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Thread: Canon PowerShot G1X first look
01-13-2012, 12:50 PM #1
Canon PowerShot G1X first look
- 14MP 1.5in CMOS sensor
- 28-112mm F2.8-5.8 lens
- 3in 920k dot fully-articulated LCD screen
- 1080p video recording at 24fps
- 14-bit RAW shooting
Canon PowerShot GX1
The space between high-end DSLRs and budget compacts is becoming rather crowded and Canon has just thrown its flagship advanced compact, the PowerShot G1X into the mix.
The G1X follows on from the PowerShot G12 which was launched this time last year. It was well received and Canon will be hoping to build on its success with the latest model. However Canon told us that the G1X would not be replacing the G12, but would be sitting alongside it as the flagship model in the G series.
The G12 was just about pocketable and therefore just about fit into the compact category. Canon has boosted the sensor size of the G1X hugely and as a result it is significantly bigger (117 x 81 x 65 mm) than the G12, as you can see from our comparison shot.
This means that the G1X is not going to fit in many people's pockets and it is also rather weighty at 534g compared to 401g for the G12.
However, if you can live with the extra size then you will be getting one hell of a camera. The G1X has superb build quality with premium materials used throughout and the added weight just gives you the feeling that you are using a proper camera.
The new 14.3-megapixel High-Sensitivity Canon CMOS sensor in the G1X measures 18.7 x 14mm and is slightly larger than the one used in Panasonic's and Olympus' Micro Four Thirds cameras and boasts about four times the area of the sensor seen on Fujifilm's X10 model.
This should ensure better image quality especially helping with shallower depth of field and a wide dynamic range. The ISO range has been boosted to 100-12,800 from 80-3,200 in the G12.
The G1X also uses a new built-in lens, rather than using a lens mount, which has helped Canon to keep the size of the camera down but alsos offer the useful 28-112mm equivalent range. This should be more than flexible enough for most people's uses though the aperture range of f2.8 - f5.8 is not going to be enough for those looking to shoot in lo-light conditions.
The G1X offers a lot of the same manual controls and dials which were offered on the G12 which was one of the big selling points for those looking for DSLR-type control in a compact. The layout has been tweaked rather than completely redesigned and all the buttons and dials have a nice action and for the most part are in the right position.
Dominating the back of the camera is the 3in 920k dot fully-articulated LCD screen, which is extremely bright and sharp. There is also an optical viewfinder, twin control dials and a dedicated movie record button.
The grip on the right-hand side of the camera has been made bigger and is textured to prevent slipping and feels really nice in the hand, adding to the overall premium feel of the G1X. A small, similarly-textured patch on the rear is perfectly placed for your thumb.
Adding to the DSLR-lite feel of the G1X is the ability to capture 14-bit RAW images as well as the hotshoe which is compatible with the EOS range of accessories such as Speedlite, Macro Twin Lite or the Macro Ring Light flashes. The GX1 will be able to capture 1080p video at 24fps or up to 30fps at 720p. it has a continuous shooting mode of 4.5fps (up to six frames).
According to the company itself, the Canon PowerShot G1X is a camera for enthusiast DLSR owners looking for something more compact but with the large sensor, useful 18-112mm lens and extensive manual controls, this camera is sure to have a much wider appeal.
Canon is the odd one out in terms of major manufacturers having interchangeable lens camera systems but it seems to be content with providing a DSLR-lite experience in a compact, which was so successful with the G12.
Canon will be launching the PowerShot G1X in the US next month with the camera set to cost around $799. Canon could not confirm a UK release date or pricing for the moment, so we'll have to wait and see, but for now let us know what you think of the G1X in the comments below.
03-01-2012, 03:28 PM #2
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Thanks for the info...
03-02-2012, 10:54 AM #3