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The Canon PowerShot G1 X is a new premium compact camera with a large CMOS image sensor. Dubbed “the finest compact camera Canon has ever produced”, the metal-bodied G1 X has a 14.3 megapixel, 18.7x14mm sensor that's marginally bigger than Micro Four Thirds cameras and full manual controls with shooting mode and exposure compensation dials. Positioned as a more portable alternative to a DSLR, the G1 X also offers an extensive ISO range of 100-12800, 4x zoom lens with fast maximum aperture of f/2.8, 3-inch vari-angle LCD screen with 920k dots, optical viewfinder, built-in flash and a flash hot shoe, full HD movie recording and 14-bit RAW image capture. The Canon Powershot G1 X is available in black priced at £699 / €799 / $799.99. Measuring 116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7 mm and weighing 534g, the G1 X is quite a lot bigger and heavier than the G12 model, but it still retains a very similar control layout that will feel instantly familiar to recent G-series owners.
If you want the highest photo quality, turn to the 14-megapixel Canon PowerShot G1 X, which in our tests produced the best images we've ever seen from a fixed-lens camera. Even in challenging lighting conditions, it delivers photos that transcend the output from much of the point-and-shoot competition. At $800 (as of August 6, 2012), the PowerShot G1 X is extremely expensive for a fixed-lens camera, with a price, feature set, and body more in line with an entry-level DSLR body or an interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera. The G1 X's almost-APS-C-size sensor, manual exposure controls, built-in ND filter, RAW capture mode, and compatibility with Canon's external Speedlite flashes are all standout features. Beyond its jaw-dropping image quality, however, this camera has a few more red flags than any other model in its class. In many ways it's the best fixed-lens camera I've ever used: Its image quality is second to none, its manual controls are well laid out and easy to access, it has a tilt-and-swivel LCD screen to help with odd-angle shots, and its automated shooting modes are useful and perform well.
Every major camera manufacturer save one has entered the market for compact system cameras, digital cameras with small bodies, mostly larger sensors, and interchangeable lenses, all without a complicated mirror box system. That one hold-out continues to wait, but Canon drops a few hints in the design and choice of sensors with the new flagship of the G-series, the G1 X. With a sensor that's just a little larger than Four Thirds, and just a little smaller than APS-C, the G1 X could be a hint of things to come. Canon emphasizes that the G1 X does not replace the G12, instead representing the apex of the line. Coming in at a considerably higher price point of $799 MSRP, a full $300 more than the G12, it is indeed a departure. While it's clearly related to recent G-series cameras, the Canon G1 X is a little more of a commitment than the G12, as well as most compact system cameras. At 18.8 ounces (534g) it weighs more than a pound, noticeably more than the G12's 12.4 ounce weight (351g). It's also larger in all dimensions, measuring 4.6 x 3.2 x 2.5 inches (117 x 81 x 65mm), compared to the G12's 4.4 x 3.0 x 1.9 inches (112 x 76 x 48mm). It goes from an under-two-inch body to a 2.5 inch thick one, or about 17mm thicker, and also gains 5mm in width and height.
While most of the camera manufacturers are getting onto the micro four-thirds, interchangeable lens camera systems bandwagon, Canon is the only brand that has not come out with anything in this segment. In fact a mirrorless ILC was expected from Canon, specially after Nikon announced its foray into this segment with the 1 series of cameras last year. Canon instead announced its flagship compact camera – the PowerShot G1X. On the first glance and based on the aesthetics, one does get a feeling that the G1X is just an upgraded version of the older G12 (read our review). That is only true to an extent. We say to an extent, as the G1X is in a completely different league as far as point and shoot cameras go. With a sensor size of 18.7 x 14mm which is just 20 per cent short of the APS-C sensor, which is used in Canon DSLRs, it gets a shot in the arm when it comes to image quality. The image below will put things into perspective as far as sensor sizes go. The Nikon 1 series' sensor size is almost half that of the Canon G1X. Thanks to the sensor size, Canon has been able to push the ISO sensitivity on this camera to a whopping 12,800 which is much greater than the 3200 limit there was on the G12.
