Timmbits

Timmbits

Lives in Canada Montreal, Canada
Works as a inventor
Joined on Oct 8, 2011
About me:

Deutscher, living in Montreal Canada.
Cycling, chess, design, inventions, nature, photography, are some of the things I like.

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Timmbits: disclosure: I am not a Canon fan.
that having been said, I really like the G5X. it addresses many little annoying ergonomic issues.
it has a good lens, good size, handle, controls, competes favorably on price... definitely a nice product. I _hate_ the swing-out screens though - I by far prefer the tilt-up/down variants, as I don't have to worry about banging it on something. But it's not a deal-breaker. No camera is perfect, and this is not a big negative (some people even prefer these).

On the other hand, I suspect that the G9X is aimed at those who have less knowledge or appreciation for the huge importance of having the best lens possible, and offering a nice camera for the more casual user. this is definitely a welcome change of trend, to the minuscule sensors we still see way too much of.

it's nice to see that more are now offering larger sensors and good lenses in their enthusiast compact models. definitely a great time to be in the market for a camera!

@tmgp: just because a lens says F-something, and has the same zoom range, doesn't make it the same lens.. and if the sensors are of a different size, then the one on the larger sensor is a much larger lens, and definitely has absolutely nothing in common with a lens of similar specs (F__, equivalent zoom range). I am not sure what generation, and how far back, your comment was comparing to though. perhaps you could clarify. maybe you were thinking of a recent model preceding this one.
ps: I think that if next year the g9x gets a better lens, then the g5x probably will too.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 17:45 UTC
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vroger1: Rather than edit my last message- it is rather galling to realize that the basic reason for these digicams is that Canon won't compete with itself and its EOS line. The future is written out there. Mirrored digicams will inevitably decline in popularity as mirrorless become the new standard. Canon will either get on board or will be left in the dust.

@adengappassami: ...and you have NEVER seen a DSLR that is slow to show a picture after it was taken? not a single one?
ever?
and you've never seen a dslr screen go black when it takes the picture?
you should know better.

slow processing is not exclusive to one or the other - neither is speed.
and neither of those has got anything to do with a mirror.
it's the processor, and the cache, and the internal computing architecture - which can be used in any camera, milc or dslr.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 17:47 UTC
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Marty4650: The Canon EOS M series was NOT designed to compete in the MILC market.

It's sole function is to provide Canon brand loyalists with a MILC camera to prevent them from buying a competitive brand. And when you look at it that way, it has been a raging success.

If you want a better MILC camera and a better value, then Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Samsung, and Panasonic all have one for you. It just won't have a Canon name on it.

I don't really see WHAT the EOSM can compete with... of course it can't compete with anything... it was designed to NOT compete with anything. Canon had protecting their DSLRs in mind when they designed the EOSM: it was designed to not compete from the outset.
Canon sales just want to be able to say they offer MILC, but look at this DSLR we also offer...

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 17:42 UTC
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vroger1: Rather than edit my last message- it is rather galling to realize that the basic reason for these digicams is that Canon won't compete with itself and its EOS line. The future is written out there. Mirrored digicams will inevitably decline in popularity as mirrorless become the new standard. Canon will either get on board or will be left in the dust.

@Joseph, I was thinking of APSc and up.
Bright VFs are nice, true.
Nikon-1 and Canon noticed? are you joking? Nikon1 was a joke from the beginning, as was EOS-M. Both have one thing in common: protecting their higher-margin lines, introducing watered-down milc to not threaten those lines, and to demonstrate that milcs are "bad". that doesn't mean they aren't headed that way, it doesn't mean that their future roadmap isn't MILC!
For the ergonomics afforded by larger dslr bodies? dslr not required: you can get a larger body with a Samsung NX1, and with a Sony, if that is what you want.
Don't look at MILC made by those who reluctantly enter that market, look at the ones who enthusiastically produce good ones today.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 17:40 UTC
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Christos5120: I read comments like "who cares about 4K video". Well the same story as 3-4 years ago: "who cares about FHD video, 720p is just fine". As for people that want to take only photos, I don't know many of them that would settle for an 1'' sensor.
Those who buy the G5 X now will be selling it half price in a year's time to get a (Canon?) camera that can shoot 4K video.

tell you what, buy this camera, and I promise you'll like it.
if you don't, I'll buy it off of you in a year.
(for fair market value, of course)
;)

ps: do you have any idea what size hard drives, memory, and processing power you'll need, to edit your 4K video files? no thanks, not for me!

