Canon PowerShot G1 X Compact Digital Camera with 14.3 Megapixel, 1.5" CMOS Image Sensor, 4x Optical Zoom, 3" TFT Color Display

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About the Canon G1 X

Canon PowerShot G1 X offers advanced technologies that make this camera behave like it's much larger than it really is. The compact G1 X is armed with a new 1.5-inch High Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which is larger than a 4/3" sensor and nearly as big as the APS-C-sized sensors found in professional DSLRs. This gives you a light-sensitive area which is nearly 6.3 times larger than the last generation of G-Series digital cameras and delivers a quality level that's unheard of in a compact, pocket-friendly camera.

The lens on the G1 X is designed to take full advantage of its oversized 14.3-Megapixel sensor. And a powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor has been employed to improve noise reduction, allowing this little camera to achieve an ISO up to 12800, ultimately enabling you to photograph in low light with less blur and shorter exposure times. The f/2.8 lens has 4x optical zoom, which utilizes Canon's UA Lens technology to suppress aberration throughout the zoom range. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28-112mm, this lens will capture any scene, from portraiture to landscapes.

When the Canon G1x came out in 2012, it was one of the first compact cameras to sport a larger sensor, in this case a 14MP 1.5-inch CMOS. It immediately went to the head of the class as Canon's top compact for image quality. Its successor, the Canon G1x Mark II, features a redesigned lens, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, 31 focus points, a touchscreen flip-out monitor, two control rings on the lens barrel, and an optional, high-resolution electronic viewfinder.

The original 14MP sensor has been replaced by a 12MP one, but don't let the lower resolution fool you: by pulling back on pixel density, Canon allows more light per per pixel since each one can be larger, which actually produces better overall image quality. Another big improvement? A faster lens that has an f/2 wide aperture at its widest setting.

Canon G1x Mark II Key features:

Canon 1.5-inch, 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
5x Optical Zoom plus a new f/2.0 - f/3.9, 24mm Wide-Angle lens
Optical Image Stabilizer
Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in NFC (Near Field Communication)
1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button
Bright, capacitive 3.0-inch tilt-type touch panel LCD
New lens with Dual Control Rings provides customized functions with operation similar to SLR lenses and allows full-time manual focus.
A 9-blade aperture
High Speed AF
Burst rate up to 5.2fps with less and the removal of buffer time.
14-bit RAW + JPEG
Optional Electronic Viewfinder, custom grip available.

Let's take a closer look at the G1x Mark II

Canon 1.5-inch, 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor

Its predecessor's image quality was impressive; the G1 X Mark II promises better: Almost as large as the APS-C CMOS sensor found in many EOS digital SLRs, and bigger than those found in 4/3 system cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II's sensor has larger pixels-4.5x the size of those found in 1/1.7 type sensors-and is thus able to capture more light at the pixel level. This means better detail, even at higher ISOs, with minimal noise and distortion and, thanks to the sensor's wide cell pitch, improved dynamic range, according to Canon.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera natively captures images in the 3:2 aspect ratio, which is the same as Canon EOS SLR cameras. The PowerShot G1 X Mark II also features a new Aspect Ratio function, enabling RAW image capture in both 3:2 and 4:3 aspect ratios while maintaining the same angle of view.

Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with the latest Canon processor, the DIGIC 6, which is said to provide improved light sensitivity and allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions. Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's exceptionally free of distortion. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor also enhances the performance capabilities of the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, according to Canon, powering full resolution high-speed continuous still shooting and the advanced Star shooting modes. Video recording has also been improved with MP4 recording for better compatibility with mobile devices and tablets. MF focus peaking is now available as well.

Redesigned Lens

A new f/2-3.9, 24mm Wide-Angle 5x zoom lens was developed specifically for the PowerShot G1 X Mark II. Canon says this large aperture lens offers the highest specifications for any camera in this class, and incorporates dramatic improvements on all fronts based upon the feedback of PowerShot G1 X users. It offers a 5x zoom factor with a 24-120mm equivalent range. Also new: an inner focusing system said to enable fast AF speed, a reduced focusing distance of 5cm, 14 elements in 11 groups and has 9-blade aperture diaphragm. In response to the overwhelming requests from PowerShot G1 X users, it has an integral lens cap.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera's lens features two control rings on the lens barrel designed to enhance operability with quick, intuitive customizable functions. The inner ring is stepped and can be directed to set aperture value, shutter speed and exposure compensation. The outer, continuous ring has an easily recognizable different texture and makes fine tune adjustments simple, even enabling full-time manual focus that operates similarly to the focus rings found on typical SLR lenses. Working in tandem with the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera's rear-mounted control dial, virtually every shooting function can be accessed and customized to any photographer's favorite specifications.

