CES 2012: Canon PowerShot G1X


This is quite likely the camera everyone has wanted from Canon for many years while still being the camera few people expected. It is a G-series on steroids. It features a 14.3MP CMOS sensor that is just a tiny bit smaller than the 1.6x crop APS-C sensor they use in much or their DSLR range. It is not the changeable lens, mirrorless machine many were expecting. Question is thought, for most photographers that this will appeal to, does it really need changeable lenses? Read on for the press release from Canon SA.

Press Release

Canon unveils The Master Compact – the revolutionary PowerShot G1 X

Johannesburg, South Africa. January 9, 2012 – Canon today introduces the
PowerShot G1 X – a revolutionary new compact camera with a large CMOS
sensor, designed to produce DSLR levels of image quality and control in a
highly portable metal body.

“Created for professional and serious photographers, the PowerShot G1 X
creates a prestigious new category at the top of Canon’s legendary G-series
line-up, and redefines the performance achievable from a compact camera”,
says Abri Kriegler, product manager at Canon South Africa.

A high-quality camera in its own right or the perfect complement to a
professional DSLR, the PowerShot G1 X combines EOS sensor technology with
DIGIC 5 processing power, a new precision Canon lens and extensive manual
control – creating the finest compact camera Canon has ever produced.
Designed to be highly portable, the PowerShot G1 X features a zoom lens
which retracts into a discreet, robust metal body, providing photographers
with an unimposing camera that delivers high quality images and superior

Professional levels of image quality

Incorporating Canon-developed technologies and expertise trusted by
professionals worldwide, the PowerShot G1 X offers a level of image quality
previously only possible with a Canon DSLR. It’s Canon’s first compact
camera to feature a large, 4:3 aspect, 14.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor measuring
18.7mm x 14mm – similar in height to the APS-C sensors used within EOS DSLR
models. Featuring the same pixel size and structure as the EOS 600D, and a
surface area approximately 6.3 times larger than the sensor in the acclaimed
PowerShot G12, it provides DSLR image quality in a body small enough to
carry anywhere.

The increased sensor size allows photographers to have greater control over
the depth of field, with increased potential to creatively and artistically
isolate a subject from its background. Improved dynamic range enables users
to accurately capture shadows and highlights within the same frame, while
the 14.3 Megapixel resolution allows for the output of large-sized prints,
or permits images to be cropped for more powerful compositions.

The PowerShot G1 X also features a range of benefits that result from the
advanced CMOS sensor technology developed within Canon’s EOS range. On-chip
noise reduction ensures images are clear, even at high ISO speeds, while a
4-channel read-out provides high speed image capture – ensuring fast,
responsive performance in all conditions.

Combining the large sensor with the DIGIC 5 image processor, the HS System
in the PowerShot G1 X sets new standards for low-light performance, with a
maximum full-resolution ISO range of 100 to 12800 – a level never before
seen in a Canon compact. Photographers can shoot using the ambient light in
even the darkest of conditions, capturing natural shots with incredible
detail and low noise – providing a powerful basis for low-light photography.

Precision lens technology

Developed using the same design, manufacturing and quality processes as the
world-renowned EF lens range, the lens in the PowerShot G1 X is built to
achieve professional levels of image quality. Utilising Ultra high
refractive index Aspherical (UA) elements and precision glass moulding
technology, the lens achieves both a compact size and pin-sharp clarity for
the most discerning of photographers. The lens retracts compactly into the
camera body while offering a flexible 4x optical zoom range of 28mm – 112mm,
giving photographers the option to use the zoom creatively and change the
framing and perspective of their shot. A 6 blade aperture also combines with
the large-sized sensor to produce beautiful background blur.

To help ensure optimum image and Full HD movie clarity, the lens features a
4-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS), allowing photographers to shoot in
darker conditions and use shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would
be possible without IS. The optical Image Stabilizer is supported by
Intelligent IS which analyses the focal length, focal distance and type of
camera movement and applies the most appropriate Image Stabilizer mode[i].
For example, when a panning motion is detected, Panning IS is activated and
stabilises in only one direction for more artistic capture of movement
across the frame. Hybrid IS technology is also included to capture macro
subjects without the blur associated with shift camera shake.

The lens also includes an in-built 3-stop Neutral Density (ND) Filter,
permitting the use of wider apertures in bright light to achieve a shallower
depth of field, or to use slower shutter speeds to intentionally blur

Extensive control

Following on from the control historically offered by the PowerShot
G-series, the PowerShot G1 X offers Full Manual Control with shooting mode
and exposure compensation dials for quick and intuitive access to a range of
settings. For maximum control over the final image, the PowerShot G1 X fits
seamlessly into the EOS photographer’s workflow, supporting 14-bit RAW
capture for smooth gradations and natural colours which can be fine-tuned
using the supplied Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software.

Giving photographers the option to capture split-second action, the
PowerShot G1 X features High-speed Burst HQ, capturing bursts of six
full-resolution shots at 4.5fps to freeze fast-moving action. Alternatively,
users can shoot continuously at 1.9fps right up to card capacity in JPEG
format – ensuring longer sequences of action are captured.

High quality, Full HD movies

The PowerShot G1 X supports Full HD (1080p) movie capture instantly at
24fps, via a dedicated movie button. Taking advantage of the camera’s large
CMOS sensor, users can experience high quality movies, even in low light
conditions, with the shallow depth of field associated with a larger sensor.
Additionally, the 4x optical zoom can be used whilst filming, offering
versatility, while stereo sound is also captured.

Professional handling

With its robust, stainless steel chassis and compact design, the PowerShot
G1 X offers professional-quality handling. A large vari-angle, 7.5cm (3.0″)
PureColor II VA LCD screen allows photographers to shoot from virtually any
angle or position, to get the composition they desire. The bright,
high-resolution, 920k dot LCD provides a sharp, detailed platform for image
framing and review, while an optical viewfinder (OVF) with dioptre adjuster
gives photographers the option to shoot according to their individual style.
A newly-integrated manual pop-up flash provides the option to add additional
light to a scene, and, using the hotshoe, external Canon Speedlite flashes
can also be used.

Advanced shooting modes

A range of advanced shooting modes are provided to assist photographers in
capturing challenging scenes and situations. When shooting in very dark
conditions without a tripod for example, Handheld Night Scene captures a
high-speed sequence of shots, combining the data to produce one well-exposed
image with minimal blur. Additionally, High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode
captures scenes with a particularly high range of bright and dark tones,
taking multiple exposures and combining them to deliver rich detail in
shadows and highlights.

Expanded potential through accessories

Ideal for EOS DSLR users, the PowerShot G1 X is compatible with a range of
EOS System accessories, allowing photographers to instantly expand the
potential of the camera. Canon’s EX Speedlite flash units can be used for
creative lighting, while the WP-DC44 waterproof case provides protection to
a depth of 40m – ideal for shooting in the heavy rain or taking shots
underwater – with full access to all controls.

An optional lens Filter Adapter, FA-DC58C, also enables photographers to use
a range of filters, such as a circular polariser to enhance blue skies or
remove reflections. For more even lighting when shooting macro subjects, a
Macro Ring Lite adapter (MLA-DC1) allows Canon’s Macro Ring Lite or Twin
Lite flash units from the EOS System to be used.

Offering truly advanced levels of professional control alongside
unprecedented image quality, the PowerShot G1 X is the ideal camera for
professional and serious photographers who demand DSLR flexibility and
quality from a compact camera.

PowerShot G1 X – key features:

* 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