The PowerShot G1 X is the king of Canon's point-and-shoot cameras. It's the latest in a long and distinguished line of high-end semi-pro devices in chunky, sturdy bodies. It's about as no-nonsense as you can get, with few concessions made to aesthetics in the push to put as many settings as possible within easy, immediate reach. It largely does away with the need to trawl menus and helps you get your best shot as quickly as possible. It is, in short, a serious camera for serious photographers that proves pretty conclusively that great photography has nothing to do with whether or not you own a dSLR. It can be yours for around £700. You'll almost certainly choose the G1 X on account of its specs, but that's rather missing the point. The real advantage is the way it's been built. The 3-inch display folds out from the back and rotates through 270 degrees. You can fold it back on itself to sit facing out from the body like a regular pocket camera, and tilt it around corners -- or forwards and backwards -- to frame precisely the shot you're after. There's also an optical viewfinder if you prefer working that way. They're becoming something of a rarity these days.
Review based on a production Canon PowerShot G1 X with firmware 1.0 Anyone watching the emergence of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras will have spent much of the last year patiently waiting for Canon and Nikon to show their hands. Nikon clearly decided such cameras didn't need large sensors, and it appears Canon has concluded they don't need interchangeable lenses. Both these moves make sense for companies wanting dedicated photographers to keep buying DSLRs, but Canon's approach is likely to be of more interest to those enthusiasts. The Canon PowerShot G1 X may look like the company's existing G-series compacts, but is a very different prospect. It's a large sensor camera with a flexible 28-112mm-equivalent, 4x zoom lens and extensive manual controls. The company says it sees it as a camera for photographers who already have a high end DSLR such as a 5D Mark II/III or 7D, but at a price of $799, we think it'll appeal much more widely than that. After repeated waves of cameras aimed at point-and-shoot upgraders, it's heartening to see a camera really living up to the billing of a 'serious compact.'
The Canon PowerShot G1 X is a compact camera with a large sensor, 4x zoom, optical viewfinder and articulated screen packed into a metal body. Announced in January 2012, the G1 X joins the PowerShot G series, but rather than replacing the existing G12, it's positioned as a new premium model - because while the body is immediately identifiable as a member of the G-series, the sensor inside is closer in size to what you'd find in a DSLR or CSC. Yes, this is Canon's long-awaited first compact with a big sensor. Inside the G1 X is a new 14.3 Megapixel 1.5 inch CMOS sensor, which is considerably larger than the 1/1.7in sensor in its predecessors and other enthusiast-class compacts with fixed lenses. Indeed the G1 X's 1.5in sensor is fractionally larger than the Micro Four Thirds format and only slightly smaller than the APS-C format employed by the Sony NEX system and most DSLRs. While the G1 X features a large sensor, the thing which really makes it different from DSLRs and Compact System Cameras (CSCs) is its fixed lens. Rather than develop or adapt an interchangeable lens mount for its first large sensor compact, Canon has instead opted to fit a fixed lens, just like previous G-series models.
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When the Canon PowerShot G1 X was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012, it was something of a surprise. This brand new compact camera is like a turbo-charged Canon PowerShot G12, albeit with a difference: the inclusion of a brand new 18.7x14mm CMOS sensor that's some 6.3 times larger than that found in the G12 model. Far from resting on the laurels of the small-medium sized compact sensors, Canon has created something close to the company's APS-C sensor size, as found in the majority of EOS DSLR cameras. With such a large sensor beating at the camera's heart the G1 X is aimed squarely at those seeking the very best image quality. But does it match up to that promise, and how does it perform overall? The large sensor, when compared to a DSLR's APS-C sensor, is of a similar size. The new sensor has a 4:3 aspect ratio, which makes it less wide than an APS-C equivalent - and that's where most of the size difference comes from. The G1 X has the same pixel size and structure as the EOS 600D DSLR, and paired up with the latest DIGIC 5 processing system gives it the potential for better-than-DSLR quality. From a compact. Now that's not something you'll hear of every day.
Canon's new PowerShot G1 X is highly reminiscent of the popular G12, but will not replace this model in the company's lineup. The G1 X represents the start of an entirely new branch of Canon cameras. The star of this show is gigantic new 1.5-inch CMOS sensor, larger than the Four-Thirds standard and much larger than the G12's 1/1.7-inch CCD. These specifications come at a steep price though. The G12 will retail for $799.99, and is clearly intended as a compact companion camera for intermediate and advanced photographers. In the following sample images, clicking on the larger image will download the full resolution original. Each photo is accompanied by four actual-size crops.If you’ve seen the PowerShot G12, you’ve seen the PowerShot G1 X. What changes that exist are subtle, enough to miss even when the two models are lined up side by side. In general the design has been updated to a more angular appearance for 2012, with similar or identical hardware features, including the G12’s optical viewfinder and LCD.
