Low ISO shots are superb. ISO3200 looks alright but it appears Sony is applying quite a bit of noise reduction at that sensitivity to keep the JPEGS clean. Probably better to shoot RAW and apply noise reduction on your own if you want to shoot that high up the ISO scale. But of course if you don't pixel peep routinely you may never notice.
Phil of Cilcain: The only 'real' premium superzoom camera was the Panasonic DMC-FZ200? Did someone forget the Fuji X-S1? With its manual zoom its a classic.
I tried out the XS-1, I thought the image quality was pretty good. But I thought the image stabilization was sub par, and my copy of it...the LCD would start flickering if there was a slight breeze, plus it was too heavy. But if Fuji could cut a little weight off of the camera and release a new one with the x-trans sensor that might be a compelling camera.
VadymA: The IQ of the samples is just horrible even by the small sensor standards.
I think they are better than the ones from the G16, P7800, and S120.
AbrasiveReducer: Nice. It's too bad current technology does not allow for a larger sensor in a package this size.
I don't think we're that far off from a camera like that, at the rate things are going. In fact, I wonder if the camera companies already have the technology at their disposal to make such a camera but are worried that it will cannibalize sales of similarly priced ILCs/DSLRs.
Excellent image quality.
white shadow: @ Ajax2u
You are right. After all the hype about the RX100M2, I tested the camera a few days ago. Despite all the good things people say about it, I find the camera is not as user friendly as my G12 or the G16. What's very good about the G12 is you get all the important dials (controls) like ISO, mode and exposure compensation up front and not in the menu. Sometimes, I wish my DSLR has that too. You get to change those variables in an instant. The grip is also better. 10Mp on the G12 is more than enough. I shot a night scene resting the camera on a rail and could make an A3 enlargement with it using ISO100, f/4.0 and 5sec exposure.
The G series has much better macro capabilty, useful for casual closeup shots of flowers and still life. Battery life is longer.
One can get an underwater housing for the G series but I am not so sure about the RX100M2.
So, even if the G series has a smaller sensor, it is a more versatile camera to use.
I like the G series cameras but if Canon wants to continue to be relevant in the enthusiast compact market, they are going to have to up their game some. The Sony RX100II may be as slippery as a bar of soap but the output from that camera is in a whole 'nother league. Canon would help themselves immensely in this segment if they A) lowered the price of the G16 and B) Released a follow-up to the G1X that at least rivals the speed of the G16 in terms of operational performance. It's not just Canon...but Nikon P7800 is way overpriced, and Olympus was out of their minds charging $600 to start for the XZ-2. 1/1.7" will soon represent the lower end of the camera market and should start to be priced accordingly.
HiHai: So if I shoot RAW most of the time, I can save money by getting G15?
Yes. There isn't that much that separates the two in terms of image quality.
pixperfect: I would like to know about the body of the G16, metal or plastic?I am comparing the Canon G16 and the Nikon P7800. I would like to know where the Canon G16 is made? I know the Nikon P7800 is made in China and I have heard that the Canon G16 is made in Japan.Between 2 cameras, one made in Japan and the other one made in China, I guess that most people will buy the one made in Japan, even though the P7800 has a better lens.
I think it's high-grade plastic over a metal frame.
43rumors.com released the specs list for the camera:
- 1/1.7 inch back illuminated sensor with 12 million pixel. Probably this is the same sensor as the XZ-2 has (Sony BSI CMOS) - 28-300mm f/2.8 constant aperture lens. - 12 pieces in 10 groups with zero coating and control ring - in lens stabilziation - Automatic retractable lens cap - ISO100-12800 - Shutter -1/2000 seconds 60 seconds - Video 1920 x 1080 30p - 1.44 million dots EVF with Eye sensor. - 3 type, movable, 1.04 million pixels touch panel monitor - Equipped with a Wi-Fi function, can work with smartphone - 116.2 x 87 x 56.5mm size - (Battery, media, including cap) 402g Weight
If these indeed are the specs...I would say a $700 price tag is justified. Even though we all know it's not really an F2.8 due its sensor...the fact that it's constant throughout such a wide focal range is pretty remarkable for what looks like a relatively compact camera.
JEROME NOLAS: Is this special for you enough?
It really depends on how fast the lens is on this forthcoming camera. If they stick a relatively fast Zuiko lens on the camera then that would almost justify the high price. But we will just have to wait and see.
Maybe I'm being a bit cynical but I don't see a lot of takers at the $700 price point unless this camera is really something special.
Kodachrome200: sorry but until some one makes a compact enthusiast camera with a one inch sensor that is that small, every other compact is essentially an also ran compared to the rx100. Personally i have a GR because i dont need zoom so i like to have an even bigger sensor.
But there just will be no advantage to any other pocket size camera till they start doing one inch sensors too. the advantage in low light, dof, and image quality are just too much to ignore
You can still make nice pictures with it though. As I alluded to in the other comments section, it's not my first choice because I like the touch screen on the Canon S120 but outside of that it's kind of fun in a way to push a camera like this to the limits to see what it's really capable of.
It's a good looking little camera and the image quality is probably decent. But the Canon S120 still looks more appealing in this price segment due to the excellent capacitive touch screen it incorporates.
Menneisyys: $449.00? Is it some kind of a joke? I can get the RX100 for $50 more... the only advantage the S120 has over the RX100 is the wider lens and the Wi-Fi...
Also, the capacitive touch screen.
samhain: Nice camera, great ergonomics. Too bad it's not a FF. aps-c dslr's are so 2009.:)
I see more people using APS-C DSLRs in 2013 than I did in 2009, so your argument is flawed.
I would like to point out, in defense of the dpreview guys, that the lighting conditions here in Seattle this weekend were about as bad as you can get for photography. So just keep that in mind when looking at the photos.
There is no question in my mind that this is going to be a stellar DSLR. One that could approach full-frame quality provided you put the right glass on it. But I just hope they (Ricoh) just have enough sense this time around to properly market this camera and increase the number of places where you can see the camera in the flesh and try it out. Maybe broker a deal with the one of the large outdoor retailers to sell K-3s in their stores. They are sitting on a potential gold mine with all of these affordable (and excellent) weather-sealed cameras and lenses and its like no one realizes it.
Despite my concerns on the price...I bought this camera and got it from Amazon last night. I am not so sure the AF has improved in low light over the G15. But the image quality is impressive. The rounded handgrip up front makes it more comfortable to hold but the thumb grip on the back is slightly smaller.
paragrapher: One question to the reviewer: does the new grip make the camera more comfortable to hold?
I can answer that because I just got the camera last night...up front it does but the thumb grip on back is slightly smaller and less comfortable than on the G15...so it's pretty much a wash between the two.
Image quality looks almost exactly the same as the P7700..not that that's a bad thing. But I guess if you can do without the viewfinder, you can save yourself almost $300 and get the same level of imaging performance with the P7700.