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Lenses / Re: Video Review: Canon PowerShot G1 X II
« on: April 28, 2014, 09:05:54 AM »
I really want to like this camera. I need something in addition to my 5d. I've been thinking of an rx100 but frankly that is not really pockatable so I might as well get something a little more substantial. I'd appreciate any real world feedback from people who've bought the. G1 X 2.


In what way is the RX100 not really pocketable? its tiny! or do you mean the RX10?

I have ordered one of these over an RX100 2 because I find the Sony far too small! People keep banging on about the size of the camera, but I want something that feels substantial, with good image quality without the need to swap lenses, so this really is ideal for me. I find the smaller cameras too fiddly and not comfortable to use.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Coming May 9, 2014
« on: March 13, 2014, 07:19:16 AM »
Amazon UK has this morning announced availability from July 1, at £799!

So that's a 'no' from me.
July seems a long way off if it is released in May in the USA!
WEX in the UK has it up for £749

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Coming May 9, 2014
« on: March 13, 2014, 07:16:15 AM »
One school of thought is that if your product flies off the shelves with its introductory price, you've left money on the table (i.e. forfeit potential profit). You price the product at the highest level the early-adopter market will bear, then adjust the price over time to reach equilibrium with demand from the broader target market.

If a buyer passes on the G1XII saying, "I can get a DSLR with kit lens for that price," and buys a Rebel/XXXD, Canon has succeeded (sales figures show that it will likely be a Canon DSLR). Canon even comes out ahead because now the buyer is in the ILC system and will be buying more lenses.

Those who want the form factor of the G1XII at any price will buy it. Those who won't pay that price and don't want a DSLR will wait for the price to come down. Naturally, there will be some who purchase something else rather than wait for price drops, but in general, Canon's pricing strategy seems to be smart (in my opinion) and the best way to maximize profit over the lifespan (and price-span) of the product.

Of course, estimating what that top-tier price should be relative to the early-adopter market is just that -- estimating. Sales figures will influence how long or short that introductory price survives...

One last thought: Whether we personally experience this or not, in general, consumers often relate price to quality, where a high price evokes superior quality -- especially with a company like Canon and its reputation. The introductory price sets the benchmark against which all "sale" prices will be compared. Seeing a camera that was introduced at $849 on sale for $649 seems (in the consumer's eye) like a greater deal than a camera introduced at $699 on sale for $649.
+1 I totally agree.
+2 Very well put.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Coming May 9, 2014
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:08:55 PM »
I don't quite understand all the comments regarding the cost of this new camera.
Especially when the Sony RX100m2 is still listed as $749.99 on

You are probably going to say that you can buy a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with kit lens for a bit less. But the point of this camera is you don't need any more lenses.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Beaver Shots
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:57:05 AM »
Here's another thing this made me think of - from the movie Naked Gun:

Haha, that always makes me laugh! RIP leslie Nielson.  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:40:04 AM »
Put Digic 6 in there, and they're good to go with the T6i/750D.

Digic 6 adds e.g. 1080/60p video recording which the current Canon CMOS sensors apparently do not support, even the G1 X II still has Digic 5. The 700D is really a rebadged 650D so I don't think it not having the latest 18MP sensor means a lot, maybe the "rebel" team was just busy with the 100D.

The G1X II has the Digic 6, not 5 like the original.

Lenses / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Thoughts from CP+
« on: February 19, 2014, 05:15:50 AM »
The more I think about this camera, I can't help but wonder...

Is it really just a toy for the dilettantes?

Who pays $800 + (the EVF toy, lens hood, etc. don't forget) for a point & shoot camera in a vanishing market segment?

It's small enough to be "not a DSLR," yet it's not really small enough to put in a pocket (like my venerable S95).

I don't see anyone buying this as a sole camera. It has to be a second camera, and it really only makes sense as a second to the FF DSLR models. Everything in the APS-C realm (Canon's anyway) will perform rings around it.

Since it doesn't really fit into any Canon "system," it has to compete directly with similar products being produced by Sony, etc. The EOS-M at least had a system connection and relation. I don't see it doing well against similar, perhaps more innovative products.

As usual, I have more questions than answers. Perhaps over the next few months reliable reviews will start being published and the true pedigree of this camera will emerge.
I've ordered one, and it will be my only camera.

Lenses / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Thoughts from CP+
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:23:22 AM »
This camera is way more interesting to me than an M. I don't want to have to invest into another lens system & the 24-120 built-in lens on this looks pretty rad! The price will drop a bit once all the G1X models are gone.
I'm glad someone thinks the same as me! People keep on about how an M is cheaper and all the other M43 cameras are cheaper etc etc... What they don't seem to get is that there are people out there who DON'T WANT a camera with separate lenses!
I am willing to pay extra for the G1X II so I don't have the hassle of separate lenses.
Anyway, a M43 camera may be cheaper to start with, but there will then be a need to buy other lenses. So for me at least, the G1X II is more or less my ideal camera!

