In the USA, one difference between the Ricoh GR and the Nikon Coolpix A, is that the latter is made by a camera company that people have heard of. Pentax is now a lesser known brand, but at least some of us still remember it.
Oh goodie. Now you can spend 24/7 disconnected from "in real life".
On the bright side, companies frequently patent things that they end up never using. This sounds like a good candidate for that. :-)
To passersby, a colored DSLR says "I'm not a Real Photographer, so you don't have to gawk at me." A good thing... :-)
kodachromeguy: I like Pentax products and always have, but it is a real shame you almost never see their DSLRs in the US. Canon and Nikon totally dominate the mass media marketing, and most casual buyers are not adventurous at all.
I (in the USA) have an old Pentax film-SLR. It's a shame to see the company be bought and sold, and wither into obscurity.
With Google Glass, you can now spend 24/7 looking at a computer screen, disconnected from "in real life".
justmeMN: "Best image quality obtained from RAW images (due to fairly strong noise reduction)" One deal breaker...
I am open minded enough that, in the past, I considered buying an NEX. Reviewers seem to agree that they have a poorly designed menu system, and past models didn't have Automatic Exposure Bracketing. (I don't know if this one does.) Some reviews say that some models have extremely aggressive noise reduction, and some reviews say that they have mediocre lenses. The kit lens of the 6 is said by some to be particularly bad. In addition, I am not an uncritical Canon fanboy. I would not buy a Canon EOS M or a Canon G1 X.
"Best image quality obtained from RAW images (due to fairly strong noise reduction)" One deal breaker...
My theory is that T4i to T5i was "non-upgrade", because Canon is busy working on a new-smaller body and new sensor for the T6i.
When Christmas Camera Shopping Season rolls around, I suspect that this will be Canon's best selling DSLR. Canon forecasts that they are going to sell 9.2 million DSLRs this year, up from 8.2 million last year, so those who claim that the DSLR is dead are out of touch with reality.
JimWongyyz: These 2 cameras make Nikon, Sony, Olympus marketing people very happy, they have nothing to worry for another year.
Olympus is "happy" that, every single year, their camera division loses money. Nikon is "happy" that Canon now has two lines (100D, EOS M) of compact APS-C cameras with interchangeable lenses, and they have none. Money losing Sony is also "happy" that they now have those two lines of Canon cameras to compete with. And by this fall Canon might even release an updated EOS M that focuses quickly. That would make the competition even more "happy".
rallyfan: This makes me much less interested in μ4/3 bodies. I'd like to see a comparison between this and the OMD, but for a change I'd like to see SPORTS SHOTS rather than a bridge in the samples.
If this is quicker to focus and keeps subjects tracked well, I want one. The lenses aren't an issue, I've got them. I want a small body that can track a moving object. I don't care about scenery shots and buildings etc. Moving objects, focus tracking -- that's it.
Will this beat the μ4/3 bodies at sports shots? If so, I'm in.
Another comparison: The Olympus OMD is US$1,200 to $1,300. The Canon SL1/100D is currently US$800.
raizans: Olympus already tried the tiny DSLR thing before concluding that mirrorless was the way to go. I guess Canon didn't get the memo. ;)
Olympus was forced to go mirrorless, because they were market share failures who couldn't compete head on with Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
According to Reuters, Canon "forecast that it would sell 9.2 million interchangeable lens cameras in 2013, up from 8.2 million last year." Not bad for a company who, according to people here, never does anything right.
The 100D/SL1 sounds like an excellent concept. I look forward to DPR's detailed review.
ericsan: If there is no roadmap for smaller lenses to go along with this "baby DSLR", this brand new camera is USELESS !!
The Sony NEX doesn't have small lenses, and that hasn't stopped people from buying it. Canon has more available lenses, and higher quality lenses.
Hmmm. I guess the 700D/Rebel T5i was designed to boost sales of the 100D/Rebel SL1.
Cool! This is just the type of camera that I wanted. I bet it will be a big seller.
It seems that Nikon is determined not to make an APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Instead, they make the Nikon 1 and the Coolpix A. Interesting strategy...
Hmmm. One similar alternative would be the Canon EOS M with the 22mm f2 kit lens. That has a list price of US$800, and a current Amazon price of US$676.
Since the Nikon doesn't have on-sensor phase detection AF, AF speed is probably just as slow (slower?) as the EOS M.
Comparing the two, what's the advantage of a non-interchangeable lens? I haven't compared size specs, but both look pretty compact.
tomservo33: Well, it is quite strange, how Sony can make such innovative, comfortable to use, generally feature rich cameras, that consistantly deliver SOFT images. I suspect that the issue is Software, not the sensor, lens, etc... Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it is not an "Issue" but an intentional feature/style. I have heard many discuss the AA, the agressive sony noise reduction; and compared to other APS-C cameras, and m4/3, the Sony shots all suffer from a general softness that seems to be caused by either aggressive and unnecessary noise reduction, or an odd JPEG engine. I feel that the RAW files are all quite good if I had to do Post-P. and I would have bought a Nex-6 if the Jpegs didn't look a little bit softer, consistantly.
I have read a couple reviews that were critical of the Sony NEX Sony 16-50mm kit lens, and look forward to DPRs review comments on that issue.