While other camera makers promote small mirrorless ILCs (Interchangeable Lens Cameras), Canon is sticking to its strengths and improving its flagship point-and-shoot model.
With its fixed zoom lens, advanced controls, and ability to shoot RAW files, the PowerShot G1 X is reminiscent of Canon's enthusiast-oriented PowerShot G12. The big difference is the G1 X's Godzilla-sized 1.5" 14.3-megapixel sensor. Measuring 18.7x14mm, it's bigger than a Micro Four Thirds sensor and almost as large as DSLR-class sensors.
What this means is that the G1 X should be able to capture far more photographic information, greater detail, less noise and work with lower light requirements.
The $800 price for the G1 X is very high for a current PowerShot model, and more typical of midrange ILC and entry-level DSLR kits.
The Canon PowerShot G1 X offers a usable ISO range up to 12,800, an improved aperture range from f/2.8 to f/16, and 4x optical zoom from 28-112mm.
The G1 X is also powered by Canon's new DIGIC 5 processor ,which should improve speed and performance as well.
The G1 X has a 922,000-dot articulating screen, which adds to its versatility. The G1 X will be available in Canada in February.