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Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact

By dpreview staff on Jan 10, 2012 at 00:01 GMT
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Just Posted: Our hands-on preview of the Canon G1 X large sensor zoom compact. Canon is swimming against the tide somewhat with the G1 X - a camera that embraces the large-sensors used by most mirrorless cameras, but foregoing the interchangeable lenses to create a relatively compact all-rounder. The camera combines a 28-112mm equivalent, F2.8-5.8 stabilized zoom with a 14MP sensor just a fraction smaller than those in Canon's DSLRs. Could this be the photographers' compact that we always wanted the G series to be? Read our preview to find out.

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Press Release:

Canon unveils The Master Compact – the revolutionary PowerShot G1 X

London, UK, 9th January 2012 – Canon today introduces the PowerShot G1 X – a revolutionary new compact camera with a large CMOS sensor, designed to produce DSLR levels of image quality and control in a highly portable metal body. Created for professional and serious photographers, the PowerShot G1 X creates a prestigious new category at the top of Canon's legendary G-series line-up, and redefines the
performance achievable from a compact camera.

A high-quality camera in its own right or the perfect complement to a professional DSLR, the PowerShot G1 X combines EOS sensor technology with DIGIC 5 processing power, a new precision Canon lens and extensive manual control – creating the finest compact camera Canon has ever produced. Designed to be highly portable, the PowerShot G1 X features a zoom lens which retracts into a discreet, robust metal body, providing photographers with an unimposing camera that delivers high quality images and superior handling.

Professional levels of image quality

Incorporating Canon-developed technologies and expertise trusted by professionals worldwide, the PowerShot G1 X offers a level of image quality previously only possible with a Canon DSLR. It's Canon's first compact camera to feature a large, 4:3 aspect, 14.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor measuring 18.7mm x 14mm – similar in height to the APS-C sensors used within EOS DSLR models. Featuring the same pixel size and structure as the EOS 600D, and a surface area approximately 6.3 times larger than the sensor in the acclaimed PowerShot G12, it provides DSLR image quality in a body small enough to carry anywhere.

The increased sensor size allows photographers to have greater control over the depth of field, with increased potential to creatively and artistically isolate a subject from its background. Improved dynamic range enables users to accurately capture shadows and highlights within the same frame, while the 14.3 Megapixel resolution allows for the output of large-sized prints, or permits images to be cropped for more powerful compositions.

The PowerShot G1 X also features a range of benefits that result from the advanced CMOS sensor technology developed within Canon's EOS range. On-chip noise reduction ensures images are clear, even at high ISO speeds, while a 4-channel read-out provides high speed image capture – ensuring fast, responsive performance in all conditions.

Combining the large sensor with the DIGIC 5 image processor, the HS System in the PowerShot G1 X sets new standards for low-light performance, with a maximum fullresolution ISO range of 100 to 12800 – a level never before seen in a Canon compact. Photographers can shoot using the ambient light in even the darkest of conditions, capturing natural shots with incredible detail and low noise – providing a powerful basis for low-light photography.

Precision lens technology

Developed using the same design, manufacturing and quality processes as the world renowned EF lens range, the lens in the PowerShot G1 X is built to achieve professional levels of image quality. Utilising Ultra high refractive index Aspherical (UA) elements and precision glass moulding technology, the lens achieves both a compact size and pin-sharp clarity for the most discerning of photographers. The lens retracts compactly into the camera body while offering a flexible 4x optical zoom range of 28mm – 112mm, giving photographers the option to use the zoom creatively and change the framing and perspective of their shot. A 6 blade aperture also combines with the largesized sensor to produce beautiful background blur.

To help ensure optimum image and Full HD movie clarity, the lens features a 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS), allowing photographers to shoot in darker conditions and use shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would be possible without IS. The optical Image Stabilizer is supported by Intelligent IS which analyses the focal length, focal distance and type of camera movement and applies the most appropriate Image Stabilizer mode1. For example, when a panning motion is detected, Panning IS is activated and stabilises in only one direction for more artistic capture of movement across the frame. Hybrid IS technology is also included to capture macro subjects without the blur associated with shift camera shake.

The lens also includes an in-built 3-stop Neutral Density (ND) Filter, permitting the use of wider apertures in bright light to achieve a shallower depth of field, or to use slower shutter speeds to intentionally blur motion.

Extensive control

Following on from the control historically offered by the PowerShot G-series, the PowerShot G1 X offers Full Manual Control with shooting mode and exposure compensation dials for quick and intuitive access to a range of settings. For maximum control over the final image, the PowerShot G1 X fits seamlessly into the EOS photographer's workflow, supporting 14-bit RAW capture for smooth gradations and natural colours which can be fine-tuned using the supplied Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software.

Giving photographers the option to capture split-second action, the PowerShot G1 X features High-speed Burst HQ, capturing bursts of six full-resolution shots at 4.5fps to freeze fast-moving action. Alternatively, users can shoot continuously at 1.9fps right up to card capacity in JPEG format – ensuring longer sequences of action are captured.

High quality, Full HD movies

The PowerShot G1 X supports Full HD (1080p) movie capture instantly at 24fps, via a dedicated movie button. Taking advantage of the camera's large CMOS sensor, users can experience high quality movies, even in low light conditions, with the shallow depth of field associated with a larger sensor. Additionally, the 4x optical zoom can be used whilst filming, offering versatility, while stereo sound is also captured.

Professional handling

With its robust, stainless steel chassis and compact design, the PowerShot G1 X offers professional-quality handling. A large vari-angle, 7.5cm (3.0") PureColor II VA LCD screen allows photographers to shoot from virtually any angle or position, to get the composition they desire. The bright, high-resolution, 920k dot LCD provides a sharp, detailed platform for image framing and review, while an optical viewfinder (OVF) with dioptre adjuster gives photographers the option to shoot according to their individual style. A newly-integrated manual pop-up flash provides the option to add additional light to a scene, and, using the hotshoe, external Canon Speedlite flashes can also be used.

Advanced shooting modes

A range of advanced shooting modes are provided to assist photographers in capturing challenging scenes and situations. When shooting in very dark conditions without a tripod for example, Handheld Night Scene captures a high-speed sequence of shots, combining the data to produce one well-exposed image with minimal blur.

Additionally, High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode captures scenes with a particularly high range of bright and dark tones, taking multiple exposures and combining them to deliver rich detail in shadows and highlights.

Expanded potential through accessories

Ideal for EOS DSLR users, the PowerShot G1 X is compatible with a range of EOS System accessories, allowing photographers to instantly expand the potential of the camera. Canon's EX Speedlite flash units can be used for creative lighting, while the WP-DC44 waterproof case provides protection to a depth of 40m – ideal for shooting in the heavy rain or taking shots underwater – with full access to all controls.

An optional lens Filter Adapter, FA-DC58C, also enables photographers to use a range of filters, such as a circular polariser to enhance blue skies or remove reflections. For more even lighting when shooting macro subjects, a Macro Ring Lite adapter (MLA-DC1) allows Canon's Macro Ring Lite or Twin Lite flash units from the EOS System to be used.

