Why can't we have the best of both worlds?

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Why can't we have the best of both worlds?
3 months ago

In the compact P&S arena, we have Panasonic making the fastest glass out there in the Lumix LX7 (f/1.4-/2.3) but on a small 1/1.7" sensor, and several other camera makers (Canon, Sony) making cameras with larger sensors but slower glass (e.g. the G1 X II f/2-3.9; RX10 f/2.8). Is there a particular reason why Canon could not have put faster glass in front of the G1 X II or Panasonic put their Leica lens in front of a 1" (or bigger) sensor?

I realize f/2 isn't exactly slow (or in the case of the RX100, the min aperture of f/1.8 is quite fast but which unfortunately falls of rather quickly at the telephoto end). But what I am getting at is in all cases you are being forced to make a compromise. "Would I rather own an LX7 with f/1.4 or a Canon with a 1.5" sensor?" Why do we have to make that decision?

G1 X II Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Sony RX100
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