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05-10-2013, 04:17 AM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by Uluru Quote

See the comparison, Q and V1:

Compare camera dimensions side by side
Until the Q comes with an EVF, the correct size comparison is to the J1, J2, J3. Plug those into the size comparison tool and you'll see the J is barely larger than the Q.

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Maybe, but not the lenses
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
Maybe, but not the lenses
But I don't think the Q lenses are all that small compared to the sensor size. If Pentax was trying to make a truly small camera by using the smallest available sensor, then why didn't they also use the smallest lenses which are collapsible (like on the MX-1 and several other cameras)? Now that would have made it small.
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QuoteOriginally posted by IchabodCrane Quote
Until the Q comes with an EVF, the correct size comparison is to the J1, J2, J3. Plug those into the size comparison tool and you'll see the J is barely larger than the Q.
And the APS-C Sony NEX-5R is barely larger than the J1.
Compare camera dimensions side by side

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QuoteOriginally posted by IchabodCrane Quote
But I don't think the Q lenses are all that small compared to the sensor size. If Pentax was trying to make a truly small camera by using the smallest available sensor, then why didn't they also use the smallest lenses which are collapsible (like on the MX-1 and several other cameras)? Now that would have made it small.
I agree but it is a fact that compared to Nikon 1 lenses, they are quite small, if not very small and they (the real lenses, not the toy ones) include shutter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jogiba Quote
And the APS-C Sony NEX-5R is barely larger than the J1.
Compare camera dimensions side by side
True but again, once you put a lens on a NEX, it gets ridiculous.
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
True but again, once you put a lens on a NEX, it gets ridiculous.
Compact Camera Meter

'Nuff said...

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Not quite as bad when you compare the Standard Zoom...

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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
I agree but it is a fact that compared to Nikon 1 lenses, they are quite small, if not very small and they (the real lenses, not the toy ones) include shutter.
Q 02 lens (27.5 - 83mm equiv.): 48 mm x 48 mm, 96 grams
1 Nikkor (30 - 74mm equiv.): 57.5 mm dia. x 31 mm length, 80 grams

The Nikon zoom is shorter and weighs less but with a little less reach. That's rather compelling when married to a sensor that's four times as large. Pentax, please make a camera like this!

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QuoteOriginally posted by IchabodCrane Quote
The Nikon zoom is shorter and weighs less but with a little less reach. That's rather compelling when married to a sensor that's four times as large. Pentax, please make a camera like this!
Hmm, the Nikon 1 system is starting to look better than at the time of its launch - of the few lenses launched with it was the crazy big "1 NIKKOR VR 10-100 mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM" - a super zoom so bulky that even the Sony E-series 18-200mm is lighter and with a smaller filter thread!
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
True but again, once you put a lens on a NEX, it gets ridiculous.
Compact Camera Meter

The nex is big or small depending on your needs. They need a few more pancakes, but they have a pancake standard zoom, the 16 and the 20. The camera also has an excellent grip so it can handle bigger lenses. Even with the 55-210 it is very compact and easy to handle.

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The Sony NEX-5R with 16-50mm is not that big. With APS-C sensors you will always need a larger lens than a small sensor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
Maybe, but not the lenses
Almost. Close enough.

There's only so small a lens can go to retain tactile functionality.

Q = great concept, wrong sensor. Every reviewer says the exact same thing.

And looking at the lens opening, the Q can/should be able to handle 1" sensor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Compact Camera Meter

'Nuff said...


Not quite as bad when you compare the Standard Zoom...

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That's where the Q loses. 1" vs 1/2.3 sensor is no contest.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenafein Quote
Compact Camera Meter

The nex is big or small depending on your needs. They need a few more pancakes, but they have a pancake standard zoom, the 17 and the 20. The camera also has an excellent grip so it can handle bigger lenses. Even with the 55-210 it is very compact and easy to handle.
I have the 16-50 and 55-210 combo that is very light and compact.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
Thom Hogan gets it right in this article about the lack of value both real and perceived in mirrorless
Hogan gets a lot of things right, but I think he overstates the role of marketing. The main problems with mirrorless is that companies like Olympus and Sony are poorly run; they produce way too many cameras (which forces them to sell below cost); and way too many MILCs lack viewfinders (which means they pose no real threat to DSLRs).

QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
Sony, perhaps more grounded in the North American market, sort of gets it more that larger sensor is the only way to compete against cameraphones
The threat of smartphones to compacts, although real, tends to be exaggerated. The compact market is shrinking, not merely because competition from camera phones, but because most people who want a compact phone already own one and, since the technology has matured, we're not likely to see compelling upgrades any time soon. But even though the market is shrinking, it's not going to disappear. There are still millions of compacts sold every year. The problem is too many cameras are being produced by too many companies; the supply and the competition is driving prices below cost.

There's still a market for compacts, it's just smaller than it was before. But there are still plenty of people who don't have camera phones (or who don't know how to use the camera in their phone). And there are still plenty of ways to differentiate between camera and phone camera other than larger sensor (e.g., waterproofing, better lens, more zoom range, easier for non-tech people to use, etc.).

QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
Olympus cannot overcome the smallish m43 and they have probably the worst price to AF rail (made that up).
Fuji is much worse when it comes to AF to price ratio. The EM-5 really isn't that bad (no worse in speed than the K-5, yet focuses more accurately). Nor is the smallish m43 sensor a problem. The issue with m43 was that, until the EM-5, all the 4/3rd sensors under performed. Now that they use the same technology used in Nikon, Pentax, and Sony APS-C cameras, they perform nearly as well as sensors used in APS-C DSLRs and the Sony NEX cameras. The 4/3rd sensor is only about 2 and half milimeters smaller, in vertical height, than APS-C sensors; yet the 4:3 aspect ratio allows for smaller lenses; and isn't small size the whole point of compact MILC?
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