Utilizing the increased processing speed and power of the new Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor, High-Speed Burst HQ makes it possible to capture fast action stills at full resolution during continuous shooting. The results are exceptionally high-quality images recorded in rapid sequence. In this mode, the PowerShot G1 X can capture a maximum of 6 shots in a single burst.*
*The continuous shooting speed is approx. 4.5 fps.
Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Program The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions.
Movie Digest Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into a video.
Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the appropriate aperture.
Aperture-priority You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Manual You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Custom Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
Portrait Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background.
Landscape Increases depth-of-field for sharp and sweeping landscape shots.
Kids & Pets The camera reduces focus time so you won't miss those special shots.
Sports The camera uses high shutter speeds to capture fast-moving subjects.
Handheld Night Scene Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
Super Vivid Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
High Dynamic Range The camera combines three different exposures to get one evenly lit image.
Nostalgic Create the look and feel of old photographs using sepia tones and black-and-white.
Beach Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Underwater Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. Optional Underwater Case required.
Foliage Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Fisheye Effect Now you can get the fisheye effect - a classic photographic distortion - without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.
Toy Camera Effect Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Monochrome Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Poster Effect Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Movie Capture high-quality video in HD (1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720) or VGA (640 x 480) with audio. Easily delete unwanted clips in playback mode.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
High-Speed Burst HQ Captures fast-action shots at full resolution, providing continuous shooting when the shutter button is held down.
Smart Shutter The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
Stitch Assist Easy-to-use guidelines simplify the shooting of aligned multiple frames that can later be combined (using bundled software) to create panoramic photos.
Movie Digest Creating a video* containing highlights of a family vacation or an important occasion is a lot easier than you might think. When you use Movie Digest on the PowerShot G1 X, the camera will automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) every time you shoot a still image. That entire day's worth of clips will then be automatically combined into a single video.
*Movie Digest videos are recorded at VGA (640 x 480) resolution and 30 fps.
High Dynamic Range In High Dynamic Range, the camera will shoot three different exposures in succession and then merge them together to produce a spectacular image with highly detailed shadow and highlight areas.
Miniature Effect for Movies Emphasizes perspective for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of videos and stills.
Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition.
*The continuous shooting speed is approximately 4.5 fps
Extremely SLOW autofocus !
Let me begin by saying I have used Cannon cameras exclusively since 1973 ! I bought the G1x to replace my G7 that had served me well for many years. I also own 2 high end Canon DSLR camera bodies.
I have been extremely disappointed with the G1x for one reason. The autofocus is EXTREMELY slow ! You click the shutter and wait and wait and wait for the camera to take the photo ! I have missed so many shots with the camera waiting for the shutter to open.
When I do get an image the image quality is very good. I have been very frustrated with so many missed shots.
December 5, 2013
Poorly placed video button
A terribly placed video start button. This is where the exposure lock button used to be on powershots, which was perfect. Now when we go to lock exposure we mistakenly start shooting video. By the time this can be shut off, you miss the shot. I must be the only one that has a problem with this button as Canon continues to include this button in the exact same place on the G16. If you can't move it, at least let the function of it be customizable.
November 14, 2013
This is an excellent point and shoot camera. If you don't want the bulk, but want some of the functions and advantages of a more expensive camera, this one is for you.
The features are top-notch. The video is solid; I have not noticed problems generally associated with videos from non-camcorders. The low light photo performance is outstanding -- I've taken photos in churchs, where no flash is allowed and the photos are great. For routine family/vacation photos and photos in low light, you can't go wrong with this camera.
A few detractors: 1. The camera is slow between taking single photos. I note that the 6 picture burst function does off-set this, but you have to switch functions to get that going. So, overall, it can be, but is not always, an inconvenience. 2. Where you have moving targets, like at sporting events, I suggest manually setting the camera function/settings up ahead of time to be sure you get the shot -- this is not close to a DSLR when it comes to sports photos.
Overall, it's almost perfect for a camera of this class.
July 9, 2013
Astonishing image quality!
Bought this camera used - at an absolutely rock-bottom, dirt-cheap price - directly from an unhappy owner who apparently thought he was getting dSLR image quality and dSLR speed. Well, he was 1/2 right. He shot less than 100 images ... and dumped it. The G1 X images are beyond comparison with anything I've seen in a point-n-shoot camera. But as others have noted, it's NOT at it's best for macro and NOT speed-demon as far as AF. I've done a few "action" shots in MF and that's a noticeable improvement - but this simply IS NOT a sports photographer's dream pocket- camera. It WILL knock out 98-99 percent of the average shooter's "vacation" images and should leave you speechless; the 1080p video almost looks too good to be "amateur". Best point-n-shoot camera I've ever used - understand the limitations of that type of camera! - and that's all I ever hoped for. It has easily exceeded my wildest expectations. (Get a spare battery!)
June 11, 2013