- 14MP 1.5″ CMOS sensor (18.7 x 14mm)
- 28-112mm F2.8-5.8 lens
- Optical viewfinder
- ISO 100-12,800
- 3.0″, 920,000 dot swivelling LCD
- Extensive manual control
- 14-bit Raw shooting
- 4.5fps continuous shooting (up to 6 frames)
- 6.8Wh NB-10L battery rated at 250 shots (CIPA standard)
- EOS 7D
- 18.0 Megapixels
- 3.0″ LCD
- HD Video Recording
- Selectable Video Exposure + Frame Rates
- Dust & Weather Resistant
- 100% Viewfinder
- Self Cleaning Sensor
- High Sensitivity (ISO 12800)
- 8fps Burst Mode
- Powershot G1 X
- 14.3Mp 1.5″ CMOS Sensor
- 3.0″ Vari-Angle LCD Screen
- 28mm Wide Lens with 4x Optical Zoom
- DIGIC 5 Image Processor
- Hybrid Image Stabilizer
- Optical Viewfinder
- 12,800 ISO
- 1080p Full HD Video
- High Dynamic Range Scene Mode
- Manual & Numerous Other Shooting Modes
Definitely gear aimed at different using-scenarios. Another thing to keep in mind is the difference in aspect ratio of the sensors (G1X 4:3, 7D 3:2). The lens used on the EOS 7D was the Canon EF 24-70 mm f2.8L USM. So we have a 14MP sensor against a 18MP one, which is also 27% larger than the one mounted on the Powershot G1 X. The comparison in summa:
- Dynamic range: very close
- Detail level: 7D clear winner (no wonder: bigger sensor, higher resolution, and – to some matter – an L lens)
- High ISO noise: not really comparable since on the 7D noise reduction was disabled, which is not possible on the G1 X (NR set to standard). However, high ISO noise is very good on the G1 X. Would have been better to do this comparison using RAW files.
The Canon PowerShot G1X actually produces image quality that is very close to that of the Canon EOS 7D; not identical but very similar. The Canon G1X produces photos with, overall, better out-of-the-camera sharpness but less color saturation and slightly less detail, though the difference isn’t really obvious unless you inspect really fine detail as shown in the examples above. Even that can be overcome by shooting in RAW or tweaking the camera’s settings to increase saturation and sharpness.
The PowerShot G1X definitely outperforms other prosumer models and compact cameras of its class thanks to its premium larger-than-average image sensor. If you want a relatively compact (though the camera will not fit in your pants pocket at all!) camera that delivers digital SLR or ILC level image quality without the hassle of something the size of an actual SLR, consider taking a look at the Canon PowerShot G1X.
Read the post here.
Hold one, there is more. The same guys did also a comparison between the video modes of the Powershot G1 X and the EOS 7D. The Powershot G1 X comes with 1080 full HD, stereo recording, 24 fps (720p standard HD and VGA give you 30 fps). The EOS 7D comes with 1080 full HD, mono recording, 24 or 30 fps at 1080p. Ok, let’s go with the videos, first the one shot with the Powershot G1X.
Next, the video made with the EOS 7D (1080p at 30fps).
All in all, the Powershot G1 X doesn’t stay that much behind the EOS 7D. Read the post here.
Finally, we have the usual services for you.
If you want to see some Powershot G1 X samples click here, for EOS 7D samples click here. This is an automatic service retrieving the latest pics uploaded to Flickr.
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For the time being Canon is the only major brand that still did not jump on the mirrorless bandwagon (at least not for a ILC – Interchangeable Lens Camera). The closest thing to a mirrorless camera that Canon made is the G1 X. Even Nikon did its thing with the Nikon V1. While we are all eagerly waiting for Canon to announce a true mirrorless system camera (and I am almost sure we will see something in September at Photokina 2012), David Riesenberg, a designer, has come up with an interesting mock-up made using CAD-software. D. Riesenberg called its concept AE-D, clearly having in mind Canon’s AE cams of the seventies. In his own words:
Like many others, I too have been waiting for quite a while for Canon to release its mirrorless system. There are speculations and indications that they may very well do so this year, but I personally grew a bit restless. Because of this, I decided to put to paper, or rather to CAD and rendering software, my vision of such camera. After about a month of learning, debating, modeling and rendering, the Canon AE-D came to life.
As you can see in the following pictures, the concept has a old-fashioned looking design that is somewhat resembling the Olympus E-M5 (it seems that retro-style aesthetics paired with up to date technology is the big thing for a lot of people).
David Riesenberg’s thoughts on his concept:
The design is inspired by the classic AE and AE-P which are two of my favorite Canon cameras ever. Simple, iconic, timeless. I couldn’t think of a better basis for a modern mirrorless system.
