For any task, there is (at least) one perfect tool on the market. On the one hand, not many people can or want to keep a large pool of equipment on hold, second according to Murphy’s law we always miss the right camera just in that very second it would have been needed. I am not talking about a relaxed studio-session here.
Over the years the one question I am most often asked, is “what is the perfect ‘always with me’ camera” ? The answer sounds stupid, but the one you always carry with you ! In the end a ‘not really perfect’ image of a rare or never repeating itself moment is better than not having taken the picture at all because of the ‘right camera’ being just at home.
Over the years, I tried and changed many of these ‘always with me’ cameras. One camera that could a very nice compact model to fulfill these tasks could be the Canon PowerShot G1 X. Let me briefly summarize the key features: It comes with a large 14.3 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor (18.7x14mm) and DIGIC 5-based HS System for exceptional shots up to ISO 12,800. The lens is a precision Canon 28mm wide-angle lens, with 4x optical zoom and 4-stop Intelligent Image Stabilizer. A versatile 7.5 cm (3.0”) vari-angle PureColor II VA LCD (920k) screen and an optical viewfinder make the image composition real fun. As expected for a camera intended to be used by professionals and serious amateurs it comes with full manual control, 14-bit RAW and DPP software. Full HD movies (1080p) with stereo sound, record button and HDMI connectivity round up the list of useful features. 4.5 fps High-speed Burst HQ mode is quite rare for a compact camera. A smart auto-focus with multi-area white balance HDR mode and a built-in ND filter could turn out to be very handy as well. As usual, there are extensive accessories, including Canon Speedlites and Lens Filter adapter on the market. For the hardcore outdoor photographer the optional 40m waterproof case might be interesting.
I will be doing some extensive tests and report about the use under “every day life” conditions and present images of course. At the end of the day this is what counts – can it deliver the image quality me and my clients are looking for ? A question to be answered.
Stay tuned …