Save $$$ :)
WOW! Now I can buy get my hands on a D700 ;-)
Henry M. Hertz: imho a ugly looking camera (not that would count for a buying decision) that costs a lot.
i don´t know if i would spend so much money on a system thats new and the future is uncertain.
look at olympus 43.... at one time they decide that it´s time for something new any you sit there with your once expensiv gear.now olympus is all about µ43.
IYHO, yes :)IMHO, no... it looks stunning and over priced, but that just MO :p
R Thornton: Camera makers are not striving to re-invent cameras (let alone photography), they are striving to re-invent their margins. That is why they are offering ever so pricier cameras with which the only discussion really is about what they cannot do!
But should we still be calling these little guys DSLRs? :)
Charrick: It's patently obvious what Pentax is doing - trying desperately to stay alive.
It has gotten to the point where nearly every other camera maker can do better than Pentax in nearly every area. And Pentax knows that it won't beat them in terms of features or quality, because its rivals are just getting better, and farther ahead.
So what does it do?
Gimmick 1: Pentax makes cameras that come in a wide assortment of colors, to make up for the lack of everything else in comparison to its rivals.
Gimmick 2: Pentax makes a compact camera with a small sensor and tries to get unsuspecting victims to think that it has the quality of SLRs, and hence spend more money building up a completely superfluous lens collection. I thought this was the lowest they could go.
Desperate Survival Tactic: Pentax gets Ricoh to somehow buy them, like HP bought Palm, another dying brand.
Gimmick 3: Remove the benefits of an SLR from an SLR and make it look like a toy.
Pentax is running low on gimmicks.
Agree with ogl :)Pentax K5 and K-r are benchmarks for low noise / detail. If you have any doubt, check the ISO test comparison right here on DPR and you will see K5 got better score compared to N and C counterparts (D7000 and 60D)!
And the limited pancake lenses are just great :)
mikeyphoto: I've been an enthusiast photographer for about 45 years, using mainly Canon for 25 years, I honestly cant believe the inept, uninformed comments from so many "fellow enthusiasts", I have a 1d mk3, 7d, and g12, each camera excels in its own way, -I am sure I won't be making a comment on this new camera until I actually PICK ONE UP!Frankly it looks great on paper, I dont think Canon are claiming it will solve the worlds problems, so just relax,, enjoy your hobby, no camera is going to make a crap photographer better, look at the photos taken by REAL Photographers with old equipment 30 plus years ago.By the way, 2.8 is fast eneough for 90% of photos, who are you people? Cave dwellers?
You nailed it... +1
mjdundee: Nice specs, well designed - but hey Canon: I want lensring control on this camera!!!Don't care much if it zooms or dials but I want it. l- anyone else?
raztec: The idiocy of Canon and Nikon shines again!!
Instead seeing what the m4/3 competition have done and being able to find just the right balance of lens and chip, they each royally screw up their new cameras.
Nikon, by making its chip way too small and reducing external controls. A slightly bigger chip, P A S M controls, and F-mount adapter would have sold me given its great auto focus.
And now Canon with a chip that's unnecessarily big and hence a lense that's unnecessarily slow and not wide enough. And no EVF and non-interchangeable lenses and crippled video functions are all huge oversights.
Why do they not realize that so many of us who are invested in their DSLR and lenses already wouldn't jump to Fuji or Panasonic if we got what we wanted from Nikon or Canon?
This marketing idiots at N and C continuously frustrate me.
100% Agree with Jon Stern :)It drives me nuts looking at tonz of the complains about each and every camera that is announced! If nothing wrong, then there are complains about DPR and AMAZON earning $$$ from these posts... :-\
No AM/FM radio?
Yeah, keep those complaints coming...
It is a beautifully designed ergonomic camera. The functions and buttons are almost flawless.
Cannon missed the ship... they forgot to add dishwasher and a microwave in it... these days this is a norm and you cant live without :-\
On a serious note, I will buy it as soon as its out :-)
alexst4: This is what Nikon 1 should have been. I'm definitely ordering this little gem!
