Canon PowerShot G1 X Review

4.5
February 14, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR
Type 18.7 mm x 14.0 mm Canon high-sensitivity CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 14.3M
Aspect Ratio/Colour 4:3
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
IMAGE PROCESSOR
Type DIGIC 5 with iSAPS technology
LENS
Focal Length 15.1 - 60.4 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 – 112 mm)
Zoom Optical 4x. Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 1.9x and Safety Zoom¹) Combined Approx. 16x
Maximum f/number f/2.8-f/5.8
Construction 11 elements in 10 groups (2 double-sided aspherical UA elements, 1 double-sided aspherical element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), 4-stop. Intelligent IS
FOCUSING
Type TTL
AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed centre or Face Select and Track)
AF Modes Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF
AF Point Selection Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE, Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Focus Bracketing Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 20 cm (W) from front of lens in macro
EXPOSURE CONTROL
Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ND Filter (3 stop)
AEB 1/3 - 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800
SHUTTER
Speed 1 - 1/4000 sec. (factory default)
60 - 1/4000 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)
WHITE BALANCE
Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2. Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto
COLOUR MATRIX
Type sRGB
VIEWFINDER
Viewfinder Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder
Dioptre Correction Yes
LCD MONITOR
Monitor Vari-angle 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II VA (TFT), Approx. 920,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
FLASH
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes.
Fastest speed:
1/2000 sec. (built-in flash)
1/250 sec. (external flash)
1/4000 sec. (external using high-speed synchro)
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX and 430EX II. 22 levels with 580EX II¹)
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm - 7.0 m (W) / 1.0 m - 3.1 m (T)
External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites¹, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX
SHOOTING
Modes Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom (2 modes), SCN (Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Sports, Smart Shutter(Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), High-speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist), Creative Filter (High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap), Movie
Modes in Movie Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Portrait, Landscape, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, iFrame Movie
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.9 shots/sec., AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec., LV: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (until memory card becomes full) High-speed Burst HQ: Approx. 4.5 shots/sec., up to 6 shots¹²
RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION
Image Size 4:3 - (L & RAW) 4352 x 3264, (M1) 3072 x 2304, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480
16:9 - (L) 4352 x 2248, (M1) 3072 x 1728, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (L) 4352 x 2904, (M1) 3072 x 2048, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (L) 3264 x 3264, (M1) 2304 x 2304, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
4:5 - (L) 2608 x 3264, (M1) 1840 x 2304, (M2) 960 x 1200, (S) 384 x 480
Resize in playback (M2, S, XS)
*XS is half the length and width of S
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies (Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 24 fps, (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
iFrame Movie (HD)
Movie Length (Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹
(L and M) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²
FILE TYPES
Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
iFrame
DIRECT PRINT
Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes
OTHER FEATURES
Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes, live histogram
Playback zoom Approx. 2x - 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi
INTERFACE
Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
MEMORY CARD
Type SD, SDHC, SDXC
SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM
PC & Macintosh Windows 7 SP1/ Vista SP2/ XP SP3
SOFTWARE
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other CameraWindow, Movie Uploader for YouTube, PhotoStitch
Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional for RAW development
POWER SOURCE
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-10L (NB-10L battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 250 shots¹
Approx. 420 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80
ACCESSORIES
Cases / Straps Soft Case SC-DC75, DCC-1800
Lenses Lens Hood LH-DC70
Filter Adapter FA-DC58C (Compatible with Canon 58mm Filters: Circular Polarizing PL-C B, Neutral Density Filter ND4X-L & ND8X-L, Protect, UV, Softmat No.1 & 2)
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC44
Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
Flash Canon Speedlites (including 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II¹),
Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX (Both require Macro Light Adapter MLA-DC1),
Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3, Bracket BKT-DC1, Speedlite Bracket SB-E2
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote Switch RS-60E3
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80, Battery Charger CB-2LCE
Other Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Operating Environment 0 - 40 °C, 10 - 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7 mm
Weight Approx. 534 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)

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