Rainer2022: Especially in Germany, Kokak is not renowned for it's cameras. It's just the maker of Kodachrome and other films...In Germany or Europe the price tag will be the only argument to buy this one. And people who are looking at the price tag, will get themselves no system camera. :-(
Strange, the Retinas were made in Germany and were excellent cameras.
jamesm007: I started with Kodak Bridge Cameras. So I have a like for them. The Kodak P880 had superb color accuracy (Imaging Resource) and was an alternative to what was then dSLRs over $1000. So it did not have those punchy consumer colors.
Subjectively and Pro test (IR) showed saturation at about 6% over and hues were the most accurate measured at that time, at IR at around ~3.5%. That is equal or beats a lot of dSLRs. Another Kodak know how is WB.
Take a look at the WB of these pics. The reds, whites and other colors are near perfect or at least not pushed hard. Hues are excellent as well. Time may tell if I am right or wrong.
Not sure if everyone realizes color is as important as sharpness. Look at all the color profiles we have. No one knew the science of color better than Kodak.
I am going out out on a limb by saying this camera has the accurate Kodak colors. Not the punchy consumer Kodak colors. Which makes this a very good camera and or interesting camera!
A friend of mine that I went to Italy with brought her super cheap Kodak video cam that had a stills mode. The color balance and WB in particular were better than on my E-pl1.
DaytonR: Oh wow ! What a nice camera , I wish Kodak had released cameras like this a few years back when I was looking to upgrade from my compact ! Its good to see Kodak still in the game , well done Kodak !!
Kodak is still around, just not in the consumer photography business.
Mike FL: Per DPR, S1 has "...extensive use of plastics in their construction, including the mounts...".
Metal body but plastic mounts. now we know why Kodak went out of the business yeas ago...
Well, it could be that Tedolph a liar as Thorgrem says above. Or it could be that "most u4/3 lenses" mean "most of the u4/3 lenses sold/used" in which case I think that we can all agree that what Tedolph said is probably objectively true/correct and Tedolph is not a "liar". Or it could also be that Tedolph has a "complete lack of knowledge" as stated by Bob Meyer above.
Only you can decide.
We can all discuss this at great length if you so desire, or better yet, send me a PM.
Do you consider the 40-150mm M.Zuiko to be a "kit lens"?
Most of the u4/3 lenses have plastic mounts.
tkbslc: The main problem for this camera is that Panasonic and Olympus overproduced their early models enough that they have 3-4 years of old cameras filling the "low cost" 4/3 market.
I have never been convinced that Oly overproduced the E-PL1 by five years of supply! Cameras are made in batches. At some point they would have stopped ordering a new batch from the Chinese factory if demand evaporated. People are still buying E-pl1's and giving it good reviews on Amazon.com. Try to find an E-pm1, E-p2, etc. for sale. It can be done but there aren't many around. I suspect cameras like the E-pl1 still sell well in third world countries so Oly keeps ordering them. This camera may put and end to that. It is also obvious from some of the switch gear that the same subcontractors as Oly uses are being used for this camera as well. Maybe Oly is one of the subcontractors!
If this is priced right, it could be the breakthrough camera that takes the u4/3 mount mainstream.
The low end of the market is were the growth is for lenses, especially cheap prime lenses.
I have had this product for over one year. While it is not a bad idea, its actual use is very llimited. You can not use it like a conventional tripod. This thing rings like a bell and takes about ten seconds to settle down if disturbed. Thus, you can only take shots with a remote release or a self timer with anti shock (e.g. miror lock up) settingsregardless of how small your camera is. Having said that, within those limits it is usable.