Lenses / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Thoughts from CP+
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:07:21 AM »
It seems the thing that this review marks as a disapointment, being bigger than the RX100, is a pro for me! I've tried the RX100 II and found it to be too small and fiddly! I like to have something substantial in my hand, and it is still tiny compared to a DSLR and lens.
The G1x Mark II wins for me, despite its price!

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 14, 2014, 03:19:12 AM »
I don't see why the G1X II would be any less than $799 at launch.  The RX100 II is still $699, and the G1X II is offers a heck of a lot more than that camera. 

I paid full price for the original G1X, and I'll do the same here.  To me the G1X was my dream camera, minus the 1cm macro form the G series.  The Mark II offers 5cm macro, a full stop faster, wifi, 24mm, and almost same size as EOS M.  Al-in-all it IS my dream camera, and in fact its MORE than I even dreamed of getting!!!  I'm not one those folks that dreams outside the laws of physics, lol.   BRAVO Canon.  Proved to EVERYBODY (Not literally) that they are the best of the best.  Sony looked good for a little while anyway. lol

Bring on the Mark II, WITHOUT the EFV, which I think is pretty dorky looking in practice. hahaha

You can get a Sony a6000 for $800 with faster AF, better DR, better lowlight, more AF points, 90% AF coverage, AND EVF.

FOR $800!,534,ha,f

I know eactly who the G1X mark II is marketed for.... ME!
I think what people don't get is that people like me just don't want a camera with separate lenses! but still want decent image quality. If I could buy a good m43 camera with a lens that did macro, zoom, wide appature etc, then maybe I'd think about it, but what would be the point? as I would never take off that lens!
Ok so the price is a bit steep, but it would be the only thing I'd ever need in my kit bag!
Yes you can buy the new sony with a lens for about the same price, but then you'd need extra lens for the other shooting conditions.
I have pre-ordered the new G1x and I can't wait to get out there with it!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Beaver Shots
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:47:43 AM »
Well that was disapointing! I was expecting to see something completely different!  ;)

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:28:33 AM »
I'm always amazed that people care about how a camera looks.  It doesn't take pictures of itself.

I could see an ugly man, robot, or senior citizen not caring about how his camera looks, but I'm sure any young, good looking, senstive man wants his camera to be as sexy as he is. lol

How good a product looks plays a big role in what most people buy.  I'm no different and expect my camera and lenses to pretty sexy and modern looking.  Not becuase I think other people will have any sort of appreciation for the contraption in my hand, but becuase I have an eye and appreciate beauty, so natually I buy stuff I am attracted too. 

I am amazed there are people who either have no visual attraction to what they spend their money on, or spend their money on things they are not visually attracted to.  lol

Regardless if you like the look of the new G1x or not, you have to admit it's better looking that this eye sore!:

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 12, 2014, 07:44:42 AM »
Ugly camera - not because its "look" - but because it looks a huge step backward in usability compared to the G1X. No dials and a touch screen? C'mon!
Never used a touched screen or what?  EOS M has no dials at all and it's quite slick to use.  This appears to have TWO control rings in ADDITION.  I do like the knobs and dials on the original G1X, but I'm sure this one will be PLENTY useable.   
LOL! I do use touch screens every day - even code software for them, and I know all their deficiencies when it comes to usability for tasks that don't require to look at the screen - or when on-screen controls makes the screen display far less usable because of the clutter.
They are versatile, true, they are cheap, but in many situations they are far less usable because the lack of "physical feedback" they offer, and the need of looking at them while using controls simply drawn on them. They are good display devices, far less control devices. And that's one of the reason I didn't buy an EOS M even if I would like to buy a smaller camera to complement my EOS 5.
About the rings, in the past thirty years cameras moved controls from lens rings to on-camera dials. Why? Because of ergonomy - one finger on the shutter button, another controlling the front dial, thumb controlling the rear dial, left hand controlling zoom/focus. Now they're moving settings again to lens rings - but not the zoom!-, where they are less ergonomic to use? That happens when your design choices are made by designers who just follow fashion and not good, ergonomic design principles.
Looking at the full specs, it states that the control ring on the lens can be used for step zoom.

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:14:32 AM »
The Mk2 is more consequent in its features.
I didnt like the optical viewfinder because it was too small. A halfway solution, and made it bulky.
No increasing number of pixels, another good point.
How does it look?
Absolutely dont care.
I own a Sony RX100; I like its small size and superb IQ.
The 1GX offers more, so it is bigger.

@ flash: hm. When I use all this extra gear it makes no difference if I carry my 1 or 5D.

Price: $ 600 in a few months will be the fair price for it.

Thanks for reading!

At $600 it would definitely be a better deal. But the sensor size just kills me. When I can get a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 for $300 or Canon G16 for $450...  Don't know if it's worthwhile.
The sensors in the LX7 and G16 are tiny compared to the G1x!

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 11, 2014, 07:26:12 PM »
Ugly camera - not because its "look" - but because it looks a huge step backward in usability compared to the G1X. No dials and a touch screen?
Explain how a touch screen is a step back??

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