Anfernee Cheang: "Enthusiast" DC without hot shoe? That sounds funny to me...
I like EVF while all other specs are the same. However, without an EVF I still can shoot. But without hot shoe I can do nothing under certain circumstances. I'd prefer Nikon P7700 in this case, with same 1/1.7" sensor and a brighter F2.0-4.0 lens. P7700 does not have EVF, but instead it has a fully articulated LCD.
Fair point, Arn. However, this particular camera is designed to be slim (28mm thick) and lugging around external flash gear makes the size of the camera nearly irrelevant.
LeithQ: hope they will make 28-200 f2-f 2.8 again, LF1's focal length brings me back the memories of good old days with F828 :)
I think you may be a little confused on the goals of a "compact" camera. LF1 = 28mm thick. F828 = 156mm thick. That's like saying I hope the next Mini Cooper seats 9 like my Suburban I used to have.
I mounted a speedlite on my LX7 once and it was ridiculous. I had to hold the camera by the flash while using it!
mugupo: $500 lol? for this camera seriously? why not just get a RX100 instead.
28mm thickness puts it in S110 size class with double the zoom and a viewfinder. Should be attractive after the price settles. LX7 was $500 MSRP and after only a few months had some rebate sales in the $300 range.
hiplnsdrftr: So now you can press this little black cigarette pack up against your eyeball and look like a real dimwit... perfect.
I don't get it. Compact cameras had viewfinder for decades prior to digital and many early digital had viewfinders. It shouldn't look silly at all.
Digitall: Cmon Panasonic, grow the size of the sensor. Makes no sense now to keep this sensor due to competition and the price they ask, $500? ok
They grew the lens instead of the sensor. Not everyone needs to make clones of the same product.
I'm waiting for the Google Retainer.
skysi: I can't wait until I'll be able to brake those glasses :)
It's not his fault that Google Glass autotype picked the wrong form of break.
WT21: Google is evil.
My response to someone wearing this will be simple. I will not talk to you while you are wearing them, or if they are in sight. Put them away first.
I predict the new nickname for people who wear Google Glass will be a 3 letter word that rhymes with glass.
I Predict this will be like the Segway. You see a few wealthy weirdos using them every once in a while, but really not even close to mainstream. I remember the inventor of that product telling anyone who would listen that is would change society and transportation as we know it. Nope.
sunnycal: A 27-50mm f/1.8 zoom! Are you kidding! If price is right, I might get it for my D800 and shoot in DX mode.
Or you could shoot existing f2.8 lens in FX mode and essentially have the same pictures, only with gobs more detail.
ajamess: This lens looks like it uses the same "trick" the Metabones Speedbooster uses, e.g. compress a full frame image circle down to ASP-C size.
Definitely great marketing, and a great application of clever optics, but it is not "truly" an f/1.8 lens, in the purest sense of the word (it would be much more expensive and a decent amount larger if it were).
MTF looks pretty impressive, so no matter how they came about it, I think it's a pretty big win for the crop shooters out there.
Nearly all lenses wider than the mount depth have to resort to reverse telephoto design called retrofocus. You do what you gotta do to design the lens. As long as the DOF and light are roughly f1.8, the design is irrelevant.
I'd guess $1200. If it was a Canon it would be $2000, but Sigma usually can't get away with that.
Hope they make a 50-100mm f1.8 to go with it!
marike6: Creative filmmakers are already leveraging the Nikon 1 V1's ability to shoot super fast fps to create 4K RAW shorts like this wonderful video below (See link) . Amazing work.
So while most reviewers, including DPR, missed the value of the Nikon 1 cameras, for all kinds of multimedia imaging their value has not been lost on users like the above videographer.
And the N1 is turning into quite a versatile system and the Aptina sensor is not bad at all, although I'm hoping they can increase color depth and DR a bit with the next iteration.
And by shorts you mean 1-2 second clips.
4k sounds cool and all, but what am I going to watch it on?
Airless: $700 for a 55-200mm zoom? Have they lost their minds?
Canon 70-200 F4 IS is $1200. 70-300 f4-5.6 L is $1400. These sell fairly well even though there are $200 alternatives. The kind of customers who chose Fujifilm X system over m4/3 and NEX are the kind that did not choose price over quality.
qwertyasdf: Know your audience! skip the 27mm f2.8 pancake! and put the 23mm F1.4 on rush order!
I think a lot of people DO want a slim normal prime, that likely will be affordable. It is important to address both the size and quality options.
revio: "Large maximum aperture" hahaha, they (Fuji´s press release content writers) are surely a bit funny here...albeit this aperture is, say, 1/3 of a stop better than some other lenses in the same category. But to deem an improvement of 1/3 of a stop, "large" ? I don´t think so ;-)
Fair point. It SOUNDS a lot better, but in real life it's going to make almost no difference.
Timmbits: Looks like a Sony-NEX but sounds like a Nikon-A.
It would have liked to see a manufacturer offer something different from what is already out there, namely the ~30mm viscinity of the Fuji X100s and nikon-A, like a f/1.4 50mm equivalent.
Only so many ways to make a tiny box with a light hole.