Jeff Ascough’s hands-on Review of the #EOS5DMarkIII

«So are there any negatives to owning this camera? Maybe just one. You will lose the ability to blame the camera for any shortcomings in your own photographic ability. The camera is what every Canon user has been waiting for and then some.»

That’s what you call a clear statement! :-)

More points of Mr. Ascough’s hands-on review of a pre-production Canon EOS 5D Mark III

  • The body is much more solid than the 5D Mark II
  • There is no perceptible shutter lag
  • The viewfinder is a world away from the 5D Mark II
  • Chimpers will love the new LCD (as will the video guys)
  • [AF] is on a completely different planet to the 5D Mark
  • [Canon] addressed every issue that we had with the 5D Mark II

The article can be read clicking here. There are also some sample pics. More 5D3 sample pics by Jeff Ascough can be seen on the CPN website clicking here (look for “Canon ambassador Jeff Ascough” on the right, in the “showcase” section).

Don’t miss the continuously updated EOS 5D Mark III page (click here) with lot’s of sample pics and movies, hands-on reviews, video, pre-order options and all the information you may want about Canon’s new FF cam.

[via JA]

Another roundup of G1 X sample pics & SD card write speed

As I wrote in a previous post, I like to see sample pics taken by non professionals. It is helpful to judge a camera’s performance. Let’s say it is a way to see what a cam can do in a “real world” setting.

So, let’s start with a series of pics shot during a concert in low light conditions, all with ISO 6400 (click here). The camera setting are Tv mode @ 1/100 shutter speed, all pics are RAW.

Next, have a look at these ISO 3200 pics (click here).

Finally, some curios user measured the write performance on SD memory cards:

SanDisk Extreme Pro (95MB/s): 21 seconds.
SanDisk Extreme III (30MB/s): 21 seconds.
SanDisk: Ultra II (15MB/s): 22 seconds.

Click here to see the forum post.

For pre-ordering in the USA check the following links: Amazon US (click here) free shipping, Adorama (click here) free shipping, B&H (click here) free shipping, J&R (click here). Readers from outside the US can start to check the following links to see if pre-ordering is possible: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay US, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy. The G1 X is now sold on Ebay too (check these offers with the necessary awareness).

[via dpreview Canon forum]

Noise comparison: G1 X vs G12

The guys at cameralabs.com made a ISO noise comparison using a studio shot. Results are interesting while not really surprising: it is known that Canon’s new toy performs rather well at high ISO settings (yes, I know: you all are aware the G1 X sports a sensor near the size of an APS-C). But we are all curios to see high ISO shots of the G1 X, aren’t we? ;-)
The basic settings for the test is described as follows:

To compare noise levels under real-life conditions I shot this scene with the Canon PowerShot G1 X and its ‘predecessor’, the PowerShot G12 within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings at each of their ISO sensitivity settings.

Both cameras were set to f4 in Aperture Priority and the lenses adjusted to deliver the same field of view. The ISO sensitivity was set manually, apart from in the final row of crops where the G1 X was set to Handheld Night Scene and the G12 to Low Light mode. Note in the crops below, the G1 X was using its default Standard Noise Reduction setting.

Check the review clicking here

For pre-ordering in the USA check the following links: Amazon US (click here) free shipping, Adorama (click here) free shipping, B&H (click here) free shipping, J&R (click here). Readers from outside the US can start to check the following links to see if pre-ordering is possible: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay US, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy. The G1 X is now sold on Ebay too. Check these offers with the necessary awareness.

More G1 X Sample Pics and Review

You may wonder why I am posting so much sample pics posted in forums. I will tell you. While sample pics shot by professionals (studio samples etc) are a valuable resource to judge a camera’s performance, I am very often curious to see what normal people (i.e. people like you and me) can do with a camera. It often gives me some good hints about what you can obtain from camera in everyday’s use, how well the build-in software performs, and so on.

That’s why I have three more forum posts with G1 X sample pics (at different ISO settings): click here and click here and click here to see them.

There are also a new review for you to check. It is in German (click here), and they have also a fairly large amount of pics, both of the cam itself and sample pics (click here).

Enjoy watching and reading!

For pre-ordering in the USA check the following links: Amazon US (click here) free shipping, Adorama (click here) free shipping, B&H (click here) free shipping, J&R (click here). Readers from outside the US can start to check the following links to see if pre-ordering is possible: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay US, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy. The G1 X is now sold on Ebay too. Check these offers with the necessary awareness.

More G1 X samples and reviews

So, while we are waiting to know what’s going on with the 5DMk2 successor, the G1 X started to hit the shelfs in Asia and US (according to forum posts). Moreover, Canon Asia has the manuals ready for download (click here). Cool!

Having people buying the G1 X means having people that posts pics in forums (click here, and here for ISO 1600 pics). If you prefer a more professional approach, DPreview posted some studio test samples at different ISO settings (click here).

And there are obviously appearing more and more reviews. Let’s start with Cnet’s review (there is also a video) final verdict:

The good: The Canon PowerShot G1 X delivers excellent photo quality and a nice shooting design.
The bad: Two flaws stand out: the camera’s underperforming lens and sluggish shooting speed.
The bottom line: A big camera capable of shooting some lovely photographs, the Canon PowerShot G1 X’s slow lens disappoints given its high price.

Next, Engadget’s review. They write…:

If you demand that an $800 camera contributes to your photography with “extras” like high ISO, interchangeable lenses or exceptional macro prowess, then the G1 X has rivals that are perhaps more worthy of your consideration. However, having used the G1 X heavily for a few days, we can look past its weaknesses — even its underwhleming battery life and uninformative OVF — and admit we’ve become quite attached to it. Our affection has everything to do with the large sensor, fast lens and the overall physicality of the camera — its design, feel, and the accessibility of its controls. If you want a tool for capturing high-impact images, and not necessarily for adding impact to your images, then the G1 X ought to suit you fine.

Another review I want to list can be found at photographyblog.com. They conclude that:

[…] if you want an all-in-one fixed-lens camera that offers a tried and trusted user interface, excellent image quality, full HD video and a versatile screen, the Canon Powershot G1 X is easy to recommend.

Another interesting video is DigitalRev’s hands-on review of the G1 X:

For pre-ordering in the USA check the following links: Amazon US (click here) free shipping, Adorama (click here) free shipping, B&H (click here) free shipping, J&R (click here). Readers from outside the US can start to check the following links to see if pre-ordering is possible: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay US, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy. The G1 X is now sold on Ebay too. Check these offers with the necessary awareness.