Built-In Wireless Tech

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can post your images to social networking and media sites - Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube, Flickr® and now Google Drive - through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# directly from your PowerShot camera, or save them to the online photo album. The camera can also connect directly to both iOS and Android devices, and upload images via thefree Canon CameraWindow app without a computer. One-touch connection to your mobile device or computer is also made possible via the Mobile Device Connect Button.

With the built-in Wi-Fi® on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, you can use your smartphone or tablet to remotely control the camera by connecting wirelessly to your device and accessing the free Canon CameraWindow app. Your device will show a live image of the camera's capture for easy composition - perfect for wildlife and nighttime shots, group photos and all kinds of situations. You can thus operate the camera's zoom, flash, self-timer and shutter and save images from afar.

Another wireless technology supported by the PowerShot G1 X Mark II is NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, eliminating the need to find and open the Canon CameraWindow app on your mobile device. Simply touch the NFC icon on your camera to your compatible Android device, and the CameraWindow app will launch automatically for remote shooting and quick, easy sharing of your images.

Tiltable Touchscreen LCD

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II features an entirely new 1.04 million pixel capacitive screen that can tilt up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees for flexible shooting in any number of situations and angles. Touch-sensitive, it delivers intuitive touch panel operation and review. Menu and quick control settings can be accessed, and focus point and shutter release can be activated with the touch of a fingertip using Touch AF.

Full Resolution Continuous Shooting and High Speed AF

Shooting and processing are now performed in tandem, eliminating buffering time to deliver high shooting speeds at full resolution. With the significantly higher AF speed due to the newly improved Canon 1.5-inch CMOS sensor, streamlined processing also makes the camera's High Speed AF the fastest in Canon compact camera history, achieving focus nearly the instant the camera is aimed. With no separate mode setting and no reduction in image quality, you can freeze action shots.

14-bit RAW + JPEG

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II recognizes 58 shooting situations, automatically optimizing settings for achieving the highest quality shots on the go. However, a significant number of this camera's target users will appreciate the 14-bit signal processing, just as in EOS-series cameras, promising rich detail and smooth gradation, and RAW images are available in a choice of 3:2 or 4:3 aspect ratios.

Star Shooting Modes

Starry skies were formerly out of reach to all but experienced SLR camera users, but star shooting modes on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera make these wonderfully impressive images accessible to all. With just a tripod and simple settings, you can capture exquisite Star Nightscapes, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movies and Star Portrait. The new Star Portrait mode, which consecutively takes two shots of the subject plus one of the night sky and then merges them into a single image, enables beautiful portraits with a starry background.

Optional Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1

Gone is the squinty little optical viewfinder, but for those who need eye-level viewing, Canon has designed the Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1, which plugs in via the hot shoe and offers 2.36 Million dot resolution.

The Canon G1 X is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Travel and more.The Canon G1 X is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon G1 X is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon G1 X: Compact, Easy to use, Good image quality, Good in low light, Image stabilization and Large clear LCD.

Canon G1 X Includes

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Compact Digital Camera
  • Battery Pack NB-10L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LC
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Lens Cover (with Strap)
  • Neck Strap NS-DC9
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • Canon 1 Year Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good image quality (6) , Large clear LCD (5) , Easy to use (5) , Image stabilization (5) , Good in low light (4) , Compact (4) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (3) , Zoom range/performance (3) , Nice body color (3)
Short battery life (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (6) , Family photos (4) , Landscape/scenery (4) , Low light (4) , Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5) , Pro photographer (2)

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Canon G1 X Features

  • A newly developed Canon 1.5-inch, 14.3 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor creates Canon's HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance up to ISO 12800
  • Full range of shooting and recording modes including 14-bit RAW + JPEG, as found in Canon DSLR cameras for the ultimate creative control
  • Shoot beautiful 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output
  • 4x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, plus a 28mm Wide-Angle Lens delivers exceptional image quality and allows you to capture more in your frame
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition
  • Bright 3.0-inch Vari-Angle PureColor System LCD with 922,000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles plus an optical viewfinder
  • High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 6 frames while maintaining superb image
  • Compatible with Canon Speedlite flashes for additional creative lighting options
  • Mode Dial and Front Dial provide intuitive manual adjustment
  • High Dynamic Range scene mode combines multiple shots into one picture showing greater image detail

