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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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Comments

Total comments: 791
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LeonXTR
By LeonXTR (Jan 9, 2012)

Why couldn't it have a regular EF mount?

0 upvotes
shaunly
By shaunly (Jan 9, 2012)

Then it wouldn't be a compact P&S.

7 upvotes
learnerguy
By learnerguy (Jan 9, 2012)

Looks wise, I see this as a elder brother of G12 with more power. F2.8 is no good for such price and features.

0 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jan 9, 2012)

It beats the F3.5 one finds on the D5100 or T3i kits.

4 upvotes
win39
By win39 (Jan 9, 2012)

Great, hulking beast.

0 upvotes
ch01
By ch01 (Jan 9, 2012)

It's almost like a M43 with a somewhat slow and fixed zoom lens

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 9, 2012)

Although it has a bigger sensor and a smaller lens than any m4/3 setup. Plus a built in viewfinder.

2 upvotes
Doug Frost
By Doug Frost (Jan 9, 2012)

The larger sensor size is nice, but they lost me with that lens. f/2.8-5.8 variable maximum aperture. Far too slow. They should have made it a constant f/2.8 maximum throughout the zoom range, despite that fact that it would have made the lens larger and more expensive. If they were really going for optimal IQ they should have done it. The lens they compromised with will not produce appreciable bokeh at the longer end of its zoom range, which is where you want it. Too bad. Another opportunity squandered.

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4 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jan 9, 2012)

F/2.8 at 112mm? That would have to be a rather large lens and double the cost , at least.

6 upvotes
mugupo
By mugupo (Jan 9, 2012)

Nice, but I bet sony and nikon would release something similar.

0 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jan 9, 2012)

NEX? V1? Already done.

0 upvotes
Dennishh
By Dennishh (Jan 9, 2012)

Just another incremental upgrade designed to make money for Canon. I think Canon has lost its way and has no idea what's happening in the photography market. Photographers have been asking for a small full frame camera that takes very high-quality prime lenses with weight, size and quality of image being the main consideration. Sony, Fuji, Rico and Panasonic are listening. Canon is just to arrogant to pay attention to us. Studio photographers are demanding a higher megapixel 1Ds to compete with the medium format cameras, so they come out with a 19 megapixel camera and tell us it's good enough, what do we know. You're losing your customers!

4 upvotes
increments
By increments (Jan 9, 2012)

Sorry, which full frame cameras are Sony, Fuji, Ricoh, and Panasonic making?

I think the camera you're describing is a Leica M9. If that's the case just buy it.

10 upvotes
Neimo
By Neimo (Jan 9, 2012)

If Sony, Fuji, Ricoh and Panasonic are catering to that market, why should Canon jump into a crowded field? Instead they've made a camera that has the market all to itself. This camera is great for people who want a great sensor but don't want to carry around lenses and all their bulk. The camera is too thick and heavy for a pocket, but so are the mirrorless compact system cameras in the same price range.

1 upvote
RichardBalonglong
By RichardBalonglong (Jan 9, 2012)

I'm not a Canon fan, but I like this new G1X... Compact size, large sensor, nice lens. For me, as a photojournalist, is a good camera to use when times you don't need your bulky DSLRs or times you need to be extra stealthy when shooting your subjects. =)

6 upvotes
DemonDuck
By DemonDuck (Jan 9, 2012)

Compact size? It's weighs nearly a pound and a quarter...

1 upvote
MRNICK07
By MRNICK07 (Jan 9, 2012)

Compact SIZE! I dont think weight is always dependent on the actual dimensions of something.

2 upvotes
RichardBalonglong
By RichardBalonglong (Jan 10, 2012)

@ DemonDuck: Yup, it's still a compact size comparing it with a beefy DSLR. There are more other compact size cameras out there, like the Pentax Q, but it has tiny sensor. Yeah, those other compact size cameras had their good IQ, but still having a bigger sensor in a smaller body is an advantage. I would want the Fujifilm X100, but the problem is the lens. Primes are good, but sometimes there are situations you need to use optical zooms. =)

0 upvotes
freediverx
By freediverx (Jan 9, 2012)

Why does Canon always have to take a few steps back with every step forward?

In order to incorporate a pop-up flash (which wasn't on anyone's short list of must-have features) they've removed one of the mechanical dials at the top of the camera, eliminating the ability to change the ISO setting on the fly without digging into the menus.

So essentially they've sacrificed one of the G-series' coolest "pro" features in exchange for a useless one. More likely, this was a cost-reduction decision, which is especially irksome considering the fat price increase.

Lame.

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9 upvotes
IchiroCameraGuy
By IchiroCameraGuy (Jan 9, 2012)

I don't know what you mean dig in menu for changing ISO, you press the ISO button and rotate dial just like most DSLR cameras.

1 upvote
theDA
By theDA (Jan 9, 2012)

With an ISO dial, if the camera is off or even just a quick glance, you know what the ISO is set at all times. It was a nice feature.

1 upvote
Applehead
By Applehead (Jan 9, 2012)

The pop-up flash vs non-moving flash was required in order for the lens to not block the flash's light when the lens is at wide angle.

0 upvotes
Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Jan 9, 2012)

BINGO! This is the first "rangefinder" type that might actually get me to consider leaving the SLR home on a trip (but leave plenty of room in the bag for the dedicated Canon flash gear)! Well done Canon! But now let's talk about price... this is basically a Canonet QL... and they were not the same price as an FTb...

Here's hoping for generous discounts!

