RogerMuss: Seems crazy that all this magnificent craftsmanship that is built to last decades will be obsoleted in a year or so when the next sensor turns up. If Leica made a camera with a sensor module that could be replaced then I'd invest in the system.
Sure, Red might have one, but that's an even more rare and more specialised product to begin with, not your typical Full Frame stills camera - do correct me if I'm wrong. The Ricoh idea was nice but in the end not the same as you bundle sensor and optics forever.
@FriYup, I am aware of the old wish to be able to just swap the sensor, I'm just pointing out that this hasn't made it to mass market anywhere else - so we cannot expect a niche manufacturer like Leica to make a technical leap across the field and provide a high tech solution where all others have failed/passed before. On the other hand that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a Leica for many years today, it's exactly like any other digital camera or computer: you buy it now and at some stage there is better performing stuff out there.
seeblue: Although I often find a good smartphone to be a great substitute for a camera, I doubt this good camera makes a great substitute for a smartphone.
For the size and battery-life alone, I wager NO ONE will (or will manage to) use this as their single smartphone. Thus the single device argument falls flat. This is a large sensor compact camera trying to look and act like a smartphone. In the end, it’s an expensive, moderately powered device, with average handling and speed, designed for a handful of pixel-peeping RAW and resolution enthusiasts.
The smartphone which will come closest to conquering photography will come from Apple or Samsung; not from a camera maker. Apparently they’re taking their time. In a few years we’ll look back at the CM1 as a kludge.
@Papi - wow, what a low class statement, shame on you. I have in no way hinted at anything you claim. I am not discussing what is first on the market. I am simply looking at well thought out products. Looking at Samsung's watches and Apple's watches tells me all I need to know in that regard. One will be a well thought out product, and sell in millions, one won't. And sure, Casio had a digital watch before, just so to stop your next claim of copying. How can you even seriously believe that screen size is an invention? That's just the way components develop and the market currently has a demand for bigger phones than before. Again, the best one will most likely sell the most, so just look at the most successful product. If you think the iPhone is only successful because it has a bigger screen, then let's meet again in a year and see how successful it has been then. Whatever else you speculate about you should better keep to yourself, nobody else will want that level of discussion.
That would be the first digital M Leica that would not find a buyer on the used market then. Seriously, while I appreciate the idea, no other Full Frame camera maker (not even the ones with much bigger budgets and very expensive DSLR offerings) have exchangeable sensor modules. This looks like a very nice update to the existing Monochrome line to me, nice camera.
R Stacy: Brilliant concept, though already showing signs of 2014 aging specs. Bring the screen, ram and storage up to modern spec and I'd strongly consider it. I don't care about 4k video, years off practical use yet.
Funny that some Samsung fanboys use this one again for some anti-Apple blabla. Totally uncalled for.
What Papi means to say is Samsung will fear that Apple has some idea in that regard and will try what it can to do its usual low-class first to market product and hope somebody will like it. As usual then, Apple will come up with a solution that its customers can actually use.
photo perzon: Translation: Panasonic soon at $ 799
bigdaddave: Yuck, rich man's plaything gets an upgrade
Thank you for demonstrating your envy.
rramjit: Ridiculous review or comparison to omit the Note 4, unless it's because falls in the Phablet category. The Note 4 is the God of selfies. I regularly leave IPhone users gaping at my wide angle selfie.
Ya, antares obviously gets the new "trend". ;)
Oh, a device especially good for selfies. Because that's what the world needs, more people shooting completely uninteresting close up images of their faces partially obstructing points of interest.
Toccata47: This article either turns a blind eye or worse, reflects ignorance of phone photography to such a degree that one must question the authors authority on the subject.
There are an array of sites that have this subject well covered. If dpr can't be an authority in this space it should get out rather than erode brand confidence.
One vote for closing down Connect alongside gear shop.
Any actual real criticism you can provide in a constructive manner other than saying: me no like, like elsewhere better?
drummercam: Market release, late 2015. DPR review thereof, late 2017 . . . as part of a "round-up." It's Pentax.
Terrible, these free services that are offered to you, right?
petemod: By the year 2022 my phone will have 3.2 gigapixels.
Carrying a phone in 2022 will be so retro!
Rick_Hunter: Oh for God's sake... why do they keep making these stupid gizmos like a phone was meant to be a proper camera? And who would be so stupid to use his phone's bluetooth for this thing, draining battery juice and/or precluding the use of more useful bluetooth stuff like a in-car handsfree or a headset? This is beyond me...
I'm not convinced that it's going to drain much battery. Bluetooth accessories have improved quite a bit over the years. I also don't see why you can't pair with more than one accessory if needed. Lots of people use multiple things like Bluetooth earphones, car kits etc with the same device.
Timmbits: Samsung's 16-50mm F2.0-2.8 with OIS is looking pretty good right now...
And Mike FL, again your comments do not make sense in this conversation. Just stay on topic, which is this lens and not what you read somewhere that somebody else used.
The artificial rage about so called trolling with the Parkinson comment is so far of the topic. Just don't call people trolls if their opinion differs and move on. We don't all run after you to try to fix your "Apple-Xerox" rip-of theory, even if it's a tired old cliche.
munro harrap: Nice, possibly well-made. Are its electrical circuits using proper tin/lead solder, or will it stop working like all the others do?
Come on it is 2015 and I think it is about time that photographers equipment became again as long-lived and reliable as it was before the EU and others decided to RoHS everything we spend money on, forcing us to repurchase over and over again. My kids are in their teens now, but in their lifetime they will have to replace their DSLRs and lenses 7 or 8 times unless something is done, killing the planet and exhausting natural resources in the process, not to mention the west becoming utterly dependent on those of China and Taiwan and Japan in the most unhealthy way.
Completely irrelevant EU bashing added to a lens hands-on. Btw with things like much extended consumer laws in many EU countries consumers are much better protected against manufacturers than in other regions. But that's really not the topic here.
Sangster: This should be the kit lens packaged with the XT-1
Because every enthusiast wants to run around with a big f 2.8 zoom on vacation. Right.
Great, buy one then. Like all Fuji glass for their current cameras, this will be a very nice lens too. Mike FL, I have no idea what you want to express here, not a single sentence of your post makes sense to me.
boarderphreak: Always fun to watch the Leica bashers crawl out of the woodwork. Because you know, this has *never* happened to any other manufacturer. Sh*t happens. The real test is how the respective company deals with it. And deal with it they will (check back tomorrow).
I just hope they cover this issue for a couple more years or offer affected users some other fair solution. Covering a manufacturing defect / known issue with this visibility for three years is not good enough in my opinion.