CES 2012: Hands on with Canon PowerShot G1 X and Nikon D4
Barney Britton | Show Reports | Published Jan 10, 2012
Dpreview is covering this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in las Vegas Nevada, and the first event in our busy calendar was the Pepcom Digital Experience exhibition on Monday evening, where many of this year's exhibitors gather to give the delegates a taste of their latest and greatest products. We were there, and we took the opportunity to grab some hands-on time with two of this year's biggest CES releases - Canon's Powershot G1 X and Nikon's professional-level D4.
Canon PowerShot G1 X
The PowerShot G1 X handles much like the PowerShot G12. However, its fixed 28-112mm (equivalent) zoom and fully-articulated rear LCD are coupled with a sensor only slightly smaller than that used in Canon's APS-C format EOS DSLRs.
We weren't actually able to use the G1 X in our limited time with this preproduction unit, but our first impressions are of a solid, well put-together camera which handles very nicely indeed. Although slightly larger and more angular than the G12, the G1 X doesn't feel much bigger in use, and we can't wait to get our hands on a production model for a full review.
The 16MP Nikon D4 is the latest in a long line of professional SLRs going back to 1959. The fifth full-frame digital SLR from Nikon, the D4 follows in the footsteps of the 12MP D3S, and although the improvements to its still image shooting capabilities are relatively modest, the D4 boasts a completely overhauled movie mode and a host of ergonomic improvements.
The D4 is aimed at working professionals who make a living from their cameras and as such, it's a lot more camera than most enthusiasts will ever need. The improvements that Nikon has made to the user interface compared to the D3S mainly take the form of tweaks, rather than fundamental changes but when you live with a camera every hour of the day, small things can make a big difference. We're keen to get our hands on a production D4 for a full review as soon as possible.