Joseph Black: A camera for people who care about photography by a company that cares about photography. Gearheads won't have their spec lust satisfied, but photographers will have one of the best cameras money can buy.
Now you just stopped making any sense.
Cool camera, but who is going to buy it? This has sports and action photographer written all over it, but they have no long glass.
slpianoproject: Hahahahahaha! Wow really? 799$ maybe... 1799$ body only? No way!!! This is 2014 not 1995!
@marc: Specs are different than real world. Canon has a long track record in the tracking AF department. Samsung, not so much. Besides, what Samsung lenses are suitable for real sports and wildlife photography? Are we talking about tracking cats in your living room or a flying eagle?
12MP screws the ability to crop your wildlife shots, and they still maintained a nearly unlimited JPEG buffer at 10fps. Canon knows who this camera appeals to, and it's not the Sony A7S crowd.
I wonder how durable that lens extension mechanism will be with the abuse the typical daily pocket device endures. Not to mention if you accidentally turn it on. I imagine lint, scratches, jams, bumps, drops will be pretty hard on a lens mechanism.
JEROME NOLAS: seems huge to me...
It's smaller than a iphone and a rx100 put together, though. By a long shot.
Curtox: I was all in on this phone. Then I saw that price. If that's for real, this thing is destined to barely make a dent in terms of sales. That's an incredibly steep asking price. Just wow.
Depends on the country, but sure. All I'm saying is there is precedence for people buying phones that expensive (or nearly). And if this one saves you the cost of a premium compact, along with the pocket space, then maybe paying an extra few hundred is no big deal.
And I can add any microSD card size I'd like, so the built in memory is not terribly relevant.
Jonathan F/2: Best camera of the show. Period. 1" sensor killer.
You know that's not a real portability comparison, so I won't bother with a proper rebuttal.
So if you compare the GM5 in an unusable state, it is smaller? Forgive me if I am not impressed.
Iphone 6+ with 128GB is $1000+ full retail. Most people end up getting most of their phones subsidized by overpriced service anyway.
It's probably more like $300 + $90 a month including service. Same as top end iphone for the early adopters.
I wondered when a camera company was finally going to wake up and just make a real camera phone.
worldcup1982: i want a 35mm lens on a mobile...wont happen, i know...
It's got a 20MP sensor. Crop.
sean lee: Because this is too thick to be pocketable, GM5 is better choice for me.If I need to buy between these two.....
Just saw that, thanks. I was actually thinking of GM1. GM5 is a very cool camera, but the specs of the lens on the LX100 are amazing.
I had the same argument with the G1X mark II. The lens specs are beyond what you can get for a ILC camera and nearly justify the entire cost of the camera. People pay $900 for a 12-35mm f2.8 for m4/3. This is that same $900 for a pancake version that is much faster with a camera attached.
RX100 III is smaller and has a 1 stop advantage given the faster lens. Canon GX-7, too. I don't think it kills anything, even if it is a cool design.
Jacques Cornell: Is the LX100 going to eat the GM5's lunch?
For certain kinds of consumers, yes. But not if you want to use different kinds of lenses or shoot past 70mm equivalent.
HeadinSouth: This makes no sense not including 4k video.I can only think that there is a replacement for the GX7 right around the corner.
If you imagine who the target consumer of this camera is I don't think it is a confusing decision at all.
Very nice looking camera! That 35-100 is matched perfectly. Great mini-2 lens kit!
Because you only need one lens for 95% of situations when it has these specs. It's faster than most pancake primes already. It's the difference between a small belt pouch or one camera on a neck strap, vs a small shoulder bag and several lenses.
GM5 also has no viewfinder.
KameraFever: I also wish this had a mic input. Still, great camera.
Fast lens won't keep a whole couch full of people in focus at the same time. Nor does a high ISO thin DOF shot compare to a perfectly lit bounced flash shot with everything in focus. Different tools for different kinds of shots. Someone with updated skills would know that. I suggest you update your own before making poor attempts at belittling others.
caravan: I was excited until I read that it had a zoom,seeing that,I immediately lost interest.
The zoom is faster than most pancake primes, so not sure what you feel is lost. But I'd suggest you check out the X100T launched a few days ago.