I don't know if the Cnet crew really appreciates the camera at hand, since they're deducting points for missing dedicated video button and such:
"The X-Pro-1's startup time was clocked at 1.2 seconds, twice as fast as the X100. Shutter lag was less than second and
negligible. It also manages a speedy 6fps in burst-mode shooting and if you're so inclined it makes for a fun tool for making your own animated GIFs.
The FinePix's autofocus performance is a mixed bag and brings a sense of deja vu--It's similar to the X100 that we've reviewed before. The X-Pro1's autofocus performance feels a little sluggish and lags behind the Olympus Pen E-P3 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 by a noticeable margin. We're hoping that Fujifilm would be able to fix this quirk in a firmware update. Outdoors, the camera fared better, but it tends to hunt in low-light conditions.
We also discovered that if you're focusing on anything up close (1m or nearer), it's best to active the Macro mode which acts as a focus limiter that will help you acquire a lock on your subjects faster.
Although Fujfilm claims the shooter does 300 images on a single charge, we only managed to capture between 160 to 180 images as well as a few videos before the juice pack was depleted. Of course, it did involve plenty of "chimping" (image playback) and adjustments of settings, so your mileage may vary. You may want to buy a backup battery if you're going to be traveling abroad.
Considering the price of the X-Pro1 kit is similar to a midrange, full-framed dSLR, we were mildly disappointed that its performance couldn't match up."
Fujifilm Press Release:
Valhalla, N.Y., January 16, 2012 – Fujifilm North America Corporation Electronic Imaging Division today announced that the new, revolutionary . . . read more
No longer the stuff of rumors, here's the E-M5 straight from the horse's mouth:
For some reasons only known to Tamron's managers, the company chooses to enter the micro 4/3 format with a 14-150mm zoom, closely matching the popular Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 and the elder Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4-5.8 ASPH MEGA OIS lenses.
Now, if they had bothered to shave a millimeter or two off the wide end, it would have been really exciting news, but as it stands now, the micro 4/3 mount is served by no less than 11 zoom lenses all sharing the 14mm wide end. Is there enough playing field for the New kid? . . . read more