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Canon PowerShot G1 X Large Sensor Compact

At first glance one would think the G1 X appears to be similar to Canon's G-series line. However, after closer inspection the G1 X is quiet different from the other G series compacts. Owners of larger DSLRs just might be attracted to the G1X as a "carry about" camera because of sensor size.


  1. Here is a short video listing the key Canon PowerShot G1 X Features.
  2. Canon PowerShot G1 X Key Features
  3. It appears Canon has borrowed many of the features found in the G1 X from their EOS DSLRs, such as the DIGIC 5 image processor and the 14.3 megapixel CMOS sensor. However, Canon designers have put a lot of these advanced features into a small and far less intimidating foot print.
  4. It appears Canon has given photo enthusiasts a realistic alternative to the interchangeable-lens compacts. Image quality is definitely improved, in fact, to such an extent that it is a worthy contender in the interchangeable-lens compact sector. About the only area where the G1X falls is it's macro capability but as the reviewers at PopPhoto indicate, "It's not a deal breaker."
  5. 3.5 stars out of 5 was given to the G1 X by CNET reviewers. they concluded that while the camera does indeed deliver some really nice photographs the lens is relatively slow and is a bit of a pain.
  6. Unlike CNET reviewers, Engadget noted the lens was "fast" and was a lot of fun to use. Yes the macro not so hot and the batteries tended to degrade pretty fast it none the less delivered outstanding photos and they became quite attached to it during the testing period.
  7. Bulky and heavy was the conclusion of the Digitalversus reviewer and definitely not the camera they were expecting Canon to release. There were no complaints about the sensor which provided super nice results, they were not impressed with the optical viewfinder and sluggish zoom. 
  8. According to DPReview the G1 X is positioned to appeal to owners of DSLR systems but based on the price it probably will have a much wider appeal because of it's sensor size and image producing capabilities.