Canon launch the PowerShot G1 X!

The Canon PowerShot G1 X

It's that exciting time of year again when new product announcements start rolling in left, right and centre, and Canon's announcement of the high-end PowerShot G1 X compact camera this afternoon is very exciting indeed! Created for professionals and keen enthusiasts alike, the G1 X is a serious bit of kit packed into a relatively small body.


  • 14.3 megapixel 1.5-inch CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC5 Image Processor
  • 28-112mm f/2.8-f/5.8 4x optical zoom lens with Intelligent IS
  • Full 1080p HD movie capability with HDMI output
  • Up to 12800 ISO
  • Full manual control
  • HDR mode and built in ND Filter
  • Vari-angle 3.0?  screen with 920k dot resolution
  • 116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7mm dimensions
  • weighs approx 534g (incl. battery and memory card)
  • RRP £699.00*

The G1 X will sit above the G12 at the top of the Canon PowerShot lineup, rather than replace it  - you could see it as a bigger (and more intelligent) brother. Equipped with a sensor approximately 6.3x the size of its younger sibling,  it's just slightly smaller than the APS-C sized sensor found in entry to mid-level DSLRs and larger than the sensors found in four thirds cameras.

The G1 X with vari-angle LCD screen extended

The G1 X will be compatible with many Canon Speedlites and G-series accessories, with the exception of any lens attachments as the lens in this latest PowerShot is brand new to the range. If you’re a past or present G-series user, you’ll be very familiar with the layout of controls on the G1 X as it’s very similar to the G12 and previous G-series models.

Another feature that creative photographers and advanced users will be pleased to see is an increase in the maximum exposure length to 60 seconds (compared to the 15 second limit on the G12). We were lucky enough to get a preview of the G1 X last week before its launch and the sample images taken outdoors at night at 60 seconds were very impressive with incredible image quality. We’ll look to get some of these sample images included in this post as soon as they become available to us.

In Comparison: G1 X vs G12

  G1 X G12
Megapixels 14.3 10.0
Sensor Size 18.7 x 14.0 mm 7.4 x 5.6 mm
ISO Max 12800 3200
HD Video 1080p 720p
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 28-112mm 28-140mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8 - f/5.8 f/2.8 - f/4.5
Screen (dots) 3.0" LCD (920k) 2.8" LCD (461K)
Weight 534g 355g

Sample Images

We’ve sourced two sample images from Canon (original source) for a first glance at what the G1X can do. We’ll add more sample images to this section as they become available.

1/50 sec at f/4.0, ISO 100, -1/3 exposure compensation

1/15 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

(update: we've removed the sample images that were up earlier and we'll be adding more shortly)

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The Canon PowerShot G1X is expected to be available between late February and early March and can be pre-ordered at Wex Photographic.

*price as at 9th January 2012, subject to change