G1X Mark II - What is with the screen??

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Dave92F1
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Re: Engineers can't win.
In reply to howardroark, 6 months ago

howardroark wrote:

It's possible I suppose. Do you really think the bigwigs chose that screen design? Do you think it is likely cheaper or easier to manufacture or allows for a higher profit margin?

I think it saved 2 or 3 mm on the width of the camera (vs. vari-angle); see my other post about that. I don't agree with their priorities, but at least it's a rational reason.

When I shoot I brace my arms against my body and not the camera. Of course that still allows for a pretty long moment arm that will magnify any shake, but if that's really a problem then buy the EVF.

Ah, but the EVF can't be used as flexibly as the vari-angle, and it makes the camera a lot larger, which defeats the whole purpose of the thing. I have a 60D DSLR that I could drag around if I wanted to...this is a compact, I want it small.

If that's not an option why not get an SLR for the ergonomics and viewfinder.

I have one. But a compact fills a different niche - I don't carry around a 60D, lenses, and a tripod every day.

No, there are many, many people (like myself and retired parents) that get great pictures at arm's length. The only time you really have to worry about camera shake is when using longer exposure times. Otherwise, if you're shooting at 1/125 of a second you'd have to have some pretty unsteady hands to see a lot of camera shake, and in bright light at 1/500 you'd probably have to be swinging the camera around your head to get a lot of blur.

Bracing against the body lets you use significantly lower shutters speeds. OIS and high ISO help of course, but there's no such thing as "enough" - there are always situations where you don't have as much light as you'd like (I never use flash, BTW; I hate the look of it.)

Yes, I'm well aware of that, but thanks for the patronizing comment anyway. (I say that with love, I do!)

I was just saying that you should move on with your life and buy one of the many, many cameras out there that would fit your needs. If not, the G1 X is still for sale. Or you can buy the EVF. Or you can complain here and expect nothing in the world to change because Canon doesn't read these comments. Honestly, I'd suggest you write directly to Canon to let your voice be heard....really, that's probably the surest bet they'll pay some attention, and if you get a lot of other people to write then you keep increasing your odds.

I post here for the same reason (I suppose) you do - for entertainment and to get other people's thoughts in response. I do also hope that if I point out something and a lot of people agree, mfr's will notice and consider it. I think they do check in once in a while and read what people think (I would have somebody doing that if I were them).

I will probably buy one of these things - my "travel" camera is still a G12 because that's the last compact Canon made with the Vari-angle (except for the G1X which I didn't buy because of the macro limitation - I take lots of product shots up close).

With the 250D close up lens and a tripod the G1 X would be perfect for you. Don't like to use tripods?

I use a tripod 80% of the time when I'm using a DSLR. That's not what the compact is for. The compact is meant to be with me on days when I _wasn't_ planning mainly to take photos.

[BTW, and off-topic; how are you getting along with Dominique Francon these days?]

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