Canon PowerShot G1 X

Announced Jan 9, 2012 •
14 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 112 mm (4×)
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Announced Jan 9, 2012

The Canon PowerShot G1 X may look like the company's previous G-series compacts, but is a very different prospect. It's a large sensor (only 20% smaller than the sensors Canon uses in most of its DSLRs) camera with a flexible 28-112mm-equivalent, 4x zoom lens and extensive manual controls. The company says it sees it as a camera for photographers who already have a high end DSLR such as a 5D Mark II or 7D, but at a price of $799, we think it'll appeal much more widely than that. After repeated waves of cameras aimed at point-and-shoot upgraders, it's heartening to see a camera really living up to the billing of a 'serious compact.'

Overall, the G1 X is an excellent camera for some but not for everyone. If you are aware of its shortcomings, such as the sluggish AF, limited close-focusing capability or lack of manual control in video, and think you can live with them, the Canon gives you great image quality and a versatile zoom range in a small package and without the need to carry a stack of lenses.

Quick specs
Body type Large sensor compact
Max resolution 4352 x 3264
Effective pixels 14 megapixels
Sensor size 1.5″ (18.7 x 14 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800
Focal length (equiv.) 28–112 mm
Optical zoom 4×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
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)
GPS None

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Our review

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 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.

Good for: 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

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