MPA1: Never been a big fan of Sigma lenses, or any of the third party makers to be honest.My Nikkors have always seemed better built and drawn nicer images.
Some of our OEM lenses are made by the third party manufacturers and the OEMs have sold third party designs as "their own." I wouldn't thrown Tokina, Tamron and Sigma under the bus.
What about the cameras?
Neat stuff. Looks high-tech and old school. We all remember grinding a telescope mirror as kids. Fantastic article by Dave and kudos to DPReview for linking it.
7-bladed diaphragm. Not to minimize, but, clearly, with modern design, prototype and manufacturing systems, it seems easier to move new models out the door. And that's not to say that the quality and technical accomplishments isn't quite high.
white shadow: I am looking for an excellent APS-C size mirrorless camera which can out perform a micro 4/3 camera in overall usage. The numerous succession of NEX has not been successful due to its poor lens collection and its "unfriendly" photographer user interface / Menu system. The Fuji X series could offer some hopes. However, it too falls short of expectation in many areas, many of which were pointed out in the reviews.
I like the size of the X-M1 but the slow AF speed and many other compromises cause me to hesitate buying this camera despite it getting a gold award.
Some has attributed the other problems to the X-trans sensor which I wouldn't disagree.
Mirrorless Crusader: DPR why are you giving almost every half-decent camera a gold star now? Literally a large a majority of $600+ cameras now are getting gold stars, it completely dilutes the rating system and makes it look like you are just using it as a marketing ploy to sell cameras at Gear Shop. Can't you come up with a system where only a few cameras at most each year get the top award? Then we would actually know which you really think are best, because right now it looks like you're just trying to satisfy everybody and as a result satisfying nobody.
They also hit the GearShop before they hit the street and we get some accumulated user experience. Remember, orbs.
thx1138: Hadn't realised the M1 had no EVF or option. I had just assumed that was the A1. Oh well another coulda shoulda woulda camera.
Not really sure what Fuji's thinking is here. One the one hand they think you are sophisticated enough to understands the benefits of a big sensor, and IL, and DoF and manual control, but think you are still so amateurish as to hold a camera at arms length to frame a scene, in bright sunlight where the VF can hardly be seen and the camera is far less stable and more prone to shake.
So is it still a P&S or a serious camera?
Jogger: I've never considered Fuji to be premium.. they sell expensive cameras and lenses like other makes. But, its hardly a premium brand.
Interesting. In the modest point and shoot era, the Fuji cameras were lacking in build quality, functions but the lenses and sensors were good. The E900 is a great example of that.
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?
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