Canon New Compact G1X Camera Unveiled

Canon announces the G1X compact camera
By Eric Aubort

Canon Unveils the New G1X Compact Camera

The G1X has been fitted with a large sensor to compete with mirrorless compact cameras

by Eric Aubort


Ideal for photography enthusiasts looking for the highest image quality in a compact, point-and-shoot design, the Canon PowerShot G1 X camera features the largest sensor to date for a Canon point-and-shoot model - and could be a great option for people not looking to change lenses.


Read our new Canon G1X Review


Canon G1X Key Features

  • Slightly larger sensor than a mirrorless camera - very nice!
  • Slightly larger body that a mirrorless camera
  • F2.8-F5.8 28mm-112mm non-changeable lens
  • poor macro cability, but this may be fixable with a diopter
  • 1/2000th sync speed - very nice for using a fill flash in bright conditions
  • Articulated LCD screen
  • Built-in image stabilization, claiming 4 stops improvement
  • 14 megapixel sensor
  • Battery rated for 250 shots (without flash), not great
  • $799 retail price

The G1X

Larger Sensor

  • The camera has a brand new, large 1.5-inch (18.7 x 14mm), 14.3-megapixel High-Sensitivity Canon CMOS sensor
  • Delivering shallow depth of field and a wide dynamic range
  • ISO range of up to 12800 and incredible light gathering ability helping to ensure brilliant images in even tough low-light conditions.

Image of Canon G1X sensor-Courtesy of Canon USA.


  • The new 1.5" sensor is six times larger than Canon's latest G12 model.


The Lens

  • 4X Optical Zoom
  • An aperture of f/2.8 to f/16 for beautiful images when shooting portraits and amazing clarity when shooting landscapes
  • Wide-angle capabilities starting at 28mm
  • Poor macro capability without a diopter, close focus distance is 20cm at 28mm, 85cm at 112mm



Shooting Formats

  • 14-bit, RAW+JPEG shooting
  • HDR Shooting has been included to ensure the best possible shot is captured
  • Full HD 1080p video



  • Speedlite, Macro Twin Lite or the Macro Ring Light flashes



LCD Screen and Controls

  • Bright, large 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD with 922,000 dots of resolution
  • The inclusion of the Mode Dial on the top of the camera and the Front Dial helps provide more intuitive control of the camera.

Rotational LCD Screen




Back View



Top View


Features and Specifications:

  • 14.3mp CMOS (1.5inch) Sensor (1/1.5″ probably)
  • 4x Zoom (28-112)
  • f/2.5-16
  • 14bit RAW
  • DIGIC 5
  • 6fps/4.5fps
  • Multiarea White Balance
  • HDR Mode
  • FullHD 1080p Video
  • 720P Movie Digest Mode


Estimated Price: $800.00

Estimated Delivery: February 2012


Click  below to see Canon's promotional video for the G1X:



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