A handsome quality looking product. Resembles Leica's M series lenses a little, which is no bad thing and maybe even deliberate!
The lack of an external mic option is an extraordinary oversight on the part of Panasonic! As their cameras are supposed to be amongst the best in the business when it comes to video. The field-sequential EVF also seems to be a bit of a step backwards too.
qwertyasdf: I hope the in body IS works well. Because seriously, Panasonic in lens OIS sucks.
Maybe that's why they developed this new in-camera system.
This is a very well-specified little camera! But I'm still hoping against hope that Fujifilm release an XE-2 in the Autumn - that's the camera I really want (I've had it with the bulk of DSLR's), if they don't I think I'll go for an XE-1. Just something about Fujifilm's X-series cameras that appeal to me, despite this new Panasonic being a seemingly much more sophisticated camera.
"bought-out by private equity group Ventizz" - I didn't know that! Now it makes sense why the venerable Hasselblad is now producing this crap for all those tasteless nouveau-rich with more money than sense!
Not keen on these cheapo-plasticy XC series lenses. I hope these two are the only ones they're going to make. I thought Fujifilm's 'X'-series of cameras and lenses were supposed to be quality premium products.
Posted the same comment twice by accident, you can't delete posts so I had to put something here - sorry.
Impressive! So that's what the Martians look like!
Great photo capabilities, impressive for a smartphone. But the smartphone specs themselves are a bit below par for a high-end phone.
Nice photo,the lichen hanging off the trees gives it an almost dream like quality.
An impressive demo. But being a predominantly stills photographer, I'm mildly concerned over the still image quality of 40.4 million photo-diodes on an APS-C sized sensor, despite being combined to produce 20.2 MPs in that mode. I hope Canon have cracked it and are able to provide the best of best worlds. But I'm not going to get too excited until full image quality tests are carried out on this new sensor/ image processor combo.
So no phase-detection AF like with the X100S then. I thought Fujifilm would be standardising on this tech across its X-series cameras by now. I really want to see a successor to the X-E1 soon too.
The cinemagraph is quite captivating - for a little while. The animated GIF though is just annoying. But they're both just looped images - how long can you stare at such things before getting fed up? Its not something you can come back to years later and still appreciate like a good photograph. Still I like the idea of say having a photo of a model with the sea constantly lapping the shore in the background or say a sheet of fine fabric blowing in the wind...but again the appeal will quickly waver.
FreedomLover: What about this ?
Clear Photos in Dim Light: New Sensor a Thousand Times More Sensitive Than Current Camera Sensors
May 30, 2013 — Cameras fitted with a new revolutionary sensor will soon be able to take clear and sharp photos in dim conditions, thanks to a new image sensor invented at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
I've been reading about the miracle properties of graphene for years now, being a bit of a science geek - but the R&D never turns into a bonafide product for the market place. Its like the boy who cried wolf too many times - you don't take it seriously anymore.
Interesting tech - it would be nice to see such sensors utilized in Fujifilms X-Pro1 and XE-1 successors.
If this camera had come with a full-frame sensor like Sony's RX1 rather than an APS-C, then maybe that purchase price wouldn't seem so out of touch with reality. It would of made for an interesting take on the luxury compact concept.
massimogori: The day before Hasselblad starts shipping the Lunar and, zap!, Leica defeats them with the X-Vario!
At least the Lunar has interchangeable lenses, not the joke of a lens this one comes with! The Lunar's horrible too mind.
What a huge overpriced disappointment this is!! For people with more money than sense!
Just a slightly re-styled X2 with a fixed zoom? I hope not - more likely that zoom is a kit lens and this in fact is an interchangeable lens variation of the X series. Shame it doesn't incorporate an EVF as standard - or maybe it does...that thicker top-plate might not just be a styling flourish.
Two or three years back Leica hinted that they were looking into the APS-C interchangeable lens - mirrorless camera market. Maybe this is what they've come up with? But it'll have to be something very special to compete with the price/performance ratio of Fujifilm's offerings...but then I suppose that 'Leica' nameplate will be enough for many people.
Still, looking forward to see what they have up their sleeve.
I go back on what I wrote earlier. Like some others here, I'm starting to think now it will most likely be a FF- M camera with the rangefinder mechanism lobbed off.