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G15 or G1X for my mom???
« on: October 28, 2012, 06:47:41 PM »
I'm looking to purchase a new point and shoot camera for my mom for Christmas.  My mom is 60 years-old, and she knows absolutely nothing about cameras, but I want to purchase her a camera that takes great photos.  Here are things to consider:

*  She wants an LCD that can be viewed in sunlight....she is always complaining that she can't see the LCD on her current camera in sunlight!
*  I have the Canon S100, but my mom tried it and she thinks it is too small for her, so that also rules out the Sony RX100.
*  The new camera will be used mostly to take photos at birthdays, holidays, family vacations, and the kids/family dogs running around.
*  The new camera needs to have good ISO performance and/or flash performance for different lighting conditions.

Based on these criteria, I've narrowed it down to the G15 and G1X, and I'm leaning toward the G15, because the reviews I've read state the G1X has slow autofocus, which could cause problems when she tries to take photos of the dogs and kids running around. 

What do you guys think would be the best camera for my mom?

Thanks
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G15 or G1X for my mom???
« on: October 28, 2012, 06:47:41 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2012, 07:05:30 PM »
Think she could handle a T4i/650D and 18-135mm kit lens, and would that fit the budget?  That's going to be a lot better for capturing quick subjects like grandkids and dogs.
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2012, 07:49:39 PM »
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I'd like to avoid a DSLR due to the size and weight....I'd prefer to have a camera small enough that she could carry in her purse and have with her at all times, because her cell phone does not have a camera.

Between the G15 and G1X, which would be best for her needs?
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2012, 08:28:47 PM »
Thanks for the feedback!  Also, I should mention that less than 20% of the photos she'll be taking are going to be action type shots, plus her current camera is a 6 year-old point and shoot Fuji S5200 5.1 mp camera, so anything I buy her will be a significant upgrade!

I just noticed the G1X is on sale for $399 with the $400 rebate gift card offer....man that price is hard to pass up!
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2012, 10:00:05 PM »
Thanks for the feedback!  Also, I should mention that less than 20% of the photos she'll be taking are going to be action type shots, plus her current camera is a 6 year-old point and shoot Fuji S5200 5.1 mp camera, so anything I buy her will be a significant upgrade!

I just noticed the G1X is on sale for $399 with the $400 rebate gift card offer....man that price is hard to pass up!

I broke down and ordered one for my wife today.
Considering I can sell the printer for $250 and the software for $30, the net cost is under $150.  When I sell her old G11 for $250-$300, I'll not only be getting a new and better camera with a warranty, but $100-150 back.  Better than a free upgrade.

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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2012, 07:16:32 PM »
Thanks for the feedback!  Also, I should mention that less than 20% of the photos she'll be taking are going to be action type shots, plus her current camera is a 6 year-old point and shoot Fuji S5200 5.1 mp camera, so anything I buy her will be a significant upgrade!

I just noticed the G1X is on sale for $399 with the $400 rebate gift card offer....man that price is hard to pass up!

I broke down and ordered one for my wife today.
Considering I can sell the printer for $250 and the software for $30, the net cost is under $150.  When I sell her old G11 for $250-$300, I'll not only be getting a new and better camera with a warranty, but $100-150 back.  Better than a free upgrade.

I took advantage of the G1X deal and made the purchase today as well.
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2012, 01:23:03 AM »
Had a chance to play with both cameras at a local camera show last week. I must say that both works pretty well, but my female coworker did mention that the G15 fits her hands better than the G1X. But then, G1X has the better advantage in low light...

Well, I think either should work fine.
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2012, 12:23:38 PM »
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*  The new camera will be used mostly to take photos at birthdays, holidays, family vacations, and the kids/family dogs running around.
*  The new camera needs to have good ISO performance and/or flash performance for different lighting conditions.

Based on these criteria, I've narrowed it down to the G15 and G1X, and I'm leaning toward the G15, because the reviews I've read state the G1X has slow autofocus, which could cause problems when she tries to take photos of the dogs and kids running around. 

What do you guys think would be the best camera for my mom?

Thanks

I had both the G12 and G1X. Was not happy with either. Gave the G12 to my 62 year old mother for purposes similar to what you mention above. She never uses it unfortunately. Just was not intuitive to her I guess and she has a PhD so it is not a matter of intelligence. Even the G12 is slow to focus and not ideal for catching kids or animals. A lot of shots will be missed...

I got rid of the G1X as well. I loved its image quality and shots of adults or scenery were very good as long as I had a couple of seconds to compose the shot...Its autofocus was slow and time between shots was terrible. Enough to frustrate me and eventually dump it for 60% of what I paid for it...

