Donnie G: No surprises here. Canon is wisely selling the camera in Japan and Asia only, since those are the only places where mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras have had any kind of sales success. Unlike the competition, Canon doesn't have to bet the company's future on a camera form factor that has only proven to be commercially successful when they were sold by the millions as small, pocketable and cheap fixed lens P&S. Smartphones own that ground now, and so far, the idea of adding a larger sensor and interchangeable lenses to that point and shoot form factor hasn't paid off for any camera company. If the EOS M cameras ever turn a significant profit for the company, then there will be incentive for further development of that system. Until then, it just makes sense to stick with what works for the overwhelming majority of camera buyers on the planet, and that's Canon's highly profitable line of DSLRs. Business 101. :)
Actually, in Asia they are going for enormous DSLR cameras even if only to take snapshots. In Seoul, I have seen young girls with Canon DSLR taking street photos with Canon whilte "L" lenses, and those streets are quite narrow. You stand a good chance of getting hit by a 200 mm lens. New found prosperity but without the history.
Lenspen and LED flashlight, one camera and two kenses, SD cards, spare battery in a Lowepro Event Messenger 100 and I am good to go.
nathantw: The camera might be built to last a lifetime, but the sensor will be obsolete and unwanted in just a few years unlike the MP and 7 (and earlier models) that will keep their owners happy (and not continually upgrading) as long as film is still available.
So long as it keeps working and gets me the pictures I want, won't be obsolete to me.
BrotherLouie: I bet Sony execs are now biting their elbows for holding back on a full frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.
Making televisions and mobile phones are fine, but can't take their cameras very seriously.
DonTom: HA! Can't wait to plug my Olympus VF-2 into a Leica M.....
Would it work ? Like the higher megapixels.
montygm: Don't know about everyone else but I wish Canon would make an SLR camera with the F-stop changeable on the lenses like in the " good old days " prior to the digital era. I still hugely miss that in a digital SLR, found it so much quicker to change the f-stop when it was on the barrel as opposed to pushing a switch and ergonomically it felt better for support. I like the look of this Leica. Price however is never cheap with this brand.
Right on !
JacquesBalthazar: I just wish they had been able to retain the dimensions of the M3,2,4, 6 or MP. They already added some fat on the M7, back when. Then much more fat on M8-9. I had the M8 and M9, and still have a M6. It is only millimeters and grams here and there, but there is a world between the handling of a M6 and the handling of the M9. I grew to hate the M9, partly for that reason: it tried to look like my lean and mean M6, but handled like a brik. The new M is even thicker and even heavier than the M9. Still disguised as a Leica M, but is a whole different beast. Bloated. I wish them well but this one makes me sad.
As someone who started with range finders in the good old days, the M is the original and poses no problem for me. This camera will also shaved off one pound in weight compared to my D300 with the 24mm lens. Good that they have finally reached a reasonable level of sophistication but without all the confusing and unnecessary bells and whistles of a Canon or Nikon that distracts. I will be coming home with this camera.