Well, that was distracting, but the darn OM-D keeps turning up in places it shouldn't. This time its in Tech Radar's Fujifilm 2 flagship cameras comparison, and their place among the top competitors, the NEX7, the GH3, and the E-M5. Things look pretty normal until the Raw performance comparison charts. Also noteworthy, the rather unimpressive results given by the GH3:
"The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Fuji X-E1 don't compare quite as well for signal to noise ratio as the JPEGs did, coming behind the Olympus OM-D at all sensitivities and below the Panasonic GH3 at ISO 200 and 400. The Fuji X-E1 beats the Panasonic at higher sensitivities though, and beats the Sony NEX-7 andFuji X-Pro1." . . . read more
"This is a very simple test just designed to show you that the image from the Metabones Speed Booster on a NEX 7 really does seem to match the appearance of a real full frame camera in terms of every characteristic.
The field of view is almost identical with the same lens, despite it being paired with two very differently sized sensors. Now you can think in terms of a full frame camera when purchasing 35mm photographic lenses for your mirrorless camera.Indeed the amusing thing is that even looking with the naked eye at the sensor in the NEX 7 through the Speed Booster adapter, it looks full frame sized. An optical illusion. . . . read more
Two things are amazing about this comparison: First, the amount of detail these small sensors can resolve nowadays. And second, how susceptible they have become to moire due to weak or absent antialiasing filter. There are full sized samples from each camera, a bit further down the page, one for a jpeg straight from the camera and another jpeg converted from Lightroom. Oh, there's another amazing thing, the amount of screw-ups Google translator can do on a simple page as this: . . . read more
After NEX users had to go for such a long time without a good ultra wide angle, now Sony is on target with its new E 10-18mm F4 OSS (SEL1018). We were very curious to see how it performs especially on the NEX-7, which is very challenging as many short focal lengths adapted from Leica M mount produced strong color shifts.
The zoom lens starts at a viewing angle of 109° comparable to a 15mm UWA lens on a fullframe camera allowing dramatic perspectives for close ups as well as for architecture and landscape photography. The lens is constructed . . . read more
I really respect Mr. Mansurovs musings and reviews, but this 'battle' comes straight from the land of bloody obvious. There's a mini sensor (the Nikon 1 J2), a bit larger one (Olympus E-M5) and then a whole bunch of Aps-c sized ones. At least throw in a Fujifilm X-E1 in the mix for some real fun. I guess part 2 (Dynamic range) will be more interesting.
"As I have already mentioned before, I will be measuring dynamic range myself going forward without having to rely on other websites for the data. It will be interesting to see how my data compares to other sites like DxOMark. I am not . . . read more
"So why the Fuji X-E1 then?
- This might sound crazy to a lot of people, but one of the first reasons why I ended up choosing the X-E1 is because that camera just looks beautiful. It smells like photography, It’s like it’s calling you to take it with you and go shoot something! Whether ugly tools are as good as nice looking ones to craft beautiful art is a tough question, I’ll leave it up to you All I know is that the form of this camera is almost inspiring.
- I love the dedicated dials to set the shutter speed and exposure compensation, and the aperture settings directly on . . . read more
This is one of those 'from photographers, for photographers' reviews:
"The NEX-7 is a very fine camera, and for many will be the ideal Compact System Camera. I think that due to the APS-C sized sensor, excellent EVF with focus peaking and small size, it’s the perfect camera for those looking to use adapted . . . read more
Yes, its this time of the year, the 'award and predictions (that mostly fail) for the next year' time. DCI is first, with, in some categories, slightly peculiar selection:
"2012 has been one of the most exciting years yet for the staff here at DigitalCameraInfo.com, as the photographic industry put the woes of 2011 behind it to release some truly amazing cameras. From flagship DSLRs to incredible compacts, there . . . read more
Are you contemplating a Sony NEX-5n, NEX-7 or a Canon 60D? If yes, then check out this NEX-7 review and extensive comparison by Camera Labs:
"The NEX-7 noise crops generally reflect what we saw in the outdoor test crops: the higher resoution 24.3 Megapixel sensor is, as . . . read more
EOS HD is a video oriented site, and as such puts those capabilities of the NEX-7 to the bench. While it may be a very good camera for photography, the video is another story, especially when it gets constantly compared to the GH2 and the 5D mark II.
"The NEX 7 is a real mixed bag. At times it has wowed me with a dynamic range and colour that seemed to be the best on any . . . read more
"Many things are shared with the NEX-5N. We only cover features that are different.
Does the NEX-7 have what it takes to impress the uber-geeeky Engadget crew?
"As you may have gathered, we're quite smitten with the Sony Alpha NEX-7. The camera offers many features previously only accessible to full- . . . read more
Expert reviews UK tend to be of the 'middle' size, between Dpreview's 20+ page monster reviews (thank you for those!) and many others 20+ words reviews. . . . read more
"The other thing I noticed about the Sony E-mount 18-200mm lens is the zoom will not stay set if your aimed up or down. The zoom walks open to max or closed in these situations and you need to hold the zoom with your hand to keep it from walking. When I was taking the product shots I had the lens sitting on the white backdrop in the vertical position and when I zoomed it to 200mm and let go, it would just close back down to . . . read more
P.S Original video files from both cameras are only available to download for Vimeo 'plus' customers.
"After evaluating some aspects of the image quality of Sony's new NEX-7 it's now time for a closer look at the video quality by comparing it to the current flagship of the MicroFourThirds (mFT) system cameras, the Panasonic Lumix GH2. . . . read more
DigitalRev is back with a video review, this time the NEX-7 gets the treatment, and they take it for some ice-skating.
"Overall, the NEX-5N's photo quality is very good. The only issue I ran into is a very consistent tendency for the camera to underexpose by 1/3 or 2/3 of a stop. Thankfully, that issues is pretty easy to get around (use exposure compensation or bracket). One exposure-related problem that . . . read more
I wonder what the market would look like right now if the 2 big natural disasters of 2011 didn't occur. There will be another couple of months until Sony can move these babies at significant numbers.
"Why you’d buy the NEX-7: access to E-mount lenses, Carl Zeiss and (via an adaptor) Sony A-mount optics.
Why you wouldn’t: you prefer external control of exposure modes; with lens attached the camera is not pocketable; pricey.
"For those of you wondering about how the NEX-7 handles high ISOs as compared to the A900, look no further. I’ve made some comps of both RAW and jpeg images, cropped from the center, with no changes other than converting the RAW (using ACR 6.6) to jpeg for posting. I shot the . . . read more
Stuff-Review has made a nice little chart that pits the newcomer against the almost established crowd. That's all pretty theoretical though, since 3 of the 4 cameras are practically not available in the majority of the western world: