They have started putting up decorations already, but the major decorating of the trees by the residents will not occur until next Monday. I chose some scenes to test my ability to use the little pocket Canon G5X Mark II for photographing decorations. I am pleased in that it does the job without any special heroics in processing. I just took some sample raw images with the camera in “P” mode and used auto tone in LR to make them. Nothing else other than some cropping. If I only use this camera it will be the first time I have used such a small point and shoot camera for such pictures; but I have another solution coming.
As I attempt to go smaller with fewer lenses, smaller lighter bags, etc. I realized that another way of describing what I’m doing is running from the full frame (FF) bullets aimed at me by the marketeers. Most of the new cameras’ emphases have been in the development of full frame sensor cameras. The problem, for me, as they do this, is that the lenses just keeping getting larger and heavier and more expensive. Too much for me.
In reaction to the markets bigger and heavier movement, I am trying to rebel and go smaller. As I attempt this, I chose to first get and try the Canon G5X Mark II camera which is working out quite well for me. Second, I chose to try one of the latest micro 4/3 sensor cameras and thus I ordered the Olympus E-M5 III and the 12-40 mm F2.8 zoom lens to give them a try. I will have them up and running by next Monday when I photograph residents decorating the trees, so I will also test it for that photography and see how it compares with the Canon.
The first image was made with a Canon G5X Mark II at its widest focal range in “P” mode. The camera chose ISO 1600, f/1.8, and 1/20 sec.
The second image was made with a Fuji X-Pro 2 and the 18mm lens in “P” mode. The camera chose ISO 12800, f/2, and 1/60 sec. (the slowest I had it set for).
The Canon had image stabilization and the Fuji didn’t and that is reflected in the shutter speed, etc. I used LR Adobe color and auto tone to process the raw files, and I adjusted the exposures slightly. You can see that the camera colors are different due to differences in auto WB, etc. I often tweak Fuji’s WB, but didn’t here. Another minor difference, the Canon had 20MP and the Fujifilm had 24MP.
I prefer the Canon image and that is amazing given that it is a small pocket camera with a one-inch sensor. The Fuji is much larger and heavier and has an APS size sensor. I made these images last night since I am starting to wonder about which camera, lenses, etc. to use when I start photographing the holiday lighting in early Dec. So far, I’m thinking that I will use the Canon camera, especially since it has a zoom lens, but it will also depend on the weather and the Canon is not WR.
PS, I also like the Canon image when processed as below.
I made these this morning with the Canon G5X Mark II while walking Misty at 7am. I’m thinking about how to ensure that I don’t drop the camera while putting it in, or taking it out of a pocket. At the moment I just have the wrist strap on the camera. The camera is pretty small for using a conventional neck strap but I might devise a lantern strap with a clip that I could attach when I carry the camera in an upper jacket or shirt pocket, or maybe just use a small bag with a tether strap.
Above is a picture of my latest camera. I included the WG-60 in the picture for a size reference. I have just started my evaluation of the Canon camera. The following images were made of similar things I have photographed before so that I could make comparisons relative to processing, etc. Since one of my intentions for using the camera is for B&W images, I have been trying some modifications of my preferred style to see how malleable the raw files are.
The above compositions were all chosen based on accessibility, the fact that I have made similar images before, and under conditions that have given me problems with other cameras before. In all cases that meant that they were made under adverse lighting conditions since that has been my biggest concern about this camera with a one-inch sensor.