2 upvotes
eddie_cam
By eddie_cam (Jan 9, 2012)

@dpreview: Can you take a photo comparing the G1 X with a Panasonic G3?

1 upvote
Dolan Halbrook
By Dolan Halbrook (Jan 9, 2012)

Try www.camerasize.com. I'm sure they'll have the G1X in there soon enough.

0 upvotes
fivedawgz
By fivedawgz (Jan 9, 2012)

Nice camera. However, for that price, an Olympus Pen or Sony NEX both offer more bang for the buck. I have always liked Canon equipment. I have had 3 Powershot cameras over the years & I have a Canon DSLR too -- NONE of which cost this much, including the EOS T3. I'm not arguing concept or quality. I'm sure it's a fine camera with terrific optics, but the lens is not terribly fast nor does it have an especially impressive zoom. It is still a point & shoot, bells and whistles notwithstanding. At $799, there's nothing about this camera that makes it a better choice than my Oly PEN E-P3, for example. Hopefully Canon will have an attack of common sense and rethink this. . I don't it think this camera offers value for the $$.

4 upvotes
Tonio Loewald
By Tonio Loewald (Jan 9, 2012)

Having a >4/3 size sensor definitely makes it more than "just a point and shoot". It's essentially competing with -- say -- a GX-1 + X-series zoom (except it actually has a built-in viewfinder). I do think it's expensive relative to the 4/3 options but bear in mind this is SRP. So, comparing SRPs it's $1200 for the GX-1 plus 14-42 X-series vs. $800 for the G1x.

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2 upvotes
freediverx
By freediverx (Jan 9, 2012)

The advantage over a camera like the Oly is size. The G-series is quasi-pocketable, unlike most mirrorless cameras due to their protruding lens. For some (myself included) portability is a key concern.

Aside from low light and shallow depth of field capabilities, the G-series has always provided image quality that's very competitive with a DSLR considering the smaller package.

Still don't think the price is justified though...

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3 upvotes
GuptaD42
By GuptaD42 (Jan 9, 2012)

There are very few lens choices that make m43 better than this Canon - higher image quality with bright primes or fast zooms at small sizes (but probably still a little larger overall). Add that to the latest m43 bodies that you are already paying more than $800.

Canon will manage to hold prices in the first year.

Just the reverse may happen. $400 Prices for lens options (like the Panny 20mm f/1.7) that have been making a bundle for the m43 lens makers will start falling. The canon makes more sense to a large section (though not all) that just wants great IQ in a small package. The Canon is also likely to work well for low-light, high-iso photos given the spec and Canon's reputation for smooth pictures.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2012)

Too large

Too heavy

Too short of a zoom range

Too dark of a lens

Way, way, way too expensive

But maybe for $400, a good possibility for some?

0 upvotes
farrukh
By farrukh (Jan 9, 2012)

This is a great product!

1 upvote
migus
By migus (Jan 9, 2012)

The most interesting new Canon camera development since the original 5D. Belated, but better later than never... or eschew competition a la Nikon 1...

The G1X must be built like a tank, ca. 100gr. heavier than the NX100 w/ 20-50mm kit. But nearly 1/2lb. heftier than a NEX-3C with a 16mm lens... the G1X is almost double weight, and not yet an ILC...

Let's hope that G1X's IQ and handling justifies that quarter Kg. extra vs. NEX.

0 upvotes
shaunly
By shaunly (Jan 9, 2012)

Very nice! I honestly think they could have made the lens a little faster. F/2.0-4.5 sound reasonable. The lens shouldn't be much larger. Remember, there's no mirror/mounts so they can literally put the rear element right up against the sensor to reduce size.

Maybe a faster lens will be in the G1 X2. Might end up buying it anyways. D700 setup is getting way too heavy for backpacking/hiking trips.

1 upvote
simon65
By simon65 (Jan 9, 2012)

The PowerShot G1 X is available from late February, priced at £699.00/€799.00/$799.99 RRP.

£1 = USD 1.54

£699.00 = USD 1,076

Yep, looks like the Great British public are about to get royally screwed again.

7 upvotes
iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (Jan 9, 2012)

Probably the equation involving production, demand and taxes is more favorable in the USA.

0 upvotes
justmeMN
By justmeMN (Jan 9, 2012)

Do UK prices include a national value added tax? We don't have that in the US, but if you buy from a bricks-and-mortar retailer here, you will most likely pay a state sales tax on top of the purchase price. In my state, the sales tax is about 7.3%.

1 upvote
sensibill
By sensibill (Jan 9, 2012)

Really quite sick of Brits crying over an exchange rate. The US dollar has been artificially suppressed to favor a huge trade imbalance that profits mega-corporations importing oil and other goods. The reality is that this camera wouldn't sell at USD $1,076 and may not even move that well at $799.99. Some states like CA will add nearly 10% Sales Tax on that, and I doubt the average US income right now supports a $799.99 purchase any better than the average UK income supports £699.00. So quit yer whining, UK.

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 9, 2012)

For the record: the Euro price is €749.00. €799.00 is the price if you buy a unit from Canon UK (ie priced in pounds, then converted to Euro), which happens in the Republic of Ireland. Imports direct to mainland Europe are cheaper.

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increments
By increments (Jan 9, 2012)

VAT in the UK is 20%. I also find it hard to believe that US cost of living is not significantly lower given fuel price differences, housing costs etc.

2 upvotes
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Jan 9, 2012)

Last time I checked it was 15% VAT in UK (on other hand quite a lot of countries in EU have that 20%). Which is where price difference come from, plus some import taxes.

