mcslsk

mcslsk

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On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)
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mcslsk: Not recognizing the revolutionary design of the lens for me is the major shortfall of the review. That is disappointing because I was always under the impression that for the reviewers here, photographic elements of a camera are way more important than gimmicks like in camera filters or video capabilities. If you look at the lens, Canon has not only delivered high quality glass but also really taken it to the limits of what can be done given size restraints and also probably price point. There are only two other cameras that I had considered prior to he announcement of the G1X: The Fuji x100 and the Sony NEX 7. What made me go for the G1X is the lens! It is tiny, yet has a very acceptable zoom range and still starts at 2.8 and ends at 5.8 which is normal for most kit lenses (for camera with comparable sensor size). Thus I strongly believe that dpreview should revisit their review.

You can take images of things (and people) that move just fine. The AF is not PEN fast (as R. Butler noted) but it isn't terribly slow either. Continues shooting is not fast (it is quite fast in low light situations, but not in normal light conditions, why, I don't know). And then there is always the option to choose an f-stop that gives you plenty DoF.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2012 at 13:44 UTC
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Nudibranco: I do not see this camera as a compelling one in the current market. It struggles to "bridge" the gap between the larger sensor higher quality images and the compactness and versatility of smaller cameras.

Basically it is trying to be small enough to be pocketable and maybe it is but it compromises too much on Focus speed (this is just from the review and frankly it is probably not that bad) and distance (which instead is a big disadvantage at least in my applications).

In the "bridge" market I prefer the M43 offering which has lots of flexibility, kit options that are smaller and lighter, and similar or better image quality (thanks to the interchangeable lenses). And some recent compact cameras like the S95/S100, Oly XZ1, Nikon P series are not far off in image quality at low ISO (but with distinct advantages over the G1x).
Canon is just under pressure in this market segment and trying a new approach (this is the only Canon revolution for now).

No, I am looking at images out of G11 and G1X. And if you just look at them on a screen or do normal prints, it is really hard to tell the difference at low ISO. Now, if I try to get some more from the shadows of a G11 image taken at anything more than ISO 200 or crop, that is where the difference really shows. Or if you do a large print. But that still leaves my question to Nudibranco unanswered - and I guess he does not have one.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2012 at 13:38 UTC
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Nudibranco: I do not see this camera as a compelling one in the current market. It struggles to "bridge" the gap between the larger sensor higher quality images and the compactness and versatility of smaller cameras.

Basically it is trying to be small enough to be pocketable and maybe it is but it compromises too much on Focus speed (this is just from the review and frankly it is probably not that bad) and distance (which instead is a big disadvantage at least in my applications).

In the "bridge" market I prefer the M43 offering which has lots of flexibility, kit options that are smaller and lighter, and similar or better image quality (thanks to the interchangeable lenses). And some recent compact cameras like the S95/S100, Oly XZ1, Nikon P series are not far off in image quality at low ISO (but with distinct advantages over the G1x).
Canon is just under pressure in this market segment and trying a new approach (this is the only Canon revolution for now).

Can you please tell us which M43 options you have in mind that are both, smaller and lighter, and have similar or better IQ? You are right, S100/G12 are not far off in terms of IQ at lower ISO, but the G1X provides you with more headroom to crop and edit from low to high ISO. The close focussing distance of the G1X is a limitation and I would hope that Canon in a firmware update provides auto switching between normal and macro mode in all operating modes and not only in Auto.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2012 at 09:28 UTC
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mcslsk: Not recognizing the revolutionary design of the lens for me is the major shortfall of the review. That is disappointing because I was always under the impression that for the reviewers here, photographic elements of a camera are way more important than gimmicks like in camera filters or video capabilities. If you look at the lens, Canon has not only delivered high quality glass but also really taken it to the limits of what can be done given size restraints and also probably price point. There are only two other cameras that I had considered prior to he announcement of the G1X: The Fuji x100 and the Sony NEX 7. What made me go for the G1X is the lens! It is tiny, yet has a very acceptable zoom range and still starts at 2.8 and ends at 5.8 which is normal for most kit lenses (for camera with comparable sensor size). Thus I strongly believe that dpreview should revisit their review.

