The only thing i will say is this.
For those people poking fun at Samsung or generally disrespecting their gear, know this; the NX1 is probably one of the finest cameras ever made. In terms of engineering, feature set, technology and performance it is better on balance than ANY Canon or Nikon ever made in APSC.
In many respects it is better than FF offerings too.
We should pause and think about that. Think about what a shame it is that Samsung may be baling out. And think about how lazy Canon and Nikon have become.
The NX1 is that good. We should not forget that.
Lots of ill advised comments here.
I've got Canon and Nikon systems but let me tell you a little about Somy SLT cameras.
A couple of years back I bought a Sony A58 and kit lens.
It was handed around the family , used as a "communal camera" on the idea that it was relatively cheap and disposable.
That little A58 has provided more family memories and precious photos than probably any camera I have ever owned.
This camera no doubt continues the tradition
Great IQ in an affordable package. SLT makes this as easy to use as a smartphone. Live View is exceptional and better than ANY Canon or Nikon at any price.
This is a great little cam.
I am very excited by this camera.
Given recent Pentax offerings have AA less designs and pixel shift tech, the same things in FF would be great.
Pentax cams have IBIS too.
And the UI on pentax is very good - they could teach Sony and Olympus with a masterclass in how to provide a really great UI and menu set up.
Yes, I really fancy this system.
Those who take th le road less traveled and are brave enough to not buy a canon or nikon will be rewarded IMO.
WGVanDyck: $12,400 for a camera and lens that produce images that require as much post editing as these? Leica's M series film cameras are some of the best cameras ever made, but their digitals are so far below the bar they don't even warrant consideration. Frankly, Leica digitals are status symbols for wealthy enthusiasts. From what I've seen here, one can do so much better for 1/4 the price of the SL and it's 24-90mm lens.
You've used the same old cliches but it's not really true.
The price has nothing to do with it.
Leica cameras ( at least the M range ) are simply unique. That either means something to you or it does not. Neither you nor I can judge people who decide that the unique character of these cameras is for them.
Besides, let's not forget the lenses. Leica glass IS special. The lenses are reason enough to want their cameras.
Andrew ATM216: There is a romanian proverb that says, "it's not stupid the one who's asking (for an exhorbitant sum of money), but the stupid one is the one who pays the money."
So, only someone who has a lot of money, but lacks brains will pay this kind of money for this camera.
I think its time to wait for the fujifilm xpro 2 or the canon 5D Mark IV....which hopefully will show up within the next 4-6 months....
Why oh why are people so obsessed by the price?
An Audi car often has the same engine as a VW.
It does not stop people paying more.
I can't afford a Leica SL but I have nothing to say about those people who can and may choose to buy one.
This constant reference to Leica pricing is really boring.
I suspect the IQ will be excellent.
I don't have a problem with the price.
All the haters who constantly moan and bitch about the price and Leica "snobs" should just shut up if they have nothing original to say.
But. And it is a big but.
Why oh why is the SL so HUGE !!
You may as well by a Leica S2.
UnitedNations: So Samsung NX1 is better than Nikon D7200....hmmm....
Yes I think it is.
I completely understand why DPR like the nx1 so much. It is definitely the best APSC you can buy. If samsung offer the lenses you need it's an easy choice.
Love what Fuji are doing. Love it. Have an XT1 on preorder.
I have a huge request though - please please please please please embrace the idea of hybrid photo video by adding a 24p and 60p to your cameras. 30p alone is not enough.
Add these simple changes and Fuji becomes the absolutely perfect travel camera when you want to focus on stills but also do a little video as well. 30p sucks in a PAL region because interior lighting can flicker..
Morpho Hunter: "The only way is to keep innovating". Which reads "the only way is to keep copying Olympus".
Copy Olympus? Seriously?What a dumb ignorant thing to say. Other than having a vaguely similar appearance and an EVF, Fuji cameras are different in every way. Different sensor size, different sensor tech, different approach to controls, different approach to stabilization, different different different...Do you actually know anything about cameras and photography?
(unknown member): Just used the a99 for a three day conference here in Austin. The EVF was perfect for "pre-chimping" in mixed lighting for stage shots, etc. The 3200 and 6400 were very clean and the body and controls felt just right in my medium sized hands. I think it's a remarkably good camera for any professional who does not shoot fast moving sports stuff. Don't underestimate the appeal to working professionals of the EVF. It's a great addition for me. And the front dial on the camera, set to exposure compensation, means you never have to take your finger off the shutter to mess with EC when actively shooting speeches, etc.
Bonus, the EVF is much better than OVF under very low light.
Thing I thought I would never used that came in handy? The Smart Teleconverter.
I think DP Review's rating is just right. You buy this camera for the sensor and the EVF. If you are dropping $3000 you know why your are buying it and those features outweigh all the anti-fanboy rhetoric.
Barry Fitzgerald is talking absolute nonsense. It is gibberish.
He says " be in no doubt that most FF shooters will prefer an OVF that is beyond debate "... Nonsense.
The FIRST pro level DSLR FF camera ever offered to the market is the Sony A99. It was launched just weeks ago. There is therefore ZERO data to make that assertion.
Anecdotaly, we can see that there ARE pros converting to the A99 - because we have some here on DPR. But we don't know how many. It is too soon.
Anecdotaly, we also know that an EVF certainly does not bother the legions of videographers who spend a fortune bolting a huge EVF to their DSLR rig. We also know that pro video cams have an EVF.
So we simply cannot extrapolate any substantial information to support Barry Fitzgeralds thesis. There are insufficient data points.
Just ignore him. He has nothing to say of any interest.
Have a :)
Robert Eckerlin: About OVF vs EVF: When photographing, I want to enjoy what I see in the ViewFinder. For me, this is an essential part of enjoying to make photographies.
Question to the fans of EVFs: 1) do you really enjoy what you see with a good EVF? As much as what you would see with a good OVF? 2) Or is that aspect (= enjoying what you see inh the VF) not important for you?
My only experience with an EVF was with a relatively expensive Leica EVF for my Panasonic DMC-LX5. I did not like it at all and returned it. Of course the A99 is in another category than my LX5. Before being able to have an opinion about the EVF of the A99, I will need to grab a A99. But I am nevertheless curious about the answers of the fans of the A99 EVF.
I like looking at the scene with my eyes.
When I choose to take a picture, I want the camera to let me know how IT sees the scene. The EVF let's you have a much better idea of how the image looks BEFORE you take the picture, rather than chimping AFTER the moment has passed...
You need to time to adjust your style, but you end up using your eyes more. You don't need to spend so much time peering through the camera because you learn to know instinctively how the camera "sees" the image from the EVF. You get more keepers in my experience. It does take some getting used to though...
Hi Kirk - without embarrassing you, I must say it is great to have a real life pro here , whose portraiture in particular I admire considerably. Real pros like you are outnumbered massively by armchair gear heads. I dare say you shoot more frames in a week than Barry Fitzgerald does in a year... It is also worth noting that I know you are not "branded " to any one camera maker. You used to shoot Canon FF did'nt you?Anyway, welcome. Sorry in advance for the resident gear heads and branded fanboys.