"… the LCD doesn’t hinge outwards at a full 180 degrees."
"This means that if you are an old-time twin lens reflex shooter and like looking down onto a screen, the G11 won’t quite please, because it only rotates out about 175 degrees. This means that when you face head on to the subject you’ll be looking at the screen at a bit of an angle." "…Of course turning on grid lines helps, but as always, I have to ask – didn’t anyone at Canon field test this?"
"Unfortunately Canon has decided not to play in the video game, at least not seriously with the G11, as its limited to 640 x 480 @ 30 fps. Not even 720P, let alone 1080i. Sorry Canon; that ship sailed long ago."
"… is the reduction in resolution from 15MP in the G10 to 10MP in the G11 worthwhile? It seems to me that if you’re one of those photographers that primarily works at low ISOs the G10 may in fact be the preferable choice, while anyone that needs ISO 400 or higher will want the G11, though frankly anything over 400 starts to become iffy in my book. So, where’s the advantage?"
Panasonic Lumix G1 and GH1 - on my wishlist. They have every feature a camera can have these days. Panasonic got rid of the mirror box, which is fantastic. No more mirror slap !. The GH1 has the better sensor, and has real movie mode that can really AF while recording. It comes with a fantastic 14-140 lens ( 28-280 fov-equivalent ), but it is still too expensive as compared to the G1. The “pocket variants” like the Olympus E-P1 and the Lumix GF1 are just plain stupid. What ? No viewfinder ? Fixed LCD on the back ? How am I gonna compose my shots with these ?. You can get an external, hot-shoe mounted EVF for the GF1, but the camera is way overpriced even without that …
Sigma DP1 and DP2. At least they are fixed focal cameras, so one could use an optical viewfinder mounted on the flash hot-shoe. Foveon X3 sensors are fantastic in good light, mainly base ISO 100, maybe 200. I would accept one as a gift. Leica X1… what a joke !
Sony R1. Currently one of my workhorses. Fantastic Carl Zeiss glass - razor sharp at any focal length and wide open. The benchmark glass. High ISO sucks, stay ISO 800 at maximum. Best results up to 400. Can shoot eye-level, waist level or any other level. Very versatile, but slow. Forget burst mode - you have to anticipate !. Burst modes are stupid anyway.
Sony Alpha. Problem with high ISO performance for anything below DSLR-A500 and DSLR-A550. The A700 was a nice try. I currently own an A300, which uses the same sensor from the A100, which is bad news. Quick-AF Live View is nice, but makes the viewfinder too small. I am forced to compose with the articulated LCD screen in Live View mode most of the time. I am using the A300 with the Sigma 10-20 most of the time, so that’s OK. Mirror slap is too loud and I bet it makes vibrations that not even the Sony Image Stablilization system (SSS) can counter. Sony should learn from Nikon in this regard. Sony A900 is Sony’s take on full-frame. Nice, but very heavy. I was tired after 5 minutes of shooting with it, and had to put it down. The A850 is the A900 at a better price.
Olympus E-420, E-450. Identical cameras, apart from firmware changes. Fitted with a pancake lens, they make nice street shooting devices. As nice as any Leica M, and even better. But with their fixed position LCD, their use is limited to eye-level or blind shooting. AA filter is too strong. Limited dynamic range. The E-620 is the best in this series yet, as it offers a 7-point AF system and an articulated LCD screen. If I would shell my money out on Olympus, it would be the E-620.
Canon EOS Series. I would not discuss this, as Canon still does not have a camera with articulated LCD screen. Yes, Live View is nice, but it defeats it’s purpose on a fixed screen. Same is true for movie mode.
Nikon D Series. The D5000 is the camera to look for these days. Entry level models are a disaster, no matter what Ken Rockwell tells you about how fantastic his D40 is. Visit his website and read his articles if you want a good laugh. “Your camera does not matter” is one of my favorites. The D3000 is the same as the D40x.
Pentax. Trusty, but overall slow and limited DSLRs. AF is still bad. I have used the K110. But their main problem is metering. It is too easy to fool the Pentax light meter. The K-x is the camera to look for if you want good high ISO performance. The K-7 is the only one that has better metering, as it uses a new 77-segment meter instead of the old 16-segment one.