Laagwater: "We're slightly concerned that both these features rely on the use of Panasonic's own lenses, though. Much of the appeal of the Micro Four Thirds system would appear to be in the ability to choose lenses from more than one manufacturer, and this is undermined if one company starts building up walls around its part of the garden."
Hope the family will stay together...
Only Panasonic lenses have in-lens stabilization, so this could'n apply to Oly ones.
timo: Shame about the size, although I understand the reasons, and it's probably a worthwhile trade-off. I'll probably get one, but I'll keep the GX7, which works very well, for its compactness and lightness. I know that in marketing terms one is probably replacing the other. In reality I think one could consider them complementary.
More than hand size, I think is matter of how you use your camera... if you shoot all day long a beefier hand grip is certainly more comfortable, while a casual shooter will appreciate having less size and weight to carry around.
maxnimo: Duh! - Just cover the camera body with solar cells so it perpetually trickle-charges a battery or capacitor.
Even if the subject is illuminated, only the light reflected in camera lens direction would power it. It is matter of surface, so if you have, say, a 35mm sensor with an F2 lens, it will only collect the same energy a 2x2cm cell in front of the camera would.
D1N0: Did they 3-dprint that body? Those lenses don't seem to have enough angle of view to create a 360 dome (like the Ricoh Theta).
a 120 mm horizontal coverage is about a 20mm (FF equivalent) lens. But for the software to melt borders, some overlap is due.
In the Kickstarter page, there is no mention of lenses, electronics, sensor sizes, or software. Yet they promise to "finalize design and hardware" for... december? But they also say: "We have been working hard for the last few months preparing for our campaign". So, here is what this project is all about: marketing. There is no real product, just a vague idea and a 3d-printed empty toy. I just hope for the bakers this is not an intended scam, and the "team" will reject the founding explaining it was only a marketing stunt. This, or those people are totally clueless about what developing such a camera means .
I place my bet on 4 days before Kickstarter removes this project for being an obvious scam.
Haim Hadar: I'm going to follow this closely. If this is successful then anything will be, like getting people to pledge hundreds of thousands for an edible camera or something.
I'd fund and edible camera! For electronics with a short lifecycle and waste disposal problems, makes perfect sense.
Learned a lot from comments today:-Pro Photographer don't use wide angles-Pro Photographer don't use less than full frame-M43 is dead-People misses non micro 4/3 for some reason-You don't F4 if you can F2. NEVER
Everlast66: I think it is laughable to call anything associated with the M4/3 system "PRO"!!
Surely there would be one or two enthusiasts, but no normal professional will rely on a M4/3 sensor for their professional work.
Everybody knows PRO photographers only use large format film cameras with film plates the size of a baby's blanket. Digital is for sissies!
Jogger: Slight correction:
"...which delivers a similar angle of view to an 85mm focal length and a DOF of f2.4 on full frame cameras."
Really, why don't? Degrees and centimeters, so easy to understand! Why should you assume a reader have prior experience on shooting fast full frame lenses?
lcf80: Dear Olympus. Please start producing lens like this (F/1.2 primes), priced like this or slightly higher (NOT like the Leica), with AF.
Olympus already makes a wonderful 45 1.8 you can buy for nuts (got mine new for 220€), don't you think you are asking too much?
Shiranai: I don't get why they're releasing their interesting lenses just for uncommon systems like Sony and Fuji X. Makes no sense...
Flange back distance: I suppose there is no enought room between sensor and rear lens element to house a mirror assembly. So they are releasing for every major mirrorless system, not that uncommon...
"Beams of sunlight spontaneously generate cats"Nitpicking doesn't.
It's like I'm missing something... to remove a little wobble, that only affect big heavy lens strapped to the most compact full frame camera in the market that you supposely bought for its portability; that does not affect image quality in any way; and that never caused breakage or other kind of problems (in my knowledge), you are supposed to:-spend 40$?-void your warranty?-perform a dangerous operation close to the sensor?-give up water proofing?Looks like a very good deal...
joe6pack: Why is the lady in the picture holding the camera as if it has a viewfinder?
(Edit: okay, she is using a different camera)
looks like a Fuji instax...
Linus M: "The only working unit is a prototype with an F2.0 lens that's much bulkier than the anticipated final product, and held together with duck tape"
Sorry, but your "duck" tape made me smile.Its called duct tape....and then again, in the picture its not even that.
Looking at words and tape...just shows how little interest this device triggered in me....
Duck tape is correct too, make your searches there is a funny story behind. And that in the pictures is electrical tape, not duck/duct. You can see I'm also very interested in the product...
marcio_napoli: Yeah, right.
Just right, Sony, keep them coming, those bizarre, freakish gadgets you're trying to sell.
If one is serious enough for APS-C, yeah, go ahead... show you're tremendously serious about your photography, and plug it to your cell phone, to have the largest sensor-that-makes-zero-sense-plugged-to-your-pocketable-telephone.
Yeah, makes tons of sense.
btw an APS-C webcam might be pointless if you are just chattin with your mom, but on a business teleconference it would make you look so good that old man from Singapore will buy your stuff for an higher price!
Why? Because you say so? While not my weapon of choice, I can see dozens of good uses for this little toy:-If you are not a compulsive shooter but want to just take few high quality shots when needed, this is the most compact setup possible.-If you are a pro using a Nex body, this is a super small and light backup/second body.-Paired with a tablet this would be a great compact setup for a videographer or a great proof camera for a studio photographer to check composition.-With a fast lens and an ipad you can pretend to be one of the assholes who take front row at theater just to blind who's behid during the kid's dance show, then blow their mind when comparing pictures taken.
If is not your cup of tea, don't judge the taste of the one's drinking it.
I'd rather like to see other companies trying to innovate so bad like Sony is doing! Yeah but of course every product that is not tailor-made to your use case is a nonsense, right?
I wonder if someone already paired this with Google Glass (or if is it even possible)...
I can only say wow! Expecially number 1, if I wasn't so out of money now I'd instantly buy it on canvas!