The Canon PowerShot G1 X stands alone in the compact, fixed-lens camera class with a 14MP 1.5" CMOS sensor - smaller than that of a DSLR, yet 16% larger than a Four Thirds sensor. It shares many of the external controls and rugged build of other G-series PowerShots, though it has much in common with the EOS lineup of DSLRs in terms of image quality across the ISO range. Some of the G1 X's external controls can be assigned custom functions, and preferred settings can be saved to the 'My Menu'-menu and C-modes on the mode dial. A very capable camera, the G1 X has few faults, but its relatively poor close focus ability in normal AF mode means you'll be reaching for the macro button a lot - even when shooting portraits.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Compact Camera
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“ The G1 X is a hard camera to categorize - it combines excellent 'large sensor' image quality across its ISO range with the compact camera convenience of a relatively small body.”
- 14MP 1.5" CMOS sensor
- 4.5 frames per second continuous shooting
- 28-112mm F2.8-5.8 lens
- ISO 100-12800
- 1080p HD video recording
- 3.0 inch articulated LCD with 920,000 dots
- Optical viewfinder
- Extensive manual controls
- 14-bit RAW shooting
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
|Max resolution||4352 x 3264|
|Other resolutions||4352 x 2248, 4352 x 2904, 3264 x 3264, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2048, 2608 x 3264, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1080, 1840 x 2304, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 960 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 480 x 480, 384 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||14 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1.5″ (18.7 x 14 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes (2)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–112 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F2.8 - F5.8|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Normal focus range||40 cm (15.75″)|
|Macro focus range||20 cm (7.87″)|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT PureColor II LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||7.00 m (via hot shoe EX series Speedlites, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in|
|Continuous drive||2 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Videography notes||Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional (RS60-E3))|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||250|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||534 g (1.18 lb / 18.84 oz)|
|Dimensions||117 x 81 x 65 mm (4.61 x 3.19 x 2.56″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The G1 X is an excellent camera for some but not for everyone. The camera gives you great image quality and a versatile zoom range in a small package and without the need to carry a stack of lenses. However, the sluggish AF, limited close-focusing capability and lack of manual control in video mode will make some users look elsewhere.
Anyone who wants DSLR-like image quality and a versatile zoom range in a pocketable format.
Not So Good For
Sports and action photographers, serious videographers
Fantastic Image Quality but...
Back-up when I cannot use my 1Ds2/3 cameras. Fantastic image quality once focus finally locks on!! Problems: Focus too slow and eratic.
Still very satisfied
Awesome if you learn to use it the rihgt way. Sometimes external flash is needed, for distant objects, but then, you could moste of the time move closer up anyway. Read and understand the manuals. Brilliant results, works without problems in -15 degrees centigrades if you remember to keep it dry in an inner pocket and store it in a plastic bag with most air removed until it has reached indoor temperature once back indoor. Sun and heat is no problem either, just don't leave it in direct sun at ...
This is a great camera for me. I am not a professional, just an enthusiastic amateur. I spent two weeks scouring reviews and spec sheets, visiting camera stores, and talking to people before I decided on this camera. What I was looking for was a camera that would maximize picture quality and hopefully still be portable and affordable. Some of the smaller "point and shoot" cameras take beautiful photos, but the controls are all in menus and I wanted the basic controls to be physical dials and ...
Not so good.
I'm sorry to say I am nery unhappy with my Canon G1 X. I find I get a high proportion of out of focus or badly exposed images. I also find that there are quite a few scenes that the camera just will not focus on. I find myself having to seriously consider what I take pictures of. Certainly not worth the high price that Canon charge, the lack of a reasonable close focus can be an issue. Problems: Focusing issues
? G15 vs G1X (Speed vs IQ) Question
Details aside, for about half my photography, it’s all about medium light (twilight, city nights, normal indoor, etc) capability... Both the G15 (with it’s 1.8 lens) and the the G1X (big sensor) fit this, but... ...the G1X has a relatively slow focus: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canong1x/6 http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/G1X/G1XA6.HTM (G1X - full autofocus wide: 0.697 second / G15: about 0.46, from same website) Cost and other factors aside, is the slower focusing of the G1X, worth the substantial increase in image quality: http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment/galleries/sample-images/canon/34720/1/canon-powershot-g15-vs-canon-powershot-g1-x-image-sample-gallery.html If the shot is missed or out of focus, all the image quality advantage is gone! ?!
