However, the "1" camera that kept everyone waiting and guessing was launch by Canon. The G1-X, is a new G-series camera line and offers a sensor large enough to call king among all the point and shoot!
|Like father and son.. the new G1-X beside the G-12.|
|The rear of the G1-X, just like a G-12!|
|Last three generation of "G"s, from top; the G7,G9,G12 and the G1-X.|
In December 2010, I wrote in my "Canon G12, Best of the G?"...
"Ten long years after Canon launched the G1, the latest ten generation G12 became one of the most advanced fixed lens cameras on the market."
twelve years after the G1, Canon proved everybody wrong by squeezing a LARGE 1.5" CMOS into a slightly larger than G12 body and became the leader of the pack :)
To get an idea how much larger the G1-X sensor is, take a look at this chart.
This is Canon's first compact camera to feature a large, 4:3 aspect, 14.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor measuring 18.7mm x 14mm – similar in height to the APS-C sensors used within EOS DSLR models.
It features the same pixel size as the EOS 600D, and a surface area approximately 6.3 times larger than the sensor in my beloved G12, I expect it to provides DSLR image quality in a body small and compact enough to carry anywhere.
A newly developed Canon 1.5-inch, 14.3 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor creates Canon's HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance up to ISO 12800.
Full range of shooting and recording modes including 14-bit RAW + JPEG, as found in Canon DSLR cameras for the ultimate creative control.
Shoot beautiful 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
4x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, plus a 28mm Wide-Angle Lens delivers exceptional image quality and allows you to capture more in your frame.
Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
Bright 3.0-inch Vari-Angle PureColor System LCD with 922,000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles plus an optical viewfinder.
High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 6 frames* while maintaining superb image.
Compatible with Canon Speedlite flashes for additional creative lighting options.
Mode Dial and Front Dial provide intuitive manual adjustment.
High Dynamic Range scene mode combines multiple shots into one picture showing greater image detail.
In my posting on Pixel Peeping between the G12 and E-P2, I know how capable the small sensor in the G12 in delivering a competitive image; now the 6 times larger sensor of the G12 replacement will no doubt excels!
This is one of the sample image in the Canon U.S. site. It was taken with the G1-X at ISO 100, f5.6; the one below is a 100% crop from this image.
What a lens and what a sensor!!
I can imagine this will be a much sought after point and shoot!
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