It was a gadget rodeo at the CES Pepcom event in Las Vegas, and I lassoed the Canon PowerShot G1 X for an exclusive hands-on video. The PowerShot G1 X is the most exciting point-and-shoot camera to date because it features a 1.5-inch CMOS sensor, the largest chip ever to be stuffed into a fixed-lens compact. This sensor is slightly larger than a that found in a Micro Four Thirds camera, and a trifle smaller than an APS-C size sensor found in mid-level DSLRs and mirrorless models.

Overall, the Canon PowerShot G1 X was very similar in its external build to its predecessor, the Canon PowerShot G12, featuring the layered Mode Dial/Exposure Compensation dial controls and front and rear control wheels. Improvements included a popup flash compared to the G12's fixed flash and a boost in LCD resolution from 460,000 pixels to 922,000. Manual controls were very much the same, and I was disappointed to find that the Canon PowerShot G1 X was devoid of a microphone jack. Regardless, the Canon PowerShot G1 X is gearing up to set the new standard for advanced point-and-shoots to come.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Specs

  • 14.3-megapixel 1.5-inch CMOS sensor with Digic 5 processing and Canon HS system
  • 1920 x 1080p 24fps HD video
  • 14-bit RAW+ JPEG shooting
  • 4x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle equivalent
  • 3-inch 922,000 dot vari-angle LCD
  • f/2.8 – f/16 aperture range
  • 60 – 1/4000 shutter speed range
  • 100 – 12,800 ISO range
  • High-Speed Burst HQ allows 6fps full resolution continuous shooting
  • Digital filters: High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap
  • Available in late February for $799.99