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Canon PowerShot G1 X
14.3-megapixel digital camera with 4X optical zoom and large CMOS sensor
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Item #: 280G1X
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Original Price: $649.99
Do you regularly bring back more photos than seashells from your beach vacations? When you go hiking, do you reach for your camera first and your walking stick second? Then you're probably the kind of photo enthusiast who loves the image quality and responsiveness of a DSLR — but you know it's not always convenient to lug around a large camera or switch lenses on the go. That's why camera lovers everywhere are excited to see the Canon PowerShot G1 X make its debut. It's a point-and-shoot that takes photos every bit as stunning as a DSLR camera.
The Canon G1 X has a huge image sensor. At 1.5" measured diagonally, it's many times larger than the sensors included in previous Canon PowerShot models and just 20% smaller than most Canon SLRs. The large sensor gives you not only detailed photos, but also great depth of field and less noise in low-light situations. The DIGIC 5 image processor delivers fast continuous shooting at up to 4.5 frames per second, so you'll have no trouble getting sharp pictures of moving subjects. And the fast f/2.8 lens lets in lots of light to help boost image quality even more.
The 3" LCD screen is sharp and its 922,000 dot resolution is quite unique for a point-and-shoot camera. You can see all the details in each picture you take. Plus, the screen folds out and swivels, so you can snag shots from tricky angles without breaking a sweat. The camera also has an optical viewfinder, handy on sunny days. If you decide to switch on the fly, as soon as your eye goes up to the viewfinder, the LCD screen will turn off and switch to the viewfinder. No waiting so you won't miss your shot.
The camera also has some nice touches for DSLR fans. There's the easy-to-use EOS-style top and front control dials. When you want to get hands-on with your shots, you can switch to full manual mode, or even shoot uncompressed RAW images if you enjoy that level of control. Or you can select from several automatic modes when you feel like letting the camera do the thinking for you. And when one picture can't tell the whole story, you can shoot gorgeous 1080p video — that large sensor helps you capture detailed, professional looking footage.
From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.
I've upgraded from an 8 year old point-and-shoot. Never used a DSLR and was sort of hesitant/intimidated to go that route. The Canon Powershot G1X was the answer for me. Superior image quality, RAW capability, manual functionality, HDR, and 1080p video capability really sold it for me. I'm sure I'll be using and enjoying this camera for years. Although you can do better with a DSLR in this price range, I am one that likes the fact that I don't have to deal with multiple lenses.
Pros: Image Quality, functionality, sensor size, HDR capability, 1080p Video
Cons: Pricey, poor macro capabilities
I ordered this camera in March 2012. I told the Crutchfield rep that I wanted to try it and compare it to my wife's Canon G9. I have returned this G1x to Crutchfield because I believe the camera may be a little better than the G9 but it is not that much better. I can get a new G12 for a lot less. I would have kept the G1X if it had been priced cheaper. Something that irritated the heck out of me is the photo dimensions would change on me. The aspect ratios would change by themselves. I would blame myself if I had been using the menu all the time but I wasn't.. The only thing I can come up with is that I may have inadvertantly touched the menu button and then inadvertantly changed the aspect ratio from full size to a small size reminiscent of the old Kodak 110 size slides. This happened on 5 separate occasions during a 14 day tour.Regardless, since I use the optical view finder most of the time I did not catch the error. I suggest if you buy this camera that you use the viewing screen to take important photos.
On a side note Crutchfield was easy to deal with. They were easy to order from and more importantly they took care of me when I stated that I wanted to return my camera for a refund. From now on I will check with Crutchfield first when I buy electronics. They deserve their high rating for customer service from a well known consumer's magazine.
Pros: Nice size and weight Decent photo quality Easy to use Quality feel Good battery life using the optical view finder. Quality viewing screen Good users manual Nice optics Very nice low light quality
Cons: Poor optical view finder. Inadequate optical zoom Inconvenient lense cap Inconsistent photo dimensions (VERY irritating!!)
