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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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Total comments: 791
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Syncro87
By Syncro87 (Jan 9, 2012)

New try, but not having inputs, like sound and flash sync limit it's pro use in a studio setting. Be a nice thing to hang around your neck to impress others who don't really know or need to make money with it though.

0 upvotes
Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Jan 9, 2012)

Need to make money with it? Are you kidding? Virtually every camera purchased is a hobbyist's toy.

A pro tool is a tool that a pro uses to solve a problem. This may be exactly what a pro needs in certain situations. Or not.

More D1X'a and Nikon D4's will be bought by amateurs for their enjoyment, not to make money. Arguably this camera could potentially make a better return than a "pro" camera as the cost of entry is so much lower.

3 upvotes
smallcams
By smallcams (Jan 9, 2012)

All true. Good observations.

0 upvotes
SDF
By SDF (Jan 9, 2012)

That's HOT! Indeed a MFT and Nikon 1 killer. I want one now!

0 upvotes
thepaladin
By thepaladin (Jan 9, 2012)

Seriously what are you thinking?
A mft KILLER? Im in loss of word.

1 upvote
PhotoTrevor
By PhotoTrevor (Jan 9, 2012)

The only thing this is going to kill is Canon's high end P&S marketshare. Given what the rest of the market is doing this is like Canon's R&D department fell asleep

1 upvote
liquidsquid
By liquidsquid (Jan 9, 2012)

As long as you don't want a fast prime or long telephoto or an exceptional macro lens or... Doesn't kill either platform, it adds to the ecosystem. It is an excellent contender for competing with the long-since retired Sony R1 though. How long has it been now, and Canon finally comes up with something like it?

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

"That's HOT! Indeed a MFT and Nikon 1 killer. I want one now!"

Ha-ha-ha-ha, that's a good one. A MFT camera is going to kill all MFT cameras, is that what you're saying?

At long last, Canon is now announcing a MFT sensor camera -- years after Olympus and Panasonic have been delivering their 4/3 and M4/3 cameras.

As it is usually the case with Canon lately: too little, too late. And for way too much money, too.

0 upvotes
howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 10, 2012)

Where's the dislike button for people like Frank? Go read his five thousand identical comments.

1 upvote
Applehead
By Applehead (Jan 9, 2012)

To all those wishing Canon had supplied more, I'm impressed with what Canon has done. Having a large sensor in a small, powerful package is right up my alley. Sure, 24mm would have been great, f/2, too, but think about the physics. With a sensor this size, f/2 adds size, weight and costs to the lens, as does 24mm. There are tradeoffs to the wishlists. Personally, while I'd like to see how much size, weight and costs 24mm would have added, I'm happy with what Canon has done with this camera, and will buy one. It's terrific as it is, and I can always buy a 24mm version in the future (for a little extra net cost by selling this one), and in the meantime, I will have had an outstanding pocket camera with a nearly APS-C sensor, RAW format, shallow depth of field, and impressive ISO levels. Cool!

11 upvotes
Tom Goodman
By Tom Goodman (Jan 9, 2012)

See photo comparing size to G12. Conclusion: too big for what it is. Take along the DSLR at this point.

1 upvote
GuptaD42
By GuptaD42 (Jan 9, 2012)

Swimming against the tide they may be, but Canon just demonstrated deep understanding of the mid market. This will be a repeat of the times when Canon brought in the first affordable DSLRs with the rebel series - again capturing a large market that overlaps with entry level DSLRs, high-end compacts, and mirrorless compact system cameras like m43, sony nex.

The G1X specs are clearly designed to make sure the largest possible segment in this mid market can be satisfied without endangering the DSLR. Canon keeps the direction clear for people who want and need a full DSLR. Over time, expect DSLRs to increasingly stick to full frame and the Canon APS DSLR range to thin out.

Canon will hurt volumes of all major competitors . Maybe Canon can buy Olympus out of their misery. A lot of nikon 1's potential market just got wiped out. Large price drops coming before the low volumes cause it to be abandoned? Nex 7 pretty much fights a DSLR battle already, but c3 and 5n may be hurt as well.

