Canon PowerShot G1 X review

February 25, 2012

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Canon PowerShot G1 X



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Built like a Canon PowerShot G12 on steroids, the new PowerShot G1 X has a large 14.3-million-pixel sensor and a 28-112mm equivalent lens. Could it be the compact camera that finally replaces your DSLR?


Canon PowerShot G1 X at a glance:

  • Near APS-C-sized, 14.3-million-pixel CMOS sensor
  • 28-112mm f/2.8-5.8 zoom lens
  • New Intelligent image stabilisation
  • Optical viewfinder
  • 3in, 920,000-dot LCD screen
  • ISO 100-12,800
  • Street price around £690

Canon PowerShot G1 X review – Introduction

While a compact system camera (CSC) strikes the perfect balance between quality and portability for many photographers, models such as Fujifilm’s FinePix X100 have shown there is another option. Why not forego the interchangeable optics and use a compact camera that has a large sensor and a fixed lens? This is exactly the attitude Canon has adopted with the launch of its new PowerShot G1 X.

The PowerShot G1 X is nearly identical in appearance to the existing PowerShot G12. The new camera also feels very familiar, although it is slightly chunkier than the G12. The reason for this increase in bulk is the G1 X’s defining feature – a large 14.3-million-pixel sensor.

This sensor is 6x larger than that used in the G12, making it much closer in size to a DSLR unit. With a sensor this big, it is clear that the G1 X is aimed squarely at those looking for a camera with the quality and size of a CSC, but without the perceived hassle and expensive of additional lenses.

The G1 X’s fixed lens is equivalent to a 28-112mm f/2.8-5.8 zoom, so it should satisfy the needs of most photographers, particularly when used for travel and street photography. All the features you would expect from a Canon PowerShot G-series camera are present, from raw shooting to a flash hotshoe and EV adjustment dial.

Based on its specification, the G1 X is an intriguing prospect, and a potential rival not only to the likes of the Fujifilm FinePix X100, but also to many CSCs, some of which have smaller sensors and lower resolutions.

  • Video: Yes, up to 1920x1080-pixel HD at 24fps
  • AF Assistance: Yes
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, plus 2 custom
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • LCD: 3in, Vari-Angle LCD with approx 920,000 dots
  • Output Size: 4352x3264 pixels
  • Hotshoe: Yes
  • Max Flash Sync: Up to 1/2000sec internal, 1/250sec external
  • Sensor: 18.7x14mm, 14.3-million-pixel CMOS
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 2 custom modes and 15 scene presets
  • Weight: 534g (including battery and memory card)
  • Lens: Canon 4x zoom lens, 28-112mm (equivalent) f/2.8-5.8
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery NB-10L
  • File Format: JPEG, raw or raw + JPEG
  • AF array: 9 points, selected manually or automatically
  • Drive Mode: Single and continuous. Approx 1.9fps maximum, 0.7fps with AF, 4.5fps for 6 shots in high-speed burst mode
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec in shutter priority and manual mode
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Dimensions: 116.7x80.5x64.7mm
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Metering System: Evaluative, centreweighted average and spot (can be linked to active AF point or face detection)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB
  • Compression: Fine, Normal
  • RRP: £699
  • Exposure Comp: ±2EV in 1/3EV steps
  • ISO: ISO 100-12,800
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single AF, continuous AF, face detection

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