Canon has added a new flagship model to its G-series of PowerShot cameras, the G1X, which boasts a 1.5-inch type (18.7 x 14.0 mm) High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor with 14.3 megapixels effective.

The sensor in the G1X is 6.3x larger in area than the sensor in the PowerShot G12 and has a diagonal measurement 2.5x longer. This allows the G1X to support ISO settings up to ISO 12800, compared with ISO 3200 in the G12. The new camera features the latest DiG!C 5 image processor, which was introduced with the PowerShot SX40 HS. Like other PowerShots, the G1X supports both JPEG and CR2.RAW file capture and raw files are losslessly compressed. As in Canon’s EOS DSLRs, the processor applies 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion, producing data-rich files for users to edit


Front view of the PowerShot G1X.

The lens in the G1X is non-interchangeable and has a focal length range of  15.1-60.4 mm (equivalent 28-112mm in 35mm format). Maximum apertures range from f/2.8 to f/5.8 lens and the lens focuses to 20 cm at the 15.1mm setting. The G1X is scheduled for release in March but pricing has still to be finalised.
Full details of the new camera and additional pictures of the camera body can be found in our comprehensive First Look – click here.