0 upvotes
J. Qian
By J. Qian (Jan 9, 2012)

I'm surprised that Canon still manages to come out with a larger camera than the Panasonic GX1 plus G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm lens. The Panasonic model of course has the ability of lens changing, which is an irresistible advantage unless the Canon G1X can produce significantly higher image quality, and it seems not likely.

1 upvote
rccasgar
By rccasgar (Jan 9, 2012)

But maybe there's a kind of photocamera users than look for quality pictures without interchangeable lenses... I mean, not all users are PRO... I really like the idea of a compact camera like this.

0 upvotes
WT21
By WT21 (Jan 9, 2012)

Canon continues to strive for the slowest fps in continuous shooting known in the camera world!

Otherwise, it's a pretty nice camera, though maybe not for me.

0 upvotes
NK777
By NK777 (Jan 9, 2012)

Good sensor! Nice lens for travel. Poor design. Kvadratish :)

1 upvote
ale_login
By ale_login (Jan 9, 2012)

with the underwater housing, this camera beats hands down any interchangeable lens system!
as long as canon will make the uw housing... right?!?

0 upvotes
jpr2
By jpr2 (Jan 9, 2012)

Specs. here:
Weight (inc. batteries) - 390g

Specs. within DPR's overview:
Weight (with battery and card) - 534g

clearly SD card alone just can't be 144g ??

0 upvotes
tombiondo
By tombiondo (Jan 9, 2012)

lens keeps it from becoming a professional camera...aperture range not fast enough....

2 upvotes
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Jan 9, 2012)

C'mon, with the sensor this large a fast lest would be huge. Keep in mind that the sensor is nearly 4 times the area of the one in the X10, but the size of G1X is only a little more than the X10. If the lens is good this camera could deliver DSLR quality shots in a size of bigger potato (sorry, that is what G cameras always reminded me off :) ).

This camera could be an alternative to those who would otherwise get some kind of EVIL (m4/3, APS-C) camera with a zoom lens. Kudos to Canon.

0 upvotes
BillPryor
By BillPryor (Jan 9, 2012)

Does anybody know if it has full manual control in video mode? The G12, for instance, won't let you use the ND filter in video, only when shooting stills. If it gives full manual control, this would be a great second camera/tourist camera for when I don't want to take the 5DII with all its lenses.

0 upvotes
GeorgeD200
By GeorgeD200 (Jan 9, 2012)

Ok, so it's not the 7x Zoom f2.0 lens that many of you have been (foolishly) hoping for, but this camera is really exciting. And no, it's not a full frame interchangeable lens rangefinder, either. Leica already makes those. Canon abandoned rangefinders 50 years ago. I'm sure Canon explored faster lens designs, and they either cost too much, gave up too much range, got too bulky for this camera concept, or most likely a combination of all three.

For what it is: A pocket P&S with an APS-C senor(almost) I think this is a home run. Interchangeable lenses would have added $200 to the price tag, and we'd be stuck with lenses as large as the APS-C. Sure some people would still buy that, and I wouldn't be surprised to see an IL version of this forthcoming, but I think for portability in a high quality camera, this is awesome!

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7 upvotes
increments
By increments (Jan 9, 2012)

Problem being, is that it's not a pocket P&S. It hasn't a size advantage over a lot of the Compact System Cameras.

The fast(er) lens compacts like the Oly XZ-1 gain back a lot of the larger sensor advantages too.

So it's a compromise camera. It'll fit some people perfectly, but for many it'll be another disappointment. For my needs, it doesn't strike the right balance, but then everyone's different.

1 upvote
samson33
By samson33 (Jan 9, 2012)

Don't keep that "no compromise" camera a secret. :)

0 upvotes
increments
By increments (Jan 9, 2012)

That was my point!