Offering truly advanced levels of professional control alongside unprecedented image quality, the PowerShot G1 X is the ideal camera for professional and serious photographers who demand DSLR flexibility and quality from a compact camera.

PowerShot G1 X – key features:

  • 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

Canon PowerShot G1 X Specfications

Price
MSRP$799, £699, €749
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Body materialMetal
Sensor
Max resolution4352 x 3264
Other resolutions4352 x 2248, 4352 x 2904, 3264 x 3264, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2048, 2608 x 3264, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1080, 1840 x 2304, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 960 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 480 x 480, 384 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels14 megapixels
Sensor size1.5″ (18.7 x 14 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 5
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG Exif 2.3
  • RAW
  • DPOF 1.1
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–112 mm
Optical zoom4×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F5.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range40 cm (15.75)
Macro focus range20 cm (7.87)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT PureColor II LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (tunnel)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Smart Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Scene
  • Creative Filter
  • Movie
Scene modes
  • Movie Digest
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Kids & Pets
  • Sports
  • Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer)
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Beach
  • Underwater
  • Foliage
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Stitch Assist
Built-in flashYes
Flash range7.00 m (via hot shoe EX series Speedlites, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Continuous with AF
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive2 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264
Videography notesMiniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)
Remote controlYes (Optional (RS60-E3))
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)250
Weight (inc. batteries)534 g (1.18 lb / 18.84 oz)
Dimensions117 x 81 x 65 mm (4.61 x 3.19 x 2.56)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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Khun_K
By Khun_K (Jan 10, 2012)

after all, you would ask, why this camera was not offered 2 years ago? Almost everytihng was there. Thanks competition.

6 upvotes
Zuzullo
By Zuzullo (Jan 10, 2012)

I need to read the manual of this baby!
Anyone knows where to get it?

1 upvote
OttawaTony
By OttawaTony (Jan 10, 2012)

$800 and still no paper manual?

1 upvote
Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Jan 10, 2012)

M Jasper : probably because many love the G12, and many more would love it with a faster lens.
I'm sure it will be successful and give great quality, but Canon, can we please have a version with a faster and wider lens...? (I promise I'll keep my Canon DSLRs).
(24mm-112 f/2-4 would be a killer, even if a bit bulkier)

5 upvotes
Andy Curtis Pics
By Andy Curtis Pics (Jan 10, 2012)

I agree but would also like to see it longer. Perhaps towards the 180mm end too.... it'd be big... but it would be more useful...

0 upvotes
boho
By boho (Jan 10, 2012)

I loved G12 on paper. I defiantly don't do it in my hand. why? because I can't hold it in my hand without a hand strap. secondly because of the focus and shutter lag.
I love G1X' design, but the grab which is very similar to the G12 and I'm afraid that focus and the shutter lag is still there in order to protect their DSLRs.

1 upvote
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 10, 2012)

What the .. how does this have twice the amount of comments when Fuji announced the X-Pro1 ? If you ask me, both are exactly what they needed to be and more.

This is kinda like the GX1 with 14-42 pancake, but with Canon G12 operation and a slightly more efficient lens because no mount is in the way. Well done Canon. Very nice precursor to the Mirrorless system.

2 upvotes
G Davidson
By G Davidson (Jan 10, 2012)

What a controversial camera! I suggest people wait and judge it by it's fruits- the results of using it. Having such a lens range could be more useful than just a kit lens that cuts out before the traditional 'portrait' length of 105mm, for the mostly-one-lens approach so many end up having. If the sensor and lens quality ends up being better than a typical M4/3 camera, what's not to like?

It's true that on paper there are a lot of disappointments- the 24fps video, the dark lens and it not starting at 24mm, the lack of evf, the weak battery. In fact, they may be enough to put me off relying on this as my take around camera. I'd also prefer to be able to change the lens with something this big, especially for a bright prime. Yet even if I'm not yet sure if it's right for me (or many others on this site), I'm still quite interested to see what it is capable of ... and expect a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with similar features to be not too far behind...

Comment edited 9 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Vlad S
By Vlad S (Jan 10, 2012)

You want EVF and wide lenses? Go micro 4/3 with lenses as wide as 14mm equiv. It is also the only system that has 24mm equivalent with f/2.0.

You want EVF and a ton of primes, and still wider than 28? Micro 4/3 or Samsung.

You want EVF, wider than 28, and the best image quality? Go NEX.

Canon really was responding to those who cried for an optical viewfinder. Canon and Fuji are claiming the street shooter market, with immediate connection between the photographer and the subjects. This is the only niche that has been missing, and the only way left to differentiate the functionality from the old players.

3 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

"You want EVF and wide lenses? Go micro 4/3 with lenses as wide as 14mm equiv. It is also the only system that has 24mm equivalent with f/2.0."

You can also get a 12mm SLR MAGIC M4/3 lens that is f/1.6. And you can also get 7.5 and 8.0mm primes. And a 7-14mm zoom for M4/3.

This optical viewfinder on the Canon-cam -- isn't it the old school barrel-type parallax view design? It's not TTL Through the Lens, is it?

0 upvotes
VHASHRUTSO
By VHASHRUTSO (Jan 18, 2012)

most of the comments here are just blowing smoke. it is what it is.no pro is going to buy the g1x to replace his fx or dlx. but he will buy it for his wife or for himself to take to the beach, dinner at frends house etc. as many others would. i may even buy one as its only about half the cost of any one my cheapest lenses.

0 upvotes
alessandro ghedina
By alessandro ghedina (Jan 10, 2012)

Just (almost) what I was waiting for...big good sensor, small body with all manual controls...Now finally we have a good "mirrorless" camera from canon.

Why Canon don't think about giving us also the option to swich the zoom with some prime lens?

Alessandro Italy

0 upvotes
antipolicleto
By antipolicleto (Jan 10, 2012)

yes, me too, I'd like to see a g-line camera with just a good f/1.8 35mm equivalent prime lens; but I think it's not in their market philosophy; this will move me definitively to fuji!

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

If that is indeed what you had needed, you could have gotten a M4/3 sensor camera a few years ago!

This G1 X is a fixed lens camera, you will never be able to use another lens on it except what it comes with. If you want to "switch lenses," you need to look into the so-called "interchangeable lens system" cameras -- there are plenty of those out there, too.

0 upvotes
Nimenion
By Nimenion (Jan 10, 2012)

Hi!
Very interesting - but I would have needed
about 24 - 110 mm (35 equivalent) and about
f:2,0 - better than 4,0 at tele-end...

So, a real wide-angle and more speed for the lense!
The xz-1 was almost my choice but I left it because of the 28mm wide.

So sad! Not mine this either....

2 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Jan 10, 2012)

"Very interesting - but I would have needed
about 24 - 110 mm (35 equivalent) and about
f:2,0 - better than 4,0 at tele-end..."

Ever thought of the resulting size / weight? (At least three times of the G1X.)

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

The Fujifilm X-S1 sounds better and better.

