SirLataxe: Very nice - but lacking in two essentials: no articulating screen and no facility to mount a wide angle conversion lens.
An articulated screen would make the camera so much more useful, especially for close-ups, street photography and video, where taking the pictures from waist or lower level makes such a difference.
A high quality add-on WA lens would make the camera an ideal tool for landscapes taken during longer walks in difficult terrain, where the weight of a larger camera and lenses would be tedious.
Hey you should mount a GoPro to that baby.
The other day my cat was under a bed, it was dark and the autofocus wasn't getting his face so I had to mf, the articulating screen meant I only had to crouch instead of lying on the floor. Boom, feature justified. Touch screen I'd like but can live without, articulating screen no unfortunately I get too many good shots using it. Also very useful for low-down macro shots.
How many of you here drive a Lexus, Acura or Infiniti? Or a Cadillac? Or a Lincoln?
Y'know. Just asking. *innocent whistle*
Not quite - brands like Lexus at the very least do things like upgrade the electronics, seats, sound-proofing, bigger engines etc - and in some cases substantially change things like drivetrain layout. Superficial often sure, but almost always better than just slapping a grip on and tripling the price. The equivalent would be maybe putting a better EVF on, longer zoom, weather sealing..
So yes Hasselblad really was being a bit shameless with these. The luxury car market is competitive, the luxury camera market is Leica and.........................
Raist3d: Why? Who is buying these things...
David Beckham, Dmitry Medvedev, probably Kanye West...
Petrogel: Hasselblad is the great example of how to make easy money on idiots .
Unfortunately though, they didn't make much money, and have closed the design studio pumping these rebrands out.
I'm glad to see the back of them but it's never good to see a potentially great company doing badly.
Jesus Christ fuego6, how do you even take pictures from your zimmer frame? Did we really just get an un-ironic 'in my day' comment on a tech website?
The craft that went into using technologies of the past is a wonderful thing, but if I want to get down on my hands and knees I'll get my OM-2 out and have fun missing one in three shots for an afternoon. Otherwise let's move with the times.
richscence: wondering which to buy...fujifilm XT-1 or nikon 5300? can advise?
I'm not at all convinced that the Nikon would have a faster more reliable autofocus. The saying 'DSLR's have better autofocus' does not apply when we are talking about an entry level DSLR and a semi-pro mirrorless.
The modes (aperture priority etc) you list on the D5300 are all easily available, but there is only one control dial, so shooting manual is borderline pointless. Great you can change aperture, but oh no not exposure now!
Why on earth would you recommend the Nikon 24-120 on a crop sensor body? You're talking about a £700 full-frame lens.
Define 'blow away' image wise? Fuji have fantastic lenses, and 16mp combined with their excellent auto-balance could well mean better images out of the body than the entry Nikon.
I owned a 5100, it was a great camera, but it gave me nothing a far smaller camera like the Sony a6000 wouldn't do better now. Entry DSLR's are a waste of space literally, you can get that sensor in a much smaller body for the same price with better autofocus.
The XT-1 is a much higher spec camera than the 5300. The XT-1 has far more manual control, but that only matters if you intend to use manual control. The Nikon only has one control dial - this will limit you if you intend to learn to shoot with more manual settings. If however you intend to shoot on 'auto' settings, the XT-1 will be a total waste of money - Fuji make cheaper cameras that would suit you better.
The D5300 and XT-1 are not competitors, the XT-1 is much more similar in spec to the Nikon 7100. I suspect that if you have to ask this question, then you do not need an XT-1. Also note - Fuji lenses are much more expensive than most Nikon APSC lenses.
The Nikon is very big for an entry-enthusiast camera, there are many mirrorless cameras like the Sony a6000 with better/same performance, a similar price, and much smaller size.
It does not sound like you need an XT-1, unless you are extremely ambitious, in which case you would not be looking at a 5300.
philharris: The Seattle skyline shot on page 10 is a great advert for the $100 cheaper and 100gms lighter Sony RX100III.
I take better pictures when I've got the settings on the camera right. Better manual controls on the Panasonic, for me, would lead to better shots than with the Sony. If Sony put the RX100 innards in a larger body with more controls (which sounds like sacrilege) then I'd probably get one.
Also you have to carry something around that looks like you paid $100 for in an airport electronics store. Some people won't mind that, some people will like that the Panasonic looks like what it is - a good camera.
George Christofi: With fujifilm Like Xt1 XE2 you have updates no need to by a new camera
Fuji is a far smaller company, they release a good product as soon as it passes muster, then continue working on the firmware implementing things they would have liked to release with.
I never understood why this was seen as a good thing. Removing problems with firmware updates, yes we all like that, even when the problem should never have existed.. adding features however is, in my opinion, sketchy.
Frankly all the patching that goes on at Fuji concerns me as a potential customer - why the hell are they releasing half baked firmware on release - and am I going to have to keep updating the firmware to get the most from the camera?
I'd far rather focus on the release specs, thanks..
Earthlight: Sony and Sigma have managed to pull off someting quite lovely. They are a breath of fresh air in this market.
Sigma needs to start cranking lenses out for the Sony mount. Would that not be a win-win scenario?
@Zeisschen, I believe they said that the small flange distance makes developing FF lenses for E-mount difficult, and not currently worth the R&D. Hopefully they will change their mind, their APS-C E-mount lenses were great. If the system keeps selling well eventually the numbers will look appealing and hopefully we'll get Sigma (does anyone care about Tamron?) in the system.
