starwolfy: For those who like racing Cars I feel a Leica M9 is a bit like a Porsche 911.It's a pure joy of engineering. It is well made, works amazing well, in a really "pure and raw" approach of racing/photographing. It is mastered best with all options turned off and is capable of producing excellent results under excellent "driving". But, in an other hand...it won't tolerate any mistake from you if you mess. Is is more subtle to use than any other cameras/cars and it may reward your efforts quite well if you do it right.
As the opposite...today's other digital cameras are a bit like the newer Nissang GT-R. It is super technological, super electronical, full loaded of options to help and avoid user mistakes and help him to stay on the track as fast as possible in any circumstances. It's capable of biting a Porsche 911 on the track but is regarded by "many" but not "all' test drivers as a super fast but taste less car/camera compared when piloting a 911.
qwertyasdf > I don't understand what you want to say with your Honda Civic...and the fact it's adequate at a cheaper price point.I have never talked about price nor said you cannot take pictures with cheaper tools. I have talked the feeling in use and tried to make a comparison between what I think is a Leica against what I think are modern cameras for those who never experiments a Leica body.
The funny thing if you agree my comment is that Porsche and Leica are German brands, and Canikon/Fuji/Oly are japanese one...as is the Nissang GT-R.
Do we face a cultural thing here?
For those who like racing Cars I feel a Leica M9 is a bit like a Porsche 911.It's a pure joy of engineering. It is well made, works amazing well, in a really "pure and raw" approach of racing/photographing. It is mastered best with all options turned off and is capable of producing excellent results under excellent "driving". But, in an other hand...it won't tolerate any mistake from you if you mess. Is is more subtle to use than any other cameras/cars and it may reward your efforts quite well if you do it right.
exifnotfound: I don't think it's the sensor that is way beyond DSLR, it's the lenses which are better.There's no way on earth they can justify that kind of price for a camera, it's just a fashion accessory for rich people.
You know I am not rich and I don't care fashion but I have a Leica.Reason? It's one of the rare cameras which are 100% dedicated to manual focusing and which is digital. To me a great, big and bright rangefinder coupled with Leica lenses could never be replaced by any EVF.Most people who do not own a Leica M digital think like you (and I mean...'to own a M'...not 'to try a M for 1 day' as it takes several weeks to master the camera.).
If Leica is selling so well...it's because its shooting style is suitable and valuable to some photographers. Regarding what a Leica can offer me today comparing to other offerings: Amazing built, Amazing lens, Manual lens coupling, Real Rangefinder, Small, Simple...there is no way I could trade my M for an other camera and the price totally worth it to me. If it's the price to pay for a traditional-wayofshooting-thought camera...then I'm willing to pay this price.
Marty4650: What we have here is an exceptionally well made obsolete product.
I actually own and love a Leica M3, but the rangefinder design just doesn't cut it anymore. In it's day, it was the ideal compact 35mm camera. Today, the MILC cameras do it better, and at a much more reasonable cost.
Frankly, I'd rather have my Olympus EP1 and $9,500 in my pocket than a brand new Leica M9 plus lens. In many respects the EP1 will outperform the M9, but it just won't have the same prestige or status.
Lets be honest for a moment. If this very same Leica M9 had a Samsung badge on it, then no one would pay more than $800 to buy it.
This isn't about photography, it's about jewelry.
Weirdly I am from the young generation and starting photogtraphy with all those new tools like mirrorless camera.MILC was a good opportunity for me to try manual oldies lenses.The experience was so great to me that I decided to buy one of the only 100% manual focus dedicated camera out here: a Leica M8.The simplicity and the raw approach of this camera was so great to me that I sold all my other gear since. I even bought a M3 cuz the M8 made me to want to try film camera.This randefinder approach is amazing for me and I could not go back to anything else.I feel these Leica camera are saving me from consumerism. I am not into the high iso race, nor the pixel war, I am just shooting without feeling any need for an upgrade...and happy with the idea I'll maybe keep my lenses foreover...and this for the first time in my Life.
jwalker019: I checked out an M9 at a local camera shop to see what all the fuss was about. It was a lovely experience: the camera is clearly a fine piece of work, the rangefinder experience is enchanting and the lenses are to die for. But it's also heavy like a brick, has no hand grip to speak of, and has a *very* noisy sensor which was outclassed even when it was released.
I just can't buy into the idea of an $8k camera (no matter how seductive the look and feel) with a fixed, antiquated sensor. Unless you simply have money to burn, it doesn't make sense with a device you'll need to upgrade every 2-3 years.
I'm wondering how people shoot in their daily life and why they need so much high isos.I have an even older and worse Iso performer M8 which is use at Iso320 maximum. I rarely feel the need to go up iso640.If a camera was just about Isos...then I don't know how Cartier Bresson would have taken so beautiful shots for decades like he did with just a film camera.
Jeff Seltzer: The autofocus is only slow in comparison to some cameras. But, it's fine in absolute terms. It's not the camera for you if you want to shoot sports. But, it's fine for landscape and portrait work - at least for me.
