I've personally tested dozens LED lights for reproducing 35mm slides and I can tell you that there are serious differences in emission spectra between these light sources. Auto white balance doesn't come close to fixing many of these issues, and sometimes the LED (RGB) color is so way off, that no amount white balance can correct for it.
Of course, you can shoot all of your LED-illuminated images with a calibration card included and then PP in LightRoom, or you can save yourself a lot of grief and drop a C-note on a cute little cube that emits a CRI light in the %90+ range.
Richie Beans: What's the plan for compatibility with cameras that don't have remote shutter capability, i.e P&S cameras or the Sony NEX and new Alpha line?
I can see how that would (likely) work....but seems like a half-baked solution. At least Gigapan has a mechanical shutter-press for mirrorless camera integration. I recommend a similar solution as MILC are far lighter (for your smallish ball head) and present a smaller profile to wind for outdoor time-lapse shooting.
I absolutely love this concept but it's useless to shooters like me who bought a MILC so that we could make use of our legacy tools. Make an integrated mechanical plunger and I'll buy a unit right now!
What's the plan for compatibility with cameras that don't have remote shutter capability, i.e P&S cameras or the Sony NEX and new Alpha line?
I'd have used 4 cameras and spun the subject on a lazy susan.
...and would have taken my rig to the beach and shot the SI swimsuit issue.
If it doesn't have a fully articulated screen, it's just an ideal paperweight.
For the life of me, I don't understand the value of analyzing photos of other photos.
Also...eliminating the box of thread is a mistake. That was a VERY useful point of comparison.
You took this image from a plane..... slacker.
OK... now you 5N owners can sell me your camera for $50.
I wish I'd trademarked the letters X, E,F,G, the number 1, and the dash. Think of the money I'd have made with the mirrorless camera market!
What!? No optical viewfinder? Curse the gods!
Navmark77: This is an incremental improvement to an already-good camera. If this camera were not in the Nikon product line, it would leave a gaping hole, as no other non-DLSR that they make offers the photographer so much control.
Yes.... Dust sealing and AA battery use.
JMZ48: Not the same, not even close. It is deal breaker. To bad - not a competitor for G1X, when it could have been.
GiX has NO competition for a reason. It's pretty much a camera in search of a need.
Sam Carriere: I am sure this is a good competent camera, but Nikon and Canon just don't seem to get it. The models that capture people's imagination these days are the ones that try to reimagine the same-old same-old -- like the Fuji X10 or the Sony RX 100 or even the NEX series, for all their shortcomings. I can't conceive of where the market is for this good, competent camera, in a field already so crowded with other good, competent cameras.And by the way, does anyone ever actually USE an articulated screen?
"Actually use an articulated screen?" Are you kidding me? I won't by a camera without one. I haven't ever NOT use my articulated screen... except for the time I was shooting sunset, with strong backlight, in the snow, underwater, with a dead battery.
Richard Thornton: No viewfinder, no sale!
You are girly man! USE THE SCREEN! That's why it's articulated!
philchan: No viewfinder, well that doesn't cut it, deal breaker..
Baloney. An articulated screen precludes the use of a EVF 1,000 to 1.
tonyheps: What kind of enthusiast that will buy a compact camera without a viewfinder - NOT ME!!
Optical viewfinders are seriously overrated. And everyone complains how lousy they are on the cameras that have them!
Bjorn_L: I have been waiting for a better small camera to complement my DSLR. This is not it. No viewfinder is a complete deal killer for me. Also disappointed in the 'same ole' sensor size. I had been hoping Nikon would come out with a smaller camera with their 1" sensor. That would do more to improve low light than the stop of aperture they added (which is very nice of course)
Agreed... This is just late competition to the Canon G12. Nice looking unit, though!
"....quality of manuals is not great"
Man, you gotta dig hard to find something wrong with this camera!
Put an articulated screen on it and watch Canon's market share in these types of cameras disappear.
AA batteries in compacts RULE!
For you pixel peepers..... save yourselves 2.5 billion dollars! If you want 24Mpx, hi-res images of dirt, take your fancy-ass cameras to Nevada, shoot, and PP with a mud filter. Voila!
Kudos to NASA for proper design!