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#6171582 - 02/14/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: Oregon45]
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I sold my Lumix and am now officially without a camera.

I've been doing a ton of research and am looking at the Canon S100, the G12 and the new G1X.

I'll probably go with either the S100 or G12 since they're both around $400 as compared to the $800 G1X. The G1X looks awesome and has a LARGE sensor, but I don't like the 20 cm macro focus length, as compared to 3 cm in the S100 and 1 cm in the G12. The S100 has better video and a better processor than the G12, but I've been so impressed with some of the sample photos of the G12 it makes me wonder where the better deal is. Also, with some of the new S100's there were a few bugs reported (greenish hued LCD screen for some, some softness in the corners, etc.). Dpreview went through 3 or so S100's during their review.

DJ, any regrets on the S100 or would you still go for that (or the G1X) over the G12, for a 1 camera man?

Thanks,
Eric

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#6171611 - 02/14/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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I really like the S100 but I'm not planning on using it as my only camera, I have others and am planning on a G1x to supplement it. And then I have a couple DSLR's too.

I think if I only wanted to spend $400 I might go with the G12 because of it's fold out screen................dj
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#6171844 - 02/14/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: djpaintless]
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Thanks, DJ. I hope to get my hands on one at Best Buy to check it out in person.

Cheers,
Eric

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#6172279 - 02/14/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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Eric, for you I think it's going to be a matter of which is most important to you. A smaller camera with a faster lens or a more versatile one with a hot shoe and fold out screen. Both are good camera's..................dj
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#6172589 - 02/14/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: djpaintless]
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+1 on that DJ. The S95/100 are very fine pocket cameras but for a "one camera" guy the G1x or G12 is the better choice. Of course, the best thing would be to buy both grin There are some smoking deals on closeout S95's right now.

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#6173547 - 02/14/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: Oregon45]
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The S100 is working extremely well for me.

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#6193809 - 02/19/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: ctsmith]
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I have had a powershot sx120 for several years. Great little camera!
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#6194086 - 02/19/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: Hemlock_Ranger]
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It's a tough call.

I'm exploring all options and am also looking at the Fujifilm X100.

It takes great pics, although, it's a fixed (no zoom) lens and macro is 10 cm.

Good review: http://zackarias.com/for-photographers/gear-gadgets/fuji-x100-review/

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1020&thread=40662554




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#6194568 - 02/19/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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Originally Posted By: EricM
It's a tough call.

I'm exploring all options and am also looking at the Fujifilm X100.

It takes great pics, although, it's a fixed (no zoom) lens and macro is 10 cm.

Good review: http://zackarias.com/for-photographers/gear-gadgets/fuji-x100-review/

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1020&thread=40662554





Is it really fair to judge camera quality from pics on a web site, shot by (probably) a pro?

You could (probably) give me a $5000 camera and I couldn't take pics that good. <grin>

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#6194581 - 02/19/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: Lawdwaz]
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I know what you mean, Lawdwaz. I don't think the shots above were taken from a pro. I've googled images taken from this camera and reviewed a ton of amateur photos - many of which are outstanding. But it's 2x the cost of the S100 or G12, so there's that, too. The Red Square pic with the snow is super cool, IMO.

From what I read the image quality on this camera is incredible, but it has a slow AF and is not the best for action shots.

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#6211202 - 02/23/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
EricM Offline
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I took the plunge and ordered an X100 today. wink

Cheers,

Eric

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#6211743 - 02/23/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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Originally Posted By: EricM
I took the plunge and ordered an X100 today. wink

Cheers,

Eric


Great choice! Let us know how you like it.

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#6212024 - 02/23/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: Oregon45]
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I certainly will!

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#6212627 - 02/24/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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Wow, The Fujifilm X100 is a pretty different choice!.............dj
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#6213016 - 02/24/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: djpaintless]
EricM Offline
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I know, I sacrificed a little in size for the larger sensor.

While not "pocketable" it's still very manageable and should be easy enough to pack and carry in the field. I like how you can get DSLR quality without hauling a beast and having to carry a bunch of lenses. B&H has been out of stock on this camera for some time but they just got a new shipment in yesterday.

Eric

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#6213935 - 02/24/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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The fixed 35mm lens was what surprised me most. Bet it's sharp............dj
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#6213957 - 02/24/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: djpaintless]
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It is very retro in that regard. The lens is compared favorably to the Leica X1 and many DSLR's. I'll post a few after it arrives.

Eric

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#6217558 - 02/25/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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The fixed lens isn't a drawback once you learn to zoom with your feet grin

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#6217875 - 02/25/12 Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: Oregon45]
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Originally Posted By: Oregon45
The fixed lens isn't a drawback once you learn to zoom with your feet grin


Which works fine except for canyons, cliff sides, carnivorous animals.............


:-) :-)


There are some "Prime" reasons for them though ;-) ......................dj
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