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CANON 5249B001 14.3 Megapixel PowerShot(R) G1X Digital Camera
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Everything about the G1X screams quality: the metal body, the action of the control dials, the fully articulated LCD screen, the lens. Although it's no pocket point-and-shoot (unless you have a poacher's jacket) it's rather neater than the camera I've been carrying around for some years. Reflecting its size and weight (about 500g), it doesn't have a P&S-style wrist strap but Canon provides a neck strap (a mite short for me but that's minor).
The main programme control dial is very similar so if you're used to a Canon DSLR you won't have any problem in getting up and running with this machine. The LCD screen is stunning and all the information presented can be customised. As can many of the control options eg the click-wheel on the back, the rotating dial above the handgrip on the front, and Canon also provides a dedicated customisable short-cut switch. Menus seem to be very straightforward - possibly simpler than those on my 400D.
The viewfinder is a simple tunnel design and is clearly only provided for those (few) occasions when ambient light conditions render the screen unusable. Field of view is about 80% less than actual frame size and at power-up (wide angle) a good chunk of the lower left corner of view is obscured by the lens barrel.Read more ›
Before moaning about no Macro and slowish autofocus you have to accept the physical limitations imposed by the huge sensor and marvel at the small body and lens that Canon engineers have devised.
The bottom line is Image Quality. In this regard the G1X is a winner even in low light with a sensor that is perfectly acceptable to 3200 and even usable at 12800.
One thing that does disappoint me is the level of Gizzmo engineering.
For example, why should I need a tripod to shoot HDR in HDR mode when other makers let me shoot handheld and then align the shots in Camera?
Why do I need software to stitch panoramas when others do it in camera?
Fuji lets me process RAW in camera to create variable jpegs so why can't Canon?
So, Canon have given us a strongly made body that fits in a jacket pocket and genuinely produces DSLR images.
I actually went "wow" when I saw some of the results (I've never said that about images from my Sony A55 DSLR ) and the images compare well to those from my Leica X1.
If only Leica could come up with that lens in the new X2 they'd be on to a winner.
Try before you buy as it won't suit everyone but it sure suits me.
There is no doubt about the build quality of this camera, or image quality - especially when working in RAW. The optical viewfinder is functional, though the lens showing in the bottom left hand corner can be a distraction at times. The EVF is an extremely competent piece of kit and gives you the chance to shoot from just about any angle as such view finders often do.
The menu system, and custom settings are not as easy to learn or use as on the 30D, 40D, 5D2 or any other Canon DSLR that I've tried, but then you are looking at a different type of camera, and different price range. You need to sit yourself down with the pdf manual on the screen and go through the manual one step at a time to really get to understand how this camera works, and thus to get the absolute most out of this camera. That said, the program and auto modes do an extremely competent job, and the images produced are not to be sneezed at, metering and focusing being more than reliable.
The on board flash appears to have been included just to fill in the space on the top left, but thankfully the camera comes with a hot shoe. I would certainly recommend adding an external flash to your arsenal - nothing expensive - but something that will work in ETTL mode with a Canon camera.
The lens has a more than acceptable focal length for nearly all uses - you really would need to move to a DSLR if you wanted more (via an additional lens which then adds price, bulk and the chance for dust contamination). The quality of the glass is also more than acceptable.Read more ›
I can say first off the G1X is a brilliant little camera that takes DSLR PHOTOS, It equals my 550d DSLR and in some shots it's slightly better due to that quality lens they have put on it.
I agree in principle with some of the comments, i.e. poor macro....(but take the photo by switching over to macro the crop it and enlarge it on the (Canon simple picture adjustment software)....I have got some fantastically sharp shots).
The other main criticism was the slow focusing; I have not found this to be a problem at all, unless you want to take continuous sports shots.
The comments about the view finder being useless are unfounded. Yes it's not a DSLR but it's sold as a Professional travel camera.
I use the view finder most of the time, as I need glasses for reading and I have just adjusted the viewfinder to my magnification. This saves me having to find my glasses, which I wouldn't normal carry with me as I only need slight magnification for reading, but enough that the LCD screen is not that clear. Also when the sun is shining the screen whilst very good does lose some of its appeal.
I mainly use the G1X on auto which is very good. However I would recommend that you use P program and set your own adjustments up to improve that already terrific picture. I have (under the function button. then AC custom colour) push function again and you can adjust the sharpness (I went for +2) and the contrast ( I went for +1) I left the rest as standard. Then under function
Button for white balance adjust (mine is AWB..Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have owned my G1X for twelve months, and have been consistently surprised by the quality of the images produced. Read morePublished on 6 May 2013 by Neil Bailey
I am not a camera freak, I just wanted the best compact camera on the market that was easy to use and turn out great pictures. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2013 by Peter Benstead
Without question, provides DSLR quality stills and superb video. Makes a Canon 500d look like a toy in terms of still/video quality. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2012 by Zoom
Having spent a lot of money on this camera thinking I was getting a quality Canon product with a sensor to almost match an SLR I am quite shocked by this product. Read morePublished on 5 May 2012 by Mr. D. J. Wilson
I'm very impressed with the IQ. I'd say it's almost if not as good as my Canon 7D. My biggest gripe from the use it has had so far is the shot to shot speed which is quite... Read morePublished on 6 April 2012 by SM Turner
I bought the Canon G1X with high expectations of image quality and control, as a larger replacement for my S95 but also to accompany or replace my EOS60D when using an SLR was... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2012 by Christopher Rosevear