X1 review is up

Started Dec 18, 2009 | Discussions thread
pxpaulx Regular Member • Posts: 403
Re: Here's how:

Andy Westlake wrote:

The X1 is recommended because it provides excellent image quality, even at high ISOs, in a small, silent, discrete camera. So if you really want this combination of features, the X1 is currently about your best bet.

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Andy Westlake
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Except it isn't your best bet with either of the current m4/3 cameras available at half the price or more; if you want a near silent shutter you can also step up to the relatively compact and much more usable pentax K7 as well, slap on a high end limited prime and you are just getting into the same neighborhood price-wise.

If the image quality is at best only on par with all of the significantly cheaper offerings, how do you justify paying $1,000 for a name?

I don't even quite understand why a camera like this is getting reviewed (and so quickly) by a mainly consumer-oriented camera website. The kind of people who buy this camera are going to tend to be people who probably don't even do their own shopping. The only real reason I see this getting reviewed is that it doesn't compete at all with the big brands that get pushed around here; meanwhile the Pentax K-x has been out 2 months without a review, and is a serious alternative to, for example, the d3000 which was just reviewed. This site is increasingly becoming laughable.

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