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 17:14 UTC
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paulnelson88: I'll stick with my Samsung NX500 better image and better video for the same price http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Samsung/NX500

ok, but for many, it doesn't have a VF, which lots of people here like about it.
and it's not pocketable with a comparable lens on it.
the nx500 is a nice camera, but just not the same category as this.
I think that if you are into comparing not-similar cameras, you can get the Canon 5Dmk4 that is better than the Samsung... or Sony 7 series, or... ;p

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 17:06 UTC
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achim k: a few days too late, Canon! I was waiting for years for a small camera with a good viewfinder and meanwhile gave up hoping for Canon. I bought an Olympus OM-D E-M 10 Mk.II with small pancake zoom these days. Not really much bigger, but interchangeable lenses, bigger sensor and same price.

A.

you didn't make a bad choice.
look on the bright side, it has good resale value and you can still get the Canon. ;)
but I suspect that if deep down in your heart you really really really wanted something like this, you would have bought something like this.
(for example, the LX100, G7X, RX100iv perhaps...)

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 16:59 UTC
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LFPCPH: As many have mentioned the Canon G5 X is ugly. However the Yashica AF 230 still takes the price as the ugliest camera ever - unbeatable.

omg you're right... that is one hideous piece.
I don't think the Canon is that ugly... the styling is a bit retro-ish, and the ergonomics are vastly improved (over some of their slippery flat bodies).

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 16:55 UTC
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sh10453: For the G5X:
- I'm wondering if Canon is paying a license fee to Holga for this body styling.
- The knob on the front by the grip seems to be a weird location. Very unusual location.
- Canon: Please add a 5 sec to the timer options on your line of cameras. 2 sec is too short, and 10 sec is too long for most of what I do. I know you added "Custom" here. Just make it 2, 5, 10. It takes 5 seconds and a short line of code.
- Good job on the screen flexibility (fully articulated). Thumbs up.
- Hot shoe is a welcome feature. Thumbs up.
- Focal range (100mm) is too short.
- Personally, I don't care for 4k video. 1080, AVCSD is good enough for this camera (for my use).

Although I have been a Canon user for over 30 years, I have recently, started buying other competitor's cameras, except for DSLR's, for obvious reasons. Also, the waiting for the 5D IV and the 6D II has been a bit too long.

- No comment on the G9X. Not impressive at all, sadly. I may as well stick to my 3 years old LF1.

I think there should be a 7.5 seconds option, I don't care for 5 because that is cutting it a bit too precisely and easy to miss. an extra 2 for safety... or at least 6 if not 7. it should just be 2, 7, 10. or 2 6 11.

...surely you are joking about the license fee to Holga... you ARE joking, right? surely you are. I am feeling a little bit slow for even doubting for one second that you might have been serious about this. there are so many cameras, present and past, with a similar configuratoin and remotely similar look. but this is just your usual flat canon with a grip and vf added on.

I'm not too sure that the dial on the front is a bad idea... I suspect it might be very ergonomically placed, to give you access to a dial without moving a finger, because your index finger will be right there while shooting.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 16:53 UTC
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snapa: When the price hits ~$500, I might consider trading in my Olympus XZ-2 for it IF the IQ is MUCH better than the GX-7 and close to the RX100IV. It is the first P&S from Canon that has interested me since owning the G12. It will be interesting to see how it pans out in all the reviews. Too bad it did not come with at least a 24-140 lens, then it would have been a much more interesting camera.

I hope you are referring to the G5X and not the G9X (not as good imo).
yes, it will definitely be a big step up from your XZ2.
you should see a huge difference in the situations that were challenging to your xz2, be it night photos, b&w, sports... won't be as good as an APSc, but much better than 1/1.17"

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 15:13 UTC

While the EOS is designed to look like a significant step down from a Rebel, so it doesn't cannibalize Rebel sales, itself may fall prey to the new G5X, and Canon might be missing the boat on mirrorless... they are really helping Sony out here!

