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What just happened?! Looking back on last week

By dpreview staff on Oct 21, 2013 at 09:45 GMT
Fujifilm puts X-Trans in your pocket with new XQ1...
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Fujifilm puts X-Trans in your pocket with new XQ1...

The XQ1 follows last year's XF1 as a second (and somewhat more conservative) attempt by Fujifilm to capture a share of the high-end, stylish zoom compact market. The XQ1 has the same 25-100mm (equivalent) lens as the older camera, but a more conventional design and - most importantly - a 12MP 2/3" X-Trans CMOS sensor which allows hybrid autofocus, making the XQ1 impressively fast.

This sensor has impressed us a lot in the Fujifilm X20, and we're excited by its inclusion in a genuinely pocketable compact camera.

Comments

Total comments: 98
r0brwy
By r0brwy (6 months ago)

We old timers will want to stick with Optical Viewfinders, We also would like to bring back horse drawn buses and super constellation aircraft.

DSLRs will die very slowly, but die they will. Floppy mirrors will go the way of floppy disks. Optical Viewfinders will disappear like phones with dials.

Small sensors will dissolve in the face of FF, MF and eventually something even bigger.

Its just life.

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Richard
By Richard (6 months ago)

I don't want a horse drawn carriage, I like my turbo car. I don't want to return to floppy disks. I don't want a dial to replace my touch screen, but all of those old things are less than the new stuff. They have less features and are backwards. Mirrorless is less than OVF, it is not a step forward, it is a step back. I agree the mechanical part of the mirror shows its engine, but so does the gasoline engine and look how long that has been around and I know in my lifetime I do not want an electric car. The mirror may go away, but not in my lifetime so I am happy, it is you young people who will have to deal with an EVF, or maybe not, they may come up with a way to make the mirror better.

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dccdp
By dccdp (6 months ago)

I really like these summaries of yours, dpreview. They're a good idea and help put things into perspective. As for those spoiled "photographers" that are never satisfied with any content of this site, well, why don't they start a better alternative to it, and show us all how things are done? After all, we don't need a single large photography review site, we don't want dpr become a monopoly.

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (6 months ago)

I can't believe you are still continuing to call the RX10 a super zoom.

8X does not a super zoom make.

It looks like a interesting camera but mislabeling is not doing a service to anyone.

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yudhir
By yudhir (6 months ago)

Based on the sensor size ..it should be

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white shadow
By white shadow (6 months ago)

This is to tell all DPR readers that DPR has been very busy recently, and now, even more busy. So, everybody have to be very patient if they are waitng for their FULL REVIEWS which would not be coming out any time soon.

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Sama123
By Sama123 (6 months ago)

I love Nikon

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misha marinsky4
By misha marinsky4 (6 months ago)

This is pure speculation: Who is going to be next with a FF M-ILC?

I'm not trying to start an argument. For the record, I have an OMD-5 and a Sony NEX 3n. I did that just to try different systems.

My first camera was a Pentax Spotmatic, and my next was an Icarex TM, with the Ultron 50. I still have it, and the Ultron is still a stunning lens. For those who do not know, the Ultron's front element is concave, and it's the only lens made this way.

I'm not brand loyal. Just curious. One thing I'm sure of - now that Sony has a FF M-ILC, prices are going down quickly. Moore's Law and all that.

Thoughts, anyone?

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (6 months ago)

Concave front lens. How cool is that? I hope you have an adapter. The next full framer will be Pentax—they already have a medium-format camera so full frame is the next logical step for them.

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panometrical
By panometrical (6 months ago)

The Olympus 50mm f/2 macro has a concave front element, aside from that though no other lens I know of.

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misha marinsky4
By misha marinsky4 (6 months ago)

Thank you. I did not know that.

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (6 months ago)

Why don't one of you guys write an article for the site about that amazing design. But don't publish it until I find a copy of the lens for me. I want to buy one to use before the price goes through the roof.

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misha marinsky4
By misha marinsky4 (6 months ago)

"Concave front lens. How cool is that? I hope you have an adapter."

Yes. I have a thread to 4/3 adapter. My feeling is that it rivals MF. I have 2 standard 4/3 bodies.

Thanks for all your replies.

