d99007: Pro:-Looks cool-Large sensor
Cons:- Slow lens that quickly kills the advantage of a large sensor as you move from wide to tele- Not wide enough at 28mm- Even bigger size than chunky G12- Lack of auto lens cover- Lack of dedicated ISO button- Price
Not a bad camera, but if I'm going to carry this thing when traveling, open lens cover, take picture, close lens...I may as well carry my APS-C DSL camera with a small and fast pancake lens. it will be far better for that purpose.
I think I'll wait for another camera with a faster lens if I'm going to cash out $800
If I'm not mistaken, the G1 X has a dedicated ISO dial on the top deck.
harrisoncac: Large sensor cameras?
Would like to know how this Canon G1 X holds up to Sony's NEX-5N.
Canon USD800 (28-112mm)Sony CAD600 (28-82mm)
Sony NEX does indeed have larger sensor and interchangeable lenses. If I want interchangeable lenses, I have a DSLR for that.
This camera can be carried all by itself. I've shot the G12, the S95 and the NEX 5. Honestly, the S95 makes better images at less than half the cost of the Sony, and it has a point and shoot sensor.
Canon has now stepped up to the plate with a point and shoot camera with a large, efficient sensor. Sure you have more flexibility with interchangeable lenses. Once again, DSLR gets you there with far more flexibility than the mirrorless joke cameras out there like the NEX. Sony's own DSLRs are far better than their mirrorless cams.
But this is the camera you can carry everywhere without worrying about $5k worth of glass in a kit bag coming along for the ride. I love the G12, but this thing extends its IQ capabilities tremendously, especially in low light.
I may sell both my G12 and my S95 pocket cam to get one.
Francis Carver: 640 COMMENTS!!!! about this advanced digital camera? With a paltry f/2.8-5.8 4x zoom lens that starts only at 28mm and goes only to 112 mm? A camera that uses a 1920s style viewfinder? And one that cannot even record simple 1920p30 video? In the year 2012?
Don't you people have anything better to do? :-)
Francis, this camera is so much more than you represent. I hope you are joking. I shoot a Leica X1 for precisely the same reasons folks are interested in this camera.
It has a good fixed lens, a large sensor and high quality in a small form factor. The X1 blows it into the weeds in every category except ease of composition of course, since no zoom means I have to zoom my own ass around to get the image composition I want. And yet I spent two thousand smackers on it and I'm glad I did.
Can you explain that? The award winning images on my walls can. They are better than most of my DSLR work.
The G1 X will not compete with the X1 on straight up image quality. But it follows a similar formula and includes a modest zoom for ease of composition. It will be worth the street price, which will shake out to be a few dollars less than the asking price.
I'm looking forward to seeing what it can do.
Davidgilmour: But is it. Better than the Fuji X10?
And the Canon will get you by without all the little dramas of the X10.
Fuji will eventually correct the X10's faults, and then look out. But it will cost twice as much as this camera.
choochoo22: Where's the filter thread?
Am I the only one who thinks a camera in this class needs to accept threaded filters?
Look very carefully on the end of the barrel. You will see a bayonet mount.
This is Canon's nod to the Lensmate system, which uses threaded filter rings to attach filters, and then instantly bayonets them onto the lens end. It enables the camera to use a smaller filter size and have absolutely no vignetting issues like the old tube mount system did.
Canon will most likely offer the rings at product launch. Get one for your polarizer and one for your graduated ND. You don't need to carry a separate ND because there's one built into the camera. You also may not need a UV 'lens protect' filter, since the G1x lens fully retracts and autocovers itseelf.
I prefer to have a UV filter on there as a dust cover, and deal with the added bulk of a lens cap to go over that. But you don't have to.
Bottom line: compared to previous G series cameras, you will really dig the quick-change filter bayonet system.