shane_c wrote in post #17724635
A bit of background…. I’ve shot Canon SLR’s for a number of years but sold all my gear a few years ago when the Fuji X10 came out. I really enjoyed that camera but my two main issues with it were it was difficult to manually focus (you had to spin the little wheel on the back a lot of times) and I didn’t like the way the bokeh looked in images, it usually looked noisy and smudged. I sold the X10 about 1.5 years ago, at the time I was going to upgrade to the X30 but when I saw it was going to have the same size sensor I opted to pick up a Canon 60D. I am just not using it so am currently selling my gear, again, and going smaller, again. I want something that is smaller than an SLR, gives a bit of a zoom range, gives me the ability to have manual control/focus and very important on my list is image quality.
I’m currently considering the G1X MK2 and the Sony RX100 MK3 but am leaning towards the Canon because I'm familiar with the software, camera menus, etc. I’m also waiting to see what Fuji does with the X40 because I’ve read that it will be using Sony’s 1” sensor. Are there any others I should be considering? For those that have the G1X MK2 are you happy with it?
I may be a bit late to this thread, but I will share my experience. I was a failure with the G1X Mark II. It's a very good camera; don't get me wrong there. I had trouble using the LCD screen in all lighting conditions, so I got the electronic view finder. That helped, but it was an "extra" piece that had to be carried, mounted, maintained, etc. Also, I really liked using the 270EX flash with the G1X2, but I couldn't use the external flash and the viewfinder at the same time. The controls of the G1X2 were a bit more complicated than I would have liked, but I got used to them. I wasn't a fan of the flip-up screen, but I got used to that as well. However, in the end, the inability to use the viewfinder and an external flash was too much. I sold everything.
Last week, Canon announced the G5X. It has a smaller sensor than the G1X2, but it seems as though Canon has fixed most (maybe all) of my complaints with the G1X2. The G5X has a flippy screen (like a 70D), a built-in EVF, still has a hot shoe, and it has better controls. The lens ring can be used to zoom the lens, and the addition of the wheel on the front of the camera and the exposure compensation on the top of the camera seem to put the controls I use in very convenient locations. So I have a G5X on pre-order. I should have it in 2 - 3 weeks. Fingers crossed...