I just got an e-mail from Adorama advertising the new Canon G1 X, with a sensor slightly larger than Micro 4/3 and a 4x zoom lens. Looks like a competitor to the Fuji X10, but with a much larger sensor. Also, unlike the Nikon 1 cameras, it appears to handle pretty much like a little DSLR. This might be a good option for Nikonians looking for a smaller camera to carry around that doesn't give up too much in handling or image quality.
That looks very promising. Small sensor size has always been my complaint about all of these cameras, so this one may be the answer. The G11 (G12) is a great camera, but with a sensor that's almost the size of an APS-C, this one might just blow the competition out of the water.
>The new Canon sensor is not even close to an APS-C sensor...
No, but it is slightly bigger than 4/3, and much bigger than the Fuji X10 sensor. I also notice the lens is f2.8-5.8, which is OK I suppose, but pretty much equivalent to consumer zooms. And, because of the smaller sensor it won't blur the out-of-focus areas as much as APS-C.
Actually, the size is pretty close to an APS-C sensor cropped to a four by three format; 14mm tall vs. 16.
Looks potentially interesting as a walk-around alternative to carrying a DSLR. I've also been looking at the Fuji X10, which has a faster lens but a smaller sensor. I wonder which would be "better?" I'm always looking at these wondering if the trade-offs compared with a DSLR are small enough to get one, but so far I'm lugging my DSLR around as a walk-around camera.