Revenant

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Edmond Leung: Only two ways for Sony going to pro market:
1. Collaborate with Canon / Nikon to share their lens making technologies; or
2. Hire the people from Canon / Nikon; but too difficult for Sony to work iit out in Japan.
Without the above actions, Sony will still remain in the second tier market segment.

I'm not sure how valuable Amazon sales rankings really are as a measure of total sales. Canon now has risen to almost 50% of the global ILC market, Nikon has ~25% and is trending downwards, while Sony has ~15%.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 15:34 UTC
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mandm: Just wait, Sony doesn't accept anything other than #1, they have the money and the plan to get there. The other camera companies knew this as they were developing their 1st generation of digital cameras that Sony would get in and get in big.

Sony doesn't accept anything but #1? Well, considering that they've been #3 for at least a decade now, I'd say that they do.
Ever since they released their first DSLR, there's been a string of releases, DSLR, SLT and mirrorless, many of them hailed as "CaNikon killers", and yet Sony's market share in ILC (10-15%) hasn't really grown much since those early days. Maybe their time has finally come now, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 21:06 UTC
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oldfashioned: no pro sports then. still making the amateurs fork 4.5K was some marketing, hats off to Sony and the bloggers

"Jorge Pino Garcia de las Bayonas, alias A-Sign, has a great evening tonight, spreading his kind and helpful words all over this tread ... desperately. I am leaving the last 10 000 words for him! :-D"

Yeah, 461 comments in total and 100 are posted by A-Sign. What could possibly drive someone to post that many comments in the same thread?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 23:35 UTC
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Impulses: Pentax aside, this seems like a bit of a stagnant category...

US list prices never include VAT, European prices always do. But even accounting for that difference, it's rarely meaningful trying to compare prices in different markets by translating currencies like that. Different market conditions dictate different prices.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 19:05 UTC
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (386 comments in total)
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john Clinch: It does feel like we are debating how many angels we can balance on the tip of a pin.

If we are now at the point where to realise the full resolution of the sensor you need to correct lens, the correct aperture and to focus with in a set of iterations with an external monitor.

Surely we can just say that sensor resolution is adequate. Your only ever see it through luck

PS quite surprised that contrast detect auto focus can't focus the lens accurately. Presumably that will show up as a negative in the review?

As the passage you quoted says: they always use MF because AF isn't precise enough for the flat test scene. In other words, they didn't choose to use MF just with the a9, because its AF isn't up to the task; they use MF with every camera, because they all fall short in this regard.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 18:18 UTC
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Jack Hogan: Is this supposed to be a 2016 survey or one for 2012? Using four year old list prices as a reference is disingenuous. For instance D750 and a7II bodies cost roughly the same today. Yet a reader of the 2016 roundup would be unaware the former, with its excellent complement of lenses, has been available for sale in this price range for some time.

The list price tells you something about the intended target market and which models the camera is meant to compete with. If the street price of a Nikon D5 was lowered to the same level as a Canon 6D, would the latter then be a more natural competitor than the 1DX II? I personally don't think so.

Street prices fluctuate too much over time, and aren't necessarily the same in different regions or at different retailers.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 11:35 UTC
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Frank in Bridgewater: Surprised the Nikon entrant was not the D750, now its street price is now well under US$2K. Not grey market, but genuine US product. Looks like the price cutting might herald a successor in 2017? Eagerly looking for it, but will surely be over US$2K.

These roundups aren't based on the street price, presumably because it varies over time and depending on the region.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 11:20 UTC
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TabarPix: WHY not D750 ?!!!!
It's the most perfect all round FF body in the market under 2k$ !
Just tell me ONE reason for god sake; why Not D750?!
Is this another mistake from DP?!

Why do people never read the last page of these roundups? There you'll see that the D750 is included in the +$2000 roundup.
DPR uses the suggested retail price, not the street price, which varies with time and region, and also may be different depending on the retailer.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 11:14 UTC
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (386 comments in total)
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Rascati: Thank you for the transparency on the focusing issues, but your admissions really bring up some questions for me. 1. If ANY camera has these types of focusing issues wouldn't that be something that should show up in the "cons" section for that particular camera. Rather than stating "Camera X is sharper than we thought", shouldn't you really change the headline to read "Camera X can achieve really sharp images, but only after some trial and error to achieve best results." 2. If, as Rishi points out in some of his comments that you'll never see this issue in everyday shooting then why bother taking the time to reshoot the tests? I'm sure that the Sony A9 is a great photographic tool and if I had an extra $5-6k on me I'd buy one today, but I don't understand DP Review's need to retest this particular camera. As has been pointed out by others in the comments section they all feel that their camera should be retested with the best lens combo. Why this one? Respectfully, Randy

"Otherwise, they could have avoided this entire fiasco by letting the camera focus rather than manually focusing"

Not at all. As Rishi has explained, there's a good reason why they always focus manually when doing the studio tests.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 19:37 UTC
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K1000usr: DPRreview Staff has by its arbitrary price-based Gerrymandering basically blocked any discussion of Pentax K-1 in any of its 2017 camera Roundup articles so far!

The K-1 is included in the $1200-2000 ILC full frame roundup, which hasn't been updated yet.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 16:36 UTC
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kitsios_spyros: I am trying to find which camera of the above betters Pentax K-p for Image quality. Still, K-p is out of this list. Really?!!!? Looking at the camera selection of the 2017 round ups, it seems to me fair to have K-p being compared to PEN-F, XT-2, even EM1 ii, than vs EOS M5 for example. Out of all these cameras mentioned, K-p is the safer bet for most shooting conditions. So why $1200-2000 and not $1100-$2000?

