ProfHankD: As long as you're willing to bend over backwards to support an optical finder, would it have been that much harder to have a zoom finder? Don't do that....
I think my NEX-7's EVF is better in nearly every way, but there is a potentially significant advantage in using long lenses with an optical finder: you can see things outside the lens view angle. That makes it MUCH easier to find your subject when working with a long lens. Thus, I think I'd rather see the optical finder stay wide and simply switch to a 100% EVF mode when I've got the subject in frame... perhaps a setting to switch to 100% EVF with a half press of the shutter?
I can't stand the idea of being required to compose all of my shots on a little TV screen. I like having the EVF as an option, it is a useful tool, but I will never give up having an optical viewfinder, either a rangefinder-type or SLR. If some folks want to go EVIL, that's fine. But I'm not going with them.
I can't figure out who would want or need a very expensive, FF, non-pocketable point and shoot. Without a OVF or, at least, an EVF the RX1 would have to be considered a P&S.
If you can't put it in your pocket you have to carry a bag. If you have to carry a bag why not buy an X-Pro1 and three lenses? The price is about the same. The IQ is probably about the same. What's the point? Makes no sense.
It doesn't matter if the sensor is the size of a microchip or a postcard. IQ is all that matters. With the big sensor and Zeiss glass it certainly has potential for excellent IQ but I don't get the market niche. Without a OVF or at least a built-in EVF it's just another 'hold out in front of you' point 'n shoot. A VERY expensive P&S that won't fit in any pocket.
In order to use it as a serious camera, you have to stick a EVF or OVF on top of it? How much info is available in that $600 OVF? I'll bet none. Which brings it back (at least for me) to P&S status. Does the OVF adjust for parallax ? I'll bet not.
It might be a 'modern' competitor for the Leica X2, but certainly not the M9 or X-Pro1. The hybrid OVF is what separates the X100 (and X-Pro1) from the rest of the field. Sony is still not playing in that league.
Thank-you DPreview! I've been trying to find out for weeks if the 18-55 will work with the XP1's OVF! No one else mentions it. Great news - just Pre-ordered!
chekist: As a X-Pro1 owner I am a bit disappointed that only few month after release of X-Pro1 Fuji releases a camera $700 less, smaller, with built-in flash, external mic jack. And the only sacrifice as far as I can tell is the exchange of OVF to EVF. I know for some users it is life and death, for me OVF is nice to have at most. With MF lenses you need to use EVF anyway, and that has been improved. This is like me buying D800 for $3000 and 5 month later Nikon releasing D800E for $1700.
I don't know about you, but the hybrid OVF is the reason I bought the XP1. I wouldn't consider a camera that didn't have an optical system, either OVF or SLR. The X-e1 is just another EVIL camera and would make a nice back-up for the XP1, but it certainly isn't a replacement or an improvement.
Biowizard: Utterly fantastic - I have LONG been hoping someone would produce a high-quality camera WITHOUT a Bayer Colour Array - just think how much more light reaches the sensor, and how much higher the resolution will be without a pesky low-pass filter. And for those who want to get creative with colour, a set of Hoya "POP" filters or equivalent is all you'd need (as well as a a tripod and some patience) to get glorious colour, or false colour, and more!
Fuji X-Pro1 no Bayer Array there!
Just when you think that Fuji (and others) may drag Leica kicking and screaming into the 21st century, they resist temptation and take a giant leap back toward the 60's.
Very few people will be willing to photograph exclusively in B&W, so it's a good thing that Leica bodies are priced so that most people can just buy two. One for color, one for B&W. Makes perfect since to me.