Sheer idiocy. No interest whatsoever.
lolopasstrail: "The line between the compact and the SLR began to blur somewhat with the disruptive influence of the Advanced Photo System (APS)"
We may forget that when 35mm cameras were new, they were referred to for decades as "miniature" format cameras. 35mm- now known as "Full Frame"- was the original compact camera system.
And there were "advanced compacts" even in the 35mm film days. Ricoh had one, so did Nikon, so did Contax. These were not cheap and had permanently attached lenses, either zoom or single focal length.
Leica even had a "miniature M"- the CL, which took two dedicated lenses- a 40mm and a 90mm.
Let's not forget the greatest miniature "Leica" ever made- the Minolta CLE. Came with an "M" mount- spectacular Rokkor 40mm f2 and a revolutionary patterned shutter curtain which exposed film in accordance with its emulsion. Best analogue rangefinder I own.
I have pre-ordered the Leica version of the LX100. Frankly the convenience of the kit (assuming DPR tests work out and I like it at Photo+Expo in NY) make this an excellent choice for the street photography I enjoy doing. The Canon G1X is just too slow in operation and lens. The DLux 6 gives me a bit too much noise. This is a good compromise. We'll see. As to"Why buy either?", the Lumix GX1 is perfect except that switching lenses slows me down. I'll still use it for the 0.95 with an M mount which I use
Anyone think there'll be a "Leica" version?? They didn't bother with the GM1- buth this one will sell like hotcackes...I think.
SphericalAberration: This body design really cries out for a compact fast prime.The telescoping barrel kills it for me.
Actually "serious photographers" don't use flash we are all available light aficionados. At least the ones are with whom I associate. The digicam appears fabulous.
Biro: I really want to love the LX100. I really do. I'm totally fine with the styling, size, sensor, lens and control interface. What's more, I have the cash in hand and can actually afford it.
But the lack of an integrated flash drives me crazy. The whole idea of the LX100, at least for me, is the have a reasonably sized, grab-and-go all-rounder for daily use. By definition, I don't want to bring along extra bits - whether lenses or flashes.
I'm only asking for something good enough for fill and reasonably close snapshots. It doesn't even have to be a pop-up (although being able to tilt back a pop-up unit for bounce purposes would be nice). Something akin to the flashes on Panasonic travel-zooms would be fine.
I'm not saying that I won't buy the LX100. But while the camera would have been an immediate pre-order with an integrated flash, I am now waiting to find out more about it. And I am seriously considering the Fuji X100T, Sony RX100 III and even the Canon G7X while I wait.
sderdiarian: Barney, do you know if it will be available with a silver top of body like the X100T? I think this would sell well.
According to Leica- the LX100 will have a silver body available, but the Leica model will not.
rhlpetrus: This is looking like my next camera, it or its Leica sister.
I pre ordered the Leica version.
I love the features and am waitng for a full review or even a "use preview". That will, unfortunately, probably be released after I already have the digicam.
Marty CL: I certainly understand and appreciate the Leica mystique (owning two 1950's Leica III series cameras--which predates the "M" series and I own a Leica C-Lux 2 digital compact). But I wonder more and more just where the Leica digital M series fits in today's photographic world.
They are rarely used by professional photographers for photojournalism assignments (Nikon and Canon certainly monopolize that field) and at a price tag in excess of $7,000--they are beyond the reach of most mortals in terms of amateur use.
It is true that they are an aesthetically pleasing design but this seems aimed more at the well heeled collector.
As I wander the streets of NY with my PanaLeicas (D-Lux models) I see many photographers using the M models (digitals). When I say "many" I mean in proportion to the cost of the items. They are not as scarsely used as you might think in non-professional ranks
Perhaps it IS what we think.... I am an old Leica user- I have my analogue M3 and M6 (in storage). I use my PanaLeicas (right now the D-6). I believe in the brand. I bought all my analogue Leica equipment used- cameras held their value in those days. My results always have been and are stellar. When an experienced photographer sees the nerw Leica equipment we salivate until we see the prices...then our mouths go dry. If this isn't Leica's version of Photo-Sadism, then I don't know what is.
jhinkey: Nice interview and I like the sales rep - seemed down to earth.
No touch screen - that's OK with me as I've turned it off on every camera I have that has one - too many times it's become more of a hindrance than a help for what I do.
No built-iin flash - this is perhaps the most troublesome missing feature for me as for a compact travel camera a built-in flash certainly comes in handy. But I must admit that having a fast lens and OIS will certainly help in this regard.
No swivel EVF - I use it occasionally on my GX-7, but it's not something I'd miss terribly
No tilting LCD - I think this is particularly problematic for me as I use this a lot on my GX-7 and A7R.
The LX100 would be a no-brainer for me if it had the swivel screen (and perhaps built-in flash) as it would replace my GX-7 + 12-35/2.8 for my general compact video rig.
Agreed- when I use my M- solely with a 35mm lens and finder, while I liook thru the finder, my nose hits the screen and the focal point shifts. "AArrgh!!
With regards to the Leica Typ109- I don't think Leica will even try to show some "improvement" on the Pana. model (it's that good). You will pay the extra solely for the red dot- and the Lightroom.
The price is in Euros and came to about $1250- I will probably get it- I have both the LX-7 and D-Lux 6. The differences (if any) are not noticeable.
Does anyone think Leica will come out with a version???
Why f3.8...it is a 1.7.
Once and for all- camera phones will get better and better. For some they will be the greatest thing since sliced bread. For others they will never take the place pf digicams. I personally consider them a waste of good editorial space on this site. That, as they is what makes horse races. VRR
vroger1: OK- I "feel" it's coming- a Lumix super-duper zoom- let's say 24 through 1000 mm + together with a 2.8 aperture throughout the range and a larger sensor than the fz200 which has given me (as I have said in the past) so much pleasure.
With respect to Andy Crowe's reply that it could never happen...- as an inveterate collector and user (in the past) of Leica M cameras (up to M6) I remember being told by a knowledgeable person in the Leica Users Group that the laws of physics prevented the constructing of a Leica M digital that could use my brace of Leica lenses. I take "never" with a grain of salt.
OK- I "feel" it's coming- a Lumix super-duper zoom- let's say 24 through 1000 mm + together with a 2.8 aperture throughout the range and a larger sensor than the fz200 which has given me (as I have said in the past) so much pleasure.
From one who owns myriad Lumixes- if it has a Leica branded lens (and it does) the results are going to be great. VRR