" The large sensor also allows you to artistically blur the background for beautiful portraits, or for close-ups with impact."
Nikon, u heard that? now that is what i call an alternative to 4/3, not your Nikon 1 system.
snapshot09: Does Dpreview actually review any cameras anymore or just bases them off other sites????
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1/2.3 sensor...with 18 mp ? sigh...thats like putting an 18inch sports rim on a 1.1 liter car and thinks it will perform better.
in the age where sony rx100 exist along with phone cams with 1/1.2 sensors....i am afraid...this lx7 along with other small sized sensors are just born to die..
seriously 1/2.3 sensor? sure someone brought up pentax Q...but...is that really sellable at all? come on, guys, lets not fool with physics. The days of 1/2.3 sensor compacts being anything serious are gone. even camera phone (808 pureview nokia) have much bigger sensor.
Don Fraser: You know, if you do the 1/1.7" sensor right, it's all you need unless you want to make prints bigger than 11 x 14 and inspect them with your nose to the print.
The 1/1.7" sensor lets you do good stuff with the lens and not have a giant body.
Look at the excellent IQ of the Nikon Coolpix P7100 for that class of cameras, and the range of its lens. I don't want to start another IQ war on this. There are other examples of good use of the 1/1.7" sensor.
Let's stay reasonable with our uses of these cameras.
imho, 1/1.7 or even 1" is crap. forget the prints. the lack of shallow dof turns all images into 2d noise massacre.
this is what nikon 1 should have been....instead of offering poor slow lens and labeling itself as a interchangeable system .... gosh, if this have the EVF built in, nikon 1 is history.
iudex: The price is not that exaggerated as the DP1 price, however no big deal regarding what it offers. Fixed focal length fixed lens, no VF, no grip, useless video mode... and for 1000 bucks. No, thank you. The X100 seems to be a much better choice. I did not see any printed pictures made by Foveon sensor, from what I can see online I am not enchanted; the standard comparison picture from SD1 test here on DPR showed Foveon is no miracle: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sigmasd1/18The idea itself (large sensor compact) is great, this one seems to be a camera for very specific situations and only for people who really want a Foveon sensor.
iudex, view it at 100%. there is nothing like foveon images at 100. i own the leica m9, GXR and nikon dslr, there is just nothing like foveon, first time viewing it u be shocked at the sharpness no matter how u pixel peep.
finally, sigma...the ultimate IQ camera in a pocketable size. Finally! congrats.
wlad: carefull with the comments - Nokia has beaten a micro 4/3 camera in a blind test:
i am one of those who saw this test and guessed correctly. but i think gsmarena made a BIG blunder. Most readers are guessing which is 808 by simply choosing the image that is the 2nd best. They are not choosing 808 as the best. I got my answers simply looking at which was the 2nd best since i know the oly 4/3 would trash it.
adrianlew: Nokia is retarded. What will a user do with a 41 mega pix? Its the quality not the size that counts... Those photos will only take space. No wonder the almost went out of business.. Same poor decision to run windows instead of android on nokia phones... I think the really should close the doors...
its the biggest image sensor on mobile phone.that is not retarded, its a great decision. Retard is where nokia did n9 and announced that its the last meego. Retard is where nokia sells symbian and says there will be no more development on it.
Yod: Consideriing this camera has a smaller sensor than the S100 and still manages to deliver image quality that is almost the same,we can assume that this is a very good camera indeed,without getting you worried about the terrible Lens Error message so common in the S series.I´m a Canon user.Best wishes.Yod
thats what they said about the nikon 1 vs 4/3 but after some "real" use, the reality sets in, smaller sensor sucks, the "deliver image quality that is almost same" is a knee jerk reaction that is founded on more hope than truth.
"using a smaller sensor to keep the cost down" . well sounds familiar kind of decision making ...nikon 1 vs 4/3....and here is where its "enthusiasts" aint so interested in...hello, Nokia 808 have a much bigger sensor and innovation. Maybe nokia should start doing camera and gives these boring companies and tis never ending MP baloney a wake up call
Chaitanya S: another reason why to choose m 4/3 mirrorless camera over other mirrorless systems. ( Also Canon soon might join this camp)
and what happened to the legendary Nikon 1 ?
CameraLabTester: There is just so much limited QUALITY that one can cram into a typical1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) SENSOR that camera companies use (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, etc)
The selling points are then waged on features, menus, bells and woots.
For a sensor size of 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm), the best balance is just 5 to 7 Mp!
But because camera companies have zombied buyers into thinking more Mps is more good, they don't DARE do a 5 or 7 Mp modern camera.
A 5 Mp or 7 Mp P&S with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor can set outstanding standards, but they won't do this... (maybe Leica, because they think OUTSIDE the mirror box...)
Everyone should read this to get out of ignorance :http://snapsort.com/learn/sensor/true-resolution
there is a hyperprime now, so noctilux is for those who must have "leica" name in it or perhaps resale value. If low light is the main reason, reviews so far indicates the hyperprime is a better buy. There is also the nokton 50 1.1 for great value but debatable bokeh.
Thanks for writing this article, one can sense your iron clad defense of the lens even if some of the reasons when weight against the price looks dubious to some. For leica owners, the noct is a "must try" itch simply because the price will no doubt makes the mind wonders.
Is it really worth the asking price? The author in this article clearly thinks it is and it moves him to get great pictures in his work. Inspiration is always priceless.
@graystar ...ur not listening...cramming more mp into a puny sensor degrades the quality not increase. you have been zombified.... try not being ignorant and listen to others that are trying to point u out
hmm,the only thing this offer is better is vs the Nikon v1...but then hey...almost every other mirrorless out there is better than the nikon puny v1. On the other hand, Samsung, can u just focus on your other business ...which happens to be everything else that is imaginable? I heard you guys are into apparels too in korea !
come on lar, stop wasting the tax payers money and fund camera development, even if you want to start one, make its a new company that is totally separated and have great new ideas, this looks so much like a samsung...if i wanted a TV that can take photos, i wll buy one but not a camera that looks like "me too"....gosh...stick with the 4/3 if u want...not another system
zodiacfml: I would even think this version makes more sense than the M9. Think that the M9 is way behind to modern cameras even a few years ago. It is slower, bad ISO performance, bad JPEGs, and expensive compared to competition. With this version, Leica has produced a camera that is truly a niche producing very good IQ which is one of Leica's attributes and there's no competition.There's no other way to make most of the optics than they did here.
Poor BW images, to me, is better than color images that are poor( incorrect WB, bad colors, poor DR). Get a Canikon for color imagery.
I think the reason this is priced higher is probably due to an upcoming M10 so they can price it even higher.
well the "bad iso" is as bad as any bad reasons given. with the m9 i rarely need iso above 1000. maybe that is because it only shoot primes and you can have very big aperture primes easily with the m9.
dpreview should just use "leica rebadged" instead of "leica release"
sometimes i question the mentality of such a company. On one hand they release cameras like m9, i find it a joy to use and love the experience and the results.On the other hand, they are milking off the ignorants by selling super overrpriced noctiluxes to folks that thinks its anything out of the world.
And here we have the rebadged panny's at double the price and same sensor and lens.
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