Canon G1 X Specifications

Image sensor 1.5-inch CMOS
Total Pixels Approx. 15.0 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 14.3 Megapixels
Focal Length 15.1 (W) - 60.4mm (T) (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 112mm (T)
Digital Zoom 4x
Focusing Range Normal: 1.3 ft. (40cm) - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. (1.3m) - infinity (T)
Auto: 7.9 in. (20cm) - infinity (W), 2.8 ft. (85cm) - infinity (T)
Macro: 7.9 in. - 2.3 ft. (20-70cm) (W), 2.8 ft. - 5.2 ft. (85cm - 1.6m) (T)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Vari-angle type with wide-viewing angle)
LCD Pixels Approx. 922,000 dots
LCD Coverage Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 (W)-f/5.8 (T)
Shutter Speed 1-1/4000 sec.
60-1/4000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/ 4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800 (When in P mode)
Light Metering Method Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method AE Lock (not available when shooting movies)
Exposure Compensation +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom1, Custom2
Built-in Flash Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
Flash Range 1.6-23 ft. (W), 3.3-10.2 ft. (T) (50cm-7.0m (W), 1.0-3.1m (T))
Recycling Time 5.0 seconds or less (battery voltage: 7.4 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes C1, C2, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, SCN, Creative Filters, Movie
Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self Timer Approx. 10-sec. delay, Approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom
Continuous Shooting Normal: Approx. 1.9 shots/sec. (in P mode), Approx. 4.5 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst HQ mode)
AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (in P mode)
LV: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Storage Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format Normal, Fine, RAW
JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif 2.3 JPEG, RAW (14 bit, CR2 (Canon Original)) Video: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM (2 channel stereo))
Videos: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Recording Pixels: Still Images [16:9] Large: 4352 x 2448, Medium 1: 3072 x 1728
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080, Small: 640 x 360
Recording Pixels: Still Images [3:2] Large: 4352 x 2904, Medium 1: 3072 x 2048
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064, Small: 640 x 424
Recording Pixels: Still Images [4:3] Large: 4352 x 3264, Medium 1: 3072 x 2304
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200, Small: 640 x 480
RAW: 4352 x 3264
Recording Pixels: Still Images [1:1] Large: 3264 x 3264, Medium 1: 2304 x 2304
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200, Small: 480 x 480
Recording Pixels: Still Images [4:5] Large: 2608 x 3264, Medium 1: 1840 x 2304
Medium 2: 960 x 1200, Small: 384 x 480
Number of Recording Pixels: Video [iFrame Movie]: 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
[Miniature Effect]: 1280 x 720 / 640 x 480
[Other than the above]: 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) /640 x 480 (30 fps)
Playback Modes File 1 Still Images & Movies: Auto Rotate, Transition Effects (Off, Scroll, Slide, Fade), Scroll Display, Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Search Jump (Favorites, Date, My Category, Still Images/Movies/Movie Digest, Jump 10 Images, Jump 100 Images), Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Filtered Playback, Slideshow
Playback Modes File 2 Still Images: Single, Index, Magnification (Approx. 2x-10x), Thumbnails (4-100), Information Display, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Resume Playback, Red-Eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors
Movies: Normal Playback, Slow Motion, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward, Resume Playback, Delete Unwanted Portions of a Clip
Computer Interface Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (Dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Video Out Analog: NTSC or PAL, Digital: HDMI (HDMI mini connector)
Audio Out Stereo
Other Interface Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Cable
Power Source Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-10L
Shooting Capacity LCD Monitor on: Approx. 250 shots
LCD Monitor off: Approx. 700 shots
Approx: 310 shots when in Quick Shot mode (LCD monitor on)
Playback Time Approx. 7 hours
Operating Temperature 32-104deg.F/0-40deg.C
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.60 x 3.17 x 2.55 in. / 116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7mm
Weight Approx. 17.3 oz. / 492g (Camera only)
Approx. 19.0 oz. / 534g (Including the battery and memory card)
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