Video: Canon PowerShot G1 X digital camera
Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V writing team in 2007 and is now a lead producer on our video team.
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Zak, Crutchfield camera enthusiast, had a chance to check out the Canon PowerShot G1 X at CES 2012. This powerful point-and-shoot has a giant image sensor that helps it deliver amazing picture quality.
Canon PowerShot G1 X digital camera
Zak: Hi. I'm here at the Canon booth at CES 2012 holding something that I'm very excited to share with you. It's the brand new PowerShot G1 X. It's got totally new technology inside, the best of which is a brand new, enormous 1.5" diagonal sensor.
Now to put that in perspective, that's a little bigger than the Micro Four Thirds sensor found in other cameras, and a little smaller than your typical DSLR, so we're talking many times bigger than the PowerShot line has showed you before. What that means: more control over depth of field so you get nice blurry backgrounds, also great for low-light because it's a 14-megapixel model so the pixels are pretty big and can gather a lot of light with that big sensor. It's also great for your video because you can get that nice professional looking video where the, you know, your kid is in focus in the foreground and you've got blurry backgrounds.
It's a 28-112 zoom lens built in so it goes from wide to a nice portrait focal length. The Powershot G1 X has a fantastic 920,000 dot screen, and that means everything's gonna be really sharp on there. That's great for shooting videos and anytime you're using it. It flips and swivels, which is nice if you're walking around. You can flip it this way and protect it. Also, an optical viewfinder for whenever you want that. Bright light, sometimes out in the sun, it's hard to see a screen so a little eye sensor, when you get close, will flip over from the screen to the viewfinder. It's also got the brand new DIGIC 5 Canon processor inside which makes everything happen really fastfast focus, fast from shot to shot, fast from power up to being able to shoot. So that's the brand new PowerShot G1 X from Canon.