SLR film cameras were about getting acceptable image quality in a practical format, a tool you could take to the street without sherpas. For ultimate image quality, photographers used medium format or technical cameras. The rest of us was happy with the puny 24x36 format.
Today, full frame digital offers the same image quality as analog medium format, or better. The new middle ground, the ultimate compromise between image quality, portability and price is with APS and four-third. There is no migration path between the two because they are different systems, catering to different needs.
There is nothing sacred about 24x36. Simply put, if you don't take half of your pictures on a tripod then you don't need it (and your image quality won't benefit from it).
I can't figure out this camera.
Who's going to buy it? It would be a perfect fit for the hordes of people that buy a body and standard lens and nothing else. But they're probably going to be intimidated by all the knobs, dials and buttons. The ones that could use all those controls want to be able to change lens. So...
What does it say about the 4/3 format? At a time when Oly and Pana are trying to attract pros with fully featured cameras, isn't a fixed lens 4/3 camera going to bury that format as the new "compact", like it 1" brother?
What about the video? Sure it can shoot 4K, but its very photo-centric controls (think Fuji X10/30) don't make it a good video camera. This is major setback for a company that pioneered the still/video convergence.
I think using the 20Meg sensor, downsized to 16 or so with the multi ratio, coupled a with longer zoom, would have made much more sense.
Zoran K: "The lens is the big selling point of the RX100 III. With a maximum aperture of F1.8-2.8 and a focal range of 24-70mm equiv, you won't find anything as impressive on a compact camera."
Samsung EX2 has 24-80mm/f1.4-2.7 equivalent Lens
That's the problem with 35mm equivalent and f-numbers. They are relative numbers and they make different lenses look equivalent.
The Sony lens is a 8.8-25.7 mm lens, with an effective aperture varying from 4.9mm to 9.2mm (N = f/D). The Samsung is a 5.2-17.2 lens, aperture 3.7mm to 6.4. On average, across its range, the Sony is twice as bright (square of aperture).
Body, lens, handle, view finder... The first camera to assemble yourself from Nikea.
Coming next: flat packaging.
Way to go, dPreview. Link to the pic and get more clicks. Don't forget to sound outraged.
tinpusher: Without the power of DPR nothing would have been done ; so a big thankyou to all the team involved.
And also a belated thanks to Fuji for having made the effort (finally) who perhaps learnt a little about the demands and standards of the enthusiast market.
What are you talking about. DPR has always downplayed the ORB issue, delaying the X10 review and making sure no real ORB picture was on their first page until today. It still is a very artificial one easily dismissed by people that "do not take pictures of xmas ornaments".
From all english speaking review sites, only DCRP showed the orbs in all their destructive splendor.
Long, long ago dPreview made camera reviews. Now they make previews. To-morrow they'll do rumors.
Meet you in the basement.
Exquisite example of late 20th century technology. Keep trucking, Canon.