Let's face it, no one wants to lug around a heavy, bulky DSLR and a bunch of lenses. But prior to this camera, there was no other way to achieve DSLR image quality -- and not just any DSLR, mind you, but the highest of the high end. The G1 X is close to the same size and weight as my classic Leica Minilux 40mm f/2.4 35mm film camera -- which is to say that it is perfectly portable, and somewhat retro looking. Much more portable than the Sony NEX-style cameras, which are ergonomically horrible with a small body and a big lens attached. There is a steep learning curve here, as there are dozens of features one can use. For myself, I like to keep it simple. I am not interested in any of the in-camera effects, as this stuff can be applied in your photo software. I wanted first and foremost top image quality, and this baby delivers, big time. And speaking of keeping it simple, shooting superb looking 1080p/24fps video means pushing one button. As far as still photography modes, there is a fully-auto mode that even grandma could use, but there are also Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Full Manual modes, with the ability to shoot at very high iso settings up to f/16. Some complain about macro shooting, but with such high image quality, you can get close enough then crop it to your liking. TIP: I am using the Lowepro Lens Case 9x13cm as a camera case, which is a perfect fit. I attach the Lowepro via its belt loop to my fanny pack belt so it is always at the ready.
Pros: Unsurpassed IQ; much more compact than a DSLR; more ergonomic than NEX-style cameras
Cons: Steep learning curve to really be able to use this to its full capability; slow auto focus; somewhat limited macro-wise
This is the Camera I have been waiting for, all these years. Have had 8 G Series Camera and I currently own Canon S95 and Canon EOS 7D. I know that I will use this the most. For a travel Camera, I have used G11, Olympus EPL1, EPL2, EP3, Fuji X100! Etc. Each had issues. If you are not capturing high speed action shots or close ups, the Canon G1X can't be beat!
Pros: Outstanding photos, all-in-one camera, excellent for low light, etc. etc, etc, etc, too many!
Cons: Optical viewfinder, macro photography, action photography ... that's it!
Have only had this camera for 6 days, and I'll admit that at first I wasn't so sure I'd like it. I'm used to my Olympus DSLRs and the great image quality I get with RAW photo processing. But I'm tired of lugging all that gear with me every time there might be a photo opportunity. After adjusting my habits to this camera, I can see it's exactly what I wanted. The Image quality is superb (better in low light than my DSLR), and the jpegs are so good, RAW is not necessary. Yet RAW is an option, and the processed RAW photos are everything you would expect from a DSLR. Excellent carry around camera with DSLR like image quality. What more could one ask?
Pros: Excellent jpeg image quality... even better RAW images, in a compact camera. All the necessary fine adjustments for the seasoned photographer, yet easy enough for snapshot shooters. Auto mode defaults are quite good. Excellent low light performance!
Cons: Price (you could get a DSLR for this price). Macro mode requires too much distance from the subject to truly be considered "macro" mode. If you're looking to do macro photography, this isn't the camera you want.
G1X is superb camera. It is small enough to take anywhere, will fit in a coat pocket easily, and take pictures as good or better than any APC Sensor DSLR. The lens is first rate with very good sharpness from corner to corner. It's the camera we have been waiting for.
Pros: Picture Quality, Size, Clear Interface, Excellent lens
Cons: Autofocus could be a might faster
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||28-112mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||14.3|
|Highest Resolution||4352 x 3264|
|HD Video Recording||1980 x 1080, 1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||19|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Vari-Angle LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot G1 X has a 3" TFT color vari-angle LCD monitor featuring a resolution of approximately 922,000 dots. The monitor has a 100% picture coverage. The high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. The vari-angle LCD monitor can be rotated 270° and swiveled 175° so you can take pictures at nearly every angle. You can manually adjust the LCD monitor's brightness.
Viewfinder: The digital camera also features a real-image optical viewfinder with approximately 77% coverage. The viewfinder has a diopter so you can adjust it to your eyesight.
Canon's HS System: The Powershot G1 X employs the HS System by combining the 14.3 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor with the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor to produce spectacular images with minimal noise:
Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD (2 GB or less), SDHC (2-32 GB), and SDXC (over 32 GB) Memory Cards. The G1 X is also compatible with some Eye-Fi cards.
