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