Skip Bastrisky: Well, I guess I'm mixed up with all the 7D confusion !!! I'am a professional photographer who shoots action auto racing. I have press credentials with NASCAR. I shoot with three, I repeat three Canon 7 D's and all my lens from 18mm to 400 are Canon "glass" lens. I produce wonderful and colorful prints up 16X20 and have good bokah,clarity and not much "noise" in them!!!! I shoot three to four thousand photos a race weekend and I don't seem to need voice recordings. And I guess I'm deaf because I don't hear any rational noise in the "shutter" department.They look as good or better than what you posted of"Seattle". I think it's all in the preference of where you want to put your money !!!! I use the three different 7D's so that I don't miss a shot by having to change lens!!! I have about $30,000 tied up in my equipment. The only problem between me and her is that I don't have a big corporation to buy my cameras and glass !!!! I had a couple of "pennies" laying around, so I used them !!!
Another difference between you and Bettina is your love of exclamation points!!!!
hypo: "the butch high-end compacts that we enjoy today are the grandchildren of the feature-rich ambition that dropped as seeds the day the flower heads of the APS system dried up and died"
That has to be the most wonderful, baroque statement to have appeared in DPR since Phil launched the site.
Even more wonderful because the more often I read it the better it sounds (and makes me smile) and the more I realise I don't have a clue what Damien's talking about.
Well done Damien. I look forward to following your future articles.
That sentence jumped out at me, also, but as the WORST sentence to have appeared in DPR. Or anywhere else. I love beautifully crafted sentences, but that is not one. Writing that tries too hard just ends up being tedious.
Pikme: A better question might be "Do we really need this type of 'opinion' piece (that conveniently provides lots of clickable opportunities to promote dozens of other cameras for sale) posted as a separate article in dpreview?"
It feels a bit like a scripted argument in a reality tv show, designed to create 'drama' for ratings.
"Obviously this camera is generating a lot of interest, good or bad, and a lot of opinion."
That is exactly what feels 'scripted' to me. But we can agree to disagree here.
A better question might be "Do we really need this type of 'opinion' piece (that conveniently provides lots of clickable opportunities to promote dozens of other cameras for sale) posted as a separate article in dpreview?"
chim91: Once more Panasonic has designed a very useful and capable camera, which today may be the the best compromise between size, versatility, picture quality and price. A logical continuation of the outstanding DMC-FZ50 in 2007. I have also used LX3, LX5 and LX7 and found their lens and picture quality far better than expected from a small camera. However the customer service at least here in Switzerland is horrible. Actually the exact opposite of a customer service. The customer service however is as much an integral part of a camera as the other issues discussed here. In my view this reduced significantly the value of the otherwise charming camera
And people blame declining camera sales on smart phones only!
Absolutely agree about customer service in general and specifically as it relates to Panasonic (in US). I have loved their products and still get tempted, but stopped buying from them a few years ago after too many instances of total customer service failure.
"I've always wanted to get a shot of my sons racing their bikes, and the mirrorless cameras I've used recently just couldn't lock focus fast enough."
Sorry, but to suggest that no other other mirrorless cameras can focus fast enough to take photos of bicycle riders is just ludicrous.
It comes across as hype to push new gear, but actually leaves me confused as to just how fast (or faster) the Nikon 1 really is if other mirrorless cameras can already do this easily enough.
Olympus E330 - you forgot the part where dpreview infamously called live view "a solution looking for a problem"!
A bit infuriating to read this. Those of us who have known for years that there are small cameras 'good enough' for most purposes have been fighting an uphill battle to get reviewers to stop mindlessly tanking cameras for their 'tiny sensors' or fixed lenses. Now that you (that's a generic 'you') have seen the light, you have all sorts of rationalizations as to why these cameras are suddenly good enough 'now'. Yes, the technology has improved, but stubborn mindsets have improved even more.
Why do you keep talking about the Olympus XZ-2 but never post a review for it?
RStyga: I do not follow the review priorities of this site. You spend time reviewing a camera like D20 and skip reviewing other much more important ones. This looks bad... almost "dodgy". Shape up a bit, please.
This would be a great review idea for April or May, but starting on June 19 means it will be finished about the time that summer is over. (Kind of like the Christmas round up dpreview posted last Dec 18!) My son's family is on a summer dive trip now, too bad this is too late for them.
dpreview - why do you compare this camera so much to the Olympus XZ-2, but then do not have the XZ-2 included in the table of "main competitors"?
Question for dpreview - The camera has been selling since the beginning of June, your photos were taken in July and August ---- why are we just now seeing them in mid-November? Sincere question, not meant to be a snarky comment.