Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The best high-end compact cameras

As we go beyond the € 1,000 mark, we have been uncompromising on the image quality provided by the devices, the options offered and the ergonomics offered.

Both models are expert compact, which is a perfect replacement for hybrid or SLR cameras from enthusiastic and professional photographers looking for a more nomadic model.

Canon Powershot G1 Mark III X: the best high-end

This model has created a revolution in the professional compact market, being the first to combine APS-C sensor and zoom. And if its price brings it closer to the range of SLRs, it has on the latter the advantage of being much more compact.

Aesthetically, it is reminiscent of mini-SLRs, with a prominent viewfinder and a small handle. Its ergonomic design is inspired by Canon's EOS range, while being much lighter. It also incorporates resistance to dust and moisture.

The touch screen is swiveling, precise and efficient: navigation in the menus is easy and you can easily select a focus area with a simple touch.

The two knobs offered are fully customizable and give you the ability to easily create a compact 100% tailored to your needs.

The G1 X Mark III features Dual AF Pixel autofocus and Digic 7 processor, a combination giving it excellent focus responsiveness. Moreover, with the image stabilizer, it remains clear, even with a shooting in motion.

In terms of sensitivity, the grain begins to appear beyond ISO 1600, which is more limited than on some cheaper devices. Nevertheless, the G1 X Mark III is quite the road facing SLR cameras, thanks to the precision of its zoom.

By cons, we must admit that it is disappointing video: it does not offer recording 4K (but the full HD 60 fps), and no microphone or headphone jack. In this price range, it's quite unusual.

In addition, its connectivity is very complete: HDMI, remote control, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, ability to recharge via USB.

In the end, while remaining easy to use, the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark III performs the feat of combining compactness, APS-C sensor and zoom. In our opinion, it is ideal for photographers looking for a multifunction camera that can replace their SLR without losing image quality, and that will allow them to travel light.

Fujifilm X100F: the high-end alternative

If this model has aroused curiosity at its release, it is thanks to its original combo between retro look and cutting-edge technological feats.

Its ergonomics go hand in hand with its look: it has a very mechanical approach to photography, with a non-orientable and non-tactile screen. The buttons are physical, and the device encourages the user to go through the EVF to control the shooting.

On the other hand, it should be noted that some keys are sometimes too small and close together to allow optimal fast management for everyone.

Most of the parts are metal and, if it is not waterproof, it is at least shock resistant.

Its autofocus is surprisingly fast, to the point of competing with excellent hybrid cameras. The efficiency and discretion of the firmware is quite admirable.

The performance of sensors, already noted by professionals on the X100, here take a facelift. Thanks to a new and innovative technology, the sensor can dispense with color filters. The result ? Sharper, more beautiful, and more balanced images.

Whether on autofocus or image quality, the X100F competes well with hybrids, although it is half smaller.

Sensitivity side, it allows a lot of leeway, since no grain appears at least 6400 ISO, and even at 12 800 ISO the result remains satisfactory (for a lambda user at least).

Finally, the video is also not strong, since it does not include a 4K recording (always a full HD 60 fps). On the other hand, it has the merit of proposing a catch microphone, which allows anyway to achieve pleasant shots.

The Fujifilm X100F has become a must. While its price is high, but its versatility can override much of the camera market, without burdened with a SLR.

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