jkoch2: A wider 24mm equivalent focal length. Otherwise, resembles its two baggy pant pocket predecessors. For the near $800 price, couldn't they have added time lapse, or how about 4k video? The latter is being offered on phones, so why not?
The <$300 coat pocket LX7 is more bang for buck: smaller 1/1.7" sensor, yes, but as many or more controls, 24mm wide end, longer optical zoom, and time lapse too.
Any as-good-as-new RX100i models priced below $400 might also be viable options. I seriously suspect that many are as-good-as-new, since not many buyers of a (originally) $650 camera will want to bang it around much.
The camera manufacturers usually don't publish sales numbers for specific models, so where is the data that suggests that the LX7 hasn't sold well?
Higuel: «Responding to popular demand»?!? For once I would like these PR have to give prove of their amazing statements!!!
"Popular demand" might not mean the same thing to a low volume manufacturer such as Leica, as it does to Canon or Nikon.
Robert La Palme: I bought two months ago a REAL B&W film camera. The EOS 1V from Canon. For a fraction of the Leica price, you got a real film grain and authentic result in a professional body.
In what sense would the pictures produced by the M Monochrom not be authentic? It doesn't try to simulate B&W film any more than a regular digital camera tries to simulate colour film. It doesn't use any digital filters; it shoots B&W natively because it lacks a colour filter array over the sensor.
foivosloxias: Goodbye freedom of the press.
Sorry for the late reply, but the new notification feature have made it a lot easier to keep track of replies in older threads.
The Press Freedom Index is maintained by Reporters Without Borders, an international organization of journalists. They use a range of different criteria to assess the level of press freedom in the countries of the world, based on information from people actually working in the countries in question. They document their methodology on their website, so why don't you contact them, if you have any problems with their methods and/or results?
Mark Rosen: What about the EM5? I would love to have the zero second anti shock mode...
The E-M5 is probably the one least affected by shutter shock. The E-M1 and E-P5 have a more powerful shutter, while the E-M10, E-PL5 and E-PM2 are all lighter than the E-M5, and therefore more prone to shutter shock.
pew pew: I suspect this camera will blow the dxo sensor stats.
There is no reason to think that this is an old sensor in "reworked form". It is possible to develop a new sensor with the same resolution as an old one.
justmeMN: Listed as currently available on the Nikon USA web site: J1, J2, J3, J4, S1, S2, V1, V2, V3, AW1.
So as Nikon releases the J4, it apparently still has a warehouse full of J1s, among other old models.
Nikon could use some better inventory/model management.
According to Thom Hogan, Nikon can't ship excess inventory to other regions, since their serial numbers are regional. Therefore, if a subsidiary orders more units than they manage to sell, the unsold units will just gather dust on the shelves, and if it orders too few, new ones have to be manufactured to meet demand, even if other subsidiaries have remaining stock. It seems to be a very inflexible system.
chillgreg: Good review Jeff.
That said, it's a pity that the beancounters that pay your wage insist on the Silver Award. Clearly the camera doesn't deserve any gong, and especially as this will be used by your affiliate to sell more cameras.
Here amongst enthusiasts 77% is an accurate assessment, although a sad result for Canon fans. At Amazon however, the shiny DPR Silver Award logo is a big thumbs up for the masses.
Poor and transparent scruples DPR management. :/
Why would 77% be a sad result? According to DPR's explanation of their scoring system, 80% and above is to be regarded as 'outstanding'. In other words, the G1 X Mark II is just short of outstanding. No cause for sadness if you ask me.
Mike FL: IMHO: So far, the BEST low light IQ sub $500 APS-C camera is Fujifilm X-A1.
The Sumsung NX3000 may not look as plastic-like as Fujifilm X-A1, but IQ is everything.
@JackMX-A1 not only has a Sony sensor, but it has a Bayer filter instead of the X-Trans used by the other X system cameras.
Jogger: Interchangeable lenses for cameras with smaller than APSc sensors make no sense. You can get the upcoming Sony RX100m3 with 24-70/1.8-2.8 equiv. in a much smaller package.
What makes sense and what doesn't is up to each one of us to decide for ourselves. Considering the small practical difference between m4/3 and APS-C, if one of them makes sense, the other one does too. I have no problem making sense of 1" sensor ILCs, either.
Robert Soderlund: This is in my opinion how people should do photography these days, not censor out things with bokeh and unrealistic post processing which makes pictures graphics and not photographs.
