BJN: "As the first mirrorless camera aimed specifically towards professional photographers, the X-Pro1 has no really direct competitors."
Clearly not a correct statement as it is followed by a comparison with the Leica M9 (or are we to gather that Leica isn't focusing on the pro market?). And Epson's RD-1 camera had exactly the same market aim.
keyword "had". the RD-1 isn't sold anymore.
as for the M9. While they occupy similar niches, I'm sure the Fujifilm will outsell it on price alone. I wonder if it will actually steal sales from Leica though. AFAIK, they have some mirrorless system coming as well.
qwertyasdf: Really beautiful compact!!!!!But cannot give any credits to fuji....just looks like a camera from the 60sHope more dc makers make retro style camerasWill fuji out a silver version, or a gold limited version...anyone? :P
@John 3 NEX-7 is a hot looking body. Neu-rangefinder style ftw. Hope that the upcoming Pansonic GF7 or GX1 doesn't ape the retro trend.
bob-one: retro looks for the sake of being retro does absolutely nothing for me especially at the expensive of ergonomics and bulk to get the "retro look" . At this zoom range unless this camera with it larger sensor and retro looks unless it has good ergonomics and consistently turns out absolutely stunning pictures , I would still prefer the Panasonic LX5 for daily/street compact camera. Also why the manual zoom? That in it self is a turn off and a major draw back when shooting hand held video. I was giving serious consideration to the Olympus pen e pm1 or the e-pl3 until I got to handle them at samys cameras in Pasadena Ca. Both cameras have nice retro looks but are slick and very hard to hold. Due to the lack of buttons on the camera to give the a "clean" look they have overly complex menu systems that bury useful functions behind a plumbers nightmare menu system. The pen e-pm1 and the e-pl3 get a A grade on looks a D grade for ergonomics and user friendless. I need a more than retro .
@Shazbot, but the disadvantage of the manual zoom is that both hands are required to operate the cam. A zoom lever is practical for one-handed shooting.
Andrew Butterfield: Several problems with Nikon's thinking.
With a decent lens on the front, this new camera will be no more pocketable than a Sony NEX or Micro Four Thirds camera.
The two main benefits of moving to an interchangable lens system are lower noise at high ISOs, and depth of field control.
Users put up with interchangable lenses. They don't really want them. That's why Pentax's novelty system will fail. But once you're resigned to them, it doesn't matter that much how big the camera is.
Sony has proved that smaller system cameras can complement your SLR range. There's no conflict if you pitch them right, even if you go for the high end (look at the NEX-7 and Alpha A77).
This new Nikon system seems to rely too much on the novelty of high-speed shooting. Most people just take regular snapshots in the end.
What will Canon do now? They can't ignore this market any longer. If they follow Sony's lead with APS-C sensors. Nikon could be in very big trouble.
I don't expect Canon to go for full on mirrorless. I think they will go for more compact DSLRs with pellicle mirrors like the Sony SLTs. Hopefully they will also introduce a great many smaller EF-S lenses to go along with those. Not to mention, I believe that Canon will likely aim for an enhanced video experience as a differentiation over their DSLRs. But I think Canon will wait and see Nikon's trials with their system first.
I don't disagree on the choice of sensor size. It fits well into the Nikon camera stables. But I think the first two cameras look a little underwhelming. They have a distinctly consumer look which may very well be Nikon's target market to protect DSLR sales. However the lens selection IMO is even more disappointing. One would expect either larger max apertures on both the zooms and primes or an even greater size reduction. Right now, Micro Four Thirds lenses look mostly the same size or possibly smaller than these 1 lenses. And if the rumors flesh out, there will also be some significantly brighter lenses by the year's end or new year's beginning.