These types of articles and opinions are really absolutely meaningless! If people are using instagram than there is reason why they do it and this reason is fun and quick way to make something interesting of your shot. How many instagram users really care about 'creativity' and photography the way the author of the article does? This attitude leads to nowhere - just accept the fact, try to understand why and do not try to push in peaoples faces narowmindness or niche kind of thinking, no matter how correct it may be! As I am sure that mass production of producing shoes dimished the handcraft of making shoes and how many people in the world would REALLY care about this fact?
gsum: There's no mention in this review of whether Panasonic have fixed the problems that plagued the LX5. Whilst the image quality, lens, build and macro capabilities of the LX5 were absolutely superb, the camera was loaded with useless gimmicks such as scene selections, face recognition etc. The result was that the LX5 had too many controls for such a small body. In particular, the thumbwheel was a complete nightmare as it was too easy to accidentally press the wheel whilst rotating it, resulting in an unwanted selection.For their 'enthusiast compacts' Panasonic really need to get down to the basics of what photography is about rather than producing techno toys. I hope that they've done that with the LX7 but somehow doubt it.In their reviews, DPReview should mark down cameras that are laden with useless features.
"I never use scene modes, but try marketing a camera that doesn't have those kinds of features"
Fuji X100 :)
Tee1up: I hope DP does a review update...I really want this camera to work but I don't want a $1200 ulcer.
@Kaushik Parmar, I like video of X100 - it is really great, however, there is now way to manually focus during video and the auto focus is not good, so focusing is a real problem for me when shooting video...
I have it and it works just fine from day one (10 months ago). Now with firmware 1.20 ( and 1.21 that fixes 1.20 :) ) the autofocus is much better than I bought it. Wonderful camera - my only camera for over a year. I wonder if I will replace it with a micro 43 camera, but this camera has got everything except: nice auto focus during video (no manual focus either), stabilization for video, lens option for portraits of my daughter. Thats about it. Otherwise everything else combined makes for the the best compact camera on the market - VF, lens, high ISO, jpeg quality etc
Ray Sachs: Still not the ideal way too handle auto ISO, but a big improvement over how it was. And the raw button programmability and ND toggle are awesome new features. Overall a very positive upgrade.
I think I know what you mean by 'not the ideal way to handle auto ISO, but I think that although it would have been nice to have ISO AUTO ON/OFF along with ISO values that are assigned to Fn Button, it does not make much sense. I think so, because it is not EITHER an ISO value OR auto ISO ON/OFF, but rather an ISO value AND auto ISO on/off. They compliment each other, as the ISO value becomes the lower limit of the auto iso range. In this way it will not be logical to have options in same menu that compliemt each other instead of options that exclude each other!
Digitall: After a year of its release, is that Fuji launches this update? I think we are giving too much importance to the cameras, much more than their manufacturers? For they are just another product. And we even have created a cult camera.The world is a very strange...
But it's the only world we've got, so embrace the strangeness that is not harmful :)
I also discovered that when changing a setting with a button (not in the menu) and then confirming with the shutter button, the annoying focusing does not happen, just the confirmation of the value!
MPA1: Who cares about scratches and fingerprints? I care about drop resistance, water resistance and dust resistance!Portable drives travel - are they travel proof?!
There is a rugged case, http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=640
Superka: That's a great time to shoot video! Those who cares about drop resistance... don't drop it! Or put a sock on it and you'll get your resistance. Put two socks for extra mountain-climbing resistance.
ManuelVilardeMacedo: There's no doubt in my mind that this will be an extremely capable camera, but when I look at it and mentally compare it to the original 1-digit OMs, words like "pastiche" and "imitation" come to my mind. And I can't stop thinking "witch hat" when I look at the faux-pentaprism hump... The E-P3 (just like the EP-1 and 2 that preceded it) has a retro look inspired by the Pen F, but its aesthetics have a panache that's absent from this clumsily-named camera. At the end of the day, however, what counts is image quality, and I'm positive this will be a great leap forward in this respect.
To me the hump looks like a samurai helmet. I guess this is intended...
ingram98ab: Nobody seems surprised that Daniel Craig appeared in the samples... is he a regular in DPreview's Hands-on reviews??? Or photographers just dont care??
That's not Daniel Craig :) Daniel Craig is in much better shape than this guy, which is quite normal, keeping in mind he is shooting next Bond.
I have fuji X100 - marvelous camera! However, I have a small kid and I do not like the following - autofocus/manual focus is not good for kids; video mode is bad - only in manual focus and that means fixed focus point as you cannot focus manually!!; I miss portrait famyli shots! So I was trying to choose which m4/3 + 20mm + 45 mm primes. I decided none of the existing options is as good as the X100. And then - here comes E-M5! Woooow - this IS my next camera, if I have enough money and I will very happily replace my X100 with E-M5 + 20mm 1.7 + 45mm 1.8. I will have stabilised video with autofocus, portrait lens, fast autofocus. Sooner or later I WILL have this amazing camera!
starwolfy: GX1 or G1X or X1 or XPro 1 or X100 or NEX or NX?
I think it should be a X
Neither: E-M5 ;)