Stumbled over a link to this site about Hybrid Photography and cameras. Interesting that it doesn't mention Canon or Nikon but rather focuses on Panasonic and Olympus among others.
The person writing discusses how DSLRs are built on 50 year old technology adapted from film cameras and have video added on as an afterthought. Two lines of thought / questions?
1) Given that we have what we have and must evolve, where do you see the future of photography (yes, go ahead and include how people's standards if it is good enough for FB, its good enough) but primarily where to you see cameras going?
2) If we could start anew, how would you create a new camera system today with today's technology? (IE no consideration of backward compatibility etc. )
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quenton8 Nikonian since 11th Apr 2010Sun 06-Jan-13 05:17 PM
Sounds like someone or some group that thinks smaller is better and that an SLR is just over-sized.
I have a friend who thinks like that -- but I have tried to use one of his cameras and I cannot hold it properly (Olympus 4/3), its too small and not heavy enough.
That said, I would be surprised if we did not an evolution of the SLR format -- mirror-less perhaps to start with, but there is too much investment in lenses for Nikon or Canon to change the whole structure.
Just my thoughts.
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kennoll Nikonian since 07th Feb 2011Mon 07-Jan-13 09:16 PM
I guess I would have to ask myself where are the images going? And what quality is necessary for those images? What's the worth of catching good video on the fly?
If I were to start building my system today I would lean heavily toward the type of systems represented in the article. Why? Well, good resolution that fulfills my needs, lightweight systems for easier transport and use, versatile capabilities with still and video, and other considerations.
I think the systems like those in the article, and improved camera phone cameras, is the future of camera technology.
Another aspect is subject matter. Which systems would be best for Landscape? Architecture? Fashion, Action? and so on. There are some really nice images, accessed through the main article, taken at the BMX Finals in the 2012 London Olympic Games, using the Panasonic Lumix G5.
I read an article in a magazine, by an investigative journalist, about digging for and supplying rare earth metals. The location and any sensitive information about the dig was closely guarded (by guards holding rifles). There were some nice pictures with the article. Pictures taken with a camera phone because a big DSLR would be to provoking. My daughter has a Nikon D3100 and a lens I gave her, a 18-200 VR. What does she use? Her camera phone.
Am I going to abandon my Nikons? H--- no! I've worked to hard, gone through too many "other" cameras to finally get what I consider the finest system in the world, Nikon! But then, I'm old school...
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dm1dave Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Mon 07-Jan-13 11:47 PM | edited Mon 07-Jan-13 11:48 PM by dm1dave
>> The location and any sensitive information about the dig was closely guarded (by guards holding rifles). There were some nice pictures with the article. Pictures taken with a camera phone because a big DSLR would be to provoking.
Of course, in this case, the camera phone actually poses a more immediate danger to the mining operation than the DSLR. The camera phones are capable of transmitting the images with GPS data in real time, possibly exposing the location to anyone who wants it. Most DSLRs dont have that capability without external accessories.
A large camera may look more intimidating but the small stealthy camera built into consumer electronics are a higher security risk. They can be used clandestinely and can transmit a lot of data around the world in real time.
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#4. "RE: Future direction of cameras and photography " | In response to Reply # 0
I think Fujifilm is nailing it brilliantly. The entire X-series, from the X100 (and the newly announced X100S) to the X-Pro1, and from the X10/X20 through the XF models, Fuji has demonstrated how to pick a niche and execute ground-up designs really well. Fuji has kept image quality, lens quality and fast apertures front & center. The camera and lens combinations all feature focus-stabilizing weight, good-to-excellent ergonomics, intuitively usable interfaces, mirrorless engineering, well-integrated video, classic styling, and no legacy holdovers to muddy the designs and functionalities.
Sony has stepped up brilliantly as well. The RX1 and RX100 are stellar designs which show, just as with Fujifilm's wonderful efforts, the value of new, ground-up designs executed by companies with deep experience.
