Canon G1X Review
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The G1 X gets its ergonomics from Canon’s G series – a series of cameras that has been focused on giving an involved photographic experience and has improved generation to generation. The G1 X offers great build quality and well placed controls in a way that make it feel very pre-digital in its dependence on external controls, rather than menus and on-screen displays. An optical viewfinder and high-resolution flip-out /swivel LCD lets the camera adapt to a variety of shooting styles and it is reasonable to see the control system as tried-and-tested.
Although, there is an argument that the G-series cameras don’t exactly live up to the impressive credentials (they seem rather bulky for cameras that don’t actually offer any significant image quality improvement over the much more compact S95). The G1 X still has the promise of the image quality matching up to the level that any committed photographer would be searching for.
The change to a sensor so related to Canon’s DSLR chips means the G1 X is able to offer 1080p movie shooting (in the MOV format, with H.264 compression) or 720p in the extremeily easily editable iFrame format. The G1 X also has the ability to capture stereo sound and use its zoom during movie capture though falls just short of offering the input of an external mic. This movie-capturing capability is recognized with the new addition of a direct movie record button on the camera. Two tiny holes on the top plate – one behind the flash, one next to the dial – hide the stereo microphones used to record audio.
The G1 X is technically a compact, though certainly not a compact compact. We were slightly taken surprise by this guy’s size and weight while un-boxed it, even having in mind that the form hasn’t really changed since the G12. The weight (battery included) is 535g (19 ounces), while the G12 is 400g (14 ounces) and the PowerShot S100 falls at only 200g (seven ounces).
Canon G1X Review
- 14MP 1.5″ CMOS sensor (18.7 x 14mm)
- 28-112mm F2.8-5.8 lens
- Optical viewfinder
- ISO 100-12,800
- 3.0″, 920,000 dot swivel LCD
- Extensive manual control
- 14-bit Raw shooting
- 4.5fps continuous shooting
- 6.8Wh NB-10L battery rated at 250 shots (Standard)
If you think that an $800 camera must contribute to your photography with “perks” like high ISO, interchangeable lenses or exceptional macro, then the G1 X has competitors that are perhaps more worthy of your money. Although, after using the G1 X frequently for a week, we can look past this (even its low battery life and uninformative ovf) and say that we have gotten pretty attached to it. This has everything to do with the large sensor, super quick lens and the overall physicality of the camera the design, the feel, and the accessibility of the controls. If you want a camera for capturing great images, and not necessarily for adding greatness to your images, then the G1 X will definitely work for you.