designdog: People here who look simply at the specs or the price and compare this camera to smaller sensor point and shoot are missing the point. Really, comparing it to the X100S is missing the point as well.
This camera is about image quality, versatility, fun, and style. Fuji is just offering the best X100 at this point in time; later they may upgrade the sensor, but will that necessitate a lens and processor update as well?
Tilt/swivel LCD? I would never own a camera with one. For the 1% of the time you would use it, you carry the bulk and weight 100% of the time. Not to mention I never look at the LCD in shooting anyway...
I share the concern about evolving the X100 series beyond the current lens design. Yes, no lens is perfect, but the X100 lens is the best balance of size, speed, resolution, corner-to-corner performance, contrast and bokeh I have ever seen. Unless some advance in glass or manufacturing comes along, a new lens would be motivated only by a significantly higher pixel-count sensor. And if resolution is increased, the lovely balance of the current lens is likely to be lost. As my high school math teacher always said about functions, "What you gain on the bananas, you lose on the oranges."
Regarding the LCD, tilting is surprisingly useful - - - all kinds of objects become tripod substitutes, and those of us who grew up with Rolleiflex TLRs will respond well to the possibility of bowing one's head before the subject/object of a photograph. :-)
thx1138: Hadn't realised the M1 had no EVF or option. I had just assumed that was the A1. Oh well another coulda shoulda woulda camera.
Not really sure what Fuji's thinking is here. One the one hand they think you are sophisticated enough to understands the benefits of a big sensor, and IL, and DoF and manual control, but think you are still so amateurish as to hold a camera at arms length to frame a scene, in bright sunlight where the VF can hardly be seen and the camera is far less stable and more prone to shake.
So is it still a P&S or a serious camera?
I have the X-Pro1 and X-M1. I found that the X-M1 works extremely well in "twin-lens-Rolleiflex" mode: pulled down tight on the neck strap with arms braced against the body (with viewfinder at 90 degrees), braced or sitting on the arms of chairs, window sills, tree branches, etc. I agree that holding a camera out in front of you is an invitation to blur. So I use the X-Pro1 like a Leica M and the X-M1 like a Rollei TLR, two of my favourite film cameras.