Searching: Nothing like lots of hype to get everyone going!
When you buy a new camera in this price range, you tell yourself its 100 times better than the last one. Very few people can say it's an incremental improvement, even when that's the case.
Pretty good, given current conditions. But given the bungling that Canon and Nikon do, it's surprising Sony isn't #2 or even a very strong #3.
eno2: With this camera Canon will celebrate the 7'th anniversary of using that 18 Mp old sensor, again and again and again....
When people stop buying, Canon will stop making. I still use my D700 with 12mp and for a lot of things, it's fine.
Of course Getty is doing this strictly on behalf of the photographers they so generously compensate.
They should change the name. Whenever I think of Getty, I think of John Paul Getty, one of the richest men, ever. And it seems to be a trend. Whatever photos Getty doesn't own, Bill Gates owns.
I feel for these guys.
Vegetable Police: I wonder if there will ever be a full frame fixed lens zoom camera similar to these? Even if it's not that small, I would love something like that ;)
The point about the collapsible Fuji 645 is a good one but these days, even though usable ISO has increased tenfold, enthusiasts want fast lenses which are huge and expensive.
elefteriadis alexandros: What an ugly beasts is all the Canon.
It's true. And it matters, if you want to take photos or if you're making a fashion statement. Consumers have different priorities.
I give them a lot of credit. If you want a camera that's mostly made in Germany, by hand, they still offer it. Since the price severely limits the number sold, they also have products labeled Leica but manufactured where it's cheaper.
The limited editions have gotten out of hand but the company is being run as a boutique, so why not? Years ago, it was the best place I ever worked, literally a family business at the time. You can read Emil Keller's book, to see how extraordinary it was.
Siobhan A: What is shocking is how well the EOS-M is doing in Asia. Last year in Japan as Sony saw their mirrorless market share plummet, the mostly neglected EOS-M took over some of that market share with a good size increase. It goes to show how much support there is for Canon cameras in Asia, and how if Canon put a tiny bit of effort in to their mirrorless cameras, they could easily dominate some other companies. Same goes for Nikon.
EOS-M is cheap. It took a while for Canon USA pricing to come around, but M3 bodies w/EVF for $500, plus cheap, slow, sharp, compact lenses must appeal to a lot of people. The bokeh crowd want f/1.4 lenses that weigh 2 pounds and cost $800 but so far, that's not what Canon has been going for.
Not terribly exciting but a good choice if you own Canon lenses and can hit the bulls-eye within 4 stops. They're just not going to pay Sony for a sensor, and with business down so much, you can see why they want to use their own resources as much as possible.
bluevellet: When was the last gold award for a Canon?
A vital question.
Marty4650: For God's sake.... exactly how many digital cameras does someone need?
I have around six or seven, plus at least a dozen lenses, and they all work pretty well. How many more cameras do they think they can sell me without offering some truly spectacular improvement over what I already own?
The technology has matured, the market is saturated, and everyone who ever wanted a camera now owns one that works well enough for them. And many people today don't even feel they need cameras because their smart phones are good enough for them.
The digital camera boom ended five years ago.
The number of people who upgrade automatically to get improvements they can't see is rapidly diminishing. Today, the only way to sell a new camera is when an older camera breaks beyond repair or gets stolen or lost.
People in the industry have been saying this for years. And no, you can't innovate your way out of it--unless you make radical changes (mirror/no mirror isn't a big enough deal.) You can, however, spend a lot on new designs that perform the same function.
DPR readers will buy new cameras because they'll convince themselves the old ones aren't good enough. But how many people think this way?
It should fit nicely in my pocket along with my 8x10 Linhof. But I wish they used AA batteries.
Frank C.: AF module....mirror.. over complicate cameras.. and are destined for the dust bin, as technology progresses sensors and EVFs will get so good they will provide the answers to everything, just look at how advanced cpus and gpus have gotten over time. So now we have Nikon trying to fix a limitation with what in reality is another limitation, they should try and concentrate on technology instead like Sony is doing
Overly complicated cameras are not going away. In fact, technology will provide more features, more buttons and more sub-menus. Overly complicated software isn't going away, either.
Of course, "Leica" is literally, an acronym for Leitz-Camera. But no matter. These days, people don't even know who Leitz is, or was.
norman shearer: I think this camera will go down as a near miss by Fuji - such a pity. That lens performance is rather hard to ignore..
It just follows that on a camera where you can't change the lens, the sharpness had better be really, really good.
Its about time. They're great cases and I took advantage of their replacement warranty after an airline (surprisingly, not United) sheared the hinges off the case. The vacuum held it together. It was remarkable.
Yesterday was the day.
In the video of the Palace of Fine Arts, they spelled San Francisco, "San Fracisco."
Here we have a product that lives up to it's name.
papillon_65: Damn, another creative choice that I don't have to buy, I think I'll criticise it endlessly for a while....
Or you can thank the manufacturer as some have done, as if they did this as a favor, instead of a way to make money.