VR (yes, I think one system would do) can be switched with a finger of right-hand while still keeping the left-hand on the lens focus ring... just an idea...

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