Canon's next high-end compact has been leaked ahead of its expected official launch at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. The Canon G1X will take over from the PowerShot G12 - big shoes to fill given the current model is considered one of the best advanced compacts around.
According to the leak, Canon has upped the megapixel count of the G1X to 14.3, from the 10 megapixels of the PowerShot G12. This is a rather interesting direction for the series to take, the 2008 14.7-megapixel G10 model having been criticsed for valuing pixel count over simple image quality. We'll find out whether the new G1X has slipped into a similar hole in our full review.
This is the G12, but will likely look similar to the G1X
However, the G1X will benefit from Canon's recent camera advancements. It uses the new DIGIC 5 image processing engine, which should offer good low-light performance and enables a shooting speed of 4fps at full resolution. The G1X also supports 14-bit RAW capture and has a new face detection mode aimed at recognising children's faces. We could make a joke about taking photos of kids, but we won't.
Other specs include 4x optical zoom offering a focal range equivalent to 28-112mm, multi-area white balance, 1080p video capture and an HDR mode. Images of the camera have not yet been leaked, but it's expected to continue the styling of the G-series. Chunky and hardy, it should be able to take a few hard knocks, if not fit into pockets all that comfortably.
The Canon PowerShot G1X will reportedly launch at $799.99, although no UK price has been revealed yet, and it will be available from February. We'll be back with more news of the Canon G1X's official launch within the next few days.
via Canon Rumours