(Sarcasm) Photos don't matter. The only thing that matters is a camera's DXoMark Sensor Score. There is no need to observe and think, when you can let DXoMark do all the thinking for you. :-)
Canon needs a One Direction Edition. THAT would get (young) females to buy more of their cameras.
Canon estimates that, this year, they will sell 9.5 million compact cameras, and 7.0 million DSLRs. Not bad, for a company that does everything wrong. :-)
Q: Please define the phrase "very near future". :-)
(Does that mean 2014?)
bernardly: A candid interview from Nikon. On the mirrorless question, what he said:
“So maybe if there is enough demand we may be able to provide another type of mirrorless camera with larger sensors. This is one of the solutions.”
And what he didn't say but was probably also thinking:
“May that day be far off.”
When Nikon & Canon reluctantly enter the APS and FF sensor interchangeable lens camera market the DSLR halcyon days will be at an end. But before that happens they will fight tooth and nail over every inch of DSLR dominance. They probably and hopefully are incubating competitive mirrorless systems in their R&D labs. Because when the market reaches the mirrorless tipping point they will have to compete with the best of Sony, Samsung, Olympus, Fujifilm and Panasonic. Canon and Nikon are making money while the camera divisions of the competing firms are struggling for profitability. In the interim, Canon and Nikon will be hoping to force as many of their competitors out of business.
Since Canon's mirrorless camera is based on an APS-C sensor:
Canon will continue to develop/improve DSLR Live View AF and DSLR sensors, and someyear can pop that technology into a future EOS M body. That strategy doesn't require much mirrorless-specific R&D.
Breaking News: Nikon endorses Sony mirrorless cameras.
Now people can throw away their M43 MILC cameras. :-)
Seriously, as large-sensor compacts continue to improve, MILC will be pushed into an even smaller niche.
marc petzold: Is there a specific LX100 lens hood avialable? Panasonic knows how to do a attractive enthusiast large sensor compact - the LX100, not like Canon with their inferior G7X...that is more for the point & simple (shoot) crowd. The LX100 is finally for me, what the LC-1 was 10 years ago, simply great.
The Panasonic LX100 is in a different size category than the Canon G7 X. If you prefer to lug around a non-pocketable camera, the former may be a better choice for you.
Gesture: Hardly exciting, especially at $700, but for Canon I can see where it's "adventuresome." Where's the EVF?
The G7 X is designed after the S120, which doesn't have a viewfinder or a hot shoe. I don't see anything wrong with that.
JMCO: But these advances will mean nothing unless cameras can link to iOS and smart phones + wi-fi easily. At this point, for consumers, the key is not the camera tech but the social tech.Will Nikon, Sony, Canon, and others get this in time?
I don't know how it works, but Canon states that their G7 X compact has both Wi-Fi and NFC.
steve ohlhaber: Since the sensor is so big, does this mean it can do some form of digital zoom and use less of the sensor. I am trying to replace a 24-300mm zoom range and I am sick of these 1/2.33" sensors and no raw. It seems like they could do something to at least match the IQ when zoomed using digital zoom if they can reduce the use of the sensor. I just don't know if that is how it works. That would be an interesting comparison between a travel zoom at 300mm and this thing using digital zoom.
From Canon USA's web site:
Focal Length 8.8 (W) - 36.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-100mm)
Optical Zoom 4.2x
Digital Zoom 4x
MILC is just "so last year". :-) Large sensor compacts are the future.
(Many/most people who buy interchangeable lens cameras never go beyond the kit lens.)
When you interview Olympus execs, ask them when their camera division is going to break even. So far, that division has had five money-losing years in a row.
Sales are sharply down, but Canon estimates that they will sell 9.5 million compact cameras this year. That's not exactly "dead".
Greg Pavlov: I would really like to understand this: why the 5-6 articles about this "pocketable" camera "with a "large" sensor when during the same show Panasonic released a camera (DMC-GM5) that is smaller, has a larger sensor, includes a built-in viewfinder and accommodates multiple lenses? Compared to that, why is this Canon "One of the exciting new cameras here at Photokina?"
"Zillions" of people have previously purchased a small-sensor Canon S-series or G-series camera. For them, the Canon G7 X is a potentially exciting upgrade.
Most buyers of interchangeable lens cameras don't go beyond the kit lens. I think large-sensor compacts are going to push MILC into an even smaller niche.
"The Olympus booth was relatively quiet compared to the madhouses at Nikon and Canons' stands..."
A reality check for enthusiasts who are convinced that the world revolves around mirrorless cameras.
The Canon should produce better JPEGs than the similar Sony; better colors, less noise reduction smearing.
Thom Hogan is not a happy Nikonian: "One self-imposed problem that Nikon just keeps facing is that it isn’t truly satisfying its most loyal customer base. The QA problems, the lack of good customer support and communication, coupled with the totally missing products, the lack of upgrades of significant products, and the strange emphasis on overlapping FX bodies at higher price points, are things are slowly eroding brand loyalty. At a time when you’d want brand loyalty to be highest so that you can better weather the camera sales downturn."
brownie314: Where is the EOS M3?
The M3 is in the same place as the T6i and SL2. :-)