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Unlike some competitors in the mirrorless large-sensor bracket of the market the Canon G1 X does not come with a fully automated panorama feature. Both the Samsung NX200 and the Sony NEX series offer panorama modes that let you sweep the camera sideways across a scene and generate a fully stitched panorama as the end result. These panoramas are taken at a lower vertical resolution than single frame images but the quality is good enough (especially on the Sonys) for web-use. Most of all these systems are quick and convenient, eliminating the need for stitchgin in post-production.
The G1 X however comes with the same Stitch-Assist scene mode that we've seen on many generations of Canon compact cameras. The mode allows you to line-up the single frames you take to create a panorama but the actual stitching has to be done on your computer, using the provided Photostitch software. Unfortunately the quality of the end result is far from perfect. In the sample below you can see that out of 4 images taken with the G1 X's Stitch Assist mode Photostitch created a panorama with a bent horizon, visible 'seams' and some stitching errors. For comparison we used the same images to create a panorama in Adobe Photoshop CS5's Photomerge feature and the result is visibly better.
In the 'About' section of Photostitch you can see that software has been around since 1996 and judging by the distinct 'Windows 3.1 look-and-feel' of the interface hasn't changed too much since then (although the most recent update dates from 2008). The software clearly needs a refresh but, ideally we'd like to see a panorama function in-camera.
|The Photostitch interface is very simple. You open your images and a press of the button starts the merging process. There are very few parameters available to play with.|
|Panorama created with Canon Photostitch 3.1|
|Panorama created with Adobe Photoshop CS5's Photomerge feature|
The G1 X comes with three different features to help enhance the dynamic range of a scene - iContrast, Shadow Correct and the HDR scene mode. The former two are accessed via the Func-menu, the latter is located within the image effects, which you can get to via the mode dial.
We've seen the iContrast featyre on other Canon compact cameras before and works in similar way to the Highlight Tone Priority (HTP) mode on Canon DSLRs. More highlight detail in the images is achieved by amplifying the sensor's output by one stop (200% DR) or two stops (400% DR ) less than usual, meaning highlight detail is less likely to be discarded. As a result iContrast ISO 200 (400) is, at the raw level, the same as conventional ISO 100 underexposed by one (two) stop(s). A modified tone curve then ensures you still get the correct image brightness, and any properly compatible raw converter should reflect this and be able to render the additional highlight detail.
The downside of this is that using a lower chunk of the sensor's response leaves more space to capture highlight information, but means shadow detail is recorded using the noisier bottom end of that output. Thus, when these tones are pulled up to the correct brightness, they tend to bring a bit more noise with them. This is visible in the shadow on the red boat and on the green boat to the left in the series of sample images below.
400% + Shadow Correct
Shadow Correct works much like the Auto Lighting Optimizer on Canon DSLRs. It is supposed to detect dark areas in an image and slightly lift them in order to increase shadow detail. There is an 'Off' and an 'Auto' setting for the feature and it cannot be used when shooting raw. The effect is clearly visible in the shadow areas of the frame which are brighter but again you pay for this with slightly increased shadow noise.
In HDR mode the camera takes three shots in quick succession at different shutter speeds and then combines the single frames to an HDR image. Canon recommends the use of a tripod to avoid camera shake but even when using a tripod you'll get some ghosting effects if you have moving subjects in your image. Overall the effect is fairly subtle with only small gains in highlight and shadow range but the end result can, depending on the scene, be quite attractive and vibrant.
It's clear that Canon has implemented much the same electronic 'first curtain shutter' in the G1 X as is used by its EOS SLRs in Live View mode (although the G1 X uses an in-lens, rather than focal plane shutter). In other words, when you press the shutter button the exposure is started electronically, as opposed to closing the shutter, resetting the sensor then opening the shutter again. The physical shutter is only used to end the exposure.
This means that shutter lag (once the camera has been focused) is minimal, and makes the G1 X exceptionally quiet in operation (as long as you turn off all of the synthesised operational noises). Indeed it's almost too quiet - there's almost no feedback when you take a shot.
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When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera, this model is way more than an upgrade; rather, it's a quantum leap.
The Movie Maker is a compact, motorized slider designed for phones, action cams and small mirrorless cameras. We think it's a fun little kit and a good value proposition for the cost, provided you can work around a few of its weak points.
Nikon's Z7 is the first camera to use the all-new Z-mount, the company's first new full-frame mount since 1959. We've put together our first impressions based on quality shooting time with a pre-production camera - check out what we've found.
What's the best camera for a parent? The best cameras for shooting kids and family must have fast autofocus, good low-light image quality and great video. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for parents, and recommended the best.
What's the best camera for shooting landscapes? High resolution, weather-sealed bodies and wide dynamic range are all important. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for shooting landscapes, and recommended the best.
What’s the best camera costing over $2000? The best high-end camera costing more than $2000 should have plenty of resolution, exceptional build quality, good 4K video capture and top-notch autofocus for advanced and professional users. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing over $2000 and recommended the best.
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|Green Tree Frog by BruceRH|
|Custom Red Roadster by Mitchmeister|
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At Sony's press conference at Photokina the company announced that 12 more E-mount lenses will be arriving over the next two years. In addition, the company is working to utilize artificial intelligence in its technologies, with one application being Eye AF trained to detect animal eyes.
