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Compared to the Canon PowerShot G12

While the G1 X may initially appear to be a G12 with a slightly lumpier lens on the front, putting them side-by-side makes clear that Canon hasn't quite achieved the impossible: it hasn't fitted a sensor six times larger into the same body size. However, it's done a great job of minimizing the difference. With the lens retracted, the G1 X is 5mm wider and 17mm thicker than the already brick-like G12. Note though that the G1 X has a narrower lens range, that extends only to 112mm-equivalent (as opposed to the G12's 140mm equivalent).

The G12 isn't exactly the smallest of compacts, and the expansion required to accommodate that larger sensor (and the larger lens it requires) have made the G1 X still less portable - although it'll still just about fit into a large jacket or coat pocket. However, for a camera with such a large sensor, useful lens range and a viewfinder, there's little to touch it.

G-series PowerShots have never exactly been 'small' cameras but this doesn't seem to have harmed their popularity. If you visit any major tourist destinations, it's unusual not to encounter a good number of G-series cameras in the hands or around the necks of holidaying sightseers. If people are happy to carry around a camera this size, we'd assume that they'd willingly accept a slight increase in size and weight, if it came with a substantial image quality improvement.

Compared to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Here's the G1 X alongside its anagrammatic interchangeable-lens competitor, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GX1 fitted with the tiny X 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS powerzoom. The Lumix GX1 offers interchangeable lenses, but the Canon G1 X has a larger sensor, longer lens range, optical viewfinder, and articulated LCD.

The G1 X is rather taller than the Lumix GX1, due substantially to its built-in optical finder, but is only marginally thicker despite its longer zoom range and articulated LCD. Of course the GX1 only 'wins' here due to its unique pancake powerzoom - no other kit zoom for mirrorless systems comes close to this degree of compactness.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (1 month ago)

Canon:
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

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biginabox
By biginabox (2 months ago)

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.

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rugosa
By rugosa (5 months ago)

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 www.pbase.com . 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. www.witnesstobeauty.com has another good review, great landscape photos

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Gunzorro
By Gunzorro (5 months ago)

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
By jan snks (8 months ago)

Image quality G1X, dpreview reports "excellent image quality across the ISO range without nasty surprises".
I would like to refer to the www.imaging-resourcing.com 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 ?

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millhoud
By millhoud (9 months ago)

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

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (9 months ago)

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.

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millhoud
By millhoud (9 months ago)

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?

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lem12
By lem12 (10 months ago)

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!

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Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (10 months ago)

Almost but not there yet.

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Ponderer
By Ponderer (11 months ago)

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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