OK, so the title is a bit hokey but after reading many previews of the G1X, as well as the User Guide, I’m beginning to get a feeling for it. This seems to be a good time for realistically evaluating my own expectations of the G1X. But first, a few interesting references:
- DPreview, CES hands-on, Update, Sample gallery
- Which (and a video)
Posts here at LightDescription
- Specification comparison to G9 and G12; to Pro1 and G12
- Notes on User Guide: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- G1X announcement
By now, nearly three weeks after Canon’s announcement, the Internet is full of opinions on the G1X. Here’s what I expect.
Canon has said that the G1X will be shipped in February but Amazon says release is on March 31. My G1X is on pre-order from a different supplier and no ship date has been promised. Although some purchasers seem to think that they will receive their G1X in early February, I expect mine to come towards the end of February and perhaps early March.
I’m looking forward to
- Large sensor features and better high ISO and reduced depth of field
- Improved dynamic range
- Higher resolution LCD (should be useful for manual focus accuracy)
- Full HD video with optical zoom
- Playing with Movie Digest mode
- Silent operation but high quality images.
At the same time, I’m expecting to compensate and use work-arounds for
- Larger size, heavier camera
- Reduced battery life
- No conversion lens adapters (probably temporary shortcoming)
- Lack of close-ups (“macro” is limited); will probably use G12 for macros
- Reduced telephoto focal length (am wondering about cropping)
- Slow response (“shutter lag”) – but probably improved over G12
- RAW + adjustable (colors, noise, compression, sharpening) JPEG mode
I’m preparing to be disappointed in
- ETTL flash in manual exposure mode
- “screen blanking” bug
- Lack of flexibility in movie mode
- F5.8 at max telephoto (wishing for, say, f4)
I expect to have a very nice camera in a few weeks but hope to be pleasantly surprised by an earlier delivery.