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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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Sosua
By Sosua (Oct 19, 2012)

Keeping feet on the ground, probably something like the XE1 (Once RAW support is ironed out) but with the OMD IBIS and AF and a full suite of compact, high performance lenses.

Or a slightly more compact, lightweight version of the new Leica M with D4 like ISO performance and IBIS.

In other words, the technology already exists, just need to combine it...

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Phototaker41
By Phototaker41 (Oct 19, 2012)

MY dream camera is: small, pocketable, full frame with interchageable lens and low ligh High ISO , very low noise good details at ISO 6400

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Reg Natarajan
By Reg Natarajan (Oct 20, 2012)

Pocketable full frame with interchangeable lenses. lol. I want one, too, but I won't be holding my breath. Those pesky laws of physics.

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kee808
By kee808 (Oct 20, 2012)

So Leica M then?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Oct 20, 2012)

kee808--

You have very big pockets, and the M9 is no good above ISO 1000. And the new M stops at ISO 6400, which suggests it won't be too good above ISO 2000.

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Knallberto
By Knallberto (Oct 19, 2012)

My best & ideal camera exists - and I am happy with it ... waited for more than 5 years for such a thing!

I forgot: name is NEX7 !

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Oct 20, 2012)

Too bad about the the poor quality native lenses for the Nex cameras.

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Knallberto
By Knallberto (Oct 20, 2012)

I use 30 different lenses for my NEXes ... 8mm - 500mm :-)

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StevenE
By StevenE (Oct 19, 2012)

One camera will not suffice.

1 I want a fast rugged DSLR. Canon 5DIII is fine, but it needs Wifi, GPS, better DR, no banding issues, and true 1080P. Maybe an articulating screen, focus peaking, zebra stripes, movie AF, built-in rack-focus too.

2. portable APSC mirrorless camera with 24-70 f2.8 lens built in, articulating touch screen. All the video features. Lots of buttons and dials (like the g12 or G1X), to avoid menu diving.

3. An affordable APSC EF mount video camera, at indie prices. Similar features to the Sony AF700 including 240 fps at under $4000. 1080p is fine

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butterfly0fdoom
By butterfly0fdoom (Oct 19, 2012)

A NEX-6 with a built-in flash that can act as a wireless flash trigger. I don't understand why this is so hard for Sony to grasp.

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IronRock
By IronRock (Oct 19, 2012)

I want a digital Olympus OM4 with a FF sensor. No, the current OM-D E-M5 is not there yet. If you really have touched and used an OM, you know what I mean.

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KDFoto
By KDFoto (Oct 20, 2012)

Yes, I miss my OM-1 and OM-2. They handled wonderfully. I shoot mostly in aperture priority and would use manual focus primes with split ring focusing, if I could get that. I want the basics with a great metering, a great sensor and great lenses, so I'd be very happy with a FF digital OM-2.

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bartjeej
By bartjeej (Oct 19, 2012)

My ultimate travel compact: a 1" to 4/3 sized sensor (preferably in 4/3 aspect ratio) and a fast, versatile single focal length lens (somewhere in the 30 - 40mm efl range), in a waterproof body that's about the size of the Canon G15.

A decent grip and two clickable dials; a vertical one, recessed in the top surface, and a horizontal one recessed in the rear surface. Both dials clickable to give aperture, shutter speed, iso and exposure compensation their own, directly accessible dial, and all of that can be adjusted with one hand and without moving your hand out of the shooting position.

Battery life of at least 500 shots. Oh, and USB charging and wifi file transfer, so you never have to open up the camera beyond the usb charging point.

In terms of firmware, sweep panorama and in-camera raw processing.

Price, provided it's waterproof: € 1000.

Oh, and a second camera: similar as the one above, but with a smaller sensor, and (much) longer zoom than the current waterproof cameras.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Oct 19, 2012)

Not a million miles from what Fujfilm has done with the X100, then?

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bartjeej
By bartjeej (Oct 20, 2012)

A waterproof (or at least weatherproof) X100, combined with a water/weatherproof compact with decent zoom (say 200mm or more) would pretty much be my ultimate travel combination :) although I'd be willing to sacrifice some sensor area on the Fuji for a smaller overall camera (particularly a less deep one)

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kee808
By kee808 (Oct 20, 2012)

so like Olympus EM5, but rangefinder style?

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bartjeej
By bartjeej (Oct 20, 2012)

Yes, and preferably with a fixed lens (20/1.7 would be fine with me!) to make it a good bit less deep. If the GX2 turns out to be weatherproof I'd be tempted big time!

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (Oct 19, 2012)

God this is so simple, just give me 100M to produce it, and it will be the ONLY camera on the market forever more. All it needs is ... [oops, patents pending so can't talk now ... watch this space!]

