Love it , yeah I based my whole career on noon snapshots. This is about testing image quality and seeing what data comes off the sensor nothing about art. That part is up to whoever wants to buy any camera.
Don't get upset. This isn't about your career or what your capable of, it's just about what you chose to present.
If I was going to become a "camera reviewer/consultant," I'd take a cue from Michael, because there is a reason he is well respected in his opinions . . . he nearly always tests within the genre which he works.
It's not my genre, but since it's within his experience zone, he has a comparison of one camera to the next that has validity. Sure everyone has their bias, it's just human nature, though giving Michael's review a casual read, I get the feeling that he is selling me less and informing me more.
He also puts out some nice photos, once again in the genre of his expertise.
The video stuff that came out on this camera back, well it's like all you tube product intro videos, somewhat informative about the buttons and the screen, medium to low level production values, but not really journalism, though I don't think journalism is the goal.
The one question I would have liked asked by anyone is why the shape of the lcd in a 16x9 format? I'm not the only one that noticed that screen format which leads me to believe that since Phase tends to use the same back architecture for a decade, is this the start of what's to come and if so . . . how soon?
So looking at the rear lcd my first question would be when is cmos coming with high def video? I don't think it is probably a topic anyone selling a new $40,000 camera wants to approach today, but it sure seems possible that something else is coming down the line.
But back to the noon lit snapshots. Nothing wrong with that if that's what you want to present and it's a style in which you work. Alex Soth has shot a lot of noon lit photos for the look and I assume the effect and done quite well. The difference is he shot his images for the photography, not for the camera.