JustDavid: 'announced alongside two equally rugged lenses' - surely not 2m shockproof lenses :)
There is a video of a journo doing his own test and dropping on the floor @ engadget or gizmodo, I think.
Mirrorless Crusader: This is bound to be a niche product. A good niche product, for sure, but this isn't going to be a "regular camera" for many people when they could get the same thing for $300-400 less without the waterproofing.
And a good choice for those who don't want to be forced to stop shooting because of some rain, sand, snow or dust
Greg VdB: hm... an o-ring between the body and lens to keep it waterproof to a depth of 15m? All it takes is one tiny hair to bridge that and your nice 1000$ camera goes blub-blub... Even if all users take good care of that (e.g. keep it greased or something), o-rings tend to wear out after some time.
Don't get me wrong, I think this is an exciting camra, and very much needed as proven by the rugged camera group test showed - surely this one will blows those toys out of the water (haha) in terms of image quality! Yet, I'm sceptical about it remaining waterproof for a long time... A fixed-focal would stress me less, but then again, even that seems unfounded if what Michael She says below is true.
Wow- ever hear about the idea that as the operator of a piece of equipment you take some responsibility to learn how it works and prepare it for use? Your "objections" are so typical of the lazy, do-everything-for-me attitude - maybe owning a camera is too much of a challenge for you - a paperweight might be more in your level of operational skills ...
novak977: lovely concept but I would rather invest in underwater case for upcoming Full Frame NEX or alternatively Fuji (with their excellent low light performance). Large sensor is the key for good underwater photography or video. Just don't expect exciting results with your f5.6 Nikon lens - equivalent of f 15.1 on full frame!
Good luck hiking or kayaking or caving with your FF camera and 2kg housing!
thx1138: Ok now Nikon has had the foresight to release a dedicated UW camera with relatively large sensor that shoots RAW and has the bonus of IL, how long before the numskulls at Sony, Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji, Pentax and Samsung wake to themselves. And if they do, how long will the AW1 have in the sun to shine and will it be enough to save the Nikon mirrorless ecosystem?
Whatever, this should have happened 3 years ago.
Totally disagree - as someone who takes a camera every time I fish, kayak, hike this is EXACTLY what I have been waiting for - something light, compact, better image quality than 1/2.3 sesnor tough cam that cah handle saltwater splashes, wind blown sand, rain and fish slime. I bet when these reach the shops they will sell very well.
Hah- this is the GoPro's competition now ...
TFD: Not quite sure I understand the fuss about interchangeable lens camera that have no/few actually lens to change, for which you get to pay a premium price.
Not sure I would be submerging this camera either $$$
Have could it have "No lens to change"? - it has two underwater rated lenses if you actually read the article, and can use the other "normal" series 1 lenses and probably other Nikon lenses via the series 1 adapter.Obviously if you don't intend to use it for it's purpose then why would you buy it? There is nothing else like it on the market - that's why it is causing a fuss. The alternatives cr*appy little compacts or bulky expensive housings weighing 1-2 kgs.As for not submerging it -well, that says more about you than the camera.
Pixel Judge: I am still waiting for bigger sensor, 1/1.7" or 2/3".
When, when, when will someone put a decent sensor in a ruggedized camera?? I have happy memories of using the Fuji HD-M film camera that was the forerunner of this genre. Why always the cr*ppy little 1/2.3 sensor? Believe it or not, there are outdoor people who want to take decent photos in low light situations like dawn, dusk or stormy, rainy weather.
jmmgarza: How 'bout 9 minutes?
I think the cat steals the scene in the photo with her owner - that er-um author lady ...
ogl: 150/3.6 equivalent of 135 format for 900 USD. Hmmm.
I don't think that 150 mm is PORTRAITS distance.
Hope you realize it is only F3.6 for DOF, not for exposures. This will be a great indoor event lens.
eadrian75: Sometimes i miss the m43 gear i had, but then i see the prices of quality m43 lenses and i don't regret selling and moving up to APS-C.
I never miss the APS DSLR I had. I think you're out of touch with the prices of equivalent Nikon or Canon glass - this aint cheapo kit lens territory, M43 is a serious format and deserves good glass. APS is a dead end with mirrorless because you get no lens size advantage even from skinny little bodies as the NEX so beautifully demonstrates.
evogt500: Stop adding Megapixels!
Wonder how long before someone figures how to hack wi-fi cameras so they can access your GPS so they can stalk you ...?
Anastigmat: A big disappointment. All that hoopla for nothing. A micro 4/3 camera that tries to look like an OM camera cosmetically. Looks like Olympus is unable or unwilling to set itself free from the 4/3 sensor straightjacket. While Nikon just released a full frame DSLR with a 30+ pixels full frame sensor, all that Olympus can do is to offer some old wine in an even older bottle. Wine may get better with age, but camera technology does not.
What a joke, this will sell to photographers who want to a camera that accompanies them while doing things rather than a Nikon millstone that weigh 400% more.
Mssimo: I do like the L-Fn button (Lens custom button)
I hope all lenses from now on have at least one of these.
The L-Fn button on the Olympus is a focus range limiter - it has nothing in common with the Samsung button!
Louis_Dobson: Interesting choice of photo. I shoot FF Nikon these days. I miss my Oly gear. It was half the weight and I could trust it in the wet. Only now that it has, to all intents and purposes, gone, do I find people appreciate the virtues. At the time it was all "This stuff is junk, if you shoot a black cat in a coal cellar there is more noise". Still makes me cross.
Totally agree, Louis. I am finding paying less importance to high ISO and magapixels because frankly any halfway decent sensor of 10-12 MP is entirely adequate for the magazines I publish with. The stress for me is now on issues like size, sealing, handling.In the last 5-6 years I have destroyed 4-5 powershots, one Olympus E-1 and a Pentax K-7 through water related incidents.The K-7 stood up to one total immersion of over 5 seconds when I slipped during a river crossing. It survived many fishing trips being splashed with saltwater and fish slime. But by the end of a year the seals were all being to fail in the lens and arounf the body. I think that is the biggest issue that isn't emphasised by camera makers - unlike normal cameras, WR equipment must be constantly monitored for seal integrity and seals replaced at first sign of failure. For DSLRs I near saltwater I'd not trust the camera body or lens sealing that much, better to work on some sort of cover/housing.
Sdaniella: E-3 is 'compact'??? hahaha, u guys r funny.
Nobody said the E-3 was a compact, and there is nothing saying the "Survival" article is only about compact cameras .. so what is your comment about?
I reckon this will be easily the most popular of the 3rd generation, and not just on the price - more modern design, fast AF, good amount of direct buttons, tilty screen,more compact profile and lighter weight will differentiate from bigger, more expensive EP3 and utterly basic EPM1.But I'll still be getting the E-P3 :)