I have the G12 & G1X, the G1X autofocus is no worse than any other G series from the past its just that the G15 is a little faster but not that much in practice ( I tried it ) its only half as fast again not twice as fast. To me the G15 can't match the G1X for image quality or low light performance so that's why I kept my G12 & got the G1X & don't regret it. Darren Continue Reading
I own both the G15 and the G1X and agree with what Darren N says. I can't tell any difference in focus speeds as both are very fast. Both cameras give great IQ although the G1X is the winner by a nose IMHO. Continue Reading
Hi, I own the G12 and G1X. The G1X IQ is clearly better - it's very noticeably less noisy at moderate ISOs and more so at higher ISOs. I think their AF speeds are comparable - neither is fast. I suspect that the G12 is the faster of the two by a whisker. However, the G1X between-shot times are glacially slow. DPR tested the G15 to be significantly faster than the G12, so I'd say the G15 would be quite a bit faster than the G1X. If you read through G1X threads, I think we all agree that it's not a camera for sports and other action shots. It also doesn't do macro without an accessory lens (and very good though the results are with the 250D lens, the magnification still isn't high). Which is best for you? Only you can be the judge of that question. If you know you can live with slow AF and shooting speed, the G1X is an excellent small landscape, hiking and travel camera. If you need fast AF for kids, sports, pets and other active subjects, then it may not be for you. The ... Continue Reading
What about a fully articulated LCD?
The slow lens of G1 X has been replaced. A fully articulated LCD would make G1 X Mark ll a perfect camera I was waiting for. What is a reason not to make a really good camera when all required technology exists?
I fully agree. Omitting one of the "G" family's signature features makes no sense, particularly since it is overwhelmingly appreciated by Canon users in this segment. The rest of the G1X Mk II looks very good. Jim Continue Reading
It's a streamlined G1X Mk1. This new incarnation will be a very popular travel camera and photo-journalist tool. A wide lens with a strong zoom and high sensitivity will be ideal for many users. Making it a tilt screen is probably going to make it less prone to damage by bending it... but I agree with you: The metal-backed Flip-LCD screen on the G1X Mk1 means you can protect the large LCD display from damage in a bag. There sill be a few threads from people who have scratched their LCDs in the near future. I believe the FLIP-Vari-Angled LCD was one of the big selling points on the original camera. Continue Reading
I totally agree. Omitting a fully articulated LCD would have been a perfect addition and continued the "G" tradition. I don't know why Canon continues to eliminate this signature feature that's overwhelmingly appreciated. Go figure. The rest of the G1X Mk Ii looks pretty good. Jim Continue Reading
Is the G1X dead?
The G1X doesn't register in the top 200 (or so) Canons at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/cameras/canon Don’t take that as the last truth, though it’s still a serious indicator. Other indicators additionally show it’s public interest to be waning: http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/best_digital_camera We all know, all they have to really do is toss in the Digic VI . The questions are, would a giant corporation put any funding at all into a product that, by the numbers, is drastically losing consumer favor? ...or... Are they going to follow the very (marketing wise) success of the RX100: http://www.flickr.com/cameras/sony More: http://camyx.com/rumors/2013/05/new-canon-powershot-camera-summer-2013 http://www.canonrumors.com/2013/05/a-new-large-sensor-powershot-coming-cr1 “The Sony RX100 offers a slightly smaller 1-inch sensor, but provides image quality that outpaces this Canon's in almost every way. That the RX100 is also small enough to fit into your pocket and offers a similar level ...
I have both the G1X and RX100 and the RX100 only beats the G1X in TWO areas - Pocketability and AF - For the rest, the G1X leaves the RX100 for dead except for resolution which despite 6Mp diff in pixel count is very close due to the G1X`s vastly superior lens and having better quality pixels. Continue Reading
Only someone that's has not used a Canon G1X and Sony RX100 would say the RX100 'provides image quality that outpaces this Canons in almost every way.' I own the Canon G1X and have used the Sony. The Canons image quality is far better, and there can be no doubt of that. I use to own a Sony NEX and even that couldn't match the Canons. I took the G1X out with my Nikon D 5100 the other day, and in some of the pictures, not all, the Canons picture quality was better. Before you ask, the Nikon did not have the kit lens on. I think there is still a market for the G1X and will sell steadily for a while yet. Just my opinion. Continue Reading
My G1X gets used far more for work than play - 1stly it`s totally silent whilst having a ZOOM and a superb stabilizer making it perfect for auditoriums and religious events where even the clack from a mirrorless would invade ..... 2nd it`s idela for on site product photography (size, lens, socketry etc) .. 3rd as a pocket backup / candid shooter at larger events 4th.. for use places such as shop interiors where although staff and any customers are informed there`s a photographer on the premises , they want to get on with what they`re doing without having a 1DS3 shoved in their faces - someone clattering away with a NEX or EP wouldn`t help a lot Yup, it gets used a lot, Mine is starting to brass at the corners (and the paint is thick), it`s covered 15,000 shots since February 2012 (less than 18 months) which is a lot for a G10 replacement so I`ll have to get another at some stage - even if they make a Pro EOS-M it won`t replace the silent G1X and I`ve yet to see a single mirrorless ... Continue Reading
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