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misha marinsky4
By misha marinsky4 (6 months ago)

"Why don't one of you guys write an article for the site about that amazing design."

Dear DPR: Gladly.

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JWest
By JWest (6 months ago)

My money's on Samsung. They've been consistently at the front of the mirrorless game, despite being ignored due to their lack of marketing.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

Sony has really given FF a shot in the arm. If a person has stayed away from FF because of size, weight or cost, Sony has addressed all those things. And once somebody shoots 24mp or more, full frame, they're not going back to 4/3 or smaller. This is the one thing that has remained constant since film and across all brands; the bigger the sensor, the better the image quality. Fuji, in particular makes great use of small sensors--that is, until you see what they can do with bigger sensors.

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Guidenet
By Guidenet (6 months ago)

If Sony has addressed size weight, and cost perspectives not already addressed by the Nikon D600 or Canon 6D, I'm not sure what they are. There has to be some low hanging fruit, but Sony has been really late on going after it.

Without a doubt, FF is not only here to stay but other orientations might be regulated to the snapshooters.

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EDWARD ARTISTE
By EDWARD ARTISTE (6 months ago)

LOL (almost) every noteworthy company named there..

..except CANON.

WTF is up with this company.

Side note- I handled a 70d yesterday for the first time. It has that 'cheap' feeling that anyone who has used a 7d for any amount of time will feel. Its even more of a rebel body than the 60d (because of the tiny size). It has the same flat buttons along the top LCD too- I dont understand why they would make buttons like that.

The touchscreen is still awesome, with fast focus even on a 18-135.

Anyways, here's to waiting on the 7d2....without the cheapo feeling.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (6 months ago)

Theoretical Solar is bit like old joke. Its tragedy what happend to Hasselblad, really.. (doesnt change fact that their current efforts are quite laughable).

Canon special editions is whats really hilarious. Special luxury camera from Canon? :D But, Hasselblad set bar really high (well, low) .. Canon isnt there. Yet.

Hope it doesnt mean Canon is close to die too..

Liked how you written that part about North Korea. :)

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eljamoquio
By eljamoquio (6 months ago)

Pentax K-3, likely the best APS-C camera on the market... nothing to see here.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (6 months ago)

It was covered in a separate roundup of content from the previous week. Which, not coincidentally, is when it was released (and previewed in detail).

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eljamoquio
By eljamoquio (6 months ago)

I missed that, on page five after a front page blurb that said nothing about what is likely to be the best APS-C camera on the market.

I'm also surprised that you seem surprised at all the releases. Black Friday is a month away. This is when cameras are announced.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (6 months ago)

I do so enjoy our little chats...

You might have missed our detailed launch coverage of the K-3, so here it is, just in case:

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/pentax-k-3/

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eljamoquio
By eljamoquio (6 months ago)

I didn't miss that preview. I also didn't miss the snark; which I enjoy but is surprising considering it's directed towards your customer.

Overall, I don't miss a lot here, missing page 5 of a review that didn't mention the Pentax on page 1 was an aberration.

Heck, I kept hitting 'refresh' on my screen every five minutes waiting to get the review of the Pentax K-5II. It was nine months, but hey, it was worth it, only 70% of the way through the life cycle of the product.

I'm assuming the delay will be as long for the K-3, but I might be wrong, because I'm still waiting for the review of the 645D, three years and counting.

Just think of it as more page views!

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Zigadiboom
By Zigadiboom (6 months ago)

What just happened?? Its simple. Wiithin a span of a week several major shock waves were sent throughout the sacred land of Canikon.

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jkokich
By jkokich (6 months ago)

Sony has taken the lead. They are winning. I keep reading and hearing about other companies finally coming up with things to challenge Sony, like new AF systems that rival Sony. That sure sounds like Sony got there first. I love my A57; even with the kit lens it's AWESOME, and I can't wait to get my hands in an A7!

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Spectro
By Spectro (6 months ago)

What a great photography gear week. I can't decide what to get next, but it won't be a regular dslr. Got better with the Nikon digital fm2 rumor. I was set buying a second system like Sony or Fuji. Might not need to.

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l_d_allan
By l_d_allan (6 months ago)

Seems like much (most?) of the "What just happened?" was DPReview.com making announcements ... a'la pretty much just a pass-through of "Press Releases" from advertisers. Being that much more of a shill for parent Amazon?

