9 January 201213,636 views7 Comments

Canon launch the PowerShot G1 X!

The Canon PowerShot G1 X

It’s that exciting time of year again when new product announcements start rolling in left, right and centre, and Canon’s announcement of the high-end PowerShot G1 X compact camera this afternoon is very exciting indeed! Created for professionals and keen enthusiasts alike, the G1 X is a serious bit of kit packed into a relatively small body.


  • 14.3 megapixel 1.5-inch CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC5 Image Processor
  • 28-112mm f/2.8-f/5.8 4x optical zoom lens with Intelligent IS
  • Full 1080p HD movie capability with HDMI output
  • Up to 12800 ISO
  • Full manual control
  • HDR mode and built in ND Filter
  • Vari-angle 3.0?  screen with 920k dot resolution
  • 116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7mm dimensions
  • weighs approx 534g (incl. battery and memory card)
  • RRP £699.00*

The G1 X will sit above the G12 at the top of the Canon PowerShot lineup, rather than replace it  – you could see it as a bigger (and more intelligent) brother. Equipped with a sensor approximately 6.3x the size of its younger sibling,  it’s just slightly smaller than the APS-C sized sensor found in entry to mid-level DSLRs and larger than the sensors found in four thirds cameras.

The G1 X with vari-angle LCD screen extended

The G1 X will be compatible with many Canon Speedlites and G-series accessories, with the exception of any lens attachments as the lens in this latest PowerShot is brand new to the range. If you’re a past or present G-series user, you’ll be very familiar with the layout of controls on the G1 X as it’s very similar to the G12 and previous G-series models.

Another feature that creative photographers and advanced users will be pleased to see is an increase in the maximum exposure length to 60 seconds (compared to the 15 second limit on the G12). We were lucky enough to get a preview of the G1 X last week before its launch and the sample images taken outdoors at night at 60 seconds were very impressive with incredible image quality. We’ll look to get some of these sample images included in this post as soon as they become available to us.

In Comparison: G1 X vs G12

G1 X G12
Megapixels 14.3 10.0
Sensor Size 18.7 x 14.0 mm 7.4 x 5.6 mm
ISO Max 12800 3200
HD Video 1080p 720p
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 28-112mm 28-140mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8 – f/5.8 f/2.8 – f/4.5
Screen (dots) 3.0″ LCD (920k) 2.8″ LCD (461K)
Weight 534g 355g

Sample Images

We’ve sourced two sample images from Canon (original source) for a first glance at what the G1X can do. We’ll add more sample images to this section as they become available.

1/50 sec at f/4.0, ISO 100, -1/3 exposure compensation

1/15 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

(update: we’ve removed the sample images that were up earlier and we’ll be adding more shortly)

Product Tour Video


The Canon PowerShot G1X is expected to be available between late February and early March and can be pre-ordered at Wex Photographic.

*price as at 9th January 2012, subject to change
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  • techfan

    This seems to be the camera I have been waiting for. If it can focus and shoot fast enough to keep up with children and pets my DSLR gear will be up for sale. I hope the price of the G1X comes down a bit though :)
    Thanks WEX for the sample images!

  • Katie

    Thumbs up on the g1 x from me. I love the shape too, time to trade in my Nikon.

  • http://www.jr-photos.com JR

    Nice-but at £700 it’s overpriced and I’d like to have seen some high iso samples.
    I think the new Fuji at £300 more plus £450 for the cheapest lens looks more appealing and I have seen the high iso results from that camera-excellent!

  • Ken Cservenka

    It’s widely accepted that 4X zoom is the maximum for digiscoping. My G11 has a 5X zoom and isn,t suitable for digiscoping. I can just about get a circular image with a lot of cut off on the corners. Will the new G1x be suitable for digiscoping or will the larger sensor create new problems making it unsuitable.

  • Steve Johns

    The G 12 is pretty good. Any change to the new model will depend on the real low light performance, in comparison with what is coming down the tubes from Fuiji.

  • Philip Barclay

    I bought a G12 on impulse last year and have been delighted with it – a great companion to my Canon 50D SLR camera. T This G1 X looks fantastic – I am sure its larger sensor will make the most of the great Canon Zoom lens and its low light performance should be even better than the G12. he G12 fits into a large coat pocket but best kept on a belt-strap. The G1 X is a lot heavier than the G12 and will need a proper case or a strong belt. Still a lot lighter & cheaper than my 50D with its 17-55 f/2.8 lens and battery grip (around 1800 g!).

    The one feature I would like to have seen on the ultimate G-series camera is GPS geotagging which is an wonderful way to collate photographs taken on my iPhone.

  • MacDoobie

    No linked EVF/OVF means that this won’t be on my Xmas list.