Canon unveiled three new PowerShot cameras at CES today, led by the G1 X. Superior to most point-and-shoots but without the feature set of a full DSLR model, the G1 X costs a hefty $799 and has the largest image sensor Canon’s ever put in a point-and-shoot camera. The sensor is a 1.5-inch, 14.3-megapixel CMOS design, larger than a micro four-thirds, though smaller than the APS-C sensors found in Canon DSLRs. The G1 X has some pro-level features, like being able to shoot in RAW format and an ISO that can go up to 12,800. Of course, it also shoots HD video (up to 1080p), and it has a 4X optical zoom. The fold-out LCD is really useful in composing hard-to-get shots. The G1 X is potentially ideal for two different kinds of photographers. First, it’s a good “companion” camera for a pro, since it provides something something easy to grab for casual shooting, but can still capture photos ordinary point-and-shoots can’t get (such as low-light pics). It’s also a good choice for shutterbugs who want to step up from everyday point-and-shoots but don’t want the hassle of owning a full DSLR. In our brief hands-on with the G1 X, we were impressed with how good it felt to hold.
Canon Unveils New Flagship PowerShot Camera, G1 X [HANDS ON]