What you think about the Canon PowerShot G1 X depends upon whether you view it as a cheap alternative to the Fujifilm X100 or an expensive competitor to a lot of other fixed and interchangeable-lens models. That's because the price of the camera sets it apart from the crowd as much as the large-ish sensor does. But despite delivering on image quality and having a pretty nice shooting design, the lens, and to a lesser extent the shooting performance, hold it back from being worth the price. The camera gets high marks for photo quality, though it's not significantly better than lower-priced ILCs like the Olympus E-PL3 or the Sony Alpha NEX-5N. One advantage Canon retains over its rivals is the excellent JPEG processing and noise reduction, which allows it to produce extremely clean photos as high as ISO 400 and seriously usable ones up through ISO 3200. Color and exposure look great as well. The lens has good center sharpness, but not the greatest edge sharpness. Movies look fine for casual shooting: decent sharpness and exposure with minimal rolling shutter, but quite a bit of aliasing (jaggies) and a relatively narrow tonal range. The lens does zoom and focus quietly while shooting, though. For the most part, it's comparable with fixed-lens competitors.
The new Canon PowerShot G1 X - commonly shortened to Canon G1 X, or even Canon G1X - occupies the top spot in Canon's prestigious G-series compact camera range, offering a truly impressive array of high-end features. Launched at CES earlier this year, the new digital camera is aimed at advanced photographers in search of a high-quality, take-anywhere primary camera and/or backup for their DSLR. To that end, the Canon G1 X is packed with advanced technologies designed to deliver the very best performance.It may not be the compact system camera (CSC) that everyone was expecting to see from Canon, nor is it a direct replacement for the highly popular Canon PowerShot G12 - rather, it's something in between. As such, it's difficult to slot the Canon G1 X into any one particular category and so - as Canon is keen to point out - it's just as tricky to determine natural rivals for this new camera. The Canon PowerShot G1 X's specifications make for very impressive reading. It boasts a 14.3MP CMOS sensor that's almost the same size as an EOS DSLR's, sporting a pixel structure and size that's equivalent to that on the entry-level Canon EOS 600D's CMOS device.
Camera manufacturers all seem to believe that there’s a middle ground between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR, and they’ve all tried to find it — Nikon with the 1 series, Sony with the NEX models, Olympus with the PEN line, Samsung with its NX cameras, and the like. The sell goes something like this: it’s a smaller camera, easier to use and less expensive, but still offering the same level of control (or nearly so) and the same level of image quality (or nearly so) as your DSLR. Canon’s entrant into the field is the $799.99 PowerShot G1 X, and Canon did things a little differently than its competitors: there are no interchangeable lenses to be found, and the G1 X is considerably more expensive than most of its competition. This camera is also explicitly intended to be a companion to a DSLR, not to replace one — it’s made for a 5D or D3s owner who doesn’t want to lug around a huge camera all the time, but still wants great pictures. Its specs have broader appeal, though: its 1.5-inch, 14.3-megapixel sensor is positively enormous for a camera in this range, and it offers ISO range up to 12,800, an f/2.8 lens with 4x optical zoom from 28-112mm, and 1080p video recording. Has Canon figured out how to cram DSLR-like quality into a smaller body?
The PowerShot G1 X ($799.99 list) is not the camera we thought Canon would unveil last month. What was expected was a small mirrorless camera with a large sensor and interchangeable lenses to compete with models like the Olympus E-PL3 ($699.99, 3.5 stars), Sony Alpha NEX-5N ($699.95, 4.5 stars), and Nikon J1 ($649.95, 3.5 stars), just to name a few. Defying expectations, Canon released a zooming point-and-shoot camera that is, at its most basic, a PowerShot G12 ($499.99, 2.5 stars) with a 14-megapixel image sensor that is sized just in between a Micro Four Thirds camera and an APS-C D-SLR. Other cameramakers have made large sensor digital compacts with noninterchangeable lenses, noted examples being the Leica X1 ($1,995, 3 stars), the Fuji X100 ($1,199), and the Sigma DPx1 ($800)—but none of those cameras has a zoom lens. Another Canon camera, the PowerShot S100 ($429.99, 4.5 stars) is our Editors' Choice for high-end compacts, although it is a very different beast. Design and Features The G1 X's big advantage over a comparable interchangeable lens camera is the size of its lens. I could slide the camera into the cargo pocket of my pants or an inside jacket pocket with ease, whereas I wouldn't be able to do the same with our Editors' Choice Sony Alpha NEX-C3 ($649.95, 4.5 stars) with its 18-55mm (27-82.5mm equivalent) lens mounted.
