Canon PowerShot G1X Announced

Canon PowerShot G1X Announced

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Another new camera announced today comes from Canon – the Powershot G1X. This camera too comes with a larger CMOS sensor – however unlike many other cameras with larger sensors is an all in one camera with no interchangeable lenses.

Canon are billing it as an alliterative to a DSLR (or a 2nd camera for those with a DSLR who want something smaller) in that it has a higher quality image but in a portable body but I have to wonder whether the recent array of smaller interchangeable lenses are going to make people overlook this option – it’s definitely a statement that they’re not looking to head down that route with their larger sensor compact cameras.

The beauty of not having to include lens mounts means that they’re able to keep the size down, quality up and still have a pretty good focal range.

The Canon Powershot G1X comes with a 4x zoom (a 28-112mm equivalent) lens (f2.8-f.8) and a 14 megapixel sensor. It has a wide array of manual controls, optical viewfinder, ISO of 100-12800, 3 inch swivelling LCD and 4.5 frames per second shooting (and up to 6 frames).

The G1X has a retail price of $799.

Canon PowerShot G1X News Release

Canon today introduces the PowerShot G1 X – a revolutionary new compact camera with a large CMOS sensor, designed to produce DSLR levels of image quality and control in a highly portable metal body. Created for professional and serious photographers, the PowerShot G1 X creates a prestigious new category at the top of Canon’s legendary G-series line-up, and redefines the performance achievable from a compact camera.

A high-quality camera in its own right or the perfect complement to a professional DSLR, the PowerShot G1 X combines EOS sensor technology with DIGIC 5 processing power, a new precision Canon lens and extensive manual control – creating the finest compact camera Canon has ever produced. Designed to be highly portable, the PowerShot G1 X features a zoom lens which retracts into a discreet, robust metal body, providing photographers with an unimposing camera that delivers high quality images and superior handling.

Professional levels of image quality

Incorporating Canon-developed technologies and expertise trusted by professionals worldwide, the PowerShot G1 X offers a level of image quality previously only possible with a Canon DSLR.

It’s Canon’s first compact camera to feature a large, 4:3 aspect, 14.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor measuring 18.7mm x 14mm – similar in height to the APS-C sensors used within EOS DSLR models. Featuring the same pixel size and structure as the EOS 600D, and a surface area approximately 6.3 times larger than the sensor in the acclaimed PowerShot G12, it provides DSLR image quality in a body small enough to carry anywhere.

The increased sensor size allows photographers to have greater control over the depth of field, with increased potential to creatively and artistically isolate a subject from its background. Improved dynamic range enables users to accurately capture shadows and highlights within the same frame, while the 14.3 Megapixel resolution allows for the output of large-sized prints, or permits images to be cropped for more powerful compositions.

The PowerShot G1 X also features a range of benefits that result from the advanced CMOS sensor technology developed within Canon’s EOS range. On-chip noise reduction ensures images are clear, even at high ISO speeds, while a 4-channel read-out provides high speed image capture – ensuring fast, responsive performance in all conditions.

Combining the large sensor with the DIGIC 5 image processor, the HS System in the PowerShot G1 X sets new standards for low-light performance, with a maximum full resolution ISO range of 100 to 12800 – a level never before seen in a Canon compact. Photographers can shoot using the ambient light in even the darkest of conditions, capturing natural shots with incredible detail and low noise – providing a powerful basis for low-light photography.

Precision lens technology

Developed using the same design, manufacturing and quality processes as the world renowned EF lens range, the lens in the PowerShot G1 X is built to achieve professional levels of image quality. Utilising Ultra high refractive index Aspherical (UA) elements and precision glass moulding technology, the lens achieves both a compact size and pin-sharp clarity for the most discerning of photographers. The lens retracts compactly into the camera body while offering a flexible 4x optical zoom range of 28mm – 112mm, giving photographers the option to use the zoom creatively and change the framing and perspective of their shot. A 6 blade aperture also combines with the largesized sensor to produce beautiful background blur.

