Archiver: About seven years ago, I would have been salivating at the prospect of a new Canon compact camera. I own the S45, S70, G7, G10, and S90. My credit card would have been ready for Canon's latest camera. It's a little sad that either my interests have moved past a once-favourite brand, or that they no longer produce cameras that suit me as well as they once did.
Steve, the closest thing out there is the Panasonic LF-1, it has a 1/1.7 sensor, 1080i 60, viewfinder and 28-200 zoom. It is about the size of an s120.
Valiant Thor: Just too many similar cameras out there. It would be a struggle to find a reason to buy one of these.
G9x is the easy one- the smallest large(ish) sensor compact available. The reason to buy one is size.
MikeFairbanks: I can't tell from the photos if the G5x is a pocket camera.
Jacket yes, shirt/pants no.
fuxicek: GX5 looks like perfect compact camera.. I just wonder, when Canon engineers learn how to implement some easy panorama feature? 2025? Never? :D
I agree, its too bad that there are some areas where even high end compacts struggle to compete with cell phones, like panorama, hdr, burst mode, connectivity, etc. Its frustrating that a much more capable camera often feels like a step back in many ways when comparing functionality with my iphone.
AbrasiveReducer: Looks almost thin enough to be a pocket camera that fits in a pocket.
The g5x is not a pants pocket camera, I was referring to the g9x.
It will, maybe unless your size 0 skinny jeans shrunk in the wash. ;)
FuhTeng: That G5X is a lovely little thing. I don't think it'll fit in my pants pocket, so no thanks, but otherwise it looks lovely. G9X versus RX100 I or II - FIGHT!
Same here, looks a little retro, but more than anything, it looks like a tool. Built for the job first and foremost. It works for me.
justmeMN: Large sensor compact cameras are the future. MILC Dinosaurs are just so behind the times. :-)
The g9x is easily pocketable, shirt, jeans, whatever, and you'll forget its there just like your cell phone. Its actually slightly smaller than the already pocket friendly s120, which itself was smaller than the original (smallest) rx100.
bloodycape: I understand the G9X comes with a 28-89mm lens starting at F2, but it's still a pretty big camera when considering the Sony RX100 II and above are pretty much the same size(thickness too), while offering a tilting display. Not to mention a Panasonic GM1, body wise, with it's larger m4/3 sensor is about the same size. Sure a zoom lens will make the GM1 bigger, but the point still stands the G9x is a tad large.
A tad large? Lol. G9X is the smallest 1" sensor cam available, and the difference is enough to make it much more easily pocketable.
rpm40: LOVE the concept. I hope the results hold up. This type of ambitious thinking has the potential to really change things. So much potential, as long as the processing power is there to back it up.
I had never heard of them prior to reading the article, so...not much of one?
I have thought about this before and companies dipping their toes in like Fuji's dual lens 3d cams, etc., made me wonder of the potential. 3d, HDR, stacking, multi shot low light, thinner and smaller sensor/lens modules...its very interesting.
LOVE the concept. I hope the results hold up. This type of ambitious thinking has the potential to really change things. So much potential, as long as the processing power is there to back it up.
SimenO1: A 50mm f/1,9 equivalent lens without AF that probably is somewhat sharp around 50mm f/5,6-8 equivalent, just what the MFT people needed. :p
I suspect people will get over the autofocus "fad" around the same time they tire of the color tv fad, the cordless phone fad, or maybe this crazy electricity fad. I honestly don't know when all these young whippersnappers are going to stop shooting digital and go back to glass plates. :P
BadScience: technically excellent but utterly boring
manages to make the most beautiful women sexless and sterile
BadScience, It sounded like you said there is no point to photographing a woman unless they are meant to be sexy, sexual, or sensual. "If the point was not at least one of the traits I mentioned, the[n] why not use a bald fat middle aged man..." Women can show the same range of traits as men, and thinking thats not the case would lead to "utterly boring" photography indeed. I'm guessing that wasn't quite what you meant to say? Or maybe it was...
ecka84: Actually, 4.5-108mm f/2.8 is equivalent to 25-600mm f/16.
I knew you guys wouldn't be able to help yourselves...
Between the still and video features, and the robust build, this should make a nice hybrid travel camera for a wide range places and conditions.
belle100: I think it's time for me to ditch my DSLR and get this as I am not very demanding on absolute quality. Convenience is what I am after.I like the side dial position.
If convenience is more important to you than absolute quality, why have you not yet run screaming from your SLR? :P
I appreciate their attempt at a clever approach, but for me reducing high iso noise reduction and leaving more detail (and grain) gets closer enough to the old "film" look to be satisfactory, especially with these new high resolution sensors. I'm sure for the more particular crowd that has a real issue with high iso noise and grain, many are shooting RAW anyway.
I've always wondered why they couldn't figure a way to mate IBIS with OIS. I guess it didn't make much sense until you had a manufacturer that for some reason had produced both. This is a smart way for Panny to be able to add IBIS to new bodies while making their OIS lenses more useful rather than redundant. Very smart.
Panasonic has been doing a good job of integrating creative and promising tech into their new models. Some of their new focusing features on this model are quite interesting too..
Equivalence honks, stop. Shut up. All us gearheads on this site know both sides of the coin by now. We've heard it 500 times.
Is the difference in the filters really enough to need/justify two different models? Seems like an unnecessary waste of resources to me.