Canon PowerShot G1 X

Announced Jan 9, 2012 •
14 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 112 mm (4×)
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you must understand this camera's limitations:  it is a Canon Powershop digicam with an APS-C sensor and a remarkably good lens grafted on.  Which means, like every Powershot, it is slow to get into use; not designed for action; somewhat clumsy (by dSLR standards) ergos; and the sensor/lens geometry means essentially no macro.  Oh, all is packaged in a rather clunky body that, still, is half the size and weight of an APSC dSLR (even if the size of a smaller m4/3). So why do i like the ugly ...

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I left it a while before reviewing this camera as its definitely a grower. Most complain about two things on this camera, the focusing and macro performance. There is nothing wrong with the focusing, you just need to understand how it works. It's not a close focusing camera unless you switch to the macro mode, and even then its not an ideal camera for macro. You can do it but you need to fit a close-up lens or a reverse lens adaptor and fit another lens on it. If you have any issues focusing ...

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M Colyer
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Best P & S camera I've ever had - has the compactness of a P&S but with the performance of a Canon 650D SLR because of its CCD and lens. Has the weight of a brick but who cares! Serious upgrade from my previous G9 and G11.

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I bought the G1X a mond ago, knowing what his shortcomings where, and his strenghts. So far i like the the first results, very stunning IQ. I don't find him too slow, AF is just fine.

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Back-up when I cannot use my 1Ds2/3 cameras. Fantastic image quality once focus finally locks on!! Problems: Focus too slow and eratic.

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Ibj
 
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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 ...

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uptheorg
 
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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 ...

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r32
 
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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

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Prior to the g1x, the strange Pentax 750z, as well as previous g models have been my faithful companions wherever I go -- to work, to lunch, and even to the grocery shop. Tucked in a small (10" x 9") slingbag, this format of cameras offered me better IQ and control than compact point and shoots, without the bulk and weight of dslrs. They proved to be great in just about every aspect of photography that I enjoyed (casual candids, urban), except for low light situations and, oh... improved IQ ...

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