Wilba, great article that answered several questions I had. Thanks for posting it!
compay: in my opinion, this is the way a micro 4/3/aps camera's should look like, Small, silent, capable, light.
I have seen too many quite big micro 4/3 camera's with very loud shutters. People who own these camera's laugh at big full frame dslr's and instead they buy a less capable but still quite big micro 4/3 camera with those long ugly slow zoom lenses.
I have a canon 5d mark3 and with the 40 2.8 it's a great combo….i want a really small camera beside that…have the sony rx100 now…and quality is "great" and camera is small….but with the lens out it's still very visible….such a pity that there are no aps or 4/3 camera's with a fixed fast lens.
this panasonic gm-1 comes really close to what i want.
“...people in the street still reel back from it and scowl like it is going to steal their souls.”
LOL, hilarious, and true.
This has got to be the most nitpicky review I’ve ever read on dpreview. And as usual the out of camera jpegs are far better looking than the dpreview raw conversions, which always look noisy, anemic, and hdr-ish.
I did a lot of comparison and research before buying, the RX100M3 completely outclasses all of these cameras, including the G7X. Holding them side by side and operating them in the store, no contest. Even the popup EVF is useful and well implemented, I thought I would hate it.
The S-series are good cameras also, in decent light. I’ve had the S110 for over a year now, and I love it.
I want it!!
Did they fix the glacial AF of the 7700?
What an ugly awful "update". My G15 is actually a decent camera at ISO 80, and has great ergonomics, but they could have made the finder 100%, added a tiltable LCD, and added a working assignable control ring. That would have been a G16 worth getting.
The ugly mutant child of a NEX and Ricoh GR...
It is an unholy ABOMINATION, sayeth the Holy Ghost (of Barnack). Tear out your eyes rather than look at it.
Where are these photographers and newspapers while corporations and purchased politicians loot the public, and stage "terrorist" events to take our rights away? Nowhere. Do their jobs have any value? No.
sproketholes: I dont know how this company is still in business.
JD, this Fuji ripoff is in no way a Leica M.
If true, it is a huge disappointment, and an epic fail. Why would anyone buy this over a Canon Rebel? Leica lives or dies on its rangefinder lenses. The "mini" should've been an M240 without the rangefinder.
M Jesper: And here is what it may look like: http://leicarumors.com/2011/03/03/detailed-renderings-of-the-leica-mirrorless-aps-c-camera-concept.aspx/
(but probably not)
No, it's not going to be a NEX-7.
Leica M 240 without the rangefinder? Yes please.
I don't know where this term "brightening" came from. It's GAIN, since this is signal amplification we are talking about. "Brightening" implies there is no downside, but there is: noise. I would like camera buttons to say "Gain" instead of "ISO"... but current cameras and the people who use them (myself included) are still in a film mindset for many things. You probably won't change this any time soon.
The reality is sinking in: there are no Kodak pensions. Any money that is left will be divided up between the executives, leaving nothing for the retired workers.
Clint Dunn: So they make a great looking P&S and then tack on a cheap looking tiltable screen....ughh. Am I the only one who doesn't want a tilting screen on my camera?? So much unnecessary depth added to the camera.
"Am I the only one who doesn't want a tilting screen on my camera?"
Yes, you are.
jonikon: I don't understand why Pentax is so intent on designing and marketing higher end cameras around a tiny 1/1.7" sensor at a time when most photo enthusiasts are moving to larger sensor cameras in this market segment. The Sony RX-100 with a much larger 1" sensor appears to be smaller and lighter than this clunky Pentax MX-1 retro design. Unfortunately, It appears that the Pentax acquisition by Ricoh has not improved the marketing savvy of the old Pentax, and the MX-1 (like the Pentax Q), will be yet another poor selling over-priced camera with a tiny 1/1.7" sensor for a very small niche market. Too bad the more savvy and technology innovative Fujifilm did not acquire the Pentax camera division. Oh well....
Do you have a source or any evidence for your statement "most photo enthusiasts are moving to larger sensor cameras in this market segment"?
Joachim Gerstl: A big camera with a small sensor. I wonder who is buying such a camera today.
People who don't want the big lenses that are required by big sensors. Case in point: the awful ergonomics of the Sony NEX cameras.
tbcass: On the one hand the camera seems well designed for manual manipulation. On the other hand the tiny sensor certainly will limit the image quality. With cameras like the RX100 and the Nikon 1 or even the Fuji X10 I fail to see a future for this kind of small sensor camera. Canon seems to have lost it's edge and is falling behind everybody else as far as innovation. Their days as #1 are going to come to an end unless they get their act together and stop resting on their laurels.
I can make beautiful 8.5x11 prints from a 1/2.3 sensor p&s. Is sensor size really the problem with the G15? Really?