Where are the in-depth reviews that DPReview.com "used" to be known for?

* Canon EOS-M ?
* Canon 1D-X ?
* Nikon D4 ?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (6 months ago)

"pretty much just a pass-through of "Press Releases" from advertisers."

If that's how you characterize major product announcements from camera and lens manufacturers, I'm afraid there's not much I can say to reassure you.

If you're looking for in-depth reviews, we've published more than 40 this year, which is hundreds of pages, plus the hundreds more we've written about all of the new products released recently which we can't review yet.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (6 months ago)

I think EOS-M isnt even worth review, sorry. Unlike most of for example Samsung NX stuff, this isnt even remotely interesting. We dont need to know how much Canon failed, you can read that all over the internet anway.

D4 and 1D-X? If you have money and opportunity to buy them, buy one that suits your system. Sure they could review them, but there isnt much point in doing so. Who wanted these, already has them..

Second wave of interest for such reviews will be in few years, when these will be cheap enough to buy second-hand. Thats reason why I for example missed review of 1D Mk3 from DPreview. :)

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EDWARD ARTISTE
By EDWARD ARTISTE (6 months ago)

i think it does.

Regardless of its reception, the EOS m was a major step for Canon. Many of us have been using them for a while, and some things would be nice to know of...like.....

• the quality of the rear screen (first canon body that ive ever managed to get hairline scratches on. wtf?)

• An official DP word on the quality of the 22/f2 for shortcomings, etc.

• the much discussed AF. Even with latest firmware, it can fail on very clear, contrasty subjects. weird.

• etc.

Not sure what the heck could be keeping up a review of any of those old cameras. They cant exactly claim they dont have one...heck they can borrow mine :)

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (6 months ago)

The problem with DPReview is the sleeping. It's putting you too far behind on the reviews. To satisfy us, your loyal readers, DPReview staffers are going to have to give up the luxury of going home and sleeping every single night of the week; try sleeping four nights a week and doing 24-hour shifts on the other three. If you don't get caught up, cut back to sleeping three nights and working four, and so on.

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l_d_allan
By l_d_allan (6 months ago)

Agree, that very few (and not me) and afford and/or justify the top-of-the-line Canon 1D-X or Nikon D4.
However ... I find it very useful to be able to compare these cameras to those within my budget.

To some extent, the top-of-the-line provides something of a snapshot of what is technically possible at a point in time.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (6 months ago)

To be honest I can't really call the RX10 a super-zoom. it reaches out to ONLY 200mm, if it went to 400 then I would agree.

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jkokich
By jkokich (6 months ago)

And it's REALLY expensive!

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (6 months ago)

Cause it zooms and its super. :) Otherwise 8,3x zoom is a LOT. There isnt any firm definition of super-zoom. As long as range can be considered as "a LOT", its superzoom.

Very few decent dSLR lens reach over 4x.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (6 months ago)

Will the new devices tilt the global onslaught of smart phones upon camera market share? Or are they, like the machinations of Alex Lippisch, or the late Cretaceous giant sauropods, merely specimens for future museums?

If phones are the paradigm, anything resembling a traditional camera (or a vinyl record) is a tough sell.

An irony: people who praise the new cameras don't amount to a drop in the ocean and will be no more likely to buy the stuff than volunteer to ride in an ME 163.

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Impulses
By Impulses (6 months ago)

The argument that smartphones will eventually replace cameras completely is like the same argument against desktops, it'll keep going for another 10-20 years and people with higher end needs will continue to exist and prove it wrong.

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Valterj
By Valterj (6 months ago)

For me, the best news from last week were the 3 Sony cameras and 5 lenses.

Sony continues to surprising me.

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DaytonR
By DaytonR (6 months ago)

Yeah , Sony is really setting the pace , they are unbelievable

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Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (6 months ago)

By the account of this article, not much seems to happen in Mondays.

Looking back on last week (for all those who have early on-set dementia!)

I don't think I am that senile yet!

My short term memory will never be the same again, but, thanks anyway!

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (6 months ago)

Oh that new Fuji X100 firmware update sure put the zing back into my little black treasure! Thanks Fuji! (and it surely did cost them a few tradeups to an X100s for the moment. But it also solidified some very important brand loyalty!

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Digitall
By Digitall (6 months ago)

Best news from last week, was the new FF ML from Sony and the Panasonic GM1. This is my personal looking back on last week in the equipment area.
Was set two records in one week, one for Sony and other for the GM1, the smallest MFT camera made up to now.

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DDWD10
By DDWD10 (6 months ago)

I keep telling my friends... now is a GREAT time to get into serious photography.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (6 months ago)

Then how do you answer the perennial "What camera should I buy?" query?

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DDWD10
By DDWD10 (6 months ago)

I last advised a friend to pick up a D5100/18-55mm kit online for $379. It was a great deal and he wouldn't take a big hit to the wallet if he decided it wasn't for him.

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jkokich
By jkokich (6 months ago)

We really do live in the Golden Age. So many great choices, a lot of great prices, so many cameras that take great pictures!

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (6 months ago)

Good advice to your friend, its rather good camera. :)

"What camera should I buy?"

Preferably one that suit your needs, so after you sort out what you want, then you can do a bit of research and find out what is best for your needs.

Rather easy really. Yet, suprising amount of people fails in this.. Lazy generation. :)

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DDWD10
By DDWD10 (6 months ago)

Exactly! I can't stand the "tell me what I want!" mentality.

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jimrpdx
By jimrpdx (6 months ago)

The K-3 became old news in a hurry... ah well.

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Keto
By Keto (6 months ago)

This is a recap of the past week. K-3 came out before that. They didn't mention the D610 here either.

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photog4u
By photog4u (6 months ago)

I don’t envy the crew here at DPR at all. They have a responsibility to try and keep people interested in all of these other mundane announcements that coincide with the JUGGERNAUT that is Sony. I mean REALLY? FULL FRAME, no AA, amazing EVF, fast AF, 1/8000 shutter AND accepts third party glass maybe even M glass! 36 monster pickles! Did I mention FULL FRAME ?!? ILC! COMPACT! Wheww… what an undertaking the boys and girls here at this site have. And the manufacturers are not helping with red cameras, 58mm primes and firmware…yawn. All I can say is Sony brought a 1000HP Super Charged Big Block to this race whereas everybody else is bringing there ’74 Pintos and Pacers with 87HP 4 bangers IMHO. WAKE UP INDUSTRY! START INOVATING! YOU’VE BEEN RESTING ON YOUR LAURELS AND REPUTATIONS FOR WAY TOO LONG! SACK UP!!

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dougster1979
By dougster1979 (6 months ago)

I fail to see where the inovation is. Nothings new, sony have simply taken a full frame sensor and stuffed it in a small nex size body. Great!! but to compensate for the size savings, they have had to make slower lenses ie 24-70mm f4. Back to square one. Its a good step sideways, but until some boffin makes 24-70mm f2.8 that fits in your pocket, i don`t see any big news here.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (6 months ago)

sony is a very big electronics company, they also produce sensors for a lot of other companies, so its natural that sony brigs a ff mirrorless out first.

but who cares its a sony ^^ with sony menues sony colors and sony jpgs, so wake me up when nikon canon or olympus brings one out.

the sony one is just the proof of concept of a major sensor manufaturer.

a big downside is the fact that its not only mirrorless but also lacks a an ovf.

for me thats a complete no-go

only camera where i can somehow justify the evf is the nikon 1 v1 and thats just because i can somehow try toa ttach an ovf to their special hotshoe, and the j1 doesnt have one

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (6 months ago)

"... until some boffin makes 24-70mm f2.8 that fits in your pocket..."

It uses a 1/3.5" sensor and also works to make phone calls, play games, let the NSA know what you are up to, and keep you up to date with the Kardashians.

Sony really did unveil a "system" lens that mounts on a phone.

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Branko Collin
By Branko Collin (6 months ago)

It felt like there was an invisible trade show going on. Did you call the manufacturers to ask them "why now"?

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (6 months ago)

It's not that invisible, as it happens. PDN PhotoPlus +Expo opens in a couple of days in New York, and some (but not all) manufacturers are timing their announcements accordingly.

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Branko Collin
By Branko Collin (6 months ago)

Ah, that'll be it. Thanks!

