Rally Man wrote in post #16056877
There's a guy on dpreview, Marco Nero, that is adamant there won't be another G1X. He says this was just a one off. If Canon does create more M models, lower and higher versions, I could see them just forgetting the G1X. After all, there is more money to be made in selling lenses and accessories.
Sure, there's money to be made in selling lenses and accessories. But there's money to be made in large-sensor compacts as well, if you have the right offering. Unfortunately, I think that Canon got the timing/feature-set of the G1X wrong: it came in too late for the large sensor, alone, to generate much excitement among enthusiast-photographers and didn't have enough other features to generate the kind of excitement needed to sell a lot of cameras to the enthusiast market.
(Let's face it, if a large sensor is the main thing you're selling then your market is those who actually know what sensor size means photographically.)
If the G1X had some other especially outstanding quality or qualities, aside from the large sensor, it might have generated the excitement needed to kick sales along. Faster autofocus (I mean, really snappy) and/or overall speed of operation (eg. shot-to-shot performance in RAW mode) would have helped. But the most important thing Canon might have done, but didn't, would have been putting a much better optical finder in the thing. Larger, brighter and (most importantly) with accurate framing.
That's the one thing that the G1X has that other manufacturers' offerings don't: the competition (for large-sensor, fixed-zoom, non-system cameras) have either no eye-level finder or use EVFs (built-in or add-on). Canon didn't even need to go all high-tech with something like the hybrid finders Fujifilm is offering, or even include any non-framing indicators in the VF: they just had to make it larger and allow more accurate framing. Something like the not-especially-great 120% finder with bright-line frameline in my old, cheapish, Olympus superzoom from the 1990s. (Parallax correction and in-VF indicators would be icing on the cake, of course, but not necessary given the lack of competition.)
But Canon didn't do that, and I doubt they'll do anything similar in any putative follow-on model. I suspect they'll either kill the line off as a failure (which, from a profitability perspective, it probably is), continue with more-of-the-same through sheer inertia (a pretty standard Canon response) or do one or more really dumb things like:
- remove the optical VF entirely (thus removing it's one unique feature in this class of camera);
- replace the optical finder with an eye-level EVF (just like everyone else);
- get rid of the tilt/swivel LCD (as they've done with the G15), removing another advantage over some of their competition; and/or..
- fail to improve AF and other speed-of-operation factors so as not to interfere with EOS-M and DSLR sales.
I'm liking my G1X. I wouldn't have bought if it wasn't a small-sized (by SLR standards) all-in-one camera with optical finder, tilt-swivel LCD, large sensor, good-enough movie mode and stabilised lens. That combination makes it valuable to me. Remove any one of those and much of the value (to me) would have gone away. But it's the optical finder (poor though a pokey 73% view is) which makes the G1X unique in its class and also the feature I fear is least likely to appear in future cameras - either because Canon doesn't follow up with a new model or because me-too-ism has them replace it with an EVF or no eye-level finder at all (which to me is much the same thing). One reason I bought (once the price dropped!) was to get this combination of features, which I don't think will be around in future.