Mike FL: It seems SONY is very happy with RX100s' sales, and has no plan to make:
- 1" longer zoom/travel zoom like Panasonic TZ100, and- 1" UWA like NIKON DL18-50
We will see.
Canon is on the game of catching up while Olympus and FUJI is kind of gunshy for making 1" P&S.
I'm waiting for Olympus, surely they will bring a good evf, but I'm afraid, the main switch will be on the left side of the camera again and the camera might be more bulky.
creepy.sol: this just strikes me as stupid:
"On the bulky side for a Micro Four Thirds camera;"
no, it isn't bulky for a mft camera or, more precisely, camera body. the camera is as big or small as it needs to be. and it is, in fact, an mft camera body. this is a size that mft bodies come in. they come in smaller sizes, too. the whole range represents mft. and why is this a con? for lots of folks it's a nonissue. maybe you should also list as a con that it's unavailable in red.
Chev Chelios: "The Sony A7 bodies for example house a much larger sensor yet are smaller than the GX8". .... it depends on the hands of the user, whether the size fits, not on the sensor, I think
I like t to take advantage of the smaller size and weight of the MFT lenses, the size of the GX8 is just perfect for holding the camera and taking pictures. I have an Olympus EM-10 II and like the possibility to carry it in a jacket's pocket with the pancake zoom, but for usability while hiking / vacation photography I would prefer the GX8! A.
kadardr: It is not just the look, but more the feel, when you hold it, manipulate with the knobs and wheels, check out the VF and the menu, so try it. And then if the camera and the price fits you, you buy it. Actually, for instance, the Olympus XA was great, because the looks and feel (and size) was all exceptionally good. And it had no weather sealing. This classic look is more a fashion thing though, but it works in sales, so I do not mind. The message is: try before you buy!
Ken Rockwell: "The XA has a very complex lens design allowing it to fit in the camera without needing to retract or extend, and as a result of this design has some barrel distortion and light falloff at all apertures."
“...ZS-100 a very attractive camera for traveling, in theory...“, indeed, but why did Panasonic not make the camera a few millimeters wider and incorporated a proper EVF. That tiny, low-res hole taken over from the ZS 70 is no fun to use!
MikeF4Black: I don't want to spoil anyone's birthday party or delve into the history of it all, but celebrating 80 years of Ricoh (Singlex!) with a Pentax branded camera seems a little strange to me.
Pentax would do us all a big favour by presenting a digital Spotmatic. Celebrate that!
When I had a Pentax Spotmatic in the late 60's the Ricoh Singlex was a cheaper copy (same M42 mount and similar design)!
I had a Olympus XA decades ago! Beautiful camera, but the viewfinder was immediately full of dust and the pictures had strong vignetting. I returned it..... So it's a good advice to first test before to buy
Valentinian: DPREVIEW writes:'the most direct competitors for the PEN-F are probably Sony's a6000 and Fujifilm's just-announced X-E2S - both of which are APS-C format cameras".
The only mention of the GX8 was that the Pen F uses the same sensor of the GX8.
In my opinion Pen-F and GX8 are not so terribly different in size: http://camerasize.com/compact/#654,629,ha,f I appreciate the grip on the Lumix and the on/off switch near the shutter release. I have a E-M10II and hate that switch on the left side!
SungiBr: Man, look at that ISO pull-up collar!You can't be more 'retro' than that.
And I like it!
sorry, in film days I had to set the ISO once for a film type (and mostly used the same all the time in one body), and it was o.k. to pull and turn that collar. But in digital days ISO changing has to be done quickly and in my opinion this is not the adequate way
cosinaphile: insanely ugly... why not take a page from sony nex or fuji rangefinder style ....clunky looking crap from canikon shows a cluelessness that cannot be excused
in reality the camera is not as ugly as on the pictures!
a few days too late, Canon! I was waiting for years for a small camera with a good viewfinder and meanwhile gave up hoping for Canon. I bought an Olympus OM-D E-M 10 Mk.II with small pancake zoom these days. Not really much bigger, but interchangeable lenses, bigger sensor and same price.
For a firmware update I expected the ability to use the display surface as a trackpad while using the electronic viewfinder, a feature Olympus introduced in the OM-D E-M 10 mark II.
Glen Barrington: You know that looks like a remarkably small lens for an f/0.95 max aperture, (though large-ish for an m43s prime). I'm old enough to remember that in the 1960's and 70s, an f/0.95 would have been big even for a "FF" 35 mm camera.
I wonder what technology is used to keep it reasonably small?
the free lens diameter must be 26mm (25mm / 0,95) ! ...plus a little bit more in the front and rear elements to avoid too much vignetting!
attomole: The reason it does not have a viewfinder is that Canon are not fully serious about this bit of the market yet, they know what features it needs.
They could read in this forum to learn about the wishes of their worldwide customers!
I don't know if the optics have been changed since version II, but the bokeh is undoubtedly better since the aperture blades have a rounder shape (and are seven instead of five).
Question about HDR pocessing in LR6:have the different exposures to be taken from tripod, or ist it possible to take them hand-held? My 5D Mk.III is able to put the images together, even when they are slightly different in framing, but the HDR - JPGs out of the cam are not so much satisfying.
Dougbm_2: They are so afraid to 'contaminate' their DSLR range that they are unable to produce a decent mirrorless camera. With a quality EVF this would have outgunned both Panasonic and Sony in the high end bridge segment. As it is they land a product in no mans land again. Pity. I would have considered this as a good partner to my Canon 5D.
I fully agree!
Lan: I know I'm swimming against the tide here, but I can't understand why anyone would buy a camera because it's small, and then deliberately go and make it bigger?!?
Use two hands to hold the camera (any camera) and the grip problem is solved. You don't need to buy a grip, you need to get a grip ;)
I have the Franiec grip on my S95 and really love it. So I can use the camera with one hand and have no fear to drop it (for instance when riding a bicyle or climbing a rock). The lens still ist the biggest part on the front of the camera. I didn't have to buy a bigger camera bag.
The boarder on the right side is very soft, not exactly what I exspect from a Leica lens! Centering problems? But very nice colors and overall image quality.