- Aug 27, 2013
- Miguel Tejada-Flores
There are so many subjective things that go into the choice of a camera, as you know, Don --- but for me one of the big ones is (and always has been) the combination of physical controls and menu-based-controls (as well as, recently, touchscreen controls on a number of cameras). I used and truly enjoyed the Coolpix A for a long time but one of the minor sticking points for me, I think, was that previous to my Coolpix, I had never really shot much with Nikons - so both the logic of control placement and the menu philosophy never quite jelled with me. Possibly if it hadn't been for that, I would have kept it. I think I was fortunate in that I never had any dust or sensor issues.The last Canon camera I used was the S95. My daughter still has it, but unfortunately has sidelined it for her iPhone 8.
After reading Miguel and Matt's comments in this thread, I am considering this as replacement for my Coolpix A.
That camera is getting a bit old and has a problem with internal dust which has now settled onto the sensor.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos on this camera.
The G1x3, conversely, seems to have a simple-but-powerful-and-logical (to me at least) menu system which I have taken to. Shooting with it seems easy (and easier, as time goes on), especially with the front-mounted click wheel which is used to set or change apertures in Aperture mode, my preferred shooting mode. But the EVF is truly the icing on the cake for me. I had the tiny clip-on analog finder for my Coolpix and though it was a cool (pardon the pun) piece of photographic kit, its shortcomings were ever-present.
The more I shoot with the G1x, the more I find myself liking the ability to zoom. I tend to favor wider angles but the G1xIII's zoom covers most of what I tend to like. Admittedly as some critics have pointed out, the electric zoom is on the slower side (and nowhere near as satisfying as the feel of a turn-by-hand semi-manual old-school zoom ring, for me at least) - but it gets the job done and I suspect the compact size and design of the lens made a manual zoom impractical or more likely impossible.
Incidentally the touch-screen controls are actually useful and give the Panasonic/Lumix touchscreens - which had been up to date the best (and most usable) in my experience, a run for their money.
It's not quite as pocketable as the Coolpix A but it has that same heavy well-built feel to it, which is a good thing. I haven't shot with it in rain or inclement conditions yet but I suspect it will live up to its weatherproof billing.
For me, it's been a satisfying replacement for my former Coolpix A. Here's another shot - a quickie snatched on the road from a recent trip to the Oregon coast - shot in RAW but lightly processed in LR with some help from VSCO. The Canon colors are slightly different than the Nikon Coolpix palette; I like both but am enjoying what this camera can do, quite a bit.
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