Not really Dean. It might be too small and not comfortable enough to grip for some folks, although I'm sure there will be good 3rd party grips for it soon enough. It's flash doesn't bounce. It doesn't have an EVF. it doesn't have the resolution or detail or corner sharpness of the RX1, among other cameras. It is what it is and, as a pocket zoom, compromises are inevitable. I'm pretty excited about it because for my very specific wants and needs, it seems like the least compromised small zoom camera yet. But that's just me and I've always been really specific in what I like and don't.Ray, can you tell me why I, or anyone, shouldn't buy this camera? I understand that it is working very nicely for you, but can you see where it would not work, like if an EVF was a must-have, for example?
BTW, your commitment to providing info about this camera here and on DPR is very impressive. Well beyond what any of us should reasonably expect. Nicely done! It almost made me refrain from asking yet another question of you. Almost.
Hi Steve,Ray - one question. My wife is about as far from a camera lover as you can get, but when we travel she likes to have one along. For the past few years that has been a Canon Powershot SD960, which I generally leave in P mode for her. And aside from occasionally switching the top switch to MOVIE accidentally and not realizing it, she is generally pretty happy with it. But I want something better - for those times when I want to just have a small camera along and because though her "eye" has gotten much better over the years, the results from the 6 year old Powershot are not great compared to my newer cameras (which I am sure is not entirely due to photographer error/inexperience).
How comfortable do you think she will be with the G7X? I see from the pictures that there is an AUTO mode and a P mode and I am sure I can teach her initially not to touch the other controls aside from the zoom.
Nice review, Ray. I was particularly struck by what you said about never having been too high on Canon. Me neither. I think there have been a number of reasons for this over the years. I remember the first Canon that really interested me was the G7 but as everyone ranted at the time, it had no RAW shooting capabilities. Canon fixed a lot of that with the G9 which appealed to me quite a bit. My brother had one and shot with it in various wild parts of the world for several years and it seemed to me to be one of the first possible replacements for my ancient, indestructible and semi-legendary Olympus C-8080.I've never been too high on Canon either Bart. I was OK with the S90 I had a few years ago. But nothing else has impressed me all that much.
Sounds to me like they really have. I think my big gripe with Canons over the last few years, apart from size, has been the seemingly outmoded sensors they persist in continuing to use up and down their product line. But, damn, they have always had a knack for making really nice lenses, something which dates back to their early roots in rangefinder cameras. And from the photos you've taken with yours and posted, I'd say they seem to have really nailed the lens in the G7X. I wonder, halfway seriously, if their choice of a model designation for it.....might not be a subtle nod back to its philosophical roots in the G7....the notion of a very powerful, and very capable, compact....which could become a good tool for serious photographers.But for my tastes, Canon nailed this one. I'd have done a couple of small things slightly differently, but not much and nothing serious.
Ray, Canon is good about registering and servicing gray market hardware. They'll even let you sign up for their pro membership using that gear. If I was going full frame with canon I wouldn't hesitate to go gray market even on a $3k camera. The G7x should be covered.So $580 in Hong Kong and $699 here? Leaves a lot of room for HK sellers to offer it for way below retail to US buyers and everyone comes out ahead. Unless you need the full warranty... Which I'm hoping I won't, obviously...
Nope, small sensor. Nothing wrong with it, but I KNOW (from experience) I wouldn't end up using it... If I was OK with that sensor I'd still have an LX7...Hey Ray
wonder if you'd looked at the Pentax MX-1 at all ? seems to tick some of your boxes.
Different aspect ratios
exposure comp dial
you can set auto iso to a maximum level
quick access to many menu items
Nice little camera - I love mine.
Hey Steve,Great string, Ray. So here's the question I ask about any camera without a viewfinder - electronic or optical: How is the rear LCD in daylight? Any issues with seeing the image in bright sunlight or usability in terms of framing/focus? And how about battery life? I know what the early "hands-on" reviews have said. How are you doing in the real world, especially if you potentially have to crank up the LCD brightness when shooting outdoors?
I guess I didn't manage to talk you out of it... Enjoy! Let me know what you think...I ordered a G7X from a Hong Kong ebay seller on Sunday evening after 9 EDT in the US. Free express shipping. Rec'd a confirmation from Fed-Ex today that it will deliver before 10:30AM tomorrow. Seriously? What did that cost?
Hell, those boys in HK should at least be kicking you a twenty for every one of these they sell on here or DPR.I guess I didn't manage to talk you out of it... Enjoy! Let me know what you think...