I really like the squared off styling of these cameras, very pleasing on the eye anyway. Looking forward to the full review...
Except maybe slightly increased comfort, for talking on next to your face or storing in a large bum pocket, what's the advantage of such a design? Seems a bit gimmicky to me, a case of doing something with new technology just for the sake of doing it, no matter how Samsung tries to spin it.
Its aesthetic resembles that of a 1950s/60s portable radio. From the smoothed out curves of the whole body and lens, to the control dials on top, to the laser-etched body texture, which resembles that of a speaker grill...I wonder if they looked at such retro-radios for design inspiration? Anyway that's what this project remind's me of.
I've always really liked Pentax's flagship DSLR's. They're compact super-solid bricks, that are always a little different (in a good way) to their main contenders in the segment. If I wasn't in the market now for something more compact and light-weight...Fujifilm should be releasing an updated X-E1s/X-E2 some time this month. I would seriously consider upgrading to this. Not so keen on the 'Ricoh' logo on the back though.
vlad0: They helped make the two best cameraphones thus far.. the N8 and the 808.. I won't be surprised if this ends up on a Microsoft phone soon..
This also could form the basis for a good photo-system on next years iPhone 6...extra resolution combined with post-capture focal control (like a Lytro camera) while still allowing the smartphone to remain super thin.
GabrielZ: Give it a 1 inch sensor - EVF and it might become relevant again, oh and a touch-screen facility would be good too - Canon are market leaders in that department.
I forgot about the G1X - good camera, but Canon's G-series OVF's can't compare to the latest batch of high-res EVF's with their full coverage and no tunnel-vision effect. Give them a high frame-rate and your pretty much golden, except maybe in very low light.
Give it a 1 inch sensor - EVF and it might become relevant again, oh and a touch-screen facility would be good too - Canon are market leaders in that department.
83% score - why only a silver award and not gold? The XF 14mm f2.8 got the same score and was awarded gold!
A great idea, but no hotshoe...that might be a problem. Its basically flashless, the built-in unit is puny, almost like those on smartphones.
They keep on mentioning the excellent image quality, but that smudging when there's high frequency green detail in the shot seems to be a major flaw, especially when taking landscape photography.
I have no problem at all with Apple keeping the sensor at 8MP, phone sensors are tiny so adding dozens of pixels to the res is a pointless exercise, a phone's image quality is never going to be great. But for taking photos of family , friends and the occasional candid they're fine. So Apple's improvements to its smartphone are welcome and enough for me. If I want to photograph a masterpiece (lol) I'll use my 'proper' DSLR.
Enough with all this low-end stuff, enthusiasts want to see an X-Pro2 and X-E2 come out - its time.
Robert Morris: X-E2 Please.
Out a few months? It was introduced about a year ago, I agree with Robert Morris, I want to see an X-E2 as well. Other companies refresh models after a year, why not Fujifilm?
What! Cokin are still around? I thought they disappeared from the scene yonks ago! I had a substantial set of Cokin square filters back in the days of film and thoroughly enjoyed them. I assumed today with the digital darkroom and the advanced image processing available to all, that such filters (with the exception of polarizers, and UV ones to protect the lens) had become obsolete.
From the front its completely ruined by those awful dated looking exposed screw heads and from the side - its a real fatty!
What a terrible design! Samsung should of kept this in the lab. If Apple are working on a smartwatch of their own, they've got nothing to worry about here!
Canon's G series compacts need an EVF to replace their awful optical one's.
Exactly! Signs of desperation on Nikon's part, due to the photo savvy smartphone onslaught? Just release a photo optimized smartphone of your own and be done with it...might even sell - maybe?
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.