Originally Posted by videocrew
I'm starting to understand this camera, its certainly not an "only camera" type of thing, but I guess if you really had to spend $2000 on taking pictures of your kids or something, its not bad.
Most of the people clamoring for this are street and documentary photographers (well, mostly wannabes...). The photography of a Robert Frank or Henri-Cartier Bresson is just not that easy or fun to pull off carrying a dSLR. Current compacts tend to be slow to operate, not write in RAW, have wee tiny sensors.
There was no digital equivalent to a Leica M (or even Olympus OM) until recently, with the X1, the micro-4/3 cameras, maybe the Ricoh GR-D series. Canon has a nice new compact that does RAW as well. For about 1/5 the price of the Leica.
I've heard less than stellar things about the current micro-4/3 cameras (such as focus speed is slow as shit, slow RAW writing, etc.).
A lot of these will be sold to rich people who want bragging rights for kiddie photos, absolutely. But many of them will be sold to serious hobbyists, artists and even professionals.