Canon's latest addition the the PowerShot "compacts-with-clout" range adds a near DSLR-size sensor to its feature list.
The large 1.5in CMOS sensor is almost the size of some DSLR sensors and definitely the star of the show, but it's backed up by a DIGIC 5 processor, promising better results even in low light. Its ISO range up to 12800 should help there, too.
The G1 X's lens is a 4x optical zoom that uses an intelligent IS system that selects the best option from seven different IS modes to cut out the blur wherever possible.
There's an optical viewfinder as well as a swivelling 3in vari-angle LCD display with 920k pixels to allow for those awkward angle shots.
The G1 X shoots 1080p HD and unusually the zoom and autofocus are both still available during recording.
As we'd expect from Canon's PowerShot range, full manual control is ready for your more adventurous photographic attempts. As we've also come to expect, it's not much of a looker.
On sale in February, the Canon PowerShot G1 X is expected to cost around £600.
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