Most photographers saw the original G1 X as a step in the right direction, quickly followed by two steps in the wrong direction. It featured a sensor nearly as large as what’s found in the company’s Rebel line of DSLRs, yet in a body not much bigger than their typical G-series advanced point-and-shoot. “It must be magic!” excited photographers proclaimed. Except, Canon decided to pair that large sensor with a slow lens, a combination that just didn’t make sense. After all, the reason for using a large sensor is to gather more light, so why compromise it with a lens that can only open to f/5.8 at the telephoto end? This is forgivable in the world of interchangeable lens cameras, which ship with slow kit lenses; users can always opt for a faster lens down the road. But with a point-and-shoot, you don’t have that option. Furthermore, the superb close-focus capability of previous G-series cameras (a common advantage of small-sensor cameras) simply couldn’t be matched by the new lens designed to cover the much larger sensor.

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