The Canon G1 X is a bold move in a different direction for the point-and-shoot camera. Point-and-shoot cameras by definition are designed to be easy to use and basically fool proof. Most point-and-shoots allow some flexibility, but for the most part they are designed to give the “photographer” peace of mind. Most point-and-shoot “photographers” don’t want to be concerned about shutter speed, aperture, EV values, focus bracketing, neutral density filters, or the sensor size. The Canon G1 X allows the photographer as little or as much control over the finished product as he or she desires. The one thing that really sets the Canon apart from its competitors is the size of its sensor. The Canon G1 X has a huge sensor in comparison to their previous point-and-shoot cameras. The Canon’s Power Shot G12 sensor is 1/1.7” (7.6/5.7mm) while the Canon G1 X is 1.5” (18.7/14mm), which is six times larger. In the comparative graphic below you will notice that Canon G1 X sensor is slightly larger than the Four Thirds sensor. The Canon’s sensor is still smaller than the APS-C sensor that is used in the Nikon DX, Pentax, and Sony cameras. In this review we will take a serious look at the Canon G1 X and briefly compare it to a true point-and-shoot camera and a four thirds camera.
In the comparative graphic below you will notice that Canon G1 X sensor is slightly larger than the Four Thirds sensor. The Canon sensor is still smaller than the APS-C sensor that is used in the Nikon DX, Pentax, and Sony cameras.
This a comparative example of sensor size the APS-C sensor is .93"x.62" (23.6x 15.7mm)
Table of Contents
- What's In the Box
- Construction and Handling
- Sample Photos