The Canon PowerShot G1 X narrows the gap between compact and DSLR cameras, with advanced features normally exclusive with the Canon EOS models. The PowerShot G1 X combines a specially designed 14 megapixel sensor and DIGIC 5 processor to create the High-Sensitivity (HS) System that delivers excellent image quality, along with greater creative control.
Canon HS SYSTEM Combines a 14.3 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor
The PowerShot G1 X features a specially designed APS-C sized sensor. Though similar to sensors found in the EOS line, it was developed with larger pixel sites which allow more light to be captured, resulting in premium mage quality well beyond any previous compact camera. The High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor is exclusive to the PowerShot G1 X, and is 6.3 times larger that the previous one found in the G12.
The 1.5 inch, 14.3 megapixel sensor delivers rich and precise resolution at low ISO speeds, plus reduced noise with low light capture and higher ISO settings up to 12800. Backround blur options that were once limited to a DSLR camera can also be achieved with the PowerShot G1 X.
EOS Level Features for the Ultimate in Creative Control
View potential shots high and low, and from any angle with the 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen, which swivels out, rotates and tilts up and down. The 922,000 dots reveal a high level of detail with a full spectrum for true and natural color. For those who want to shoot the PowerShot G1 X like an SLR, the real image optical viewfinder delivers the same features of the LCD, with the addition of an adjustable diopter.
The Electronic Level can be used to calculate the horizontal angle of tilt, conveniently displayed on the LCD screen to insure a level shot every time.
The PowerShot G1 X features a full range of shooting and recording modes including 14-bit RAW + JPEG. The 14-bit signal processing is used in the EOS cameras, and produce images that are notably rich in detail and with a smooth gradation.
The 14-bit processing offers a 4x increase in RAW data when compared to 12-bit, to deliver rich highlight and shadow detail and a smoother, more natural tonal gradation. For increased creative control, RAW images can be edited to a photographer's exact specifications using the bundled software. The PowerShot G1 X can also be set to capture images simultaneouslyin RAW and JPEG .
The PowerShot G1 X also features a full manual mode for additional user control. The streamlined, EOS style design features a bi-level dial for setting the shooting mode and exposure compensation. A second electronic dial located in front allows for easy access to the camera options, including step zoom settings.
High-Speed Burst HQ takes advantage of the increased processing speed and power of the DIGIC 5 Image Processor, including capture of fast action stills. Shoot continuous at full resolution, up to a maximum of 6 shots in a single burst
High Dynamic Range (HDR) capture is also possible, where the PowerShot G1 X captures three exposures in succession, then combines them to create a single image.
Canon UA Lens Technology with Superb Engineering
The PowerShot G1 X features a fast and precise 28mm lens (35mm equivalent: 28-112mm) with a 4x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom, designed to take advantage of the exceptionally large sensor. The f/2.8 opening covers a full range of shooting situations, and is ideal for low light, all while including even the most subtle details. The Canon UA lens technology utilizes a molded glass and aspherical element design that suppresses lens aberration, resulting in outstanding image quality throughout the entire lens range.
Also featured is advanced Optical Image Stabilization, with Intelligent IS that analyzes and incorporates the best correction based on each still and video shooting situation. This feature alows the user to concentrate on the subject while the camera applies the best settings to insure a proper capture.
Capture Full 1080p HD Video with Stereo Sound
The HS System also allows the PowerShot G1 X to produce crisp and clear Full 1080 HD video with stereo sound at near 24 frames per second, and 720p at near 30 frames per second.
The dedicated movie button allows for a one touch stop and start – no menus or additional switches required. Access to the full optical zoom range during video capture is available, while an electronic wind filter suppresses noise that can affect the audio.
Share Video Capture and Highlights
Create a highlight video of any gathering or important event with Movie Digest. During a still shot capture, the PowerShot G1 X will automatically activate a four second video clip. The collection of clips will then be combined into a single VGA (640 x 480) video at 30 frames per second.
Share final video captures directly from the PowerShot G1 X to any HDTV using an HDMI cable. Additional playback control from a TV remote is possible when connected to compatible HDMI-CEC devices.
For captures designed streictly for computer use, video can also be captured for the Apple iFrame format. The smaller file sizes speed up file transfer and editing, while providing a more convenient method of video upload or e-mail attachment. The iFrame format avoids time-consuming and image degrading conversions, and enjoys native support for compatible Mac and PC video applications
Canon Speedlite Compatability
The PowerShot G1 X hot shoe allows access to select Canon Speedlite flash units including the 270EX, 320EX and Macro Ring Light MR-14EX (adapter required). Use the 270EX for basic tasks, the 320EX for both flash and video with the built in LED light and the Macro Ring Light MR-14EX for specialized images.
