bogdescu: This is a step in the right direction. But the only way I would EVER consider buying this camera:- include a chip that locks ISO, grain and color/BW settings for 36 exposures in a row;- include a time-delay after 36 shots, making the camera unworkable for 60 seconds (or however long it takes for an average pro to change films);- make a cover that's possible to open yet unnecessary and link it to the "format card" function.
Mark nailed it. Thank you.
I would buy one if it will work with an iPhone in a Lifeproof case. Not an option for current products.
RStyga: The replacement of the brass top with aluminum reducing by 100g the overall weight is an improvement. It only took them a century (in digital camera years) to come up with that but, anyway, it's a good thing. However, crippling the camera and call it a feature (or back to pure form or whatever the Book of Stupids dictates) is something very few manufacturers have dared to do but no surprise coming from Leica. I would think that removing the fiddly, complex and archaic RF mechanism would reduce the cost much more than removing LV/video but, hey, Leica's market... er, I mean engineers, know better. Try to knock a bit hard on a surface with this 'high-quality' body and see how accurate your focusing will become. Oh, well.... and the price is Leica, i.e., still for victims of the red dot. Overall, another great product form Leica. Maybe they need to reach bankruptcy without Panasonic around to wake up from their lethargic and monolithic sleep.
Crippling? There a some of us that don't care about video, live view, auto focus that misses or a crutch like exposure compensation. Perhaps it's old school. White balance, ISO, shutter speed and aperture are all that I want on a camera. All the extra crap on the fancy whiz bang cameras just gets in the way of capturing the moment.
KonstantinosK: Poor man's M Typ 240
More like a purist version. I would have purchased this over the M240 if it was available.
Nathan8: Oh my poor wallet
Took the words out of my mouth!
Sony's RX100 is the break through camera of the year. Simply amazing and my M9's trusty sidekick.
burninggarlic: how about the battery life?
Looks like we will keep both 5Ns and skip the 5R.