simon65: One thing the G1-X appears to be inexplicably missing is a funky range of filters, which are increasingly standard in the market, particularly on cameras like this which will pick up lots of users who don't photoshop.
And underwater mode is all well and good, but how about a basic 'party mode' to capture such events?
My first digital Nikon Coolpix had one and it made a huge difference, expecially when you get bored of your flash turning the murky colourful world you see before you on a Saturday night into something resembling the bright glare of the average dentists's drill room.
Oh dear, I fear we have a camera snob or two.
Why would I be kidding? This camera is going to be used by some as a second to their DSLR, and by a whole lot more as an upgrade from a point-and-shoot, and their one and only camera.
You may not enjoy or need filters, but many do.
The PowerShot G1 X is available from late February, priced at £699.00/€799.00/$799.99 RRP.
£1 = USD 1.54
£699.00 = USD 1,076
Yep, looks like the Great British public are about to get royally screwed again.
sh10453: This is very disappointing, Canon!What a shame to mess up such a nice camera, especially that you gave it a better sensor, which deserves a camera with better features!
Several issues will make me pass on considering this camera (although I have been a Canon fan and user for over 30 years):
1- Ridiculous zoom (4X).
2- Unacceptable macro distance (20 cm, just when I hoped for 20 mm or even 10mm macro distance).
3- USB 2 is old news now. Why in the world would you do that when USB 3 has been out for a while now?
4- 1.9 frames per second, Canon? Isn't that embarrassing? Shame on you!
5- f2.8 is no longer great. It is time for f1.8, or at least a compromised f2.0.
I am really bummed and very disappointed by this news from Canon, and without a doubt I'll have to consider one of Fuji's new products for a pocket camera (perhaps the f770 EXR).
I'm about to start renaming Canon to Cannot.
In what way is 28–112 mm ridiculous? It's standard.
And F2.8 isn't bad. You know that f1.8 would have made for a far heavier overall camera.
1.9 frames per second is nigh on 2 shots a second, fine for anyone but sports or birders, and if you're into either of them you're in DSLR territory, and a tripod.
One thing the G1-X appears to be inexplicably missing is a funky range of filters, which are increasingly standard in the market, particularly on cameras like this which will pick up lots of users who don't photoshop.
Hmm, so after years of telling us that they couldn't possibly get a large sensor in a small body with a decent lens range, Canon have finally done just that.
It's good to see, but there's nothing here from the technological standpoint that Canon couldn't have deployed five years ago.
Still maybe now Canon will build a 550D sized DSLR with a 1.3 crop sensor and I'll really be impressed. Yep, its all about the sensor, everything else is a fob off.
Would be nice to see a picture of the G1-X up against a XXXD Canon DSLR for size comparison.
Fuji have demonstrated they can produce a decent CMOS APS-C sensor with the FinePix X100. They need to drop that sensor into the X-S1, dispense with the absurd mega zoom - which no one could hold steady at 624 mm, or anything like it - and provide a range of interchangeable lenses.
The result (assuming Fuji can get the operating software sorted - surely possible) would be a much needed dose of fresh air to the jaded amateur DSLR market where each of the incumbant players seem intent on merely offering more of the same. In the case of Canon's XXXD line that invariably means a cheap and tacky body, while for Nikon's D3100 and 5100 ugly with ghastly plastics is de rigour.
There's a gap out there alright, and the design of the Fuji X-S1 suggests Fuji could fill it if they had the courage to bring a high quality, compact interchangeable lens DSLR, with the looks of the X-S1 and an APS-C sensor.
So how about it?
But, eh, it's enormous and preseumably heavy as well, rendering the whole point of a Micro Four Thirds system, pointless.
simon65: I still don't understand Fuji's thinking, ok ok, they're angling at tourist snappers who want something a bit better, but still if they want to go to all this DSLR type trouble they should go the whole way and slip an APS-C sized sensor inside it, and employ an interchangeable lens system.
The camera body itself does have some merit. Indeed it looks far better built than your average Canon XXXD and far easier on the eye than the Nikon 5100 (which isn't difficult, the 5100 is a dog).
We know its possible to install APS-C sized sensors in small bodies, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung have proven that, Fufi should have done likewise and they might have had an Canon XXXD killer on their hands. It's a missed opportunity.
You've missed my point. When you move into the DSLR market IQ is everything. That means a larger sensor. Zoom range is secondary, and a fixed lens with a zoom range of up to 600 mm on a cropped sensor is just plain silly.
I still don't understand Fuji's thinking, ok ok, they're angling at tourist snappers who want something a bit better, but still if they want to go to all this DSLR type trouble they should go the whole way and slip an APS-C sized sensor inside it, and employ an interchangeable lens system.
This is surely the craziest most ill considered camera since, well since Fujifilm's last mega gigantum zoom dino.
But why I ask is a company of Fujifilm's quality and pedigree even bothering with this nonsense?
They should be focusing on building Leica rivaling high end mirrorless cameras with large sensors, mid range zooms, and compact dimensions.
Instead we have this tosh. Any quality inherent in the sensor is going to be spoiled by the absurd zoom. The thing's not even compact or light. Hell if you want to lug 1 kg around with you buy a Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Good grief Charlie Brown.
Olympus embroiled in the corporate scandal of the decade
The Olympus board are a bunch of out of touch men in denial. The idea that they can offer this or that crumb to the authorities and this will all go away is pure fantasy. Nothing short of a a full investigation by the police, the complete removal of the board, and the dispatching of prison sentences to the guilty is going to clear Olympus of this shame.
And shame it is.
The scale of the financial irregularities at Olympus are quite simply mind blowing. The company has been involved in bizarre dealings which dwarfed its own balance sheet, which it attempted to cover up, and which it still refuses to explain.
I started off believing Olympus was involved in bribery, but the scale of this is so large that my best guess now is that the the company is actually involved with the Japanese underworld as well.
Whatever my plans to invest in an Olympus four thirds system are over. I simply refuse to buy from the Mob.
It all looks great, but what is the IQ of that new pancake 14-42mm I wonder?
Panasonic are making an enormous contribution to photography with the constant innovation, but if they want the GX1 to treated seriously they need to demonstrate the lens is up to standard. I for one was disappointed that it wasn't a Leica.
Wishing I had a Contax to fit it too..
Nikon and Canon are all very well but it's such a shame there's no longer a quality, alternative, Contax style camera to fit Carl Zeiss lenses too! For me a Carl Zeiss without Contax is like a Ferrari without the V12 engine.
Surely the biggest loss to photographers in the last 20 years was when Sony decided to take on the old Minolta design team to launch its new line of DSLRs rather than the Contax team. Contax designs were sublime, Minolta ones like hippos, and Sony's camera style - as a result - looks a lot like a reheated hippo.
Wow! Panasonic have just over thrown everything we thought we knew about the relationship between sensor size, zoom ratio and lens size. A truly remarkable achievement and a industry game changer if ever there was one. The combination of a large sensor in a small camera body with a pancake zoom lens is going to prove an irresistible combo.
By the time Nikon and Canon finally get round to entering this market Panasonic and Olympus will have cleaned up.
Congrats to Pani, without doubt this is the biggest camera equipment leap forward since, well, since the advent of the micro 4/3 system itself. Excellent stuff.
Superb shot ferino, but you say "I was alone on the cliff at sunrise" so can we can it that it's you taking your life by the seat of your pants in the picture?