munro harrap: I wont buy one that has no manual zoom at all, because I want to decide when I change focal length-not have to wait for some icle electric motor to zoom slowly and inaccurately instead (they never stop where you need them to!).
And I do not buy things that have automatic battery-dependant lens caps.
Really, one would think that with the added expense and the battery drain manufacturers would avoid all such like the plague, but then one HAS to have something that goes wrong... to get you back to the shops to buy an "upgrade".
I am sure that you can put a full-frame sensor into a body this size now, with decent lenses, as the Leica's lenses are still to scale, so one fine day very soon Sony will do just that- with all those Contax G lens designs just awaitingits "creation".Would you want zoom lenses? Yes, obviously, and they do not have to be huge either now, as the scaled down zoom on the LX-100 shows us, just f2.8or F4, since big sensors are so good at high ISOs now.
A prime example of you can't please everyone. I won't buy a camera without an evf, perhaps I should go and complain about every camera without one.
According to DPR the manual focus ring can be used as a zoom ring when not in manual focus mode. And on the Panasonic Japan website it says the manual focus ring can be used as a step zoom. Here's the link, you have to google translate.http://panasonic.jp/dc/lx100/operation.html
The automatic lens cap is an optional extra. It comes with a normal pinch lens cap, so I'm not sure you're complaining about here. Personally I'd much rather have the automatic cap rather than mess around with a fiddly lens cap.
And lastly I think a FF compact with a zoom lens is a pipe dream right now. It was an amazing achievement in creating a fast lens for a M43 sensor. A sensor that is four times the size will require a significantly bigger image circle. If you use a slow lens then you lose the advantage of FF.
Jon Schick: OK Panasonic (and Leica)....please make sure the firmware allows me to select my aperture and shutter speed and still keep auto ISO (ie like TAv mode in Pentax). I'd find that really useful.....
Thanks in anticipation,
As would I.