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?
The biggest problem with the 1 system was the insane launch price. I hated the 1 system, started shouting calling the police saying ripoff. Hard to forget. The price of this system must have been initially below D3200/D3100, and that is the value proposition of the system and the place to be and nothing more.But put a 10mm f/2.8 lens on a V1 and you have a nice street shooter with larger sensor than GRD IV.Put a 10-100mm powerzoom on and you have a bridge camera better than the X-S1.And there are more lenses to shoot with and they are great for the price.Nothing replaces the first impression though, and that is showing in sales results.
Tonkotsu Ramen: meh
more interested in the Sony A58, or NEX-5R, or NEX-3N, or EOS-M
or one of the other dozens of cameras you guys haven't tested recently
That was not nice Mr. Simon. You should check more with your readers. Maybe they are not the customers.
This is a great entertainment item and has an enormous PR value. According to all posts below.
500 and still growing. If you buy this Leica, and keep it for 6 years, and do not buy any other camera in the meantime, well then, it is a steal.
These things are not for shooting pictures, they are for satisfying gear lust of the wealthy.
The little Ms are shamefully piggybacking the M heritage.
That is problem.
Najinsky: I glanced at nearly all the comments and don't understand why I seem to be the only one concerned about focussing manual focus glass. That's what the rangefinder part of the M is for.
So take away the rangefinder, and you get a camera that takes manual focus lenses, without the part that helps you focus?
Let's hope it comes with some stellar focus confirmation aids.
It is time to make a FF MILC.
rfsIII: The one question I have is why does everyone denigrate articulated LED screens like they are only for video shooters and amateurs? It is a truth oft repeated that all the really good photographs exist at very awkward angles; greatness can only be achieved when the camera is either too high, too low, too sideways, but definitely not at normal eye level 1.5 meters above the ground. So why the hating of a feature that makes it easier to stand out from the mediocre photos crowd? Is it that people are too inhibited artistically to look beyond their normal field of view? Are they afraid that using unique and compelling angles would make them look foolish to their peers? Are they ashamed of producing something truly beautiful?
+1, fully articulated touchscreen (could be bigger than 3"), and no EVF is necessary (or even OVF)
The only question: why no IS? Otherwise I am a buyer.
WE tend to forget that there is a sony nex 7 which is a much better camera ( with the new lenses it IS fact). A bit stealthy though. Pretty against 'profi"??
Pana G6 is a sufficiently good and nice and unobtrusive camera from the m43 world. And it will be even a better deal one year from know, when price goes down. The m43 lens choice is vast anyway...