Canon Powershot G1X: So what is so special about this Powershot G1X with SLR-Style controls in a diminutive body, how thoes this Canon Powershot advanced compact measures up with the well known and loved Canon G Series. A fare cry from the CSC (Compact System Cameras) that many were expecting to see from Canon, the manufacturer’s latest development is no less revolutionary in its design, Raising the bar for advanced compact cameras, The new Powershot G1X builds on the past successes of its excellent G-Series cameras. While the handling and styling of the newcomer remains familiar, the big difference between G1x and Canon’s most recent flagship advanced compact is its sensor: a newly developed 18.7 x 14mm CMOS that’s 6,3x bigger than the G12’s. At almost but not quite APS-C size the dimensions of a sensor usually found in all but the top-end models in Canon’d EOS DSLR range-the sensor design is comparable to that of Canon’s popular EOS 600D DSLR, with a little shaved off its dimensions, thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio. This new 14.3-megapixel sensor represents a significant change of direction for the manufacture’s compact range and promises to deliver top-quality images. Additional noteworthy features include a 4x optical zoom lens that delivers a focal range equivalent to 28-112mm on a 35mm camera, a high resolution, 3-inch vari-angle LCD, Full HD(1080p) movie mode and a built-in optical viewfinder. Aimed at advanced enthusiasts and pros in need of a back-up device or more portable alternative to their usual DSLR kit, the Canon Powershot G1X also offers full manual control over camera settings, plus RAW file shooting capability.
Canon Powershot G1X Camera
The incorporation of Canon’s latest-generation DIGIC5 image processor is a real asset to the PowerShot G1X’s feature-set, driving its responsive performance and handling the camera’s large RAW files with relative ease and efficiency. The G1X’s 4x optical zoom lens may not offer the scope to cover every shooting situation; however its equivalent 28-112mm range proves to be adequate for most everyday situations. The lens itself features Ultra High Refractive Index Aspherical (UA) elements, which combine with up-to-date Image Stabilization technology to help ensure the best image quality is achieved. With a maximum aperture of F2.8, at it’s widest setting the lens has very good light-gathering capability, making it a decent performer in low light situations and helping to keep the ISO low in dimmer conditions. IT also means that there’s the scope to produce some beautiful out-of-focus effects: a feature that’s hard to achieve with alternative compacts that feature smaller sensors. The maximum aperture is variable however, dropping to a less impressive F5.8 with the lens at its longest telephoto setting, however more positively; the previously-mentioned IS technology does prove effective at combating camera shake when you need it most. The latter utilises Canon’s new Intelligent IS technology to analyze your subject’s position and the lens focal length at the same time as detecting any camera movement. The system then chooses from a range of seven different IS modes, picking the most appropriate one to suit the situation- whether you’re shooting close-up or panning after moving objects.
PowerShot G1X Mean Machine
Unlike your average compact – most of which are currently leaning towards incorporating fashionable colours and sleek, minimalist styling – the PowerShot G1X is a chunky, utilitarian-looking camera that certainly looks like its means business. Like the rest of the G-series cameras that came before it, the robust camera body is adorned with all manner of switches, buttons and dials, all of which are geared towards catering for the hands-on photographers who demands the highest level of control over settings. The Front of the camera is dominated by its rather hefty-looking lens, along with an AF-assist lamp and the front of the built-in optical viewfinder. A rubber-clad front grip facilitates relatively comfortable shooting for extended periods of time, while a front command dial offers a simple method of altering settings on the fly. The top panel sports the camera’s zoom-lever encased shutter release, illuminated power button, built-in pop-up flash and metal hotshoe for attaching external accessories. The well-stocked mode dial sits atop a larger dial that lets you quickly apply exposure compensation at a moment’s notice: a far more intuitive way of working than having to enter a menu system to make changes. The back panel features a beautifully bright and detailed 920,000-dot 3-inch LCD, which is hinged on its left-hand side, allowing it to be flipped out and rotated to make shooting at odd angles easier, or it can be turned over completely and stowed face-down for added protection then not in use. The Canon PowerShot G1X’s small optical viewfinder can’t compete with the larger, brighter versions of its EOS DSLR brethren, but it does improve upon it’s predecessor’s smaller offerings and provides a usable alternative to shooting with the screen under particularly strong lighting conditions.
G1X Power Tool
The reminder of the camera’s stainless-steel clad surface is occupied by controls for accessing features like the metering and AF options, as well as the simple-to-navigate main menu system, A familiar scrolling four-way d-pad also offers shortcuts to the ISO, flash, display and AF settings, with the latter including a very welcome manual focusing option. Pressing the central Func./Set button also calls up a useful on-screen menu with further options for quick tweaks.A dedicated movie record button activates the G1X’s Full HD video mode, producing footage that’s relatively smooth, crisp and detailed, with the AF system keeping up well with moving subjects. The lens zoom and IS functions remain usable while filming – although do expect operating sounds to be picked up on your soundtrack. Image quality when shooting stills is often nothing short of superb, with the G1X proving it’s capability to produce sharp, highly detailed results. Noise control is pretty impressive for a compact camera, with shots retaining an impressive level of detail, dynamic range and sharpness throughout much of the G1X’s extensive ISO sensitivity range – even managing to supersede the performance of the EOS 600D at higher settings – including its top-whack setting of ISO 12800. Colours are accurate too, with just the right amount of vibrancy for our tastes, although like most of the settings that this camera offers you can fine-tune the appearance of your shots in-camera to suit your own needs. The auto WB and metering systems both perform well, coping with most lighting conditions to produce accurate exposures in just about every respect: if you’re after a compact that’s capable of delivering DSLR-like image quality in a far more portable package, you won’t be disappointed with what this superb camera has to offer.
- 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