Slightly smaller sensor size, true.

But it also has a built-in, non-removable zoom optic with the same brightness as this Canon G1 X has.

But the Fuji-cam goes from 24mm to 624mm. The Canon-cam goes from 28mm to 112mm.

Your choice. Oh yeah -- they both cost exactly the same amount of money, he-he-he!

0 upvotes
howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 10, 2012)

You sure are pushing that Fuji. Slightly smaller sensor? Why even continue talking after saying something that pegs you as either a liar or a fool, take your pick.

4 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Jan 11, 2012)

"Slightly smaller sensor?"

LOL :) At least 4 times smaller?

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
1 upvote
tfeltz
By tfeltz (Jan 11, 2012)

Fuji zoom from 24 to 624 is great, but it won't even come close to matching the 28-112 Canon lens, in terms of sharpness, contrast and aberations. Laws of physics rule!

2 upvotes
jmellas
By jmellas (Jan 12, 2012)

And then there's those ORBs...

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 12, 2012)

"And then there's those ORBs..."

Lens has no "orbs." And the camera, neither. Anything else you can throw at it, please?

"Fuji zoom from 24 to 624 is great, but it won't even come close to matching the 28-112 Canon lens, in terms of sharpness, contrast and abberations."

Why, how do you know how good the lens on the G1 X is? based on its specs, it is a rather lame job, actually. I mean, what else could they have glued on the G1 X instead, a 2x range zoom that goes from 35 to 70 mm and can open up to f4.0 only on the "wide" end? I probably shouldn't have said this -- it might be on the next G-series camera. :-)

"Slightly smaller sensor? At least 4 times smaller?"

You have a 58 square mm sensor in the 2/3-inch sensor Fuji versus a 261 square mm sensor in the G1 X. Canon calls this one a "large sensor camera" -- whatever. On the other hand, M4/3 and APS-C sensors are sort of what the G1 X has, and both form factors have much better lenses available than what Canon gave the G1 X.

0 upvotes
howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 12, 2012)

He knows because of experience researching then purchasing and using real lenses. The only reason a Canon 600 EF produces a decent image is because it is huge. To overcome the imperfections in optical glass you need larger lenses to collect more light and more lens elements to correct all of the distortion and chromatic aberrations inherent to the refraction of light as it passes through each element. Even if a lens has a max aperture of f/1 chances are it's sharpest closer to f/8 (maybe a stop or two lower for such a max ap) and is quite often very soft wide open.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 13, 2012)

@ "The howardroark Comedy Hour:"

"You sure are pushing that Fuji. Slightly smaller sensor?"

Yes, 2/3-inch surely is smaller than the sensor found in this G1 X. Check it out if you don't believe me, Bro'!

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/Camera_System/sensor_sizes_01.htm

What, do you now say that it is larger, or what?

"Even if a lens has a max aperture of f/1 chances are it's sharpest closer to f/8 ."
MY VERSION OF THE ABOVE: "no matter what max aperture a particular lens has, chances are it's sharpest closer to f/8."

0 upvotes
howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 13, 2012)

I was referring to "slightly." 1/4 the size isn't a "slight" difference.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 14, 2012)

@ howardroark: Today, the world professional shoulder-mounted video camcorders all use 2/3-inch digital sensors, and nothing larger. They can easily run up to US$60,000 in price, too.

In other words, these cameras do NOT use a sensor such as what the Canon G1 X has.

In fact, the Fujifilm X-S1 that you are denigrating to no end uses the same exact sensor size that these ultra-pricey pro-class video cameras use. But maybe you have got some personal vendetta against the 2/3-inch sensors in general, and Fujifilm and Fujinon in particular?

0 upvotes
Donglei
By Donglei (Jan 10, 2012)

Waiting for the "Super G series" for weeks after the rumor, I took 5 looks at this page.
1st look: Even uglier than G12. Not yet, much huger…
2nd look: WOW, a big sensor! Image quality comparable to DSLR with a kit lens! The body is compact for these specs.
3rd look: Still crappy VF, why not EVF? Bottoms on the back are not ergonomically designed, uncomfortable in hand probably.
4th look: A Pany with its pancake is smaller than this! So does Oly of course. And they have much better styling and comfortable grips. So why should I buy this huge black chunky stuf with one lens always there? Only if it is much cheaper.
Final look: $800… Byebye.

4 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Jan 10, 2012)

"3rd look: Still crappy VF, why not EVF? Bottoms on the back are not ergonomically designed, uncomfortable in hand probably."

Anything under the quality of the A65/A77 or the NEX7 (or, for that matter, the VF2 / X100) would have resulted in angry posts ;-)

1 upvote
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 10, 2012)

It's funny to see all these pro-EVF posts after the months of equally angry anti-EVF posts about Sony's SLTs.

4 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Jan 10, 2012)

@R Butler

I was think the exact same thing.

1 upvote
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Jan 11, 2012)

"It's funny to see all these pro-EVF posts after the months of equally angry anti-EVF posts about Sony's SLTs."

Agreed. People have been continuously bashing EVF's. Now that the new Canon comes with OVF, they started crying for EVF's and bashing OVF's. Hard to understand them... :)

0 upvotes
Zuzullo
By Zuzullo (Jan 10, 2012)

LOVE IT. Thank you Canon!

I own the best non-SLR in the world: Canon G6

Built-in Time lapse
Built-in Neutral density filter
f/2,0-3,0
Macro 1:1 (35mm equiv.)
TTL-flash
100% reliable WYSIOYG
Bayonet lens Filter Adapter (way faster to use than SLR screw-in sys)
Perfect grip and balance! (SLR-like)

...and I moved recently to M43 world :( which deeply disappoints me every day. I need to carry 3 lens to get a similar performance. Ridiculous!

Now I just have to wait that you guys tune up that lens for the same f/2,0 of the Legendary G-series ... or even faster.

Comment edited 3 times, last edit 2 minutes after posting
5 upvotes
daza
By daza (Jan 10, 2012)

there is the fuji x10 f2.0-f2.8, and a bigger sensor than the g6

3 upvotes
simon65
By simon65 (Jan 10, 2012)

Built-in Neutral density filter!!

Really?Does something flip down over the lens?
It sounds like a great idea.
Is it graduated? or does it just reduce the exposure across the entire frame?

Thanks

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
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Vlad S
By Vlad S (Jan 10, 2012)

Zuzullo, if you don't want to change lenses then why did you buy and interchangeable lens system?

"...and I moved recently to M43 world :( which deeply disappoints me every day. I need to carry 3 lens to get a similar performance. Ridiculous!"

No, you do not need to. Any µ4/3 standard zoom will outperform the G6 because the µ4/3 sensor is more than 4 times larger. You have comparable DOF even with the slower µ4/3 lenses, and you get 2-5 stops better noise, allowing you to shoot at higher ISO and still get better results. The only disadvantage is that they are not as long, but the wide angle is typically more desirable in standard zooms.

