The rise of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) has eroded the appeal of prosumer compact cameras but that has not stopped Canon from releasing its latest G-series model, the PowerShot G1X.
As the company's flagship prosumer camera, Canon has a lot riding on the G1X as the future of its serious compact category.
Let's find out if the G1X has what it takes to woo its target audience from the temptations of MILCs.
In terms of design and size, the G1X is bigger and chunkier than previous models mainly due to an enormous handgrip and extensive external controls.
On the bright side, the build quality is solid as one would expect of a G-series camera.
It uses a built-in lens that offers a 28-112mm focal range that is flexible for a variety of situations.
The back has a full array of buttons and dials that give you direct access to a wide variety of functions giving photographers more control.
There is also a nice flip-out 3in screen that lets you take pictures from more unconventional angles as well as self-portraits.
For sunny situations that make the LCD difficult to view, the G1X's optical viewfinder should come in handy.
However, it's not as useful as a DSLR's viewfinder because it is tiny, offering just 77% frame coverage.
The pop-up flash is good enough as a basic fill flash to light up a dark spots but has a limited range.
Fortunately, the hotshoe opens up more possibilities like flashguns and even a Speedlight ST-E2 transmitter unit for off-camera flash control.