To continue loving video games, their programming while doing & improving my professional photography, punish the guilty, reward the good, educate kids and fight for all that is good. :-)
The Smoking Camera: I can only imagine how much better the IQ would be from those other mirrorless cameras if it got the shot I was able to with the V3.
I think what he mentions is that FPS is not the end all be all, particularly for all photography domains. There's soothing to be said about anticipation, manual focus and not relying on automatic could-miss focus.
That said, having good AF is nice, but it's not like the V3 is unequivocally better than the A6000 he mentioned at AF. There are areas where the V3 will miss focus where the A6000 would get it, along other options the A6000 has itself. The V3 does great at AF but so does the A6000.
The other mirror less cameras that compete with the V3 aren't that slow to focus anyway and for many photography domains overlap. The application you mentioned the V3 shines is great, but it's hardly the more average case an A6000 would cover.
Raist3d: Still no xtrans...
Oh well there we go :-) Thanks for the link.
Yes, I know there are other raw converters for Xtrans, but I have to point out DXO's consistent lack of support for it.
Did they go on record on Xtrans? I would appreciate a link, thanks.
Still no xtrans...
photoguy622: Let's not forget the flip side, that a smaller sensor has the benefit of having a great area in focus.
@mostlyboringphotog- as Richard just said. You don't need to stop at the same Fstop. The bigger sensor then effectively is giving you more options. Match the smaller sensor performance or go wider lower iso with shorter DOF which the sampler sensor system won't match.
@totemic- you "lose" the iso advantage when you do this but at worst it remains pretty much equal, but you still gain the advantage of *the option* of shortening the DOF and gaining an ISO advantage. So basically the bigger sensor system gives you more options on this specific context (not counting the options a smaller system would give you for being smaller physically when carrying around, etc.).
Raist3d: I am a bit confused about the article take on AA removal note D810- I thought the D800E had exactly that too? OPLF removed and not some weird "canceling" process operation?
Enjoyed the writting style.
Zograf- thanks for the pointer. I didn't know the D800E was AAless optically. I thought it was really an AAless design.
I stand corrected.
I am a bit confused about the article take on AA removal note D810- I thought the D800E had exactly that too? OPLF removed and not some weird "canceling" process operation?
I am surprised it seems they got the color right.
locke_fc: Looks pretty good, but I'm waiting for the rumoured Pana LX8 before making any decisions.Also, I think I will pop a fuse if I ever have to read again the "clickless front dial makes the shooting experience feel disconnected" comment from DPR. If only for that, I just hope Sony change that in the mk IV.
@Photo - Hmm you don't even know that.
white shadow: "it has done very little to make it fun to shoot it" pretty sum up the gist of this otherwise quite capable camera.
There is a lot to like about this camera, its compact size, bright zoom lens and larger sensor size. However, the main concern for the photographer is the overall usabilty of the camera. Sony somehow has missed out on that and seem to continue to do so. Thus, I can't disagree with DPR's comment that its a camera that feel more like a camera that will somewhat grudgingly let you take control, rather than an enthusiast camera designed for the committed photographer from the ground up.
Sony need to get a real photographer in its design team to overcome these shortcomings if they are serious in developing its photography market. This seems to be true to its other camera categories as well.
@Jon- You can certainly use the Ricoh easily without having to change many settings. I really think once you get to the asking price of $800 either you get it right or just don't try it out. What i mean is, if the Sony is "just a P&S with possibility of going manual" why they have several features that appeal more to a photographic mind in a way? Why bother that way then. I think they can figure this out while keeping it reasonably good to use. For starters- the handling (physical) -why the bar of soap handling? Why not have just a rubberized line that at least makes the camera more secure to hold?
That's pretty basic. Of course they sell you one as an after thought. It should just be part of the camera.
@Peevee1 - so I will ask- have you actually handled a Ricoh GR? Have you handled any of these Sonys? ON ergonomics and usability there's just no comparison. The only good thing here for the Sony is the built in EVF and articulated LCD. Nice things for sure but the rest of the camera use is so disconnected. It's just bad - relatively speaking.
@Peevee1 - Don't even try to compare the ergonomics of the RX100 with the GR. Seriously. You should try a GR before saying that. It runs *circles* around the Sony (or any other compact for that matter) for street life.
The list is pretty endless here- you may not have an EV dial but you certainly have dedicated buttons for it. You also have dial in the front and a jog-control which work for manual exposure or A-priority/S-priority.
You don't get a lock button for the dial. Having a cross-button + dial thing is worse as an interface. And the Sony requires a mandatory grip accessory because it handles like a bar of soap.
The Ricoh GR fits easily in a pocket and it's easy to get out and pick up. It has a generous grip area with rubber. And unless Sony improved the menu response from the RX100 MKII, the menus have a bit of a lag in responding. There's just no comparison. And I am not talking about the customizability the Ricoh has or memory recall.
@Peevee1 - Ricoh GR is very compact and yet it has one of the best ergonomics for the street photographer I have ever seen.
Ivan Lietaert: Well now, let's wait and see what Panasonic has on offer with the LX8 which is expected half way July. With a similar sensor, but with added 4K video recording, if Panasonic sticks to the proven ergonomics of the LX series, it could well be the camera that will beat the RX100MIII.On the other hand, the reviewer's 'disconnected feel' is very subjective and may be an indicator for the reviewer's mental state rather than an appreciation of the camera. ;-)I'm pretty sure the RX100mIII is an amazing tool in experienced hands.
Also I bet you could do 1080p on the LX8 anyway. It may very well be better than what Sony did in this model.
The photographer ergonomics/responsiveness is the reason I am not looking at these. I am sure Sony will print money with them, but not for me.
chiane: The Ricoh GR is about the same size, why is it not a rival?
I still see the Sony more as a typical zoom camera- you get a bit more wide and more reach. I see the Ricoh GR as distinctively forcing you to think in prime terms- even with the crop modes. There's no smooth transition and it's like you are switching prime lenses on the camera when you jump from 28mm to 35mm to 47mm crops.
Well I suppose with the crop mode the Ricoh makes for more comparable. I will say this- I don't like how the entire line of RX100 handles (have tried the RX MKII and from the looks of the review, nothing much has changed here). I wouldn't pick one with a ten foot pole because of that.
The Ricoh GR is simply the best street life camera I have ever seen in my life. In everything- the only problem (for me) is that I am not a wide angle street photographer, I am more 50mm and up.
The crop modes on the Ricoh GR work pretty good. You get quality image and even at the 5.6 MP of the 50mm equivalent, you can print that reasonably big (but you have to make sure you get a nice image at that crop to start if you are printing big). I think there's some overlap but I still think they are a bit of a different camera. The zoom just operates different and you start very wide.
But being zoom vs a prime focal length is a very key distinction. I don't think they are int he same class (and I have a Ricoh GR).