Interesting review. Some observations:
- It is interesting that the camera produces excellent JPEGs. I feel that many of us (me included) have a somewhat ignorant attitude to JPEGs. A lot of engineering work goes into in camera JPEG conversion. We can learn from it.
- Interesting to note that Nick Devlin also has issues with focusing in the sub infinity range, as I share that problem.
- The usability aspect is important. Just a small think like the Pentax 645Z having an articulated screen is a great asset. Pentax knows how to design cameras, that is great.
I have not seen the camera, but what Michael states in the article, that there is pressure on MFD from the smaller sensor competition is quite obvious, especially with the introduction of high quality lenses from Sigma and Zeiss. I would expect a new generation of sensors, too, considering that the 24 MP APS-C sensors correspond to 54 MP on full frame.
A side note, I like presets, on my Sonys I have three. The way I set it up:
1) General shooting, wide AF, Auto ISO, IS-on
2) Accurate shooting, center AF, base ISO, IS-on
3) Tripod shooting, manual focus, base ISO, IS-off
Having switches complicates things, do presets override switch positions? Buttons don't have that issue.
Another observation, Doug Peterson posted a few raw images from the IQ-250, "the library shots", some posters like Paul Caldwell (OK?) and me noted that the IQ-250 produced much less aliasing (especially colour aliasing) than the IQ-260 and the IQ-280. What I figure is that the gapless microlenses reduce aliasing, which can be perceived as loss of microcontrast. Point sampling produces more detail while area sampling gives less but more natural detail. I might of course be wrong…
Thank you for the usual insightful (from a user's POV) review. White House and Starter are wonderful images and show great DR; the shot of Michael is superb. Unfortunately for me, you concluded with the very same question I have:
"What remains is the question of whether the price in mass and money is worth it. That one can only answer for oneself."
I likely will get the Z, just not as quickly as the D.