And ofc living USA is cheaper than in UK, tho that applies to quite a lot EU countries too. UK is expensive place to live, unless you live on countryside, then its ok-ish.

0 upvotes
increments
By increments (Jan 9, 2012)

It's 20%, never been 15% in my lifetime!

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/forms-rates/rates/rate-changes.htm

the 2nd part of your posts backs up what I was saying to Sensibill, i.e. that cameras probably cost more in the UK no matter how you want to define the terms. (By PPP or any other means.)

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Vibrio
By Vibrio (Jan 9, 2012)

@ increments

since VAT was 15% between 1 december 2008 and 31st december 2009 you can therefore be no older than 2 lol

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increments
By increments (Jan 9, 2012)

Lol I feel foolish, my only mitigating factor was I was out of the country! Still that was a temporary measure.

And having just checked, it was 15% in the 80s too. But was probably a bit too young to be paying attention then.

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MaciekP
By MaciekP (Jan 9, 2012)

Ugly and boring. Old canera giant gave us so zero-exitement toy. Hard to compare with fujifilm elegant designs.

0 upvotes
iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (Jan 9, 2012)

I knew Canon would overcast Nikon skies again, as always. Canon rules. Perfect launch. Sensor better sized than Nikon 1's. That's so good I'm not a Nikon fanboy (neither Canon), otherwise I would be growling and deep breathing of envyness right now. And this is only the very start.

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sensibill
By sensibill (Jan 9, 2012)

Neither a Canon fanboy? I have my doubts.

The Nikon is an entirely different approach with a lighter body and ILS. Canon isn't 'overcasting Nikon skies again' nor is that 'always' the case.

0 upvotes
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Jan 9, 2012)

Mm.. yea try different lens on G1X.

Wait, you cant! :D

0 upvotes
olyflyer
By olyflyer (Jan 9, 2012)

It's true that the sensor is larger but if it is better than the V1 it remains to be seen. Remember that the V1 has exchangeable lens, so ANY Nikon lens can be used on it, while this Canon, regardless of sensor size has a bit mediocre, fixed lens. This camera is a replacement for the Canon G series P&S, not a system camera alternative. It’s perfect if you want to travel light but if you need faster lenses and narrower DOF the V1 could be a better alternative. I also think that the EVF of the V1 is better than the tunnel VF of this camera. On the other hand, the swivel screen is better than the fixed one in the V1...

0 upvotes
iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (Jan 9, 2012)

OK, Nikon 1 System sensor is significantly smaller, so whatever Canon system comes up using G1X sensor size, there are little chances most models would be competitively smaller enough than Nikon 1 System's.

Anyway, I can't imagine better upgrade for the G series. Nikon G-very-like series is now far behind.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2012)

Way too pricey for a mere point and shooter. Considering the specs of the Canon G1 X, a price of US$350 to $400 would be much more sensible for it.

0 upvotes
Andy Curtis Pics
By Andy Curtis Pics (Jan 9, 2012)

Forgot to mention that it looks dreadfully like the designer took influence from the old T90 or even an old Volvo... Square and horribly 80's...

Please; with all the quality RF's around could it not have had a proper product designer cast some magic over it?

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csnyder103
By csnyder103 (Jan 9, 2012)

I am very curious why so many people are so concerned with the looks of their camera. They are not supposed to be things of beauty, they are supposed to create them.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2012)

I seem to recall seeing an East German made camera that looked quite like this "new" Canon, and I believe that was a vintage 1964 model.

0 upvotes
Andy Curtis Pics
By Andy Curtis Pics (Jan 9, 2012)

The look as well as the feel is important to many including me...

Being contentious and looking back over my past purchases... Cameras have to look the part as well as handle and perform well and to my satisfaction.... The G5 was a fantastic looking camera when introduced and looked far better than any of the competition available at the time... Going back even further my Nikon F3 HP is a design classic and to my eyes looks better than anything else of that time... Especially the Canon A1 etc... It's the same for me with cars... Good design feels great, operates well and reliably and generates a sense of desire before purchase and satisfaction afterwards and every time the unit is used. The G1X to my eyes is a "dog" so it won't encourage me to part with my hard earned...

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Kim Seng
By Kim Seng (Jan 9, 2012)

I have a G11 and I like it. This new camera looks like a magnify copy of the G11 or G12. I need a new format like the Nikon 1 V1 so that I can also use my old SLR lens with a designed adapter like the FT1. That option makes me want to buy the Nikon V1. It is not so versatile here where I am stuck in between G11 and my SLR outfit.

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toomanycanons
By toomanycanons (Jan 9, 2012)

Glad I held off buying a G12. Except for no 3 shot auto bracket feature (only two if I read the specs correctly) this looks like a winner.

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suedezu
By suedezu (Jan 9, 2012)

The G1X is likely to be the most promising increase in image quality in the G series for a long time. Can't wait for a full review!

What I like:
-six times larger sensor compared to the G12
-full metal body
-better IQ when using higher ISOs
-increased exposure compensation

What I hope for:
-faster AF than my G11
-more DSLR-like images (bokeh, subject separation)

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2012)

You can buy something like this one a whole cheaper if you look for one of those "Micro 4/3 sensor" alternatives.

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (Jan 9, 2012)

@Francis, but the G1X is slightly smaller than G3+14-42X while still being brighter on wide end and having longer tele. And costs slightly less (both G3 and 14-42X for bit more than 400€ in Germany).

Provided that G1X matches the current m43 cameras in AF speed (and Canon hasn't crippled it somewhere awkwardly) this is IMO a good deal.

