Canon’s larger PowerShot G-Series models have been notable advanced point-and-shoot camera options for many years now. With full manual control, RAW file capability plus a nice mix of zoom, one-handed use and HD video, they are extremely versatile cameras for most users.
The PowerShot G1 X, now available at Future Shop for $699.99, takes this to an even higher level with a larger sensor, a more rugged build and a 28-112mm zoom plus all the features that were covered in Graham's first-look.
The most notable feature of the G1 X is the new 1.5-inch High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor which Canon says approaches an Rebel DSLR's APS-C sized sensor, with a light-sensitive area that's approximately 6.3 times larger than that of the PowerShot G12 digital camera and around 20 per cent smaller than a DSLR sensor.
When I first saw the PowerShot G1 X at CES 2012, I could tell that it was a special model. The metal build and rugged finish of the G1 X makes it feel sturdier than past models in the line and makes it feel more professional.
I particularly like how it feels in the hand and how the rubber grip wraps nicely around one’s fingers while offering quick access to controls. This certainly feels like a tool and not a consumer grade product.
This is the singular multipurpose camera for photographers who want optimal versatility and the desire to switch from pure snapshots to manual control and then to HD quality 1080p video while still maintaining that point-and-shoot ease of use if and when it is needed.
Regarding the video, the G1 X is capable of 1080p output, but only shoots 24fps and offers no manual controls so is a bit limited for more advanced (i.e. cinematic) video recording but should be fine if you just want to grab something to put up on YouTube.
The fully articulated LCD is also a useful feature that enables precise framing of photos and videos in various angles. The intuitive placement and effortless access to the settings knob and various buttons also adds to the G1 X’s dynamic.
14.3 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor creates Canon's HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance up to ISO 12800. This makes the G1 X an ideal option for users who want a relatively compact, yet powerful point-and-shoot camera that can yield high-quality photos or prints that will suit the needs for everyone from casual shooters, prosumers to professionals looking for a versatile back up.
The optical viewfinder leaves much to be desired. It shows only 80 per cent of the lens coverage and doesn't’t offer any additional information such as focus or white balance.
I tested the G1 X around the city as well as at the Cheltenham Badlands in Caledon. The range of zoom, fast performance and durable feel makes it a great travel camera but it is definitely larger and heavier than most compact cameras.
It is certainly an option for advanced users who arena’t keen on a DSLR or even smaller interchangeable lens camera systems provided the 4X zoom of the G1 X satisfies the needs of their particular type of photography. The partial spec sheet of the G1 X is as follows.
- 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
The Cheltenham Badlands, ON were shot in landscape mode (above) and detail of the surface (below) and made use of the PowerShot G1 Ax's versatile zoom range.
One area that was less than stellar was macro photography. I attempted to take various photos of a flower arrangement, usually an easy enough subject to capture but the G1 X had a tough time focusing even with the Macro setting enabled.
For most other types of shots, the Canon G 1X performed very well and was easy to get used to. Users who want an advanced shooter that is robust in build and features now have another option even if the Canon G 1X’s price approaches the DSLR range. Canon has created the most advanced and versatile PowerShot yet.
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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