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Canon PowerShot G1X

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... I could take Canon’s PowerShot G1 X test camera in my hand thanks to Canon Hungary.Before I took it for a test Camera Ltd (a Canon service) refreshed the software of the camera. ...
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Photo: © Tamás Imre

Canon PowerShot G1 X, 1/400 sec f/5 ISO 100
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Appearance

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... G1 X a thoroughly professional compact camera and its heavy enough not to be shaken during exposure.Its performance far superior to its predecessors, it cannot be compared to the previous G series machines. ...
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... However, for extreme weather conditions and for underwater photography it is worth buying the WP-DC44 waterproof case which offers protection even until 40-meter depth and enables access to every basic camera functions.. ...
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Image quality and ISO sensitivity

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... Canon PowerShot G1 X is a new generation compact camera which similarly to Canon EOS 600D make exposure possible with 6.3 times more pixels than its predecessors (G12).This excellent image quality so far could have been achieved only through DSLR cameras. ...
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Photo: © Tamás Imre

Canon PowerShot G1 X, 1/80 sec f/5 ISO 800
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... I gained the following experiences during the test of ISO sensitivity.There is a tiny difference in quality between ISO 100 and ISO 400, some noise appears at ISO 800, but this is negligible. ...
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Carnival in Venice

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... I tested G1 X in extreme conditions, I did not care about the fact that it was not a DSLR.I wanted to set conditions in which only a SLR camera has been able to cope so far. ...
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... First I tried out the camera in higher ISO ranges.Thanks to the larger sensor and the four times bigger stabilizer the camera performed well as I mentioned above. ...
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... I have never ever seen such nice blurred backgrounds made by compact cameras, at f/2.8 and f/5.6 apertures the sharpness of the background and the subject can be well distinguished.. ...
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Photo: © Tamás Imre

Canon PowerShot G1 X, 1/30 sec f/8 ISO 100
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... Thanks to the high quality lens, sharpness is perfect even at full aperture which has been the privilege of the L series cameras so far.To my greatest surprise, it was the first time I met with f/16 aperture option in this category, although it is understandable as thanks to the bigger sensor we can set it very finely what should be sharp or blurred in our picture. ...
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Summary

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... It was the first time I was tempted to buy a little machine like this as the numerous lenses and bodies can be uncomfortable and need so much space in the set bag.Often there is more than enough to go on holiday or for a trip with a G1 X, you will not be disappointed in the quality of the images. ...
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... The camera body was provided by Canon Hungary. ...
... Text and images: Tamás Imre . ...
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