The two issues that need addressed here are:A) The definition of 'enthusiast'B) Does 'minimum' refer to an alternate smaller secondary or backup piece.
If this is for the enthusiast's only camera then the sensor size requirement would be expected to be rather larger. ie minimum 4/3If for a second, backup or "carry always" tool then the sensor size might be of lesser importance where overall size/weight determines the sensor size. ie minimum 1" or possibly less.
For the record - I currently have a u4/3 system and a LX5 (1/1.7) compact.I consider the LX5 to be below my minimum I.Q. requirement and will eventually be replaced by something with better I.Q. but of a similar or smaller size/weight.
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).
Hen3ry: Not interested. No built-in flash.
Oh my Goshhhhhhh !!!This AND the LX100 have no flash ?What happened at Panny, the wrong person must have got fired.If I'm not mistaken all Panny compacts and 4/3s until now have all had onboard flash.Disappointment for sure.
Sergey Borachev: Very impressive, really nice features, except for one thing.
For a camera of this size, a built-in flash is much more useful than a hot shoe.
I absolutely cannot justify a compact without even a small token onboard flash.This may be Panny's first small camera without.
burnin: The Panasonic GX7 has a flash, hotshoe and viewfinder.I wonder they left the flash out of the LX100. Big mistake.
NO FLASH ?????Yukkk !
Thanks for pointing this out, I was all excited there for about 2 minutes.
Very impressive, nice work !
Will the state pick this up for promotional purposes ?
photo perzon: I wanna see it with a 14mm lens on it.
Camerasize.com: GM1 vs GX1 w/ 14/2.5
It makes the tiny 14mm look huge.
Terribly sub-par battery life, oh well ...
qianp2k: I like this new scene better, lots of areas with more details you can compare with. Hope DPR will find time to do tests again to add all cameras currently in old lab scene with this new scene.
Yes, how does this affect a comparison with 'everything that went before' ? Especially since I will be comparing head to head with my GX1. I wonder if it's worthwhile to make a shot of the old scene and the new ...
Stitzer23: Why is sensor size missing in the key spec bullet list? Not key enough?
Is there more than one possible sensor size in a u4/3 body ?
Jonathan F/2: I think you guys at DPreview should spend more time taking compositionally more interesting photographs. I don't care that you use something like the 15mm f/8 body cap lens to shoot your E-P5 photos, just make your photos more pleasing to look at. These look like outtakes from someone accidentally pressing the shutter.
This is the classic right-brain vs left-brain conflict.Only half a brain is needed to absorb these analytic shots.
The shots are fine.
smalltalk80: What are the dpreview crew thinking?
Using a low-performance 14-140 superzoom to test the latest flagship m43 camera? You don't even have budget for 12-35 and 35-100?
As long as the lens is reasonably sharp and used within it's normal capabilities, that's OK.The P5 is the flagship of the PENS isn't it ?
Worth considering may be the fact that at many "events" a backpack may be banned due to security issues.I'm a big fan of traveling light, anything beyond the body and first lens goes in a belt-clip pouch or fanny pack.Having said that Lowepro has something for everyone !
Charlie Jin: Hmmm. to Pentax, 1/1.7" is a "larger" sensor...Now, I understand why Samsung "kicked out" Pentax some years ago. It's simply hopeless...
Have you shot with an LX5/LX7, XZ1/XZ2, or other 1/1.7 compact ?Yes, in the grand scheme of things these are "small sensors" but they kick butt on any P&S with the standard small 1/2.3".
Small is great, but not when it comes to sensors.The new bigger sensor is a very good thing, and it's well established in other bodies and brands.
But, c'mon ... only 250 shot CIPA battery life ??How about a BIGGER battery ?
tonywong: These are renderings and not photos. Still lovely nonetheless but it has little to do with photography.
With as much post as is being done on "photos" these days, making images more art than pure capture, the line between photo and image is blurred.
It is an image, just not one made with a traditional camera.
I like what I see here but it is ruled out for me by the very disappointing battery life.C'mon designers, there's a group of compact camera enthusiasts out here that are not quite as swayed by the flashy "we do it because we can" power hogging features.Give me a camera that can last all afternoon without fumbling for a spare cell pack.
"... still looking for the ideal compact"
Overkill, I'd say.Twin generators ?Does the trucks engine and electrical system not have enough capacity to power the lighting system ?
Too little, too late I think.Same sensor as a few of it's rivals, and disappointing battery life.What's it gonna take to get back up above 400 shots in a compact ?