There are quite a few Pentax cameras to choose for the cheaper round ups and it seems to me odd to omite Pentax from this group, while cramming in the previous group K3ii along with K-p.

Yes, I am a Pentax shooter, but for very solid reasons. I find the selection unfair for a company that diserves at least not to be neglected.

"it was unthoughtfull of dpreview to omit Pentax from this category."

Not given the criteria DPR has chosen to define their categories. As I said, if you define categories based on price, the result will never be optimal for people who like to compare products based on features/performance or intended use cases. On the other hand, if you do include products that are directly competing in terms of those things, the result won't be optimal for people who primarily compare products based on price (which, by the way, is quite typical consumer behaviour).

So, I'm not saying that you're reasoning is wrong, just that there really isn't any good way to do this kind of roundup that will suit everyone.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 12:04 UTC
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kitsios_spyros: I am trying to find which camera of the above betters Pentax K-p for Image quality. Still, K-p is out of this list. Really?!!!? Looking at the camera selection of the 2017 round ups, it seems to me fair to have K-p being compared to PEN-F, XT-2, even EM1 ii, than vs EOS M5 for example. Out of all these cameras mentioned, K-p is the safer bet for most shooting conditions. So why $1200-2000 and not $1100-$2000?

There are quite a few Pentax cameras to choose for the cheaper round ups and it seems to me odd to omite Pentax from this group, while cramming in the previous group K3ii along with K-p.

Yes, I am a Pentax shooter, but for very solid reasons. I find the selection unfair for a company that diserves at least not to be neglected.

If you do a roundup based on a price range, you can always ask that question. There'll always be a camera that would fit into the group based on features or performance, but which falls outside the chosen range. I certainly don't believe that DPR deliberately chose price ranges that would disadvantage Pentax or any other brand.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 17:21 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2674 comments in total)
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elementare: FUNNY STORY:

1) Nikon with v1 - v2 and v3 series has already had the best mirrorless with the best af on sensor in the history a lot of years ago, before than Sony developed this new technology. The fact that people ignore the V "1 inch sensor" cameras from Nikon doesn't take away the truth that they have developed this tech before than everyone.

2) Super-fast AF system with 171 contrast detect points and 105 phase detect points

3) 20fps continuous shooting with AF tracking — the world’s fastest — for up to 40 shots with electronic shutter

I am quite sure Nikon has bartered this technology with Sony in change of their sensors. Some kind of agreement for which Sony would have used this technology on ff sensors before than Nikon and Nikon would have used they sensors (hi res and hi dynamic range) for a while at a good deal.

I can't remember where I read it, but I've read somewhere that the OSPDAF implementation in the Nikon 1 cameras is a Nikon patent. Aptina provided sensors with the necessary specifications to make that AF system work. And since the J5 uses a Sony sensor, not Aptina, it's pretty clear that the PDAF implementation is Nikon property.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 17:56 UTC
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KubeKube: In the first sentence, "it had solid image quality" and then "respectable image quality" - which one?

But yeah, makes no sense to mention image quality twice in the same sentence like that. Probably should be "respectable image stabilisation".

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 15:38 UTC
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KubeKube: In the first sentence, "it had solid image quality" and then "respectable image quality" - which one?

Why would "solid" and "respectable" be mutually exclusive? I read both as meaning "quite good, but not great".

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 15:35 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2674 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: I wondered if the A9 would be DPReview's new king of the hill camera, but no its still the D500 at 91%.

The a9 is placed in the DPR category called "Professional Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR", which should be the same category as D5 and 1DX II. They don't have separate categories for mirrorless and DSLRs.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 20:22 UTC
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bilcobarnes21: Why are you reporting Sony "Rumours" but failing to do so for any other manafucter??
I'm guessing there is some form of financial tie up between Sony and DP Review for sure.

DPR has posted rumours about many brands, eg. Fuji, Olympus, Sigma and others. But selective memory is convenient, I guess.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
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J A C S: In January this year, they had the numbers for 1Q, 2Q, 3Q and 4Q of 2017, see the actual report, p. 21 for example. This is amazing.

Canon is the only Japanese camera manufacturer that uses the calendar year as FY. The others use a FY that ends in March, but if I recall correctly they use different naming conventions. Some name the FY after the calendar year in which it begins, while others name it after the calendar year in which it ends.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
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Petrogel: Japan is not in Asia ?

@Petrogel

No one claims that Japan is a different continent. As I said, CIPA aren't interested in continents, but in camera markets, and the Japanese market is deemed important enough to be treated separately from the rest of Asia.
I don't see a problem here, except perhaps that they should have used the label 'Asia excluding Japan' to avoid any confusion.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2017 at 20:30 UTC
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DPPMetro: Waiting for Pentax fans to swoop in and use this to claim that they are the #1 dSLR company in the universe.

They already tried to claim that Pentax was almost in second place behind Nikon. I don't know, if they aren't closed sooner, maybe in 20 years, when they are still peddling slrs for the hipsters of the future, they can finally be #1 at something. And maybe then they'll add 4k video and add another lens or two from the current roadmap.

I'm well aware that this thread isn't about any specific brand, and that Ricoh is one of the companies supporting CIPA. But your Pentax posts have appeared in many other threads that specifically are about other brands, which I'm sure you're well aware of.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2017 at 20:12 UTC
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