Not sure if the Canon SX50 (Amazon link below) would be any better or not but you might want to look at it as well. Take your mom to a store and see which one she seems "comfortable" with. If she is comfortable then she will pick it up and use it. If not it will just grow dust like the one I gave to my mom...Good luck.
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2012, 02:33:10 PM »
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*  The new camera will be used mostly to take photos at birthdays, holidays, family vacations, and the kids/family dogs running around.
*  The new camera needs to have good ISO performance and/or flash performance for different lighting conditions.

Based on these criteria, I've narrowed it down to the G15 and G1X, and I'm leaning toward the G15, because the reviews I've read state the G1X has slow autofocus, which could cause problems when she tries to take photos of the dogs and kids running around. 

What do you guys think would be the best camera for my mom?

Thanks

I had both the G12 and G1X. Was not happy with either. Gave the G12 to my 62 year old mother for purposes similar to what you mention above. She never uses it unfortunately. Just was not intuitive to her I guess and she has a PhD so it is not a matter of intelligence. Even the G12 is slow to focus and not ideal for catching kids or animals. A lot of shots will be missed...

I got rid of the G1X as well. I loved its image quality and shots of adults or scenery were very good as long as I had a couple of seconds to compose the shot...Its autofocus was slow and time between shots was terrible. Enough to frustrate me and eventually dump it for 60% of what I paid for it...

Not sure if the Canon SX50 (Amazon link below) would be any better or not but you might want to look at it as well. Take your mom to a store and see which one she seems "comfortable" with. If she is comfortable then she will pick it up and use it. If not it will just grow dust like the one I gave to my mom...Good luck.

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The SX50 is a larger and more bulky camera than the G15 or G1X and has a tiny sensor.  The extreme zoom sounds nice, but even with IS, you can't easly hold it still, so fast shutter speeds are needed.  As soon as you get indoors, its too dark to use it, and the tiny flash is inadequate, so a external flash is needed.  I'd only recommend the SX50 as a general use camera to someone who knows its limitations and understands how to work around them.
As a vacation camera to use in bright sunlight, it might be pretty good, or a camera to capture still wildlife also under ideal liighting I think thats its strong point.

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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2012, 11:23:19 PM »
I must have missed something, were are they (G1X) on sale for $399?

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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2012, 10:22:01 PM »
Nikon 1 J1 is your best bet...  Fast AF, good IQ, good price.

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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2012, 12:22:51 AM »
P&S rarely have the AF chops if your mom is trying to capture good photos with kids and pets.  In fact, it's pretty much the reason I stepped up to a T2i and the lenses I choose (the 70-200 is obviously for outdoors). 

If she MUST have a P&S, then either of the ones you mentioned would work, and so would the S110, S100, and S95 (S95 currently 35% off in canon refurbished store).  The S series has the advantage of being smaller, which will fit in her purse better like you mentioned.

However, don't expect miracles from the AF on any P&S.
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2012, 10:32:58 AM »
Can Anyone commment on how the video is for the G15? especially in low(er) light.. ie: indoors with standard light fixtures?

Tried slapping my 40mm on the 60D and letting my wife use it to take videos of the kids; still too big/too many controls for her, does NOT like the manual focus.

Just want something a little nicer than her old ELPH for pics and videos; I fear the G15 will be pushing it for size as it is, so I probably have to rule out the G1X even though I would probably find it hand for family trips when I dont want to lug around my dSLR. And the G15 seem like a decent compromise; I already tried to push her in mirrorless directions (whether canon or nikon J2) and she seems to want none of that!

thanks for you help...
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2012, 10:32:58 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2012, 03:54:35 PM »
Get the G15. The G1x is not small by any measure.

On another note, I was considering a G15 because of its flash sync speed. Can it sync up to 1/2000th or even 1/4000th? I couldn't find any info on this.

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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2012, 07:35:25 PM »
Here is a good comparison to the Sony RX100, and based on the review, it appears that the video quality of the G15 is excellent.

http://youtu.be/rrmKBG5sd_o

Can Anyone commment on how the video is for the G15? especially in low(er) light.. ie: indoors with standard light fixtures?

Tried slapping my 40mm on the 60D and letting my wife use it to take videos of the kids; still too big/too many controls for her, does NOT like the manual focus.

Just want something a little nicer than her old ELPH for pics and videos; I fear the G15 will be pushing it for size as it is, so I probably have to rule out the G1X even though I would probably find it hand for family trips when I dont want to lug around my dSLR. And the G15 seem like a decent compromise; I already tried to push her in mirrorless directions (whether canon or nikon J2) and she seems to want none of that!

thanks for you help...
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Re: G15 or G1X for my mom???
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2012, 07:35:25 PM »