Nearly every major manufacturer jumped on the mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC) trend this year. While we’re big fans of the technology, we also like that, with the G1X, Canon bucked the trend and honored a simple truth: most photographers prefer one versatile lens to a quiver of them. Canon wisely dropped the interchangeable-lens mount from the mirrorless G1X in favor of a 4x digital zoom that stretches from a very useful 28mm to 112mm and shoots between f/2.8 and f/5.8—fast enough for 90 percent of everyday situations. Canon also beefed things up with a 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and a viewfinder that makes using the G1X feel like shooting with a vintage Leica. Other slick features include a tilt/swivel LCD screen, HD-video capabilities, and an ISO range of 100 to 12,800. All told, the G1X may not fall squarely into the MILC category, but it’s exactly the niche we hoped somebody would fill: DLSR quality in a package that takes up less space than a paperback in your travel bag.
VALUE: 4.5 (OUT OF 5)