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drissised
By drissised (Jan 9, 2012)

Remind me when it's cheaper !!!

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Oxherder Arts
By Oxherder Arts (Jan 9, 2012)

First thing I look at with these new announcements is the lens specs. This makes my yawn.

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sh10453
By sh10453 (Jan 9, 2012)

I agree. Canon needs to start using an f1.8 lens on such line of high-end P&S cameras.

There are plenty of other issues I have with this camera, which I listed them further down.

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sh10453
By sh10453 (Jan 9, 2012)

Thanks.
I'll refrain from the negativity, but I'll say that after 35 years in photography and engineering, I think I do have a little bit of a clue.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 9, 2012)

well if you HAD you would not write such nonsense....

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sh10453
By sh10453 (Jan 9, 2012)

I suggest you do some further research, sir.

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M Irwin
By M Irwin (Jan 9, 2012)

Look, I always take peoples' responses with the context that these are quick replies to a web forum where all nuances about the topic aren't going to be fully expressed in a single statement. I'd love f/1.8 lenses too, and if were to say that, my implication would be that I would take a smaller sensor to be able to accommodate that. With the improvement in sensor technology, I would have much rather seen something like an f/1.8-2.5 lens on a smaller sensor and body.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 9, 2012)

why should i do research? im not the one who has no clue. lol

and yes i would love to see a f1,2 14-200mm lens too.
if possible for under 1300 euro.
too bad nobody at canon and nikon will listen.

rotfl...

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 9, 2012)

Negative attitude aside, 35 years in photography is more of a liability than an asset in some cases, especially when going from film experience to digital or even going from SLR experience to a digital point and shoot.
Research? Try this: the camera feature search on this website lists a total of 3 cameras with f/1.8 lenses. The Nikon P300 has a 6.17 x 4.55 mm sensor and runs about $400ish. The Olympus XZ-1 is a 8.07 x 5.56 mm sensor for around $500. Finally, the Samsung TL500 has a 7.44 x 5.58 mm sensor for about $300. NONE of these are constant (1.8-4.9, 1.8-2.5, and 1.8-2.4).
Show me a constant 1.8 zoom lens and I'll show you a very expensive SLR lens.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Jan 9, 2012)

f1.8 lens for camera which sensor is near APS-C? Im afraid that would be crazy expensive and really big.

f2 at start and f2.8 at long end would be fine..

Tho I guess days of 28-200mm f2.8 lens for compacts are long gone. :(

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2012)

Maybe Canon is hyping this latest wannabe-cam of theirs as an 'almosot APS-C sensor-cam,' but it is actually an "almost M4/3 sensor-cam."

And the lens on this crazily priced G1 X is one heckuva dark one. Even if the camera + lens was priced at a mere $400. Instead of a head-scratching 800 big ones.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 9, 2012)

Do you mean slow? Is this some new terminology I haven't learned? And almost M4/3? It's bigger...M4/3 is almost up to the G1X, fool. I'd wager that a Canon sensor, especially a larger one, will kick all the M4/3 sensors up and down the street.

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petepictures
By petepictures (Jan 9, 2012)

Bravo Canon that is lovely.
I am a Nikon user , but can always appreciate a lovely camera like tis.
to attach filters directly on the lens would have been nicer as well as faster lens though. Time lapse on a camera like this would be great as well.

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Boris
By Boris (Jan 9, 2012)

Price $800 too high!

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roblarosa
By roblarosa (Jan 9, 2012)

Agree. At $600 this would have been a no-brainer.

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Snaaks
By Snaaks (Jan 9, 2012)

This will be my new P&S camera. period.

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simon65
By simon65 (Jan 9, 2012)

One thing the G1-X appears to be inexplicably missing is a funky range of filters, which are increasingly standard in the market, particularly on cameras like this which will pick up lots of users who don't photoshop.

And underwater mode is all well and good, but how about a basic 'party mode' to capture such events?

My first digital Nikon Coolpix had one and it made a huge difference, expecially when you get bored of your flash turning the murky colourful world you see before you on a Saturday night into something resembling the bright glare of the average dentists's drill room.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Jan 9, 2012)

You're kidding right?

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simon65
By simon65 (Jan 9, 2012)

Oh dear, I fear we have a camera snob or two.

Why would I be kidding? This camera is going to be used by some as a second to their DSLR, and by a whole lot more as an upgrade from a point-and-shoot, and their one and only camera.

You may not enjoy or need filters, but many do.

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anchorite64
By anchorite64 (Jan 9, 2012)

I took a look at the available samples. They are not in full resolution as claimed. I don't know about the skin of the model in second picture. It may be the makeup but it does not look natural. There is almost something like a posterize effect.

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Jon Stern
By Jon Stern (Jan 9, 2012)

This is the G-series camera I always wanted.

I can't believe the whingeing in these comments. The specs are well balanced for what it is. As with any point and shoot, it's designed to give you everything you need 99% of the time.

If you want 24mm and F2.0, buy a CSC and spend a couple of grand on the body and a series of lenses, and deal with the pros and cons of that (pros = flexibility, cons = having to carry several lenses and swap them out at times). Or you could buy an X100 (as I did) and deal with the limitations of that.

I don't expect any camera with this level of portability to replace my full-frame DSLR, but something that doesn't have me filled with regret every time I leave the SLR at home and see a great shot opportunity sounds like a good compromise. The G1 X looks like it might just keep me happy in those situations.

