40daystogo: If the LX100 could have fit in a normal jeans pocket, then with its m43 sensor and Leica lens it would be my dream camera.
But once it cannot fit in the pocket, I have a lot of small-ish cameras that are better with more features.
If the LX100 cannot fit in a pocket, I prefer my Sony A6000 with interchangeable lenses, and access to ultrawides.
I am REALLY hoping that Lumix can scale down the size of the LX100 in future releases to fit in a pocket.
The GM1 can just fit in a pocket, so I hope they can do the same size of scale for the next LX100.
And that is doesn't fit in their skinny jeans...
RedDog Steve: The lack of a built-in flash will be missed by the vast majority of users who will use the LX100 as a compact (high end or otherwise) was originally intended ... Quick, ready and capable - no muss, no fuss.No flash puts a serious damper on that.
The fiddly enthusiast oriented manual control layout will further slow many non-pro users who are better served by the now traditional PASM modes.
To my view the LX100 is aimed at a very narrow user base (possibly to test waters).
Anyone who can manage the AS and M parts will be able to master the dedicated control, and anyone who just wants the P can just leave it all on A, what could be simpler? Total non-argument. Why must everything be dumbed down to the lowest common denominator?
fedway: I find it interesting why Panasonic named it the LX100. Could it be that Pany thinks that it will provide stiff competition to the Sony RX100 series? The LX has a bigger sensor and on paper a better lens, manual dials that might be better ergonomically; whilst being less pocketable. I predict that test images will show an image quality advantage for the LX over the RX especially at higher iso.
Trivializing the X100 viewfinder as a "trick viewfinder" demonstrates someone having never actually tried the camera. As a happy owner of the original, I can confirm that the OVF is certainly a lot more than a "trick".
Zvonimir Tosic: The new LX100 has a appeal over other Panasonic m4/3 cameras because of the influence of Leica is far more prominent in it: from the new lens, to the layout of the controls.This is indeed a collaboration of the sort they once had in the DMC-LC1 era, and I am glad they have renewed the spirit of it. And considering the LC1 which employes 2/3" sensor was priced at $1599 at its delivery in 2004, today's LX100 with all its features is a bargain.
@NetMage Perhaps - the question is how high are those QA standards. As a camera salesman in the early days of digital I can remember a few horrendous Fujis that were rebranded as Leica (Fuji Finepix 4700 as an example). I think people may attribute too much to this relationship. Certainly the "Leica" lens was always a good way to sell the camera to people...
EinsteinsGhost: @Damien (author): Why is there no mention Sony RX100 at all? It is LX100's most direct competition (the article wasted way more space providing irrelevant history lessons).
Hands up those who missed the whole point of the article...
Also, this is an "opinion piece", not a full technical comparison. I'm sure the internetz will be flooded with the comparison you want.
raztec: I'm still perplexed why people choose a FF camera and then slap a wide zoom like the 24-240 on it. It will be optically impossible for this lens to be sharp. I doubt the final image will be any sharper than an RX10, so why not just buy that instead for the price of the lens alone?
And not to mention how unbalanced it will be on a A7body.
@AbrasiveReducer So very true! There seem to be an awful lot more "photographers" around since the advent of digital. I also don't seem to recall such fierce battles over whether you preferred Tri-X or Delta 400 either. Funny that.
Nukunukoo: In one fell swoop. Panasonic killed Nikon's 1 series.
It certainly competes with the X30 (and makes it look a little silly), but it won't touch the X100S/T for image quality. Much larger sensor and also a prime lens, not a compromised zoom.
Not to mention the lovely optical viewfinder...
Jazz1: I like some of the new features. But none of them make me in a hurry to replace my X20. Does this mean the X30 is a failure? No. It just means the X20 was pretty solid in the first place. I'm also thinking of keeping the X20 and buying one of the Fujifilm's bigger brothers!
By the way I've got a Wood Grip for then Fuji X20 X10 by J.B. Camera on the way to further enhance the retro look of the X20. No I don't work for J.B. Just letting X20 owners know you can funk it up a little more.
A camera is no use to me without a viewfinder. Plus I bought the X-E1 as soon as it came out, way before the X-A1.
Using the X10 made me buy an X-E1 when it first came out. Since then I've added an X100 (original). I use them all for different things. Call me a fuji-holic.
I don't think I'll bother upgrading the X10 (as nice as the X30 seems), but do plan on upgrading the X-E1 to an X-E2 or X-T1 when the prices look good, mainly to make my life easier shooting my toddler.
Paul Farace: No OVF, no like... no purchase!
