Samsung announced its "Micro APS-C" G1 clone yesterday (this is the real announcement, which follows last year's announcement of the announcement). Seems like it has a lot of nice and well-thought-out features, including its slightly-larger-than-4/3 sensor and an AMOLED screen said to be superior to the current SOTA. You can read more about it elsewhere, as usual.
I have only one question. Is anybody really going to want a mini, mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera without the flexibility of the Micro 4/3 standard? Micro 4/3 is in its infancy—well, its toddlerhood—but already, I can put my favorite Panasonic lens on an Olympus body that has IS. And I can get just short of a zillion different kinds of adapters, allowing me to use anything from an old M-Rokkor to a Canon FD lens from way back before Canon even went autofocus.
It seems to me that perhaps the biggest single frustration I've had in the whole digital era is the headache of finding the lenses I want for the cameras I want. (Sony! Olympus! Oy!) Micro 4/3, being a cross-manufacturer standard, promises to alleviate that problem by allowing me to pick and choose bodies for the same lenses or pick and choose lenses for the same bodies. This is already an advantage, and the situation is only going to get better.
Does anybody really want to give that up and be completely dependent on a proprietary lensmount for this kind of camera—especially from a company that has no history as a lensmaker? Especially an electronics company, most of which treat lenses as afterthoughts?
I'm not necessarily claiming they won't. Maybe the NX10 will sell like flapjacks to lumberjacks. I'm just askin'.
MikeP.S. Coming Soon: TOP's Camera of the Year 2009. I'm workin' on it, really I am.