Although I was saying that this ISN'T a pocketable camera. It's a, too big to pocket, but slightly smaller than a CSC in most cases, camera. With a dim lens.

0 upvotes
voz
By voz (Jan 9, 2012)

Wow, it's a new ball game with the software corrected lenses.

0 upvotes
manmachine242
By manmachine242 (Jan 9, 2012)

"Sensor size: Four Thirds (18.7 x 14 mm)"

I think "Four Thirds" is a typo.

0 upvotes
Carol Stee
By Carol Stee (Jan 9, 2012)

It's not a typo, the sensor's aspect ratio is 4:3, but it's bigger than the 4:3 sensor Panasonic and Olympus use.

It competes with other big sensor, fixed lens compacts: the Leica X1 and the Fujifilm X100. Fujifilm is about to launch an interchangeable lens version of their camera. If Canon follows Fujifilm's example it will be stiff competition for Micro Four Thirds, Nikon 1, and Sony NEX.

0 upvotes
manmachine242
By manmachine242 (Jan 9, 2012)

Sorry, but you are totally wrong.

FourThirds (4/3) is a sensor size standard, the name is deriving from the external size of analogue video camera tubes (Vidicon) as many others 2/3'', 1/2.5'' etc.

4:3 is the ratio of two sides.

There are FourThirds cameras with natively non 4:3 aspect ratio. (GH1 and GH2)

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ashwins
By ashwins (Jan 9, 2012)

No, it's not:

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

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

That's a database glitch - it's a new system and it seems to be picking up the 'Four Thirds' heading from the sensor size next to it in the list. I'll try to get it fixed.

1 upvote
manmachine242
By manmachine242 (Jan 9, 2012)

Thank you!

0 upvotes
MDwebpro
By MDwebpro (Jan 9, 2012)

Enthusiast compact camera design moves another significant step in the right direction... thank you, Canon!

This isn't the "photographers' compact that (I've) always wanted..." but slap a 24-200 mm (equivalent) f2.4 zoom on the next iteration and it will be!

2 upvotes
manmachine242
By manmachine242 (Jan 9, 2012)

200mm eq. / 1.85x focal length multiplier / f2.4 = 45mm entrance pupil

Will it be really a compact camera?

1 upvote
Digital Suicide
By Digital Suicide (Jan 9, 2012)

If canon would fulfill your desires and put in it 24mm and F2.0-3.3, - it would probably sign the kill werdict to its' rebel line...

3 upvotes
increments
By increments (Jan 9, 2012)

Not really, I suspect they cater to 2 distinct markets. Don't forget the versatility of changing lenses. Besides, in order to put in that 24mm and f/2-3.3, the lens would become even bigger.

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Jan 9, 2012)

No camera with a variable aperture zoom is going to kill the rebel line, just as no fixed lens camera will ever compel people with an investment in Canon glass to drop their DSLRs. This will be a nice second body, but that's all.

0 upvotes
alfredo_tomato
By alfredo_tomato (Jan 9, 2012)

If the AF is fast, this will be a fine street photography camera. I like it. It is pretty much what I hoped for out of the G series.

0 upvotes
jpr2
By jpr2 (Jan 9, 2012)

fast? you mean fast for action shooting on streets?
highly unlikely - after all it's only CDAF system :(

0 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Jan 9, 2012)

XZ-1 = smeary engine, X10 = Orbs (for now), G1X = Slow, LX5=Hepatitis-B.

They are all almost perfect.

5 upvotes
whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (Jan 9, 2012)

Without a fast prime lens, this is not exactly what 'I' wanted.

4 upvotes
Raymond Wardenaer
By Raymond Wardenaer (Jan 9, 2012)

Watch Fuji news tonight...

1 upvote
anchorite64
By anchorite64 (Jan 9, 2012)

Isn't X100 what you wanted then?

0 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Jan 9, 2012)

X1 pro, now with so many new camera's coming out I am confused.

