simon65: I still don't understand Fuji's thinking, ok ok, they're angling at tourist snappers who want something a bit better, but still if they want to go to all this DSLR type trouble they should go the whole way and slip an APS-C sized sensor inside it, and employ an interchangeable lens system.
The camera body itself does have some merit. Indeed it looks far better built than your average Canon XXXD and far easier on the eye than the Nikon 5100 (which isn't difficult, the 5100 is a dog).
We know its possible to install APS-C sized sensors in small bodies, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung have proven that, Fufi should have done likewise and they might have had an Canon XXXD killer on their hands. It's a missed opportunity.
You've missed my point. When you move into the DSLR market IQ is everything. That means a larger sensor. Zoom range is secondary, and a fixed lens with a zoom range of up to 600 mm on a cropped sensor is just plain silly.
I still don't understand Fuji's thinking, ok ok, they're angling at tourist snappers who want something a bit better, but still if they want to go to all this DSLR type trouble they should go the whole way and slip an APS-C sized sensor inside it, and employ an interchangeable lens system.
This is surely the craziest most ill considered camera since, well since Fujifilm's last mega gigantum zoom dino.
But why I ask is a company of Fujifilm's quality and pedigree even bothering with this nonsense?
They should be focusing on building Leica rivaling high end mirrorless cameras with large sensors, mid range zooms, and compact dimensions.
Instead we have this tosh. Any quality inherent in the sensor is going to be spoiled by the absurd zoom. The thing's not even compact or light. Hell if you want to lug 1 kg around with you buy a Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Good grief Charlie Brown.
Olympus embroiled in the corporate scandal of the decade
The Olympus board are a bunch of out of touch men in denial. The idea that they can offer this or that crumb to the authorities and this will all go away is pure fantasy. Nothing short of a a full investigation by the police, the complete removal of the board, and the dispatching of prison sentences to the guilty is going to clear Olympus of this shame.
And shame it is.
The scale of the financial irregularities at Olympus are quite simply mind blowing. The company has been involved in bizarre dealings which dwarfed its own balance sheet, which it attempted to cover up, and which it still refuses to explain.
I started off believing Olympus was involved in bribery, but the scale of this is so large that my best guess now is that the the company is actually involved with the Japanese underworld as well.
Whatever my plans to invest in an Olympus four thirds system are over. I simply refuse to buy from the Mob.
It all looks great, but what is the IQ of that new pancake 14-42mm I wonder?
Panasonic are making an enormous contribution to photography with the constant innovation, but if they want the GX1 to treated seriously they need to demonstrate the lens is up to standard. I for one was disappointed that it wasn't a Leica.
Wishing I had a Contax to fit it too..
Nikon and Canon are all very well but it's such a shame there's no longer a quality, alternative, Contax style camera to fit Carl Zeiss lenses too! For me a Carl Zeiss without Contax is like a Ferrari without the V12 engine.
Surely the biggest loss to photographers in the last 20 years was when Sony decided to take on the old Minolta design team to launch its new line of DSLRs rather than the Contax team. Contax designs were sublime, Minolta ones like hippos, and Sony's camera style - as a result - looks a lot like a reheated hippo.
Wow! Panasonic have just over thrown everything we thought we knew about the relationship between sensor size, zoom ratio and lens size. A truly remarkable achievement and a industry game changer if ever there was one. The combination of a large sensor in a small camera body with a pancake zoom lens is going to prove an irresistible combo.
By the time Nikon and Canon finally get round to entering this market Panasonic and Olympus will have cleaned up.
Congrats to Pani, without doubt this is the biggest camera equipment leap forward since, well, since the advent of the micro 4/3 system itself. Excellent stuff.
Superb shot ferino, but you say "I was alone on the cliff at sunrise" so can we can it that it's you taking your life by the seat of your pants in the picture?