Trying to choose btw G1 X ang G16?

Started Dec 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
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G1X for sure...

lfk1 wrote:

I want to buy a new compact camera. I am not a pro, but from what I read in reviews, G1 X gives much better performance in low light situations, which is important for me. G16 on the other hand has features like a faster processor, WiFi etc. Most importantly, G1 X was released 2 years ago which makes me feel like I'm buying something old.

I'm also open to buying other brands such as Sony and Nikon.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

Unless you shoot a lot of macro, though using a close up lens you can get excellent results from the G1X. I have owned many m4/3's cameras and the Sony NEX 5N and they have all had their strengths. However, the G1X beats them all as a versatile small camera. The image quality is superb and for landscape shots comes very close to my 5D2 at times. The jpeg engine is also excellent and often I don't need to use the raw files as the jpegs are so good. The pocketable thing is a moot point for me, I wouldn't try and put any of these cameras in any pocket, it's a poor environment for a camera, a small bag is much better and carrying a G1X is no different to carrying a G15/16 for me. Using a cheap filter adaptor I can use ND grads and other filters quite happily on the G1X. I also have a German made wide angle adaptor for those times when I want to go wider (18mm in 135 terms).
If image quality is your thing then it's a no-brainer, the G1X is truly superb in this respect and highlight clipping can be overcome easily with the right filter. The lens is superb, better than many higher quality zoom lenses out there. Here are a couple of examples to give you some idea of what the camera can do.

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