Kevin Purcell: "The MX-1 shares a lens (and probably sensor) with the Olympus XZ-2: a 28-112mm equivalent zoom with a relatively bright F1.8-2.5 aperture across the zoom range."
Do you have this infromation from Pentax that they share the same lens design?
Who did the lens design?
A third party developer. Both Olympus and Pentax used same source to procure parts they used in assembly of the XZ-2 and MX-1. They also felt feee to tweak certain parts for their distinctive use.
Pentax was always a *product brand name*, almost never a company name.Owned by Asahi Optical company up to late 1990s/early 2000s, it existed just a few years as Pentax company, then it became product brand name again, for Hoya, now for Ricoh, who bought it from Hoya.My Pentax cameras, ME Super, K-7, Q, were never Pentax made cameras. One was made by Asahi Optical, other two by Hoya.It seems just a few people around here bother to understand what is Pentax actually.
Re lens design: Both Pentax and Olympus use third party suppliers to furnish their entry level offer.
Third party suppliers provide them with components and solutions which Olympus and Pentax buy, upgrade, tweak, and brand as they please. It is much cheaper like that, and involves less R&D cost. For example, Pentax has opted to change optical formula a little for its first prosumer camera.Olympus XZ-2? Olympus by name and looks, not by components. Same for MX-1.
colonel444: X-Pro1 - Made in JapanX-E1 - Made in JapanX-M1 - Made in Thailand
XF 18-55mm - Made in JapanXC 16-50mm - Made in China
Real Leica Mini M (not Leica Maxi X):Made in our imagination. :)
Snap Judgements: This may replace my Ricoh GR V. I had better start reading the preview.
You change your cameras like socks ...?
Focusing ring made of metal. What about everything else? Plastic?
radissimo: Fuji just got lazy introducing "me too" camera. yawn
I think these models from Fuji are far more interesting than Canon's own M, if you ask me. M is "me too", bland. These from Fuji, at least you feel their material, they look like something you may enjoy handling, and photographing with.
That blank large dial on top, with no engravings and no screen print text — what is it?
With that small 27mm pancake lens, it looks rather nice. Very appealing little camera.
cgarrard: Btw DPR staff... who's idea was it for the GR to be on top of the Coolpix A like the winner of the wrestling match? I wonder if anyone else caught that or not. ;)
@marike6That test shot at f/2.8 demonstrating corner sharpness does it. But leave DPR to have fun; this is by no mean hideous fun, only an enticement to Nikon to try harder and make different compromises next time.
Ricoh has also made some special edition GRs, with different finishes, and presented them during the April 2013 Tokyo launch.No ostrich leather though, and not much advertising about it — just for the occasion of the launch event.http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/dcw/docs/596/344/051.jpg
vFunct: So what's the story with Wi-Fi connection for this camera?
Part of the purpose of these cameras is to easily post photos from it while in the field, without having to go back home, download the files onto your computer, etc..
The Nikon A has the WU-1a wireless transmitter available to post pictures from your phone. Does Ricoh have the equivalent?
It's EyeFi aware. During the launch of the GR in Tokyo in April this year, the GR was wirelessly hooked with iPad.http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/dcw/docs/596/344/049.jpg
sarkozy: shutter 1/4000 is to bada shutter 1/8000 or 1/16000 (electronically) could have induced me to buy this camera
Very good DSLRs have 1/8000 sec shutter speed. But they don't have ND filter built in. The GR has a 1/2000 and 1/4000 shutter speeds and an ND filter to kick in when needed.The result is same. But if you really, really need such shutter speeds all the time, then you are shooting very specialised imaging devices for very limited needs and are in the market for no conventional camera.Also, the electronic shutter was omitted in this new GR by design; not good enough for the purpose of the camera.
peevee1: I don;t understand why would you prefer $1100 Nikon A or $800 Ricoh GR over, say, $200 GX1+$170 14/2.5 (you are getting the same IQ plus faster focusing plus touchscreen plus optional EVF plus ability to change lenses when needed plus ability to keep this 14mm for your next body vs just throwing out everything), or E-PL5+14mm (even better IQ, stabilization, tilting screen in addition to what GX1 gets you) or $600 RX100 (zoom, stabilization). Must be some irrational weirdo thing with getting less for more, like with Leicas.
The same argument faced iPad when it was compared to laptops.
onlooker: "what a smart camera!", "perfect camera for street photography", "one of the rare cameras which have been designed for the use of photographers", "Nice little APS-C camera for The Photographer. Not for everyone..."
What is this, an alternate reality, or has DPR Connect finally taken over? The damn thing has neither a viewfinder nor an articulating LCD, so I suppose "The Photographer" would be the one walking around with his hands extended in front of him, squinting at the screen. Have phone cameras really done so much damage?
A VF, even an EVF, would limit the true capability of a photographer using the GR. And do you know why? Because when you blinker your eyes with VF, your mind shuts off peripheral vision and its awareness, and with that excludes all new possibilities to capture something coming from there. In days of film a VF was the only way to 'see' what film will capture, but with digital LCDs, photographer may claim peripheral vision back and change mind in an instant. And (E)VF, creatively speaking, limits you a great deal.
This is subjective, opinionated review? Well, compare this 18 page review full of graphs, numbers and test shots with Ken Rockwell's review of the GR.http://kenrockwell.com/ricoh/gr.htm
Three last reviews of Pentax Ricoh cameras by DPR, and three golds. Undeserved? Or maybe Pentax Ricoh are sweating really hard, beating the odds in fighting much larger competitors to make amazing products for real photography enthusiasts? And all that at remarkably accessible and modest asking prices.
I think the Earth will continue spinning in the right direction and photography world make even more sense once we are all content with a reassurance from Leica that Scarlet Johansson will have a brand new piece of electronic jewellery in her purse.
senn_b: here are two questions :1) how long will it take to DP to issue reviews of both camera ?2) will they be outsourced or home made reviews ?
1) Judging by the K5II, it will take 9 months.2) Let's say .. home made.
kff: Pentax makes wonderful and useful cameras ...
The way is a full wi-fi remote control and LifeView not Eye-fi SD card ... see Samsung NX300 ... what a pity - Samsung doesn't have AF adapter for Pentax lenses !!! And next a big value of NX ... The code of the Samsung NX mirrorless cameras is now available as open source .... and it is a very wise !!!
Well, it is obvious that photography today is not about art of taking amazing photos, seeking moments that accelerate photographer's perspiration and change perspective on world, but about everything else. The wrapping, the ribbon, the pretence, finding whatever latest wireless and virtual excuse why not to break sweat — it's all about how to transfer whatever rubbish we capture quickly onto the Facebook, to show it off even quicker in order to get some 'Likes'. It doesn't matter if the camera is superbly designed for taking amazing photos and prolonging of immersive experience — who cares! It needs to be constantly interrupted so we can go online and show off.Puppies barking for biscuits. Not photographers at all.