Olympus started it all two years ago with the stellar XZ-1. Now, the competition is really hard and the choice got great but very difficult.
I see LX7 and EX2F as the closest competitors. X10 is still to consider.And then there are the "smallness specialists" XF1 and RX100.There is no clear winner here - all depends on your preferences.
My clear winner would have been an XZ-2 with- a 2/3 sensor (like X10) but with 10 MP- same lens, but then 25-100 (due to larger sensor)- new processor for 8-10 f/s- better firmware that kills XZ-1's deficiencies
There are so many excellent ideas spread between the current models - Oly simply needs to bundle them the right way! :-)
Edmond Leung: I think this is the right time for Olympus and Panasonic to think about FF cameras.In the long run, there is no way for 4/3 to compete with FF cameras.
No. I do not want to lug around FF lenses. And so do millions of buyers around the world.FF is for special purposes. The mass market does not care about it.
mpgxsvcd: Wow Olympus out sourced the entire camera to Sony this time. Even the body looks like an NEX.
You should seriously go and see an optician. Quickly.;-)
Peiasdf: Very few comments. I guess it is not very exciting as it is just rehash of E-PL3 and E-PM1 with new sensor.
Should be cheaper as most parts are carried over from $400/$300 cameras.
If a better sensor does not make for a big difference to you, you cannot be helped.
Sergey Borachev: The lack of an orientation sensor is so annoying!!! Seriously,such a small feature and yet not corrected even in the third generation model! I don't care about other missing bits as they are trivial in a small camera, but this problem means thousands of extra but unnecessary clicks, presses and work.
The E-M5's sensor is however going to make it irrestibile though.
Yes, really strange. Even my XZ-1 has one.
I would not be surprised, if the sensor even was already on the circuit board, but is simply not read out. :-)
Some of Oly's design decisions are merely weird.
easyeddy: This does look to me like an X10 replacement in everything but name. Which would mean Fuji has gone the same way as other manufacturers in reserving the viewfinder for more expensive compact cameras.
It's more like a little sister to X10 in my opinion.
zoranT: When will fuji arrive in the 21st century aesthetically? In 100 years' time?
When will you start to develop a taste? At around 50, maybe?;-)
Kirppu: Hasty look of XF1 and this feels like a good alternative for XZ-1 (XZ-2 is too big), but hopefully cheaper than RX100.
Size and sensor are fine, but F4.9 is no good replacement for XZ-1's optics.In my opinion only RX100 and LX7 are up close to an XZ-1 so far, but both suffer from poor colors and are - currently - much more expensive.
My wish for XZ-2: 10MP 2/3 sensor, same lens (resulting in 24-100 maybe), faster processor for 5-10 frames/s and better firmware. :-)
fivetonsflax: I love the aperture comparison charts, but I think they could be much better with one more column: absolute aperture diameter.
What for? Sensor sizes are different between the listed models, so the diameters are not comparable in my opinion.
snegron: Nice camera, nice features, but why would I spend that much money when I can get a Leica X2 for less? Lower the price and I will consider it.
Yes, Leica and Fuji are probably the toughest competitors for this Sony model.Let's hope for an interesting shoot-out between them, here on dpreview!
Wonderful scene and lighting! Looks like a child's fantasy.Is your occupation related to advertising?
Marty4650: What a gorgeous camera!
This looks like a wonderful street shooter for the advanced photographer with the means to buy one.
If Leica had built it, it would be a $10,000 camera, but even $2,800 is too much for me. And yes, for most buyers this will be a second camera, because a fixed lens camera with a prime lens just isn't all that versatile.
I'd love to own one, but the odds are the only way I'd get one is to find one used, on ebay for $500... sometime in 2017 when the third generation R3 comes out...
marike6:"I'll never understand the idea that a camera with a short prime is not versatile."Show me a pretty portrait or macro with 35mm. ;-)The Sony is great for a special purpose, but for this price, many customers expect more versatility.
Glen Barrington: The X series started out so 'right' but it has steadily gone in the wrong direction. They are turning it into an Oly Pen. If I wanted a Pen, I would have bought one.
I want more QUALITY, not another 'me too' camera.
Dear Glen,maybe you simply have a weird perception of 'quality'?
Tape5: It is great to see companies crawling over each other for the consumer money. Canon probably planning a MEGApixel, Sony is kicking nice and hard, Faveon is rapidly evolving, Lenses are getting better on P&S and P&S are pushing low end DSLRs, Leica is blowing its own nerdy horn, medium formats are getting cheaper, camera phones are getting better, Social and other apps are coming in, Instagram etc etc.
It is so much fun not to buy anything at all these days. By the time you pull your credit card out, you can bet a better camera has come out already.
Huh?"It is so much fun not to buy anything at all these days. "The opposite is true, in my opinion. Choice and quality are greater than ever. By NOT buying, you miss all the good fun of a capable product.Of course this does not mean that you should change your equipment every 12 months.
photog4u: USA TODAY calls the RX100 “Groundbreaking”. Pogue at the New York Times calls the camera “a Revelation”. Butler at dpeview calls it a “Spectacular piece of engineering” with “TARDIS-like” design.
Not awarding the RX100 the Gold is an egregious error and should be corrected immediately!
I totally agree to Silver "only":Major design flaw: Lack of ND filter.
TimT999: A fun review but unfortunately a bit breathless and hyped. The ability to use cropping to zoom is useful but the real issue isn't the pixel count, it's the sensor size. And we have yet to see whether the sensor is as good as the reviewer says.
The reviewer seems to want to believe that the Nokia has an IQ that's as good or better than a point and shoot. And on occasion he even suggests the camera is as good as an entry level DSLR.
But if you're going to make big claims, back it up. Show how the IQ stacks up against the G12 or a Rebel in low light -- use the standard DP Review test suite! The reviewer doesn't take that step and his "review" is not up to the usual level of this site as a result.
I'm glad Nokia chose to push the envelop and when they give the phone a more usable operating system, it will be worth a look. But the most exciting aspect of this story is that it raises the bar for the other smartphone manufacturers.
What is mssing for you?Look at the picture comparison tool.
michelesi: i want to see image-distorsion graph.In my LX3 the image-distorsion at 24mm is very high.
Maybe you confuse lens distortion with perspective distortion?The LX3 is quite good at 24mm as long as you do not tilt the camera.Tilting will distort the image of any lens - it is an optical law that can only be corrected in post-processing or prevented with a tilt-shift lens.
Image quality is very limited - size and zoom range cause this. One of the few "superzoomers" with decent iq is (or better was) Panasonics FZ38.
Tom Goodman: Smaller sensor. Forget about it. Faster lens. How often does anyone really need that? Go on, count the number of shots you've done in the last month that needed the faster lens. It isn't going to give you DOF flexibility either.
Most of my shots are at max. aperture, starting from F1.8.Why? Because I keep ISO at 100.
Timmbits: Sorry, I changed the graphic. NEW LINK here:
These are the RELATIVE APERTURE numbers, taking into account sensor size, and everything adjusted relative to 135mm.
You're confusing "bokeh" with "DOF control".
Nice graphs, though.