Have you tried an articulating screen? My last two cameras had them, and I used them all the time. Shooting your camera at waist level can have huge advantages. My best street shots were taken like that because nobody knew I was shooting pictures.
How many times do we have to have cave-men in the comments saying 'I don't want x new feature on my camera' with a hundred replies saying 'good for you but we do'?
Morten Rasmussen: Dpreview are Panasonic fanboys. You should consider this when you read their reviews.
What I mean is;
How come a camera that was launched so recently already gets a review and a very good one, when the Sony a5100, which, I may add, probably blows the LX100 out of the water, and is same size or smaller, doesn't get reviewed.
It's always the same when panasonic ships a new camera Dpreview is right there, but not so much with the other brands. One could get the impression that they benefit somehow.
@Morten - a big part of that is whether the manufacturer has given them samples, whether they have a PR firm breathing down their neck etc. Friends working in marketing for brands will phone journalists twice a day to get their products covered on websites, maybe Panasonic is doing that and Sony isn't?
I'll write you a review for the a5100 right now. a6000 with the EVF taken off at a lower price. :)
Great camera, not sure we need a 20 page write-up about it.
Boss of Sony: I thought this was the ideal camera until I realized it was the same size as the A6000 with one of its small lenses on it. A6000 has twice the sensor size, twice the megapixels, and the option of changing lenses, plus it's cheaper.
@Boss of Sony - I have the 35mm f1.8 and it makes it a much larger more awkwardly shaped camera than the LX100. Good lens, but you can't change the focal length either. Why do I feel like I'm stating the obvious?
How surprised must the industry be that the two most praised cameras of the end of 2014 are both 12 megapixels? The A7s and LX100 have had professionals and enthusiasts excited in a way I haven't seen for ages. Sure cameras like the D810 and 6DII have received very functional praise, but these two 12mp bodies have been giving grizzled veterans creative goosebumps. People have been saying 'it isn't about the megapixels' for so long, finally a manufacturer laid down the gauntlet and hey, turns out a lot of people are actually prepared to put their money where their mouth is..
However as someone who crops way too damn much, ironically I would actually like 24mp+.
shademaster: But tell us what you really think…
But seriously, cons: "no articulating display". I don't need touchscreen, but I really want the flexibility to shoot at eye level with EVF OR waist level on the screen. Lack of tilt is a huge downside and a draw for RX100 mkiii.
I agree, anyone who doesn't believe in tilt screens should try walking down the street (or around a group of friends) with the camera at waist or chest level with the screen out, looking like your changing settings, actually taking the most amazing candid portraits.. Or resting the camera on a railing and taking stable 8 second exposure night shots without having to bend down. I can live without it, but after two cameras with articulating screens I just don't want to.
Ah but if only those small lenses were any good. If only we could all bring ourselves to leave the house with only a mediocre 16mm f2.8 prime attached to our lovely camera. I speak from personal experience - putting those small lenses on a Sony activates a small voice in your head saying 'brace yourself to accept serious compromise'.
Let's hope Sony's redesigned power-zoom next year is better, then we'll have a fight.
40daystogo: Once the LX series ceases to be a true pocketable camera, then it is up against cameras that are fairly small but not quite pocketable, such as the Sony A6000 which has an APS-C sensor. If you use the stuido-compare function of the above review, you'll see the A600 blows the LX100 out of the water.
As an example - I went on a 3 week trip recently with my NEX-6 - I took 4 lenses. That means I went everywhere with a camera bag. If I thought something the size of an LX100 could free me of that while still having good dof and manual controls I'd say it was making a very good case for itself.
@ CA - I'd agree that the A6000 doesn't feel well built enough, however I wouldn't call it entry level, I'd call it entry priced ;)
Also unfortunately at the moment Sony doesn't have a very good low-profile lens. Put the 35/50 1.8s on and you've got a much more awkwardly shaped camera. If the 16mm pancake or powerzoom were any good it might be a tougher choice. I also rarely take just those lenses anywhere - the LX100 is more versatile on it's own.
You're right - I'd probably never put the LX100 in my pocket (just about stuffed a Canon G-series in there a few times) however it might still be more convenient for grabbing in and out of a small bag, with the peace of mind that you have the right lens on the body at any given moment.
Tal Shachar: 1. nice of Dpreivew to post reviews of a dedicated video camera without stills. 2. I guess there is no still option in this camera, but the good news, since it's only 8 Mega Pixel, it uses all it's sensor size for video (like canon C-100, C300, C500), compared to those DSLR with 20-32 MP which uses only the center of sensor for video.3. it's about time we can buy a cameras from different brand of what we have without the need to buy a new set of lenses.4. it's time all of us consumers will buy only from companies that allow you to have compatibility for all accessories and not just their on (that JVC GY-LS300 that supports all lenses, Olympus and Panasonic which uses same accessories) and hopefully soon more will follow.5. good work JVC but maybe on your next model you will support stills pictures and the ability to mount any flash (Canon, Nikon, Sony etc.) on your hot-shoe.
We might not hear very much about JVC in the stills community but (anyone correct me if I am wrong) they have been one of the dominant players in consumer and prosumer video for a long time. So while you're right this camera and everything it does is welcome - it is also not unexpected.
JEROME NOLAS: It's DSLR size, the 16-50mm lens is heavy and very expensive. What they were thinking about?
Tecnoworld: sounds like it might be time for you to get a Sony A6000?
Or wait for the NX400, Samsung know it will have to compete with the Sony, it may have a lot of (but not all) the tech of the NX1 in a smaller rangefinder package.