Canon G1X and Fuji X10 Viewfinders Compared

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Today I took delivery of a Canon Powershot G1X and Fuji X10 from B&H. No time yet to put them through their paces, but one of the first things I noticed about the G1X is that it has the traditional "small tunnel" viewfinder of the Canon Powershot G-series. Comparing it to the Fuji X10 viewfinder is night and day.

    Here's a side-by-side look at the view through the two viewfinders (G1X on the left, X10 on the right):


    Both of these are showing the view for the lens set at 28mm equivalent. The X10 viewfinder is much larger, brighter, and has greater coverage. Also note how much of the Canon view is obstructed by the lens which hasn't even been extended at this point.

    I think the G1X has a lot going for it and will surprise a lot of folks with how capable it proves to be for serious work, but after seeing what Fuji has done with the X10 optical viewfinder, it's disappointing that Canon hasn't upped their game in this area.
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  2. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Sorry Amin have you got the images the wrong way around or the the image on the right (ascribed to the X10) appears "much larger, brighter, and has greater coverage" to my bespectacled eyes?
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  3. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I have nothing nice to say about any Canon G-series viewfinder. This is why EVFs were invented...
  4. TEBnewyork

    TEBnewyork SC Rookie

    Aug 6, 2010
    I was waiting to see that. Thanks Amin. It really surprises me that they didn't put any effort into the viewfinder. They could have simply used an EVF off of one of the super zooms and it would have been better.
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Oops, thanks for catching that. I fixed it now.
  6. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    Thanks Amin, we don't often see comparisons like this between viewfinders, it's interesting. I had the chance to try the X10 for a few minutes a while ago, and I was suprised that the OVF actually felt usable. Looking at your image, it's clear the one on the G1X is for emergency only.
  7. Burkey

    Burkey SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Northern New England
    An interesting comparison. Thanks for posting the pictures.
    . . . David
  8. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Wow. I won't complain about the X10's VF anymore!!!
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  9. Agreed. I bought a G-11 based on the fact that it had a viewfinder. How awfully disappointing that was. Even on bright days it was worse than useless.
  10. Amin, thanks so much for posting this. I hesitated on the X-10 partly because of my G-11 experience. Seeing the VF presented like this gives a much better notion of how very good it is. I don't suppose you have an X100 laying about that you could compare it with, too?
  11. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    X100 OVF is a thing of beauty. Bright and big!! Haven't used any full frame DSLR's, but from my experience, the X100's OVF is only surpassed by a Zeiss Ikon's rangefinder OVF in terms of big and bright.
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  12. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    I think the difference between the X10 and X100 OVF is at least as significant as the difference between the G1X and the X10. The X100 OVF is much better than any APS-C camera's I've used.
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  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I had a chance to try the G1X and G12 side-by-side today and can confirm that the viewfinders on those two cameras are similar enough to be considered identical.

    With regards to Julien's comment above, I sort of agree. However, the X10 viewfinder is good enough that I would consider using it as a primary means of composition, and the G1X viewfinder is not.
  14. Excellent, thanks Stanley :)
  15. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    I don't mind either of these viewfinders ; they do the job.

    This is my X1 viewfinder

    For £250 it isn't any more effective than that in the G1X and it makes the X10 viewfinder a bargain.
  16. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    Less than glowing review of the G1X at LuLa.