If you want more zoom you can carry one of the 14-140 lenses, which will be much wider, and much longer than the G6. In combination with the µ4/3 sensor it will still outperform the G6 both in terms of DOF and in terms of low light.

0 upvotes
Zuzullo
By Zuzullo (Jan 10, 2012)

The only thing that it is missing is speed focus and IQ.
m43 gives me more than I need but still miss most of the cool features listed above so.... yes it was a mistake... I will go back to the G series. :) But maybe wait for G2X so that I dont miss the super quick focus of m43.

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Zuzullo
By Zuzullo (Jan 10, 2012)

Hi simon65:
This is technology exists for over 10yr on Canon G series.
Here is a video of that feature for you:
http://youtu.be/NBtclXKm2fo

Comment edited 14 seconds after posting
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Zuzullo
By Zuzullo (Jan 10, 2012)

Hi daza:
One you have a fully articulated screen :) You can never go back!

0 upvotes
Paul_B Midlands UK
By Paul_B Midlands UK (Jan 10, 2012)

What a monstrosity to look at, a carbunkle as Prince Charles would say. They obviously didnt hire Norman Foster to design it, straight out of the 70's Skoda factory. Or maybe this is some heavily disguised prototype, like the car people do, and the final one will look like the beautiful Fuji X10 but without the white blobs. Anyway, I'm sure its waaaaaay better than it looks (I hope so!).

1 upvote
cxsparc
By cxsparc (Jan 10, 2012)

"straight out of the 70's Skoda factory"

Thanks, that made my day :-)
Excellent characterisation of that body design

0 upvotes
Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (Jan 10, 2012)

Actually, I like G1X purposeful, industrial design, just like well thought military vehicle. From the looks handling should be at least very good.

3 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 10, 2012)

I like monstrosities :)

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

Designed in the summer of 1964 by a worker's cooperative committee in the German Democratic Republic, actually.

Good for Canon to have found these long-lost plans and put them to good use here with the retro G1 X.

0 upvotes
attomole
By attomole (Jan 10, 2012)

Reminds me of a Mamaya 6, googled it to find an image which lead me here, http://grapehouse.blogspot.com/2011/01/eye-of-beholder.html I think it looks absolutely great, (i then had a look around the blog itself which is also great)

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jan 11, 2012)

I think it' a Plaubel Makina with the handgrip from a Maxxum/Dynax 7000. But Richard likes it, and no one one knows more about great handgrips than he does. Canon is funny with design; they can make a slick looking Elph but for the most part, I think they care as much about looks as about model designations.

0 upvotes
Danlo
By Danlo (Jan 10, 2012)

The "silent" shutter is worth all the bulk.. Finally a quiet camera with large sensor for acceptable image quality.

2 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Jan 10, 2012)

"silent" shutter? Where did you read that? I wish it had an electronic shutter a la Nikon 1 (or at least a half-electronic like the Nex-5N) or a leaf shutter like the X100 but there doesn't seem to be any mention of this being silent or at least supporting making it quieter.

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Jan 10, 2012)

The G1 X is a fixed-lens compact, so it uses a near-silent lens-shutter design, just like the X100.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Jan 10, 2012)

"The G1 X is a fixed-lens compact, so it uses a near-silent lens-shutter design, just like the X100."

Wow! At last! Thanks! Got sick of loud mechanical shutters.

(Hope it won't have stuck shutters after some months' use, unlike the X100...)

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Poul Jensen
By Poul Jensen (Apr 2, 2012)

Andy, could you please either correct the review to clarify that the G1 X has an electronic shutter and that the mechanical shutter is not used to control exposure - or, if you insist otherwise, explain why you are confident that the shutter in the lens controls exposure time. How would it operate to obtain a reasonably accurate 1/4000 sec exposure?

Edit: Sorry, just realized that this comment was on the old preview... unfortunately, the review still says the same.

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akacub
By akacub (Jan 10, 2012)

I think we should not make any judgement only from this model. Canon must have strategy to kill mirrorless models. New interchangable model will come soon. Probably at Photo Show in Japan in February. Canon will attack mirrorless on both sides.
After the war, only EOS and Nikon D will survive.

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M1963
By M1963 (Jan 10, 2012)

You're joking, right?

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AvanGarde
By AvanGarde (Jan 10, 2012)

What a bunch of whiners ! This is truly great camera.If you buy DSLR you buy mostly with kit which is 3.5-5.6 this G1X lens has longer range (kits usually upto 88-90mm this camera is 112 and only a bit darker on long end 5.6 vs 5.8) now find me kit that starts with 2.8 huh ?
Canon basically killed m/4 market and I suppose Panasonic/Olympus with release compact with m/4 sensor.Believe or not 28-112mm is more than enough for most people who would run with shorter kits anyway.I hate to carry lens as most people.
Basically you can same as entry level DSLR quality or marginally lower with much smaller and pockatable camera with a bit better and longer zoom than kit DSLR - that's the point of this camera.Win !

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viruss
By viruss (Jan 10, 2012)

True, I agree with the fact that the zoom range is enough for most (surely enough for me) and the camera should deliver results on par with or better than entry level DSLR with kit zoom lens.

However, as I posted earlier, I can't understand some design elements, primarily ommision of zoom ring, especially considering that there IS a ring on a lens of G1 X, but with NO function. To me, the possibility of quick and precise zooming and decent OVF or EVF are key points and unfortunately, the G1 X does not provide those. Furthermore, I don't like the fact, that there is no filter thread directly on the lens.

Otherwise, there surely is a lot to like about this concept...

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douple
By douple (Jan 10, 2012)

Yes, large sensor is big advantage (and maybe the only advantage nowadays (5.6 on the zoom end is horrible feature)), but everything (for most people) depends on price as well. In europe, expected price is about 770€, which is pretty expensive for "dslr-like" camera.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Jan 10, 2012)

"Yes, large sensor is big advantage (and maybe the only advantage nowadays (5.6 on the zoom end is horrible feature)), but everything (for most people) depends on price as well. In europe, expected price is about 770€, which is pretty expensive for "dslr-like" camera."

Everything depends on the IQ. If it delivers much better IQ than traditional kit lens (which couldn't be that hard, given that most DSLR kit lens are pretty crappy), then, it'll well worth the price.

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Faisalee
By Faisalee (Jan 10, 2012)

5.6 on the long end is not so great... but we have to keep this in mind, its a LARGE sensor camera... making a faster lens will make the camera huge! Consider f2.8 USM 17-50 lenses they are are BIG and they are made for the same sized sensor as the one in GX1.

So, faster means bigger, much bigger!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

This camera also comes with a "kit lens," folks. It's just it is permanently crazy glued onto the body. So you can never remove it, dump it, and replace it with something better, see?

I guess if one scales back one's expectations quite a bit, the Canon G1 X might work.

This is not a "large sensor" camera, BTW. It is a Micro 4/3 sensor camera. And whomever said that M43 is large?

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Jan 11, 2012)

"This camera also comes with a "kit lens," folks. It's just it is permanently crazy glued onto the body. So you can never remove it, dump it, and replace it with something better, see?"

