Upload & Sell: Off
I added a few more pics I snapped while wandering for a bit after breakfast. Nothing great, but I wanted to post up some daytime shots. Today I left it in AF and tried to keep a low ISO. I said last night the AF was a little slow, but after trying in the day it is certainly comparable to the Olympus PEN line. It's not DSLR fast, but it's perfectly acceptable. Overall, I still am leaning towards keeping this camera in MF because it gives a much better sense of control.
To answer some questions - I havent figured out how to get the digital zoom to work yet, still trying to figure that one out. I havent played with DMF too much either, but it seems like a nice hybrid between AF and MF.
Retail price is 248,000 yen here in Japan so I think it came to about $3050. I looked for the EVF and the shop doesn't have it, it will be a 2-3 week special order. I can probably order it from the states and it'll be cheaper and get here around the same time frame.
I really dont understand the gripes about price for this camera. It's not a compact, micro 4/3, point and shoot, or even a Canon G series. It really is a professional grade street camera and looks, feels, and operates like a serious piece of gear. Maybe people dont want to pay that much for it because it doesn't say Canon or Nikon on the front. This camera is for people who know what they're doing, not parents who want to take pictures of their kids' soccer games. This camera is for the FF shooter who wants to have that level of image quality in a portable package to carry every day or use for travel. I dont feel hindered at all by a fixed lens, in fact I rarely shoot outside 35mm anyway. This is the camera I've been waiting for and I'm not disappointed.
Edit: The Zoom only works with JPEG.