The thing is, despite my enthusiasm about the Fujifilm and Sony products, my first grab is either my D7000 + 16-35 VR f/4, or my D800 + 24-120 f/4. Both cameras (like all their predecessors) feel more naturally usable to me. So do the Canon 7D and 5D Mark III (and all their predecessors). As good as the Fujifilm and Sony products are, I still need something even more substantial to hold, aim, compose, focus and shoot. I've got an X100 and X-Pro1, I've reviewed (and purchased) a Canon G1 X, reviewed other X-series and both of the Sony entries, but I still grab my Nikon bodies first without question. Results are results.
My bet (lunch at Fresh on Queen St West in Toronto) is that Fujifilm will be the first of the 'new' breed to ring the loudest usability bell for mirrorless, most likely with the successor to the X-Pro1 providing the handful that active photographers need in order to confidently draw, handle, manipulate, capture top quality shots and stow the camera without having to think about it.
Olympus rang a loud bell already with the OM-D E-M5, a fully integrated new ground-up design wrapped in a classic body style. Right now, it comes closest to the handful of camera needed to ensure confident handling. Image quality is excellent - for a micro 4/3 body - but Olympus upped the ante with the release of its new 12-35 f/2.8 zoom. It's a lens that helps the E-M5 rise above micro 4/3 and into professional APS-C/whatever-the-successors-to-the-D300s-and-7D-are-going-to-be quality level. So micro 4/3 is maturing quickly and is just now becoming a serious contender. I bet another lunch at Fresh that we'll see some contest winners shot with the E-M5 in late 2013 (if they're not already showing up now). Might even see a few winners shot with the X-Pro1 and the new Fujinon 18-55 zoom.
The gold standards in image quality, sensor quality, lens quality, usability and intuitively functional camera bodies are still clearly being set by Nikon and Canon however. On those bases, every other maker remains second best in mass consumer, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photography.
Enthusiasts of so-called Hybrid Photography - combining still, video, audio and other disciplines to create stories - are promoting skills and techniques (which is great!) far more than they're promoting mirrorless over DSLR or hybrid cameras over conventional cameras. Some of what hybrid photography enthusiasts do is clearly facilitated much better by mirrorless compact systems, but such systems from Panasonic, Olympus, Nikon and (newly) Canon, remain jacks-of-all-trades but masters of none. And at the reasonable price points needed to actually sell these systems to people, that's exactly where I think the systems will remain - masters of none - snapshot cameras that only a relatively small percentage of seriously creative photographers will pick up.
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CaptainYooh Nikonian since 27th Oct 2011Tue 08-Jan-13 06:13 PM
I do see the strong pull from most popular consumer-oriented industries towards tying more and more of people's daily activities to their mobile phones. This will force further development of better mobile phone cameras that would be doing both photo and video at a significantly higher quality level than what we see today.
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I have been very impressed with the image quality achievable with the Sony RX1. The quality of their version of the Zeiss 35/2 seems to be comparable to that of the excellent Zeiss Zf 35/2. In addition, the camera has excellent high iso performance and a 24mp FX sensor comparable to the Nikon D600. If Sony develops a similar camera with exchangeable Zeiss 25/2, 35/2 and 100/2 lenses and manages to squeeze a viewfinder inside the camera, I might be very much tempted. The current RX1 weighs about 3/4 lbs. versus about 3 lbs. for my D700 plus the Zeiss Zf 35/2.
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#8. "RE: Future direction of cameras and photography " | In response to Reply # 0
For me, a large sensor compact is an option for certain types of shooting, ( I am waiting for an improved version of the Canon G1-X with faster AF and improved RAW processing speeds and I am keeping an eye on Samsung as well).
Ultimately, I believe the lens shapes the image, the camera captures that image. For instance, I get the best differential focus types of shots with 35mm film and FX. I get the second best with APS, but can see more abrupt transition from the OOF areas to in-focus subjects. I expect 3rd best for me would be with the Canon G1-X sensor/lens combo. As the sensors get smaller, it get's harder to achieve really nice differential focus.
Just a perspective with an example from my D600 - 70-300mm VR...
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