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oscarvdvelde
By oscarvdvelde (6 months ago)

Canon remained so silent. October 23-24 for a major Canon announcement?

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RFC1925
By RFC1925 (6 months ago)

A feature request: navigation of the subpages with left and right arrow keys

Think it would work well with these kind of layouts that resemble a gallery.

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (6 months ago)

I am NEVER going to stop complaining until you guys realize we don't like it.

What am I talking about? You know what I'm talking about.

"Next, next, next, next, next, next, ne....."

ONE PAGE will do. All that clicking is annoying & there's no call for it.

(Hint: view in mobile)

Heck, as long as I'm here:

(2) Nikon D5300 & Fuji X-E2
(3) Fuji XQ1
(4) Fuji brings X100 back from the dead
(5) Panasonic GM1, smallest m4/3
(6) Nikon 58mm f/1.4 "pricey prime"
(7)Nikon sues Sakar over Polaroid (J1 ripoff)
(8)North Korea Looks Lovely this Time of the Year
(9) Full-frame NEXs not called NEX
(10) New lenses from Sony, Sigma & Samyang
(11) Sony RX10, a "RX100 superzoom"
(12) Hasselblad hoax we hope stays a hoax (Sony A7/A7r re-badge)
(13) Canon's pimped-out Powershots

Throw in the detailed paragraphs, and THAT is how you do it. **ONE PAGE** (maybe 2, but 13, no no no no no). I just saved the rest of you some time, no need to thank me.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (6 months ago)

so true and THANK YOU

i wouldnt have clicked through the pages anyway hehe

most annoying things to watch on dpr on a mobile device are photo galleries though

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Impulses
By Impulses (6 months ago)

Is lack of ads the reason they don't do it for the mobile site? Kind of backwards since a lot of sites do it the other way around... Whatever they need to do to keep the boat afloat I guess. I agree it does kinda defeat the point of a quick look summary post like this tho. Breaking it up into a dozen pages is fine for one off stuff like buying guides, the essential camera bag stuff post, etc. For this type of post it's counter productive.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (6 months ago)

What was the major news from Nikon?

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (6 months ago)

Not there yet. Ask in December again

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (6 months ago)

its a nikon 1 v3, based on a nikon coolpix A body together with an 18.5 1.4 (in 32mm 1.2 design) and tilt/shift adapter for FX lenses on nikon 1 bodies

ah and because the v3 will have a standard hotshoe we will get a set of OVFs matching the primes

thats it for me

edit: nikon if you plan to bring that out i swear i will buy every mentioned item after its on the used market, i gues in early summer 2014 ;)

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Northgrove
By Northgrove (6 months ago)

The D5300. Next year, we're looking forward to the D620.

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backayonder
By backayonder (6 months ago)

The major news from Nikon is that there is still no D400 but we all knew that didn't we?

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matty_boy
By matty_boy (6 months ago)

its weeks like last week that really throw DpReview's failings into the light. A web site that is run like a magazine, with weekends off. News about the new cameras breaks elsewhere, I read about all these new cameras on other sites, samples appear in other places first - there are sample available for most of these cameras now but none on DPReview, other than links posted in the forums. Also hands-on video reviews that give a much deeper insight than the first impressions articles which seem to be the fixture for most cameras, many popular models never being reviewed.
I've read the defences before but i dont get it. I've read that some cameras are more popular than others and you have to concentrate on the popular ones, yet no other site seems to suffer this problem, and judging by empirical evidence over several years, other sites reviews don't seem to suffer because of it. why isn't this place run like a proper web site ? 24/7 it should be a go to place of choice but isnt anymore

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cheddargav
By cheddargav (6 months ago)

DPReview used to be the first place to go for camera news and reviews but it's been slipping for years now. Reviews take way too long and yes, most places offer video reviews/previews which are much more fun and engaging than endless writing and stats

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

DPR gets some of this stuff before they publicize it. But because of their "position" they adhere to the manufacturer's requests which in turn means they'll get advance looks at stuff in the future. Likewise DPR is quick to pull punches with "pre-production model" and "while not ideal, this issue is certainly not unique to (insert brand here)". This type of diplomacy is what makes the big guys big and "rumors" sites, small.

