Canon PowerShot G1X vs Leica X2

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Canon PowerShot G1X

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Leica X2

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Large screen
Screen size
3"
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
644 ISO
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Leica X2

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Battery life
Great battery life
450 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

Items often bought with the Canon G1X or Leica X2

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differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price
Cheaper
$549.00 vs $1,578.09
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The best price we've seen is $1,029 cheaper (2.9x less)
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Leica X2

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Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
450 shots vs 250 shots
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80% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
124×69×52 mm vs 117×81×65 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs Four thirds 18.7x14mm
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More than 40% larger sensor
Weight
Lighter
345 g vs 492 g
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Around 30% lighter
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
2" vs 2.6"
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20% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent boutiques, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent boutiques

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G1X1.9 fps
              X23 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G1X12,800 ISO
              X212,500 ISO
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G1X920k dots
              X2230k dots
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/2.8

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Nikon Coolpix A

              Nikon Coolpix A

              Boutique

              $300 - $430

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

              Leica X2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica X (Typ 113)

              Leica X (Typ 113)

              Boutique

              $1,699 - $2,020

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Leica X Vario

              Leica X Vario

              Boutique

              $2,000 - $2,099

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $848 - $1,055

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Leica Q (Typ 116)

              Leica Q (Typ 116)

              Boutique

              $4,250 - $6,000

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Leica X1

              Leica X1

              Boutique

              $1,480

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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