Let's wait and see. I don't think it'll have worse IQ than most kit lens (except for high-end and very expensive ones like the Sony 16-50) - on the contrary. I don't think it'll be worse than the Sony R1 lens.

BTW, can anyone show me anybody that would have wanted to swap the R1 lens? :)

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 13, 2012)

The test shots I've seen show good performance, although I doubt that French site had a production camera. I'm anxiously awaiting the tests conducted by the-digital-picture and DxO to see what kind of detail this lens/camera can produce.

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Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Jan 10, 2012)

Actually, Bright Storm, there are dozens of cameras "like this".

It's really interesting how many cameras are being announced that become a decent alternative to the Sony NEX-7 -- the camera promised for November that still doesn't exist.

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Jan 10, 2012)

There are plenty NEX 7 owners in the NEX forum. All ghosts too? ;)

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agilestyle
By agilestyle (Jan 10, 2012)

No EVF, no party!

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Andrew Butterfield
By Andrew Butterfield (Jan 10, 2012)

I think it's a decent compromise. An EVF would've been nice, but no doubt too expensive for this model's market position. A wider/faster/whatever lens would've been nice too, but I'm sure Canon looked at all the permutations and decided this was the best compromise between size and usefulness. Good high ISO performance should make up for the lens speed. The lack of 1080p/60 video is a serious omission though, and I've heard nothing about focus speeds or manual control in video mode. Not sure I want one though – the NEX-7 still looks more tempting, and isn't that much more expensive.

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dbo
By dbo (Jan 10, 2012)

Why is 60p a serious omission here? Hey, it's still a compact although a high end one.

The Nex7 is not much more expensive? I'll guess it will be double price. So it is usual to expect much more features especially in video capabilities point of view.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Jan 10, 2012)

"Why is 60p a serious omission here? Hey, it's still a compact although a high end one. "

The Nex-5n/7 support 60p and almost ALL other (decent, recent) cameras support 30p. It's only Canon that have stuck with the crappy 24p at 1080p. Not only in this camera, but also other "big names" like the S100.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

This thing cannot do 1080p60 video. Nor can it do 1080p30 video.

Everything the "new" Canon G1 X does today, other cameras could do like 5 years ago.

Basically, I am looking at a $400 camera + lens combo here. The camera itself is maybe worth 250 bucks, and the lens, 150. No more. The other $400 of the mind-bending $800 price is for the Canon name surcharge.

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Bright Storm
By Bright Storm (Jan 10, 2012)

It was about time to release a camera like this.

The only serious ones so far have been Sigma DP compacts. I mean the ones able to offer decent image quality.

Seven years ago Sony also had DSC-R1 - not exactly a compact camera, but one with large sensor and superb lens.

The potential of high picture quality outperforms all "mediocre" specs, such as dark tele (@F/5.8) or missing high quality electronic viewfinder (similar to what Sony includes with A77).

If we combine all the specs with the traditional super build quality of G-series, the camera will be a real hit. Perfect travel camera. And don't forget the full HD video.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

"It was about time to release a camera like this."

The time for Canon to release would have been back in 2007 or thereabouts, actually. But in the year 2012, this is indeed too little, too late.

"And don't forget the full HD video."

Well, we didn't forget it -- but apparently Canon did. Because not only that this "new" G1 X cannot do Full-HD 1080p60 video, it cannot even do Full-HD 1080p30 video. What a shame on Canon, OMG.

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rrr2
By rrr2 (Jan 10, 2012)

Is Canon afraid to get wet in the new pond?

Mirror-less, large sensor, small size, interchangeable lens,
this is the future for mass market.
Ignoring it, is like Nokia had ignored the smartphone hip until it was too late.

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viruss
By viruss (Jan 10, 2012)

Put that sensor in the Fuji X10 body, add a X100 hybrid viewfinder and I will run to a closest shop and buy it even at ridiculously high price :) However, ommision of manual or at least electronic zoom ring - why? The camera even has a ring, but that serves only as a grip? Why did they not incorporate some functionality into it, at least similarly to the S100?

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G10Rebel
By G10Rebel (Jan 10, 2012)

Surprised no one comments about the speedy FPS.

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Manalive
By Manalive (Jan 10, 2012)

Wow $799.99? (I hope DP is wrong) I just picked up a P7100 and am very happy with it paid $449. With that slow of a lens, slightly larger sensor, for $300.00 more. Sorry Canon way to many options out there.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 10, 2012)

The sensor is six times larger than the one in a P7100. In fact this has as more in common with a 600D (MSRP $899 with kit lens), than the P7100 or G12. Dpreview is not wrong on the price.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 10, 2012)

Most people barely know digital cameras have sensors in them, and most of those that do only know how many megapixels have been crammed into them. Ever go to a camera store, small shop or electronics giant, and here some dope selling cameras say "the more megapixels the better"? Disturbing how many people believe that.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 13, 2012)

@ howardroark sez:

"Most people barely know digital cameras have sensors in them."

I know, I know. Most people out there actually think that digital cameras use film, and that it is the film cameras that have the digital sensors inside them. That is what you had meant, too, right?

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 13, 2012)

You got me. Here again, my comment was pointing out how misguided someone is who says a camera with a sensor 6 times the size is only slightly larger. Sensors are computer chips, and the fewer chips you can fit on a wafer the more each of those chips costs. Small sensors are cheaper and large sensors are more expensive.

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B1ackhat
By B1ackhat (Jan 10, 2012)

Much more a paid advertisement than a preview, but the camera sounds very promising nonetheless.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Jan 10, 2012)

Well, actually, all previews start with the official stuff released by the manufacturer - not just this one.

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Faisalee
By Faisalee (Jan 10, 2012)

Why in the world every single announcement / post has to be marked as a paid advertisement!?

It's beyond my understanding, this is a free site and has been for so many years, even if it's a paid advertisement, you are here and reading it arn't you?

Agree with Menneisyys.

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Taikonaut
By Taikonaut (Jan 10, 2012)

It is a useful camera for events or public places that bans people from shooting with a dSLR.

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Aleksandr Milewski
By Aleksandr Milewski (Jan 10, 2012)

A wonderful camera permanently attached to a totally uninteresting lens. 4x zoom is fine, if it were 25-100 equivalent at f2-f2.8. Yes, that would be a large lens, but it would be worth it.

I applaud Canon for a large-sensor compact, and I hope they'll be doing more interesting things with that sensor in the future. But this camera... pass.

I'll be over in the corner drooling over the X-Pro1.

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Faisalee
By Faisalee (Jan 10, 2012)

Yup its a wonderful camera... and you are right about the large lens... its not just large, it will be HUGE with f2.0 - f2.8 aperture for a large sensor of this size :)

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 10, 2012)

Not to mention another five hundred bucks. Keep wishing for this fictitious lens, people. It's becoming painfully obvious that most people commenting have never shopped for or purchased a decent lens in their lives.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

If you have ever dreamed about a decent lens in your life -- for God's sake, do not buy this camera with the fake lens on it. Regular 8mm cameras made by Canon in the 1960s actually had better zoom lenses on them than this lame turkey-lens.

