Canon has been making G-series cameras for a very long time, usually for very satisfied customers who wanted a camera that was better than the average point and shoot but not as pricey or complex as a DSLR. In fact, when the first Canon PowerShot G1 came out, the Digital Rebel was but a twinkle in their corporate eye, still three years on the horizon.
Since then the market has shifted dramatically. With DSLR prices plunging into the realm of everyday-affordable, and with the introduction of mirrorless hybrid cameras, the G-series has existed in a sort of limbo that led to questions about its future. Canon clearly had to do something to make this “third option” relevant again.
That’s where the G1 X comes in. While it looks a lot like previous G-series offerings, it’s a whole different beast inside. There’s a large (for a compact) 1.5” high-sensitivity 14.3 megapixel CMOS sensor for capturing even more light, a sturdy and utilitarian 28-112mm lens with a 4x optical zoom, and some pretty detailed manual controls.
The G1 X is Canon’s option for serious photographers looking for advanced features in a compact digital camera. It’s got a chic modern look, a grippy body, and a built-in lens, so it’s ready to go right out of the box. The sensor is the real story here, at 1.5” in size. It’s smaller than Canon’s APS-C sensors, but slightly bigger than Four Thirds sensors used in cameras by their competitors. The pixel density is also lower than sensors used in many similar cameras, which is a good thing; it means that G1 X owners can look forward to good high ISO and low light performance.
It’s a well-put-together package with a handy, high-resolution flip-out screen, making shooting as flexible as you want it to be. The controls include dual top-mounted setting dials, dials on the front and the back, and a generous helping of buttons. If you’re used to the control of a DSLR but you usually shoot with your kit lens, the G1 X definitely has you covered.
The G1 X is available at Future Shop now.
The Canon PowerShot G1X ushers in a new era of flexible shooting thanks to a 14MP large size 1.5-inch CMOS sensor and flexible 28-122mm F2.8-5.8 lens. An optical viewfinder helps you capture the essence of the moment, while extensive manual controls let you go the extra mile to ensure every shot is a winner. The G1X delivers high performance in a point-and-shoot format.
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