A bit too expensive, no? I mean, the X10 for the same price has much better lens (the size of the glass does matter): I'm sure the X10 lens is sharper and has much better resolution. Plus, the X10 has a very nice viewfinder. But other than that, this is a real cute camera, and the manual lens mechanism is a killer feature, because it is unlikely to break like those motorized ones do. Still, it's a bit too expensive, especially considering that the colors of this Fuji sensor are not that great (they are OK, but could be better).
If this camera brings the G12 prices down, then I'd say it was worth it. I've owned a G12, but sold it for some stupid reason. If the prices go down, I'll buy it again. The G12 has a true CCD sensor, which produces colors unmatched by any other compact, including Panasonic LX5 and Sony NEX-5N, both of which I own. The G15 has a CMOS sensor. You can call me stupid all you want, but I see the difference and you don't, good for you. A G12 at a discount is the camera for me. Thank you ;)
CarvingPhoto: The Nikon V1 may have a smaller sensor but can shoot 10/30/60 fps. Plus a pro nikon 200mm f2 with the 2.7x crop factor becomes a 540mm f2, way cheaper than buying a 500mm lens. It's so far the only mirror less to do this. I might just give up my nex-5n for a v1. Every camera's got their ups & down.
check this out:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H22Jwb-6tas
How much longer this nonsense is going to drag on? The 200mm doesn't become 540mm. 200mm is the optical characteristic of the lens. The optics don't change just because you put the lens on this or that camera. The small sensor of V1 will capture only a small area of the image projected by the lens and then it will be blown up DIGITALLY on your computer if you compare it to the same image captured by a full-frame sensor. Gosh!
imadesigner: I've been doing something similar http://www.tomrobinsonphotography.com/feet-first/
Wow! I agree, much better than the five guys. Brilliant.
Where's focus peaking???
Jimmy jang Boo: Please, let me be the first to whine... It doesn't shoot raw! This is terrible! What a travesty! What was Panasonic thinking? If only someone would make the perfect camera...
I agree with royshoonit too. Digital compact cameras that were made 10 years ago produced better quality pictures, were made of much higher quality materials, and were much more reliable. I have a Canon G2 and Olympus Camedia that I bought about 10 years ago. They still work great and the picture quality is amazing (4 megapixels is more than enough). Low light performance is so-so, but who cares? Photography is about light, not darkness. I'm not buying digital cameras anymore. In fact, I've partially returned to shooting film.
Looks nice. 75mm is kind of stupid though. I'd first consider a 50mm, and if I needed to go higher, I'd go for 85mm or 100mm. 75mm doesn't make a lot of sense to me (neither fish, nor flesh...).
j2ker: I hate HDR images that look like they came from another dimension...kinda ruins the art of photography. It is possible to make HDR images that look realistic...What do you all think?
I hate that crazy HDR too. It was kind of interesting for a while, but enough is enough. Every time I see a personal gallery with this stuff, I think of poor taste.
Kodachrome200: i dont understand the apeal of a pancake lens for a full size slr. i cant see this as being noticeable more portable than a 50mm1.8 attachted to any camera body
I agree with Kodachrome200. Canon should make good quality 50mm f/1.8 and f/1.4 already. The current f/1.8 is crap and the f/1.4 has a well-known mechanical design flaw. Nikon's 50mm lenses are perfect and very affordable, all of them. This 40mm doesn't make any sense to me.
rubicon: I think thats a neat idea! I'd like to see a firmware update to my D200, I just enjoy using it and not ready to move up to a more expensive camera, and also to my D700, those are my two most used cameras. I had a friend who shot a 7D and I thought it was a great camera, and now its better without having to spend a "ton" of money to upgrade, nice going Canon.
