Still 8-bit colour depth?
If you strip these compact X Leica cameras from the self-indulgence feeling-good consumerist delusional trick of the large elaborate packaging and monolithic old-fashioned German marketing, what remains is a well-built camera with varying (mostly mediocre) performance and lack of features at a very high price. Suit yourselves...
I wonder HOW many versions of the model X will take to replace that unacceptable 230K LCD with a normal resolution screen!! Or is this another "feature" of the X series, like the retarded aperture dial? Leica is a dinosaur hiding behind an expiring name. I remember handling the first X1 model I was appalled of the non-resopnsiveness of the AF. I'm expecting that XE as well as the "flagship" (only in size, I'm afraid) X are the slowest AF compacts on the market. Leica, wake your engineers up!!!
luiseg: Neglected and dirty fingernails......
Yes, this is a good reason not to buy it....
These lenses are huge and heavy for a mere F4 DoF... No thanks, FF 70-200 F4 are lighter, smaller, cheaper and balance better on a DSLR. If I want compact and good performance (without good DoF control, granted) I'm happy to use the super tiny and very cheap panasonic 45-150 4-5.6 on M4/3.
RStyga: PENTAX execs:Recall KS-1, please! Say that the battery circuit causes led malfunction, or that the flash light turns reddish in anger when the "leds" are on. Something.. just get this "thing" out of production, now!
Z Tosic,I was referring to the design, not performance, and I'm pretty sure my sentiment is widely shared amongst many photographers. Perhaps, you neither have reached the intellectual level to make the distinction nor have the maturity to confine your ego within your "personal space". At any rate, your idiotic bitterness is noted.
No one bothered to look at page 13... :-)
"Danger, danger! Thunderbirds are go!" (Ominous 60s music)
cgarrard: So much for sleep eh Richard? :)
I say its about time camera companies take risk and start building more enthusiast friendly cameras. I'd still like to see more risk and more niche's filled.
And maybe one of them will be bold enough to finally make a digital film cartridge we can use for our film cameras.
But it would sell and breath new life to existing SLRs:
The default wish of many photographers: a digital film cartridge; I second that! I'm afraid, however, that there is not enough space for a digital sensor without altering a 35mm film SLR's internals so no generic cartridge can be made.
RStyga: I love the fact that it is marketed as a digital-rangefinder-feature camera; that will kick Leica's butt to move a bit towards better-featured products and perhaps slightly lower prices.
True but it doesn't hurt to have another "rangefinder" out there... Leica is a small company and went nearly bankrupt in early 2000 so they do care about their market share...
I love the fact that it is marketed as a digital-rangefinder-feature camera; that will kick Leica's butt to move a bit towards better-featured products and perhaps slightly lower prices.
Gesture: I understand your comments about the battery, but if I can afford a $1,300 camera, I'll have 4 or 5 batteries in pocket. I wish Leica has the resources and motivation to try and advance viewing systems, as Fuji has.
For Leica, it seems, lack of features is sold as a "purity" feature!
Just calling this model a digital rangefinder is great since it will push -even a little- Leica to improve on specs and become more competitive in their pricing; nothing like a little monopoly disturbance!
Samsung seems to have had internal competition with the introduction of a colourful model on page 13!
Well, well, Olympus has started making the "small" and "compact" lenses, now that the initial craze about 'm4/3' equals 'compactness' has subsided...
PENTAX execs:Recall KS-1, please! Say that the battery circuit causes led malfunction, or that the flash light turns reddish in anger when the "leds" are on. Something.. just get this "thing" out of production, now!
KonstantinosK: Whatever happened to the MX-1? Is it still in production?
MX-1 is a very capable compact camera and, if a bit chunky and heavy, it has style and substance. It has a subtle brick-like design slightly reminiscent of the singular K-01.
ManuelVilardeMacedo: Dear Ricoh people: please give the Pentax brand the mercy shot. The brand formerly known as Asahi Pentax, which gave us spot metering, does not deserve being subjected to so much ridicule. Just call every camera "Ricoh". It's OK. Ricoh has a nice reputation for great cameras too. I'd rather never see a Pentax-branded camera again than see gold point and shoots (and DSLRs with LED lights on the handgrip) with an once prestigious name on it.
The truth is that Pentax have been delaying the release of a full frame DSLR but let's not forget that the company changed top executive route several times in its recent history (Samsung partnership, Hoya merger, Ricoh merger). At the same time, they have indeed, managed to release a number of award winning DSLRs including the classic K10D, the K-5 series and the APS-C king K-3. I do believe they are now under way to produce, at last, the long-awaited full frame. Long live Pentax. :-)
007peter: Panasonic hits a home run this year and last year. The GH4 is a stunning achievement as a Film/Photo hybrid, then Panasonic release a FZ1000 super-zoom fitting a lens that almost seem impossible. Now Panasonic managed to squeeze in a 24-75/1.8 ~ 2.8 lens into a Micro43 sensor camera that is no bigger than a GX-7, what's more its stunningly cheap when compare to buying an M43 camera + Panasonic 12-35/2.8. Good Job Panasonic.
Panasonic is doing great. Olympus has recovered -hopefully- from the executive management scandal and cruising at top speed in the DSLM arena. It will be great if Ricoh enters the mirrorless market but, I'm afraid it would disturb Pentax's course too much to risk the move.