David Pogue’s review of Canon’s G1X…….opps


May 24, 2012, 5:07 pm

The Canon G1 X: Big Sensor, Major Disappointments

You know why people carry around those big black S.L.R. cameras, don’t you?

Trust me: it’s not for fashion’s sake.

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No, they carry them around because the cameras contain big sensors. If there’s one statistic that predicts photo quality, it’s not megapixels: it’s sensor size. Big sensors mean great photos in low light — and the ability to create that pro-style blurred background behind your subject.

The most exciting camera developments of the last two years have been smaller camera bodies with big sensors in them. I was incredibly excited, in particular, to hear about the new Canon G1 X: a coat-pocketable zoom camera with a huge sensor: 0.92 inch diagonal. That’s nearly the size of the APS-C sensor found in S.L.R. cameras like the Canon Rebel. It’s 16 percent bigger than the Four Thirds sensor used by Olympus and Panasonic, and over six times the size of the sensors in previous Canon G cameras (and most other compacts).

The G1 X is the latest in a long line of the peculiar cult-classic cameras in Canon’s G series (G10, G11, G12 …). Peculiar because it’s a one-piece camera with lots of features that high-end photo nuts want: metal body, a hot shoe for accessories, full manual controls, lots of buttons with amazing amounts of customization, and an actual eyepiece viewfinder. You don’t swap lenses on this thing. Like its predecessor, the G1 X has a fantastic hinged screen that lets you shoot over your head, down at waist level, or even facing yourself.

But the huge sensor makes the G1 X a whole new ballgame.

I’ve spent a couple of months with the camera I was dying to love, and I have to say that I’m a little disappointed.

Which is hard for a true-blue Canon nut to admit.

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oh well enjoy Jene

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One Response to “David Pogue’s review of Canon’s G1X…….opps”

  1. fuzzypictures Says:

    Hmmmmmm Canon or Sony NEX-7? I’m still leaning towards the NEX-7 and will spend a few moments at B&H with one to see if i like it as much as I did when I held one at Photo Expo last Oct.

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