Sam Carriere: One of the amazing things about this discussion, and similar ones elsewhere is that two years ago, when the NEX-7 was first announced, it was universally deemed the best thing since sliced bread. Reviewers who had never even seen the actual camera fell over themselves finding appropriate superlatives. It took a year from the first announcement for Sony to actually produce the camera and in that time, the enthusiasm raged unabated. And now ... it seems few people have much good to say about the poor NEX-7.I did not have much faith in web-based reviews at the time this all happened, and I have even less now.The whole thing, though, was a triumph for Sony marketing which correctly assessed the leming-like nature of both reviewers and consumers.
So let me get this straight ... it's ok for us to reply to you Sam, but we can't rely on what you actually said in your original comment.
I think the moral is who gets taken in by marketing hype: the person who likes the idea of a new product, tries it and finds they like it, maybe even sells off their older equipment to build a new system or someone who buys a new camera every couple of years just because it's the latest and 'greatest' even though they aren't getting the most out of the equipment they have?
Kibo in SF: I'm a pro who usually shoots Nikon. The Nex 7 is awesome! But why Sony put the video on/off in a menu that you have to go find is beyond me.why not make it like the Function button and press it for three second or double tap it is beyond me, unless it a program issue and the press for four second holds was taken?
It was to satisfy the hordes who were howling that they couldn't keep their right thumb still when shooting stills so they were accidentally activating the video function. Guess you can't please everyone.
delastro: The price is high and it is a very dangerous system because until today Fuji did not show that they want to care for their products.
Today the firmware/software is one of the most essential parts of a camera.
But Fuji did not make much for the X100 and nothing for the X10.
So I think it is better to buy f.e. a Ricoh, Pentax or a Leica camera because these people help their customers.
What are you smoking?
Fuji had a firmware update available for the x10 almost before their first orders were filled.
People who have only found photography in the digital era forget that Fuji is one of the heavy hitters in the industry. Look at their medium format cameras and particularly the GX680 if you want evidence of a complete photographic system and support.
And who did Hasselblad turn to to manufacture the X-PAN and its lens range? The same company that manufactures lenses for their digital medium format sytem - Fujifilm.
jj74e: "Specifically designed to maximise the mirror less design of the body the X-Mount has a short flange back distance of just 17.7mm. "
I thought it does have a mirror because its hybrid viewfinder is also optical? How does it achieve an optical viewfinder without a mirror?
Anyway, I'm not sure what Fuji is aiming for here. It's double the price of the Sony NEX7 if you account for the purchase of one of their pricey prime lenses. So its image quality really does have to be as good as full frame to justify its price. However, it probably doesn't have the video capabilities of Canon's 5D Mark II, and the fact that the one thing Fuji HASN'T really showed off is its AF performances coupled with the X100's sluggish performance probably means its AF performance isn't up to par either. And the 5D is only a few hundred away from Fuji's Pro X system. So...poor man's Leica regardless, it's overly expensive.
The Leica M9 has an optical viewfinder and no mirror. Look at the images, the viewfinder is a direct view type not TTL.