What a huge yawn this thing is. Keep it out of the U.S. There comes a point where making the body smaller and smaller becomes counter productive. Anything but just about the smallest lens on this thing makes it unwieldy. From a size perspective, cameras are like keyboards in that you can only make them so small and if you keep on shrinking them they become a nuisance to use. This EOS M series is a solution in search of a problem.
steve ohlhaber: There is no excuse for leaving the Canon G1X out of this bunch. Its possibly the best fixed lens still image camera out there and its priced right at the sony rx. It can crush just about every other fixed lens camera due to the massive sensor it has. That camera and the Sony RX are the only ones I really think about leaving the SLR behind for and its not even on the list??? This list would make more sense without the sony rx in there due to its price.
Absolutely agree. Plus G1X can be had for about $455 USD. It's amazing how the G1X gets overlooked so consistently.
Jim: Why is the Canon G1X consistently omitted from your enthusiast compact round ups? It blows the others away from an image quality point of view...not even close.
A quick search today showed the following (both new cameras, prices in US$) -
Canon G1X - $454.99 http://www.ibcart.com/details/digital-cameras/compact/Canon/Canon-PowerShot-G1-X-14-2-/5249B001?gclid=CNfCuZnUgLsCFZaUfgod2kMAxg
Canon G16 - $429.00http://www.ibcart.com/details/digital-cameras/compact/Canon/Canon-PowerShot-G16-12-1-M/
Why is the Canon G1X consistently omitted from your enthusiast compact round ups? It blows the others away from an image quality point of view...not even close.
This looks like a very interesting camera and I wonder (hope) what Canon will field as it's offering in this area.
As a small aside, "funambulist" and "vertiginously"?....LOL How about this one: pulleeeeeezzzzz. :-)
Stephen_C: I thought the G1X was the worthy successor to the G-series cameras. Coming out with the G16 when the G1X and the Sony RX100 are already out seems odd.
I think some may have a misunderstanding regarding the G1X. There is nothing on the market today that packs a near-APS C size sensor and zoom lens in such a small package.
My experience has been that the G1X's autofocus is in the same general performance category as the G11/G12...not a speed demon but acceptably decent. What often gets overlooked is its ability to really crank up the ISO and still maintain excellent image quality. Yes, macros aren't its strong suit.
As far as overall flexibility in taking images under a very wide variety of lighting conditions, it far outshines the G15/16. This is a very underrated camera.
Talk about blown highlights...
Jote: Bring back the 200mm on the tele-end and I'm sold. Been waiting to upgrade my G7 since like forever, but 140 is not enough for me, and I don't dare to switch to Nikon.
As HowaboutRAW mentioned, count me in as one who would rather have a faster lens rather than more zoom for a "G2X"
LiSkynden: No flip out screen, no Canon G16 for me. So disapointed. I dont get why they dropped it again (G15). Make up your mind Canon. Why not making one camera that always has flip out screen.? Why drop it and then put it back and then drop it again, and ... what?
Have you considered a G1X? It's a great camera and only slightly larger than a G12.
The Nikon V1/J1 series doesn't pass the test of obviousness. Interchangable lenses with a small sensor just don't go well together. If you're going to change lenses you might as well have a larger sensor without much of a penalty in size. This camera, like the Pentax Q7, just makes no sense. When the price point is factored in, it just lame. It's almost as if Nikon didn't do any target marketing before releasing this product line.
Is this really Amazon in DPR clothing?
Noogy: Right camera for its target market, not for most of us airheads and arrogant, self-proclaimed photographers that gang up on newbies in this forum. If solely on the basis of comments, Nikon and Canon should have both been out of business for a very long time. They make shabby cameras and are the relative personification of all things evil in the digital imaging world, with images that are noisier that the noise in this forum. But lo and behold, Nikon and Canon continue to make tons of money as they have over the past few decades.
Agreed. In addition, I'm surprised that DPreview bothered to do a full review on it. Go figure.
You make good points. However, as a Canon owner and enthusiast, I will say that this particular "upgrade" by the company is one in name only. Canon shouldn't have bothered with this as it just opens them up to (justified) criticism without any upside. This is just a strange move on their part and they would have been better off to simply issue a firmware upgrade to T4i/650D owners and not change model names.
Anyone who won't look out after their own financial interests will certainly not look out for anyone else's. I'm a realtor and we get hit with comments similar to these all the time. Anyone who works for free deserves to work for free.
On e again, the Canon G1X gets overlooked. Bummer.
Why wasn'tt the G1X included?
This product is probably better placed in the "Top 50 Innovative Consumer Products of 2012" rather than the 50 best inventions.
Jim: As an XZ-1 owner, I just don't see a significant difference in image quality between the XZ-2 and the XZ-1...both are very good. Am I missing something?
That was my take too...I don't really see a compelling reason to upgrade from the XZ-1 to the XZ-2. As an aside, if it's not a fully articulated LCD (ala Canon G12/G1X), don't bother.
...just my take.
As an XZ-1 owner, I just don't see a significant difference in image quality between the XZ-2 and the XZ-1...both are very good. Am I missing something?
abolit: ugly as hell!
Agreed. The designer of the camera ought to be spanked.
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