Sigma has said it will create a full-frame Foveon camera and will adopt the Leica L mount for its system. It will be able to adapt or convert SA mount lenses to the L mount, for existing users.
Hasselblad is expanding their X System with their announcement of three new lenses: the XCD 80mm F1.9, XCD 65mm F2.8 and XCD 135mm F2.8, along with a teleconverter. The 80mm F1.9 is the fastest in the system. Get all the details and check out Hasselblad's official sample images here.
Sigma has announced give new lenses at Photokina, including a 'Sport' series 70-200mm F2.8 and a 56mm F1.4 for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts.
Sigma has announced the 28mm F1.4 Art, 40mm F1.4 Art, 70-200mm F2.8 Sport and 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 Sport lenses for several full frame lens mounts, including Canon, Nikon and, in the first two instances, Sony E.
ON1 has announced the impending launch of ON1 Photo RAW 2019. The new version, due out in November, brings a handful of new tools and features in a revamped interface.
Fujifilm has said it is developing a 100MP GFX medium format camera that will include both phase detection autofocus and in-body image stabilization. The 4K-capable camera will sell for around $10,000.
Leica has announced the S3 medium-format camera – an S2 successor with a 64MP sensor capable of 4K video.
The GFX 50R is a 50MP rangefinder-style mirrorless camera. It borrows heavily from the existing 50S model but in a smaller body and at a lower price. How does it differ?
Fujifilm has announced its GFX 50R, a rangefinder-styled version of the company's GFX 50S medium-format camera. The 'guts' of the two cameras are the same, with the difference being the design, weight and Bluetooth, all at a considerably lower price.
In this episode of DPReview TV, we get our hands on Fujifilm's GFX 50R which hides a medium-format sensor in a new, more compact body. Watch to get Chris and Jordan's first impressions on image quality, video and more.
Fujifilm is adding a trio of new medium-format lenses to its G-mount roadmap. GFX owners will soon be able to get their hands on 100-200mm F5.6, 45-100mm F4 and compact 50mm F3.5 lenses. Pricing and availability have not been announced.
Micro Four Thirds users will soon get a super fast, constant aperture wide angle zoom.
Panasonic has announced it is developing two full frame mirrorless cameras: the 47MP S1R and the 24MP S1. We've been shown fairly advanced-looking but non-functional prototype cameras, and have been able to squeeze a few details from Panasonic.
Panasonic is developing a pair of full-frame mirrorless cameras that use Leica's L-mount. The S1R will feature a 47MP sensor, while the S1 will be 24MP. Both cameras will support Dual IS shake reduction 4K/60p video capture and will have XQD and SD card slots.
Leica, Panasonic and Sigma are teaming up. Expect L-mount cameras from Panasonic as well as L-mount glass from Sigma.
Ricoh has announced the development of the GR III enthusiast compact, due to ship in early 2019. The camera gains sensor-shift image stabilization and an updated 24MP sensor with phase-detection. The 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens has also been redesigned and a touchscreen added.
The 'I'm Back' is now available for a range of old film-SLRs, such as Nikon's F-Series, the Olympus OM10 or the Canon AE-1.
IRIX has announced its latest lens, the 150mm F2.8 Macro 1:1. IRIX claims the lens features 'close to zero' distortion and stands out with its 150mm telephoto focal length.
The RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM is one of four lenses to launch with Canon's new full-frame mirrorless system, and it boasts the longest reach of the range. Take a look at some of the samples we've gathered thus far as our EOS R testing continues.
Nikon's Sendai factory in the Tōhoku region North of Japan has been churning out cameras and lenses since 1971. We had the opportunity recently to visit Sendai during events to mark the launch of Nikon's new Z mount.
There's no mistaking the Nikon Coolpix P1000 – with a 24-3000mm equivalent zoom, it really is in a class of its own. It's a conspicuous-looking superzoom with one main job: getting you really close to far away subjects. We've put together a gallery showing the kind of results you can expect from it.
A new report from The Verge claims Instagram is currently testing a feature that allows users to re-share posts to their own account feeds.
GoPro has announced its HERO7 camera lineup. The updated action cameras feature new HyperSmooth and TimeWarp modes, as well as improved video and photo specs.
The latest Samsung midrange smartphone offers a super-wide-angle lens in its triple-camera setup.
The Sony 24mm F1.4 is the latest lens to join the company's premium G Master lineup. We've been shooting with one for a couple of days - here's what you need to know.
Apple released iOS 12 a few days ago and some iPhone X users are less than happy with how the new operating system has made their phones look.
Camera bag manufacturer Lowepro has introduced mark II backpacks for its ProTactic AW range with models that are said to feature an improved handling experience as well as a collection of accessories that can be attached to the outside.
Canon has announced its latest superzoom camera, the PowerShot SX70 HS. Compared to the SX60 that came before it, the SX70 has the same lens but offers a higher resolution EVF, 4K video capture and support for Canon's new CR3 Raw format.
Cosina has announced its eighth lens designed specifically for Sony's E-mount system. The Voigtlander 21mm F3.5 lens is due out October 2018.