CES: Canon launches PowerShot G1 X

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10 January 2012

Canon has announced the addition of the G1 X to its line of Powershot point and shoot cameras designed as a companion camera for professionals or advanced hobbyists who already own a DSLR, but who want a more portable walkabout camera for informal shooting..

The G1 X features a 1.5", 14.3MP CMOS sensor, the largest sensor yet for a PowerShot model, which Canon says has approximately nine times more light sensitivity than its predecessor designed to deliver shallow depth of field, wide dynamic range, and an ISO range of up to 12800. The processor lets the PowerShot G1 X camera shoot images at high speeds at full resolution (4.5 shots at 6fps).

The lens has a 4X optical zoom, an aperture of f/2.8 to f/16, and wide-angle capabilities starting at 28mm. This new model also features 14-bit RAW and JPEG shooting, HDR shooting, and compatibility with hotshoe accessories such as Speedlite, Macro Twin Lite, or the Macro Ring Light flash units.

The PowerShot G1 X camera also shoots full HD 1080p video and includes the same image stabilisation features found in the company’s camcorder line. Intelligent IS automatically detects and adjusts camera settings based on how video is being shot.

 

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The Canon PowerShot G1 X camera has a bright, 3", vari-angle LCD with 922,000 dots of resolution. The Mode Dial is located on the top of the camera while the Front Dial helps provide more intuitive control.

In terms of looks, the camera resembles, but is slightly larger than the G12 at 3.22" high, 4.59" wide, and 2.5" deep. At .53kg ounces, it’s also a bit heavier. Battery life rates at 250 shots per charge.

The PowerShot G1 X is priced at €799 and will be available in February.

IDG News Service

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