SolCam1 ...

Brian

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wwelti
By wwelti (Oct 19, 2012)

Hi! This is a no-brainer for me. I already made a forum post quite some time ago, and my wishlist didn't change much. Remarkably there is NO camera out there which lives up to it, although it wouldn't be that hard to implement.
- a good durable body and decent ergonomics should be a no-brainer anyway
- Full manual control of ALL parameters including focus. Numeric values of all parameters can be made visible, so I can precisely recreate any setting. This also includes white balance, flash guide number, focus distance and focal length.
- Decent support for manual metering. Display Ev Value for adjustable spot size, triple live histogram for metered area with Ev scale.
- Yes, I know, AA batteries don't have as much power as a lith-ion pack, but even a DSLR can be powered with AA cells... I am using AA eneloops for almost everything so I never run out of juice.
- A Viewfinder
- Iso hotshoe
- Tripod thread
- Filter thread
- cabel release thread
- removable lens hood
Just do it. thanks :-)

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photoholiko
By photoholiko (Oct 19, 2012)

a Sony RX-1 with interchaneable lenses.

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Pat
By Pat (Oct 19, 2012)

A Sony RX-1 with interchangeable lenses ... plus pop-up flash, EVF, and a Fuji x-trans sensor. All for under $1700.

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Felipe Arruda
By Felipe Arruda (Oct 20, 2012)

Beind realistic:

The body should have Image stabilization (sony) and the Af motor (Nikon). The menus and software shoud be like Canon, with the CHDK possibility and the design should be like Nikon. The LCD should be like Sony.

The lens should be only... the LENS, like Leica. The camera reads the exif with physical marks on the lens body.

That way you will change the body like crazy (just like tecnology) bud will keep the lenses forever!

Being Dreamy: iPhone with lens as good as a Leica, Video like the Alexa, Low noise like the D4 and equipped with a compact pancake 5-1000mm f/1.0 without CA and distortion.

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lacro
By lacro (Oct 21, 2012)

A RX-1 with a 24-120 (f Max 2) fixed zoom lens.

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locke42
By locke42 (Oct 19, 2012)

All I want is an X100 successor with a 50mm equivalent lens (instead of 35mm), f/2 or faster, and autofocus system that's at least as fast as the OM-D E-M5, for about the same price as the current X100.

Oh, and NO COUPLED MANUAL FOCUSING. I don't care if it adds an extra inch or so to the lens size.

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Oct 19, 2012)

Nikon body, Canon lens, Sony sensor, point and shoot price.

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IronRock
By IronRock (Oct 20, 2012)

You are dreaming, but I have the same dream too.

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shahid11235
By shahid11235 (Oct 22, 2012)

Nice dream, but I love it!

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TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Nov 4, 2012)

Besides the Canon lens thing, the general trend for everything else seems to be going in that direction. [grin]

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blue_skies
By blue_skies (Oct 19, 2012)

A full frame sensor Nex camera that can handle UWA RF lenses properly ...

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Oct 19, 2012)

NEX-VG900

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ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (Oct 20, 2012)

Sony A99 - SLT mirror + E mount (+ A adapter that might have an SLT) + 30MP higher res

Sony is so close with the NEX-7, A99, VG900, RX-1, etc., but mostly it's really an A99 that can take ANY lens and still deliver 24MP for an APS-C crop of its 54MP FF sensor. It can loose the mechanical shutter and aim more toward a NEX form factor, but the body SSS and pivoting rear display should stay.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Oct 20, 2012)

The VG900 could take any FF or APS-C lens and the A99 can't.

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ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (Oct 20, 2012)

Agreed, the VG900 is currently the closest to what I want in that sense, but the form factor is all wrong. It also doesn't have sensor-shift SSS and the 24MP FF sensor isn't high-enough resolution for stills when cropped to APS-C (not a problem for video... which may explain why the VG900 is there and a FF still NEX isn't). Lots of lenses have problems off axis, so even lenses designed for FF may do better cropped to 24MP APS-C than they would as 24MP FF....

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Oct 19, 2012)

It's great when our voice is heard vs offerings from above. The Fuji x100 is almost perfect but have the ability to change lenses. M4/3 lenses! Square sensor!

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ianp5a
By ianp5a (Oct 20, 2012)

I want a big wide, long lens, yet it should still be portable.
SO the camera should be built around the lens with very little "camera body". Similar to some early digital cameras that put the lens sideways in the body with the lens is ready to go. Unlike todays compacts where the lens has to grind it's way out to wide-angle each time before you can use it. The manual zoom ring stays where you put it.

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Don Richardson
By Don Richardson (Oct 20, 2012)

I'd like to see the features of the 1DX but with a crop sensor and 5D III body. Let those that need it purchase the battery grip separately.

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