basically, when I read the video specs, this is a panasonic gh2 with slight photo improvements
Timmbits: DPR obviously is here to help it's owners sell these cameras. And the GH3 is the highest margin Panasonic they sell. Hence the Gold award.
(yes, amazon sells direct too, not just through it's sellers. I bought a printer from them)
To me, a "camera" is still a "camera", not something nuanced into a video camera. We're here to read about cameras, not video cameras. Cameras that can do video too, yes. But they're still cameras. A gold award camera this is not.
The gh2 sold so well because of the video function... tons of productions, even big ones used them (although mainly as crash cams) and tons of indie filmmakers swear by them.
They didn't want to end up like Canon, whom everyone thought they were going to reinvent the vdslr game with the 5dmk3, so they decided to listen to their main crowd and the functions they wanted, hence, superb video...
I own a gh2, and an epm1, and I really miss the IBIS on the gh2. I'd agree the OMD takes better pictures too.
I'm not a fan of their products but I use them. The wacom inkling was advertised to work great with sketchbook pro.... didn't work at all... i don't know if they fixed this yet... asked on their forums... no answer... sent them an email... no answer, I wasn't the only one apparently seeing their forum
i have a graphic tablet from them, works good, so i'm not hating, but they should have some customer service
fix your other products first, and then bring the tablet, i'll buy it if it rocks, hell, works
WilliamJ: The next ones ? A Barbapapa serie, then a DragonBall serie, then a Naruto serie, then a Doraemon serie, an AnPanMan serie, a Sazae-san serie... We were waiting for a progress in photography, not a childish regression. Please reassure me, didn't we ?
not a personal attack, but reading a lot of the comments a lot of people seem to know nothing about it gets me mad. Anyway, I'm not attacking you at all, I'm sure if some other camera company would bring out marvel comics/star wars themed cameras the same people that laugh at the evangelion stuff would buy them and call it innovating.
If they would have brought out these colorways on the pentax K series I would have bought one in a heartbeat.
The only thing I can relate from your post, is 1) you aren't familiar with Evangelion, which is, actually, marketed at adults and not kids like the other ones you posted and 2nd, that you don't understand the japanese culture about them. Pentax already made special colorways like this before, and had succeeded at it too. But I'm with you that Pentax should work harder to get better cameras out, their latest releases have been rather "meh", especially their attempt at he mirrorless market was quite the failure.... the horribly designed K-01 (takes great pictures though defeats the purpose of a mirrorless) , and the Q10 ain't wow either, but its a fun camera.I'm a fan of odd colors on equipment, colors are fun, and like you said, people don't think they are "pro" and allow more pictures to be taken. If you have kids, you will get their attention faster too than a plain color. It also makes them less eager to get stolen, because it can be too easily recognized.
D1N0: Put this right next to the polaroids. It's just businessmen trying to make a buck (or a yuan). No interest in real photography whatsoever. (just my prejudice, educated guess, enlightened vision, take your pick).
still, you can see there is a love and a passion for photography in the "real" photo brands, in the designs and the innovation.
These are just OEM products.
tbaker: This is really disappointing news. M4/3 mount, really? Even Panasonic will admit(in closed doors) that they only have m4/3 just to take your money, because the kit lens options are average at best(even the 14mm f2.5). What they should have done/do was/is take the amazingly perfect Panasonic FZ200 lens+glass and pair it with a 1/2" or even 2/3" Forven like sensor(to keep size down) to make the perfect camera for everyone, in every situation. People will be quickly dropping their DSLC and other similar cameras in a second for this. But, alas Kodak is setting themselves up for big failure, again. Sad to see.
IMO the GH3 and the OM-D are the only cameras with M43 sensors that impressed me for pictures. I own a gh2 with several lenses, and I have to agree that the kit lens with the M43 sensor produce very average pictures. Still better than the kit lenses of Canon but thats nothing to call home about. I have a Sony Nex 5 and in terms of stills quality, it just blows thegh2 away, and the kit lens is much better too. I understand the consumer wants something that takes good pictures right out of the box, especially when they pay several times the price of a compact camera, so I understand tbaker's frustration.
M43, and more specific, the gh2 and gh3 produce, awesome video though, and that is the main reason that I bought it.