Surprise me, the role of human being are very dominant on the production line of the process of making of lens.
How to hold this camera when taking picture?
When I read this compatibility camera & lens, make me curious that this TC just re-badge of existing TC from third party manufacturers (Tokina, Tamron etc). Just check on the needs to update firmware for the existing body. May be some hackers will help us to make our existing AF TC to work.
completelyrandomstuff: I don't know if dropping Pentax name is such a good idea for them, but I am sure they have done their market research...
Ricoh decided to drop their compact camera under Pentax name. By logic, they should move their Ricoh GXR camera series to hold Pentax name on it.
leventhan: Go to here: http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/pentax_k50_review/sample_images/
I downloaded iso 6400 and its very clean yet sharp even though I didn't use the sharpening slider. It's very very usable. If only Pentax step up their game in their movie quality...
marike6,In term of body design Pentax K30 is much more nicer. It is not only just follow other brand, but an effort to create signature for Pentax products. It also happened with Pentax K-01. Unfortunately, they only create body only, not the lenses & others accessories which should be blend with the body itself.
SIGMA should offer new camera that accept any lens from major manufacturer with mount adapter.
xmeda: Pentax "KAF" really? well, AF would be nice ;)
but it seems to be only "K"
Nice to get this lens on Pentax mount, as there is no fixed lens on this focal length. If Pentax can offer new Pancake lens with same or wider angle view, It will be easy for us to choose.
Richard Murdey: Make no mistake, the GM1 is small. For hilarity, go to camerasize.com and compare against a Nikon D4. O_o
More to the point though, its functionally the same size as a Pentax Q7 .. essentially erasing the desirability of the latter. Once the price settles down to the $400 range, as it surely will, the relevancy of the Nikon V2 and Sony RX100ii also fall into question.
@ Richards, It is true the body is smaller, but when you attached its lens on it become bigger (volumetric).Pls, refer this size comparison, http://www.photographyblog.com/news/panasonic_gm1_v_sony_rx100/
BTW,This camera is worth to be included in the DPReview gear of the year.
1. I thought with Nikon 1 still relevant, especially who built their Nikon DSLR system. They can use Nikon tele-lenses for creating extra long focal length, but for most first buyer will not interesting.2. This camera is not really pocketable compared with Sony RX100II. They need more compact n dedicated lenses for this Lumix GM series.
This camera looks very good. It will be very special if the lenses also small. The kit lens is small but still looks not proportional against the body. Give me some pancake lenses to represent classic focal lens as 24, 28, 35, 50, 105. It will be a killer for traveller.
Just comparing this camera against Pentax MX-1. Both camera almost have identical specification, especially her lens. Its body is more compact which is pocket-able than its sibling. I thought this camera will perform very good on normal lighting.
sixtiesphotographer: Obviously, in response to Nikon, this is the Canon Fd -- a full frame digital equivalent of their "Canon New F-1" from 1981.
It will have traditional dials and, in addition to EOS lenses, it will allow mounting of the FD lenses abandoned back in 1987.
Looks never happen. Canon has abandoned its FD full system and many of serious users just move to other system with hate.
Oh, no Pentax mount.....Amen.
Lab D: Maybe Richard can answer this. It is true that much of the size reduction is due to the smaller shutter mechanism and that if/when Panasonic goes with only an electric shutter weight and possibly size might be reduced even more?
To match beautifully with this Lumix GM1. Panasonic should updated their pancake lenses, as their lenses are aim for Lumix G series which is bigger in size. I would like to have updated existing fixed lens with focal lens (20,14 or smaller) to keep it small.
Need SR not just gimmick......
OneGuy: If somebody (anybody) could post a shot of this cam with 1.7/20mm lens then THAT would be relevant to this hands-on preview. Include the Equiv. Aperture graph point for this lens, too.
Note for dpr: mix-and-match is at the heart of ILCs. 1.7/20 is a popular lens, etc.
Panasonic needs to update their lens, especially its size and appearance to match with this new camera.
joe6pack: Looks like this is the M43's answer to SELP1650
Only the height of GM1 Lumix win over Sony RX-100, but you need 2 pockets each for the body and lens. The small size of this camera is actually not appropriate, such as visual manipulation. The part of the lens mount on camera side deliberately fused with color, texture and shape of the lens. Pls, check when the lens is detached from the body.
udris: GM1 + Oly 45/1.8 = great little portrait camera ............. hopefully this translates into "real world" use
It's just an optical illusion, an illusion to trick our minds that want a camera with a large sensor in a small camera body. Try to see the picture w/o attached lens , you will realize that the lens mount is apparently seem as part of the lens. Then, you will feel as a pocketable camera by separating it in 2 pocket, one for the body and the other for the lens.
arieswar: i dont understand people complaining it's ugly. It's actually decent camera and beside, u use it as a camera - not as fashion!
I prefer to say as "gadget". Just expressing a new technology in digital era which was a dream during analogue time. Not sure it will fit functionally on your hand as the lens size still the same as big as usual.
This lens is excellent for sure! It is "small" but not pancake style. It will be good additional lens for building a system for Lumix G series, but not for Lumix DMC-GM1. She needs dedicated smaller lens to make it more proportional against its tiny & sexy body. Still salute for Panasonic to keep update their lenses lines.