0 upvotes
Bob Meyer
By Bob Meyer (Jan 9, 2012)

Not ONE picture comparing it to some other camera so we can judge the size? Just how huge is this thing?

It's perhaps the ultimate P&S camera, but with true wide angle and true telephoto, it's very limited. Nothing here that would make me consider, even for a second, giving up my Panasonic 7-14, or my Canon EF 70-200 2.8, and the bodies they mount to.

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JesperMP
By JesperMP (Jan 9, 2012)

In the hands-on preview is a picture of the G1X alongside a G12.

0 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Jan 9, 2012)

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canong1x/images/sidebyside-gx1.jpg

I would take the GX1 over the G1 X since I could use my MFT & Pentax lenses on it. The G1 X looks like an upgrade for G12 users IMHO.

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JesperMP
By JesperMP (Jan 9, 2012)

Controls looks nice.
Grip looks nice.
LCD looks nice.

OVF is disappointing. Looks like the same as G12. If it had been an EVF, and it had been relocated to the corner so that the entire camera could have saved on the height it would have been much better.

Personally, I would have traded some of the compactness for a brighter lens.
F2.8 is not bad but also not great.

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chlamchowder
By chlamchowder (Jan 9, 2012)

But a tunnel OVF can be quite useful. It is easy to use even in very bright light, and allows the camera to be easily used with both eyes open for action shooting (so you see a frame superimposed on your vision and stay aware of the surroundings).

The OVF also helps with saving battery life. Now I wonder if they could put a little exposure information display in the G1X's OVF....

Edit: A brighter lens would also be appreciated. That would make up for any gap in high ISO performance. The rebel line will be left intact even if they do this - the G1X can't offer the accurate OVF or AF tracking ability of a real DSLR.

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Boissez
By Boissez (Jan 9, 2012)

Looks extremely nice (for some). The lack of 24mm, 3:2 sensor and its size (larger than a Pana GX1+similar lens) are its major shortcomings though.

0 upvotes
rccasgar
By rccasgar (Jan 9, 2012)

That's the decision for me right now... Panasonic GX1 with 14-42 powerzoom lens or waiting for this new G1X. Really funny that my decision now is how to order the same 3 characters "G", "X" and "1" :)

0 upvotes
Bjorn_L
By Bjorn_L (Jan 9, 2012)

My hats off to Canon. Excellent camera (based on specifications and preview).
I won't be buying it is the range. 28mm is just not good enough on the wide end.

But, I Love that it has an optical viewfinder
And, the sensor size and the claimed ISO performance is really impressive for a compact.

My requests to Canon for the g2x:
Longer lens: 24-120, the range of the current one will keep me from buying this camera.
Environmental sealing. Not water proof. But given that the lens is fixed, there is no reason to not include weather sealing at a level the Canon 50d and 7d have.

bonus points:
The design is very unique. I would have preferred a more rangefinder look-

Remember, the worlds most interesting camera with uninteresting lens is an uninteresting camera. This is a fixed lens, and so we're stuck with it as the only lens. No thanks, but nice effort.

Looking forward to the next iteration of this or perhaps Nikon's, Sony's Fuji's answer to this.

1 upvote
jpr2
By jpr2 (Jan 9, 2012)

indeed 24-120mm f/2-4.5 would be ideal; and also OVF is very welcomed; battery life bit low, though;
and thread for filters pls. = quite a short wish list for the G2-X :)

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ashwins
By ashwins (Jan 9, 2012)

"The design is very unique" is a sweet way to describe the design.

0 upvotes
marcomariano
By marcomariano (Jan 9, 2012)

nice sensor size, 4/3...

but still only 28/2.8 lens, competition are 24/2.0 & 24/1.8...

0 upvotes
rccasgar
By rccasgar (Jan 9, 2012)

Come on, competition are using much smaller sensors... as said before in this post, aperture and focal lenght is not better in normal mirrorless with kit lens.
Don't forget we're still talking about a compact camera... I could understand you were complaining about its price... but I really think there's no compact which can closely follow this new G1X.