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 4x Optical, 4x Digital, and 16x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
PowerShot G1 X Compact Camera
Sensor: 14.3 Megapixels, 1.5-inch CMOS
Total Pixels: Approx. 15.0 Megapixels
Effective Pixels: Approx. 14.3 Megapixels
Focal Length: 15.1 (W) - 60.4mm (T) (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 112mm (T)
Digital Zoom: 4x
Normal: 1.3 ft. (40cm) - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. (1.3m) - infinity (T)
Auto: 7.9 in. (20cm) - infinity (W), 2.8 ft. (85cm) - infinity (T)
Macro: 7.9 in. - 2.3 ft. (20-70cm) (W), 2.8 ft. - 5.2 ft. (85cm - 1.6m) (T)
Autofocus System: TTL Autofocus
Optical Viewfinder: Real-image zoom viewfinder
3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Vari-angle type with wide-viewing angle)
LCD Pixels: Approx. 922,000 dots
LCD Coverage: Approx. 100%
Aperture and Shutter
f/2.8 (W)-f/5.8 (T)
• The following f/numbers are available in Av or M:
W: f/2.8, 3.2, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.6, 6.3, 7.1, 8.0, 9.0, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16
T: f/5.8, 6.3, 7.1, 8.0, 9.0, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16
• Differs depending on the zoom position
60-1/4000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
• Shutter speed range differs depending on the shooting mode
Shutter speeds available in Tv and M:
60, 50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.5, 0.4, 0.3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1600, 1/2000,1/2500, 1/3200, 1/4000 (Units: sec.)
Sensitivity: Auto*, ISO
100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/ 4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800 (When in P mode)
*Optimal ISO speed is automatically set depending on the shooting mode.
Light Metering Method:
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Evaluative Method: Facial brightness is evaluated (Face Detect AE) in Face Detect
Spot Method: Fixed to Center, linked to AF frame
Exposure Control Method: AE Lock (not available when shooting movies)
Exposure Compensation: +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control:
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom1, Custom2
*Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF (Face Detect WB).
Adjusts the white balance separately for the main subject and the background when the flash fires.
Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
- Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect
1.6-23 ft. (W), 3.3-10.2 ft. (T) (50cm-7.0m (W), 1.0-3.1m (T))
- Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.
Recycling Time: 5.0 seconds or less (battery voltage: 7.4 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
C1, C2, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, SCN, Creative Filters, Movie
- Shooting movies is possible with the movie button
Auto: Smart Auto also available for movies
SCN:Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Sports, Smart Shutter, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist
Creative Filters: High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap
Movie: Standard, iFrame Movie
Smart Shutter: Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color*
* Adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available.
- Not available in RAW and RAW+JPEG
Self Timer: Approx. 10-sec. delay, Approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom
* Custom: Delay time (0 - 15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
Wireless Control: Not available
Normal: Approx. 1.9 shots/sec. (in P mode), Approx. 4.5 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst HQ mode)*
AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (in P mode)
LV: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (in P mode)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.
- Differs depending on the zoom position.
* Max. of 6 continuous shots per burst
Storage Media: SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Card
File Format: Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format: Normal, Fine, RAW
JPEG Compression Mode:
Still Image: Exif 2.3 JPEG, RAW (14 bit, CR2 (Canon Original)) Video: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM (2 channel stereo))
Videos: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels:
Large: 4352 x 2448, Medium 1: 3072 x 1728,
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080, Small: 640 x 360
Large: 4352 x 2904, Medium 1: 3072 x 2048,
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064, Small: 640 x 424
Large: 4352 x 3264, Medium 1: 3072 x 2304,
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200, Small: 640 x 480
RAW: 4352 x 3264
Large: 3264 x 3264, Medium 1: 2304 x 2304,
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200, Small: 480 x 480
Large: 2608 x 3264, Medium 1: 1840 x 2304,
Medium 2: 960 x 1200, Small: 384 x 480
1280 x 720 (30 fps*)
1280 x 720*2 / 640 x 480**
[Other than the above***]
1920 x 1080 (24 fps****), 1280 x 720 (30 fps*) /
640 x 480 (30 fps*)
*Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
** Shooting: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps Playback: 30 fps*1
*** Movies made in Movie Digest mode: 640 x 480 (30 fps*1) only.
**** Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.
Playback Modes File:
Still Images & Movies:
Auto Rotate, Transition Effects (Off, Scroll, Slide, Fade), Scroll Display, Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Search Jump (Favorites*, Date*, My Category**, Still Images/Movies/Movie Digest, Jump 10 Images*, Jump 100 Images*), Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Filtered Playback, Slideshow
* Can also be controlled with Front Dial
** No category also selectable
Single, Index, Magnification (Approx. 2x-10x), Thumbnails (4-100), Information Display, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Resume Playback, Red-Eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors
Normal Playback, Slow Motion, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward, Resume Playback, Delete Unwanted Portions of a Clip
Erase Modes: Select, Select Range, Select All Images
- The image data in memory card stored with the design rule for camera file systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
- RAW+JPEG images can be erased individually.
Select Mode: Movies can be erased individually.
Select All Images Mode: When images have been selected in filtered playback, only those images will be played back.
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (Dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video*)
* mini-B compatible
Video Out: Analog: NTSC or PAL, Digital: HDMI (HDMI mini connector)
Audio Out: Stereo
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Cable
Power Source: Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-10L (Included)
(Optional - Sold Separately ) Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80)
LCD Monitor on: Approx. 250 shots
LCD Monitor off: Approx. 700 shots
Approx: 310 shots when in Quick Shot mode (LCD monitor on)
Playback Time: Approx. 7 hours
Operating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity: 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D):
4.60 x 3.17 x 2.55 in. / 116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7mm
Approx. 17.3 oz. / 492g (Camera only)
Approx. 19.0 oz. / 534g (Including the battery and memory card)
27 display languages provided: (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, and Hindi.)
All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Results and product features are subject to change without notice.