Even though I received my Canon G1X a few days ago I haven’t actually had the chance to get out there and put it through its paces. Due to work commitments and the daily hum drum of life I have only managed to have the opportunity to play around with the settings and take a few indoor shots thus far.
I have finally had the chance to get out and test drive the Canon G1X. Ideally I would have liked to have gone out in the countryside or to the coast to put the G1X through its paces but I had to take the better half shopping so it was the city or nothing. Whilst I was a bit disappointed about going to the city as opposed to the countryside it wasn’t all that bad since a quick Google search beforehand exposed some beautiful areas of my local city that I (am ashamed to confess) have never been to before.
The weather has been pretty pants over the last few days, what with the wintry skies which meant some pretty boring skies with no detail that were impossible to properly expose. Despite this, I was pretty impressed with the G1X and I am looking forward to more interesting skies, as well as getting out and about in the countryside.
What I like about the Canon G1X
The Canon G1X is the ideal size. It is small enough to be discreet but big enough to feel like a proper camera. You won’t fit the G1X in your Levis pants pocket but it comfortably fits in my jacket pocket without it feeling too bulky.
All the exposure dials are close to hand and changing a setting is a quick and painless exercise without having to delve deep in to the menu. Shooting is slick and fast using the G1X.
I always set a custom white balance to make sure I don’t have to spend too much time in front of the computer tweaking the colours or getting horrible colour casts to sort out. Setting a custom white balance with the Canon G1X was quick and easy. In fact, setting a custom white balance was quicker and easier than it is with my dslr.
Considering the G1X is effectively a point and shoot camera the image quality is absolutely superb. Images are bright and colourful, without being oversaturated and the sharpness is awesome. This camera is more than capable of capturing professional quality photos that will sell.
I have never had a camera with an articulated screen, and up until a few hours ago I didn’t appreciate how good they are. I am a total articulated screen convert and composing images with the camera on the ground is an absolute doodle (not to mention enjoyable). I can see myself taking wide angle shots from a worm’s eye view (i.e. at ground level) a fair amount. Yep, I definitely foresee a lot of creative options with this.
What I dislike about the Canon G1X
I like a view finder, and this is one of the reasons I chose the G1X over the G1X mark II. The tunnel viewfinder on the G1X isn’t the best because the lens is in the frame, but it does work. The other thing about the view finder is it doesn’t relay any information about the exposure settings. I like to change the settings with the camera to my eye, so this was annoying. That said, the fix was simple in that I set the exposure looking at the screen and then held the camera to my eye to take the shot.
Sample photos taken with the Canon G1X
ELM HILL RIVER WENSUM EARLY DAFFS
Overall I am very impressed with the Canon G1X and I am really looking forward to taking it on my Italian trip. Okay, I would prefer to be taking my dslr but with the high crime rate in the Italian cities (pick pockets, snatch and grabbers and muggers) the dslr is not an option. At least with the Canon G1X I won’t attract any attention and should be able to capture professional quality photos of my visit.
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