At $799 it sounds like a bargain to me (don't tell Canon).

For $799 this seems like a bargain to me (don't tell Canon I said that).

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sh10453
By sh10453 (Jan 9, 2012)

It sounds like you work for Canon USA Marketing department.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 9, 2012)

and you sound like a noob sh10453.... reading your nonsens below.

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Jon Stern
By Jon Stern (Jan 9, 2012)

sh10453. You couldn't be more wrong! I work for the company that provides the sensor for the Nikon 1 series.

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sh10453
By sh10453 (Jan 9, 2012)

Hi Jon ... and thanks ;) <wink>

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Jock Elliott
By Jock Elliott (Jan 9, 2012)

Jon,

I agree with you, and for virtually the same reasons you enumerate. This is a G12 on steroids, very nearly as good (IMHO) as an X100 without the limitations or eccentricities.

I am a fulltime freelance writer who shoots photos often to illustrate stories or blogs. I couldn't afford a Leica, the X100 is too limited. the new X camera looks a winner but too rich for my blood, and the mirrorless cam systems don't really bring anything that you can't get better and very nearly as portable in a small SLR. (And I don't want the hassle and weight of an SLR system.)

Provided Canon didn't bugger something up, it looks to me like they hit a home run.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 9, 2012)

this is a GREAT camera and makes much sense!

face it.... the majority of m43, NEX etc. owners are not buying lenses.
they want a better P&S camera and that is why the sells clerk is selling them m43 or other mirrorless cameras. i know at least 6 owners of mirrorless system cameras who only own the KIT LENS.... and they are not planning to buy other lenses

the majority of customers don´t even know much about f-stops.
that is a fact.

f2.0 would be great but the camera would be more bulky
you can´t have it all.

could it be better?
could an ambitious amateur wish for more?

sure!

but from a business viewpoint this makes sense.

this camera will sell like sliced bread.

will i buy it... no, not this modell. maybe the next.
im still happy with my PEN as an every day walk around camera.

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roblarosa
By roblarosa (Jan 9, 2012)

Absolutely agree with you. I live in Las Vegas and see a LOT of tourists with DSLRs and still using the kit lens. I think that the average consumer understands that a bigger sensor generally means better quality but doesn't want to fiddle with swapping lenses (or invest in them.) The only thing they're concerned about is quality and being able to zoom.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

"the majority of m43, NEX etc. owners are not buying lenses."

Yes, they are so ahead of the curve, they have learnt to shoot stuff entirely without a meddlesome lens. Anyhow, this G1 X fiasco from Canon is barely worth 400 bucks, nobody sane is going to give them 800 shekels for this amazingly lame job.

"Kit lens"with a Panasonic Lumix M4/3 camera (GH2) maybe be a 14-140mm 10x zoom range lens, compare that to this dark and lame 4x zoom job from Canon. You would think Canon had forgotten how to make a good lens. And even if you want to use a better lens on the G1 X, you would have to saw this one off the body first, ouch.

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sh10453
By sh10453 (Jan 9, 2012)

This is very disappointing, Canon!
What a shame to mess up such a nice camera, especially that you gave it a better sensor, which deserves a camera with better features!

Several issues will make me pass on considering this camera (although I have been a Canon fan and user for over 30 years):

1- Ridiculous zoom (4X).

2- Unacceptable macro distance (20 cm, just when I hoped for 20 mm or even 10mm macro distance).

3- USB 2 is old news now. Why in the world would you do that when USB 3 has been out for a while now?

4- 1.9 frames per second, Canon? Isn't that embarrassing? Shame on you!

5- f2.8 is no longer great. It is time for f1.8, or at least a compromised f2.0.

I am really bummed and very disappointed by this news from Canon, and without a doubt I'll have to consider one of Fuji's new products for a pocket camera (perhaps the f770 EXR).

I'm about to start renaming Canon to Cannot.

Bummerrrrrrrrrr, Cannot!

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SamTruax
By SamTruax (Jan 9, 2012)

All those years of Canon experience and yet no experience in photography... at least by those statements.
The sensor is 6.3x the size as the previous generations of G series cameras...what kind of enormous lens would you want attached to it that has a longer zoom than 4x and brighter than f 2.8?
I'm sure the Fuji will be a cute little camera but don't expect the image quality to be anywhere near what the Canon will produce.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 9, 2012)

What you want precludes the ability to use a large sensor. Go buy a DSLR and quit dreaming about point and shoot cameras that either break the laws of physics or would cost thousands of dollars. What I mean is, f/1.8 would have been possible....if the lens was made four times as large at a cost of another several hundred dollars. Get real. Oh, and drop the size of the sensor down and you get your huge zoom, makes the faster lens possible at the same size but then you get the same lousy sensor in other cameras. This camera just isn't for you. Oh, and the burst rate is only 1.9 if you want to shoot at that speed until the memory card is full. And who gives a flying leap about the USB connection? Do what a real photographer would do and get a fast card reader....really, who plugs their camera in if they want fast data rates?

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 9, 2012)

some people can not look beyond their own horizont.
they still think you can have tiny lenses with huge sensors..... i guess they just sucked at physics....

they think camera makers should make cameras that fulfill every ambitious photographers dreams.

that is a nice dream.... but in fact the money is with the soccer moms and dads ... not people who complain about f2.8.

f1.8 zoom lens.. yeah dream on....

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simon65
By simon65 (Jan 9, 2012)

In what way is 28–112 mm ridiculous? It's standard.

And F2.8 isn't bad. You know that f1.8 would have made for a far heavier overall camera.