To help ensure optimum image and Full HD movie clarity, the lens features a 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS), allowing photographers to shoot in darker conditions and use shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would be possible without IS. The optical Image Stabilizer is supported by Intelligent IS which analyses the focal length, focal distance and type of camera movement and applies the most appropriate Image Stabilizer mode1. For example, when a panning motion is detected, Panning IS is activated and stabilises in only one direction for more artistic capture of movement across the frame. Hybrid IS technology is also included to capture macro subjects without the blur associated with shift camera shake.

The lens also includes an in-built 3-stop Neutral Density (ND) Filter, permitting the use of wider apertures in bright light to achieve a shallower depth of field, or to use slower shutter speeds to intentionally blur motion.

Extensive control

Following on from the control historically offered by the PowerShot G-series, the PowerShot G1 X offers Full Manual Control with shooting mode and exposure compensation dials for quick and intuitive access to a range of settings. For maximum control over the final image, the PowerShot G1 X fits seamlessly into the EOS photographer’s workflow, supporting 14-bit RAW capture for smooth gradations and natural colours which can be fine-tuned using the supplied Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software.

Giving photographers the option to capture split-second action, the PowerShot G1 X features High-speed Burst HQ, capturing bursts of six full-resolution shots at 4.5fps to freeze fast-moving action. Alternatively, users can shoot continuously at 1.9fps right up to card capacity in JPEG format – ensuring longer sequences of action are captured.

High quality, Full HD movies

The PowerShot G1 X supports Full HD (1080p) movie capture instantly at 24fps, via a dedicated movie button. Taking advantage of the camera’s large CMOS sensor, users can experience high quality movies, even in low light conditions, with the shallow depth of field associated with a larger sensor. Additionally, the 4x optical zoom can be used whilst filming, offering versatility, while stereo sound is also captured.

Professional handling

With its robust, stainless steel chassis and compact design, the PowerShot G1 X offers professional-quality handling. A large vari-angle, 7.5cm (3.0″) PureColor II VA LCD screen allows photographers to shoot from virtually any angle or position, to get the composition they desire. The bright, high-resolution, 920k dot LCD provides a sharp, detailed platform for image framing and review, while an optical viewfinder (OVF) with dioptre adjuster gives photographers the option to shoot according to their individual style. A newly-integrated manual pop-up flash provides the option to add additional light to a scene, and, using the hotshoe, external Canon Speedlite flashes can also be used.

Advanced shooting modes

A range of advanced shooting modes are provided to assist photographers in capturing challenging scenes and situations. When shooting in very dark conditions without a tripod for example, Handheld Night Scene captures a high-speed sequence of shots, combining the data to produce one well-exposed image with minimal blur.
Additionally, High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode captures scenes with a particularly high range of bright and dark tones, taking multiple exposures and combining them to deliver rich detail in shadows and highlights.

Expanded potential through accessories

Ideal for EOS DSLR users, the PowerShot G1 X is compatible with a range of EOS System accessories, allowing photographers to instantly expand the potential of the camera. Canon’s EX Speedlite flash units can be used for creative lighting, while the WP-DC44 waterproof case provides protection to a depth of 40m – ideal for shooting in the heavy rain or taking shots underwater – with full access to all controls.

An optional lens Filter Adapter, FA-DC58C, also enables photographers to use a range of filters, such as a circular polariser to enhance blue skies or remove reflections. For more even lighting when shooting macro subjects, a Macro Ring Lite adapter (MLA-DC1) allows Canon’s Macro Ring Lite or Twin Lite flash units from the EOS System to be used.
Offering truly advanced levels of professional control alongside unprecedented image quality, the PowerShot G1 X is the ideal camera for professional and serious photographers who demand DSLR flexibility and quality from a compact camera.

