By looking at the Canon G1X sensor size, I think Canon may be "getting it" finally with what we want for a super compact digital camera. A larger sensor with better image quality.
You're probably like me in one aspect. You want to take quality photos without lugging around a big bulky camera sometimes. Canon did a great job at fitting a big sensor inside the G1X.
THIS G1X BIG SENSOR HAD BEEN LONG OVERDUE. One of the challenges that came along with designing a bigger size sensor in a smaller camera is how to handle the change in the needed larger lens design.
Rumors of a 1 inch sensor in the soon to be announced Canon G17 could become exciting news for Canon shooters if they're really a real reality. (;o)
Early on, many photographers including the author, got fooled by the megapixel myth. We thought that the more megapixels you squeeze onto a sensor the better the image quality.
THAT'S ONLY PARTIALLY TRUE. There are several other factors that come into play, the biggest being the actual width and height dimensions of a digital camera sensor. When you do a comparison between two cameras and their sensors it's important to look at the number of megapixels as well as the overall dimensions of the sensor.
Larger sensors generally perform better than smaller sensors at high ISO settings. The camera's processor makes a difference on how the image noise is handled too. You can compare the technical test results on dedicated camera review sites too, but it can be a little overwhelming or confusing to understand the.
I like to do comparisons between cameras by reading the reviews and opinions of actual, everyday, and regular consumers who have purchased them on Amazon.
Here is a comparison of the G1X sensor size compared other Canon G sensors as well as APS-C crop sensor sizes. Generally, the overall size of a sensor is MORE IMPORTANT than the number of pixels on a digital camera sensor in terms of image quality for cameras that are built in the same time frame.
The image processor, lens quality, and specific individual pixel size and design all come into the equation, but width x height is the most important factor. That's clearly the best feature of the G1X, G1x Mark II, and G1x Mark III.
The newer Canon G1x Mark II may use the exact same sensor as the original G1x, although it is usable with several different formats, the standard 3:2, and four others.
For more about the sensor on the Mark II and it's different available aspect ratio you can read this article: Canon G1X Mark II Sensor
Keep shooting your Canon!
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