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Bolstering its range of high-end compact cameras Canon has announced the new Canon G7 X. The first Canon compact to feature a 1” type sensor, Canon claim this is their most ‘powerful pocketable Powershot to date’ and boasts a 20.2Mp resolution, bright f/1.8-2.8 lens and customisable lens control ring.
Following the firm’s successful RX100 II model Sony has introduced the RX10, a bridge type camera featuring a 20-Mpix 1-inch format sensor with a constant f2.8 aperture 24-200mm equivalent from Zeiss. Read on to find out how this intriguing model performs.
Following our sensor review of the new Canon PowerShot G16, we were curious to analyze the performance of the stabilized 5x optical zoom. As the equivalent to a 28-140 mm f1.8-2.8, it’s a high-speed model using all of Canon’s optical know-how. Read on to see how well it performed using our stringent tests.
Canon has revamped the exterior and bolstered the spec, but while the firm hasn’t announced any enhancements to the new G16 model’s sensor, we were intrigued to see if any improvements to image quality had been made. Read on to see how well it performed.
After analyzing the sensor performance of the new Sony RX100 II we’ve now had the opportunity to assess its Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 28-100mm (equivalent), f/1.8-4.9 zoom. Read on to see how well the lens performs.
Sony’s update to the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 includes provision for a optional EVF and a useful pull-out rear LCD, but the head line news is the inclusion of a newly developed back-illuminated Exmor R BSI-CMOS sensor with superior low-light performance. Read on to see how well the new sensor performs in our labs.
Launched in March 2013 the $1097 Coolpix A is Nikon’s first compact camera with an APC-S sensor and features the same 16.2-megapixel DX sensor from Nikon’s D7000 DSLR but with its optical low-pass filter removed. Utilizing a fixed NIKKOR 18.5mm f/2.8 prime lens (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm terms) the Nikon Coolpix A has the right ingredients for great image quality so let’s see how it performs.
Launched in September 2012 the Fujifilm XF1 is a fixed lens compact aimed at advanced enthusiasts after a pocket-sized second camera for holidays and photo day trips. Featuring customizable function buttons, creative exposure modes and a manual barrel zoom lens with a 25-100mm equivalent focal length, there’s plenty of control for serious photographers to sink their teeth into. What’s more with a 2/3-inch 12-megapixel EXR-CMOS Sensor at its heart we’re optimistic the $499 Fujifilm XF1 will deliver on picture quality, too.
Even though smartphones have eroded the sales of digital compacts at the lower-end of the market, the high-end models using relatively large 1/1.7-inch type sensors continue to be popular. The DMC-LX7 is Panasonic’s compact “expert”’ model aimed at amateurs and advanced users alike, and replaces the previous iteration, the highly regarded DMC-LX5. This new iteration might represent a serious challenge to both the Canon PowerShot G15 and the Nikon Coolpix P7700.
I bought this camera as soon as it was released. I wanted a quality compact to complement my DSLR, for those times when smaller is better. It has had a lot of use, travelled the world and continues to impress. Didn't want another interchangeable lens camera; didn't want to start another lens collection. Wanted a GREAT fixed lens that took the sort of pix I did. The G1X is it. Never wanted to take macro or slip it into my top pocket; don't care that it can't rattle off fps; don't at all mind the optical viewfinder. Compared to small-sensor P&S models, the G1X produces sharp, clean colourful prints and screen images. I view almost all my pix on a 24" screen and those from the G1X are DSLR quality. The Canon SX50 can't touch it for IQ, but there I go comparing dissimilar technology, which I notice happening all over the place with the G1X. So two years on, I've bought a new DSLR - the Canon 6D - and still find myself with the G1X in hand when that's the right choice. Wouldn't be without a DSLR, but would go straight out and buy another G1X
CanonG1X v FujiX100 series for professional photojournalism
Gadgetry and novelty aside, is there a professional photojournalist on this list who has consistently used and had accepted by any mainstream photo agency such as Alamy or Magnum images from a Canon G1X..?
Or is the IQ acceptability balance in favour of the Fuji X100 series...?
Re: CanonG1X v FujiX100 series for professional photojournalism
Not aware of the specific info you seek, but as a pro photo editor, I know the image quality should be OK in many cases with those two ...
Have you found anything out on this since you asked?
I am curious too, but mainly lean toward the cameras between those two and 1.5/1.6x cropped bodies -- the nicer 4/3 Pana and Oly offerings, mainly. Some can be quite small with a pancake lens and, of course, offer extreme versatility when needed.
Hi, I got one 2 months ago. After familarizing with, I was absolutly bluffed by image quality (RAW, I never shoot JPEG), the resolution, the absence of noise. Just two negative aspects: bulky and heavy
To me, cameras fall into 3 categories. (1) pocketable, (2) compact, but not pocketable, (3) huge. To me, pocketable is essential for street photography and some tourist photos. All I need do is always get the best performance camera that is still pocketable, and that inevitably means the largest in that category. The G series filled that bill for me. I have the G9 but no reason to upgrade until the G1X. I was foolish enough to let eager anticipation blind me to the fact that the G1X has crossed into the compact but not pocketable category. Well, one might as well select the camera with the best performance then. The Sony NEX 5N should be a far better choice - larger sensor, sweep panorama, macro (G1X does not do macro, whatever Canon may say), and interchangeable lens.