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matty_boy
By matty_boy (6 months ago)

I disagree, AbrasiveReducer and my reasoning is not conjecture, its empirical. Go and look at the other big photog sites on the net, not the rumour sites, you may be familiar with some, if not look them out. These sites and some of the better gadget blogs manage to get their reports out in earlier do High definition video reviews that demonstrate as good an understanding as any other site of what matters to a photographer and give samples and opinion in bucket loads. They also manage to produce comprehensive reviews on most if not all popular cameras. As for their 'position' it was only a week or so ago that when criticised for not giving many details on a new camera the staffer on here responding said that they had only had the camera for a day or so, indicating only at release time, not in advance. This site is run like a 9-5 business, posting frequency proves it, and although the staff have given reasons in the past, they don't stand up to scrutiny. and dont get me onto dxomark...

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dsut4392
By dsut4392 (6 months ago)

Count me as one who DOES NOT WANT video reviews - sponsor ad, site blurb, introductory waffle, blah blah blah on some feature I don't care about - "GET ON WITH IT" screams the voice in my head! ... I can read a written article much faster than the fastest race caller could speak it, and can skip altogether sections of text that aren't interesting to me. The links titles "Video review" or "video interview" are the ones I never click.

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (6 months ago)

The arrogance of the DPReview staff insisting on working just 9 to 5... The idea that they might deserve dignity, gratitude, and honor for their hard work is preposterous...and the idea that they might have a right to time off is intolerable. Harvest them for their organs, I'm sure their corneas will fetch a pretty penny.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (6 months ago)

matty_boy: why not read – or watch? – the other sites instead if they’re so good?

The truth is none compare to DPReview for thoroughness, insight, and quality. DPReview’s in-depth written analysis by genuine experts cannot be replaced by video clips of gadget geeks hurtling through the latest toys.

Unfortunately, in my view, DPReview is under pressure to cater to visitors like you, and that is slowly but surely changing the character of the site. But I’m going to speak out against calls like yours so DPReview knows I and others like me exist.

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matty_boy
By matty_boy (6 months ago)

rfsIII, I have never stated anyone is arrogant. Don't try to make this into something it isn't so you can wow us with oh so clever witty thing you posted. If you read the about us, it states:

"Digital Photography Review's mission is to provide the most authoritative reviews of, the fastest, fullest news reports about, and the most comprehensive database of consumer digital cameras in the world, and to provide an open, active forum and useful tools for its community."

fastest ... no, fullest.. no I will admit the forums are good though. This is not about being 'clever' or sycophantic twaddle about 'corneas', this is about a website. It also states in the About us

"Today DPReview is the world's most popular dedicated enthusiast digital photography site"

is it really? i guess we cannot answer that, for me though, regardless of the rather strange stuff in your post, most big websites break news, are run 24-7 and ARE comprehensive in their coverage, DPReview does none of these

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matty_boy
By matty_boy (6 months ago)

Samuel Dilworth. I do read other sites, didn't you read my post where i clearly explain why i prefer other sites?? maybe you didn't.. if this is some 'well go and look at those sites instead' thing then i will politely decline. I look wherever i want on the internet. Ive made it clear what frustrates me about this place. it is run 9-5 - blatantly obvious if you are from the UK like myself. Breaking news is rarely on here. thoroughness ? so would it be thorough to not review many mainstream cameras ?? all the other sites manage to do it in great detail - read the forums, there are plenty of people waiting for these reviews. Read the 'About us' to see the mission of DPReview and its frustrating that it fails to achieve its main goals. I take exception to the comment about video reviews, that is just your opinion, i think if you look you will find some incredibly good video reviews.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (6 months ago)

I’ve seen good videos, though they’re rare. Video is a craft in itself.

But video is not remotely suitable for in-depth analysis of a camera’s performance. It’s unsuitable for listing specifications, showing graphs, showing a product perpendicularly from all sides in high resolution (like the images on the “Design and Handling” page of a DPReview review), showing menu trees, showing photos at actual-pixel level, comparing filter effects, displaying sample photos generally, publishing lists of any kind (e.g. key features), etc., etc.

Everything that I like about DPReview’s reviews, and which a good review consists of, is not suitable for conveying in a video.

