THE EXPANDED GUIDE : CANON POWERSHOT G1 X
The PowerShot G1 X is the latest and, arguably, the greatest of the G series of compact cameras produced by Canon, aimed at advanced amateur and professional photographers, and achieved through tactile controls, a wide range of creative functions and a more functional design aesthetic. The G1 X is well specified, with logical, easy-to-use controls. Author David Taylor's comprehensive step-by-step guide includes practical tips on how to get the best from this versatile camera.
A pull-out reference card gives quick access to the camera's functions.
The greatest difference between the G1 X and previous models is the increase in the size of the sensor:
The 4:3 aspect, 14.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor is almost 6.3 times larger than that used in the previous model, the G12, improving image quality and greater control over depth of field.
The DIGIC 5 chip produces low-noise characteristics and an increase in operational speed of the G1 X over previous G series cameras.
Other features include:
JPEG or RAW file formats.
Movie mode and scene modes (new to the G series are Toy Camera and Handheld NightScene modes).
Articulated LCD with 922,000 pixels, rivalling high end DSLR screens.
4x zoom lens with a focal length range of 15.1?60.4mm (equivalent to 28mm?112mm on a full-frame film camera) can be extended with a menu-accessible16x digital zoom. Three autofocus modes: Single, Continuous and Servo AF, and manual focusing.
Optical zoom to match the focal length of the lens (77% coverage), with dioptre adjustment.
Evaluative, Centre-weighted average and Spot exposure modes. ISO between 100 and 12800, auto ISO to 1600 max. Can also shoot HDR images and, in low-light, tripod-free shooting.
Integral pop-up flash and hot shoe for mounting compatible flash units.
SD memory cards (up to 2gb), SDHC (up to 32gb) and SDXC (32gb+) memory cards. Eye-Fi compatible media also supported.
David Taylor is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer, born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear. His work has taken him all over the world, but away from his photographic career David lives on an exposed hill, overlooking the market town of Hexham in Northumberland.