Saturday, April 05, 2014

The smallest full-frame camera

It is a bit strange to me that Sony has yet to get any real competition to their Super-Compact full frame camera RX1 (kewl vid), or their quality pocket camera RX100 with a really big sensor for the camera size. Will they really keep this amazing market to themselves? When nobody step up to the challenge?


Kelly Trimble said...

My first digital camera was a 1 megapixel Sony that I actually made a lot of money with, but it took a 'memory stick' that fit nothing else and cost twice as much as any other kind of media, the camera took a bunch of very expensive accessories, and then when it developed a glitch, the repair people said Sony made these so they could not be repaired-you bought a new one. I had several hundred, or maybe a couple of thousand, dollars wrapped up in memory sticks, special lenses, chargers and other stuff, so I considered it. If it was $ 500, $800, or even $ 1,200, I might have done that, but it was $2,500. As I was carrying the box to the check out line at the camera store, I decided NO, I'm not getting on that treadmill. I started thinking of all of the broken Sony TVs, camcorders, and other stuff that I owned that I bought because I thought is was really great quality, but all turned out to be basically disposable. I sort of made a decision to never buy a Sony product again, or at least to realize Sony products are not really high quality, but disposable, when I look at buying them. But that was probably a dozen years ago.

I have been looking for a DSLR to shoot aerials, and I need stupid high resolution, like 40MP. Sony has a product called the A7R that looks like it might work, and I can get a gizmo for it that allows me to use the dozen or so Minolta lenses I have on it instead of buying all new lenses. The midwest Sony rep is really wanting me to try it. The reason I haven't bought a Nikon D800 yet is because I would have to spend another three grand or more on lenses.

I watched this video, and the guy started talking about how the camera was really great, but it doesn't do X, but you can buy a gizmo from Sony that lets you do X, and I started getting flashbacks. I started thinking about the various things the rep was saying I could get for the A7R that would make do the various things I needed. It looks like Sony is still into business tricks to get people on a treadmill. I am now wondering if the quality really sucks. I wonder if the first time the camera hickups if I'm going to wish I had simply upgraded my Nikon stuff to a D800 and got a real camera.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

It's all pretty tricky.
I think Sony's cams are great, but the limitation for some of them are the too-short lens ranges.