The simple fact that - in low light - Canon G1X looses to Panasonic GX1 in spite of relying on a considerably larger sensor is a clear indicator that Canon has created a brand-new camera sporting an "old" sensor. The comparison with a last-generation m4/3 sensor will be even more humiliating for Canon when DXO Mark will have Olympus M5D test available. Very stupid of Canon, I think: with G1X they have shown they can produce a very large-sensor compact equipped with a good, small zoom-lens. If G1X sensor (and data processing power) were "top notch", all m4/3 EVILS would be easily beaten on all terrains, except flexibility (lens interchangeability). And most users would go for G1X because most don't need interchangeable lenses when they have a nice zoom-lens. As things are, though, I would rather go for a last-generation EVF-equipped m4/3 EVIL camera: either Panasonic G3 or - with a larger budget - Olympus M5D.
The Fuji is 25% more expensive than the Canon, how are these cameras comparable? What's next, a comparison between a Canon SX130 and a Nikon D7000? Totally different beasts. I've got a preorder placed for the G1X to add to my bag as a portable, travel camera when I don't want to use my 7D. I wanted something with some type of zoom, large, high quality sensor, manual controls, hotshoe, IS, and moderately fast glass... the G1X fits the bill perfectly. Something I can stick in my jacket pocket while I travel and still get great photos. The Fuji might be great if you're fine taking shots at one focal length.. I don't think that will work well for travel.
If this camera doesn't provide much more than compact size and DIGIC5 processing, why then the high price? It seems to sport similar (dated) sensor technology of the 7D and a cheap plastic body too?
A rebel T3i kit can be had for about $100 less. Except for the large APS wafer, I would have thought the SLR-mirror- and lens mount mechanics to form rather an expensive portion of the price of a DSLR body, or am I mistaken? I presume the glass in the G1X is no more special than that found in a standard kit lens?
I absolutely love the concept, though! IMO it makes way more sense than than a CSC! If only it were released at least $100 less, I would have bought one for Christmas if the price dropped to $600!
You wrote that the Canon G1X is "The best compact camera ever made", but you seem to have forgotten the Fuji X100, which is less high, less deep and only slightly wider. If the G1X is to be considered a compact camera, then the Fuji also has to be.
<div id="linkdxomark">This a comment for <a href="http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Database/Canon/PowerShot-G1X">this page on the website</a></div>You wrote that the Canon G1X is "The best compact camera ever made", but you seem to have forgotten the Fuji X100, which is less high, less deep and only slightly wider. If the G1X is to be considered a compact camera, then the Fuji also has to be.
The Fuji is never positioned as a 'compact' or 'point and shoot' camera for the mass consumer market. The Fuji is much too expensive, lacks zoom and is deemed to complex for this market segment. It is always positioned as a premium enthusiast high end camera. More for the rangefinder market segment. Also, it is not only about size. Otherwise, why would Fuji bother to create the X10 for the compact market.
<div id="linkdxomark">This a comment for <a href="http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Database/Canon/PowerShot-G1X">this page on the website</a></div>"You have a reflex-quality sensor in camera of the same volume as a G11." No you don't, the GX1 is much bigger than the G-series.
Define 'much bigger'
In these pictures from DPReview, they seem to be very close in size.
If you ignore the depth for comparison purposes, the G1X is 10% larger in width x height. If you don't count the lens it is thinner. So, not counting the lens it probably is similar in volume. With the lens it is 35% deeper.
Also, the G1X is 33% heavier than the G12. On the other hand it does seem like a really nice camera.
Seems as if retractable lens could be a necessity in order to keep the overall size down. Even if its bigger than rest o g series it must still be very portable compared to dslrs. Until there's actual field reviews and I have it in my own hands to try I know its all speculation on my part. Still I have to wonder if slightly faster glass would make a big impact. Perhaps if this model is well received Canon would make the follow up a bit faster.
While the price may or may not be to high it does give me pause. I can get some nice glass with that $$$.
I love what I'm seeing though.
Lol just thought "make bigger, stronger, faster and better" wasn't that like the old six million dollar man theme? :-)
Sorry, late answer, there seems to be no automatic notification of messages. OK, GX1 is not "much bigger", but only "bigger" than the G-series, but then again these are only my terms. However saying that they have the same volume is false as well.
I'm not that familiar with the GX1 camera, But the [url=http://mydigitalcamerareview.org/digitalcamera/canon-g12/]Canon G12 model[/url] is very familiar to me actually I have one. By the way I've checked on the link of lightsabre but it's not working.... the page is not found.