Everything good. Using same sensor as other models. Less features. Needs to be closer to $450 or so.
Great trend. APS-C sensor in affordable, compact package, a la Canon EOS-M now and Samsung NX1000.
Nice. I am a circular aperture fan, having worked with many vintage lenses. But there is more to smooth bokeh or out of focal plane rendering than a circular aperture.
Nuno Souto: Oh Sony, this is sooooo wrong! Where is the IBIS which you earlier claimed couldn't be fitted to the NEX series because of size considerations? Who the hell wants a mirrorless camera WITHOUT IBIS? Haven't you learned yet?
I and many others have taken thousands of successful images without image stabilization. It is useful. Yes. Can we live without it. Yes.
Lots of objections. Already Gear Shop listed?
This is right in the Panasonic GH, G wheelhouse. A bit of Samsung's NX5/10/11/20. Olympus OM-D E-5. Most, most welcome. This is what many of use want. Smaller "DLSR" form achieved through mirrorless mount and EVF. Tired of holding the camera out at arm's length and hoping I see the composition. But I want smaller and ability to mount vintage lenses. BRILLIANT FUTURE.
Now, GearShop offers cameras before they are even released. Where is the staff user experience driving recommendation.
And we wonder why the camera industry is struggling. At these prices, I'd buy an entry-level DSLR, time-travel to the future, apply a particle reducer and have a great compact.
Nice article, Jeff.
Ricoh, Casio and Epson were digital camera pioneers and had many interesting designs and approaches in those days. Some of the first "modern" cameras for Casio and Epson were the Casio QV-3000 and the Epson PC850Z.
That Fuji vertical format had a sophisticated interface and the Kodak DC290 (successor to DC260 and last in the line) was an excellent camera with a compact TIFF mode, much like Canon's later compact RAW files.
Scripting the camera by the Kodak DC290-we are only starting to return to that area and the potential has only been slightly explored.
We don't even have APS-C/Full frame digital SLRs with the capacity to "upgrade" the sensor.
Exceptional concept by Sigma and looks like first implementation is good.
meanwhile: Why is there no rugged XZ-1? Why is there no rugged S110? Why no rugged LX7, or GR or anything with decent image quality? I really don't understand this camera not existing. Surely there are enough photographers looking for something they can take somewhere there is water around, or their camera might get knocked, or the environment is otherwise not camera friendly but where they want to be able to get quality shots?
Is a quality lens inherently and inevitably breakable? And if yes, why doesn't someone just come out and SAY THAT?
It really doesn't make sense. Think what folks spent on travel adventures (skiing, backpacking, sailing, white-water rafting, etc.). There must be a market for a "tough" camera with the image quality of the enthusiast compact. And if folded-optics it must be, get cracking on it and improve the mode.
Fuji, Sigma, Samsung, Olympus to a certain extent. Not many thinking outside the box.
Deleted pending purge: It is a tough job to build a camera that is equally able to take underwater and dry-land photos, mainly because of the flat ports which are added lens elements that can't be avoided. This reduces the quality of the wide end of its zoom, and is also a reason the zoom range of such cameras is usually short.To have a camera which performs well in both mediums, its port would have to be built as a part of the optical system, and not merely as a water-resistant window.Current amphibious cameras are a compromise.Any manufacturer who envisions a properly built amphibious camera should offer a body that is strong enough for usual diving depths, (-50m), and also a range of lenses for various conditions and purposes. It would be way better than those semi-solutions they offer now. These "tough" models can get wet - but not a single one is good enough to dive with, excepting sub-surface work, and some risky apnea. Instead, they are pocketable. Which really isn't important - to a photographer.
Couldn't Nikon have brought forth Nikonos for the digital age.
Mikhail Tal: OLY WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST NO MATTER WHAT
There is a certain quest for excellence, love of photography one can follow in the Olympus cameras. The C-XXXX cameras, the E-10 and E-20, moving to 4/3rds, etc. Even a camera like the SP-320/350 aspires to something different than the competition. Some of that flavor in Pentax, but not so well expressed.
The E-10, E-20, in particular, are flat-out amazing cameras for their time.
JM McInnes: E-7 please.If mirrorless sales have reached a plateau and DSLR sales are stronger by comparison, then it would seem to make sense to stay in the DSLR market. The relatively high price for the 3 year old E-5, whether new or used, suggests that there's some demand. An E-5 update with the EM-5's 16mp sensor, 5-axis stabilisation, a proper focus-assist lamp, and some of the firmware improvements such as time-lapse, lens distortion correction, and bulb preview would be doing no more than combining existing Olympus technologies. (Actually they had time-lapse in some of the old Camedia units but for some reason abandoned it. The same goes for other good ideas like the the backlit buttons on the E620 and the live view AF sensor in the E330. If the rumoured EM-1 spec are correct, the fully articulated LCD will be another layer in the Olymous fossil record.) Failing that, I hope the EM-1 has some decent heft. or that the new 4/3-m4/3 adapter has a tripod foot.
If you going that direction, I would also like integrated spot metering, just like the OM-4 and my Camedia C-2040! Some of the early digital cameras were better cameras as they were pursuing a traditional vision.
The cameras, if we think about it, are quite good. Like our computer, car or Adobe Photoshop, we don't always need a new model each year. To go after less mature markets, you need different price points.
Maxfield_photo: Remember all those folks last year who said the sky was falling on the DLSR market, and it's name was mirrorless?
Samsung is also a compelling system. Excellent cameras-with WiFi-and a bright range of single focal length lenses.
GeorgeD200: If you build it...they will sit in a warehouse.
This concept was a non-starter: A camera system aimed at the amateur market, but with interchangeable lenses. See also, EOS-M. Question: what do NEX and m4/3 users complain about most? Answer: Lack of enthusiast features and external controls. Newsflash: the people buying mirrorless camera systems are enthusiasts who are tired of carrying big SLR rigs, not amateurs.
Yes. The EOS-M has superb build quality but less capable interface than a Powershot 100HS.
I wasn't a fan of the Nikon 1, but give Nikon props for bringing out a good number of models and lenses-and some unique features, versus Canon's EOS-M-one body and 3 lenses.
Good to see new things done seriously. Look forward to professional user's reports.