Canon Powershot G1X review @ Photoreview.au

Will Canon ever release a compact camera system? Yes, they pretty much have to. In the meantime they stuffed an aps-c sensor in some oversized g12ish body, and came up with this:

 

"Shots taken at high ISO settings were consistently clean and noise-free up to

ISO 6400. Long exposures at higher ISO settings showed

 signs of softening due to noise-reduction processing but flash shots at ISO 12800 remained remarkably sharp.

Exposure metering was consistently reliable with all three metering patterns, provided they were used appropriately. Autofocusing was reasonably fast and accurate in normal lighting and surprisingly good in low light levels. However, AF lag was perceptible when the subject contrast was very low, although the review camera showed little or no tendency to hunt for focus in such conditions.
 
One weakness of the lens is its close focusing capability, which is limited to 40 cm for the normal AF range and 20 cm with the 'macro' focus setting - but only at the 15.1mm focal length. Zoom in and the closest focusing distance becomes 1.3 metres at 60.4mm or 85 cm with the 'macro' mode.
 
We had to use Canon's Digital Photo Professional software to convert raw files from the review camera into editable TIFF format because our standard converter, Adobe Camera Raw, had not been updated to include the G1X. Imatest showed high ISO performance to be up to expectations, with raw files producing superior figures at all sensitivity settings. The graph below shows the results from JPEG and  CR2.RAW files across the G1X's sensitivity range."

 

 

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