topstuff: People trying to predict the future of the 1, or how Canon will enter the game, are really clutching at straws while ignoring the hard, irrefutable, unchangeable facts of the science of digital technology.
People say the sensor is too small? Rubbish.
People say that only APSC sized sensor cameras are the way forward? Also rubbish.
The sensor is small because it allows the lenses to be small. The relationship between sensor size and lens size cannot change easily.
But the sensor is big ENOUGH to offer high IQ. The result is a camera that is faster and more compact than NEX, especially with a telephoto lens.
Canon have not played their cards yet. If they offer larger sensor mirrorless, the lenses will have to be larger. For many people, that would still be advantage Nikon 1. If people want a larger camera, they will take their DSLR after all.
It would not surprise me at all if Canon took a similar direction to Nikon with a new, smaller sensor. Now that would shock people!
Have only handled the V1 in the store but find there's a good deal to like. Build and layout are both excellent, as is the EVF. Focus speed, even with the kit zoom, is very impressive. I could imagine an impulse-buy were it not $800. Nevertheless I think Nikon has a winning format in the 1 system. Because it's such a closed system (no hotshoe?!?) their risk would seem in making it complete and relatively affordable over the long haul.
As to Canon's intentions, I suspect the G1X sensor represents their mirrorless system format, should they head down that path. I think they're testing the waters with this rather odd camera.
tkbslc: OK, here's why they went for the slow aperture:
m. Zuiko 12-50 f3.5-6.383mm L x 57mm Dia, 52mm filter211g
Zuiko 12-60 f2.8-499mm L x 80mm Dia, 77mm filter575g
So roughly 1/3 the weight and 2/3 the size of the regular 4/3 12-60.
Good summary. I'll add half the price, to boot.
Definitely slower than I'd prefer, but portends a weatherproof body on the way to go with the weatherproof lens.
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