Canon PowerShot G1 X – A Brief Hands On
The first product on tap to check out was the new Canon PowerShot G1 X. The large sensor, perceived game changer, in the high end of point & shoot cameras. Lots of people have asked since the Sigma DP1 for Canon to make a larger sensor, great ISO performing PowerShot. It took a few years, but Canon has finally delivered.
There was a lineup to see the camera up close and personal. The Canon reps mentioned that none of them had spent any more than 3 minutes with the camera in their hands. I had to wait about 10 minutes to get to it.
The first think you notice is the size of the camera. It’s nearly the same size as the PowerShot G12 at first glance. The one glaring size difference is the rather large lens. Even when the camera is at it’s widest focal length, the lens sticks out a fair bit. Zoom in and the lens extends further.
The camera has a very nice weight to it. I’ve always been against making point and shoot cameras too light. This one feels like a camera in your hands. The viewfinder is adequate, but I wouldn’t use it too often. The 3″ articulating screen is bright and beautiful. One of the first things I noticed was the removal of the ISO dial at the top of the caemra like on the G12. I would miss that in day to day use. There is an ISO button on the back, but that isn’t as intuitive to me. The exposure compensation dial is still on top along with the mode dial, which is great news.
The Canon PowerShot G1 X in the Hands of my Wife
Roaming around the camera you find the dials and buttons are pretty small for hands my size. However, once the camera is set up, I can’t see needing to mess around with too many things on the back of the camera.
When we hear Chuck Westfall say the new G1 X will have better ISO performance than the 60D and 7D, I think most of us sit up and pay attention. Having a small camera with excellent lowlight ability makes one (me, less so my wife) giddy inside.
As per all the unreleased cameras that Canon is displaying, I was not able to put a memory card in the G1 X to get some sample images. However, one of the first things I did was switch the camera to ISO 12,800 and take a couple of pictures and view them on the big 3″ screen. If the display is accurate, the performance of ISO 12,800 is fantastic. You can see some noise reduction smoothness, ut the detail and file quality is there.
This wasn’t the ideal way to test a camera for ISO performance, however I think most of us have pretty trained eyes when judging through an LCD.
I was told we’d see the first shipments of the G1 X in February.
Preorder The G1 X at B&H for $799
From Imaging Resource
Excited by the possibilities of Canon’s first large-sensor fixed-lens camera? Got a question left unanswered after reading our preview? Now, you’ve a chance to ask it for yourself! We’ll be conducting a Q&A session with Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor with the Professional Engineering & Solutions Division at Canon U.S.A., Inc., live from the show floor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The session takes place on Monday, January 9th 2012, at 6:15PM Pacific time (that’s 9:15PM Eastern time; click here to convert for other time zones.)
If you’d like to get a jump on the question-asking (or if you won’t be around when the event goes live), tweet your question to @ir_lab, and mention G1X in the text somewhere, and we’ll try to get to your questions during the active session Monday.
The live Q&A will take place at the URL below.
Preorder the G1 X at B&H for $799
“Heard from a…..”
A person in Europe has said a retailer in their home country has said Canon will announce new lenses next week at CES. The retailer wouldn’t say what.
It’s possible at this time that reps have started to hint to stores on how to order product that is about to be discontinued.
The 24-70 f/2.8L II is again the most talked about lens in emails I am receiving.
We have yet to see an official PowerShot G1X announcement, so that will probably come Monday or Tuesday of next week. I stress again that CES is looked at like a “consumer” show by Canon, and “L” lenses generally aren’t considered as such. However, Nikon is carrying a lot of hype into the CES show.
Canon 24-70 f/2.8L @ B&H $1249
We were told that we’d see a 24-70 f/2.8L II and 35 f/1.4L II announced on January 3, 2012. That date has come and gone with no announcement of such products.
The same source says they are still coming, and was surprised that they weren’t announced. Sometime after CES is the latest information I have.
Don’t forget we were also told about a 70-200 f/4L IS II being announced in the mid January.
There have been a few things coming in about a possible DSLR announcement in January 2012. Canon has no real interest in CES/PMA as far as EOS goes, since in their own words; it’s a “consumer” show. “L” lenses and high end DSLRs don’t fit that category.
What DSLR? I can’t say at the moment, all I can gather is it won’t be a large megapixel camera, i.e. 30+ mp.
I guess Nikon will have the DSLR spotlight during CES.
B&H Lens Sale Continues
B&H’s Canon lens sale continues. Free shipping in the USA is still going strong.
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The rumoured lens announcements from a few weeks back have yet to materialize. Beyond what I was told then, I haven’t heard a single thing about the lenses in question.
Lens announcements are always the toughest to pin down. One of the major reasons is, Canon doesn’t have media events for them if they’re being announced alone. If a DSLR is involved, they’re a little easier to get information on.
I have heard some murmurs about a DSLR announcement before or at CES, nothing concrete though.
I haven’t had one PowerShot camera rumor in a while.
Canon at CES?
Yes, they’re there. They’ll be showing their gear at booth 13304. For the moment however, it looks like they won’t be showing anything new. All this could change literally overnight.