First camera that could replace my G11

by Volker Weber

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The G12 only added HD video, and I don't do video. But this one gets a sensor 6.5 times larger. And that should make all the difference.

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I got the G12. I am no expert but it is letting me take pretty good pictures of my kids. Flash pictures with other cameras were almost unacceptable and they are better with this one. The G1x, though, is twice the price!

Eugen Tarnow, 2012-01-12

The G11/G12 is an impressive camera. Even if you don't know a thing about photography, it will turn out lots of nice pictures. But it also caters to the person who wants to tweak things. And the bigger sensor of the G1X will let it shoot photos without a flash, that would turn out to coarse on the G11/G12.

Volker Weber, 2012-01-12

Interesting, indeed.

But I was a little bit disappointed about the lens. 5.8 Aperture, Canon you could do better for 800$.

Karl Heindel, 2012-01-12

Canon 600D with kit lens sells for a similar price:

18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 (600D)
15-60 mm f/2.8-5.8 (G1X)

If you take the crop factor into account, the G1X lens is 28mm-112mm, and the 600D kit lens is 28-85mm. I would take the G1X over the 600D every single day.

Volker Weber, 2012-01-12

Form factor is also increasing. Let's do a comparison:

G12: 10,5 x 7,4 x 4,6 cm
G1-X: 11,7 x 8,1 x 6,5 cm ~ 749,-€

Nikon D7000: 13,2 10 7,7 cm ~ 897,€ ;-) without a lense of course

marc egart, 2012-01-12

You can't fit a sensor this size into the smaller body. And the sensor gets larger too. Look at this photo. ISO is gone from the top, yikes. Looks like you have to press a button on the back and turn the wheel at the front. At least, that's what I hope.

Volker Weber, 2012-01-12

Volker, I'd been using G11 for 7 months before I switched to a m4/3 compact system (Panasonic GH2). Now I don't think that Canon is currently providing the best upgrade path from their G series. Why don't you consider compact system cameras with EVFs such as Panasonic GH2 or G3, Fuji X10, or Sony NEX-7?

Here's an interesting PoV ("The two things that will kill the appeal of the G1x for me..."):
http://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/2012/01/embarrassment-of-riches-so-much-so-soon.html

And also:
http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2012/01/kirks-take-kirk-tuck-3.html

David Jakelic, 2012-01-13

David, I carry either this or that. And I shot the photo with my iPhone. Did not even bother taking the big gun out of the bag.

Why not any of the cameras you mentioned? I don't want interchangeable prime lenses on my small camera. Then it would require another bag.

Volker Weber, 2012-01-13

Makes sense! Nice bag, BTW :)

David Jakelic, 2012-01-13

vielleicht gehören damit die Verzerrungen im Weitwinkelbereich (G12) der Vergangenheit an...

Martin Blunck, 2012-01-13

Die F5.8 am langen Ende finde ich ebenfals nicht so prickelnd. Da kann die GX1 mit 14-42x auch kaum weniger und man kann sich trotzdem noch eine 20er (F1.7) Festbrennweite einpacken. Ohne gleich die große Lowe Tasche bemühen zu müssen.

Schöne Kamera, aber leider auch nicht 100% perfekt.


Roland Dressler, 2012-01-15

@Roland: bei der GX1 finde ich das Bedienkonzept nicht sooo toll, ist mir zu sehr Kompaktkamera. Der Witz an der G12 ist die Bedienung die einer guten alten Messsucherkamera ähnelt. Das Zappen durch das Menue hat mich von der GX1 abgehalten, da ist man bei der G12 schneller an den wichtigsten Einstellungen. Außerdem mag ich die Rädchen... Eine G1X mit Wechselobjektiv, das wärs... Oder sich konsequent am Prosumer ausrichten und ein leistungsstarkes echtes Weitwinkel anbieten (so ab 20mm). Und wenn schon "Weitwinkel-light", dann bitte lichtstark. 2.8 bis 5.8 ist zwar ok, wird aber dem Anspruch einer klassischen "Reportagekamera" nicht gerecht (die älteren unter uns werden den Begriff noch kennen ;-))

Martin Blunck, 2012-01-17

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