Gadgety: "It takes many of its features from the GX7 that it surely replaces but builds them into a much more substantial body....the GX8 doesn't have room for the built-in pop-up flash that its predecessor offered... the one thing the GX8 isn't short of is space."
"In a nice touch, Panasonic has removed the 29 minute, 59 second recording restriction from non-European models, so it's only European users who might by stymied by the workings of EU duty regulations."
It's 4.5% tax. Why not offer two models in Europe, one with the restriction lifted, with the addition of the 4.5% tax.
I did that with an $8000 dollar preamp (it was over 10 grand in Europe). Of course it started playing up, had to send it to the US to get it sorted. Except it wasn't. Came back in the same shape it was when I shipped it. So it might be a $1200 gamble.
"It takes many of its features from the GX7 that it surely replaces but builds them into a much more substantial body....the GX8 doesn't have room for the built-in pop-up flash that its predecessor offered... the one thing the GX8 isn't short of is space."
When I read the "Pros" and "Cons" I drew the conclusion this was a gold reward, because the cons seemed minor where the "some softness at around 1/100th exposures" was the most critical one, and battery life with video (at least to me).
The rest seemed just like minor niggles "seem more complex" "Q.Menu is over-complex" "...screen a bit cluttered", "...unnecessarily complex", and all centered around complexity in handling.
JurijTurnsek: Why hasn't Sony produced a Sony Xperia RX phone like this one, except more polished, is beyond me. They have years of experience in 1" sensor compacts and Android phones, seems like a match made in heaven.
Sony is famous for organizational silos, like the R&D, marketing and production, or hardware and software, departments not really being aligned.
Sonyshine: An impressive camera phone I would really quite like - the only thing that really puts me off ( price apart) is the complete lack of any lens protection - I can see it getting damaged and messed up too easily.
It needs OIS, xenon flash, lens protection.
Papi61: Can you make/receive phone calls with this device? Yes. Then it's a smartphone, end of discussion.
Phone spec-wise, it's a mid-range Android (same screen resolution as iPhone but not even close to 2015 Android flagships), and nowadays 16gb of storage is definitely low-end. But that 1" sensor and Panasonic's camera know-how still make this product appealing. At least on paper.
4K @15fps is completely useless. Why did they even bother?
Yes 4K@15fps = useless. Basically it's only included to be able to claim it is 4K = marketing purposes.
Ather Mehboob: I have CM1 and have been using it for the last one month . If Photography is important for someone then there is no better choice . I don't feel it has aged specs , actually I find it very snappy and with a nice screen
I wish it had Xenon Flash and may be OIS than it would have been very close to perfect . Most of the people here probably have not used this excellent combination of a phone and a camera and I believe if/once they use it and mobile photography is important to them , probably will change there opinion in a very positive way
I am very impressed with the images developed from RAW as default jpeg processing is very mediocre . I currently own a Sony RX 100 MkIII , Sony RX 1 , Nikon D800 and a Sigma DP2M and I feel comfortable taking CM 1 out as my only camera on many day to day shooting opportunities . It is not just increased resolution but also much better dynamic range and less digital feel to the image when compared to other camera phones like iPhone 6+ etc
Can the LED flash trigger an external flash?
Gadgety: OK, not quite there yet. No OIS, garbage flash. Sure, it'll come in gen 2. Had it had it now, Pana would have gotten my money.
Can external flashes be used, or triggered by the internal one?
I'm dreaming of the Google Ara; a chassis/motherboard and exchangeable modules for rear screen, cameras, flashes, processor etc.
And what about lens protection?
OK, not quite there yet. No OIS, garbage flash. Sure, it'll come in gen 2. Had it had it now, Pana would have gotten my money.
chj: Just got the GM1 and 20mm f/1.7. LOVE IT. Anyone asking for a viewfinder or hotshoe is really missing the point. It's SO small and easy to carry around. The touchscreen and fast autofocus is an awesome combination. You can catch so many shots that you would have missed with another camera. For street shooting, it's just about ideal (weather sealing would make it ideal). My only complaint is mentioned in the review, you have to be careful when turning the control dial so you don't accidently press it and bring up a different setting adjustment.
"Anyone asking for a viewfinder or hotshoe is really missing the point." Yes, I miss the point of true versatility. Adding a couple of millimeters or so in height would make it a solid buy. I'll wait for the GM1 II.
It's amazingly small. The hand grip not having a through hole for the tripod is not a deal breaker, but provides third party providers with a market. The one thing I would still want is a flash hot shoe, though.
