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Why Oh Why Did They Make The Canon PowerShot G3X So Ugly?

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That 20% uncertainty on my part as to getting a Canon G3X, that I talked about 2 days ago, is in my world a pretty BIG margin of latitude. I am still struggling mightily, within that 20% wiggle-room, as to whether I will be happy with the Canon G3X.

If nobody else will say it I will say it. I struggle with the fact that it is not an attractive camera. Actually it is a pretty ugly looking beast, made worse when you stick on the external, viewfinder. It then looks like something that was really badly cobbled together. It sure does NOT look like a $1,240 top-end camera.

Yes, I readily admit that I like attractive things — hence my Jaguars, my watches, my dogs! I don’t have to go further.

John Keats, the poet, in 1818, said in the opening line of one of his poems: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. Fifty years ago, as a boy growing up in Ceylon, that was one of the first English ‘sayings’ I had to learn. It resonated with me, and it often comes to mind. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. Well you will be hard pressed to call the Canon G3X a thing of beauty.

Don’t kid yourself. People notice the camera you use. Since I have been using the Canon T3i I can’t tell you the number of people who have asked me whether I was a photographer or commented on the camera. The G3x looks like a 1980s, $12 Kodak box camera. It sure does NOT look like a $1,240 top-end camera. Did I already say that.


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Today, July 25, 2015: Canon PowerShot G3X Becomes Available — 80% Chance It Will Be My Next Camera.

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When I got an e-mail from Canon on June 19, 2015 informing me of the Canon PowerShot G3X I knew I was going to be facing quite a dilemma. I had more or less convinced myself that I was going to get the new Sony RX10 II. Then the Canon which uses the same OEMed 1″ CMOS 20.2MP sensor from Sony.

My birthday is in September and it had been long assumed by Deanna and Devanee (who already in her mind owns my Canon T3i) that I would treat myself to new camera. I got the refurbished Canon T3i, from Canon, for a bargain $330, for my birthday last year after I was disenchanted with a refurbished Nikon L820 I had treated myself with. The Canon T3i, at that price, was a ‘trial’, to let me get back into the swing of things after nearly 3 decades of not paying much attention to cameras.

I am still drawn to the Sony RX10 II. If nothing else it looks beautiful, what a “$1,000” camera should look like. I do not like the shape of the Canon G3x and I really dislike the external, addon — very ugly — Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), the EVF-DC1. But it has the 600mm equivalent 25x OPTICAL ZOOM. That really appeals to me.

Given that I wanted ‘superzoom’ I then looked at the Nikon P900 with its obscene 2,000mm equivalent 83x Optical Zoom. I would buy the Nikon in a heartbeat IF it had a 1″ CMOS sensor. It does NOT. I do not care what anybody says, and Deanna swears by the picture quality of her Olympus SZ-16 with an EVEN SMALLER sensor. But, I, given that I do have a degree in computer technology, know that you can’t beat the laws of physics. Sensor size will come around to bite you at some point. To me 1″ has to be the bare essential.

So here is my comparison.

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Click to ENLARGE and study. Check sensor size.


I even downloaded the user guide.
From what I see Canon no longer includes a user guide in the box!
That is a bit naughty.

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I liked this review. I read it twice to help me make up my mind.

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I am going to wait a few more weeks BEFORE I buy a camera. I am right now 80% sure it will be the Canon PowerShot G3X because of its 1″ sensor and 25X zoom. But I am going to do some serious research into the digital zoom on the Sony. Yes, digital zoom is not the same as optical. BUT if the image quality is superior in the 200mm range, and the Sony has a MUCH FASTER f/2.8 lens, I might still go with the Sony. What a dilema.

Any thoughts?


Olympus Stylus SZ-16 One Heck Of A Point-and-Shoot For $149 (or even less).

Taken with Olympus SZ-16. CLICK.

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OlympusDeanna now swears by this $149 Olympus Stylus SZ-16 we got from BuyDig.com. She thinks it is the BEST point-and-shoot she has ever had. She loves that she can take good, IN FOCUS pictures with it, in ‘IA’ intelligent mode, while she is a passenger in a car. When we were in Arizona, in April, (where I did all of the 1,490 miles we drove in 5 days), Deanna shot hundreds of pictures while we were moving. Most came out well. So we have a good record of the road trip thanks to this little camera.

It is a 16 MP (megapixel) camera with a 6.16 x 4.62 mm (1/2.3″) sensor. That is a small sensor BUT it takes very decent pictures especially IF all you intend to do with them is display them on the Web or look at them on a screen.

That it has a 24x zoom, with a max. f/3 aperture is a bonus. The autofocus is good and it does panorama.

Deanna took these two pictures with her Olympus. Click to ENLARGE. As you can see it is NOT bad at all. There is good detail. Yes, you will not get a very good LARGE print but that is not what these cameras are for.


