Yes, Leica has a patent on the rectangular-box shape. Ivory Soap, for example, has to pay them a royalty on every bar.Ooooh! Looks like it's copying Leica with the body design.
It's already been done with the Digilux 3 and Panasonic LC1 which where 4/3 cameras, this quite a few years ago so I'm sure they have the technology to make it GF1 size.On the other hand... the closest thing to this so far is the add-on finder for the Olympus EP-2. If you look at the size of that, and the size of a GF-1 body, and then imagine trying to fit the one inside the other... well, I think you can see why it may be a while before this patent sketch turns into a real camera.
Me too!I want it. Now.
So true. Our patent system is beyond broken.This is a classic example of patents gone nuts. Anyone here could file a patent for the above 'idea'. In fact, I've seen it elsewhere in wishlists, even mockups.
Yup. Mine too.First company that gets a decent EVF in a GF1/Pen style MFT body gets my money.
More so than a look-a-like, I hope that Panasonic will be able to squeeze a small viewfinder into a GF1 sized body - I could give up the flash for an electronic VF. Whether it would be "rangefinder like" look or a similar design - it would likely be electronic and would be a zoom coupled finder - so not really a rangerfinder - but hey - simply much better than using the large LCD screen.....I'd love to see it turn out to be a rangefinder look-a-like m4/3....
FL-14 Flash from Olympus would do the trickI'd give up the flash too if they sold a cheap small hot shoe flash. I'd rather have that as an extra i don't need all the time than the EVF. As of now, I don't leave it mounted because I'm always afraid I'll snap it off in the bag
heh, $200 for that is way too much IMO. hence the "cheap" =)FL-14 Flash from Olympus would do the trick
mildly, but you gotta have a battery in there somehow. Given the performance of it and no swivel (or tilt?) I feel a little ridiculous paying $200 for it. Though, I looked a little, it's in the $150 range. A little better.Sure looks like it's pretty bulky though.