Gesture: Hardly exciting, especially at $700, but for Canon I can see where it's "adventuresome." Where's the EVF?
Nothing wrong, but as simple a camera as the Nikon P60 many moons ago proved that an EVF could be conveniently incorporated into point and shoots.
Focus recall and focus range= GREAT FEATURES. Can't wait until imaging resource reviews this camera.
Hardly exciting, especially at $700, but for Canon I can see where it's "adventuresome." Where's the EVF?
GM5 and LX100 = 2 game changers. Look at the lens mount compared to the sensor and I think M43 lenses could have been engineered even smaller-to fully realize the potential and promise of M43.
Panasonic gets it with form factors, EVFs and video. I hope the image quality is there. Olympus can make that sensor sing.
obsolescence: I'm very disappointed that no DSLR successor to the E-5 has been announced, and "why not" is the big question somebody should have asked. Olympus has left its original four-thirds users stranded, which means we have to decide whether to sell off our expensive lenses (which require an adapter to M-4/3 and don't autofocus with video, or so I've heard). Hey Olympus: we are the customers that made it possible for you to build a successful M-4/3 system, so why have you abandoned us? DSLR cameras still have advantages over mirrorless, esp for pros, and 4/3 has advantages over FF and APS-C.
I agree and it might not seem like it now, but Sony A mount owners may face a similar situation-the future at Sony looks to be E and FE mounts,
onlooker: NX1 looks really nice, but is nearly the size of an FF DSLR and a price not that far off. With relatively little name recognition in the camera world, it might be a hard sell.
I like the spirit. The NX1 reminds most of Olympus and four thirds SLRs built to a high quality. Only this has one of the latest and greatest sensors and high video capability. BRAVO.
I assume they look and feel great in person. In the photos, almost look like Radio Shack type cameras-specs good, but cases a generation behind.
webber15: Why do people keep knocking leica for the rebadging,,the cams have leica lenses in after all,,so lets all imagine the panny/leica partnership falls through,,,all you leica bashers become happy then?? FFS,,,grow up...
Because they pretend it is a Leica camera, like the M8, even of calling it CO-DEVELOPED WITH PANASONIC. This isn't the typical point and shoots today that clearly are ordered to spec of pre-existing subassemblies, shells, buttons, dials, etc., but essentially the Panasonic LX100.
Note to Leica:
1-Stop calling every camera in your lineup D-Lux, with some Type #. Confusing.
2-Nothing wrong with a rebadged camera like this. I think the Leica warranty and service support is worth a premium. But, when appropriate, call the model CO-DEVELOPED WITH PANASONIC.
topstuff: Nice glass.
Im hoping for future Oly cameras to have the improvements in AF needed to do it justice. They aren't really up to shooting fast moving stuff at the moment IMO. Im sure it will improve.
Didn't say it couldn't, but this seems like where the sensors are being developed/refined. Micro four-thirds has only had 2 sensors and Olympus and Panasonic have issued a rich line of models at several price different levels—and Panasonic has been more adventuresome in platforms size, features and video.
jagge: Canon just cant be innovative even when they try. Compare this to the LX100 and its wealth of innovation.
Its just a quite boring, very standard, digicam. Like any sony 4-5 years ago. Its incredible that canon can run a busyness just on the idea that they are market leaders, i guess its subsidised by a world of soccer moms and dads.
I read about a lot of Lens Error on Amazon reviews. But you are right. I enjoy certain Canon P&S because you can work with CDHK; it's like a hobby.
Fascinating. Camera makers have literally had to "come to the phone."
We might even see premium pricing on this, if retailers can do that. Of all the announcements so far, this and the Samsung NX1 are the most compelling for me.
Kirppu: I'm just wondering how will that complex design (all five groups can move, either together or independently) that has made this lens possible will stand the test of time. Will it last to the end of the warranty period or will it really be enough durable to last more than a year?
I'll buy the Leica version then with the Passport warranty. Important issue.
peevee1: G1X II and brand-new G7X just got owned!Canon, that is how you spec cameras in 2014!
Nice video specs. I think this can be a winner for thoughtful, "wish I could afford a Leica" photographer.
This is where I expect "Pro" micro four-thirds to evolve. I guess the sensor could increase to 20 MP, seeing as there are 20 MP 1" sensors, but the real development should likely in focusing-placement and ability of on-sensor focusing.
Is the micro four-thirds sensor expected to be upgraded or is 16b MP likely its limit?
zoranT: Please explain the reasoning behind wanting to buy this, provided that 'pocketability' is not the main criterium (which it isn't, as mentioned in the review). Why wouldn t you go for Fujis or Sony NEXes mirrorless etc. that also are not pocketable? Certainly bigger lenses etc., but remember, pocketability is not the criterium. Yet, much bigger sensors and thus better IQ. I simply fail to understand why someone wouldn t prefer bigger sensors including a comparable price range, when size is not the main sales point.
Besides the feature set and likely build quality, all-in-one solutions (fixed lens) have appeal. Glad to see the Leica name on the lens, also. Leica should applaud its partnership with Panasonic.