The latest addition to Canon's G-series of compacts is the G1 X, a top-of-the-range model with a brand new 14-Megapixel large-format sensor (18.7 x 14 mm). Will that be enough to ward off competition from other firms' increasingly popular interchangeable lens compacts? The PowerShot G1 X is a bulky and heavy camera. Clocking up no less than 530 g on the scales, you'll certainly know you've been using this snapper all day. The general design is in line with other G-series models, with a classic look that's sober and serious. G-series cameras have a certain style and a certain status, and the latest model is certainly no exception. Build quality is good in the G1 X. The camera feels sturdy and reassuring to handle (its bulk and weight help on that front) and the various controls work well with no wobbles or other signs of poor assembly when you press or move them. Given the camera's weight, though, we didn't find the little grip handle deep enough to keep firm hold of the body. The swivel LCD is as handy as ever for lining up shots at unusual angles, such as at ground level (which can be useful for macro shots) or over the top of a crowd of people. Although screen definition is an excellent 920,000 dots, colours aren't reproduced particularly accurately and images often look overexposed.
The Canon PowerShot G1 X is a compact camera with a large sensor, 4x zoom, optical viewfinder and articulated screen packed into a metal body. Announced in January 2012, the G1 X joins the PowerShot G series, but rather than replacing the existing G12, it's positioned as a new premium model - because while the body is immediately identifiable as a member of the G-series, the sensor inside is closer to what you'd find in a DSLR or ILC. Yes, this is Canon's long-awaited first compact with a big sensor. Inside the G1 X is a new 14.3 Megapixel 1.5 inch CMOS sensor, which is considerably larger than the 1/1.7in sensor in its predecessors and other enthusiast-class compacts with fixed lenses. Indeed the G1 X's 1.5in sensor is fractionally larger than the Micro Four Thirds format and only slightly smaller than the APS-C format employed by the Sony NEX system and most DSLRs. While the G1 X features a large sensor, the thing which really makes it different from DSLRs and Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILCs) is its fixed lens. Rather than develop or adapt an interchangeable lens mount for its first large sensor compact, Canon has instead opted to fit a fixed lens, just like previous G-series models.
Canon recently unveiled their PowerShot G1 X, the new flagship of the PowerShot lineup. This camera will not be a replacement for the G12, the G1 X will kick of an entirely new branch of PowerShots, but the inspiration is obvious at first glance. The G1 X looks and feels like an update to the G12, in both performance and style. But the biggest difference here is the new 1.5-inch sensor, an absolute giant for this class of camera. Those who already love the G12 will find almost all of their favorite features and design elements retained, along with a decent amount of additions and improvements. Whether or not those improvements justify the extra $300 still remains to be seen. Design changes to the G1 X from the G12 are all very subtle, and still less than obvious even when holding the cameras side by side. By far the most drastic change has been made to the flash bulb, which now pops up from the left side of the top panel via a mechanical spring release. Other than that, the G1 X displays a general lean toward angularity and hard corners, whereas the G12 had more curves and smooth edges. Rear panel landmarks like the thumbrest, EVF housing, and even the buttons themselves have been sharpened and made rectangular. Again this is a subtle cosmetic update, but the look is more modern and we dig it.
Preview based on a pre-production Canon PowerShot G1 X with firmware 1.0 Anyone watching the emergence of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras will have spent much of the last year patiently waiting for Canon and Nikon to show their hands. Nikon clearly decided such cameras didn't need large sensors, and now it appears Canon has concluded they don't need interchangeable lenses. Both these moves make sense for companies wanting dedicated photographers to keep buying DSLRs, but Canon's approach is likely to be of more interest to those enthusiasts. The Canon PowerShot G1 X may look like the company's existing G-series compacts, but is a very different prospect. It's a large sensor camera with a flexible 28-112mm-equivalent, 4x zoom lens and extensive manual controls. The company says it sees it as a camera for photographers who already have a high end DSLR such as a 5D Mark II or 7D, but at a price of $799, we think it'll appeal much more widely than that. After repeated waves of cameras aimed at point-and-shoot upgraders, it's heartening to see a camera really living up to the billing of a 'serious compact.' The sensor in the G1 X is 18.7 x 14mm, which means it's 20% smaller than the sensors Canon uses in most of its DSLRs.
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