At least, when Leica rebadges a Panasonic model, it does so tastefully and adds value with its warranty service. I still wish Leica would say "co-developed with Panasonic," instead of pretending these are Leica cameras, as I have seen on videos with Leica marketing people.
I have more respect for the company that licensed the Kodak name and is sourcing really good, affordable models of contemporary formats like the power zoom or micro four-thirds cameras. Check out the Kodak Forum for examples of Kodak devotees using the new licensed name models.
Neuroanatomist: So now even Samsung has better Sensors than Canon?
The 20MP sensor in NX1000, etc. is no slouch.
After a while, one wonders. Are all these new cameras really any different. They use similar shells, lens assemblies, zoom mechanisms, sensors, buttons, dials, icons, flash stalks, menu logic.
Fudgington: This seems a rather negative review and one not borne out by other users on the focus issues. I was hoping to get this camera as an improvement on the S120 as a carry around camera, so this is a little disappointing. I guess the best thing to do is try it out for myself rather than place too much store by reviews...
That's important. I do a lot of close-up work and always set a compact camera at manual for general use.
Retzius: Looks like a nice little camera. It seems strange though that Canon seems to struggle when its comes to contrast detection AF. The autofocus speeds of their cameras using CDAF always seem to be a bit slower than the competition. The speed of the EOS M was atrocious.
Exactly. Each OEM needs to bring on new resources in areas it is traditionally weak at.
bronson: Canon (and Nikon) just can't quite seem to nail these compact cameras. I guess it's a bit of an art form which some of the non traditional camera makers like Sony have figured out.
I'm sure it's good camera regardless.
Olympus one of the best at compact cameras. Outdoors, it's wonderful to be able to add just a touch of flash, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64th power.
At least it's only $700.
RedFox88: Iso 16000 looks like a water painting.
Would like to see Olympus continue the PM line.
Or you can make your own for $5.
Could use better example photos. Nothing compelling.
forpetessake: Color reproduction has been always problematic for Panasonic and it still is.
I think Panasonic could grab some talent from other OEMs who are really good with sensor TO inage: i.e. Olympus or Canon, maybe Nikon. Otherwise, the cameras have many solid innovations and features, especially strong in video, focus precision, integrating compact EVFs (i.e. form factor) and manual focus protocols.
Paul Rumohr: These blow away the LX100- just blow them away.
The body and lens combos may cost more, but since neither are pants pocketable and both are probably going to go in a bag or a jacket pocket, I would save extra pennies for the GM5.
Panasonic, you don't totally suck right now to me as a brand.
Thanks for comments by real world owners.
I like the way Panasonic is thinking with compact, integral EVFs.
At these prices, I hope Olympus PRO lenses have, at a minimum, a 3-year warranty.
Adamant: When can we expect regular camera reviews to resume here on DPR? Car magazines manage to review dozens of vehicles every month. DPR has managed to review, what, two whole cameras since July?
The First Impressions reviews, I believe, are done to get cameras into the system as soon as possible and make them eligible to be sold by the Gear Shop. Clearly, the length, scope and "process" of DPReview reviews needs to be streamlined.
misolo: I expected to see a cheap knock-off, but the design, capabilities and samples actually all look really interesting!
Go over to the Kodak forum and see images from the "new" Kodaks. Today, companies like "Kodak" can offer cameras off the shelf from contractors pretty much like the OEMs seem to do for many or most of their consumer cameras.
Just a Photographer: I am not such big fan of Sony.
But this is very good news as CaNikon now really have to make progress to join the mirrorless market and start taking it seriously.
The invitation from Sony to be able to join is ridiculous. Everybody can join the NPS/CPS program as long as they meet the requirements on lenses and bodies.
mccadGood thoughts. This is what Sony should have been doing for some time. But it takes a real commitment and devotion of resources. Support is the missing ingredient in so much of modern commerce and Nikon and Canon are prevailing on Pro Support as much product quality. There are few really bad cameras out there; anyone with talent could make a living with Sony, Fuji, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic, etc.
About time. This is the strength of Canon and Nikon, even if the products are tow-drawer in many respects, but not innovative. Reliability and support. Has to be more than window dressing-will take a real investment in support people.