Because we can.
I don't see one manufacturer breaking through with something more powerful, yet more elegant and simpler to operate. The entire modern digital camera interface needs to be re-thought, but that would take re-working all the existing sub-assemblies on the circuit boards, etc.
Is the modern digital camera reaching its end-point.
Down-specify. In the early days, the LZ cameras were great value for money. Now, it is a budget line.
BarnET: F7.0 at the long end.
That's is the slowest maximum aperture i've ever seen. combine that with an 1/2.3 inch 16mp sensor. so all images are softened by diffraction and noise is an serious problemreview done no need for anymore attention.
Asking $249 for this is a plain joke. You can get an S110 XF-1 and other great compacts for that money
These models that can use the CDHK are quite good in their way.
The Canon 3XX cameras with the HS sensor and 24mm widest angle are quite good cameras for price. Easy to carry and really nice when a model can run CHDK. I use the simple but useful Raw, SuperFine JPEG and histogram. Wish Canon would work on battery life. Usually don't say that, as I carry spares, but battery life is a weak link on this series of cameras.
ProfHankD: Once again, Samsung has made a mutant Sony that in many ways is nicer. Basically, this is a Sony A3000++. Ok, the sensor probably isn't quite as good (although DxOMark shows Samsung isn't far behind the A3000), but Samsung actually makes pretty much everything in their cameras, and they're getting better at everything. They've got a long way to go to match an A7R, but I'll keep watching them....
Honestly, the only thing that's kept me from buying a Samsung camera is the slightly long flange distance and relatively poor availability of legacy lens adapters (e.g., no Lens Turbo) for NX. Then again, I own a Galaxy S3, so I guess I actually do own two Samsung cameras.... ;-)
Samsung are the innovators here. Only Panasonic also has been offering what everyone said they wanted-SLR form, compact like a Nikon FM, etc. The ergonomics and photographic interface on these cameras are superb.
neo_nights: Honest question to DPReview stuff: Why did you change the wording "Preview" for "Fisrt Impressions Review"?
They're essentialy the same thing, but this new term may cause confusion to a lot of people who reads the word "review" and expects the full thing.
Allows item to be included in GearShop.
A+ Traditional, superbly ergonomic format; 20MP sensor; better AF, EVF, communications, etc. This is what a modern digital "SLR-like" camera should be.A WINNER.
Absurd what these lenses cost. Where are the cost-efficiencies of modern design and manufacturing.
b craw: Many of the criticisms are correct, particularly slow buffering. But, with the 18-55mm kit lens I have been very impressed with its performance and image quality photographing sculptural objects in studio (I don't do commercial portraiture, etc.). The articulating fairly large AMOLED screen is excellent in this context. Focus peaking - excellent. Of course, none of this is revolutionary but the full package is serving me very well as a professional. In other contexts, site-work in particular, it has also been quite capable (an EVF option would be nice, but I haven't found its absence not to be too much of a hinderance). I also find the iFn button on the lens really useful.
Listen, if your photographic cachet is impressing people with your gear, then this camera is probably not for you, although its build is decent and aesthetics are nice. I'm not about the pedigree of the camera I shoot with as long as it meets my needs - and this does, particularly in the very controlled circumstances in which I mostly work. I assure you very few will find much technical fault in the images I'm creating at present. And, admittedly, that would be the case were I to be shooting with most any mid-range mirrorless, particularly given some very good releases this year. I think a great many on this site might want to remind themselves that your work is not the gear you use; the gear you use is in service of the work. So, that this camera allows for a good mix of intuitive and more calculated control, which is a strength, allows me a good deal of space to conceptualize and work with the ebb and flow of artistic process.
The Samsung interface and ergonomics are superb.
What a better value/approach if one is buying an older model: Say, get the 50D or a more recent but not latest in the Rebel Series, say T4i. Thanks.
The camera is almost a parody of what I believe it was intended to be. enough buttons, dials, switches to sink a battleship.
Like it or loathe it, at least the Pentax K-01 attempted to simplify the external interface.
It's not elegant like the retro cameras we remember fondly. Take a look at a Pentax K1000, Minolta X-11 or XE-7, Contax 139, Nikkormat FTN, etc. Far too many bells, whistles, knows, buttons, etc. Can't anyone simplify the DSLR experience. That would be welcome.
How do the CONS justify GOLD. They seem pretty substantial stuff. Banding in artificial light, etc.
Need a different shell, nothing overwhelmingly about the Nikon 1 design. I still like the sensor mated to lens idea-it works well for some of the best cameras in existence, including the Sigma DP series.
Interesting how the compact camera is being re-invented. But I already have a phone and don't want my talking device encumbered with add-ons. Produce a modular camera with connectivity that can take all these add-ons. Nikon? Canon? Sony and Samsung could do it.
One of the appeals of the EOS-M is the relative simplicity of the interface; same with Pentax K-01. This is what I would like to see more of, rather than a camera (read most any DSLR) being like the control panel of the space shuttle. Nikon Df seems to have dozens of buttons, dials, indicators, etc.-not appealing.
Richard Franiec: Since this camera won't be available in US and EC, perhaps it would be best to move "EOS M Forum" to DCWatch or canonjp. website.
Joking aside, the replacement for current model looks underwhelming in terms of improvements. Still, I cannot see better Canon small form cam/system as an companion to the Canon DSLR. As a stand alone system however, it cannot be highly recommended over other choices present on the market. Hopefully, nex(t) time around...
Compare Samsung. NX cameras have limitations, but Samsung didn't hold back technology, putting new 20MP sensor and WifFi into all the next generation bodies.
This is a refresh, holding action in lieu of canceling or abandoning the model line.
ProfHankD: Not impressive and not in the US market. Enough said.
It's basically a holding action, especially as no new lenses have been announced so far. Does keep the existing, fine ones in production, which I think is a good thing.