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 15:07 UTC as 22nd comment
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vroger1: Rather than edit my last message- it is rather galling to realize that the basic reason for these digicams is that Canon won't compete with itself and its EOS line. The future is written out there. Mirrored digicams will inevitably decline in popularity as mirrorless become the new standard. Canon will either get on board or will be left in the dust.

the ONLY reason DSLRs still exist, is because of the installed base of existing lens collections.
anything a DSLR can do, a MILC can do as well.
and what many forget, is that nothing stops a maker from removing the mirror and increasing the depth of a mirrorless so it can accept old lenses too (or offer an adapter). oh wait, that is already being done isn't it?
it's only a matter of time, before that extra mechanical assembly will no longer appear in cameras.

the mirror assembly is akin to the second lens what used to be on cameras for focusing... it's very disapearance which gave birth to the SL in SLR (and now DSLR). one day, it will no longer be there. Maybe not in Marty's lifetime... but one day, it will be gone. whether fans want to admit it or not.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 15:04 UTC

disclosure: I am not a Canon fan.
that having been said, I really like the G5X. it addresses many little annoying ergonomic issues.
it has a good lens, good size, handle, controls, competes favorably on price... definitely a nice product. I _hate_ the swing-out screens though - I by far prefer the tilt-up/down variants, as I don't have to worry about banging it on something. But it's not a deal-breaker. No camera is perfect, and this is not a big negative (some people even prefer these).

On the other hand, I suspect that the G9X is aimed at those who have less knowledge or appreciation for the huge importance of having the best lens possible, and offering a nice camera for the more casual user. this is definitely a welcome change of trend, to the minuscule sensors we still see way too much of.

it's nice to see that more are now offering larger sensors and good lenses in their enthusiast compact models. definitely a great time to be in the market for a camera!

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 14:54 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
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Timmbits: so is this made by Rokinon or Samyang?

I am a bit confused about the branding: are they the same company with two brands, or two companies that make lenses for each other?

for example, I own the Samyang 500mm/1000mm mirror lens (took shots of the red supermoon with it) but only saw it on Rokinon's site. it says Samyang 500mm f6.3 DX on it, but I've only seen it under the Rokinon name on their website. so I'm just wondering about that...

thanks @photominion

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 14:45 UTC

so is this made by Rokinon or Samyang?

I am a bit confused about the branding: are they the same company with two brands, or two companies that make lenses for each other?

for example, I own the Samyang 500mm/1000mm mirror lens (took shots of the red supermoon with it) but only saw it on Rokinon's site. it says Samyang 500mm f6.3 DX on it, but I've only seen it under the Rokinon name on their website. so I'm just wondering about that...

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 03:16 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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Zlatan: But there is a huge price difference.

I think this will sell well to casual enthusiasts.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 03:14 UTC
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Gabriele Sartori: Who would buy this when a great Nokton 25mm F/0.95 is available?

I presume that it is about size and price (Nocton is twice the price).

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 03:13 UTC

I think you could probably halve the shutter speed and halve the ISO, to get much cleaner pictures.
A while ago, there were some pictures shown on DPR, and I remember an airplane shot at 1/500, and you could see it's propeller blades immobilized.
So if it can stop a plane propeller, I am pretty sure that you don't need that fast for soccer.

Anyways, thank you @DPR, for this. it is very helpful. I will stop yearning for a rx10, just get a longer lens for my nx20 and buy maybe an rx100 or lx100 or something of the sort as a pocketable. for me, these limitations are not worth getting the rx10.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 02:52 UTC as 8th comment

it is all very cute, having 4k on a small screen (and I wonder what the purpose of that would be)... but that aside, I am curious, is this phone water-resistant like one of their previous models? that is the real feature for me...
I've lost a phone to water while wading in water to supervise my young daughter while she was playing in it (and forgot I had it in my pocket and jumped in), another when I had to jump in to rescue a dog that was getting carried away by the current, and twice in a kayak, despite once putting it into 3 ziplock bags to make sure that if one opened, there were still more to protect it, and the last in a special case/bag with dual ziplocks but that cracked at the seam. Between that, and people dropping their phone into the toilet, into a pool, etc, waterproofing is really a very valuable feature for me.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 02:38 UTC as 3rd comment
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