LAS VEGAS ? Canon has ended internet rumours by confirming the upcoming launch of the PowerShot G1 X digital compact camera.

Designed to take on DSLRs, the G1 X is Canon?s first compact camera to feature a 4:3 aspect, 14.3MP CMOS sensor, measuring 18.7mmx14mm.

In a statement the firm claimed: ?Featuring the same pixel size and structure as the EOS 600D, and a surface area approximately 6.3 times larger than the sensor in the acclaimed PowerShot G12, it provides DSLR image quality in a body small enough to carry anywhere.?

Key features include equivalent ISO of 100-12800 and a six-blade aperture lens designed to deliver the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 28-112mm zoom. The lens incorporates a Neutral Density filter

Armoury also includes Full HD movie option, a ‘4-stop’ optical image stabiliser, full manual control and raw file shooting.

Canon claims that the G1 X can shoot six full resolution images at 4.5 frames per second.

The G1 X is due in UK stores in February priced £699.

canon G1 X imageFull spec, as supplied by Canon UK:


Type 18.7 mm x 14.0 mm Canon high-sensitivity CMOS

Effective Pixels Approx. 14.3M

Aspect Ratio/Colour 4:3

Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC 5 with iSAPS technology


Focal Length 15.1 – 60.4 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 ? 112 mm)

Zoom Optical 4x. Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 1.9x and Safety Zoom¹) Combined Approx. 16x

Maximum f/number f/2.8-f/5.8

Construction 11 elements in 10 groups (2 double-sided aspherical UA elements, 1 double-sided aspherical element)

Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), 4-stop. Intelligent IS


Type TTL

AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed centre or Face Select and Track)

AF Modes Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF

AF Point Selection Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE, Size (Normal, Small)

AF Lock On/Off Selectable

AF Assist Beam Yes

Manual Focus Yes

Focus Bracketing Yes

Closest Focusing Distance 20 cm (W) from front of lens in macro


Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)

AE Lock Yes

Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 stop increments

Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction

ND Filter (3 stop)

AEB 1/3 – 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments

ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800


Speed 1 – 1/4000 sec. (factory default)

60 – 1/4000 sec. (total range ? varies by shooting mode)


Type TTL

Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2. Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto


Type sRGB


Viewfinder Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder

Dioptre Correction Yes


Monitor Vari-angle 7.5 cm (3.0?) PureColor II VA (TFT), Approx. 920,000 dots

Coverage Approx. 100%

Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD


Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off

Slow Sync Speed Yes.

Fastest speed:

1/2000 sec. (built-in flash)

1/250 sec. (external flash)

1/4000 sec. (external using high-speed synchro)

Red-Eye Reduction Yes

Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.

Flash Exposure Lock Yes

Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX and 430EX II. 22 levels with 580EX II¹)

Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes

Built-in Flash Range 50 cm – 7.0 m (W) / 1.0 m – 3.1 m (T)

External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites¹, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX


Modes Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom (2 modes), SCN (Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Sports, Smart Shutter(Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), High-speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist), Creative Filter (High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap), Movie

Modes in Movie Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Portrait, Landscape, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, iFrame Movie

Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)

Drive modes Single, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer

Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.9 shots/sec., AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec., LV: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (until memory card becomes full) High-speed Burst HQ: Approx. 4.5 shots/sec., up to 6 shots¹²


Image Size 4:3 – (L & RAW) 4352 x 3264, (M1) 3072 x 2304, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480

16:9 – (L) 4352 x 2248, (M1) 3072 x 1728, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360

3:2 – (L) 4352 x 2904, (M1) 3072 x 2048, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424

1:1 – (L) 3264 x 3264, (M1) 2304 x 2304, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480

4:5 – (L) 2608 x 3264, (M1) 1840 x 2304, (M2) 960 x 1200, (S) 384 x 480

Resize in playback (M2, S, XS)

*XS is half the length and width of S

Compression Fine, Normal

Movies (Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 24 fps, (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps

Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps

iFrame Movie (HD)

Movie Length (Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹

(L and M) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²


Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]



Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)

PictBridge Yes


Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback

My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation

My Category Image tagging feature

Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes

Histogram Yes, live histogram

Playback zoom Approx. 2x – 10x

Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom

Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi


Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)

Other HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)




PC & Macintosh Windows 7 SP1/ Vista SP2/ XP SP3


Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser

Other CameraWindow, Movie Uploader for YouTube, PhotoStitch

Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional for RAW development


Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-10L (NB-10L battery and charger supplied)

Battery life Approx. 250 shots¹

Approx. 420 min. playback

A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80


Cases / Straps Soft Case SC-DC75, DCC-1800

Lenses Lens Hood LH-DC70

Filter Adapter FA-DC58C (Compatible with Canon 58mm Filters: Circular Polarizing PL-C B, Neutral Density Filter ND4X-L & ND8X-L, Protect, UV, Softmat No.1 & 2)

Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC44

Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1

Flash Canon Speedlites (including 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II¹),

Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX (Both require Macro Light Adapter MLA-DC1),

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3, Bracket BKT-DC1, Speedlite Bracket SB-E2

Remote Controller/ Switch Remote Switch RS-60E3

Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80, Battery Charger CB-2LCE

Other Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100


Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD) 116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7 mm

Weight Approx. 534 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)


¹ Depending on the image size selected.

AF Modes

¹ Some settings limit availability.

Manual Power Adjustment

¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.

External Flash

¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.

Continuous Shooting

¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.

² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Movie Length

¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920

² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Battery life

¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.


¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.

*Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.

According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.