For non-photography buffs who don’t know how having a large sensor size matters to a camera, it is one of the major factor why DSLRs get to shoot good photos even in low light condition, or easily get those “bokeh” or blurred background shots due to a shallow depth of field. Point-and-shoot cameras have no business in achieving close to what DSLRs can do due to their compact size and small lens which limits the sensor size.
Well Canon just released the latest addition to its prosumer PowerShot G-series camera, the PowerShot G1 X. Boasting a 1.5-inch 14.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, its sensor size is nearly as large as the APS-C found in Sony and Samsung’s mirrorless cameras and quite a number of DSLRs. I guess Canon is not yet ready to enter the micro 4/3rds market so they instead boosted their PowerShot G line.
Aside from taking good low light photos (up to 12,800 ISO range) and “bokeh” shots, the Canon PowerShot G1 X can also do 1080p Full HD video recording, 14-bit RAW and JPEG captures. It has a 4x 28mm lens with an aperture range of f/2.8-16 which should cover your shots in almost any lighting condition. It also features a 920k dots 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD and is compatible with accessories such as Speedlite, Macro Twin Lite or the Macro Ring Light flashes.
Estimated SRP for the Canon PowerShot G1 X is $799.99 and will be launched next month stateside.