Read the forum, read the reviews on the lens. There is no other lens available at this size, speed and zoom range that gives this IQ. The combination of this lens, the sensor, Digi5 and in-camera software are what makes this IQ at the size of the G1X possible. The NEX does not have a comparable lens, Fuji does not, and neither does Pana. Show me a lens for a large sensor that matches or beats this lens in terms of IQ, size, zoom range and speed, whether assembled by robots in Japan or German engineers in the Black Forest.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2012 at 06:37 UTC
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Not recognizing the revolutionary design of the lens for me is the major shortfall of the review. That is disappointing because I was always under the impression that for the reviewers here, photographic elements of a camera are way more important than gimmicks like in camera filters or video capabilities. If you look at the lens, Canon has not only delivered high quality glass but also really taken it to the limits of what can be done given size restraints and also probably price point. There are only two other cameras that I had considered prior to he announcement of the G1X: The Fuji x100 and the Sony NEX 7. What made me go for the G1X is the lens! It is tiny, yet has a very acceptable zoom range and still starts at 2.8 and ends at 5.8 which is normal for most kit lenses (for camera with comparable sensor size). Thus I strongly believe that dpreview should revisit their review.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2012 at 05:55 UTC as 32nd comment | 6 replies
On Just Posted: Canon G1 X studio test samples article (220 comments in total)
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cube65: I've tested my G1 X for a few days and the image quality is very good. It's worth the price.

Mine arrived 20 minutes ago. It looks and feels nice. Once the battery is fully charged, I will go and take some pictures.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 12:27 UTC
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cube65: I've tested my G1 X for a few days and the image quality is very good. It's worth the price.

That's what I've been hoping for. Better IQ than G11 at about the same size.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 19:57 UTC
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My G1X is on it is way to me right now - I am really excited. Foto Koch in Germany promised shipping at the end of February and they deliver on their promise. Price is €749.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:38 UTC as 6th comment
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mcslsk: This camera is what I have been waiting for: Reasonable in size, high IQ (in particular at higher ISO) and compatible with my Canon flashes. Don't need interchangable lenses (if I do, I take my 7D). Plus: I can do the 7D and the G1X images in DPP. The OVF is propably as acurate or inacurate as the one on the G11 - but good enough for me in most situations. AF speed? Due to systems limitations, slower than on my 7D. But then, I can always shoot at f8 and 28mm relying on DoF. The G1X will replace my G11 and I will sell my NEX3 which I bought because I had given up hope that Canon will launch a large sensor compact. Just hope that the first shipment realy arives in Germany at the end of next week or first week of March.

28/2.8 is what counts for me. Constant 2.8 like on my 7D zoom would be lovely, but then that zoom alone is larger and heavier than the whole G1X :-) . What I do hope for(but knowing Canon I don't hold my breath) is a fix for WB and external flashes. On all G models, the WB with external flash gives wrong (too warm) colors and I always need to set WB manually (or adjust in DPP).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 13:25 UTC
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OneGuy: People commenting on fidelity of various parts of the studio have their own good reasons for that. For me, it's two particular objects. The blue Volkswagen at top center and the pretty lady at right center.

The VW renders a solid color (in this case blue) that is slowly changing as the metal shape is curving. The lady has a nice skin tone that is historically difficult to reproduce.

So I pick these two crops and look at them as JPEGs between ISO 100 and 800. The Oly P3 clearly comes out the best in the company of dpr-preselected cams. The idea is that when it comes to the real image of my car and my (pretty) lady, I want them to come out the best.

When I include the Pana GX1 in the comparison I think the VW comes out even better than on P3.

