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Canon G1 X Hands On: The Sawed-Off Shotgun of Point-and-Shoots

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Canon's G1 X is kind of a ridiculous camera. It's a point-and-shoot. But it has a bigger image sensor than most of the mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras out there. And it's $800, so it costs more too.

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The G1X isn't as heavy as you'd expect, given that compared to any point-and-shoot you've probably seen, the G1 X is absolutely huge. And when you factor in that it's got a fixed lens, you wouldn't save thaaat much space compared to a Micro Four Thirds. I wouldn't exactly call it comfortable to shoot with, either, but the controls are simple enough that it would make a decent downtime shooter. That's what Canon's going for, anyway: the DSLR-using crowd who needs something with more guts than an S95 or S100, but doesn't want the hassle of dealing with interchangeable lenses.

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We weren't allowed to export any test shots because we saw a pre-production model. The sensor is locked in, but apparently a few tweaks might be made to the processor. But the pictures the G1X took were really nice, from what we could see, and the lens was fast and focused quickly.


Frankly, we have no doubt that the final product will take beautiful pictures, but the question is: Which crowd is going to buy this thing, since it's $800? You're locked into one lens, which isn't a particularly fast one, with no possibility of upgrading, with a kit that costs as much as an actual DSLR. So, the pros who want a power point-and-shoot that isn't exactly pocketable? Enthusiasts who want to step up from their first point-and-shoot but don't want to deal with interchangeable lenses? At $500, it'd be a different conversation altogether.

We still wouldn't mind spending some more time getting to know the G1 X ourselves, though.

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hammerheadfistpunch
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I'm pretty excited about this, although its a lot bigger than i thought. Compared to the Gx1 (i know, right?) its much bigger in every way, though it is a bigger sensor and has a viewfinder. This camera totally makes sense and even though the price is high, i think there will be enough people who love canon but just don't want to carry around a DSLR regardless of the price. Sure its roughly the same price as many DLSR kits with nice lenses but the hybrid category exists not because there aren't great camera's out there, but because carrying them around sucks. Smallness is pricey. granted its not THAT small, but still, compare that to a traditional DLSR with one or more lenses and it starts to make sense. Frankly, half the people i know that bought a DSLR for roughly this price (because they got great deals on a two lens combo) rarely bring it anywhere, let alone use the interchanging lenses. I mean just put yourself there: "Oh going out to eat was a great idea, let me just get a picture real quick, hold on a second while I look through my camera bag that i have been toting around all night for my portrait lens..."

I wouldn't buy it, because I'd buy the Panasonic, but that's another story. Check out more hands on pics at.

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