msdeneen: It is certainly interesting to see a new Leica camera. What I don't understand at all is all the chatter in reviews about the "solid aluminum body." There's no achievement of merit there. An CNC machine can spit these out in minutes. What's the perceived virtue or value of this? It's far more difficult to mate multiple precision pieces into a whole body than it is to hog out a block of aluminum.
I don't see this body having any special characteristics that relate to taking pictures.
Yeah, sure . I bought CNC machined aluminium brake and clutch levers for my new Honda Sportbike and they are a work of art with amazing detail and added functionality over the much more expensive forged original equipment ones. The CNC ones are really probably worth more than the $18-00 for the pair that I paid for them I'd reckon going on the Leica price. they would be worth say $700. Therefore, the real value of the Leica body is probably $30-00 retail at best before assembly with the Japanese electronics included.
iAPX: It's Leica, their lenses are of totally superior quality, especially when corrected by ACR! lol!
Not even of "totally superior quality" it seems!
I think that I am correct in my understanding of your findings that; Leica are "lying" about the quality and efficacy of their "T" series lenses.
I think that I will stick with Fuji who had some minor problems early into the "X" series roll out but who were quick to admit their minor mistakes when they became apparent and were keen to fix them whatever the cost, until they are able to produce "best in class" products as they are. Furthermore Fuji have proven that they are prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to correct and remedy any problems in their customers cameras as DPR have attested. I don't think any of their customers could now complain about the products that they bought in the past.We are not now seeing these admittedly minor problems crop up anymore.When it comes to the question of industrial fidelity, I prefer the Fuji "active" approach to the arrogance of the Leica approach. It is all about Trust and truth.
I just love this camera.....Er..sorry, phone!With the grip accessory it would make a terrific travel camera.It's simple enough to crop the shots to make telephoto shots out of wide angle takes without losing any resolution.
He must also have a terrific collection of shoes too.
I actually like the latest Symbian "Belle" operating system very much indeed and it compares more than favourably with the Android Operating System on My second string phone which is a SAMSUNG Galaxy S3 which although superior to the iPhone 5 I have tried is still not up to the slickness of my Nokia E7-00 Symbian Belle. I would say that both Android and iPhones are no more than toys compared to the superior Nokia Symbian Belle. It's a pity it is being ditched because from a serious business user it has no peers.Windows Phone 8 is pretty good though and I will need to buy one for my next acquisition.I would have bought a Pure view 808 if it had been available in Australia but if a similar Windows Phone 8 Pure view does come out I will flog the Samsung Galaxy S3 to some kid who loves toys but does not need a serious communicator or photographic tool.
GaryJP: 12 megapixels woohoo. Sorry, but the Sony RX100 trumped the X10, and as far as I can see, trumps this. And yes, I own both. The X10, even after the long awaited orb fix, sits on the shelf mostly.
Sadly you are misinformed Gary about EXR mode. It uses the whole 12 Megapixels for some modes and 6 for other modes mostly depending upon the available light to some extent. Take some EXR photos in good light and you will see that I am correct most times.
JonSr: other than the small sensor, i love the whole packaging. i would not go smaller than 4/3 though.. wish fuji will just join m43 and put high end 4/3 sensor on this package and i will fall in love.. .. ..
Interestingly, my daughter considers the results from the X10 superior to her Panasonic 4/3. I would have to agree. In addition; My large hands don't fit the Panasonic either whereas I have no problems with the Fuji X10.
My new X10 is wonderful especially as I can easily take it everywhere that my SLR is inconvenient to take many times. The X20 must be amazing.I most strenuously disagree with your comment; "this is a camera primarily designed for stills photography." because all of the videos that I have shot with the X10 are regarded by even Canon SLR photographers as brilliant and what could be easier than turning the main control on the top plate to get movie mode. It's certainly as easy and more positive than pressing some tiny button that my huge hands simply can never find. When will camera manufacturers wake up that not everyone can use tiny controls which is probably why Panasonics rebadged Leica offerings are thought to be unusable by all but ladies in Europe. How dumb are you Panasonic!The X20 has everything going for it INCLUDING a real and proper viewfinder that I find an imperative component of any camera, particularly for street photography where stealth can be of the utmost importance.
There are many seriously interesting and well taken photos here. Many of them were photos that found me being quite emotional. My thanks to the enthusiast photographer who obviously has a superb eye for beauty and history.