1.9 frames per second is nigh on 2 shots a second, fine for anyone but sports or birders, and if you're into either of them you're in DSLR territory, and a tripod.

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sh10453
By sh10453 (Jan 9, 2012)

Laughing hard here .. nice to see the reactions (for asking for the impossible).
Thank you all for the replies & contributions.

Henry: Relax a little bit, and take it easy, my friend.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 9, 2012)

Simon, double check your burst specs. This camera may not have much of a buffer, but you'll notice it can do much better than 1.9 fps. 4.5fps to be exact.

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Bryan Costin
By Bryan Costin (Jan 9, 2012)

I don't think anyone's asking for the impossible. Just noting that the particular set of design compromises Canon chose might not be the best for the intended market. Combining this form factor with this sensor places limits your engineering options. Knowing that a fast lens was not an option, they should've made the most of it and either gone wider, or gone longer. The camera isn't that small as it is, so a slight increase in size wouldn't have mattered that much, either.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

Only Canon would have the sheer audacity to list this nothing-cam for $800, wow!! How about 350 shekels, 400 tops?

Canon announced a digital video camera in November that was supposed to have taken Hollywood by storm. Said to be a $20,000 camera at first, the EOS C300 is now priced at around $13,000, and will likely fall lower still. And the bloody thing is not even shipping yet! Does not bode well for the G1 X.

I love how all the pro-Canon folks here keep on insisting for some weird reason that this is a "large sensor" camera, when obviously it is not. It is basically a M4/3 sensot camera, and I never heard Oly or Panny users claiming that they have a "large sensor" M4/3 camera. I guess when Canon sues a sensor, it is "large sensor," but when Olympus and Panasonic uses the same sensor to within 0.5 millimeter, it is not a large sensor? Whatever.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

No 'soccer mum' will be crazy enough to pay 800 dollars for this lame thing. Just because the sticker days CANON -- so what? But probably some of the professionals commenting here will buy two G1 X-cams each, so at the end, it'll all balance itself out, or whatever. For some folks here, I guess it must worth a small fortune to be able to record images at 28mm and also at 112mm. Too bad about that really dark "tele" setting f/5.8 iris at the "tele" end of only 112mm and thereabouts.

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PhotoTrevor
By PhotoTrevor (Jan 9, 2012)

I have to say I'm really disappointed with this. I've been coveting an X100 for some time now and I've had the chance to use one and I liked it but being a canon guy I wanted to see what they would put out given my flashes. The lens on this is a joke. Why can't we put a fast prime on instead of a slow short range zoom. Canon would hit this out of the park with basically the same camera with a 35mm equivalent F2.
Sorry Canon no matter how favourable a review DPR will inevitably put on this, going to buy an X100 or whatever else they release.

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freediverx
By freediverx (Jan 9, 2012)

Replacing the zoom with a fixed, prime lens would reduce the camera's versatility and significantly diminish it's market appeal. I don't blame Canon for the decision to keep a zoom.

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Applehead
By Applehead (Jan 9, 2012)

I'd vote for this zoom every time over a faster prime, because it's of greater benefit to me, but everyone's mileage will vary.

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Andy Curtis Pics
By Andy Curtis Pics (Jan 9, 2012)

It still has an optical VF when I don't need one at all... When will they learn? :-(

It has a pop up flash when an integrated one is far better (less to go wrong and less invasive when activated...no unnecessary clicking that draws attention to you when doing candid shots etc)

It still has a short zoom which is not long enough... I need 6x....like the G9

Well that's me deciding to trade up from my G12 to a S/H full frame SLR that's just about to be phased out and back down to G9 as a spare snapshot camera...

IMO the G1x is a step change, but absolutely not enough to make it a killer product that will take command of this market..

In other words, a lost opportunity with a comedy Canon price.... again. ;-(

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Applehead
By Applehead (Jan 9, 2012)

The pop-up flash is necessary to avoid having the flash blocked by the lens at wide angle.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

If somehow we can argue that the camera is actually worth US $250 retail, than the lens on it can barely worth more than 150 bucks. That would make the camera with the fixed lens probably worth 400 shekels to some folks out there. Like the "soccer moms" that many here are referring to.

But for $800, Fujifilm will give me a slightly smaller sensor X-S1 with a 24-624mm 26x range Fujinon zoom lenses. No comparison, not at all. Sorry, Canon, it's been... well, unreal.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 10, 2012)

Based on all of your comments you must own Fuji stock. The Fuji sensor is 1/4th the size of the G1X. That's not "slightly smaller" in my book.

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Chuckmet
By Chuckmet (Jan 13, 2012)

Francis is just a Canon hater. One of those people that thinks the camera brand he owns (Fuji) is the only choice any one should make. Look at all the canon bashing he's done so far. I suspect he's lonely browsing the Fuji threads.

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mantra
By mantra (Jan 9, 2012)

would really love to have a g1x with an electronic viewfiender
maybe to buy separately, apart

i own a g12 but i don't use it

i can't really enjoy the monitor
i'm old school :D
i can't enjoy shooting without a viewfinder (<-- the built in in the g12 is totally useless)
but i'm curious the sensor IQ
and the built quality seems excellent, outstanding

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theDA
By theDA (Jan 9, 2012)

F2 or GTFO

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I Wayan Pica
By I Wayan Pica (Jan 9, 2012)

This is a far better idea than the Nikon 1 and I hope Canon will give us a reasonable price.

Although I am a faithful Nikon user for more than 25 years, I hate the idea to put a tiny sensor on a Not-a-Cheap-Amateur-Camera.

