The fixed-lens point-and-shoot market has been forever altered by the release of the Canon PowerShot G1 X and Fujifilm X10. As I adumbrated earlier this year, sensors on point-and-shoots are getting larger, and they’re beginning to compete with DSLRs. I saw it on the Canon PowerShot G1 X and Fujifilm X10. Both of those models succeeded in giving APS-C sized DSLRs a serious challenge when it came to still image quality.
As I’ve mentioned on a few occasions, Nikon needs to raise its game in order to compete with Canon. The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is a solid hunk of camera goodness, but its image quality is now blatantly inferior to its big-sensor rival. The Coolpix P7100 needs a larger sensor in the worst way, and the latest news is that the next-generation P-Series Coolpix will be the benefactor.
I’m not sure if Nikon will borrow its 1-inch CX sensor from the 1-Series cameras or design a new APS-C size sensor from the ground up in order to compete with the Canon PowerShot G1 X. But I do know one thing. Nikon has a chance to pull the jersey over Canon’s head. The Canon PowerShot G1 X suffers from a few major flaws, including a nonexistent Macro mode and the absence of a Mic jack for video production. If Nikon Can emulate the body of the P7100, spruce up its menu system a bit and stuff a nice, big resolution-happy sensor inside, then we might have a new point-and-shoot champion on our hands.