« on: January 08, 2012, 11:47:25 AM »
Anyone else think that the G1X (stupid name considering Panasonic's recently announced GX1) is going to be completely overshadowed by Monday's Fuji X-Pro 1? (http://photorumors.com/2012/01/07/detailed-fuji-x-pro-1-specs-you-must-read-this/).
I think it's an interesting camera, but too large for the compact segment the G12 competes in. Still, if it had a flippy screen I'd consider buying one. But I think Canon has a patent on that, and few vendors want to risk a fight over that. (Nikon is an exception; I suppose they either made a deal with Canon or have some patent of their own to hold over Canon's head.)
Re the Gx sensor size, on that site there was a post from a year and a half ago that got me thinking:
Obviously that camera didn't happen (if it was ever real), but I think the technical points in the post are valid.
- The f/16 claim in the press release
- The "shallow DoF" claim (ok, maybe marketing BS)
- The reduced zoom range compared to the G11/G12 lens
- The huge price hike from $600 to $800
- Competitors with sensors of 1/1.0" (Nikon), 4/3, and APS-C (Sony)
- The fact that full-frame film compacts were no larger than a G12
- Last, the 14-bit RAW spec. I haven't run the numbers, but I suspect it makes no sense to do 14-bit RAW on a 1.53 micron pitch sensor. 2^14 is 16384, and I'm not sure such a small sensor can even hold that many electrons, so what would be the point of an expensive 14-bit ADC?
I still think the Gx sensor is bigger than 1/1.5" (if the Gx is even real).
I think it's bigger than the Nikon 1 sensor (1/1.0), and probably 1.5x crop, because that would make it a little bigger than Sony's APS-C sensor and all these companies love to bash each other with spec numbers. At $800 they can afford that, and Canon is well aware of how price affects sales - they know very well that a $800 camera with a 1/1.5" sensor will have problems in today's market.
I'll try another prediction - the lens will be very sharp, but will have lots of geometric distortion (barrel, pincushion, etc.). Then they'll correct that in software with the DIGIC 5, so you'll never see it. This will be their way of squaring the circle to get a small, sharp, f/2.5 lens that will cover a larger sensor.