Canon bares the PowerShot G1 X, their point-and-shoot with the largest sensor

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.

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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.

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  • Griswold

    meh next… the future of compact cameras is micro 4/3rds. what’s taking canon so long. naiwanan na sya.

    • thejorlanb

      Yes, naiwanan na ang canon sa compact market. In fact, sa DSLR, kaunti lang ang cheaper version nila..

  • oliver

    same with nikon, canon don’t want to shoot their dslr foot. nikon has v1 but compared to panasonic, olympus and fuji, nikon’s mirrorless cam still has a lot to improve.

  • Emerald

    Is it available in the Philippines? And How much?