Leave it to Canon to go in a totally new direction in camera introductions in 2012. While it was rumored that they would join the ranks of mirrorless camera manufacturers (and they still may), they instead introduced a whole new animal in the PowerShot G line. May we present you the G1X... Introduced this morning at CES in Las Vegas, The Canon PowerShot G1X is a revolutionary new compact camera with a large CMOS sensor, designed to produce DSLR levels of image quality and control in a highly portable metal body. Created for professional and serious photographers, the PowerShot G1 X creates a prestigious new category at the top of Canon's legendary G-series line-up, and redefines the performance achievable from a compact camera. Incorporating Canon-developed technologies and expertise trusted by professionals worldwide, the PowerShot G1 X offers a level of image quality previously only possible with a Canon DSLR. It's Canon's first compact camera to feature a large, 4:3 aspect, 14.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor measuring 18.7mm x 14mm – similar in height to the APS-C sensors used within EOS DSLR models. Featuring the same pixel size and structure as the EOS T3I, and a surface area approximately 6.3 times larger than the sensor in the acclaimed PowerShot G12, it provides DSLR image quality in a body small enough to carry anywhere. The increased sensor size allows photographers to have greater control over the depth of field, with increased potential to creatively and artistically isolate a subject from its background. Improved dynamic range enables users to accurately capture shadows and highlights within the same frame, while the 14.3 Megapixel resolution allows for the output of large-sized prints, or permits images to be cropped for more powerful compositions. The PowerShot G1 X supports Full HD (1080p) movie capture instantly at 24fps, via a dedicated movie button. Taking advantage of the camera's large CMOS sensor, users can experience high quality movies, even in low light conditions, with the shallow depth of field associated with a larger sensor. Additionally, the 4x optical zoom can be used while filming, offering versatility, while stereo sound is also captured. Key features include:
  • Large 14.3 MP CMOS, DIGIC 5, HS System
  • Compact 4x zoom; Intelligent IS
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") vari-angle LCD; OVF
  • Full Manual, RAW, DPP
  • Full HD, HDMI
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Smart Auto
  • Extensive accessories
  • HDR mode and ND filter
  • Optional waterproof case

The G1 X  will begin shipping sometime in February 2012 with a suggested selling price of $799.95. Please call or e-mail us if you wish to pre-order.  With all the different types of cameras out there, we understand that you may be a tad confused and need a little help. We're here to give a hand and on Thursday, we'll have our 2nd week of 2 basic classes; Our 1st "Mirrorless Camera Basics " class for those who bought or have an Olympus PEN, Sony NEX or Nikon 1 camera from 6-7 PM followed by "Digital Point & Shoot Basics" from 7to 8 PM. Come join us on Thursday, or check our schedule for classes through the 1st week of March. (Canon G1X photo courtesy of  Canon)

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