I have had the A7 for about two weeks. I guess ignorance is bliss as I have not been bothered with any of the problems mentioned. The thing takes great photos and is fun to use.
The shutter is a bit loud; the fact that the A7r is louder yet, keeps me from considering moving up to that model. Is the electronic front shutter something that can be addressed through firmware?
sderdiarian: Olympus Imaging has been stunted for a long time now, and not by the Yakuza but by poor product decisions. When others went to video and 3" hi-res LCD's in their DSLR's, Olumpus introduced the E-30/E-620 sans both. As others upped sensor design for broader DR/higher ISO capabilities, Olympus stubbornly stuck with an inherently noisy older design. And now, as large displays have become common even in compacts and especially cellphones, the new E-PM/E-PL3 retreat to a 2.4" usable area display.
I love their lenses, their JPEG colors and IBIS which should be in every camera. But they always manage to trip themselves up. Nothing to do with Yakuza or shady investment schemes, just bad product planning. This is why they need new management to rescue Imaging.
As for Woodford, he simply did what any person in his position should, saw potentially criminal activity and brought in the authorities. Don't shoot the messenger.
I agree wholeheartedly. The EP3 was the camera for me if it had the articulated LCD. The choice to present this feature on the EPL3 and not the EP3 defies understanding. Now I own an NEX5n.
A few years back, the president of Ford stated: "We are not in financial trouble because of accounting issues, we are in trouble because we do not build cars that people want to buy."