Photography is about catching the moment, not feed people your own ideas how things in the world "should" or how you would "want" them to look.
Shouldn't each person be allowed to decide for oneself what photography is all about? 'Catching the moment' is certainly one valid reason for taking a picture. Creating art is another equally valid reason, and surely there are other reasons as well.As for bokeh, it's not about 'censoring' the picture. It's about subject isolation and creating a sense of depth. There are many ways in which an artist (painter or photographer) can direct the viewer's eyes to specific parts of an image, and subject isolation is one of them.
simon62: Nice little camera but what a waist! The camera body is actually made as if it was a prototype. And they are pround of this! I bet lenses are perfect but the fact that they have no optical or in-shutter stabilization tells me one thing: They can't make one! Shutter is reported to vibrate at around 1/3 of a second.(perhaps they too buy from Copal...) Japanese manufacturers are ages ahead
"I have always kind of despised that pretty ignorant and arrogant, sometimes almost like neo-nazi - uber camera- leica crowd."
Sorry Rage Joe, no offence, but if I would describe that statement of yours, ignorant and arrogant are exactly the words that come to mind. You look down on people, most of whom you don't know, based on a stereotype.
topstuff: Got to love the hypocrite haters on DPR.
If the people knocking Leica all wear Lorus or Casio copy watches, drive Hyundai's, only wear Walmart clothes, only eat non-branded food and genuinely have no desire for "aspirational brands" then they would have a point.
But I bet the average, 50 plus, white north American male on DPR is not like that. I bet the average guy here likes a premium brand car, likes a well cut suit, and well made clothes, enjoys a branded TV and home appliances. If these same people do not apply the same code to photo gear, that is their prerogative. But to knock Leica and the people who do value Leica gear, is hypocritical IMO.
"It all boils down to whether you want to concentrate on photography and the resulting image or if you just want to concentrate how you are (brainwashed to) think about the camera body"
Yes, but that argument goes both ways. If it's photography and the resulting images that counts, and not the camera body, then why should it matter if you choose a Leica instead of a Fuji or some other brand?A lot of Leica shooters are in fact people who care more about photography than about the camera gear. After all, Leica isn't exactly known for putting all the latest technology into their cameras.
Peter Bendheim: Leica T = All smoke and, in this case, no mirror. And I'll bet my ass those lenses are made by someone else and not in Germany. Germany has very loose rules on what constitutes using the words "Made in Germany' . A bit of web research will show you this. Leica is all about marketing.
It has already been stated that the lenses are made in Japan, but not by Panasonic.
JohnMatrix: Anyone knows what happens to the f stop when you attach the tele-converter? Presumably you don't get something for free? thx
The f-stop is the same, but light transmission is probably slightly worse. Don't know if it makes any practical difference, though.
PK24X36NOW: False: "the camera has all the elements implied by the term 'DSLR.'"
Nope! It's missing the "Reflex" part. It's name is therefore moronic in more than one respect. It's mirror is not "translucent" (as you pointed out) AND it is not a "Reflex" camera.
I guess they should call it "DSLST" for Digital Single Lens Semi-Transparent...
Or maybe they should just make DSLRs again, and then they could call them what they are.
Mirror lenses are sometimes referred to as mirror reflex lenses. It's the same usage of the word 'reflex' as in SLR.
Edit: I see that Andy Westlake gave a much better reply while I was typing.
No, it refers to the fact that there's a mirror reflecting light. The mirror movement is not a reflex movement.
'Reflex' means that it has a reflecting mirror, not that it has a moving mirror. A reflex movement is an involuntary movement in response to an external stimulus. That's not what the R in DSLR stands for. I find it incredible that this mistake is made so often.
Ben O Connor: Its a great camera. It ONLY lacks a true OVF as in pentax K-3. End of the day its a DSLR then why electric VF ????? Apart from that its a perfect... But perfection is not anything being "apart" from a single elementh right ? ;)
An OVF would be dimmer in a DSLR with a fixed semi-transparent mirror, since it would receive less light. An EVF shows you the live view feed from the imaging sensor.
beavertown: 12 fps + 60fps in Jpg, APS-C Sensor, that puts Nikon 1 system to great shame.
Well done Sony.
It can shoot a burst of 60 JPEGs at 12 fps, not 60 fps. So it doesn't really put the Nikon 1 to shame.