Slap DUAL 41mp Pureviews for lossless zooming, 3D photography and video on the Windows Surface. Got to bring something to the RT to make it sell, and they will position Microsoft as the imaging/film tablet par excellence. I know I'd like it. This is one of the key resources of what they bought. There's space and processing power.
ottonis: As an avid user of the legendary Nokia N8, I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the new Lumia Pure View installment , and I have to say that I am fairly disappointed by the1020. I am disappointed for two reasons: 1.) Instead of further increasing sensor size, they actually reduced it compared with the 808 (1/1.5 vs 1/1.2). I know that this was due to reducing camera size and making the device more svelte, but this is still just the wrong direction. 2.) Carefully looking at the samples, their IQ is disappointing, especially in low light (totally blown-out highlights). So, while this is probably still the very best camera in a modern smartphone, it's just an incremental improvement over the existing IQ of modern phones such as iphone5 or Galaxy4, while at the same time the gap between modern compact cameras (RX100, RX1) and the best cameraphone camera has further increased, which turns me away from carrying just one device with me (=cameraphone) for taking pictures.
"it's just an incremental improvement over the existing IQ of modern phones"
Wow, the understatement of the year.
pistachioShell: Is there an example we could see for comparison? What organization has published product reviews, and sold products, and maintained a firewall between the two? If there are good examples, then we could compare the details to build confidence going forward. If there are no examples, then DPR is trying something that no one else has ever accomplished and it will be that much harder to build confidence going forward.
"Overly disruptive advertising" Could you give a few examples of that?
JonB1975: For a site that started in the UK starting this in the US only? SHAME!
I've been waiting for the reviews, expecting them to follow the previews. I was thinking that the delay was due to lack of time, or lack of being provided with the gear... Ooops, now I realize I was a bit naive.
I'm sorry. I didn't even read this through in detail because this GearShop undermines DPReviews credibility.
halc: Sample images look good for a smartphone:
Yet : - highlights are overexposed 2/3 stops or so - plenty of noise even at ISO 100
The Nokia Camera Pro features are cool.
Shame about the Windows Phone OS, though.
@ptox "It's only a shame if you're obsessed with apps."
It depends on your definition of obsessed. I NEED one app for organizing tasks. I depend on it. Am I "obsessed by apps" - well only this one, but not in general. It's available for the PC, iPhone/iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile. Not WP. The developer says the uptake is too small to develop for WP as of today, at least.
Other details, WP doesn't do VPN. And it's supposed to be for the corporate market. Let's see what the next update of WP, the Blue, brings.
Tonkotsu Ramen: no android or ios no care
@jdpatl "My 920 and 1020 have taken some abuse and come out fine."
So you've had the 1020 for a while. Are you working for Nokia, Microsoft or one of the carriers?
vetsmelter: "41MP Nokia Lumia 1020 brings PureView camera tech to Windows Phone" So after almost one year, it is now official? http://www.technobuffalo.com/2012/08/31/nokia-lumia-820-lumia-920-to-bring-pureview-technology-to-windows-phone-8/
I was hoping for an improvement over the 808 But I was expecting to get the same (just Windows Phone trying to catch up with Symbian)Now it seems we are getting less (smaller sensor)
But still a good intermediate release. And the camera module breaks the sterile and generic design of the Lumia, providing improved handgrip in Elops sweaty, restless sausage fingers.
Besides moving from the 2nd best Camera phone, Nokia N8, to the best Camera phone Pureview 808 took almost 2 years as well.If the old Nokia has still some R&D tricks to pull out the closet, we may see the next major update in 2014.
"If the old Nokia has still some R&D tricks to pull out the closet, we may see the next major update in 2014."
Of course they do. And how far away is 3D?
falconeyes: Quite a disappointment.The 1020 uses 1.1 µm pixels where the 808 PV uses 1.4 µm pixels. That's quite a large difference, increasing the crop factor from 3.3 (almost like the 2.7 crop of 1" systems) to 4.2. The 35mm-equivalent aperture is F/9.3 (was F/7.9). The 808PV was about diffraction-limited at the center, so this directly translates to a loss of pixel contrast (the 40% difference in light gathering may or may not be covered by BSI technology).
So, while the 808PV rivals the Nikon 1 and Sony RX100, the 1020 only aims to rival enthusiast compacts. Quite a disppointment.
Thank you for pointing this out. It also goes to show what happens when all the focus in the market is to make phones as slim as possible. Even quite a few comments are about "bulk" compared to the 920 (!) and other smartphones. As for the BSI technology making the pixels more responsive to light, it'll be enlightening to read the photgraphic/video reviews.