The sample images show that this 28-50 equivalent lens may not bring much excitement for the viewer (and the shooter). Something like a 14-30 mm APS-C zoom would be more desirable. OOps, there goes the Pentax 12-24mm F4.0, or the Sony 16-35mm F2.8. Well, these already also exist. F1.8 may not be the most important parameter.
SalmanH: Reading all the full frame fan boy comments here it would appear that there is little more to good photography than shallow depth of field. In reality a lot of the time shallow depth of field merely hides bad or lazy composition, making a poor photo look a little better.
DOF is a function of the distance of the object (the closer the shallower), the f number (the lower number the shallower) and the focal length of the lens (the higher length - in absolute mm and not relative to sensor size - the shallower DOF).
It actually says nothing about sensor size or lens size. BUT with smaller sensor it is more difficult anyways.
D1N0: Too bad it doesn't have a Full frame sensor.
The main trick of E-M1 is that it can take the pro fourthird lenses. Please always consider this when judging this camera.
Nikon A? Ricoh GR?
I buy second hand...
Cal22: Be honest, Allison, it's the look of the GM1 you couldn't withstand; that's why it's your Gear of the Year! This tiny thing is like a gem that wakes desire, isn't it?
The GM1 is the beauty queen of the compacts - and yet it allows interchangeable lenses. These technical features it houses are impressive indeed, but will it keep what it promises? Will this small camera prove fiddly when it comes to shooting? Is it prone to shake because it's a lightweight? Many customers will likely be happy with a GM1 as a point and shoot only. But Panasonic should not ignore the needs of serious photographers and therefore improve the camera if necessary. An optional (silver?) EVF would be nice, too.
Yes, this little gem is cute. You can keep the kit zoom and buy one or two more Olympus primes. For that price you could also have a Nikon d3200 or a Canon Rebel System (with 3 lenses).
CraigArnold: I quite like the Df. I mean it's ugly, and it's not really a MF camera, more 1985 retro than 1960 retro. But still it's kinda nice and probably takes good pics.
And yet, look at the street prices of FF cameras in the UK:Nikon D3x £5249Canon 1DX £4845Nikon D4 £4239Nikon Df £2749Nikon D800E £2349Canon 5D3 £2329Sony A99 £2149Nikon D800 £1802Nikon D610 £1799Sony A7R £1699Canon 6D £1475Sony A7 £1299
Is there any conceivable reason to prefer it to the list of less expensive cameras below it?
Very comprehensive list. Financially I may have to stick with another retro camera, the 6D. Or wait another 3 years for a used Df.
Retro does not mean dated. This Df is the Harley-Davidson (with liquid cooling) of cameras . More a techno-industrial piece, if you like. High cool and laid back factor. Leisure camera. If you want dated buy Canon. If you want pure techno buy Sony.
Jeffa4444: Personally I have an Olympus E PM-1, Olympus E-520, Canon 550d, Canon 7d, Canon 6d. The Olympus E PM-1 is a great shove it in your pocket camera that I can use all the digital Zuiko lenses with an adaptor, the Olympus E-520 is light but gives full creative control, the Canon 550d enabled me to use my EF lenses from the film days & got me back into Canon. The Canon 7d is great for sport & wildlife but not as good for critical landscape where I use the Canon 6d. Horses for courses.
Good for you! It may get even better for many when the Nikon and Sony FF offers force Canon 6D price down
Leaked specs suggest it might be specialized for low light-high iso. An improved D4 sensor? WOW
sarit: Wow, m4/3 format sensor, 500gm weight and a $1400 body only price ! Now wonder they are going bankrupt. I agree this is a great camera for what it is and especially weather-sealed, but this is not competitive in the market for that price range. Even more so as Sony A7 is weather sealed and comes at just $300 more with a FF sensor.
DXO Sensor comparison Overall ................ High ISO
OM D M1 ....................73......................757D610 .........................94.....................2925
I do not think that D610 user experience is too bad. Size and weight? That may modify the picture.
ThePhilips: If I were not warmed up by the Panny FZ200, I would have said "no way!" when hearing the Sony announcement. f/2.8 lens, 24-200mm is a pretty awesome deal (even though Sony is charging a high premium for it right now).
Let me be the (far from) first to declare: days of interchangeable lens cameras are numbered!
Sony should also release a wide-angle and tele adapters for the cam (to 18-20mm and to 300mm) and then it would be almost complete package.
In the age of very sophisticated post processing and better and better sensors the collections of dozens and dozens of lenses are getting more and more unnecessary. You need high resolution, good color reproduction lenses matched with the sensor, and do the rest in post processing. There will be proof that you need 2-3 lenses the most for most of the tasks. I am sure I will be sentenced to lapidation short term, but long term I may be right Again its not the end of the interchangeable lens camera, it is the end of fooling around with dozens of 35 mm and 50 mm lenses as an example.
The commenting guys are adorably toying around with the communication hand grenades and mines of DPR's first impressions. Gross.
I want a camera with proper manual focus!
This article demonstrates the importance of the development of sensor, lens and software together to achieve sublime results.
A nice practical realization of this is for example the two rx-1s.
Why not 1.44M pixel EVF? Cannot be that expensive. 230k is pathetic.
The phone camera is what it is and does what it does. For any other purpose a real camera with a well integrated wifi will do.
It`s so good the nineties are over.
The best is to read the original post of Roger before concluding anything. The original post is not as strong in conclusions as this one. Why?
Action plan proposal for Nikon:1. Make the 1" sensor size the smallest in the lineup.2. Start turning out 1" sensor compacts (there is room for competition for RX100, and what about weather resistant, underwater etc.)3. Make FF compact camera line with prime lenses (28, 50, 75-85mm lens) at a price max. usd 1500 each.4. Decrease the price of A (it is inevitable) and launch a modified A+ with 35 mm equivalent lens below USD 900 as starting price.5. Keep the 1 system and start selling a really attractive V3.I am real smart, ain`t I?