1 upvote
Atlasman
By Atlasman (Jan 9, 2012)

Looks like it's aimed at the point and shooter.

It gives them the higher ISO performance, greater dynamic range, and still be in a reasonably small package.

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riveredger
By riveredger (Jan 9, 2012)

Yep - aimed at the point an shooter....with all of those manual controls . . .lol

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 9, 2012)

This looks really nice: 1080/24p with a built-in ND filter. How much, because I extremely interested?

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Atlasman
By Atlasman (Jan 9, 2012)

My Canon Pro 1 has a built-in ND filter—I hope they put this in their mirrorless system whenever they decide to release.

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pekingduck
By pekingduck (Jan 9, 2012)

Battery life is kind of disappointing and no 24mm......otherwise looks good

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SLOtographer
By SLOtographer (Jan 9, 2012)

Nice move overall. I prefer a 24-85mm focal range. That would have hit all the usual prime focal lengths that people like. 28mm is ok. 24mm is great.

This sensor is not that much bigger than m43, so it'll be interesting to see what else happens with Canon in 2012.

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LukeDuciel
By LukeDuciel (Jan 9, 2012)

Exciting! This is the best looking G so far (at least for me).

Like it or not. I guess this one will sell hot.

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riveredger
By riveredger (Jan 9, 2012)

Awesome job , Canon! Where can I preorder??

Dpreview - possible to show a side by side with the G12 to see the size difference?

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Jan 9, 2012)

Err... read the preview?

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riveredger
By riveredger (Jan 9, 2012)

oops! thanks just saw it

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scottacus
By scottacus (Jan 9, 2012)

Looks nice. And it's VERY interesting that Canon is using a Four Thirds sensor in this camera. Wonder if that says something about any future mirrorless system.

I can understand the slow tele end of the lens, since they have to keep size down somehow. But I hope the optical viewfinder is better than the one on past G cameras. And it's really too bad it's not a high-quality EVF instead anyway.

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Jan 9, 2012)

Sounded interesting until I saw f/5.8 at the long end.

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azhestiga
By azhestiga (Jan 9, 2012)

i am going to replace my X100 with G1X when stock arrives.

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mike kobal
By mike kobal (Jan 9, 2012)

reminds me of the Fuji Ga645 :D good timing Canon

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Joe Braun
By Joe Braun (Jan 9, 2012)

If its wide end was 24mm, it would have sold me in a heartbeat. 28mm is so commonplace and isn't that exciting.

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Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jan 9, 2012)

I agree, but this is not bad at all given the sensor and lens sizes.

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match14
By match14 (Jan 9, 2012)

They should have put an EVF rather than optical viewfinder on it.

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Michael Kaufman
By Michael Kaufman (Jan 9, 2012)

Agreed. I would have happily taken a slightly larger camera with an EVF. This one just misses for me.

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Steen Bay
By Steen Bay (Jan 9, 2012)

Yes, if it had had a good EVF, like e.g. the NEX 7, then I would gladly have paid $800 for it, but that's unfortunately not the case.

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Cipher
By Cipher (Jan 9, 2012)

F2.8 kind of kills it for me. Canon needs to make it competitive with M/43 and the Fuji X series.

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Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jan 9, 2012)

You have to take sensor size and focal range into account.

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TEBnewyork
By TEBnewyork (Jan 9, 2012)

Have they improved on the viewfinder?

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TimK5
By TimK5 (Jan 9, 2012)

Could have been awesome, but "wide" angle limited to 28mm instead of 24mm is a serious blunder!

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Alphoid
By Alphoid (Jan 9, 2012)

I wonder what MSRP will be -- that lens has got to be expensive. If they can keep the price down without compromising the optics, this might be the compact camera to beat.

I only wish it had GPS.

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Clickman2
By Clickman2 (Jan 9, 2012)

According to USA Today, the price is $799.