If the price is not right, I will grab a new Sony NEX.

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topstuff
By topstuff (Jan 9, 2012)

I have a NEX5N and i must say the AF is not so great.

You are so very wrong about the Nikon 1. You really are.

Unless you are printing to large sizes, the IQ is great. And the AF and responsiveness of Nikon 1 is much better than NEX so your pictures are more likely to be in focus !

It would be a mad mistake to ignore the Nikon 1. It really is very good and many Nikon full frame enthusiasts are really pleased with it..

And remember, you cannot have a large sensor with small lenses. It won't work. NEX lenses are still too large.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Jan 9, 2012)

I don't see it as a far better idea than the Nikon 1, but it still looks very nice and I'm sure IQ will be very good.

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tbcass
By tbcass (Jan 9, 2012)

I think Canon dropped the ball on this one. With similarly priced 4/3, and NEX cameras having interchangeable lenses along with the new Nikon I just don't see it. Probably only Canon diehards will buy it but there are a lot of those around.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

"Probably only Canon diehards will buy it"

Exactly right, I fear. The G1 X would probably not stand up to any serious camera-to-camera competition, especially at the mind-twisting $800 list price. I mean, every single specification here is so lame. And then, you cannot even lose this little 4x nuisance zoom even if you had wanted to. What a mess.

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 13, 2012)

Francis Carver: Are you sure you are on the right site? You've really opened my eyes. All your comments so far have had no relevance and just don't make sense. I get you don't like Canon like I don't like Sony. But your aggression against one of the longest running most successful camera brands of all time is mind bending.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 13, 2012)

There are people who buy a camera because they are right about it being the best thing one can buy. Considering other needs and priorities is pointless once perfection in all areas has been found. Not seeing your own choice as a balance of compromises must make one feel good about being smart enough to know better than a vast majority of the population. It would be like saying "that camera is too big and only a fool would carry around such a beast when they can get less image quality out of something that weighs half as much." In that case, some of us would be willing to carry the weight and some might have an affliction that would make that impossible. If I demanded the greatest image quality humanly possible I would have gone to medium format and blown $100k already.

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Jogger
By Jogger (Jan 9, 2012)

Does anyone know what type of shutter it uses?? A leaf shutter would be awesomes.

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simon65
By simon65 (Jan 9, 2012)

Hmm, so after years of telling us that they couldn't possibly get a large sensor in a small body with a decent lens range, Canon have finally done just that.

It's good to see, but there's nothing here from the technological standpoint that Canon couldn't have deployed five years ago.

Still maybe now Canon will build a 550D sized DSLR with a 1.3 crop sensor and I'll really be impressed. Yep, its all about the sensor, everything else is a fob off.

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Adrian Joseph Roy
By Adrian Joseph Roy (Jan 9, 2012)

The lens is equally important. Plenty of great sensors out there with really crappy glass in front of them.

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migus
By migus (Jan 9, 2012)

why not a FF sensor in that 550D body? (i actually like physics and optics...)

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

This is a 4/3 / M4/3 sensor camera from Canon -- Olympus and Panasonic have been building those for years, hello!?

Canon's lens is really lame, and since it is fixed, you would have to saw it off first to glue something else on in its place, a brutal operation indeed.

No usable VF, and check out the pathetic video capture of the G1 X. If you want NTSC's 30fps, this thing can only do 1280x720 resolution. Not even 1080p, let alone 1080p60, like the $900 Sony SLT Alpha 65 can deliver.

Really, Canon? In the year 2012, Canon? We don't really think so, Canon.

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mrsfixit
By mrsfixit (Jan 9, 2012)

YES!!!!!!!!
My camera prayers have been answered!
Perhaps others wanted an EVF, or a wider zoom- but- this is *exactly* what I wanted.
A 4/3 sensor AND an articulated LCD and small enough to fit in my purse.
OMG!
IF the IQ is up to Canon's usual standards- I definitely will buy one. :-)

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Siemenj
By Siemenj (Jan 9, 2012)

I don't really see why everyone is so negative.
With basically/hopefully the same IQ as most amateur dslrs it's still:
Significantly smaller.
But at the same time both faster (f2.8) and more zoom than those bulky kit lenses.
No mirror, so permanent Live view (Viewfinders are nice, but I only had compacts for many years, so I actually prefer looking at the screen.
Also better external controls than for example panasonic/nex mirrorless camera.

The only shortcomings are see are maybe AF-speed (though nobody actually saw it focussing) and (compared to G series) bigger minimum focus distance, so less suited for macro.

Only AF speed and IQ being terrible can stop me from buying this camera.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 9, 2012)

I owned an A620 that died a couple of years ago. It had the articulating screen and I won't bother going into its comparatively lousy specs. Its dimensions were 105x66x49mm. It fit nicely in a small holster that I'm now using for my D10. At 117x81x65 the G1X gains 12x15x16mm, which means this is not a pocket camera but it will be easy to draw quickly from a holster.
The same cannot be said for any of the mirrorless systems unless all you have is the pancake lens attached. I'd rather lug my 7D around. There is a threshold for each level of convenience, and within each range it's somewhat pointless to go with the smallest camera available except for weight concerns.....I don't walk around with my camera constantly hanging from my neck (rarely, anyway).
SO, a 1.85X crop camera I can fit in a holster on my belt that also sports a 4X lens? Homerun in my book. The old SX20 never got used because it was almost as inconvenient as the 7D....20X zoom or not, I prefer the 7D.

