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Megapixel war over, let the Dark war begin (low light ISO performance)

Now that the megapixel war has ended or at least significantly slowed, camera makers have moved into the dark as a way to sell their products. The blogosphere is overflowing with high ISO performance tests. Like many of you I don’t care about ISO 12400 and the sensor noise at that ISO. But it gives us all something to talk about, nonetheless the current camera war should focus on great build quality and high dynamic range. High dynamic range doesn’t mean making three images that are stitched by the camera but one good image with high dynamic range. As for build quality to many pro-sumer and pro cameras feel like plastic toys, and for that matter a lot of them look ugly. However this is a bout the high ISO wars and a tip to perspective buyers, beware of the ISO war unless you are shooting in near darkness. Any camera that does well in standard ISO ranges (50-1600) is all you need. Just a quick throwback to megapixels more isn’t always better 24 megapixels on an APSC is a bit much Sony. I hope more camera makers can follow Leica in at one model, you know a digital camera with great image quality (close to film), fine build quality, and last but not least good at only taking pictures not just stacking gimmicky features. End the high ISO crap.

Leica M9 or Leica MP which one?

What do you think if you can only afford one of those phenomenal which one would you get?

Usually spend time checking out good videos about the Fuji X pro 1 here is a realworlphotographer with some realworld thoughts.

This video had made me decide to save up for the Fuji X Pro 1…. But one thing I am tired of people saying that its a rangefinder, the Leica M9 is a rangefinder because it has the rangefinder focusing. Its just a regular mirrorless with a viewfinder built in, and thats fine.

The camera of that everyone who wants a small very capable camera has been waiting to own. This new system has to prove itself however in an already crowed mirrorless market. The Fuji X-Pro 1‘s specs look very nice on paper: 

16-megapixel APS-C “X-Trans” sensor

3″ LCD (1,230,000 dots, possibly 854×480)

Revised hybrid optical/electronic EVF

ISO 200-6400 (expands to 25600)

Shoots to SD

6FPS burst mode

1080p H264 video with stereo sound (and 720p, both at 24FPS)

Film simulation mode with several classic film types

But there is a but a big one and that’s the price. The price is still unknown an up in the air, sites have posted prices from $1700 (for the body only) down to $1350 (for a kit with the 35mm 1.4 lens). These price games and ambiguity could hurt fuji because its closest competitor is the Sony NEX 7 having a lot of fanfare from pros an amateurs alike (and the kit cost $1349) I saw an interesting discussion on flikr and you may want to take a look from users of the NEX 7 and users of the Fuji X100 with thoughts on the X-pro 1.

This is one of the first images of the Fiji x pro 1, with the 2nd Gen hybrid viewfinder. Apparently it has a sensor that rivels full frame quality. By the way its APS-C sized. I want this to be my digital solution.