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January 09, 2012

Canon G1x is officially announced with large sensor and 28-112mm lens

The rumor-leaked Canon G1X is now officially announced! It has a 4X optical zoom lens (28-112mm eq) starting at f2.8, 3-inch twist-and-shout LCD display, DIGIC 5 processing, 14-bit RAW, 1080p video, etc. Its opening price will be $800.

The camera is now available for pre-order for $800 at Adorama and B&H Photo. The starting price in the UK is 800 GBP and in 700 euro in continental Europe.

Now fans of big(ger)-sensor compacts have another choice, in addition to the Fuji X100 and the Sigma DP-series.

Canon G1x Sensor
The sensor is 18.7x14mm CMOS, around 43M43rds size, so it looks like the WF Advisors leak did not have a typo (1/1.5") [for a refresher on sensor sizes and the two sensor size notations check the dpreview 123di glossary]. To get a visual feel of how the Canon G1x sensor stacks up size-wise with other systems, check the bottom third of the page at Photo Review.

Hands-on Previews
+ 5-page preview at d-preview
+ Imaging Resource
+ Photo Review

Coming Up
+ Monday 9:15pm New York City time: Live Q&A about the G1x with Canon's Chuck Westfall at Imaging Resource

Canon G1x Sample Pictures
+ seven samples in Flash-based gallery (you can Zoom In with Flash [right click on image]) at CPN Europe

Canon Technical Propaganda
+ 4-page article at CPN Europe
+ 3-page article-style announcement at CPN Europe
+ CPN = Canon Professional Network

Press Release Parade
+ dpreview
+ Photography Blog
+ Amateur Photographer UK
+ DC Resource
+ Focus Numerique
+ Pocket Lint
+ ephotozine
+ Pop Photo
+ Le Monde de la Photo
+ Galbraith
+ CNet UK

Canon Europe 2-min Promotional Video

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