Average User: First, I wish Canon every success in this endeavor. As an announcement it seems a little odd, but maybe not so. Maybe the announcement, this long before there is any camera to buy, is intended to stop the flow of customers to the D810. On the other hand, deference to the 5DMkIII seem aimed at wanting to encourage in the mean time, those who would purchase that camera to so so. It does feel as though we are near the point where the value of extra mp doesn't really offset the performance degradation in low light. After a lot of experience with the A7r I returned to Nikon for the better lens selection...but chose the D750 instead of the 810 because of low light performance. From my perspective, what would make cameras more enticing now is not more megapixels, but better low light performance, better dynamic range, quicker live view response... But notwithstanding, I wish Canon success with this.
It is not "long" before they are available. 6 to 8 weeks which is more than consumer models typically from Campn but less time than for 1-series launches or new L lenses. And from what ice seen the 5D3 has outsold the d800's.
kadardr: This announcement surely brought out a legion of trolls getting high on megapixels.
Yep, all the sony, fujiFILM, and m4/3 fanbois out to hate.
mariob2155: I have a problem "getting" this camera, too. If, as you say, it isn't for photo journalism, and it isn't for sports, or nature, and it's only for controlled lighting, that's a pretty seriously limited market.I was thinking about this. I wonder if they developed the sensor not for a DSLR, as such, but possibly a high resolution, security camera, maybe(?), and are just recouping their investment? (that's a question, not a statement, by the way).
I am looking forward to seeing controlled samples. I would like to see how they handle texture.
If I was a "capable photographer", I think I'd want a larger sensor, with this many pixels.
As was the 1Ds which had cost more than double the price of the 5ds. And nobody whined of not "getting" the purpose of the 1Ds!
Mike FL: It is not too easy to hold @600mm w/o VF.
Sonyshine: Madness reaching out to 600mm without an EVF!
Mattersburger: So, the 1.5" sensor is abandoned to get a longer zoom in similar sized body?
No. Are you dumb? G1 X, G3 X, and G7 X are 3 different camera lines of the G-series. High end cameras. Look for G1 X markIII in the future.
Rod McD: A 1" sensor, an add-on EVF and a super-zoom??? This is a different line of camera from the G1X's. I'm still using the original 1.5" sensor G1X with its crappy OVF, slow between shot times and great IQ (at modest ISOs). I'll upgrade it one of these years with a suitable replacement. ATM, the LX100 would be leading the race. However, a BUILT-IN high grade EVF is an absolute requirement. I simply don't want an expensive, external, add-on EVF that blocks the flash shoe in use and gets left at home, lost or whatever. An egregiously bad idea. Please give us a complete camera.
It's a G-series, not a part of the G1 X series. Get over it.
Jennyhappy2: Makes no sense why Canon won't offer this in the US since they recently said they want to dominate the mirrorless market by 2017.
Mirrorless, all brands, is not a high seller in the USA. It does much better in Europe and Japan
tedolf: Wow, that lens looks huge.
That's "mirrorless" for you. Tiny bodies and same sized aps-c lenses.
Tilted Plane: The question does linger--is a $900 camera, without a lens, entry level? The Rebel line seems to beg for a true entry level--in terms of price--without having to buy a 2 or 3 year old model. No?
Sorry but there are several rebels. The T6i isn't entry level. It's akin to the d5500. Canon has the entry level SL1.
Shunda77: Stop gap camera, trying to stop the shift to Nikon full frame. Noise and high ISO performance will kill this camera.
Very high mp cameras, like MF, aren't for high iso. They are landscape and studio cameras.
The return of the "s" series! Well done Canon.
electrophoto: welcome to the plastic styled fake world. and another useless app that should bite the dust.
Not even the best dslr can capture the range the human eye can. If you think there is one you are lying to yourself.
Cipher: Do people buy magazines anymore?
Wow, only 3,000,000 magazines sold in the USA anymore. Talk about fast death! Divided between 100 of different mags!
SoundMix: National Geographic did the same thing to its staff photographers around 15 years ago. NGS did not want to pay retirement/health benefits/401k match anymore. Many other creative types were released at the same time...I was one of them. Many of us continued to work for them freelance. Going freelance I was able to triple my salary with them until I retired. Go figure.
Hopefully the SI photographers will do OK.
I can make up a story like that too!
pdqgp: Meh, I feel for them, but they will very likely be hired back as freelance contractors. It will save the company money and free up the photogs to do other things too.
...right.... I want to be fired and hired on part time so I can do "other things" rather than work earning a paycheck. Few people would prefer one full time job instead of 2 part time jobs of which neither then will provide benefits: medical or retirement savings.
Impulses: I wonder what they paid those guys and what the half dozen photogs that do the swimsuit issue earn... ;p
I believe one photographer does the swimsuits and it's not a sports photographer.
nerd2: f2=f2=f2 and we have f1.7 lens in out pocket!
It's f/1.8 and of course only at its shortest focal length. Aperture will get smaller in a hurry as you zoom!
DPR: 2/3" is really 1/1.5". Use common nomenclature to make it not sound like a much bigger image sensor.
Thing is, the sand pic has a foreground element: the ripples in the sand. Try again!