David Myers: As someone who has worked in design all their life I would buy one just to look at - it's a stunning camera design, beautifully executed and brilliantly functional. If you don't 'get it' then it's probably not for you but don't draw price and feature comparisons or throw insults, it's pointless!
With the best lenses I can get stunning results from the 'no AA filter' APS-C sensors in my Nikons so I'll just get rid of some old full frame Leica gear and go Leica T (plus the M adapter and finder)!
It's nice but hardly earth-shattering. This is what Sony and Samsung, in particular, have been working with for some time. No one has or really can rethink the camera. Even this carved from a block camera relies on pre-determined subassemblies. It reminds of the Samsung NX1000 and NV cameras before.
Good writeup, Andy. VERY nice for what it intends to be. The Spot and 1-Point focus options, which more cameras should have, bespeaks Panasonic cooperation.
I always wonder who really designs and specifies all these similar cameras. Nice to see Nikon catching up with Olympus.
Excellent review, Allison. Undoubtedly a fine camera. But where Nikon loses me is in the way products are crippled. As you pay more, sure, better viewfinder coverage, brighter viewfinder, faster AF, more AF points, better weathersealing, etc. but there is no reason this model shouldn't have the full Adaptive Lighting implementation. Back to Pentax for me should I buy a new DSLR.
Real photogs don't use UV filters, lens caps, neck straps or wrist straps. They do use lens hoods.
Paul Guba: Great photographer I respect her work. I have been lucky to meet some great photographers through work and education. Irving Penn, Karsh, Avedon, George Tice, etc. most of my heroes. Mary Ellen Mark was the only one I can say I would never want to meet again.
Ralph Gibson's Lustrum Press published two Darkroom books. Photographers went over how they processed images. Good representation of "famous names" from that era. Well-worth looking up.
I think she is one of the greats. But the world is so bombarded with images now and many superb ones, but even leaders of the past can get "lost" in the flow. Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, W Eugene Smith, Diane Arbus, even Cartier-Bresson, art has moved on.
RichRMA: I don't own it, I didn't have it, I don't want it. It's a pity Samsung is such an also-ran, given it's done a better job than Canon OR Nikon in mirror-less.
Samsung makes a quality camedra. Ergonomics and interface on the NX cameras is world class. And the interface/capabilities isn't stripped bare on the netry level models. My Samsung NX1000 focus accuracy is as good as anything I've seen.
I get no respect.
Not easy to be an DLSR maker in these times. I give props to Pentax for staying the course and staying true to its legacy and standards. If I could afford the lenses, K-5 and K-3 would be top of mind. Once owned the Pentax K100D Super and it was a highly competitive camera of its era, built for photographers as opposed to consumers. At least, now, Pentax has more than one extant model.
Bring it down to $600, Canon, Still steep but doable.
RIP. A special soul.
Marty4650: This looks vaguely familiar...
The Pentax Auto 110 SLR kit, 1978.
Yup. Institutional memory.
Maybe, bridge camera still applies. Even though this is an awfully expensive one.
All OEMs could have released something like this at the birth of DSLRs, but then you sell no new lenses!!!!
Bausch & Lomb, IBM, 3M, Rolls-Royce, Kodak, Nikon, etc., names that meant something. The DSLR is still Nikon's mainstay for a good percentage of working photojournalists, wedding photographers, commercial photographers, etc. They expect and deserve the best.
I always say, this is where Pentax-Ricoh, Sigma, Samsung must compete in-CUSTOMER SERVICE AND WARRANTY SUPPORT. I hope Sony and Fuji are taking notes.
I would consider your review practices. I don't think the reviews need to be so comprehensive or encylopedic.
Real photographers = no wrist or neck straps; no camera cases; no lens caps; no UV filters. And I am serious.
Zeisschen: Most ugly mirrorless camera so far. When will Samsung start to employ designers? ALL of their products are of such a bad design :/
Samsung ergonomics are second to none in the photographic world.
These cameras have the finest ergonomics in all of photography, only matched by some of the Panasonic G series. This is what a compact digital SLR should be like, Nikon, a la digital version of the Nikon FM.