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Canon Launches New Digital Compact Cameras, Including Flagship PowerShot G1 X [Update]

Canon PowerShot G1 X: born out of legends

Canon PowerShot G1 X: born out of legends

Latest flagship PowerShot brings EOS technology to the compact camera with new CMOS sensor, new lens and DIGIC 5.

Singapore, 17 February, 2012 – Canon today announces the launch of the PowerShot G1 X, a new prosumer compact camera for photography enthusiasts seeking the best in imaging. The new flagship camera in the PowerShot series inherits technologies from Canon’s EOS range of DSLRs, such as the new 1.5-inch, 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 image processor contributing to Canon’s high-sensitivity (HS system) for stunning image quality. Along with advanced optics, a maximum ISO speed of 12,800, and Intelligent Image Stabiliser (IS), the PowerShot G1 X is the perfect instrument for those who want the power of an EOS camera in a smaller package.

“Most camera users want their camera to produce outstanding images, without the need for post-processing”, said Andrew Koh, Senior Director and General Manager of Consumer Imaging and Information Products Group, Canon Singapore. “With a larger image sensor, the latest DIGIC 5 image processor and intuitive controls, the PowerShot G1 X promises to be a powerful device that has once again raised the standard for prosumer compact cameras.”

New 1.5-inch high sensitivity CMOS sensor

The PowerShot G1 X features a new 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor measuring 18.7mm x 14mm, close to the APS-C class sensors (22.2mm x 14.8mm) used in the Canon EOS DSLRs. The 1.5-inch type large format sensor is specifically designed for the PowerShot G1 X and is 6.3 times larger than the sensor used in the PowerShot G12, delivering the highest image quality in a compact camera yet. The larger sensor is also able to achieve the attractive depth-of-field background blur that DSLRs are often sought after for (also known as the “bokeh” effect). The 14.3 megapixels allow for easy output of large-sized prints, and permits images to be cropped freely without excessively losing resolution.

Upping the ante for low light capabilities

Paired with this powerful sensor is Canon’s latest DIGIC 5 image processor. With Canon’s HS system, the PowerShot G1 X sets new standards for low-light photography with a maximum ISO speed of 12,800. This allows for faster shutter speeds and hence sharper images in low-light environments or fast-moving subjects. The enhanced processing power in DIGIC 5 greatly reduces image noise to preserve image quality at even the highest of ISO speeds.

Clear group photos

The 4x-optical zoom (28mm to 112mm) with a maximum aperture range of f/2.8-5.8 (adjustable up to f/16) and Canon’s Optical Image Stabiliser makes it effortless to capture different scenes such as sunrises and group photos. The 6-bladed circular aperture is perfectly paired with the image sensor to ensure smooth bokeh of background lights.

Further to the addition of EOS technologies is 14-bit RAW signal processing, which gives images a notably richer touch and smoother gradation. 14-bit RAW files offer a 4 times increase in RAW data to preserve more image data, and grant much wider flexibility when editing photos. The PowerShot G1 X also offers the option to record RAW and JPEG images simultaneously, for easier review of images in JPEG and access to RAW files for any detailed editing.

Fast moving actions captured by High Speed Burst HQ

The ability to handle large amounts of data by the DIGIC 5 processor allows the PowerShot G1 X to shoot up to 6 continuous frames in full resolution at a speed of 4.5 frames per second (fps), with its High Speed Burst HQ feature. This level of speed ensures that users are able to capture the perfect frame during dynamic, fast-moving action.

New lens with UA lens Technology

The new 28-112mm f/2.8-5.8 lens in the PowerShot G1 X utilizes the optical technology of Canon’s EF lenses, built to achieve professional levels of image sharpness and colour. Utilizing Ultra high refractive index Aspherical (UA) elements and precision glass moulding technology, the lens achieves both a compact size and tack-sharp clarity.

The New Intelligent IS

Created for the PowerShot G1 X is a new version of Intelligent IS which helps to ensure optimum image and Full HD movie clarity. This is done by determining focal distance and type of camera shake to reduce the blur images associated with the motion of a camera during exposure. With these calculations the camera automatically applies the most appropriate form of stabilisation, allowing the photographer to concentrate on capturing the moment.

Smart Auto 32 Scenes assesses and automatically recognises 32 types of shooting situations and automatically optimises camera settings for the best possible results, making it simpler and easier than ever for users to capture memories in full glory. Facial and motion tracking is included in Smart Auto to ensure that optimum focus is maintained on key subjects.

Full HD movie recording with HDMI Output

The new PowerShot G1 X records Full HD video (1080p) at 24 frames per second (fps) with stereo sound, via a dedicated movie recording start/stop button. Taking full advantage of the camera’s large CMOS sensor, high ISO capabilities, and full digital zoom at recording, users can experience high quality movies, even in low light conditions. The movies are easily viewable on a HDTV via the camera’s built-in HDMI terminal or downloadable to a computer via USB.

Viewing your picture as you like it

With a 3” Vari-angle LCD monitor at a high resolution of 922,000 dots, users can innovatively frame their shots, by flipping the monitor out and swiveling it at almost all angles for easy viewing, whether it is a high or low-angle shot. The PowerShot G1 X’s optical viewfinder also zooms in and out along with the lens, providing users with accurate points of reference to frame their shot.

Copyright Information

As with EOS cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Copyright Information feature allows the photographer’s name and copyright details to be registered in up to 63 characters of ASCII text. Copyright information can also be registered using the bundled ZoomBrowser EX.

Extensive accessories to explore full potential of the PowerShot G1 X

The Canon PowerShot G1 X offers compatibility with an array of EOS system accessories, allowing photographers to instantly explore and easily expand the potential of the camera. Users can either work with the newly-integrated manual pop-up flash, or attach external Speedlite flashguns via the hotshoe for more creative lighting.

Taking underwater shots or shooting under heavy rain can be a breeze with the optional WP-DC44 waterproof case which provides a sealing up to a depth of 40m while maintaining full access to all controls. An optional lens filter adapter, FA-DC58C, also enables photographers to use a range of filters, such as circular polarizer, to accentuate the sky and greenery in a scene. Portability is thus created for photographers and travelers who expect DSLR-like image quality in a compact camera.

The PowerShot G1 X maintains manual exposure controls as with previous G-series models, providing advanced users with full control over their images. It also features a retractable zoom lens for protection during storage and improved durability of the shutter unit by more than 2 times compared to the PowerShot G12. Frequently gripped areas are covered by hatch rubber to maintain a high-quality grip.

Price & Availability

The PowerShot G1 X will be available in early March at authorized Canon dealers at the recommended retail price of S$999.

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