-- owner of XPro1, X100, XT1
I have a feeling you wouldn't like the OVF of an X10/20; especially if you're expecting something comparable to the X100. As an X10/X100/X-E1 owner I can assure you that an EVF of X30 proportions is much preferable to the dinky X10 OVF.
Micky Finn: When is Fuji going to actually bring out a new camera instead of essentially the same one with the same technology and sensor in several different bodies? I wouldn't mind, but the viewfinders in the X series, especially the electronic viewfinders, are lousy and the lcd's are not up to scratch, add to that the annoying handling of everyone of them I've tried and they are heavily disappointing. I tried hard to like the X-Pro1 and the X-E1 but they were terribly disappointing in reality, and for me this camera has to be far, far better and a massive improvement over everything else Fuji have produced. Yes IQ is good and the cameras look great, but it's no good if they are hamstrung to the point of being frustrating.
Let's not waste any more time on this troll. Judging by this being his only comment, I would suggest it is not worth anyone's while replying...
Re: EVF - try reading the preview before commenting perhaps?
Also, if you find the handling annoying on all of the previous X series, then perhaps you should look elsewhere, the X series is not for you.
d3xmeister: They made something wonderful and they screwed it up with the stupid dial locks. What kind of an idiot bump a dial out of position and does not notice when the dial is right in its face ? The kind of idiot who has no ideea what is doing, but somehow these idiots have managed to screw things for all of us.
I'm not sure if you realise how the locks work. Look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw2b-RITrJ8
It seems the shutter speed lock is only for taking it out of auto. Choosing between speeds manually does not require pressing the lock button.
The ISO dial required unlocking on every change, which I don't think is too much of a problem, given how ISO is generally something you set only a few times (or less) during shooting.
Most importantly, the exposure comp dial doesn't have a lock at all, but is nice and stiff to prevent turning it by accident. In my opinion, Fuji have done this exactly right.
RichRMA: Be embarrassing if it has the same AF performance as their mirrorless cameras. Why even go the DSLR-look route?
The "hump" is in order to accommodate a bigger, better EVF, according to the rumours. You could either make the whole camera larger, put a hump on one side (which would look really weird) or use the traditional design of a camera and put it in the middle. It's clearly a no-brainer.
KL Matt: 1/4000 fastest shutter speed on that dial. Not so great for the recently announced 56mm f/1.2. I was hoping for their DSLR-like offering they might manage a faster shutter speed. But I'm sure there is now room for a more "pro" grade offering with slightly improved specs, like a 1/8000 shutter. Matt
@Antonio G - As I understand it, the ND filter in the X100 is built into the lens, so not possible on an interchangeable lens camera, unless they built it into every lens. I don't imagine it would be possible to put it between the back of the lens and the sensor either, but would be happy to be proved wrong.
Zoron: whoever bought X-E2 is conned...lol....time to sell
Agreed, this will almost certainly be more expensive than the X-E2; it's just a question of by how much...
Buy a ND filter?
CarVac: They just need to make a nice DSLR with real ergonomics.
Fuji's X-series is nice, but I really crave the look of a big, bright, MF SLR viewfinder (fully silvered mirror) with a true matte, along with the refined ergonomics, build quality, and compact size of something like the Contax 139.
Couldn't agree more - especially with the Contax reference. I loved my 139...
richheath: I worked for Jessops for 2 years from 2000-2002, I must say it's become a shadow of it's former self. Well stocked shelves of interesting equipment ranging from a Pentax K100 clone all the way up to a Nikon F5 have been replaced with a range of bland digital compacts and low end DSLRs. Asking about anything other than what they have on display always results in "I can order it in, but I'll have to take a deposit" has meant that I no longer visit the store.
Luckily I have two local independents who serve me very well indeed. I was able to buy an X-E1 long before it was available on Amazon, and with the reassurance that if anything goes wrong I can simply pop in and they'll deal with it there and then.
I for one will not be missing Jessops, although I feel for the staff - particularly the few knowledgeable and service oriented staff who remain. I hope they will find a better path and career, as I have. Leaving that place was the best thing I ever did!
It's also interesting that people rue this as another loss on the high street to faceless chain stores. Generally that's exactly what Jessops was, just as Comet was. There may have been a few exceptions, but that was nothing to do with the company, and more to do with local enthusiasts and good management.
I worked for Jessops for 2 years from 2000-2002, I must say it's become a shadow of it's former self. Well stocked shelves of interesting equipment ranging from a Pentax K100 clone all the way up to a Nikon F5 have been replaced with a range of bland digital compacts and low end DSLRs. Asking about anything other than what they have on display always results in "I can order it in, but I'll have to take a deposit" has meant that I no longer visit the store.