Wow. There's way too much hand-wringing over the A3000. Yes, it's an NEX-3 with the form factor of a compact DSLR. I find nothing wrong with this - and I'm speaking as a person with a full-on three-body Pentax DSLR kit and a three-body micro four-thirds kit.
Yes, it would be nice if the EVF had more resolution. But it's still better than any rear LCD in bright sunlight. And as far as that rear LCD goes, the 230K-dot display on my Pentax K200D was perfectly adequate - just as it is on a number of Leica digital cameras.
My take: The A3000, at $399 with stabilized kit 18-55mm zoom, is a great deal. Maybe add the Sigma 19mm and 30mm primes in E-mount for a compact package with high image and video quality that you won't be too worried about trashing. Then go out and have fun.
Don't like it? Then don't buy it. Me? I may pick one up just for jollies - and to reward Sony for thinking a bit outside of the box.
Well, how about that? Not only is the K-01 still being sold, apparently it's still in production. Many people just didn't get this camera and that's fine. But I'm glad I have mine. I hope eventually there will be some kind of a K-02.
I'm not so sure the question is whether this camera is better than the Sony RX100. I see the Sony NEX 6 as being a more natural competitor to this new Fuji. And while the Fuji X-M1 looks like a nice piece, the NEX 6 is probably just as good while offering a viewfinder.
Dougbm_2: A lot will depend on how good the evf is. Probably the same as in the FZ20. If it was as good as the OMD E5 evf then I would be interested. I think they may be on to a winner.
Yes, the EVF has only something like 202,000 dots. But it's not meant for things like manual focus. It's meant for framing shots. And, arguably, it may be more useful than the tunnel-like OVFs in the much-larger and heavier Canon G15 and Nikon P7100. The P7700 has no viewfinder at all.
Sergey Borachev: Brilliant!
A really small camera with an EVF and a long zoom. People complaining about the 200k EVF or the slow speed at the 200mm end are not being realistic with what can be done in a small camera. Even the smaller battery capacity is fine for what this camera is intended, not a whole day of shooting.
Be thankful that it is only 12MP and not 16, 18 or 20MP, and there is a Leica lens, and has Panasonic OIS, and some bonuses in the connectivity features.
IMO, if everything works well, this is going to be the new standard to beat for a carry anywhere pocket camera.
I've been saying this on another site. If the LF1's lens is at something akin to f/2.8 at 90mm, that would be just fine - even if things got dim fairly quickly after that. Most people wouldn't go beyond 90mm unless they're outdors anyway.
Oh my. Heaven forbid Sigma should think outside the box a bit. Out come the long knives, proving once again that photography, along with amateur radio, is almost comically tradition-bound.
I don't know if this lens will be great, lousy or anywhere in between. But it looks interesting for a variety of low-light applications to me. Changing prime lenses or carrying two camera bodies isn't always possible. Props to Sigma for giving it a shot.
Hey, the Q is now $399 with the 47mm f1.9 prime lens. Everyone I know or have spoken to who owns one loves the camera. I think the risk is quite low by now. If you like the Q, just buy one (I certainly plan to). Just don't expect it to be a K-5 or K-30.