And most importantly, nothing published is of value unless it can be trusted. DPReview has a unique position of trust because its reviewers are highly knowledgeable and aware of the big picture, and because its employees are much more careful in everything they do than the average review site. That matters.

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matty_boy
By matty_boy (6 months ago)

Very academic response Samuel. Let's deal in practical reality. I like the in depth reviews a lot but they review less than half of the mainstream cameras in this way, with glaring omissions. Its not just me saying this, check the forums. How can a site thats aim is to be comprehensive, first, etc (their words) ever achieve those goals when they have so few reviews. Surely if this were the ultimate destination its where i would come to make any informed purchasing decision, but the last two i made: I wanted a Compact system camera for travelling and a Compact camera with a viewfinder that was good in low light.. After some research i worked out roughly which models to look at but DPReview only had one review of all 6 cameras i was looking at. That is not comprehensive, i made my decision based on other sites on the internet and i'm quite happy with that. I refer back to the original point, in isolation content on here is good, but measured against their own mission statement they fail

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (6 months ago)

Again with the X100 "back from the dead" ... it wasn't dead !

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

Discontinued in manufacture is dead in this industry. Hair splitting though, is apparently still alive and kicking.

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jkokich
By jkokich (6 months ago)

I'm thinking if it is still being used and liked, it sounds alive to me.

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JustDavid
By JustDavid (6 months ago)

so by refocusing on last week only you are quietly dumping Pentax K-3 and Nikon 610 (the week before) as non-relevant, am I correct? Is it an attempt to balance your service?

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Branko Collin
By Branko Collin (6 months ago)

I knew I missed something!

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (6 months ago)

We featured both cameras in the last weekly roundup.

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JustDavid
By JustDavid (6 months ago)

ok, fair enough, just found it there... wasn't expecting anything worht interest past the duck tape and series of old photographs...

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (6 months ago)

"wasn't expecting anything worht interest past the duck tape and series of old photographs..."

Happy to help.

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Antimateria
By Antimateria (6 months ago)

And, most strange.
A7-A7r, a total of about 1500 comments, and not in most clicked cameras??
And Rx10 and others yes.
Very strange...

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (6 months ago)

Thanks for spotting this, technically it's known as a 'bug'. It's now partially fixed, and I've asked our developers to sort out the click count in 'Most popular'.

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luigibozi
By luigibozi (6 months ago)

reading between the lines, it seems that many A7(R) reviewers were annoyed (if not irritated) by
--short time
--no card
--no no-Zeiss lenses

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Antimateria
By Antimateria (6 months ago)

Nex FF page 9...
D5300 and Fuji mirrorless page one...Yes, the most important of the week...
No coment.

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (6 months ago)

It does say "In no particular order..."

Comment edited 12 minutes after posting
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Antimateria
By Antimateria (6 months ago)

Yes, yes...Nothing in the universe is "casual".

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Nerval
By Nerval (6 months ago)

"I'm paranoid... That doesn't mean people aren't really coming after me !"

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Greg VdB
By Greg VdB (6 months ago)

Last week you actually made some observations on forum activity the week before, which provided added value to the news round-up. This week, it's merely a summary of the news items (which are all still on the first page)... In my opinion, these weekly round-ups will only be of interest when you provide a critical analysis of what you've "learned" from the comments on the news items.

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reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (6 months ago)

Agree wholeheartedly.

After having a moment to digest the plethora of announcements of new product releases last week, a thoughtful reflection of what this means for digital photographers and the evolution of the photo industry would be a nice touch.

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Hans and Lidy
By Hans and Lidy (6 months ago)

Thanks for this overview! big help to keep track of things in a nut-shell. What amazed me - again - is the final image about Canon's pimped-out camera's. I like Canon since long, but... these camera's... I can't imagine I would pay thát much extra for a few coloured elements :-)

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Impulses
By Impulses (6 months ago)

It's not a whole lot extra, didn't MSRP for the S120 go up from the previous model? (which was already like $350 street at the end of it's cycle) $50-100 extra (15-20% more?) isn't that obscene for a limited edition, if you're into that sorta thing and you actually think the base model is a good value (it's not IMO, LF1, RX100, new Fuji are too close to it; street price for the S110 was a decent value tho).

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