Canon G1 X can be compared with any cam but comes out short against m4/3s mentioned here. G1 X could be a good upgrade for G11 owners (and the older ones can be put on a shelf to collect dust on the outside as well :-)

G9, G10, G11 - never had a dust problem (nor did my father who is the lucky guy to always get the previous model when I upgrade). Flare wasn't a problem either and we'll see how the G1X behaves. I am not hunting for "the" best camera out there but for a camera that is compatible with my other Canon stuff like the flashes and the software. Makes life a lot easier. The NEX 3 which I got because I wasn't patient enough to wait for Canon's compact large sensor, produces fine images. But it is a different work flow, with the kit zoom the package is not really small anymore, and battery life is very limited.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 07:47 UTC
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OneGuy: People commenting on fidelity of various parts of the studio have their own good reasons for that. For me, it's two particular objects. The blue Volkswagen at top center and the pretty lady at right center.

The VW renders a solid color (in this case blue) that is slowly changing as the metal shape is curving. The lady has a nice skin tone that is historically difficult to reproduce.

So I pick these two crops and look at them as JPEGs between ISO 100 and 800. The Oly P3 clearly comes out the best in the company of dpr-preselected cams. The idea is that when it comes to the real image of my car and my (pretty) lady, I want them to come out the best.

When I include the Pana GX1 in the comparison I think the VW comes out even better than on P3.

Canon G1 X can be compared with any cam but comes out short against m4/3s mentioned here. G1 X could be a good upgrade for G11 owners (and the older ones can be put on a shelf to collect dust on the outside as well :-)

Then the G1X is not for you.

I only take RAW. If a large number needs to be turned into JPEGs, I can do that in no time. If I have to do that, chances are that those who will look at the images don't care much about subtle differences in color tone and will look at them using monitors and printers that are not calibrated anyway.

And yes, I am using ISO 1200 to 1600 a lot indoors (which is fine with the 7D, not so fine with the G11) with bounced flash and f8 for DoF.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2012 at 05:26 UTC
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mcslsk: This camera is what I have been waiting for: Reasonable in size, high IQ (in particular at higher ISO) and compatible with my Canon flashes. Don't need interchangable lenses (if I do, I take my 7D). Plus: I can do the 7D and the G1X images in DPP. The OVF is propably as acurate or inacurate as the one on the G11 - but good enough for me in most situations. AF speed? Due to systems limitations, slower than on my 7D. But then, I can always shoot at f8 and 28mm relying on DoF. The G1X will replace my G11 and I will sell my NEX3 which I bought because I had given up hope that Canon will launch a large sensor compact. Just hope that the first shipment realy arives in Germany at the end of next week or first week of March.

I guess the G1X is not for him, and I respect that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2012 at 04:53 UTC
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OneGuy: People commenting on fidelity of various parts of the studio have their own good reasons for that. For me, it's two particular objects. The blue Volkswagen at top center and the pretty lady at right center.

The VW renders a solid color (in this case blue) that is slowly changing as the metal shape is curving. The lady has a nice skin tone that is historically difficult to reproduce.

So I pick these two crops and look at them as JPEGs between ISO 100 and 800. The Oly P3 clearly comes out the best in the company of dpr-preselected cams. The idea is that when it comes to the real image of my car and my (pretty) lady, I want them to come out the best.

When I include the Pana GX1 in the comparison I think the VW comes out even better than on P3.

Canon G1 X can be compared with any cam but comes out short against m4/3s mentioned here. G1 X could be a good upgrade for G11 owners (and the older ones can be put on a shelf to collect dust on the outside as well :-)

Set to RAW and 1600. Different story, G1X even is better than 7D. I would never compare out of camera JPEGs if I have a RAW option.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2012 at 18:19 UTC
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This camera is what I have been waiting for: Reasonable in size, high IQ (in particular at higher ISO) and compatible with my Canon flashes. Don't need interchangable lenses (if I do, I take my 7D). Plus: I can do the 7D and the G1X images in DPP. The OVF is propably as acurate or inacurate as the one on the G11 - but good enough for me in most situations. AF speed? Due to systems limitations, slower than on my 7D. But then, I can always shoot at f8 and 28mm relying on DoF. The G1X will replace my G11 and I will sell my NEX3 which I bought because I had given up hope that Canon will launch a large sensor compact. Just hope that the first shipment realy arives in Germany at the end of next week or first week of March.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2012 at 18:10 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies
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