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Advice please - First compact - G12 or G1X

 
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Aug 15, 2012 16:27 |  #1

Hi

Needing some advice and what better place than right here.

I've had a play around with a G12 and I think it's a quality bit of kit - nice images, easy to handle etc...

Cash to spend, but not more than I should have too..

Is the extra features on the G1X worth the extra $ over the G12? Is there a noticable difference..

Thank you in advance for any advice / info...


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Aug 15, 2012 20:32 |  #2

I have both cameras, have written extensively about them on my blog ( http://lightdescriptio​n.blogspot.com/ (external link) ) and prefer to use the G1X. That said, starting from scratch, it would be a difficult decision to choose between the G12 and the G1X.

If you favor price, compactness and macro then the G12 wins.

If you favor image quality, video, enlargements and high ISO settings then the G1X is the better choice.

But you will enjoy which ever camera you choose.


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Aug 15, 2012 21:50 |  #3

If you are keeping your 60D and take it with you when traveling ... I would think about an S100 or S95 to have a small very pocketable camera. There also may be a new S camera anounced very shortly.

If you are looking for a camera to replace your 60D while traveling ... then I would (and did) go for the G1X.


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Aug 15, 2012 23:36 |  #4

I find the huge depth of field, light weight, and the great macro make the G12 a great partner with a dslr.
Two things the G12 can't do well are high iso and fast shutter response. I can work around them with the G but dslr's do them well.
I print my G shots 16x20 with great results but not if I have to crop much.


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Aug 16, 2012 00:14 |  #5

tmcman wrote in post #14864470 (external link)
I find the huge depth of field, light weight, and the great macro make the G12 a great partner with a dslr.

Amen - when I have my 60D/70-300L - I hate changing lenses in the field and for that reason I got the G12 as my wide-angle 'carry-on'. Formal shoots I obviously wear my 15-85 or 40mm.

Do I wish the G12 (and the G1x) were 24 or 25mm instead of 28mm? Oh yeah, big-time... its funny though - my beloved former sx110 was actually 32mm wide :eek:

keep an eye open for new G offerings - if the G13 has wider than 28mm and an improved view-finder - I'd likely get it...

I could easily see myself with the whatever the new G1X replacement would be. I handled the G1x and oh man it felt so solid... I would bet a $1.00 the G1X replacement would be wider than its current 28mm...


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Aug 16, 2012 03:03 as a reply to  @ Immaculens's post |  #6

Thank you for the feedback, the G12 or G1X would be a replacement for the 60D..

I've had a good search of the internet and found that the G12 has a better lens in terms of aperture - F2.8 - but as most of you guys have mentioned the G1X has much better image quality and better iso, around 2 stops - I've also looked at the Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 which is also a nice camera - difficult decision..

In terms of printing- any of you guys print A4 / A3 if so how's the quality?


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Aug 16, 2012 03:41 |  #7

Martin.D wrote in post #14864921 (external link)
Thank you for the feedback, the G12 or G1X would be a replacement for the 60D..

I've had a good search of the internet and found that the G12 has a better lens in terms of aperture - F2.8 - but as most of you guys have mentioned the G1X has much better image quality and better iso, around 2 stops - I've also looked at the Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 which is also a nice camera - difficult decision..

In terms of printing- any of you guys print A4 / A3 if so how's the quality?

Remember that a smaller sensor needs a wider lens to get the same viewing angle. The f/2.8 relates both to amount of light and to depth-of-field. But f/2.8 has to be put in relation to the actual focal length of the lenses, instead of just looking at the "equivalent" focal length when you consider the DoF.


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Aug 16, 2012 08:48 |  #8

G12 has a 28-140mm f/2.8-4.5 lens
G1x has a 28-112mm f/2.8-5.8 lens
but the sensor of G1x is 6 times larger than G12 and just slightly smaller than your current 60D. image quality of G1x in low light/high ISO is a lot better than G12.


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Aug 16, 2012 10:36 |  #9

I sold my 60D with 15-85 +++ and bought my G1X.

The other you might look at is the Olympus M5. With the small zoom it weighs no more than the G1X and you can have a longer zoom.


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Aug 16, 2012 10:50 |  #10

wilerty wrote in post #14866111 (external link)
I sold my 60D with 15-85 +++ and bought my G1X.

The other you might look at is the Olympus M5. With the small zoom it weighs no more than the G1X and you can have a longer zoom.

If you consider the M5, then you might want to read this review also;

http://www.luminous-landscape.com …us_om_d_e_m5_re​view.shtml (external link)

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Aug 17, 2012 01:59 |  #11

wilerty wrote in post #14866111 (external link)
I sold my 60D with 15-85 +++ and bought my G1X.

The other you might look at is the Olympus M5. With the small zoom it weighs no more than the G1X and you can have a longer zoom.

Managed to get down to our local media store yesterday,sadly no G1X to play around with but did manage to handle most cameras on my list - got back and ordered the G12 from Amazon - Also ordered a Canon Speedlite 270EX II for those low light situations, namely for indoors... Shall see how I get on and if in the future I need more pixels then one day I shall make an upgrade..

Shall post some images once I get hands on! :)


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Aug 17, 2012 17:06 |  #12

Martin.D wrote in post #14869321 (external link)
Managed to get down to our local media store yesterday,sadly no G1X to play around with but did manage to handle most cameras on my list - got back and ordered the G12 from Amazon - Also ordered a Canon Speedlite 270EX II for those low light situations, namely for indoors... Shall see how I get on and if in the future I need more pixels then one day I shall make an upgrade..

Shall post some images once I get hands on! :)

I think you will like it and wish you all the best with the G12. Try not to compare it to the 60 D and I think the G12 will make you happy.

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Aug 17, 2012 17:59 |  #13

wilerty wrote in post #14866111 (external link)
I sold my 60D with 15-85 +++ and bought my G1X.

AHHH:rolleyes:...;)...it's not the camera....it's the...well you should know the rest:)




  
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Aug 17, 2012 18:09 |  #14

tmwag wrote in post #14872126 (external link)
AHHH:rolleyes:...;)...it's not the camera....it's the...well you should know the rest:)

Post Processing... Haaahahaha


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Aug 17, 2012 18:12 |  #15

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Post Processing... Haaahahaha

Makes a difference;)




  
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