File Formats: The G1 X records still images and movies in the following file formats:
Wide-Angle 4x Optical Zoom Lens: The PowerShot G1 X is equipped with an f/2.8-f/5.8, 4x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 15.1-60.4mm (35mm film equivalent: 28-112mm. The 4x digital zoom extends the camera's telephoto capabilities to a total zoom of 16x. The focusing range differs depending upon the shooting mode and focusing mode:
|Shooting Mode||Maximum Wide Angle||Maximum Telephoto|
|Auto||7.9" - infinity||2.8' - infinity|
|Kids and Pets||3.3' - infinity||4.3' - infinity|
|Sports||3.3' - infinity||4.3' - infinity|
|Focusing Mode||Maximum Wide Angle||Maximum Telephoto|
|Normal||1.3' - infinity||4.3' - infinity|
|Macro||7.9" - 2.3'||2.8' - 5.2'|
|Manual Focus||7.9" - infinity||2.8' - infinity|
Digital Tele-Converter: Using the built-in Digital Tele-Converter, you can increase the focal length of the lens by approximately 1.5x or 1.9x. The focal length when using the 1.5x digital tele-converter is 42-168mm. When using the 1.9x tele-converter, the focal length is 53.2-213mm. The Digital Tele-Converter cannot be used together with the digital zoom.
Preset Focal Lengths: You can shoot at preset focal lengths of 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, or 112mm. This feature allows you to shoot at the angle of view of those focal lengths.
Front Dial and Control Dial: You can assign commonly used functions to the front dial and the control dial, by shooting mode, to give you intuitive control over the camera settings. You can assign aspect ratio switching, white balance correction, step zoom, and i-Contrast, as well as the Aperture and Shutter Speed values.
Optical Image Stabilizer: Optical (lens shift type) Image Stabilization allows you to minimize the camera shake which results in blurred images when you shoot distant subjects that have been magnified or when you shoot in dark conditions. Intelligent Image Stabilization (Intelligent IS) automatically selects one of six modes of image stabilization depending upon the shooting conditions:
Intelligent Contrast Correction: The i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where the main subject is dark, and more natural transition. The PowerShot G1 X can even use i-Contrast in playback mode to adjust images that were shot without the setting activated.
Face Detection: The PowerShot G1 X offers Face Detection technology:
Blink Detection: The G1 X provides a visible indicator on its LCD screen, if the camera detects the possibility that someone has shut his or her eyes.
AF Frame Modes: You can change the AF frame mode to match the scene you want to shoot. You can choose from the following:
Magnify Focal Point: You can push the shutter-button halfway to magnify the AF frame and check the focus.
Servo AF: The Servo AF retains focus on a moving subject after the shutter button is pressed halfway. This allows you to wait for the perfect shot without having to refocus.
AF-Assist Beam: The AF-assist beam will sometimes emit when the shutter button is pressed halfway to assist focusing in certain conditions, i.e. dark conditions. The AF-assist beam can be turned off. If animals are your subject, turn off the beam when shooting in the dark to avoid startling them.
Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.
Focus Bracketing: The camera automatically takes three shots; one at the manual focus position, and one each with focus positions preset farther and nearer. The three shots are taken at the same interval as continuous shooting. The farther and nearer focus positions can be set in three steps.
Drive Modes: The Canon PowerShot G1 X features Single, Continuous, Self-Timer Drive modes:
High-Speed Burst: In addition to the Continuous Shooting mode described above, the camera's High-speed Continuous Shooting (High-speed Burst HQ) lets you shoot a series of shots in rapid succession by holding the shutter button all the way down. In this mode, you can shoot up to 6 continuous shots in one burst at approximately 4.5 shots per second. Focus, image brightness, and color are determined by the first shot.
Shooting Modes: Using the Mode Dial on the top of the camera, you can select from numerous shooting modes:
Exposure Compensation: When shooting against a bright or dark background, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject is correctly lit. You can adjust the exposure from -3 to +3 in 1/3-stop increments, using the dial on the top of the camera.
Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit.
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): In this mode, the camera automatically changes the exposure within a set range to take three shots at the same interval as continuous shooting. The images are shot in the following order: standard exposure, underexposure, and overexposure.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
ISO Settings: The PowerShot G1 X features Auto and Manual ISO, adjustable using the ISO dial on the top of the camera. The higher the ISO, the greater it reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations. ISO speed settings can be adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. The settings include 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, or Auto.
