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Canon PowerShot G1 X specifications

MSRP • US: $799
• UK: £699
• EU: €749
Sensor • 18.7 x 14mm Canon high-sensitivity CMOS
• Approx 14.3 million effective pixels
• 4:3 Aspect ratio
Image sizes* 4:3
• 4352 x 3264
• 3072 x 2304
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480

• 4352 x 2248
• 3072 x 1728
• 1920 x 1080
• 640 x 360

• 4352 x 2904
• 3072 x 2048
• 1600 x 1064
• 640 x 424

• 3264 x 3264
• 2304 x 2304
• 1200 x 1200
• 480 x 480

• 2192 x 3264
• 1840 x 2304
• 960 x 1200
• 384 x 480
Movie clips • 1920 x 1080 @ 24fps (Full HD)
• 1280 x 720 @ 30fps (HD)
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps (L)

• iFrame Movide (HD)
• Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
Maximum clip length Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. (FullHD & HD)
Up to 4 GB or 1 hour (L)
File formats • Still: JPEG (Exif v2.3 [Exif Print} compliant)
• RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
• Movie: MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
• iFrame
Lens • 15.1 - 60.4 mm (35mm equivalent: 28-112mm)
• 4x optical zoom
• F2.8-5.8
• Construction: 11 elements in 10 groups (2 double-sided aspherical UA elements, 1 double-side aspherical element)
Image stabilization • Yes (Lens-Shift), 4-stop,
• Intelligent IS
Conversion lenses Yes
Digital zoom up to 4x (with Digital Tele-Coverter Approx 1.5x or 1.9x and Safety zoom), combined approx. 16x.
Focus • Auto focus : TTL
- AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point)
- 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed center or Face Select and Track)
• Manual Focus
• Focus Bracketing
AF area modes • Single
• Continuous
• Servo AF/AE
• Tracking AF
AF point selection • Manual selection using Flexizone AF/AE, Size (Normal, Small)
AF lock Yes (on/off selectable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Closest focus distance 20 cm (W)
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 125
• ISO 160
• ISO 200
• ISO 250
• ISO 320
• ISO 400
• ISO 500
• ISO 640
• ISO 800
• ISO 1000
• ISO 1250
• ISO 1600
• ISO 2000
• ISO 2500
• ISO 3200
• ISO 4000
• ISO 5000
• ISO 6400
• ISO 8000
• ISO 10000
• ISO 12800
AE lock Yes (on/off selectable)
Exposure compensation • +/- 3EV in 1/3 stop increments
• Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
• ND Filter (3 stop)
AE Bracketing • 1/3 - 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed • 1 - 1/4000 sec (Factory default)
• 60-1/4000 sec (Total range - varies by shooting mode)
Modes • Smart Auto (32 scenes detected)
• Program AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Manual
• Custom (2 modes)
• Creative Filter
• Movie
SCN modes • Movie Digest
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Kids & Pets
• Sports
• Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Time, Face Self-Timer)
• High-speed Burst HQ
• Handheld Night Scene
• Beach
• Underwater
• Foliage
• Snow
• Fireworks
• Stitch Assist
Creative Filter • High Dynamic Range
• Nostalgic
• Fish-eye Effect
• Miniature Effect
• Toy Camera Effect
• Monochromic
• Super Vivid
• Poster Effect
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
Modes in Movie • Smart Auto (21 scenes detected)
• Standard
• Program AE
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Beach
• Underwater
• Foliage
• Snow
• Fireworks
• Nostalgic
• Fish-eye Effect
• Miniature Effect
• Monochromic
• Super Vivid
• Poster Effect
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• iFrame Movie
White balance • Auto (including Face Detection WB)
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Flash
• Underwater
• Custom1
• Custom2
• Mutil area WB correction available in Smart Auto
Self timer Custom
Continuous shooting • Approx. 1.9 shots/sec
• AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.
• LV: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (until memory card becomes full)
• High-speed Burst HQ: Approx. 4.5 shots/sec (up to 6 shots)
Photo Effects
(My colors)
• My Colors Off
• Vivid
• Neutral
• Sepia
• Black & White
• Positive Film
• Lighter Skin Tone
• Darker Skin Tone
• Vivid Blue
• Vivid Green
• Vivid Red
• Custom Color
Flash • Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Fastest speed
- 1/2000 sec (built-in flash)
- 1/250 sec (external flash)
- 1/4000 sec (external using high-speed synchro)
Flash Exposure Comp. • +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Safety FE
Flash details • Flash exposure lock
• Manual Power Adjustment (3 levels with internal flash. up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX and 430EX. 22 levels with 580EX II)
• Second Curtain Sync
• Range (Auto ISO):50cm - 7.0m (wide) / 1.0m - 3.1m (tele)
External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX
Viewfinder • Real-image zoom
• Optical Viewfinder
• Dioptre Correction
LCD monitor • 3.0 inch Vari-angle PureColor II VA (TFT)
• 920,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• Adjustable to one of five levels, Quick-bright LCD
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• HDMI mini connector
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • SD, SDHC, SDXC
Power • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-10L
• Approx. 250 shots
• Approx. 420 min. playback
Accessories • Soft Case SC-DC75, DCC-1800
• Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC44
• Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
• Lens Hood LH-DC70
• Filter Adapter FA-DC58C (Compatible with Canon 58mm Filters: Circular Polarizing PL-C B, Neutral Density Filter ND4X-L & NDX8-L, Protect, UV, Softmat No.1 & 2)

