Lack of focus bracketing in Sony is getting noticed..

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Re: You need some time to understand any complex menus

Magnar W wrote:

SQLGuy wrote:

Magnar W wrote:

lattesweden wrote:

Step 1 is hiring an UI-Expert to help organize the menus.

My guess is that the philosophy is that the menus are meant for setting up the camera properly, not for daily use. With My menu there is a shortcut for items you use often, and that can not pe placed elsewhere, like the Format command.

When looking at the "old" menu structure, the items are collected in groups, making orientation pretty good. Of cause, a more visual approach would have make orientation easier, but how often do users need to access the menu items?

When I am looking at, say Nikon menus, they seems like a mess until I have spent some time to be familiar with the terms and placement of the items. Better? Worse? I don't know. But you need to spend some time to be familiar with any complex menu system.

I agree with most of this, but I am disappointed that Sony didn't take a more modern, open, approach to their E mount camera lines.

They could have provided SDKs for apps and menus and developed a pretty good ecosystem around software for the cameras. It works for computers, tablets, and phones. We can speculate all day about why they decided not to do it for cameras, but I'd really like to have some inside information on that. It's probably because they didn't want to give up the leverage that could push people to upgrade for software features, but most of the ILCEs have had worthwhile hardware improvements from generation to generation, so, IMO, that's a crutch they didn't really need to cling to.

I agree that more remote controlled cameras from Sony would be great, since they often are playful and experimental with their approach to new devices.

I'm not talking about remote control per-se. Just that a developer network with access to camera SDKs could have created some good value and more adoption with more integrated apps... i.e. a 3rd party focus stacking app that works like a native camera feature, rather than a limited add-on.

Sharing their menu editor could also have allowed partners, or even enthusiasts, to develop their own menus. Nikon-like and Canon-like menus could have made switching easier.

But, I don't think Sony has any experience in this kind of platform-based sharing. Too bad Olympus wasn't bought by Apple... or Google...

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