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The Canon PowerShot G1 X extends Canon's impressive PowerShot range and presents a large 14.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, a powerful DIGIC 5 processor and a wide ISO range of 100-12,800. With these technologies combined, the G1 X ensures outstanding image quality and minimal noise for both stills and Full HD 1080p movie recording. The G1 X takes on a similar ergonomic design of Canon's G series cameras with extensive manual controls and a fixed 4x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent 28mm-112mm) with 4 stop Intelligent IS (Image Stabilisation). The versatile G1 X is equipped with an optical viewfinder and a bright 3.0" vari-angle (920k) LCD screen that allows you to take creative shots from a variety of unique angles. The G1X is designed for the enthusiast that needs the spec and image quality of an SLR but with the physical benefits of a small, lightweight compact camera. More
May 2012 - My first foray into the real world with the G1 X was when we had a spot of rain-related bother in Frome. I decided to step out with only the G1 X as company and see what it would be like in a 'news' situation. Ok, we're not talking fast-paced action here, but the conditions were challenging enough. Read more about the G1 X... »
Canon's innovative HS System represents a cutting edge combination of high-sensitivity sensors and DIGIC processors working together to capture stunning images even in low light. Read more about the HS system here…
Large 14.3 MP Canon CMOS, DIGIC 5, HS System
The large CMOS sensor at 18.7 x 14.0 mm (4:3) has a similar height to a Canon DSLR APS-C sensor. When combined with the DIGIC 5 image processor it produces stunning DSLR-like image quality with high ISO up to 12800 for exceptional images even in the darkest of conditions. The large sensor also allows photographers to shoot with greater control over depth of field.
Compact, precision 4x zoom lens; Intelligent IS
The compact 28mm wide-angle 4x optical zoom lens uses Canon’s precision technology and advanced lens expertise for sharp, high-resolution images. The Intelligent IS system selects the optimum optical Image Stabilizer mode from 7 options to reduce camera shake and blur.
7.5 cm (3.0”) vari-angle LCD; OVF
A 920k dot PureColor II VA LCD gives a clear and detailed view of the subject and allows comfortable shooting from a range of angles. A metal body and stainless steel chassis along with an optical viewfinder lets photographers shoot confidently and in their own style.
Expert control with Full Manual and RAW
Take control with the dedicated exposure compensation dial, or the front and rear control dials that can be used to adjust shooting settings such as aperture, shutter speed, and white balance. A range of manual modes and 14-bit RAW files allow control over the final image with the option to post-process.
Full HD, HDMI
Use the dedicated movie record button to capture superb, Full HD 1080p movies at 24fps with optical zoom and stereo sound. Enjoy high quality playback on an HDTV via the HDMI port.
High-speed Burst HQ
Capture split second action at 4.5 fps in a 6-frame full resolution burst using High-speed Burst HQ mode.
Smart Auto, Multi-area WB
Smart Auto automatically selects camera settings from 32 scenes for optimum results. Multi-area White Balance compensates for multiple light sources in the same scene for natural images.
Compatible with a range of EOS System accessories including Canon Speedlites and 58mm filters by using the Lens Filter Adapter.
HDR mode and ND filter
High Dynamic Range mode takes multiple exposures of a scene, combining them in-camera to deliver rich detail in shadow and highlight areas. The built-in 3-stop ND filter lets you use longer shutter speeds or wider apertures in bright light.
Optional waterproof case
Shoot underwater down to depths of 40m
The Canon G1 X Sample images can be found here on the Canon website.
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Not what I expected
By The Eagle Guy
from Bramhall, Stockport
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Black Digital Camera:
I have been a user of the Canon PowerShot G-series for years and have been very pleased with the quality of pictures I've taken with them. In fact the only disappointment I've had with them (and I've owned a G9, G10 and G12) is that they have all proved to be less durable than expected, and particularly the G12 have performed poorly in that respect.After the first repair for a cracked screen (self-inflicted damage caused by carrying it unprotected in a pocket), it has been with Canon for repair on no less than four occasions. So when it failed again while we were abroad on holiday less than two months after having been repaired, I finally realised that I had to let it go. Although I have to admit that it was a tough decision to make as I loved the articulated screen, the relatively compact size and the great picture quality.And as a diver I also loved the macro capabilities of the older G-series cameras. Being a Canon user I didn't want to change to another make of camera so the choice was between the G15 (or wait for the new G16) or the G1X. After a lot of uncertainty I eventually took the plunge and went for the G1X, mostly because of the articulated screen and the larger sensor size which hopefully would give even better picture quality than on the earlier G-series cameras.Before I bought it I wasn't too worried about the size of the camera as it will live in my photo bag with my SLR for most of the time anyway. But actually I have come to realise that I probably should have given that a little bit more consideration because it really is quite heavy and bulky. So it adds quite a lot to my camera bag weight and takes up just as much room as a medium size lens. It is also far more difficult to just stash it in a pocket if you are going for a walk around town or to the pub with some mates.The main purpose of the G1X for me is as a back-up to my SLR, to use it when it is too cumbersome to haul my SLR and a bag full of lenses with me or when I don't want to attract too much attention, e.g. out on the street or at social gatherings.A couple of weeks after I bought it I still hadn't had an occasion to put the camera to the test. Therefore I decided it was time to take it with me on a trip the park with my wife and 3 year old boy. It was a fairly bright autumn day. The only issues were very bright light from the sun which was fairly low in the sky and very white bright clouds in the sky at other times. So not perfect conditions, but nothing that I wouldn't expect the camera to cope with fairly well. This was particularly the case while shooting out of direct sunlight as the general lighting conditions were quite good.But I was immediately disappointed. The camera was slow to focus and there was a very long time delay between pressing the button until the camera fired. 