• Canon Speedlites (including 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX,
430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II)

• Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX (Both require Macro
Light Adapter MLA-DC1)

• Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3, Bracket BKT-DC1,
Speedlite Bracket SB-E2

• Remote Switch RS-60E3

• AC Adatper Kit ACK-DC80, Battery Charger CB-2LCE
• Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100
Weight (with battery and card) 534g
Dimensions 116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7 mm
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The G1X proves that a bigger sensor or camera is no guarantee for better pictures. The badly designed sensor with leak of dynamic range in combination with a low budget lens is the right receipt for a crappy camera.

In more detail, The fact that the dynamic range of the camera is so limited that skyś are always bleached out and even in raw, detail recovery is not possible to an acceptable level, this camera is useless for travel, landscape and city scape photography,

The lens is really disappointing. lots of distortion at the wide and tele end. Also the shortest focus range, is absolutely unacceptable.

The optical viewer is totally UN-usable.

My 6 years old Canon G-10 out performs the G1X in all situations accept low light.

I was tempted by the big sensor and big price reduction, now that the G1X MK2 is on the market, But this is without doubt the wurst camera i owned as long as i can remember.


Looks ideal for anyone who would typically buy a DSLR and never change the kit lens - this has the benefit of being smaller and lighter plus the lens is a bit ‘faster’ and longer than a typical kit lens.

The only negatives I can see compared to a DSLR with kit lens is AF speed, zoom speed and the ViewFinder.

It costs a bit more than most entry level DSLRs also but the price will drop in time.


The operation is very slow.


G1X 15.1mm-60.4mm Zoom Lens
Max.Ap.Diam: 5.4mm (15.1/2.8) Wide
Max.Ap.Diam: 10.4mm (60.4/5.8) Tele
Horiz.AoV: 63.53° Wide
Horiz.AoV: 17.6° Tele


Still the same flimsy, delicate lens and leaf design, I assume. No thanks.
After both a G10 and a G16 succumbed to 'shutter error' (the G16 within a week), it's manual transmission for me from now on. Something I make work by twisting with my fingers.
Come to think of it, I lose count of the number of my devices which have died simply because the 'automated' systems failed. VCR's, tape-decks, Minidisk players, and now cameras.


I bought a G1X 2 weeks ago from a person that bought it for his wife for Christmas. She found it too much camera for her needs and so I bought it with about 10 shots total for $400. I usually shoot with a Nikon D300 and the Nikon higher priced lenses. For underwater and a light carry around I had a G10 for 5 years. After 2 weeks of shooting I must say that I'm amazed by the IQ of the photos this camera puts out. Low light shots up to ISO 1600 are allot better than my D300. It's not a perfect camera but then non of them are. Ordered a Canon 500D close up lens for it after seeing how well that worked on Marco Nero's photos with the G1X on . This camera also shoots some very good underwater photos from examples I have seen on the internet so I picked up Canon's case on sale for my trips south. All told I think that although this camera is not for everyone most owners give it at least an 8/10. has another good review, great landscape photos

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I've been wanting this camera since it was announced. I'm primarily a DSLR shooter, and FF at that. I also have owned a G6 and currently G10 and S110. So, I'm pretty familiar with where this camera fits in and what a step it is for Canon to take.
I just bought a used version at a very nice price so will be trying it out in the near future.
I would have rated the camera a little higher, based on my past experience with Canon and reports I've read from reviews and owners. Particularly, Optics and Performance would have got a couple ticks up in my estimation. I think a 79 or 80 would have been appropriate -- being practically in a category of its own: attached zoom, large sensor, compact camera.
It won't be a camera for everyone, true. But if you want better IQ than P&S and use it as a second camera to your DSLR for quick grab shots and take-anywhere convenience, you should be well served! :)

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jan snks

Image quality G1X, dpreview reports "excellent image quality across the ISO range without nasty surprises".
I would like to refer to the review of this camera. They reported a nasty Light Leakage phenomenon at higher ISO settings and short shutter times. This defect seems to be confirmed by Canon.
Would anybody comment on this ?


I've noticed that the g1x took this studio shot at f7.1 , while other "enthusiast" compacts (g15 or p7700...) at f4.5. Could somebody explain me why's that? It would be nice to know the shutter speed too. Thanks

Richard Butler

It's to offer enough depth-of-field (it's a 3D target).

This has a sensor much bigger than the others, so needs to be stopped-down further in order to provide enough depth-of-field.


Please sorry my ignorance, but to achieve this it has to use a slower shutter speed too or, thanks to the higher light-catching capabilities of the bigger sensor the g1x uses comparable shutter speeds as, say, the g15 or p7700 , with a smaller aperture?


If Canon increases DR able to at least match T2i and updates its Panorama mode (similar to the Sony's would be great), this would be true compact I'm looking for. I'll buy it no doubts!


Almost but not there yet.


G1x Cannons almost camera
Almost an APS-C sensor, Almost a good EVF, Almost enough lens magnification, Almost small enough. A good first try for a company that just started designing cameras.

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