mosc: Leica made a FF fixed camera! That's awesome but it won't have a viewfinder worth... the EVF has WHAT resolution?? And the rear screen won't let me pick a focus... it's a touch screen? It'll have some ridiculously poor video... 60fps you say? The lens won't be as good as a typical M... it's HOW fast and sharp?
And it's combination of AF and MF seems even better that Fuji's X if it's living up to rangefinder levels of awesome. This lens seems the equal of nearly any wide angle prime made by canon or nikon as well.
Even at $4,300 you can't expect it to be much cheaper with a FF sensor (A7 is still $1k) and a f1.7 wide angle lens (canon's is $450 for f1.8), with that EVF and IS as well. If this were say an olympus product you'd expect it to drop in price some but you know this won't. This is probably the best VALUE leica in a very long time too.
Good points.. But I'm pretty sure it will drop in price - just look at the other digital Leicas.
RStyga: 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!!!
AF was certainly quite good on the X2, hope this is even better.
AF on the X1 can only be describes as a joke, I agree with you there.
The aperture dial IS a little retarded, but I still prefer it over nothing, but they really should put it on the barrell.. 230k accually didn't bother me that much on the X2, X typ 113 has 920 dots so that's a major step up..
A built-in EVF would have been nice, but all in all I think the X 113 makes a bit more sense than both the X1 and X2...
This is the beginning of the end of Leica..
I believe what Olympus is to pull a Leica:
price their products so high that they become status symbols.
How about that ridiculous premium package seen here: http://www.olympuspen.com/
Wonder what the price will be for that one - the camera with the wooden grip is aparently $1600 for the camera alone - I'm guessing $2900 for the premium package?
JMichaelsPhoto: The reason I've only ever purchased one olympus and will never again was the fact that I paid so much money for the E-P1 when it first came out, like $900, and in 6 months the E-P2 was announced for $600. And again, a new PEN digital is now exorbitantly expensive as the first and there's absolutely no reason for most people, even those interested in mirrorless cameras, to buy one. It's not the prettiest, it's not even the most advanced. I honestly do not understand this company, or why they believe people will just run out and buy their cameras when there are much better options out there. You're either a m4/3 fanboy and will stand behind any piece of crap that olympus makes, or you're an enthusiast who already has a bunch of cameras and for me, I've got no incentive to buy this camera. I've got an E-P1 already and replacing it for $1300 isn't an option for me. I use my Nikon D7000 more anyway.
Agreed. I put my E-P3 up for sale the day I saw the leaked E-P5 images. But after the price was announced I pretty much changed my mind.
micahmedia: I'm not going to say that this is overpriced, because that's a matter of opinion.
I AM going to say that Olympus themselves have all but said it is. Look at the current price of the E-M5. That says it.
If they had included the VF-4 in the box, it might make sense.
Instead they're implying a bunch of things that sound bad:1. The viewfinder in the E-M5 isn't worth money.2. Viewfinders are cheap to add, but we're going to charge you a lot of money for them anyway.3. EVFs are practically free to add, but we still didn't add one to this camera. We won't let price reflect that though.4. Our flagship isn't that much better than all our other cameras.5. This is the best we can do.
Now, I like Oly's latest offerings quite a bit, so this is not a critique of quality. This is a comment on what their pricing hierarchy indicates about the value of their products. It's a very confused and mixed message.
I disagree. Weather sealing and build-in EVF are stamples of top -end models. The camera at the top of the hierarchy has the pro features. With the E-P5 you pretty much pay for the design. But it is not the top model.
Agreed. Jealous people, I would think.
Great resolution, DR doesn't look as good as expected here..