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Applehead
By Applehead (Jan 9, 2012)

I'm glad Canon didn't include GPS. It adds cost, size, battery drain and weight, with no benefit to me. Furthermore, it rarely works well inside. Thank you, Canon, for NOT adding GPS!!

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Alphoid
By Alphoid (Jan 9, 2012)

It's tiny, and you can always turn it off. It does add cost. My a55 GPS works most of the time -- certainly enough to make finding photos much easier.

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Ross Murphy
By Ross Murphy (Jan 9, 2012)

looks great, rather this than the x10 I just got, should take great images

Ross

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Catalin Stavaru
By Catalin Stavaru (Jan 9, 2012)

117x81x65...this camera is really small despite looking big !

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Ibida Bab
By Ibida Bab (Jan 9, 2012)

Canon could be on the top of the game with one simple move: use AAs in cameras like this one.

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kb2zuz
By kb2zuz (Jan 9, 2012)

So that it is heavier, bigger, and only takes 40 shots per charge?

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increments
By increments (Jan 9, 2012)

The bulk and the slow lens kill it for me I'm afraid. I'm sure a lot of people, especially G series users will like it. I wonder whether the OVF is any good, it looks very small.

As an aside, I wish camera makers would give their products distinctive names. Reading the article, and seeing the Panny GX1 comparison, really highlighted how clueless they've got in this department. (Think Samsung NX and Sony NEX.)

You want to distinguish your product from the rest guys!

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 9, 2012)

even the Panasonic x 14-42 is 3.5-5.6
this is 2.8-5.8 and has LONGER reach

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Montaigne
By Montaigne (Jan 9, 2012)

If I had not invested in the G12 when it came out I would strongly consider this camera mainly because of the larger sensor. Although I agree that the 4:3 choice is strange.

Incidentally I am a NIKON DSLR user but I got the G12 (instead of the almost identical Nikon) for one reason: the orientable LCD.

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Danlo
By Danlo (Jan 9, 2012)

CRAZY.. this is actually even better then the Fuji Xpro1..

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increments
By increments (Jan 9, 2012)

In what way?

BTW, given neither has been released I'm not sure what you're basing that on.

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Danlo
By Danlo (Jan 9, 2012)

Better for me :) I dont want to lug around lenses in my pockets.

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ci-lee
By ci-lee (Jan 9, 2012)

seriously how is that possible? to credit the previous poster, neither product is out yet and more obviously, we're comparing a smaller than APS-C SLC, with a APS-C+ (w/ Fuji's sensor voodoo) with a great introductory range of primes. I think this camera more directly competes with m4/3 w/kit zooms and the Fuji X10 with the latter possibly being as good as this given the better and faster optics, macro range, ergonomics (manual zoom!) and superior VF (grant 85% coverage but better than any digital compact and many entry-level DSLR's I've tried)

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increments
By increments (Jan 9, 2012)

Danlo, if that's your only criterion, then any P&S is better the Fuji!

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webfrasse
By webfrasse (Jan 10, 2012)

I doubt it. Especially with the Leica adapter (saw that one in a post somewhere today) and all those nice lenses you can then use on the Fuji...

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Jaur
By Jaur (Jan 9, 2012)

Interesting, I am very interested in how this will compare to the rumored upcoming APS-C zoom for GXR. That would seem like the most direct competitor for me. My guess is that the Canon is smaller, cheaper and got built in WF but the GXR will have better image quality.

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csca3
By csca3 (Jan 9, 2012)

Oops, got GX1 with 20mm F/1.7 last week.

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usurp
By usurp (Jan 9, 2012)

how is it?

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csca3
By csca3 (Jan 9, 2012)

Operation wise, it got the AF-lock button sits next to my thumb. I feel it's like shrunk, fully functional DSLR (AF is way slower for sure).
Optical wise, I can go anywhere with 1.7. And I don't need no zoom to get most what I want.

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ch01
By ch01 (Jan 10, 2012)

Gx1 is faster than my 5d

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 9, 2012)

I wish it comes with wireless flash like the 600D

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