9 times out of 10 this meant that the subject (my son) had either turned his head or moved on altogether. So I got a lot of shots of the back of his head and blurred photos when I tried to track him while he was playing and running around.Even worse than that was the really disappointing quality of the photos. Almost all of them terribly overexposed, even when shooting in the shade with no direct sunlight or bright sky in the frame. Obviously this is relatively easy to fix by using the compensation dial, but far from ideal when you are trying to take a snapshot of someone that aren't posing.Just to get a feel for how the camera performs for more static subjects I also took some pictures of the autumn coloured trees in the park. Again I was disappointed with the results. The pictures looked overexposed, and also lacked vibrancy. No doubt this can to some extent be fixed by carefully setting up the camera picture modes and using the compensation dial as required (pretty much always) or in software afterwards, but it is still disappointing that the camera gives such poor results when used in automatic modes and with the standard settings.I tried using the camera in Tv and Av modes too, but again I was disappointed. I found a yellow icon appearing on my screen far too often to indicate that the camera was unable to find a shutter speed/aperture combination that would work. This in turn caused me to miss quite a few shots. To be fair to the camera I had left the ISO setting on 100, and I am sure it would have performed better if it could have changed the ISO setting automatically too. But with the general light conditions being as good as they were it really wasn't something that I expected to be a problem. And in fact I could get a satisfactory result by using the manual setting without changing the ISO setting. So looks like this is also related to the camera being set up to overexpose every picture and that it simply couldn't find the combination required to do that. In any case this was very disappointing performance from a camera which is supposed to be one of Canon's best compacts.Another thing I didn't like was the handling of the flash. It won't fire at all unless you manually pop it first. This is also the case in fully automatic mode, and it won't automatically pop-up even if the camera can't find a suitable exposure setting without using flash. On previous G-series models the flash was integrated into the housing and it would operate quite well in "P" or fully automatic mode without you having to give it much more thought. Popping the flash isn't a huge issue, but just another little fiddly bit that becomes an irritation after a while, particularly as you really need to push it back in after each time you get the camera out to prevent damaging it while moving around.The camera itself is fairly heavy and has a nice sturdy feel to it, but the flash unit really looks flimsy and I can see that easily getting damaged if I forget to push it back in before stowing the camera in a (very) large pocket. Another flash related issue is the recycling time, which seems to be very long. And when using the flash the delay between pressing the shutter button and the photo being taken also seems to be considerably longer than in other modes.One thing I was pleased with was the camera's video performance which is better than I expected and I can't help thinking that perhaps this has been a priority for Canon when they developed the G1X. The dedicated record button is nice, and perhaps also a hint that it really was a priority, but personally I would have preferred a built-in flash unit that doesn't need to be popped as on the G12 rather than improved video capabilities. The same could also be said about the missing ISO dial.I liked the large dial for exposure compensation, but frankly it needs to be that large with the sort of performance you get without using it. But I really miss the separate ISO dial on the previous G-series models. Again it had to go to accommodate the pop-up flash. This is a huge step backwards in my opinion. I also didn't like the way the selection buttons and the dial at the back works. At first glance it looks identical to what is on the previous models, but I found it very fiddly. I haven't compared the G12 and the G1X side by side, but I wonder if the G1X dial is just that tiny little bit smaller or something like that. It certainly felt different, but not sure exactly why.Another disappointment compared with earlier G-series models is that the battery capacity really is quite poor. Before going to a children's party I made sure that the battery was fully charged before heading out. I took 110 photos, about half of them with the flash activated, and filmed six relatively short video clips (one about 1:20 long while the rest was less than 30 seconds each). In addition I did use the camera to review some of the photos, but nothing excessive and the camera was switched off for most of the time while it was not being used. I was surprised to find that a battery level warning was flashed up while filming the last video clip and that the battery appeared to have less than a third of its capacity left by the time I got home. The battery itself is considerably slimmer than the G12 battery, but I haven't compared the actual battery capacity or the camera power consumption of the two cameras so this isn't exactly scientific, but I am pretty sure that I wouldn't have noticed such a large drop in the battery level on the G12 with a similar level of usage. A quick check at the specifications given by Canon for the G1X and the G12 seems to confirm this feeling: They estimate the number of photos for one battery charge to be about 250 for the G1X and 370 for the G12. So there is a significant difference that agrees well with my experience.The last gripe is related to the lens cap which doesn't automatically retracts on the earlier G-series models but have to be manually removed. It really is more of an inconvenience than I thought it would be. It is especially an issue when you pick up the camera to capture a snapshot of something only to realise that you've forgotten to take the lens cap off. Of course this is nothing different from a SLR, but quite different to what I am used