I'm probably not going to do a very good job with this product announcement. Apologies in advance.
First, "going meta": when Canon introduces a mirrorless camera it inspires two equal but conflicting emotional reactions. First, you feel like you have to take them seriously, because it's Canon, and Canon is a BIG DOG. It growls, you go on the alert.
But on the other hand, Canon's lack of enthusiasm for mirrorless is faintly comical. (Can I say that?) They've sort of limped in late with weak-dishwater me-too products and not a lot in the way of lenses or accessories. Well-engineered, it goes without saying; competent, of course; but the lack of passion kinda hangs thick in the air, like a corporate meeting where everyone quietly sits there suddenly realizing how sleepy they actually are. (I used to get in lots of trouble for writing things like that in magazines. On a blog, nobody cares.)
So, to the news: smaller APS-C ILC, the EOS M10. Little sib to the M3. It's a wee little thing for having such a large sensor, kinda like, well, Sony's A6000 which has been refined and improved over multiple generations and which you'd probably be better off buying than an M10 (that's terrible, I should never say a thing like that). Canon debuted a brand new 15–45mm mirrorless lens, too, but then Sony has a 16–50mm almost just like it.
Then there's a ratty little crippled VF-less 1" camera for people who a) will buy a real camera but at the same time b) won't spring for a good one. It's called the G9X, and I just lost the three readers who are seriously considering it.
Much more interesting is the Powershot G5X, probably because I actually have a secret affection for 1" sensor cameras (I like the way Micro 4/3 is just too small but 1" is huge. It's an optical illusion; they're coming from different directions in the market). The G5X is sort of Frankenkamera in appearance, like the offspring of a Pentax Q and a '70s Nikon F3 with a high-eyepoint finder, but it probably looks better in person because it's small.
It has a fast lens, and I'm a sucker for fast lenses in point-and-shoots.
Probably has a really nice EVF for a camera its size.
You might want to check its video and connectivity features because I don't care. (Told you this was a terrible product announcement. Really, have you ever read a lazier, worse one?)
Okay, now I bet the G5X is going to be fun, too. I have fun with cameras, and I bet I'd enjoy playing with this one. That is a very unprofessional sentiment for a product announcement.
Finally, collapsing completely into idiosyncratic subjectivity, here's a mea culpa explaining why I'm not doing a very good job with new camera announcements lately: because I like being a photographer, too, as well as a writer about equipment, and every now and then, using too many cameras in too close proximity sort of overwhelms my ability to adapt and compensate. My work starts to fracture and atomize. I burn out on cameras and my OCD fails to kick in. My brain gets scattered. I need to take a break, settle back, and just use one camera for a while. Papa's gotta get his groove back. So I've just been using the X-T1 and trying not to stress. Paying attention to pictures and not gear. It's the equivalent of Uncle Pierre getting a bad case of nerves and needing to go spend some quiet time at the sanatorium in Switzerland. Don't worry, I'll be back.
Gotta go, the men in the white coats* are here to take me away....
Uncle Pi...ahh, Mike
*Funny, their pockets all have "Canon" embroidered on them in red stitching....
Original contents copyright 2015 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.
(To see all the comments, click on the "Comments" link below.)
Featured Comments from:
Jim Julian (partial comment): "The G9X is for the lovers of the ultra-small S series, but now with a 1"-type sensor. I have sold prints of images from my S110; it's amazing considering it's the size of a pack of cigarettes. The G9X would be an incredible upgrade for a 'camera that is always with you.' It's a very real camera. (And yes, I also have the usual big and small digital and film cameras.)"