The PowerShot G7 X Mark III has been the latest unicorn in the rumor world, we've seen subtle and major leaks over the last year or so, but still no announcement.
Nokishita is now reporting that the PowerShot G5 X Mark II has appeared on order sheets for dealers, which means we're likely going to see an announcement before the end of August, maybe even as early as July. Rumors about the PowerShot G5 X Mark II started appearing earlier this year.
The last we were told, was that both cameras would be announced near the end of August alongside the EOS 90D, but that was never confirmed by us or others.
It's possible that the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Mark III get announced at different times some time this year.
I will be taking a longer and more elaborate trip in the fall, so if the III is ready and I think it is enough of an improvement to buy it, it could be my travel camera then. If I buy it but don’t have a lot of time with it before the trip, I will also take the II along as a backup and option. I did the same thing when I got the II before my Rocky Mountain trip: I took along the S120. I never had occasion to use it, but the cameras are small enough to have a spare along, but just not have both on my person. My friend who was on that trip and will be along this fall will have his Nikon DSLR and large ratio zoom, I bet.
Since? I wish we would've seen a real contender from Panasonic and/or Sony, but both LX100 and RX100-series failed to impress me as of late and the DJI Osmo Pocket (or Action for that matter) is a too radical departure from a compactcam. The G7XmkII in meanwhile is feeling ancient, but its formula was so right...
All-in-one character for both stills and vid. Overcoming the inherent smartphone-look by opting for a fairly big sensor in combination with bright flexible zoom lens. Giving it a flippy touchscreen so you can monitor yourself. Might not have been the more elegant solution like the G5X that rocks the vari-angle type (which wouldn't block a hotshoe mic; then again, the G7X-series lacks this anyways), but oh well. Optical IS that actually works somewhat well. Same goes for C-AF. Colors that people find pleasing straight out of the camera, meaning you don't need extensive tweaking in post before hitting upload, which is a big deal for online content creators. Also, the built-in mic when using one of these adhesive windfluffies actually doesn't sound too much like utter crap, it's usable. You can get away with just having this camera around with you, which is why it was so popular.
But... it's old now. Give us 4K60p already. All with DPAF. And any resolution in 24p! And 1080p240. Give us efficient codecs that don't break so easily when pushed. Ultimately 10-bit colorspace, huge dynamic range and incredible noise performance. Would be nice to have a grippier body with weathersealing, improved EVF, bigger battery, dual cardslot, both mic-in as well as headphone out ports. Seen people asking for more zoom. Yeah... but they've got to be careful. I don't want to swap 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 for say what Sony did with the RX100M6: 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5 (and drops off quickly). Maybe they call pull off a 24-135mm f/1.8-2.8 IS.
They just need a camera to make the Casey Neistats and Kasey Sterns (Cameraconspiracies) and well... me, of this world, happy and with that the whole scene of online content creators (YouTube/Instagram/Facebook/..). It's the no.1 question vloggers get 'what camera are you using?'. Everyone wants to get in on that YT money. There's a market there to sell cameras, but who's claiming its reign?
I think interchangeable lens cameras can be great for online content creation, but you've got to plan your shoots, it's not like you'll have all your gear with you at any time, it's just not convenient. And there's the threat of smartphone cameras... sure. But there's still the inherent smartphone look (deep depth of field, oversharpened, 'fragile'/'thin' footage, shaky, etc). So I personally don't think it's the death of premium compacts just yet... I now have a Pansonic LX100... but that as well is old, has a few downsides and its successor unfortunately didn't get the updates it deserved. I have a Sony HX99 because I wanted the flexible zoom for an Africa trip, but the sensor is too small, the sensitivity too little and the stabilization too ineffective. Who's gonna make the ultimate compact? Did Canon wait so long with the G7X/G5X-series successor because it's gonna do a helluva job? Or will we see Canon pulling a Canon and regurgitate old specs and cripple the cameras in many ways? I guess we'll just have to wait and find out...
A 1" sensor camera with a fast lens zoomable and focusable with a RESTful API over WiFi?
I'd say it's a bird. Birds are dinosaurs, you know...
They missed a good opportunity to sell a lot of devices in a short time.
Do a lot of people really buy new cameras soon before they travel? Seems like those things would be out of phase, given how little liquidity people have on average.
Averages are averages, so they don't apply to everybody - for not a few people a travel is a good excuse to buy what they think will record it best.
The S and my then-new 6D2 stayed home when I went to Hawaii. Some of that choice is my wanting to emphasize going places and doing things rather than turning everything into a photography excursion. I have detailed that a bit on here before. I went almost ten years of traveling without a camera at all, back when I was more serious about photography. After I mostly got over that, I tried taking along a compact camera, at first film, and then my first digital. I still take tons of pictures, but I try to keep that from getting in the way of what I went for. And I still have photography excursions, taking along whatever equipment I expect to want and need.
Now I've charged up the G7X II, set the away time zone, and formatted the biggest card. I'm ready for Denmark and Sweden, except for a round of laundry, though mostly short-sleeve shirts I'm not taking. Tomorrow morning I will pack, and tomorrow night I will miss starting my annual video project here.
Just seemed odd that people would bundle those budgets, but my fallacy may be in assuming they budget at all.
...I probably might as well just get a used G5X now, when I think about that.
from which vendor would you expect dual pixel?
I meant no Dual Pixel on the 4k video since they keep omitting it on other cameras.