to from previous G-series cameras and it will no doubt take a while to get used to it. That is if I decide to hang on to the camera, because right now I'm so disappointed with the camera that I am considering replacing it with a G16. I guess that is likely to happen as soon as I can justify the cost or the next time I need a back-up camera when I go on a diving holiday.One thing I did like about the camera is that it is relatively easy to fit a filter holder. I bought the holder and a circular polarising filter a few weeks after I got the camera and I found that it really worked very well. So I think that is a great plus, especially when using the G1X for landscape photography. The holder itself snapped easily into place and felt quite sturdy while it was still quite easy to remove it.The supplied camera lens cap won't fit while a filter is fitted, so you may have to invest in a separate 52mm lens cap. And there is also an issue with separating the filter holder and the filter. I will add a separate review for the filter holder so please check that out for details if that is of interest.The best use for this camera seems to be for travelling, as it is possible to get some nice photos and videos with this kit (provided you get your settings right). And that may save you having to haul heavier equipment around with you. But one large issue for me in that respect is that the camera really isn't suitable for use while diving. The delays between pressing the button and the photo being taken is simply too long and I will almost definitely be unable to capture the exact scene I wanted to photograph. I can imagine a long series of diving photos with just the tails of fishes showing as they move off. And of course the poor macro capability is also a real disappointment. While I can see the attraction in the G1X for many users, particularly those with an interest in travel and landscape photography, it really didn't live up to my expectations. The bottom line for me is that I wouldn't recommend this camera to someone expecting something similar to what I did.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Power in a small but solid body
About Me Casual user, Hobbyist/Enthusiast
The lack of a printed manual is an oversight as there is an added expense to buy a 3rd party edition. Very convienient to use on many occasions when the quality is virtually as good as my DSLR.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Another great camera from Canon
from Burton On Trent
Wanted a easily portable camera for use when I didn't want to take my DLSR. I also wanted one which could capture in RAW. I had been using a Fuji FINEPIX which had Fuji's RAW offering. It took some reasonable images but I was often disappointed. It was nice and light though.The G1X is quite heavy and a bit bulky compared to the Fuji. But have managed to acquire a suitable wrist strap. The G1X has a detachable lense cap unlike the Fuji, but with the tether provided I have not found that to be an issue.I was a bit disappointed to discover that in the AV and TV modes which I tend to use the, the zoom is restricted to Optical unlike the Auto mode. Plus the near focus is longer than when using Auto.The information displayed on the back screen is excellent and modifiable. The menu controls are easy to use. Comparable to my Canon 7D.The image allows good results even when cropping, much better than I ever achieved with the Fuji.I am still finding other capabilities but I would have no hesitation in recommending this camera to casual users as well as hobbyists.Also I would highly recommend Wex Photographic. The price on this camera was excellent and the free Tripod offer at the time of purchase was the icing on the cake.
Used instead of my DSLR when walking, travelling or anywhere where a bulky camera would be a nuisance.Not good for macro but I knew that before I bought.
DSLR image quality in a compact package
from Rowlands Gill
A great substitute for a DSLR for travel or where you dont want to attract attention. Large sensor just short of APS size gives great low light performance and shallower depth of field at wider apertures. The camera feels robust and is coat pockrtable.
Brilliant little camera
This is a brilliant little camera with excellent photo quality and enough manual control for the enthusiast to extract the best from every circumstance. It isn't a real pocket camera but much easier to transport as a second camera than another SLR. The G1 X has a better range of facilities, better picture quality and better layout than the G15, but is not quite so useful for macro use.
This is now my travelling companion.
I wanted a high quality compact to supplement my 5Dmk2. One that that I could easily carry around without drawing to much attention to myself, and still obtain a decent image. It is not the fastest to focus and the view finder is partly obscured by the lens. but with Its Raw capability and being able to use filters (with adapter ring). This camera fits the bill perfectly. "The best camera in the world is the one you have with you" This is now my travelling companion.
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Beach Huts North Norfolk
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Very pleased with the Powershot G1 X
I purchased this new due to going on holiday in Spain and did not wish to take my EOS 7D plus accessories, also the luggage weight allowance constraints.I have found the build quality and handling to be extremely good. Whilst the camera is not in the same league as my SLR, it certainly is extremely good for a Compact. I find the high ISO capability (6400) in poor light is very good. Very pleased overall with the photographs taken in various light situations. I tend to shoot in RAW and can then tweak the results using the supplied Canon DPP software.
I'm happy to buy the product.
from Luton, Beds
I use the product to satisfy my hobby in photography and good enough to do that.
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To view of natural beauty.
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Still checking it but very happy so far
Poor weather for many outings but still got good close ups as well as general record shots. Just got 2 Highly commended awards in local camera club!
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Included Accessories: Digital Camera PowerShot G1 X, Lens Cap (with cord), Neck Strap NS-DC9, Battery Pack NB-10L, Battery Charger CB-2LCE, AC Power Cable, Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, User Manual Kit.
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