About Canon G1X
Japanese multinational optical equipment specialist Canon is best know for its imaging equipment which includes cameras and printers. Originally formed as Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory in 1937, the company renamed itself in 1947 after Guan Yin, a Buddhist Bodhisattva of compassionate observation. It was a pioneer in the field of camera technology, and in the late 1950s introduced zoom technology to television and film photography.
Launched in 1996, Canon PowerShot is a range of high-end digital cameras, and one of the best selling digital camera lines in the world. They can be reprogrammed by users with BASIC or Lua scripting skills, via free open-source software.
The Canon PowerShot G is the company's flagship compact camera range, aimed at tech-savvy photography enthusiasts who want a handy, point-and-shoot option. It's distinguishing features include a hot-shoe for a flashgun, LCD screen, wider aperture than cameras in the other PowerShot ranges, and superior electronics for speed of capture. PowerShot Gs accept lens accessories like filters via an adapter, as well as wide-angle and telephoto lenses. Because of their combination of technical excellence, flexibility and compact size, they are favoured by some photojournalists.
The G1X, launched in February 2012, introduced some new features, including a new CMOS sensor which at 1.5" is much larger than the sensor on previous models, and a fifth generation Digital Imaging Core (or DIGIC 5). It's also bigger and heavier than previous G1s. A G1X Mark II, launched in 2014, features DIGIC 6 and a redesigned 5X wide angle lens.