Good thoughts, also 25 centers for the phone booth ... oh, scratch that.
Small LED flashlight?
I thought it was less costly to produce a camera without optical viewfinder and mirror box???
Utterly amazing. You can get many a 4/3rds camera from Olympus or Panasonic, even a DSLR, for less than the Nikon 7800 or Canon G16. Instead, why doesn't Canon advance the G1X and let Nikon come up with something similar.
I hope PhotoNinja also takes a stab at Foveon sensor. You get great highlight recovery and noise handling for starters; also, PN handles the black point much better than other RAW converters I've tried.
Great idea. Have a place to discuss sensors, advances in focusing technology, lens design, etc.
AlexBakerPhotoz: These cameras are really nice but there are getting to be so many new small pocketable cameras with significantly larger sensors that I can't picture a serious enthusiast buying one in this category anymore. I'm in the market for a new small camera to have with me all the time instead of my bulky DSLRs, but am tilting to the 1" or APS-C sensor small cameras now available for not too much more $$.
I question whether this camera merits review with so many other exciting products being introduced. Regardless, it is disappointing that cameras of this size and cost haven't migrated to at least the sensor size of the Nikon 1, RX100 cameras. Develop the GIX. This model was ready for retirement.
How much, really, is one LCD over another? $5? $10?
MPA1: Never been a big fan of Sigma lenses, or any of the third party makers to be honest.My Nikkors have always seemed better built and drawn nicer images.
Some of our OEM lenses are made by the third party manufacturers and the OEMs have sold third party designs as "their own." I wouldn't thrown Tokina, Tamron and Sigma under the bus.
What about the cameras?
Neat stuff. Looks high-tech and old school. We all remember grinding a telescope mirror as kids. Fantastic article by Dave and kudos to DPReview for linking it.
7-bladed diaphragm. Not to minimize, but, clearly, with modern design, prototype and manufacturing systems, it seems easier to move new models out the door. And that's not to say that the quality and technical accomplishments isn't quite high.
white shadow: I am looking for an excellent APS-C size mirrorless camera which can out perform a micro 4/3 camera in overall usage. The numerous succession of NEX has not been successful due to its poor lens collection and its "unfriendly" photographer user interface / Menu system. The Fuji X series could offer some hopes. However, it too falls short of expectation in many areas, many of which were pointed out in the reviews.
I like the size of the X-M1 but the slow AF speed and many other compromises cause me to hesitate buying this camera despite it getting a gold award.
Some has attributed the other problems to the X-trans sensor which I wouldn't disagree.
Mirrorless Crusader: DPR why are you giving almost every half-decent camera a gold star now? Literally a large a majority of $600+ cameras now are getting gold stars, it completely dilutes the rating system and makes it look like you are just using it as a marketing ploy to sell cameras at Gear Shop. Can't you come up with a system where only a few cameras at most each year get the top award? Then we would actually know which you really think are best, because right now it looks like you're just trying to satisfy everybody and as a result satisfying nobody.
They also hit the GearShop before they hit the street and we get some accumulated user experience. Remember, orbs.
thx1138: Hadn't realised the M1 had no EVF or option. I had just assumed that was the A1. Oh well another coulda shoulda woulda camera.
Not really sure what Fuji's thinking is here. One the one hand they think you are sophisticated enough to understands the benefits of a big sensor, and IL, and DoF and manual control, but think you are still so amateurish as to hold a camera at arms length to frame a scene, in bright sunlight where the VF can hardly be seen and the camera is far less stable and more prone to shake.
So is it still a P&S or a serious camera?
Jogger: I've never considered Fuji to be premium.. they sell expensive cameras and lenses like other makes. But, its hardly a premium brand.
Interesting. In the modest point and shoot era, the Fuji cameras were lacking in build quality, functions but the lenses and sensors were good. The E900 is a great example of that.
Marty4650: This looks like a very nice addition to the Fuji X line, and a good way to expand their market appeal.
What I find interesting is how Olympus and Fuji have taken opposite directions with MILC cameras. Olympus started at the bottom, with relatively low featured and modest cameras, and worked their way up to weather sealed semi pro cameras and some really nice lenses. Fuji seems to be doing the reverse... starting at the top, then working their way down.
And both systems offer a lot for potential customers.
Meanwhile.... Canon is watching all this, scratching their heads, and wondering why their EOS-M was such a market failure....
You definitely need more than one model, yet alone camera. Olympus now has 4 model lines; Pansonic 3 and Fuji 3-4.
We need a compact APS-C roundup. Fuji X series, Leica X series, EOS-M, Sigma DPM series, Ricoh GR, Coolpix A.
Good job updating results.
Will memory cards become obsolete, with the camera streaming images or video to the "cloud," one's home computer or a nearby laptop?