PowerShot G1 X – key features:

  • Large 14.3 MP CMOS, DIGIC 5, HS System
  • Compact 4x zoom; Intelligent IS
  • 7.5 cm (3.0″) vari-angle LCD; OVF
  • Full Manual, RAW, DPP
  • Full HD, HDMI
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Smart Auto
  • Extensive accessories
  • HDR mode and ND filter
  • Optional 40m waterproof case

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • Ina July 28, 2012 03:29 am

    I bought the Canon G1X about a week ago and I am blown away with the quality of the photos. It takes a bit of getting used to, there are so many options on this camera. We went to Casa Loma and there were a lot of pictures in low light and they came out beautiful, I am super impressed with this camera. I traded in the Sony Nex 5 and a Canon Rebel T2i to get this, and I do not regret this.

  • Raphaël February 1, 2012 04:26 am

    Here is an interesting review of the sensor of the Canon G1 X : http://www.photographydailynews.com/2012/01/canon-powershot-g1-x-review-at-dxomark/

  • thanat January 18, 2012 04:27 am

    I like Canon PowerShot G1X. it 's great

  • Terje January 13, 2012 08:53 pm

    @brad - you are not going to get a larger zoom range than this on an APS-C sensor in a body like that. The bigger the sensor the bigger the glass will have to be. It's amazing that Canon was able to get this much of a zoom in this form factor. If you need a bigger zoom you are going to have to go to the bigger form-factor camera/lens combinations.

    Big zooms on small bodies with small lenses can only be accomplished with tiny sensors (and the problems they have).

  • Daniel DiBernardo January 13, 2012 05:51 am

    The price is supposed to be $799 US.

  • Ray Jones, (Australia.) January 11, 2012 11:52 pm

    I heed George Fragos' remarks above re the G1x.

    I will stick with my superb Canon G12.

    Maybe Canon will yet go to interchangeable lens.... perhaps???

    Ray Jones. (Australia.)
    rayj34@gmail.com

  • John SBP January 11, 2012 07:56 am

    It looks like it will be a great compact camera, using "compact" somewhat loosely. What I am wondering about though, is the price, will it be reasonable priced to make it interesting? Personally, I think that it will be just silly if it comes in above entry level DSLRs. I fear that will happen though.

  • Brad January 11, 2012 04:36 am

    Looks very nice, but I was also hoping for a greater optical zoom similar to Nikon's P7000 which has a 7x (28-200mm) lens.

  • maria January 11, 2012 03:43 am

    love to get that digital new canon, love photography. maybe by the time i save some enough money, it will come down in a price, is beautifull.

  • George Fragos January 10, 2012 03:23 pm

    Having just bought a G12 I had to ask should I have waited for the G1X. More megapixels and the larger sensor combined with a larger higher resolution LCD are temping. Their commonality of compact size, zooming viewfinder, remote release and flash shoe make both of them the best modern replacements for my much loved Leica M2. There are other factors that in my estimation would still steer me to the G12. The lens for one. First the G1X telephoto end is only 112mm vs 140mm 35mm equivalent on the G12 and perhaps more meaningful to me is the smaller fstop at telephoto -- 5.8 vs 4.5. No doubt these are both compromises relating the larger actual focal length required for the larger sensor and maintaining compact size. And there is the rather large price differential, approaching double. For my particular needs the G12 suits me better and saved me some money so I won't bemoan my purchase.

  • Barry January 10, 2012 01:34 pm

    Interesting, but definitely not the kind of news that is going to keep me buying canon gear. I have a reasonable amount of money invested in canon lenses and would love to be able to use them with both a DSLR like whatever the new version of the 5D will be and a EVIL like camera. So far Sony is the only one who is heading in the direction I like with the nex and alpha cameras being able to use a wide assortment of lenses...just need faster, better glass from Sony and I might switch.

    Right now I have the panasonic GF1 but this means getting a whole new set of lenses to be able to do what I want with both cameras.

    Oh well, as usual back to the waiting game. Just need to be patient.

  • Kartik January 10, 2012 12:24 pm

    This looks like a very nice offering. Probably on the lines of the NEX5. The fact that it shoots RAW makes it very useful.

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