I thought this would be the answer to my prayers as far as an all in one camera to travel the world with BUT - I spent some time with it today and it needs a lot of fine tuning by Sony:-
1. The autofocus is poor and "hunts" a lot2. The zooming is excruciatingly slow, even using the zoom ring3. The camera is as big if not bigger than a lot of DSLRs
OK if the lens is better than the relevant Canon/Nikon/Zeiss DSLR lenses then that is a big plus as a fixed aperture 24-200 with good image quality is worth it's weight in gold (even better if it was 28-300).
I tried the Leica 14-150 on my GH2 panasonic and it would have been awesome if the autofocus hadn't been so slow.
What we need is the Sony RX-10 or a decent Leica 14-150 so we can all pack up our heavy camera bags and go overseas with just one camera and one lens, but it has to focus quickly and maybe an upgrade to the RX-10 is the answer??
Managed to buy one of these yesterday (last one in shop in London). Took a range of pictures today on a very dull London day and using 400 and 800 ASA and was amazed at the image quality and sharpness - it is on a par with my 7D and there is maybe even more detail in the highlights and low lights at 800ASA. I couldn't tell the difference between the RAW and JPEG at 100% in CS5. Yes I'd like the zoom to go to 135mm and focus closer, yes I'd like a lens cover like on my G9, but the image quality is astonishing on this camera and as soon as I get my leather case for it, it will go everywhere with me!
adam3544: How do I setup this new feature on my camera.Thanks.
could you explain to me what you mean by "press play mode" - I can't find that anywhere on any of the menus and I can't upload the software - any self respecting computer programmer would make the camera automatically detect an update on the SD card and ask if one wanted to down load it would they?? Or am I just displaying my age?
Sounds a great idea - I have just spent 2 hours with my GH2 plugged into the computer and totally failed to get the new fiirmware onto it! There is an error message K:\DCIM unavailable, so being canny I decided to load the update onto the SD card and then put it into the camera - still can't get the new firmware onto the camera!
The process is very poor and as a Canon owner who has never had any trouble updating the firmware for my EOS cameras, I am really put off panasonic by this poorly supported update with instructions that do not work!