A big feat for a small manufacturer. Leica out-shined all the Japanese at this Photokina. Well done Leica. I like how Leica diversified its crop choices:
Leica X with new f1.7/23 mm opticsLeica XE with retracting f2.8/24mm optics (same as X2, no video unfortunately)Leica X-Vario with a zoom lens.Leica T system camera, now with 4 lenses, that very much cover everything from 16mm to 200mm equivalent.
Add to this new D-Lux, new M bodies, new S bodies, lenses, etc.
Zeiss 2/35 is one of the finest 35mm FoV lenses. Absolutely beautiful rendering and optical quality.I don't expect Distagon 1.4/35 to be any lesser lens. Good price too.
Photoman: Will Leica make one like this and charge double?
Leica designed a lens for it, participated in development, will include extra 2 years of warranty (3 years in total), LR for free, and an external flash too. All that for extra $250. Not worth it? I think it's a bargain.
stevens37y: There are some disappointing feaures:- no tilt screen- no 5 axis stabilisation for video (like FZ1000)- no high speed HD video : 1080/100-120p
This is made for different input types. Lots of manual controls on the camera convey it is a camera made to be a bit different than the rest of mainstream with tilting everything.
Jostian: a compact without a built in flash is a waste these days... disappointed!
Not at all. Many of best photographers in the world have never used flash in the field.
Zvonimir Tosic: First the amazing GX7, now LX100. This is brilliant; real thinking outside the box.
Following Sony in what? LX100 is by an order of magnitude *smarter* and more innovative product than any Sony's compact.
First the amazing GX7, now LX100. This is brilliant; real thinking outside the box.
phazelag: It seems you either get these cameras or you don't. I finally dipped my toe in the DP waters with a DP3 Merrill and I love it. The images are worth it and the shooting experience is pure photography. I want this series. I will get all three eventually.
Pure photography .. You mean, a top-ofthe-head excuse for an experience of being horridly slow, and that you need change battery every 40 shots?
Fuji is on fire -- good times and lots of optimism. A beautiful new lens.
joshxiv: Well, I hope they 'Kaizen' it further and add an on-lens distance scale.
For those of us who set it pre-focused on the streets, the whole dials thing is kind of rendered less useful if I still need to look at the LCD screen anyways for the distance scale and DOF scale.
That is the problem; this is not a real street camera because all the time you must check the distance on LCD / EVF. As is now, it is more a retro-like amusement for grandpas who like showing off and take one, carefully posed shot a day. I had one, and felt like a grandpa with it. The trouble is, this is then not retro camera in its functionality — as any film rangefinder beats this — but it is a very modern camera with a penchant for clumsiness where not necessary.This camera needs a totally revamped, properly manually focusing lens.
As for the entire market segment of these fixed lens, large sensor cameras, it is so poor and unexplored.
EHDesigns: Hmm, Could it be a repackaged/re-branded PIXPRO Kodak SD1 from JK Imaging?
It is not not .. what? It is just sprinkled with extra seasoning it look a tad different, but even the specs and lens and basic shape are same.Same as the Pentax MX-1 is same as Oly XZ-2 and is in truth a Sanyo OEM product.
Xentinus: It smells Pentax lol
It's not Pentax. It's a rebadged and cosmetically altered OEM product. http://kodakcamera.jkiltd.com/Americas/cameras/activeCam/sp1.php
It does. Same as in case with that cheap long zoom bridge camera repainted as Pentax.
Zvonimir Tosic: This camera would've been a real gem if it had a lens with real, manual, well-dampened, yummy helical focus with distance scale, and not focus by wire. Then it could be used off the hip, manually prefocused, etc, without looking at the LCD/VF. And instead of an EV dial on top, a small LCD on top, that summarises all crucial parameters in 2 sqare cm, not looking around the entire top plate plus lens.Everything else is very much polished up by this model.
Yes, that could be nice to be fixed too. Again, a revamped lens would probably be needed anyway if they ever change the sensor to anything more serious. Send them suggestions...
theprehistorian: I find this disappointing. I liked the styling and general concept of the X100S, but the output from that weird 16MP sensor is an acquired taste to put it mildly, and the lens desperately needed improving to sort out its flare issues. This is a dreary, lazy update.
Fuji cannot just "step up" the sensor. It is partly because of their intense marketing investment into the X-Trans. X-Trans is a marketing name, a buzz, and they are hugging it. Now they must use those sensors for quite a while because that is how they share components to keep the cost down. If you expect it to be changed soon, nope, that won't happen. If you love Fuji, you will must love 16MP X-Trans sensor for at least 12-18 more months.
This camera would've been a real gem if it had a lens with real, manual, well-dampened, yummy helical focus with distance scale, and not focus by wire. Then it could be used off the hip, manually prefocused, etc, without looking at the LCD/VF. And instead of an EV dial on top, a small LCD on top, that summarises all crucial parameters in 2 sqare cm, not looking around the entire top plate plus lens.Everything else is very much polished up by this model.
Actually this is a cross between the mirrorless design we see in many manufacturers, and a DSLR design we don't so often (like 100% pentaprism). Users familiar with the mirrorless have an interface and grip similar to that of a mirrorless world, and DSLR users have many benefits of the DSLR.If you look at it that way, it makes perfect sense.
What is the 14-42mm lens mentioned next to MSRP?There is no such lens in the lineup. Sounds more like m4/3 lens copied from somewhere ...
It is 250g lighter than the K-3. Also lighter and smaller than the K50/K500.Different engine, new UI. Can this UI be upgraded in the K3 via firmware?
toomanycanons: I like the 20mp, built-in stabilization and the faux-no-AA-filter mode. Does Pentax have other cameras with this sensor? Only time will tell about the IQ and noise factor but...I like this camera!
I believe this 20MP sensor is now de factp manufacturer's replacement for the old 16MP one (from the age of K5, which made that sensor particularly famous). I believe we can expect future Pentax cameras to employ 20 and 24 MP sensors.