I don't understand all the negative comments on here. Think about it: Suddenly, your camera's smart -- very smart. Anything you want your camera to do, it's an app away.
Remember all the noise made when Panasonic cameras were hacked? This time, the software side of things is wide open. Think it's a big deal that Canon firmware can be patched to do edge-detection? Guys, this is just the first camera. Sony's edging this way, but they're only allowing apps created by Sony. How stillborn is that?!
wkay, this is still news. Spoorthy, it's a quad core 1.4 GhZ processor.
Geesh, what a crotchety lot! People used to think that the iPad was just a large iPod Touch, but look at how things have changed. It's all got to start somewhere. Give it a chance.
Toys Samurai: Am I the only one who misses the F3's built-in flash. Yes, it's tiny, but it more than makes that up by its usefulness. Just pop it up, and tilt the light towards the ceiling -- instant bounced light. I just took the F3 to a trip and the built-in flash allows me to take some of the best casual pictures I've ever taken w/o any bulk equipment. IMO, every point-n-shoot should have a flash that works similarly.
I'd rather they work on making a sensor with better ISO sensitivity :) Don't need a stinking flash on a camera that can see in the dark!
TheSummerYears: As a current 5N owner, one of my bigger concerns is whether they've fixed the overheating sensor issue with video clips > 15 minutes.
Oh, interesting points Robbi -- thanks! The latter part doesn't make sense (I haven't tried it), but you'd figure that using less of the camera would (i.e. AF) would make it heat up less quickly!
Charlie Jin: Whenever I see NEX attached with such a big lens,I just cannot help laughing... What a big joke...Why don't they make some nice quality pancake lens?
Really, if size is such a huge deal, just slap on a m39 adaptor with your favourite leica lens. Problem solved :)
On another track, a lot of people don't realize that in order to use an an APS-C sized sensor (which I think is an excellent idea), the lens has to be a certain size, and it has to be a certain distance from the sensor.
On m4/3 systems, everything's shrunk smaller. Kudos to Olympus for managing to squeeze such noise-free photos out of the OM-D. It's *difficult* squeezing noise-free images out of a smaller sensor. Look at the difference between high ISO images between your pocketable P&S cameras vs APS-C sensor'd DSLRs -- nuff said.
Doug Frost: If it's indeed true that the wi-fi feature allows for a smartphone app that gives you a wireless remote viewfinder and shutter release, it's a revolutionary breakthrough. That would instantly make this the most amazing street photography camera ever.
How would a remote viewfinder/shutter make a camera an amazing street photography camera...?
I just bought my 5N less than a year ago, and this is already a very compelling upgrade.
I came from a Nikon D70 before this. The addition of a further dial and a function button, combined with the existing dial with 4-way direction pad, and 2 highly-programmable buttons mean a whole ridiculous mess (in a good way) of direct controls, without having to fiddle with extraneous menus.
If they've managed to maintain or improve on their excellent noise-free 16 MP sensor, that'd be great. If they manage to dramatically improve or eliminate the issue with the sensor overheating, I'm ready to lay down some plastic.
Wifi, at this point, is really just a toy. I don't expect it to be a significant contribution at this point of the technology unless the camera can send out images via wifi as quickly as it can shoot (i.e. not going to happen at this point).
I do wish they'd popped in a GPS though.
As a current 5N owner, one of my bigger concerns is whether they've fixed the overheating sensor issue with video clips > 15 minutes.
No Image Stabilization for Sony on such a long lens? Pft.