Canon Powershot G1X, camera
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  • I found this to be quite enough for the kind of walking around photography that this camera is intended for

    • by H. Munn


      My dad loves photography. He has a ton of cameras and every time I go visit him there is a new camera there waiting for me. This time around, he had bought a Canon Power Shot G1X camera which I had the pleasure of testing out exhaustively for close to two weeks. The G1X continues the Canon’s enthusiast line: from the G11 and the G12 but it’s not just the same, it is a lot heavier than the older models and is also a lot more expensive at $700. The main difference is that, it packs a much bigger sensor, not quite as big as you would find on most DSLRs, about 80% of the size of a APSC, but is still quite compact which means you can shoot better quality images in low light at

      the maximum resolution of 14 megapixels because those pixels aren’t too crowded on the sensor.

      The dusk shots came through beautifully as well as night scenes with no blurring or loss of crispness whatsoever. Having a bigger sensor also means you need a bigger lens which contributes more to the overall chunkiness. Still it is smaller than a DSLR though, it is a compact camera and therefore you can shoot with it in most situations where people might react to having a big lens planted near their faces! That is the whole point of a camera like this, it lets you snap pictures relatively unnoticed. The lens is a four times zoom which is the equivalent of 28 mm going on to 112 mm.

      I found this to be quite enough for the kind of walking

      around photography that this camera is intended for. The lens of the G1X is a fixed lens that means you can’t change it. But if you are ever going to be stuck with one lens then it might as well be this one. It is reasonably fast considering the price point with a maximum aperture of f2.

      8. This lens also helps you with more flexibility with depth of field. Overall the design of the camera shows a lot of logic and contemplation. You get manual dials for shooting modes, exposure compensation on top and aperture on the front.

      So, manual shooting is as easy as the average DSLR. One thing missing though is a dedicated dial for ISO which the G12 had. On the back there is an articulating 3-inch LCD, it’s not just a tilting ...

      • Canon Powershot G1X, camera
      display as it rotates both ways. It shows all required information and doesn’t use any esoteric symbols.

      You see the histogram and spirit level there, which are both there by default. To the right of the screen, there are a complicated set of buttons that do require a bit of learning to get used to. However, the menu system is very logical with a lot of hints and tips thus it won’t be long before you get the hang of the controls. I really liked the shortcut button, though, which I used a lot since it becomes a hotkey for the function you use most frequently; in my case it was white balance.

      The video quality on the G1X is good. There is a dedicated button that triggers the recording of 1080p video at 24 fps.

      The quality varied a lot in some clips through slow autofocus and abrupt changes in exposure and white balance. So, this camera isn’t recommended if you are looking for consistent videography.

      It can just be seen as an additional feature and nothing more. To sum it up, this camera is good for quick trigger-shooting. You can power up and snap a picture in just a few seconds. However, the camera has its issues with a small battery life and slow continuous shooting.

      Despite this, the camera’s biggest weakness is probably the dilemma that you have with the price considering you can get a great mid-range DSLR, around the $500 mark, with interchangeable lenses. That being said, if you wish to spend $700 for this form factor housing this good a sensor then you might find this a compelling purchase.

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