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luxborealis
By luxborealis (Jan 9, 2012)

Almost the perfect camera - tweak the wideangle to 24mm and the telephoto to 120mm (6x zoom) and I would likely ditch my DSLR for street photography. Oh - and for aesthetic and feel, make it slightly more ergonomic and less boxy.

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Michael S.
By Michael S. (Jan 9, 2012)

First "bad" spec that I saw already and can't be ignored even by good IQ the camera might have:

F2.8-5.8 stabilized zoom...

This should have been something like f2.0 - f4.0!

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Caleido
By Caleido (Jan 9, 2012)

In that case, the lens would have been bigger. You can't have it all.

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GeorgeD200
By GeorgeD200 (Jan 9, 2012)

I'm sure this is more expensive to produce than the T3 and lens, but at $799., they've lost me. At $599, I'd buy one for when I want to leave the D700 at home.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

More like US$350, 400 tops in my book. Where is Canon going with these crazy camera prices?

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Jan 9, 2012)

I like it.

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avgcitizen
By avgcitizen (Jan 9, 2012)

While I'm sure the image quality out of this camera will be very high, the rest of it comes across as quaint and clunky. This new format for Canon will hopefully pave the way for future models with desirable features, but this one misses the boat and reveals how behind the innovation curve Canon has fallen.

If Sony can follow Panasonic's cue with a collapsible zoom lens for its NEX, and/or if Olympus can match Panasonic's sensor quality, then after so many years of devotion to Canon, I will be ready to jump ship in the small-scale high image quality camera sector.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Jan 9, 2012)

Yay! finally a larger sensor for a PowerShot larger than their old Powershot Pro1's 2/3" (long overdue). Well, 4/3d sensor better than nothin'! (hoped for a touch larger; but have pondered the 43d option in the past; indicating it was very reasonable and doable for a long time.

Awww, boo!!! Still no built-in starting wide zoom of 24mm (35mm equivalent; adapter-converter lens the least appealing option if any), I was hoping. Maybe next time round, G1xMkII will have 24mm...

Yay! The 'G' retains their classic VASS (vari-angle swivel screen)... and OLEDs not yet.

Liveview... Yes? Well, it has always been best kind of LV, ES-LV or Exposure Simulation Live (Pre)View since the G's inception 12 years ago.

Yay!
for:
1080p (finally) and stereo sound (finally; given the SX series had it all along)
for Wired Remote!
expanded shutter speeds
expanded ISO range
I hope exposure simulation is like past G's where one can still SEE the simulation at longer exposures for infrared shooting stills/video

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George Sears
By George Sears (Jan 9, 2012)

No EVF. Surely there is some mid res version of an EVF to replace the useless tunnel. Price is way more than what they sold the REB X3 for here, around $440 over Christmas. Way back DPR said Pro 1, an EVF 2/3" camera, was doomed by cheap dSLR's. So I don't know why this camera isn't doomed, or at least problematic. The Fuji X100 has the nice EVF and some real refined qualities. The X10 is maybe a better G12. Canon has had one strategy, protect the old 35mm lenses and systems. Now it is catching up with them. If this sells then all the buyers will be outside 'the system'. Maybe Canon needs a $1200 and reasonably compact full frame. Sony innovates. Fuji innovates. Panasonic has nice small mirrorless options at great prices. The GF3 was kicking around at $300, depending on the package. Compare that to this, value for money. Canon tries to protect entrenched positions. I like a lot of Canon cameras, but they constantly seem to make cameras I like a little less, or that seem expensive.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

Right U R, George. Personally, I am not in the market for something this lame, but vis-a-vis the stiff competition out there already, a price of US$350, maybe $400 would be tops in my book for Canon's G1 X. And $600 if you really, truly must have a Canon. But not a red cent more.

Where is Canon going with these crazy camera prices of theirs? Example, their EOS C300 first rumored to be $20,000. then swiftly dropped to $13,000 -- and that is even before the camera actually ships? My, my...

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 10, 2012)

Frank...I think this is the 83rd time I've read the same thing.

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Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Jan 9, 2012)

I used to have a Canon G1, an incredible camera at the time. Looks like Canon was going for a reboot in the spirit of that model.

Great job overall, but a real shame they missed on the lens. A 24-70 f/2.0-2.4 IS with an optional teleconverter would have nailed it (for me at least, ymmv), even if the camera needed to be slightly larger.

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twanton
By twanton (Jan 9, 2012)

I'll wait it out: the Canon Powershot G3 X will have an 2.0 lens, as does my never failing G3. Till then I'll stick to Panny's G3.

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Jan 9, 2012)

Kudos to Canon for doing a MAJOR (sensor) upgrade to the G Series, rather than just another incremental upgrade.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Jan 9, 2012)

What a great, if typically conservative camera from Canon! I am not a fan of Canon at all, but I have always looked the look and control layout of the G series. The G's are quite popular so I'm sure these will sell well. I would almost certainly buy one over a Nikon 1. Those complaining about the lens consider this - you are essentially getting a Panasonic 14mm and 14-42 plus some in one lens that is about as big as the 14mm (one of its biggest draws) but it is stabilized!

DPR points out that those buying a DSLR to only use the kit lens will consider this instead, however I disagree - people who do that tend to like the idea of being able to change lenses, even if they never do. Feeling like your device can expand as you need it to is a big draw, even if people don't ever take advantage of the expansion capabilities.

this will sell well to people who still want a compact but want better image quality and as Canon say, enthusiasts who want a smaller second camera.

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