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| p.1 #5 · Powershot G1X......anyone getting familiar with it?? |
Anthony, I upgraded my G10 to a G1X last April, soon after the G1X became available in preparation for a Greek vacation. Here is my post reviewing the trip and use of the G1X. As a G10 owner you will find the G1X handling to be very similar. After a few minutes of use I couldn't feel a size or weight difference. I always kept an adaptor and polarizer filter on my G10 which effectively kept the lens protrusion at maximum. In contrast the bayonet mount filter adaptor on the G1X retracts with the lens making camera a bit flatter when off. I miss the ISO dial but having the flash positively off unless the flash is raised is a nice trade-off. I'm happy the swivel LCD is back, missed that from my G6. The transition time from P mode to Av mode is slower for some reason, the LCD does some silly graphical transition but I can't imagine they slowed it down just to do that.
Because of the larger sensor size, the G1X has lost the close focus ability of the former Gs. Its more like the kit lenses on the DRebels. You will need a Canon 250D (4 diopter) close-up lens from eBay or the 3 diopter Hoya +3 lens. The Canon 500D is only 2 diopter so it isn't quite as useful. All these close-up filters are two element and do a really nice job. Stay away from the cheaper single element filters. With the 250D, the G1X is just as effective at macro as the G10.
The G1X lens is really good. DxO rates it equal to the EFs 15-85 and I agree. Its a tad bit sharper in the center than the G10 lens and noticeably sharper at the edges and has little to no CA. The big improvement with the G1X is the big sensor. Both noise and dynamic range are vast improvements. I always considered the G10 to have thin pixels, even at ISO 100, pulling up shadows quickly pulled up noise. Working the G1X files is identical to working with my 7D files but I think the G1X has a bit less low ISO noise. I'd never use my G10 over ISO 200 but ISO 800 or even 1600 is no problem with the G1X.
I liked my G10 for daylight landscape work, i.e. backpacking, travel, snorkeling. The G1X now adds street, night out and general tourist photography. Comparing it with the new M series camera the only downside I see (unless you want another camera to change lenses on) is the M has the full 3:2 APSC sensor while the G retains the 4:3 aspect of previous Gs. This assumes the kit lens is as good and it will have an underwater housing - doubtful.
When I first got my G1X I did some comparison shots with the G10 and 5Dc + 24-105. Note that the light was changing while I shot. Focus was on the lager tree in the center. These are 100% crops of each at about 35 mm equiv FOV. I used low ISO and a bit wider aperture on the G10 given its small sensor. These were all processed from RAW in Lightroom 4 with the same sharpening, no noise reduction, and slight lighting adjustment. Not rigorous, I was trying to look at lens performance. Look through my Greek post above for better sample images.
Canon PowerShot G10 6.1-30.5 mm lens 7mm f/4.0 1/1250s 80 ISO -0.7 EV
Canon PowerShot G1 X 15.1-60.4 mm lens 19mm f/8.0 1/800s 320 ISO -0.3 EV
Canon EOS 5D EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens 32mm f/8.0 1/800s 320 ISO -0.7 EV
Edited on Jul 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM · View previous versions