Some of the main features and the reasoning behind them are:
Full Frame – Might as well be the pinnacle of 35mm. Especially if a new lens mount is required. Future proof.
18.1MP sensor from the 1DX – This camera will not rob sales from the 1DX on form factor alone so it makes sense to use an existing sensor instead of a new one. Plus, it will make an excellent pair to someone with an 1DX.
The next picture shows the same concept without the viewfinder.
D. Riesenberg about the EVF:
Viewfinder – Design wise, I knew from the start that I wanted to incorporate the prism hump of the AE cameras. It is a prominent feature that without it, the context of the design gets somewhat lost. At the same time, it is obviously not a technical requirement in mirrorless cameras so making it detachable while housing the EVF felt like the the optimal combination of form and function. After all, if this is a camera for photographers, a viewfinder, even if electronic, is a must.
There are some considerations to make. Besides competing with the Nikon V1, a Canon mirrorless camera sporting a full-frame sensor would compete with the Leica M9 (which, besides being a $7000 toy, for the time being is the smallest mirrorless full-frame system camera you can get). The other big competitor would be the Fujifilm X Pro1, especially because the interesting price tag and its well known IQ (using an APS-C sensor).
Read the original article clicking here.
We can only hope that Canon got the message :-). In the meantime you can have a look at the G1 X, the closest thing resembling a ILC (Interchangeable Lens Camera) Canon has made so far. Or you can have a look to the latest images shot with a G1 X that have been uploaded to Flickr (click here). Canon G1 X price check B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA.
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New reviews for you. For Canon G1 X sample pics click here. Note that I will no longer post links to forum posts with sample images. Since the Powershot G1 X is now available, there is an increasing number of pics that appear on on Flickr (click here).
ephotozine posted a detailed review with lots of samples (high ISO too). They conclude:
The Canon Powershot G1 X is an interesting camera, simply because it has a large 14.3 megapixel CMOS sensor that is capable of producing high quality images with lots of detail. ISO noise performance is impressive with low noise right up to high ISO settings.
if you’ve got $800 burning a hole in your pocket and want a semi-compact camera with D-SLR image quality, then look no further than the Canon PowerShot G1 X.
Finally, I always like to here what photographers say about a camera, beside the pure technical issues. Elizabeth Halford got her hands on a brand new G1 X and tells us what she thinks about. She says:
So overall, I’m really excited to start using this camera more. And keep an eye out because my videos will be filmed with this camera from now on, too!
Enjoy your reading!
For more G1 X pictures click here.
Time to come back to the Canon G1 X.
EDIT: check our PicDroid (click here) for the latest pics shot with a G1X and uploaded to Flickr.
Since people is getting their hands on Canon’s little new mirror-less (but not yet system) cam, more and more pics show up in forums and the camera is discussed all over the web. Here, for your reading watching and analyzing pleasure, you have a round-up of reviews, hands-on, and posts of mostly very satisfied new owners. All provide some pics. Lets start with the forum posts:
- macro shots (click here)
- on a trekking (click here)
- a satisfied user (click here)
- a very satisfied user (click here)
- an enthusiastic user (click here)
- first impression, very detailed (click here)
- pics of Cornwall (click here)
- almost a hands-on review (click here)
- snapshots (click here)
And the cam gets also a ton of reviews, here a selected list…
- mikekobal.com take a quick look and focuses on ISO performance (click here)
- Imatest results at lensrentals.com (click here)
- hands-on video with comparison to Fuji X10 and Olympus E-P3 (click here)
- viewfinder comparison with the Fuji X10 (click here)
- DCR’s review (click here)
- first look by Kirk Tuck (click here)
- samples, and then more samples at ephotozine (click here)
- more samples at popphoto (click here)
- hands-on at akihabaranews (click here)
Canon G1 X price check: [shopcountry 1785]
I have to say that I am really happy to have readers that are curious and aware about what is going on. And I am glad that I am not the only one who sometimes has a glitch when writing about stuff. Ok, I want to tell you a funny story.
Lets first have a look to the following Canon ad that showed up in a newspaper:
Now let’s focus on a detail of the above ad:
It seems that Canon got the difference in size among the G1 X sensor and the 43 sensors a little wrong, or at least the proportions between the two types of sensor. You can easily see that the Canon G1 X sensor looks ways larger than the sensor of the 43s. But then, the always reliable DPreview published a graphic about sensor size comparison that suggest other proportions:
EDIT: they removed the MFT sensor size lines altogether and markeded the Nikon 1 lines as MFT (thanks to potz!)
Indeed, I think DPreview’s graphic gives a more realistic picture about the difference in size. What do you think about?
And, btw, if you want to know more about the Micro Four Thirds systems have a look on my friends homepage 43rumors.com.
EDIT: check our PicDroid (click here) for the latest pics shot with a G1X and uploaded to Flickr.
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