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Digital Filters

Like most of its direct competitors the Canon G1 X comes with a range of digital filters. To access them you have to turn the mode dial to the filter position at which point you loose all control over your picture taking and the camera operates in full-auto mode. Once the dial is in filter position can you can select individual effects through the Func-menu.

The HDR filter takes three frames in quick succession and merges them to an HDR image (tripod use is recommended to avoid ghosting), the rest of the filters are the usual digital effects that we've seen on a lot of cameras before. Most filters offer a degree of customization in terms of the intensity of the effect and some let you vary the color response.

The drawback of using these filters is that you cannot shoot raw and JPEG at the same time, so if you don't like the filter result, you don't have a raw version of the image to try some alternative processing on. That said, they're still fun to play with and can create some interesting results with the right scene.

HDR
Nostalgic
Fish-eye
Monochrome
Super vivid
Poster effect
Standard

The Miniature filter allows you simulate the effects of a tilt-shift lens and selective blur parts of the frame. The effect works best when taking an image from a high vantage point, turning a cityscape into a miniature scene. You can vary the width of the blurred area and change from horizontal to vertical blur.

Miniature filter - horizontal blur Miniature filter - vertical blur

The toy-camera filter applies simulates the effects of a cheap lens by applying some vignetting to your image. You can also select a warm or cool color cast or leave the color reponse in the 'Standard' setting.

Standard
Warm
Cool

The color accent and color swap filters allow you to pick a color you'd like to accentuate or swap respectively. You 'pick' your color with a rectangular color picker on your screen and can then, as you can see in the samples below, isolate a certain color (red in our sample) or swap it for another one (blue). Unfortunately, like in all other filter modes, you don't have any control over white balance (hence the yellowish cast in the Color Swap sample). In addition, in the color swap and color accent modes you cannot apply exposure compensation either.

Standard
Color accent
Color swap
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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (3 months ago)

Canon:
G1X 15.1mm-60.4mm Zoom Lens
Max.Ap.Diam: 5.4mm (15.1/2.8) Wide
Max.Ap.Diam: 10.4mm (60.4/5.8) Tele
Horiz.AoV: 63.53° Wide
Horiz.AoV: 17.6° Tele

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biginabox
By biginabox (4 months ago)

Still the same flimsy, delicate lens and leaf design, I assume. No thanks.
After both a G10 and a G16 succumbed to 'shutter error' (the G16 within a week), it's manual transmission for me from now on. Something I make work by twisting with my fingers.
Come to think of it, I lose count of the number of my devices which have died simply because the 'automated' systems failed. VCR's, tape-decks, Minidisk players, and now cameras.

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rugosa
By rugosa (7 months ago)

I bought a G1X 2 weeks ago from a person that bought it for his wife for Christmas. She found it too much camera for her needs and so I bought it with about 10 shots total for $400. I usually shoot with a Nikon D300 and the Nikon higher priced lenses. For underwater and a light carry around I had a G10 for 5 years. After 2 weeks of shooting I must say that I'm amazed by the IQ of the photos this camera puts out. Low light shots up to ISO 1600 are allot better than my D300. It's not a perfect camera but then non of them are. Ordered a Canon 500D close up lens for it after seeing how well that worked on Marco Nero's photos with the G1X on www.pbase.com . This camera also shoots some very good underwater photos from examples I have seen on the internet so I picked up Canon's case on sale for my trips south. All told I think that although this camera is not for everyone most owners give it at least an 8/10. www.witnesstobeauty.com has another good review, great landscape photos

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Gunzorro
By Gunzorro (7 months ago)

I've been wanting this camera since it was announced. I'm primarily a DSLR shooter, and FF at that. I also have owned a G6 and currently G10 and S110. So, I'm pretty familiar with where this camera fits in and what a step it is for Canon to take.
I just bought a used version at a very nice price so will be trying it out in the near future.
I would have rated the camera a little higher, based on my past experience with Canon and reports I've read from reviews and owners. Particularly, Optics and Performance would have got a couple ticks up in my estimation. I think a 79 or 80 would have been appropriate -- being practically in a category of its own: attached zoom, large sensor, compact camera.
It won't be a camera for everyone, true. But if you want better IQ than P&S and use it as a second camera to your DSLR for quick grab shots and take-anywhere convenience, you should be well served! :)

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jan snks
By jan snks (10 months ago)

Image quality G1X, dpreview reports "excellent image quality across the ISO range without nasty surprises".
I would like to refer to the www.imaging-resourcing.com review of this camera. They reported a nasty Light Leakage phenomenon at higher ISO settings and short shutter times. This defect seems to be confirmed by Canon.
Would anybody comment on this ?

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millhoud
By millhoud (11 months ago)

I've noticed that the g1x took this studio shot at f7.1 , while other "enthusiast" compacts (g15 or p7700...) at f4.5. Could somebody explain me why's that? It would be nice to know the shutter speed too. Thanks

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (11 months ago)

It's to offer enough depth-of-field (it's a 3D target).

This has a sensor much bigger than the others, so needs to be stopped-down further in order to provide enough depth-of-field.

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millhoud
By millhoud (11 months ago)

Please sorry my ignorance, but to achieve this it has to use a slower shutter speed too or, thanks to the higher light-catching capabilities of the bigger sensor the g1x uses comparable shutter speeds as, say, the g15 or p7700 , with a smaller aperture?

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lem12
By lem12 (Sep 18, 2013)

If Canon increases DR able to at least match T2i and updates its Panorama mode (similar to the Sony's would be great), this would be true compact I'm looking for. I'll buy it no doubts!

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Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Sep 6, 2013)

Almost but not there yet.

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Ponderer
By Ponderer (Aug 5, 2013)

G1x Cannons almost camera
Almost an APS-C sensor, Almost a good EVF, Almost enough lens magnification, Almost small enough. A good first try for a company that just started designing cameras.

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