What happened to you, Once Great Canon?

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 10, 2012)

They got better. Franky, if you like Fuji go buy one and quit blabbering.

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Blipomatic
By Blipomatic (Jan 11, 2012)

When a manufacturer produces a camera, they have to balance a number of items AT A TARGETED GIVEN PRICE POINT. In this case, Canon shot for sub 800 dollars which meant it had to trade off dream features vs achievable features AT THE GIVEN PRICE POINT Sure, you can put it all the dream specs in if proce is no object ala the M9 and the X-pro 1. Unfortunately, camera specs sell better than lens specs for most of the camera population. How many "enthusiasts" have you seen which have really crappy glass strapped onto really great cameras. Canon balanced the specs based on what will sell and the notion of planned obsolescence.
Do you actually think Sony could have not launched the NEX 7 when it did the 5. Or Fuji the X-Pro when it did the X-100. Surely the G2X is in the wings at a higher price point. But for 795 dollars, the sensor and chips on board the G1x looks intriguing.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 13, 2012)

This is a $799 camera, actually. That's what Canon lists it for, anyhow. Soon, I am sure you can get it for $550-600.

Canon burned badly in Hollywood on November 3rd with that disastrous EOS C300 "Hollywood Sensation" camera press hoopla. Instead of the initial $20,000 price, you can pre-order it now for $13,000. And it's not even shipping yet.

When will they ever learn, I begin to wonder...

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J3LUNT
By J3LUNT (Jan 10, 2012)

Does anyone know anything about the macro specs and what they mean?

I like to dabble in macro shots and the specs say 7cm vs 1cm on the G12.

Thoughts?

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kolas
By kolas (Jan 11, 2012)

7 cm is not a macro spec, neither 1 cm. Macro specs are not expressed in centimeters, neither inches. Ever heared about reproduction ratio?

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Jan 10, 2012)

Now, to all of you , my question.. How could this g1 x , have been improved?mwithout changing the size.. That much? A bigger hand grip? Since the lens protrudes anyway? Stereo mic input? 1080p/60? Centered tripod mount? Hybrid evf ala fuji x100? ... And so on and in.. Maybe the g3x or g4x.. We might get those? ;-)

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asdfsky
By asdfsky (Jan 10, 2012)

this G1X is a boring camera, nothing special from design , feature, viewfinder and lens.

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wmac
By wmac (Jan 10, 2012)

APSC size sensor is not enough for you in a P&S?

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asdfsky
By asdfsky (Jan 10, 2012)

so do many other APSC cameras like X1, X100, Sigma DP1/2, NEX 3,5,7 . APSC sensor alone is not a special thign any more, it's just a given now. Other thing, like better lenses, better view finder. Sony & Fuji are both examples of thinking outside the box, like APPLE. Canon has G1 to G12 for 10 years before they change to the same design G1X. nothing special, based on Canon philosophy : minimum incremental changes. I hope Canon will not keep updating the G1X to G12X for the next 10 years with minimal changes :)

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Jan 10, 2012)

While I agree Fujifilm offers something rather compelling in their X-Pro1 camera (maybe over-priced for average consumer?), Sony is NOT thinking outside the box. Their Axx series copies from Canon EOS RT in 1965 and Sony lenses are extremely limited, particular wrt E-mount primes.

The Fujifilm X100 and Sigma DP1/2 all come with prime lenses which are not appealing to the average buyer. Until Sony shows us more E-mount prime lenses, the NEX series is rather limited at the moment. As a matter of fact, the NEX bodies are too small as compared to the lenses... explains why we do not have a single f/2.8 zoom lens from Sony.

In short, there is NOTHING particularly compelling from your list of cameras and systems to the average buyer.

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drh681
By drh681 (Jan 10, 2012)

It is not an "APS-c" camera
it is more on the lines of a 4/3
18.3 mm x14 mm.
this may in fact be Canon's bridge into that format market.
Stay tuned.

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Slimjon
By Slimjon (Jan 10, 2012)

Agree with you drh681... The article would have been far more accurate if it said "slightly larger than a micro-four-thirds sensor" instead of saying slightly smaller than an APS-C sensor.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

This here is basically a M4/3 size sensor camera. Nothing to do with APS-C sized sensor, actually. Canon is sick with rabid fever for claiming otherwise. Or else their technicians are still in shock aftershock and cannot use a ruler.

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/Camera_System/sensor_sizes_01.htm

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donthasslethehoff
By donthasslethehoff (Jan 10, 2012)

f/5.8 at 112mm?? I guess you won't be zooming in much.

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wmac
By wmac (Jan 10, 2012)

wrong post

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oysso
By oysso (Jan 10, 2012)

guess if you just kick the ISO up, there will be no worries...

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tommy leong
By tommy leong (Jan 10, 2012)

why doesn't DPreview put "crop factor" into the specs sheet
it just makes things so much easier and you immediately know
how small the sensor it
ie, x8 or something
and immediately you can press Next page ;)

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wmac
By wmac (Jan 10, 2012)

Dpreview users are expected to be a bit aware. It is a bit smaller than APSC.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 10, 2012)

The spec sheet in the news story is the one supplied by the manufacturer. For analysis or insight, we provide a preview, including a diagram showing the relative sizes.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 10, 2012)

1.85X crop

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jan 10, 2012)

Looks like a Plaubel Makina. Hopefully, it weighs a little less. The handgrip doesn't look overly comfy but better than nothing. I agree that the price discrepancy between the UK and US of A is getting a little ridiculous. All I can say to my friends overseas is get rid of free healthcare, paid college tuition and you should be able to do away with VAT. Besides, who needs to be healthy or smart? We get along fine without those things over here.

I have nothing to back this up but something tells me a G2X is not far off.

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Chris Nader
By Chris Nader (Jan 10, 2012)

I'm really looking forward to this camera. I own the 60D but have been using a variety of G-series cameras (G12 currently) for travel. But I've never been completely satisfied with the image quality from the G-series cameras.

The larger sensor will hopefully translate to reduced noise and higher image quality. From the write-up it sounds like the lens on the GX may be of a higher quality too. Hoping that the HDR may have user-controlled exposure levels as well.

Looking forward to it.

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lakmus
By lakmus (Jan 10, 2012)

I have a 60D as well, but I find it often too bulky to take carry in shorter trips with minimum luggage. Just an idea came to my mind, what if I'd change the 60D + EF-S lenses to G1 x (for travel) + 5D (and maybe save my 35 f2 & 50 f1.4.. :-)

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tongki
By tongki (Jan 10, 2012)

it doesn't make sense if the price is similar to 600D,
still, it is not a Digital Single Lens Reflex, if you remember what a DSLR it is

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oysso
By oysso (Jan 10, 2012)

The perfect holiday camera if you don't want or can have any of the heavy gear with you.

