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?
I remember when a 20MB external hard drive was a big deal!
dweberphotography: Maybe someone here can answer this for me:
What is the difference between Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds? Is the sensor size different?
But even 4/3rds is shorter mount than (many) APS-C sensor cameras. Thus, there are adapters from Nikon F, Olympus OM, M42, etc. to 4/3rds cameras.
white shadow: Well done Olympus. Despite the rather high price, it is an attractive camera.
Its very good news it has PDAF and able to use classic 4/3 lenses without any handicap. The lack of an AA filter will give sharper photos for sure. Overall, it has a lot of useful features in a small package. The bigger grip is also a big plus.
Since I will be going to their pre-launch event on 21/9, I will reserve my comments until I try out the camera for myself.
Although I use Canon DSLRs as my main camera system, this will certainly be an excellent travel companion. I have been using a micro 4/3 camera since its introduction in 2008. I might just buy one if I could get a "special deal" on 21/9.
Maybe, on-sensor PDAF will never be as great as "traditional" OVF DSLRs but it will continue to get better and better. In the future, OVF will be restricted to the professional-level cameras. The way forward is clearly EVF and on-sensor focusing.
It's expensive, but given the weatherproofing, I think a fair start price.
I hope it's good, being the last one? of this is the pinnacle of Olympus evolution. I would have made the body a bit larger to better handle the 4/3rds lenses that this flagship model was "promised" to handle well. There obviously will not be any more OVF cameras from Olympus.
Actually, I wonder where all this leaves Pentax-with 3 pretty conventional APS-C DSLRs, whilst Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji, Sony are doing some exciting things-refining micro 4/3rds or really offering variety in APS-C.
I think this will be an extremely prestigious and successful camera for Olympus and micro 4/3rd, but how many buttons, dials, doo-dads does one camera need. Space shuttle commanders need apply.
Blake Willis: So which Panasonic camera is this a rebrand of again? (for sale specifically in dutyfree shops in Dubai airport)
If it says Leica on the lens, does that mean that Leica designed the lens in the Panasonic equivalent too?
Exactly. Love my Panasonic LZ8 and its Leica lens! Exceptional camera BTW for its price.
Nice styling but one sees so many of these "point and shoot" cameras and even this class of premium compact (Panasonic LX and now LF, Samsung EX, Olympus XZ) has its commonalties (buttons, control ring, etc.), one begins to wonder who really designs the modern digital camera and then fills individual OEM specifications and tweaks?
"The Leica C is available in two stunning finishes—champagne and bordeaux—and is complemented by a range of accessories in premium materials that highlight the distinctive, eye-catching looks of the new Leica compact camera line.
The perfect complement to the Leica C’s well-designed and stylish look, Leica is offering a range of specially designed, perfectly finished, premium matching accessories."
What is it with photo industry press releases?
Sordid: Leica. The new Apple.
But designed in California! Manufactured to Apple specifications. Etc. Etc.
tkbslc: It's only $200-300 more and it includes $150 software with it, making the true premium pretty small.
Hopefully, the price premium also earns one world-class warranty service. If so, I think it justifies to a certain extent the Leica prices.
Nice cameras. One of the great heritages in photography. I just wish Leica would say "co-developed with Panasonic" on these re-badged cameras. Don't pretend "it's a Leica."
Different mode but this idea prompts one to think about the Lytos concept-the camera/sensor is capturing multiple views and we can distill later from it-changing many parameters, including focal plane, depth of field, etc.
GREAT JOB FUJI. A real set of lenses, modern advantages but traditional intent and quality. Excellent competitor to Leica with some more affordable entry options. PLUS one of the few innovators, especially with respect to viewing systems.
Same but different and back to the future. P60 of 2008 had EVF-a trail that Nikon should have followed. Just don't know why more compacts didn't go this route. Nothing revolutionary but may be a nice user.
Bill McGrath: I will never migrate to a cloud/subscription basis unless I can opt out and continue to have access to the software versions current when I leave. The idea that I have to pay in perpetuity to have access to my files and the means to use them is a deal breaker for me. I'd pay the $120/year to stay current, but at some time I might decide that I don't need any new bells and whistles. (I'm 64 years old.) When that time comes, I should be allowed to continue using my software without further updates and without further payments. I won't budge from this position, and I doubt many others will, either.
Good thoughts. At least have a READER-CONVERTER application. See my notes above.
Great. Now release a READER-CONVERTER application. You end your subscription, you can still open a psd file, print it or convert to a non-psd format. Unfathomable to me that Adobe hasn't done this. To this day, Microsoft still issues READERS so folks can share a Word or Powerpoint file with someone who doesn't have the application.