People say the XPro1 is really comparable to X100 autofocus. I have a X100...god it's damn slow.....I focus much quicker with a manual focus camera because it's direct and precise. I don't need to clic 3-4 times before the X100 effectivly look on what I want to focus.For a high end camera...I expected much more from Fuji with its XPro1. I thought this camera could be a great High Iso partner to complimente my other bodies like my M3...but what to do with such good Isos when it just won't focus?
gordon lafleur: I'm an x100 owner and had higher hopes for the xPro1. I'd hoped Fuji had listened and learned. Obviously not. Why are there bugs at all? Heads need to roll at Fuji
if you have customers who complain...at least that means you do have customers.
thewhitehawk: It's a shame that the compact models don't seem to have as many manual controls as the Nex cameras, at least the Nex 7's. This seems more user-friendly oriented than enthusiast-oriented, it seems to be more in line with the Nex 5 or the Olympus Pen series.
They do look nice though. Not that it matters much to some photographers, but the construction quality and design seems to rival (or borrow heavily) from Sony's cameras, like Samsung usually does.
So you won't buy any Canon and Nikon because their first cameras were basically a copy of Leica cameras?
Still...you will not buy any car other from German one...since German people invented car...so all other brands copied them?
These days some people are going back to film cameras (like I do) and much enjoy it. Do you think in few years, when we get older, we will be able to say to our grand children things like : 'back my time we had DSLR to take pictures'. And then you will get the DSLR off the dusty shelve, turn it on and give it to your grand child to play with this "classic". :D
Adam Filipowicz: within two years 4k tvs and monitors will be available for public consumption. at prices that high end 1080p tvs are today
Funny for me who do not have a TV at home.
Robert Daniels: Whoaaaaa Nelly!!! I think Leica maybe in a little trouble to say the least. these images are good. Especially the low light. Leica will still kill them softly with their lenses...albeit expensive ones.
I'm always intrigued why anytime there is a new camera some people say 'Leica is in trouble'.Still...a M9 is still one of the only 3 digital rangefinder in the world and still a M9 is the ONLY Full Frame digital rangefinder in the world.If a Leica user was making his purchase decision based on a list of 'Specs' he would not buy a Leica M9.Think again and try to understand that no everybody require the sames 'needs' when chosing a camera. This FUji could have 10FPS and clean Iso100 000 that it won't make it more attractive to me.
I think this camera is great for journalists.Still small, good IQ, good Iso, good Zoom, well built. This is great.Most of journalists I know use Canon G series cameras and this new Canon seem tempting.
Danlo: Im sorry, but those must have been the worst set of "real world" samples I have ever seen. I want to see what the camera is capable of in natural lighting, I want to se "finished" images, really good basic PP and correct exposure (exposure for the highlights for example and the lift shadows in ACR) - to really see what the dynamic range is like.. Look at the red brick house with white windows, even my Nikon J1 could have made the image WITHOUT blowing the highlights!These images tells us NOTHING about what the camera is capable of.
What is funny with people is that they are never satisfied and the more you give them, the more they require without even saying thank you.DPreview got the camera and took time and effort to show the camera how it comes out of the box. After experimenting, writting, organizing, taking pics, they put all of that on this website which also need a lot of efforts to be managed well.But you, confortably seated in fron of computer screen, you just say: HEY DUDED IT'S BULLSH"" IT'S NOT WHAT I WANT TO SEE SO DO IT AGAIN!!!!!! DUDE!!!
Is there something wrong?
Good.Now what about X100 sticky aperture blade recall?
Cool, you reviewed the camera! It has been six months since it was released. Now, in short life span like cameras, this product is obviously at the end of its life.This would have been great if you reviewed the camera as soon as it was available and compete it against NEX 5n, as everybody was wondering which one was the best. Instead of that...you played the long wait and now that everybody has a Nex 5N you write the review. I think it is not surprising if Samsung do not sell well...if it is under-hyped even by websites like yours.
Just take how you wote your review...with really subtle small sentences lost in the mass which says the camera is one of the best available. You are not enthousiastic at all...even this camera get your 77% instead of 79% for the Nex 5n. The way you write about this cameras's top advantages sound like small murmurs to make sure nobody see nor hear.
Yes, you are objective in your review, but still under passionate for the camera despite its qualities.
Just as the sticky aperture problem on X100...which affects around 35-45% of FujiX100 owners after 5000 pictures, Fuji just won't admit they've made something wrong and won't call back the cameras.
For that reason, I will not buy a X Pro1 nor this X10.
GX1 or G1X or X1 or XPro 1 or X100 or NEX or NX?
I think it should be a X
bobbarber: This chart looks this way only because of an arbitrary definition of "mirrorless" cameras as having interchangeable lenses.
Compact cameras are mirrorless, as well as cell phone cameras.
Many more mirrorless cameras are sold each year than DSLRs.
I've never understood why some people are always stressing facts like you do about the definition of what is a mirror less camera.
I think everybody here know what we are talking about: PEN, GF, NEX, NX, etc. vs DSLR's.Those mirror less cameras with larger sensors.
There is No need to play with words...