Marty4650: Once again, Fuji produces a mouth watering camera.
You really have to give Fuji credit. They create such beautiful and well made specialty cameras that you don't even mind a white orb or two.
If I had the means, I would buy them all (meaning the XF1, XE1, X1-Pro, X10 and X100.) Their superzooms and normal P&S cameras are uninspired and mediocre, but their specialty cameras are to die for.
I'm with you Marty
Simply gorgeous and very classy to look at. Function, form and style.It looks like it will be good to hold too.I can see no downsides with the design at all.Fuji are really becoming an "A" league player.
Roger Knight: Anyone who has a NOKIA Belle smartphone with it's superb new smooth Symbian operating system will appreciate that this SAMSUNG is still many, many years behind the Nokia 808 PureView in every respect photographically and Belle is right up there with both iOS and Android in the operating system stakes. So, because I already have Nokias superb E7-00 Belle I shall wait for the Nokia windows Phone version of PureView because the camera is so damned good and usefull especially for back up travel use.
I actually don't get this Wi-Fi to the cloud stuff because I do not feel that I have sufficient financial and security control over it. I have better things to do than play with Passwords during my fun times so I am quite content to wait until I get home to drop my files onto my computer. So. because this will not make or receive calls wherever I am I don't need the compromises this camera with a PDA comes with and besides the sensor is way too tiny to be useful just like most point and shoots.If I wanted to, I could use Wi-Fi to send photos to the cloud with a NOKIA 808 PureView. I can already do it on my NOKIA E7 which runs Belle superbly, I can also send photos by Wi-Fi or 3G to my computer also already anyway. So what is the big deal about an Android PDA with a tiny sensor that you can't even make calls on.So actually this SAMUNG is way behind the times compared with the best from NOKIA which will only get better with the Windows Phone 8 operating system version.
Anyone who has a NOKIA Belle smartphone with it's superb new smooth Symbian operating system will appreciate that this SAMSUNG is still many, many years behind the Nokia 808 PureView in every respect photographically and Belle is right up there with both iOS and Android in the operating system stakes. So, because I already have Nokias superb E7-00 Belle I shall wait for the Nokia windows Phone version of PureView because the camera is so damned good and usefull especially for back up travel use.
Without a viewfinder it cannot be classified as a serious camera but it is obviously a terrific; point-aim-(to some degree)-and-shoot, image taker. It’s just not quite enough of what is required for taking valuable travel photos.Any camera without a serious viewfinder capable of shot framing is definitely unsuitable for travel photos. Period!Just the sheer volume of photos that one takes means that the great majority of shots taken with a viewfinder-less camera that need post processing is quite seriously appreciable if one is as picky as me and I have better things to do when travelling than spend all night fixing not quite right photos. After all; exploring the night life in all of it or their vagaries’ is a large part of just why we do travel, unless of course one is totally ‘photography obsessed’ rather than being a normal, curious, experience seeking person.That was a seriously good review. Thank you.
I can not see it being anywhere near as good as the superb Nokia Pure-View because I am probably too picky about image quality. Tiny sensors are not for me.
Does anyone have a link to a similar site that covers the Southern hemisphere skies?The last meteor shower that I saw here in South Australia was awesome.
It sounds more like a physical glitch rather than a software glitch. It's not possible, I would have thought, to get a better connection to terminals by using a software fix without severely degrading the operationality of the other component performances. It will be interesting to see if there is a massive exchange program initiated by Canon on this issue.
Suave: It can give better quality than 5d3, it won't negate the fact that it runs on stillborn OS.
I'm using the latest Symbian 'Belle' operating sytem on my Nokia E7-00 and after a day teaching it to myself I can get where I want quicker than iOS and Android but not quite as fast as Windows phone 7.5.So Whilst I will probably look towards Windows Phone in future I would not trade for an iPhone or an Android.The PureView camera as a second camera to my SLR gear will be a perfect pocketable compromise for when I am travelling overseas I reckon and will save me buying a SONY RX100 or similar camera because the photo quality for such an environment is terrific and will save me carrying one more device without too much picture quality compromise tradeoff.
I just don't get it. What actual use do they provide? Surely they take away the main advantage of this camera which is it's pocketability.Beautiful though they are, they are not for me.