I've got a Surface Pro 2 with an i5, 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM -- I don't use it as a "tablet" hardly at all, but it's a very nice little notebook equivalent. Kept in its desktop cradle, it takes up very little room with the keyboard folded up, and it's very handy as a second computer to have at hand close to my desktop. And it's still very portable on the road, far more so than any of my traditional notebooks. The new Samsung with the wimpy Core M processor doesn't sound like much competition to that. I have no complaints about my SP2, and I truly doubt that Samsung will build the kind of infrastructure for theirs that Microsoft has built for the Surface Pro....
Tom Hoots: I have had image quality problems with a G1X, a G1X Mark II, and a G7X, all bought right when they were first released to the stores.
Quoth the raven: Nevermore.
There is just no way that I'll spend that kind of money just to wind up doing "beta testing" for Canon. Maybe after it's been out for a year I'll start thinking about perhaps buying one of these things.
Mostly "JPEG color casts."
G1X had a greenish color cast.
G1XM2 had a bluish color cast.
A second G1XM2 bought more than six months later had much more accurate JPEG color.
G7X had a bunch of issues. JPEG color casts, and some really wonky noise issues most notable in low-contrast areas. Focus was often ultra-critical -- compared to the second G1XM2 that got the correct focus every single time without a problem, the G7X often missed the focus when shooting the exact same scene from the exact same position. I don't know if later G7X samples improved any or not -- I returned the turkey I had and washed my hands of it.
Bottom line, I won't touch another Canon camera in this range for the first six months or perhaps an entire year, in hopes they'll work the bugs out before I lay down that kind of cash.
I have had image quality problems with a G1X, a G1X Mark II, and a G7X, all bought right when they were first released to the stores.
No electronic level = no sale for me. I cannot comprehend why Sony "decided" to remove that feature. After having one in a number of cameras by now, I won't buy a camera without one. "Simple as that."
I have my dream camera: The Sony RX100. I've been carrying a camera in my pocket since Canon's S100 -- the original one from back in 2000. And all I've really wanted was a pocket camera with a larger sensor that would produce significantly better image quality than the usual pocket cameras, which the RX100 delivers.
More recently, over the past few years, I've become a fan of Sony's fast shooting capabilities, and all of the features it has developed around that speed, employing multiple image processing. So, including those features in a pocket camera with a larger sensor, Sony has absolutely met my needs.
It just smacks of "not enough camera body to hold onto." With nothing much in the way of right-hand grip, and nothing virtually at all for the left hand to hold onto, how are you going to manage a big lens on the thing?
PicOne: Hmmm.. do you think the quick access pocket will work with other brands of tablets, or just iPads?
Yes, so long as they aren't bigger than an iPad. I own no Apple products whatsoever, but I've got a tablet and a notebook that would fit into the smaller backpack with ease.
ThinkTank makes great, high-quality stuff. I have an Airport Ultralight that just doesn't quite get the job done for me because it doesn't have compartments for my notebook and tablet computers. The new Airport Essentials looks like just the ticket for me!
Badger1952: One can't help but wonder whether these have been created for a niche that doesn't exist. When there are so many excellent compacts out there and entry level DSLRs that will outperform mirrorless on price and performance, why spend $1000 plus on one of these?Steve Jobs created the market for smart phones and tablets - perhaps the marketing hype for these will bear fruit in time!!
These comments show the diverse opinions about these cameras. For me, it is ALL ABOUT ditching the DSLR viewfinder, and all of its bulk and weight. I think Sony absolutely NAILED it right from the beginning -- include essentially the finest LCD screen that can be built, and pry that camera off of your face.
My vision just doesn't work well with viewfinders, and a huge part of my creativity is using the camera at various different posistions that I couldn't achieve with a camera glued to my face. Give me a smaller, lighter camera with no viewfinder, but rather with an excellent, articulating LCD, and I'm happy.