Overall Rating:

5

Canon PowerShot G1 X


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Price as Reviewed:

£699.00

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?

White Balance & Colour

Canon compact cameras are widely respected for producing images with excellent colour definition, and the PowerShot G1 X is no exception. There is a full complement of default white-balance settings, as well as two custom modes.

AWB is the one setting most photographers will tend to leave the camera set to. I found it to be very reliable. Even when shooting in snowy conditions, the AWB setting left images with a good neutral white balance. The only images that show a slightly cold blue hue were those that I deliberately underexposed to preserve some highlight detail.

The usual range of Canon colour preset settings are on offer in the G1 X, but sadly a problem I have found with other PowerShot models remains. Although the black & white setting is generally good, there is no option for adjusting it to add more contrast or any colour filtered effects. There is a custom colour setting, but reducing the saturation does not turn the image to monochrome.

Rather, it just offers a slightly desaturated colour image. I realise this is a minor gripe, but it is one that I hope Canon will rectify, especially as the monochrome modes in its EOS cameras are excellent, with many different contrast options.

  • 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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