Canon G1X Point and Shoot Camera

Canon is considered by many to be the premier camera maker in the world right now and they didn’t disappoint with their latest offering, the G1X, which they were showing off last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The G1X is the new flagship of the popular PowerShot line of cameras.

The Canon G1X boasts a very large 1.5 inch sensor, making it almost as good as an entry-level DSLR.  The large sensor allows for great low-light performance and the ability to give your photos that professional-looking “background blur”.  Other features include a 4x optical zoom, a rotating 3 inch LCD display, 1920 x 1080 video recording, 14-bit RAW shooting, and the ability to attach EOS accessories to the lens.  That last feature is perhaps the coolest part, because now amateurs can begin experimenting with upgrading their photos without making the DSLR investment.  Plus, those EOS accessories can be used later if you do decide to make the jump to a Canon DSLR.

You can expect about 250 shots out of the lithium-ion battery between charges and you can use any standard SD card.  The Canon G1X will be available later this month with a MSRP of $799.  Keep an eye on the Canon PowerShot site for it’s release.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine.

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New Sony DSLR SLT-A77, A65, NEX-7 Makes my Mouth Drool

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT A77

Sony announced some new DSLR cameras today. All three working at 24.3MP and using the APS-C format. Announced as the SLT-A77, SLT-A65 and NEX-7, these new DSLR cameras will contain fixed translucent mirrors, full manual focus and exposure override.

The SLT-A77 is made of a magnesium-alloy that is touted as weatherproof. It can capture in JPG and RAW formats (12 frames a second) – as well as HD AVCHD video in 60p/60i/24p – up to 29 minutes per video.

Other features of the SLT-A77 include 19-point /11 cross AF system, ISO sensitivity, built in GPS for geo-tagging and dual memory card slots for larger photo shoots.

The Sony Alpha A65 also has the 24.2 MP APS-C imaging sensor and shoots at 10 fps. It has a 15 point AF system and three cross sensors. The NEX-7 also has a 24.2 MP APS-C sensor and 921,000-dot tiltable LCD (with 2.3 million dot OLED viewfinder) screen. It has a slimmer case (more like a point-and-shoot with replaceable lenses).

All three will be sold at B&H only at launch.  The SLT-A77 starts at $1,399.99. The A65 is at $899.99 and the NEX-7 is at $1,199.