Here's the sad simple truth for potential EOS M users: Canon will never release an "L" series lens in a native EF-M Mount, which I believe is an incredible shame.
Who wants to buy into a compact system when the company keeps their best optical toys reserved for dSLR's? It shouldn't fall to the duty of a humble adapter to show off the best a camera is capable of.
The fact that this camera can mount an electronic viewfinder sounds great until you learn its the same near $400+ unit that goes with the RX1.
I still see the hot shoe benefits for flash shooters and video users but this viewfinder thing is a joke.
It used to be you had to add new feature to justify a new model, now companies are getting away with taking things out... :)
Honestly the RX1 is a pretty refined product anyway. And all this junk about what you can buy in a traditional SLR for the same money is a moot point. You're not buying the RX1 because its great value, you're buying it if you want the smallest (modern) full frame camera on the market.
jenbenn: f/3.5-6.4 that is very slow.... Any dof potential of the Aps-C sensor seems wasted here. Why no interchangable lenses? The zooom plus one or two nice, bright primes would have made a beautifal small system, which would have have been much more flexible than the fixed zoom alone.
Sony's nex-6 looks a lot better here and includes an electronic viewfinder. It also can adpat Leica lenses
They already did that mate, with their Leica X1 and X2... this is supposed to be better somehow... go figure.
Thomasbd: another panasonic.......with a leica name on it! its like the crow is trying to fool us by wearing pea-cock costume! why anyone will buy a camera and stuck with a bloody kit lens!!!!!!!
... Making the whole idea even worse IMO, you'd think they'd have more self respect.
James Pilcher: It's hard for me to form an opinion on something that obviously had so little thought put into its potential success.
Well, not that hard, really. It seems like a bad idea all around.
This is what I don't get: On the one hand Leica will design an amazing 24-600mm f/2.8 lens to go in the FZ-200/V-Lux 4... then they turn around and "develop" this piece of garbage.
Yeah the sensors are nowhere near alike, but if you can't build something great, why try?
JakeB: I'm waiting for the Fuji X-E2 (that would be the X-E1 plus all the new tech currently in the 100S) plus 18-55mm.
A much faster lens and camera with electronic viewfinder for half the price.
You'll struggle to find anyone who'd argue against your logic
Tapper123: Nice looking and probably well-made, but that lens is painfully slow. There are much better options for much less money out there. This is strictly for silly old men who want status symbols.
But before people laugh at this camera too much, take a look at the $7000 Hasselblad Lunar. Makes this Leica look brilliant in comparison.
It'll be a close fight between those two for biggest camera fail 2013.
Gaffman: Makes the Lunar look credible
When you meet their intended buyer be sure to take a picture, I believe they're a myth.
qwertyasdf: Let the bashing begin.
This camera has no redeeming qualities, none.
With that spec list and price tag it should kick its own ar$e
Makes the Lunar look credible
snowboarder: “heard the rumors? Get the truth”
- not sure I can handle the truth! LOL
So much for that "clever marketing strategy"
Its as if the Leica engineering dept have been living inside a bubble for the last few years. Look at the tripe they write in this press release
"The X Vario’s high performance image sensor is unusually large for a camera in its class. Combined with the Leica Vario Elmar 18-46 mm f/3.5-6.4 ASPH, it sets completely new standards for imaging quality in the compact segment with outstanding exposures in all situations."
They're having a laugh right?
I'd rather super-glue the EOS M to its kit lens.
Estimating $800. Should be music to the ears of APS-C shooters
Lytro's just arrived in my shop today (Aus). I love that someone is trying to bring something genuinely new to the market. In its current form it may not set the photography world on fire but it hardly deserves the pasting it's received from most of you.
Light field imaging has potential. Lytro gives average consumers a chance to experience it. Dont hate... Innovate ;)