Sounds great! I think compact cameras will die out as smartphone camera tech improves. It's such a compelling package: always with you, immediate sharing and now some truly fantastic software tricks which are evolving photography into a new age. Some may not like it. A lot of us have a yearning at times for the more traditional approach. But the average consumer will flock to these and abandon any dedicated camera.
I think Nokia are in a position to capitalise on their imaging expertise to lead the smartphone/smartcamera market and turn around their fortunes..
And once again stiff the uk on pricing. Single app for $20 or £18.
Too expensive, at least in the UK.
KnightPhoto2: Let's see - a 16 page review without any section devoted to autofocus! C'mon dpreview, AF is centrally important to any camera I buy.
I was stuck looking for that as well. I'm mystified as to why they left out that section.
I also disagree with the conclusion about the screen. I've yet to be in a position outdooors where the screen becomes unreadable. It's the best LCD display I've ever seen.
kevin_r: I second GRAFLI: Why on earth didn't they put Windows 7.8 or even Windows 8 or Android on this phone? Whatever the stupid reason - probably political infighting in the company - I hope they put the same camera or better into the Lumina 950/1000 with dual core processor and Windows 8.
I think they'll release a Windows Phone 8 with this camera later this year.
Hurrah! Thank you for quickly covering this exciting announcement. I'd love to see something like the Olympus XZ-1 use this technology with the control ring around the lens used for 'zooming'.
I was coming to the end of my contract with my Android phone, contemplating getting an iPhone 4s as a pocket cam, but this looks so much better.
Oelph: I've learnt that AF speed trumps image quality every time. You can have the cleanest iso image around but if you've failed to capture the subject it's a wasted shot.
This is an interesting attempt by Canon but if the AF is not at least up to Panasonic G3 speeds then I'll pass on it.
"lmao... you think a G3 is fast? using a real camera and i dont think you would say that"
I never said it was the fastest, I said the G1X needs to be at least as fast as the G3 to make me consider it. The Panasonics are good, for non-DSLRs, in the AF department. Something that is generally acknowledged.
The bar for compact AF speed has been raised in recent months and any company that thinks it can stick with 2+ year old performance, as Canon did with the S100, is sorely mistaken.
I've learnt that AF speed trumps image quality every time. You can have the cleanest iso image around but if you've failed to capture the subject it's a wasted shot.
johnnymac43: I am having focusing issues as well, this camera doesn't focus as good as my Canon S90. For the most part it is great but not as good as the Canon. Anyone else with a focusing problems?
I've found the focussing on the X10 to be the best amongst compacts and rivals the older M43 cameras. I previously had a Canon S95, LX5, Nex-5 and GH1.
Mine (bought from Jessops last week) is already on 1.02.
justmeMN: Whatever it's other flaws, a snapshot camera that can actually capture moving kids and pets is a Good Thing.
The tech in these cameras is the exciting part. I can't see many soccer moms and dads splashing out the best part of £1000 for the V1 and telephoto lens however. Maybe in 2012 when the camera has tumbled to the £500-£550 mark it would be viable.
Elaka Farmor: wow
And if the XZ-1 could do decent video it would be a great camera.