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KennethKwok
By KennethKwok (Jan 10, 2012)

I tried to calculate the "crop factor" from the focal length.
Is this larger sensor than the micro four third?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 10, 2012)

The first page of the preview has a diagram showing the relative sizes.

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dpreviewprov
By dpreviewprov (Jan 10, 2012)

To: KennethKwok:

The answer to your question is Yes.

As a comparison:

The new Canon G1 X sensor size: 18.7 x 14 mm

Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds cameras' sensor size: 17.3 x 13 mm (from www.olympus.co.uk and www.panasonic.com.au)

Canon EOS 600D/T3i sensor size: 22.3 x 14.9 mm

So, the sensor is G1 X is just a tad larger than Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds cameras but smaller than Canon's own APS-C sensor.

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KennethKwok
By KennethKwok (Jan 10, 2012)

Many thanks.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 10, 2012)

Canon's XXXD, XXD, and 7D are 1.6X. This camera is 1.85X. Of course, since you're not buying 35mm lenses for this camera those factors are only useful as comparison rather than having the practical use of applying it as a crop factor to calculate an effective focal lenght....which is still a horrible idea since it gives you a false sense of how lenses compare to one another since it is the angle of view that is really the important measure. Still, a rule of thumb is only useful when you know the context in which it is used.

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alexst4
By alexst4 (Jan 10, 2012)

This is what Nikon 1 should have been.
I'm definitely ordering this little gem!

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Faisalee
By Faisalee (Jan 10, 2012)

My thoughts exactly :)

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sandy b
By sandy b (Jan 10, 2012)

To slow. Slow lens, slow shooting. .7 fps with continuous AF. Small buffer. I'm betting the AF won't be that great either. Still, for snapshots it will be ok.

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jedinstvo
By jedinstvo (Jan 10, 2012)

In the early 50s Canon got up and running building camera bodies which took Leica lenses. Why can't they do that now? I've got all these film Leicas and lenses and have no intention of continuing to shoot film and no interest in spending $8000 on a Leica designed for people with emotional problems. So how about a nice Canon body with a Leica mount? The best of both worlds, as far as I'm concerned. In the meantime, I'm pretty happy with my G12. I'll buy one of these once they become available. But I keep looking at the M6 with the 28 Summicron sitting on my desk and wishing I had a nice body to put the lens on!

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 10, 2012)

sure.... canon will make a camera with a leica mount.

where all these people come from???? shake head...

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Dattaphoto
By Dattaphoto (Jan 10, 2012)

Why not use a Ricoh GXR with the A12 Mount?

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Dragos C
By Dragos C (Jan 10, 2012)

I hear people are successfully using other compact cameras such as Sony's NEX series with their Leica lenses - see for instance this review at Luminous Landscape http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/sony_nex_7_rolling_review.shtml

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Forrest4Trees
By Forrest4Trees (Jan 10, 2012)

I have been looking at buying a 60d, lenses and all that hulabaloo. I am really not enthused about all the stuff that comes with a DSLR. I used to have a 20d for several years and loved it and the images I could produce with it. So I have been looking at the Fuji x10, the XS-1, and a few of the mirrorless cameras, but nothing really got me as excited as the 60d. But this new G1X hits me right between the eyes. Freaking HUGE sensor (for small camera), decent zoom lense, manual controls, tilty swivally LCD (one of my fav parts of 60d). This will give the creative control and IQ I want without all the infrastructure that comes with a DSLR. My TOO cents. Have a nice day.

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kwojdyna
By kwojdyna (Jan 10, 2012)

I an really jealous now. As pictures show, EOS users (even film systems) can use their flashes with this - large sensor compact camera - which every "PRO" denies but would like to have in his pocket while cannot carry around his heavy gear.

This is why Canon sells so well - pro's can use even oldest lenses with newest EOS D's and so the flashes, now with first GOOD compact on the market.

I think it is going to stronger Canon's leadership regardless company's tendency to underexposure in all EOS series from the very (film) beginning. This is the only company that understand that people catch when they know they can expand their SYSTEM. Buy Sony, Samsung, Fuji or Olympus mirrorless - you cannnot even use same's brand SLR dedicated flash!!! Nikon and Pentax tries to sell tiny sensor mirrorless for $$$ No wonder people get Canon and will get more.

That is why I am jealous of Canon users (who I was) and mad on other companies of only pretending to build systems (shame on them!)

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Jan 10, 2012)

Spot on man!
Just think of Olympus that with micro 4:3 you need to use an adapter for the 4:3 even if it is the same sensor size...

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 11, 2012)

Canon does not have much going for it, frankly. They messed up their last ueber-priced camera (EOS C300) pretty bad. If you like their DSLRs, that's fine (I don't). And this fixed lens job here (G1 X) is not much to write home about, is it now?

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Jan 10, 2012)

Great product Canon,
I know so many people (including my girlfriend) who wanted a G12 but were tempted by Olympus & Panasonic, but were put off by the hassle of changing lenses!
This is just the perfect compromise!
The wait is on for the interchangeable lenses system now...

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rrr2
By rrr2 (Jan 10, 2012)

It is not mandatory to change a lens just cause you can (or can't).
The other way around, is a different story though ...
BTW I have explained my wife how to do it ;)

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mancat65
By mancat65 (Jan 10, 2012)

Canon should have produced is a G12 clone with following changes:

1. 10 MPl latest gen. low noise sensor, TWICE current G12 size,
& camera body same size.

2. Digic 5, w/ expanded range of dynamic tone curve choices, ASA 50
setting, and 5 shot adjustable HDR . AND, setting that allowed color
performance to conform to industry standards.

3. Faster 28-140mm lens - improved edge sharpness.

4. Better optical viewfinder - indicators for shutter speed, f stop,
shooting mode, flash, focus lock, and grid lines.

5. Flip out viewfinder with a higher resolution & less light washout.

6. Processing for chromatic, pin cushion, and barrel distortion.

7. Full 1080 HD video with usable zoom, and ext stereo mic plug in.

The camera that I describe above would have been a "Home Run" as a
serious alternative to the bulky DSLR. It is not that hard to recognize
how the G12 should have evolved as a compact fixed lens camera. If
only Canon could think so clearly!

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oysso
By oysso (Jan 10, 2012)

With those features it really is very close to the predesessors,

With that small sensor, it really is not very good alternative to the DSLR more like a camera which to bring along for casual shooting.
The larger sensor on the GX 1 ( same height as the cropped DSLRs ) makes it much more like a good alternative to the DSLR. Not just an emergency backup camera.

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robmanueb
By robmanueb (Jan 10, 2012)

@mancat65. The next generation perhaps.

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 10, 2012)

Wonderful. A G serious Canon with a Big Kick As sensor. Can't wait for the images. Looking at upgrading my G11 and this will do it for sure. Another good job by Canon.

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binauralbeats
By binauralbeats (Jan 10, 2012)

+ Largish sensor
+ Looks like it was designed in the 80s
+ Metal body
+ Articulating LCD

- Viewfinder adds cost and bulk
- If the viewfinder is anything like the G9's, it's going to SUCK
- Viewfinder is not hybrid or electronic and therefore cannot be used to focus or confirm focus
- Too big
- Too expensive
- Slow lens

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oysso
By oysso (Jan 10, 2012)

the lens is fast. If it had been faster then it really would not be very compact anymore.
and you still say it is too big.