My thoughts exactly :)
Aleksandr Milewski: A wonderful camera permanently attached to a totally uninteresting lens. 4x zoom is fine, if it were 25-100 equivalent at f2-f2.8. Yes, that would be a large lens, but it would be worth it.
I applaud Canon for a large-sensor compact, and I hope they'll be doing more interesting things with that sensor in the future. But this camera... pass.
I'll be over in the corner drooling over the X-Pro1.
Yup its a wonderful camera... and you are right about the large lens... its not just large, it will be HUGE with f2.0 - f2.8 aperture for a large sensor of this size :)
B1ackhat: Much more a paid advertisement than a preview, but the camera sounds very promising nonetheless.
Why in the world every single announcement / post has to be marked as a paid advertisement!?
It's beyond my understanding, this is a free site and has been for so many years, even if it's a paid advertisement, you are here and reading it arn't you?
Agree with Menneisyys.
AvanGarde: What a bunch of whiners ! This is truly great camera.If you buy DSLR you buy mostly with kit which is 3.5-5.6 this G1X lens has longer range (kits usually upto 88-90mm this camera is 112 and only a bit darker on long end 5.6 vs 5.8) now find me kit that starts with 2.8 huh ?Canon basically killed m/4 market and I suppose Panasonic/Olympus with release compact with m/4 sensor.Believe or not 28-112mm is more than enough for most people who would run with shorter kits anyway.I hate to carry lens as most people.Basically you can same as entry level DSLR quality or marginally lower with much smaller and pockatable camera with a bit better and longer zoom than kit DSLR - that's the point of this camera.Win !
5.6 on the long end is not so great... but we have to keep this in mind, its a LARGE sensor camera... making a faster lens will make the camera huge! Consider f2.8 USM 17-50 lenses they are are BIG and they are made for the same sized sensor as the one in GX1.
So, faster means bigger, much bigger!
Out of my reach... They have always been... but this is Simply Stunning :)
AND this reminds me that is will be out of my reach as well!
ScottRH: No popup flash? Deal breaker.
LOL! Best deal Breaker EVER... :-))I am sure you are kidding :)
Marty4650: This really does look like a nice camera, and a good step in the right direction.
I would have preferred a smaller zoom range (say around 24-480mm) so the camera could be smaller and lighter, and probably cheaper. But as it stands, it will probably well outperform my old FZ30 thanks to the improvements in technology since 2006.
I predict this will be a hit, and a category killer for Fuji. At least among shooters who take photography seriously....
@Jaykumar: I believe at that time they had HS10/HS20 doing sale for them :)
simon65: I still don't understand Fuji's thinking, ok ok, they're angling at tourist snappers who want something a bit better, but still if they want to go to all this DSLR type trouble they should go the whole way and slip an APS-C sized sensor inside it, and employ an interchangeable lens system.
The camera body itself does have some merit. Indeed it looks far better built than your average Canon XXXD and far easier on the eye than the Nikon 5100 (which isn't difficult, the 5100 is a dog).
We know its possible to install APS-C sized sensors in small bodies, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung have proven that, Fufi should have done likewise and they might have had an Canon XXXD killer on their hands. It's a missed opportunity.
@Simon65: Zoom range is secondary on a DSLR? Why in the world do they (Canon, Nikon etc) have 300, 400, 600 and 1200mm lenses then?
Stunning indeed :)
pedroboe100: Looks weird and out of place. If you want a great slr form factor, get a K5 or D7000 or A65. If you want a small sensor camera get an X10. If you want medium priced but great quality, get M43 gear or Nex5n/7.
You mentiond all the alternatives it seems... BUT you forgot to mention the LENS!
If you want that much reach, you need BIGMA 50-500 lens but you will still miss the 24mm ;) and of course you will be needing lots of pain killers after a days shoot with it :p
TheOriginalSinnerman: I always laugh when I see people commenting on the Q, especially the specs nerds who are after sensor size and have nothing better to do but pixel peep. This camera is for lovers of photography, it's form factor is great, size is even better and it produces more than adequate images in fact the lenses are extremely sharp wide open. Please, go and buy a micro fourthirds camera or even a full frame if your main concern is sensor size and not photography.
100% agree with you :)
Sosua: Doesn't look pocketable.