At last Nikon takes lead in pixel count, for year it lagged behind others. It is good to see Nikon taking first position in the race.Now it is only question, can current lens technology deliver what sensor can resolve. By looking at one portrait photo given on Nikon web site , it seems that current sensor is ahead of lenses.
In recent time, except few minor exception maybe Nikon is just lugging behind Canon on all fields. and also behind Sony for sure. Nikon needed years to abandon 10-12MPix DSLR cameras and it happened also only because they have to keep tempo that Canon and Sony put with their 15-18 Mpix cameras. All Nikon innovation is something like: going from 6400 ISO to 12800 ISO, putting more AF points in AF sensor etc. and that kinds - nothing substantial and breakthrough.
Canon is making G1X on with 14.2 Mpix and 1,5 inch sensor, metal body and much more and sells this for 799 USD and Nikon is pretending that it is in its own world (I am NIKON) trying to sell V1with 1inch sensor - 10 Mpix (history for sure) and lens that is nothing impressive and size of Olympus for same focal rang in M4/3 for 800 USD.Probably they are not too serious but market is not place for jokes.Nikon should stop living in their own world.
proxy: I just love the size, portability and capabilities of Canon G’s. I'm sure G1X will be no exception. Nikon failed with J1, V1... Canon will have no competition among compacts just because of the fixed zoom-lens that so many criticize. If it stays as razor sharp as my G7 (same design in G7-12 series) I won't worry about the rest. Those who write so ferociously about all Canon's "issues" here should shut up. They would never buy it anyway, no matter how good it were because they are so much in love with what they already own. They are here to make themslvs feel better and! spoil other guys party. There is no other fixed lens, retractable zoom "APS-C like" camera on the market. No more carrying extra lenses, it will be with you more often then DSLR's or other ILC's. Add fast AF, good enough zoom range, hopefully decent ISO performance, fairly fast lens with better optics (and IS) then most DSLR kit lenses... all for $800 TOTAL (read 100-150 less in the store). Great.
Perfectly explained to all other here that just want this and that and that..., basicly they do not know what they want.
Dan DeLion: Slow lens, big body, limited zoom, relatively small number of pixels – why make it?
Do not just comment lake that, 2.8 at wide and 5.8 at telephoto in compact with this dimensions and APS-C sensor, obviously uninformed guy , also about the zoom. Not additional comments needed - go by large DSLR and you will have all you want for 2K-3K $ and by the way buy large bag to put it into.
Josh152: I don't understand all the people putting down this camera. A camera like this has been needed for years. That is a small camera with a decent sensor in it and a practical focal length range that still easily fits in a coat/cargo/vest pocket or in your camera bag with the rest of your gear. The is the first real alternative to a DSLR that actually makes sense.
With a traditional compact camera you have a tiny sensor with lots of noise and little to no DOF control.
With a mirror less interchangeable lens camera you are really just getting a DSLR with crappy ergonomics. They are no more convenient to use than a DSLR and once you put a practical lens on it it is almost as big as a DSLR anyway. There is very little practical differnce between using a MILC and a DSLR. Especially logistically speaking.
This camera strikes a perfect balance between all of the major camera types. The G1 X is the camera many people who bought MILC cameras really wanted.
Totally correct, and more important reasonable comment not just crying like baby - I want this I want that etc. etc., and usually these guys that only complaint have made very little right photos - they are just criticizers.
ezradja: it just the lens that turn off the hype. Slow at 2,8-5,8 and you can't change that lens forever. Skip.
Most of standard zoom lenses for m4/3 are in range 3.5-5.6 and even 6.7 on tele end - new 24-50 Olympus is 6.3 at telelphoto and tht is much larger tahn Canon G1X lens.If you want 2.8 constant then buy SLR and Canon 17-55 2.8 and dont just ask something that is almost impossible construct.
GodSpeaks: Unlike what many think, this (as are all RF type cameras) is a P&S replacement, *NOT* a DSLR replacement. So I can see why movies are important.
That said, the GX1 is no substitute for the NEX-7. Sony has trumped the GX1 in spades and, once again, Panasonic falls short.
And what's with this iA button BS. Leave iA in the menus and give use a user defineable button instead.
Panasonic DID NOT felt short with GX1. Just opposite - this is camera that many serious shooters waited for long time.I am tired of reading this kind of post where someone is just saying something just to be said.Most of these guys have not printed anything larger than 8X10 print and just looking and pixel peeping on screen.I have printed 13X18 print from Canon G10 with 14.7Mpix and prints were Gorgeous.It just takes good photograph.
Panasonic did it just right , of course if image quality is like G3 (probably even better with lighter anti-alias filter like GF1 had).
Tim Woodward: It seems like Panasonic simply don't have the micro technology Sony can muster, no built in EVF, no retractable rear screen - or maybe they are leaving these for the G series now? But then that lost it's AE lock button in favour of what - a movie rec button - what is all this madness about bloody movies!? I am a stills photographer, if I want movies I will go buy one of the dedicated movie cameras - which are mostly way cheaper than a stills camera with movie options! It's a great looking camera in the traditional way, and looks like it sits in the hand lovely - but it's too late and things have moved on. What a shame Panny have the lenses and Sony have the cameras! Ain't it always the way :0)
It seems that simply You do not have clear picture of what GX 1 was aimed and should be(and for that matter what do you really want): - If You need build EVF and retractable rear screen then here is G3. If you are still photographer (and not movie shooter) like you say you will not need retractable rear screen but good , robust body with fixed screen like GX1.Do clear what are your expectations and not just write anything on posts.