Seems like he likes it enough to give it a thumbs up. (He does not seem too enthusiastic about the J1/V1 though)
He also recognizes that its a unique offering with an emphasis on size, pocket-ability, enthusiast level handling and interchangeable lenses over pns.
Quite a fair assessment in the end where he compares it to other cameras of about the same category.
I'd have liked to see more samples from adapted, fisheye and wide lenses though.
not sure abt the LX5 but i've heard different things abt the S95 from close friends who've used it.
one loves it and takes it diving cos there's a very good waterproof casing for it and the image and video quality's very good.
the other hates it and sold it soon after he got it cos it doesn't offer enough manual controls.
i can understand both points of view - a diver wouldn't be fiddling with the camera a lot when he's underwater and wants a straightforward PNS that gives good output. a photographer on land would want more flexibility. for the S95, the inability to select AF points was a deal-breaker for my terran-bound friend.
To me its just a really nice looking camera with good OOC colors.
Too pricey for what it is.
In 1,2 or 3 years, given sensor, AF, physical interface continues to improve, its redundant and everything goes into the bin.
At least with a MILC, I'd keep the lenses and move on to the next body.
Of course, if we look past the fact that most cameras now do have very nice o/p for all purposes of photo taking except shooting low light mating habits of nocturnal animals
(ie. up to ISO1600 good enough and ISO3200 usually decent w/o peeping or in B/W)
The X100 would be nice and last quite a while, as would most other cameras.
But still, say 5-8yrs later, we'd have to throw it away. MILC we keep the lenses.
If its a bit higher than advanced pns price (Eg. $699 to $900+), I'd think its reasonable.
On Steve's site, the GXR review attracted me a lot. The colors certainly blew the older NEX away.
Yup, checked there and other forums. Thanks le petit prince.
Cause its a camera with a prime, not interchangeable.
Was wondering if it can replace my k5+fa31 setup when I dont feel like lugging around a dslr.
Thx pinholecam for the comments.
I dont expect cameras to last forever, unless maybe Leica lol.
Im actually lookin at a 2nd smaller body, thinkin of nex7, x100 (fuss free, not a new system but cant keep lenses for next body), or maybe others if theres any.
I will check the GXR out. Interesting.