Summary Canon G1X

Prices Price
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$549 - $1,227
Score Snapsort rank
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Among similar cameras
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Specifications Key specs
Zoom
Help 4x
Screen size
Help 3.0"
Aperture
Help f/2.8
Screen resolution
Help 920k dots
Wide angle
Help 28 mm
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 24fps
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Pros

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The Canon G1X vs other recent boutiques

Zoom Above average zoom Help
4x
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$549.00
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Tunnel
Popularity Very popular Help
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Cons

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The Canon G1X vs other recent boutiques

Aperture Slightly narrow aperture Help
f/2.8
Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
60.0
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
14.2 MP
Color depth Less color depth Help
21.7 bits
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
1.9 fps
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Macro focus Very poor macro Help
20 cm
Weight Heavy Help
492 g
Startup delay Longer startup delay Help
1900 ms startup delay
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.8 EV
Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
644 ISO
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
697 ms shutter lag
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
250 shots
Announced Old Help
January, 2012

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Roger (2:10 AM, December 03, 2014)
I've had my G1X since it was introduced. I fell for the internet chatter and thought The Mk II would be better for my kind of photography. So I bought one from Pardee's in Sacramento. Big mistake! Some of the features simply did not work. As soon as I started taking comparo shots, I saw that the Mk II just did not come close to my old G1X. My old G1X is far more intuitive and produces a better image. The new Mk II is way more complex. So, I took it back to Pardee's today. I was hit with a 20% restocking fee. Rip off, but I coded that as a learning experience. I will go forth happily with my old G1X.
 
Avatar for algiskemezys algiskemezys (10:40 PM, October 21, 2014)
No mic input, which is disappointing. You can digitally manually focus in images but not in Video. it does have face lock, so that might solve your problem.
 
Avatar for algiskemezys algiskemezys (10:37 PM, October 21, 2014)
Yes and no, but it is something you can grip and love.
 
Avatar for algiskemezys algiskemezys (10:28 PM, October 21, 2014)
The image quality is impressive and you do not want to photograph with any thing less. It's solid and feels good in your hand. The flip out screen is a fabulous addition.Unfortunately, it's too slow for certain kinds of action images and the close focus is not good. The wide to zoom lens is OK but more zoom would be a bit better. This is a camera you can always carry with you. The dials are good and solid on top of the camera for quick exposure adjustment. You can adjust the flash output easily as well as other features. When shooting video, you can lock the exposure, which is a very good feature. The downside is no audio jack. The price is reasonable these days for this camera. I would not pass it up if your image making is reasonable and not to drastic. Here is a link to some images I made with this camera called "Born in Stone" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS4fvVVCrsQ&list=UUGPsCIlwM_m7HhxQvjkwZ0A
 
Chen (8:41 AM, April 27, 2013)
Why the hell is this camera in the "Boutique" category? It's very versatile, it's not expensive, got great image quality, a comfortable form factor... why isn't it in the digicam category where it belongs?
 
Alberto (2:07 PM, May 22, 2012)
I have recently bought this camera. The image quality is AMAZING. Really good. It is impressive. The big sensor really makes a difference. When I compare the photos with the ones of a DSLR I have the quality is very similar. It is, without a doubt, the best compact on sale right now. Even if you use it in Auto mode (for beginners or lazy pros) the image quality is superb. I of course recommend it. The only problems I have perceived are: price (way too expensive), slow AF (but acceptable), poor macro (but logical due to its huge sensor) and size (not really a compact.) If you really are after THE BEST image quality in a compact camera with a fixed lens (without having to worry about changing lenses or carrying bulky lenses with you like with a DSLR or a mirrorless camera), and don't mind a bigger size and a higher price than a normal compact, then this is the one for you! This camera is a beast.
 
Kayla (9:26 AM, March 08, 2012)
Does anyone know if the G1X allows manual focusing during video recording? Also, does it have a mic input? Thanks.
 
Z E C T E R (3:06 PM, February 12, 2012)
after watch a vid from DRTV about this product, I'm very excited. it's look like baby DSLR isn't it?
 
Polly Dougherty (10:56 PM, February 06, 2012)
I've compared the images on imaging-resource comparing meter of the G1X ( ISO 800&1600 ) against the Pentax K-5, Panasonic G3, Olympus EP-3, Sony NEX-5N and the Sony SLT-55v. I think the image quality of the G1X is better than the Pentax, slightly better than the G3, EP-3, and SLT-55v. Only the NEX-5N was a clear winner in my opinion. I have a Canon G9 now and the new Samsung NX200 ( which I love ). The G9 easily fits in a coat pocket or a small fanny pack. The G1X is only slightly larger than the G9 so I may be giving it to my daughter ( she likes it too! ) and buying a G1X for a small high quality camera. I have the Samsung 60mm macro and 50-200mm zoom plus the 18-55 zoom for special purposes. Using the i-zoom on the NX200 the 50-200 zoom can make a decent 11x14 print when zoomed to 616mm ( 35mm equivalent ).
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:06 PM, February 01, 2012)
Its updated now, thanks!
 
Qwe (0:03 PM, February 01, 2012)
Results are published in dxo marks - 
http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Database/Canon/PowerShot-G1X
 
Avatar for Craig Lucas Craig Lucas (9:35 AM, January 11, 2012)
I have the Nikon P7000, unreliable as hell but great when it works.
A full SLR sized sensor in a similar camera has to be a winner!