D200 has a CCD sensor, which is much-much better than the current CMOS sensors in every respect except the stupid high ISO, which I personally don't need. I own many cameras, old and new, and as far as picture quality goes, the D200 is my favorite one. My other cameras are Canon 600D, Sony Nex-5N, Panasonic LX5. The D200 and D80 are my favorite cameras and will be for as long as I can imagine. I also shoot film. Modern CMOS cameras are crap.
wroclaw: what we see is, it is going to be difficult to get an up to date image image quality with this small sensor. being a seasoned olympus fanboy, i am disappointed with the IQ. the images lack sharpness/resolving power. maybe it was poor photographer skills, camera shake, etc.
but then again, what is the point in showing such technically bad images to the public which is obsessed with IQ, like dpreview.
overall, i am afraid this cam aims for young ladies with small handbags as a buyer.
I absolutely agree that the sample pictures are plain bad. Downsampling has nothing to do with it. The pictures look very bland and very flat. The colors are also flat. The are not off, but in reality colors don't look that boring. I don't like it a single bit.
arndsan: oh dear, after years of development it got the same flimsy CF card cover : (
Which makes the D700 user think: "I hope they've at least changed the rubber grip glue".
BackInTheGame: Well, the fun's all over, and everybody can go back to taking pictures. Oh wait....D400 is still out there somewhere.
+1 and +1 to both your posts. I'm so glad I’ve finally conquered this horrible affliction. Life's so much easier and fun now and I take much more pictures too :)
BetaHal: What about other aspect ratios than 4:3? I've become very fond of 16:9, as it lends more space for scene composition, and I'm sure that many of you will miss 3:2 and 1:1 too. What's more, those aspect ratios are supported by the G3/GX1 sensor, so it doesn't make sense not having them in the EM-5.
proxy: I was waiting for a camera like G1X w/large sensor and no extra lenses to carry around. I take pics for pleasure. I figure that within a reasonable budget I should be able to take a good picture without braking by back... I bought Sony NEX 5, Nex 5N, Oly E-PM1 at the same time to see how they measure against one another. To my disappointment Oly failed in photo and video dept.Poor resolution, shaky color, poor for 1080 especially with IS (“jello”).NEX5 was way better but 5N beat them all... except for resolution. Shooting at the identical settings from all 4 (incl my G7) revealed that sharpest output is from... G7. I've got several hundred pics to prove it. Simply no contest in 100-400 ISO range. I decided to post my comments when I read here about Canon G "50 dollar optics" in some posts. In my tests this "poor" optics still beats Oly and Sony kit lenses. The only Canon’s limitation is a small sensor. I decided to keep the 5N but still looking forward towards upgrading my G7 to G1X.
Same here. I will probably also keep my Nex-5N (despite the obvious flaws in the picture quality, it is still a lot of fun), but I am really excited about the new G! This is the only truly great news in quite a few years.
Continued… In general, the reasons I’m considering this camera over other compacts are as follows:
1. None of the current compacts from other manufacturers can match the Cannon’s picture quality (the G-series was and still is the best in this respect). I own Nex-5N and the picture quality is a disaster.2. None of the current compacts (or DSLRs for that matter) from other manufacturers can match the Cannon’s video quality. I like it even better than the much beloved by everyone Panasonic GH2.3. Retractable lens. Who needs a compact with a huge lens sticking out? A DSLR would be much better choice anyway.4. The optical viewfinder. Even though it’s small, I still prefer it to the electronic one. The viewfinder in my G2/G12 always did the job just fine when I needed it.5. I really like the overall design.
As far as size goes, it is not much larger than a G12, so it will fit into a large pocket or a really small bag, which is still much better than carrying a DSLR with a mid zoom.
I’m expecting three things out of this camera:
1. Image quality (color, contrast, etc.) should be at least equal to the current EOS line (even though I’m not 100% happy with it). But if they can match the perfect picture quality of the G12 while adding all the goodies of a larger sensor, I would run to the store.
2. The lens retraction mechanism should NOT break! This is an inherent problem with all PowerShot compacts from Canon, and that was the reason I sold my S90 and my G12 – too great a chance that the mechanism will break in a critical moment.
3. The quality of the material shouldn’t be as cheap as on the G12. I still have a G2 and it’s built like a rock! Very high quality plastic and everything else. The G12 is squeaking and squealing like a cheap toy – not good.
If the above conditions are met, I’ll buy two of these!