Built-In Flash: The PowerShot G1 X has a built-in flash. Using the control dial, you can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), Slow-Synchro (flash timing is adjusted to slow shutter speeds) or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 23' in Wide Angle and 3.3' to 10.2' in Telephoto. You can adjust the flash output (3 levels) and flash exposure compensation (+/-2 stops in 1/3 stop increments). In the menu, you can add the following flash functions when the flash is set to On or Auto:
ND Filter: The ND filter reduces light intensity to 1/8 (3-stops) of the actual level, allowing for slower shutter speeds and smaller aperture values. Use of a tripod is recommended with the slower shutter speeds to prevent camera shake.
White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings:
My Colors: Using My Colors you can easily change colors in an image when it's taken. My Colors offers several options:
Color Changes: You can change the look of an image when shooting using one of the following:
Stitch Assist: Large, expansive objects or scenes can be split into several shots that can be later merged together using the supplied software on a computer to create a panoramic image. You can record up to 26 shots in this manner.
Insert Date and Time: You can insert the shooting date and time in the lower right corner of an image you are recording. Once inserted, however, they cannot be deleted.
Display Overlays: You can display a variety of guides and overlays in the viewfinder or LCD to aid you in shooting images. These include shooting information, grid lines, an electronic level, and a histogram.
Wind Filter: The Wind Filter suppresses noise during audio recording when the wind is strong.
Multi-Language Menus: You can change the display language in the camera's LCD monitor menus and messages. The camera offers 27 different languages to choose from, including English, French, and Spanish.
Optional Accessories: There are numerous Canon accessories that can be attached to the G1 X camera:
Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD monitor for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. You can select the review time from 2 to 10 seconds. It will also display until you press the shutter button halfway to focus your next shot.
Focus Check Display: Focus Check display allows you to check the focus of image taken and allows you to easily check facial expressions and whether a subject's eyes are closed. This feature can be set to allow you to check the focus of an image taken right after shooting the subject.
My Category: You can organize images in specific categories, and display them in a filtered playback. You can also protect or delete images while filtered.
Jump Images: When you have a lot of images recorded onto a memory card, you can use the Jump feature to speed up your search for the image you want to view. You can choose from the following categories:
Index Replay: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.
Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in Single Image Replay mode, you can magnify the image up to approximately 10x. You can also maneuver around in the magnified picture by using the multi-purpose control dial.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. Each image displays for approximately 3-10, 15, 30 seconds. You can choose between six transition effects (fade, bubble, cross, scroll, letterbox, slide), or without transition.
Movie Playback: In addition to normal playback of your video clips the camera features slow-motion, fast-forward, rewind and frame-by-frame playback.
Trimming: You can trim a portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file. You can also trim the beginnings and ends of recorded movies in one-second increments.
Resizing Images: You can resize images to a lower pixel setting and save the resized image as a separate file.
Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.
PictBridge/Direct Print: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand, or a Canon printer that supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon Bubble Jet printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect it to a computer.
Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot G1 X powered by the supplied NB-10L rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (7.4V / 920mAh / 6.8Wh). The battery pack can be charged in the supplied CB-2LC battery charger in approximately 1 hours and 50 minutes. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC80 AC adapter kit. The typical performance of the battery is as follows:
|Still Images||Screen On: Approx 250 shots|
|Screen Off: Approx. 700 shots|
|Movie Recording||Typical||Screen On: Approx. 1 hour 10 mins|
|Continuous||Screen On: Approx. 2 hours|
|Playback Time||Screen On: Approx. 7 hours|
Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:
Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.
Digital/AV Output Terminal: The PowerShot G1 X has a Mini-B USB 2.0 Hi-Speed terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible printer via the supplied USB cable. The camera's Mini-B USB 2.0 output also allows you to connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with a RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the optional AVC-DC400ST stereo AV cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.
HDMI Output: The PowerShot G1 X features a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to your HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the Canon HTC-100, is required.
Remote In: The PowerShot G1 X features a 2.5mm sub-mini input for connecting the optional Canon RS-60E3 Wired Remote Switch (sold separately). The remote prevents camera shake when taking photographs using a tripod, such as when taking close-ups or long-exposure photographs.
DC In: The camera features a DC input for optional AC power adapter (ACK-DC80, sold separately).
Included Software: The PowerShot G1 X comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver. 101.1 CD-ROM. It contains the following programs.
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