This camera is and will always be a compromise. But I think it does it better than most.
A large sensored point and shoot containing all the manual controls and even a viewfinder.
The price will go down. The initial price is more a way of giving the marked an expectation of a high price, and hence they will sell plenty of them for about 70% of that price.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 11, 2012)

This is a $400 camera -- tops. And even then:

SLOOOOOW lens, very limited zoom range. For cripe's sake, Canon was making and selling Super 8 cameras in the 1960s that had 10x and 12x bright zooms! They are releasing a 4x zoom camera with a wide angle of 28mm? Phew...

Barrel-type VF is pretty much useless.

Video options are missing, the thing cannot even do simple 1080p30 video, let alone 1080p60.

Like I said, we are looking at a $400 camera here, so the $799 price surely must be a misprint, right?

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Freeze Tme
By Freeze Tme (Jan 9, 2012)

What is the LAG time to take a shot --- That is what I hate about using these cameras.

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aeneon
By aeneon (Jan 9, 2012)

24fps video ?? !!! i wont say it coz you all know already.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 11, 2012)

Hey, Canon's wonderful Super 8 film cameras ran at 18fps at their standard speed, so if you look at it that way, 24fps is a 33.3% improvement in specs.

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therickman
By therickman (Jan 9, 2012)

It's very boxy. It looks like they designed it in 1998. Has all the features I'd want, but it's ugly as heck.

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raizans
By raizans (Jan 10, 2012)

I'd say more '80s to early '90s. Cameras became rounder in the mid-'90s.

Not my cup of tea, but at least it's clean and organized. Fuji's recent designs look like things have been nudged out of place.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 10, 2012)

Some Nikon designers must have advised them on how to design ugly cameras. Canon decided they didn't want to make a beautiful camera for once and needed help.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 11, 2012)

Canon's G1 X must have been based on that old East German Camera Committee design that came out of Karl Marx Stadt in the summer of 1964.

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cprevost
By cprevost (Jan 9, 2012)

My guess is that a G13 wasn't in the cards. That line is probably dead. Killed by m4/3. This will probably the the successor to the Great G line cameras from Canon. If you think of it in that light it makes perfect sense. Some room to grow though. Better OFV and movie mode and a few other niggles that people have pointed out. I'm getting out of the DSLR business and this camera looks just about like what I'm looking for.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Jan 9, 2012)

What?

No AM/FM radio?

Yeah, keep those complaints coming...

It is a beautifully designed ergonomic camera. The functions and buttons are almost flawless.

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Faisalee
By Faisalee (Jan 10, 2012)

Cannon missed the ship... they forgot to add dishwasher and a microwave in it... these days this is a norm and you cant live without :-\

On a serious note, I will buy it as soon as its out :-)

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 11, 2012)

Once price of the G1 X drops to a more reasonable US$400 or thereabouts, I am pretty sure there will be a number of takers, indeed. But at $800 -- nobody is really that desperate. I mean, have you seen the G1 X lens' focal distance range and maximum open iris range, for cripe's sake? That is not an $800 camera.

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Dick Sanders
By Dick Sanders (Jan 13, 2012)

Francis, no good camera is $400 today. And that's beause the dollar has been significantely devalued in recent years. You may be thinking 1999 to 2003 prices, which is easy to do. But today, we have to pay $800 for something that would've been $500 a few years ago. It's a sad fact.

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Ulfric M Douglas
By Ulfric M Douglas (Jan 9, 2012)

Fourthirds : 18 mm × 13.5 mm
New Canon : 18.7mm x 14mm
But Canon's sensor described as "just a fraction smaller than those in Canon's DSLRs", and fourthirds sensor having always been described as a "small sensor" compared to DSLRs.
Hypocrisy abounds in this Canikon world!
So from henceforth fourthirds sensor size will be gloriously elevated to "just a fraction smaller than..." ... yipee. *sarcasm*

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lvovsky
By lvovsky (Jan 9, 2012)

Fourthirds:17.3×13.0 mm (imaging area)
Canon APS-C: 22.2x14.8mm (imaging area)
G1X: 18.7 x 14 mm (imaging area or overall sensor size????)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Thirds_System
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_sensor_format

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Jan 10, 2012)

WHAT HYPOCRISY?
1.This is a sensor bigger than 4:3.
2.Olympus advertises the same for 4:3.
3.Many people dont want the halle of changing and carrying 2/3 lenses.

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dpreviewprov
By dpreviewprov (Jan 10, 2012)

To Ulfric Douglas:

The sensor size of Four Thirds cameras is 17.3 x 13mm.

Read R Butler comment (from DPREVIEW) on (Jan 9, 2012 at 19:46:03 GMT).

SCROLL DOWN....

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 11, 2012)

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/Camera_System/sensor_sizes_01.htm

Since Canon is so entirely untrustworthy (see their 'specs' for the 1D X and EOS C300), I would say the stated sensor for the G1 X is total size, not imaging area only.

Either way, the sensor is just a fraction of a millimeter wider and taller than M4/3. For Canon to try to pass this job off as a "large sensor camera" is a joke that has already backfired upon them. And I really don't want to buy a camera from a company that I cannot trust.

They made a colossal blunder with the Hollywood press hype of their weirdo and shockingly overpriced EOS C300 video camera back in November, and I guess they haven't yet learned that lesson.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 13, 2012)

Four Thirds sensors are 17.3 x 13 mm. The G1 X is 18.7 x 14mm. Those are whole numbers, not fractions. All sensors have pixels at the edge that are not used for imaging.

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tilariths
By tilariths (Jan 9, 2012)

No 1080p30?

FAIL.

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equate
By equate (Jan 9, 2012)

Agreed..a box of bad compromises--could double optical zoom for a start--movies today in a new release camera at this cost needs 1080px60 and 720px60 and a hi res EVF----- It is a messup of old features/specs. What market is it supposed to cater for ; I ido not know.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 10, 2012)

well look at the sales numbers and you see that canon knows what they are doing.

that people on the streets, who only see their own needs and not the whole picture, have no insight is no wonder.

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Taikonaut
By Taikonaut (Jan 10, 2012)

30fps is one of the least favourite frame rate. 24fps is what filmmakers want.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 11, 2012)

24fps gives you lots of judder and flicker, stay away from it if you can. NTSC in North America is at 30 (29.97) fps. So, this camera will only shoot Quasi-HD (720p). Pro filmmakers today shoot at 48fps and 60fps (Peter Jackson, James Cameron). 24fps is so dated! Sony's SLT Alpha 65 will shoot 108p30 AND 1080p60 video, and yet it costs only $900 more than the Canon G1 X does, wow.

Camera and lens specs in general for the G1 X look extremely dated/cut-rate. What was Canon thinking, this is not 2005 any more.

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