donderdag 23 juni 2011

Ideal advanced compact camera

My ideal advanced compact camera is a camera with the largest possible combination of sensor size and aperture while still having some zoom capability and still being pocketable. For the above reason the camera needs to have a fixed lens rather than be interchangeable. Also to have sufficient image quality it would have to have a roughly a 4/3 sized sensor.

So basically the requirements for the camera would be quite simple:

- Pocketable design with fixed zoom lens.
- dual control dials and fast and intuitive operation.
- Either a 1" sensor with a 24-70mm F2.8-3.5 lens.
- or a 4/3 sensor with a 24-70mm F4-5.6 lens.

Sure it won't be a low light monster, but the quality at base ISO will be excellent. Coupled with advanced controls in a pocketable package with some zoom capabilty makes it highly attractive for me.

vrijdag 14 mei 2010

A compact tragedy

On DSLR's, mirror-less and why we never got an advanced large sensor fixed zoom lens compact.

Long before the the new breed of mirror-less interchangeable lens cameras came on the scene people were asking for advanced compact camera's with larger sensors. Well known Nikon follower Thom Hogan has been a long time proponent of the industry finally delivering what many advance shooters want and what is in fact technically possible.

The reason why the large camera manufacturers refused to offer an advanced compact with a large sensor providing good image quality was obvious, no point in giving their customers an incentive not to buy their more expensive DSLR's along with even more lucrative system components like lenses, flashes etc. The roughly 1/1.7'' Sensor size was allowed to be just big enough to make the camera attractive for a DSLR owner as a supplement, but not good enough to really make a substantial number view it as a viable alternative to a DSLR system.

It's kinda tragic then that now that we finally we get more compact camera's with larger sensor in the shape of the new mirror-less designs, that again the manufacturers desire to sell high margin items means that we are forced to buy interchangeable lens lenses with them of which most will absolutely prohibit the camera from being anywhere near pocket-able.

So their we have it the changes for an advanced pocket-able compact camera with a fixed zoom lens have become even more slim and our only chance is a manufacturer that doesn't have a large stake in either DSLR's or mirror-less camera's or by some stroke of luck find it in their heart to offer the enthusiast shooter the large sensor compact they have been waiting for for years.