The sensor in this camera is surprisingly small. But you can’t argue with the quality. Here is a comparison. So the APS-C sensor in my much, much larger Canon T3i, is of course, much, much larger. 

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Bottom line: For $149, with free shipping, it is hard to beat this Olympus, for practical use, especially when travelling, for all-round versatility and very good image quality. After we got back from Arizona Deanna managed to lose her Olympus with a 32GB memory card in it. We searched for weeks. We now think that somebody took it! Given that she previously had a Panasonic I got her a new Panasonic ahead of our trip to Acadia in June. She hated that Panasonic — and that is another post. She returned it to Amazon telling them she didn’t like the picture quality. Then she ordered another from BuyDig.com. Olympus used to be a STORIED name in photography. In the 1970s I owned an Olympus Reflex camera. Loved it. Now after Deanna’s experience I am going to start looking at some ‘larger’ Olympus camera.


Fujifilm X-T1 A Very Capable & Compelling Mirrorless ILC Digital Camera If Not For Limited STANDARD ISO.

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fujixt111I was reading a writeup of the Fujifilm X-T1 in the July 2015 issue of “Outdoor Photographer“, rather appropriately, while we were visiting Acadia National Park last month when I was struck by its atypically low ISO range in ‘standard’ mode. 200-6400. Wow. That is IT in RAW mode. I get better than that on my $330 Canon T3i. Yes, it appears that it can be pushed, just when shooting JPEGs to 100-51200 but that seems a bit of a kludge.
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Just a thought. It was something that stopped me in my tracks.

I was, in my mind going “wow, this looks interesting” when BANG. 200-6400. I need as higher an ISO as I can reasonably afford given that I shoot a LOT of concerts, plays and ballets. The current 6400 I have is now really enough because I also do not have any really ‘fast’ lenses and do not use a tripod.

So for now the Fujifilm X-T1 will not be in my top-tier of potentials.


‘Camera Labs’ Appear To Have The BEST Preview Of Canon PowerShot G3X

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Actually all of their Previews are good, even that for the Sony RX10 II.

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BuyDig Offering Pre-Order Of Sony RX10 II At $1,298 — But Why?

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Amazon has the same pre-order price with FREE shipping with Prime.


Got the TOP flyer, in an e-mail from ‘buydig.com‘ Friday morning. When I first saw it, given that ‘buydig.com‘ is noted for its “deals”, I fully expected to see an impossible to turn down, mouth-watering deal — maybe 4 interest free payments or 0% APR for 6 months. Nothing NADA. Just free shipping and some stuff about ‘Visa Checkout’ that has always confused me given that I have PayPal (and am an eBay shareholder). Or I thought they would offer a highly discounted price. Na!

I checked Amazon Prime. Same price, same FREE shipping.

So why would I get it from buydig.com?

Amazon, if I use their Storecard (which I do 80% of the time) gives me 6 months ZERO-INTEREST and 5% reward!

Plus why pre-order? I am sure I will not have to wait long to get one come August. So why start paying for one now.

Plus now I am having further doubts. The Sony RX10 II might now have this automated 4-step (or greater) PIXEL STEPPING/Stitching that you get on the latest DSLRs like the Pentax K3 II.

More to think about.

 


Sony RX10 II vs Today’s Canon PowerShot G3X — Sophie’s Choice, King Solomon’s Judgement Or Hobson’s Choice.

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canon35xxasIt really felt like I was being taunted by Canon. Since I bought my Canon Rebel T3i directly from Canon USA, refurbished, they have my (main) e-mail and my permission to send me ‘special’. So Thursday morning, as if I didn’t have enough to content with trying to decide whether I was going to chase-up the FitBit (FIT) IPO price all the way to $31 I see this real eye-catching, stunning resolution e-mail for the brand new, Sony RX10 II competitor the Canon PowerShot G3 X.

Talk about getting torn again, though in reality I don’t have the money right now to buy either camera — not that either is available till July.

OK, at 20.2 MP the resolution is the same though Sony might have the edge in picture quality because they appear to have better CMOS technology (though I don’t know whether Canon OEMs Sony CMOS chips).

The Canon has a higher zoom — all the way to a 600mm equivalent.

Canon also claims to have a 25,600 ISO range which might suffice.

Right now I have two gripes against the Canon PowerShot G3 X — albeit one cosmetic. I don’t like its boxy, Kodak pocket camera body style. The Sony with the semi-DSLR like humped shape is more appealing. IF I am going to part with $1,300 for a camera I would like it to look the part. I don’t want my $1,300 to look like it is a $179 point-and-shoot. Minor, but it makes a difference.

The other one is the EVF — electronic view finder. With the Canon it is a $300 option and when it is in use you can’t use the built-in flash. That is bummer.

But I will DEFINITELY have to consider the specs of the Canon PowerShot G3 X. In the end IF it is a better camera I will not let petty emotions stand in the way. In the end I am pragmatic to a fault.