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For a camera in its class and price bracket the Canon G1 X comes with a comparatively simple video mode. You can record footage in the by now ubiquitous 1080p full HD quality but you don't have any manual control over essential shooting parameters such as aperture, shutter speed or ISO. There's little control over sound recording either (all you can do is turn the windcut-filter on and off) and no connector for an external microphone.

Essentially the G1 X's movie mode is a 'point-and-shoot' mode that allows for good image quality recordings you can view or your HD TV but gives you hardly any control over shooting parameters and sound, making it an inferior choice for video enthusiasts or anyone who wants more out of their video mode than 'Auto Mode' clips.

Video quality options

Sizes • MP4
1920 x 1080p (24 fps)
1280 x 720p (30fps)
640 x 480 (30fps)

• iFrame
1280 x 720p (30fps)

Audio Stereo sound (Linear PCM)
Format H.264 / MOV
Max file size per clip 4.0 GB
Recordable time 29:59 minutes

Handling in Video mode

Shooting a movie on the G1 X is a very simple affair. Whatever shooting mode you are in, you simply press the movie button on the back of the camera to start and stop recording of movie footage. Aperture, shutter speed and ISO are all set automatically. However, if the mode dial on the camera's top plate is set to its movie position you get some additional control via the Func- and shooting menus.

In a first for a G-series compact, the G1 X sports a dedicated movie record button that allows instant access to video recording in any exposure mode. There's a rubberized grip area for your thumb beside it.

Exposure control in movie mode is automatic, but optical zoom is available.

In the Func-menu you can modify White Balance, MyColors and set recording size and quality. In the shooting menu you can activate the Wind Filter. You can also apply exposure compensation before you start recording but irritatingly this is not done via the exposure compensation dial. Instead you'll have to hit the AEL button which brings up an exposure compensation scale on the screen, and then adjust the value using the rear dial - not quite intuitive.

You can also use the zoom while recording and the camera's hinged screen is useful for shooting from higher or lower angles. You can also engage the ND filter in bright light, to force the camera towards slower shutter speeds for a more natural rendition of movement. By default the camera will refocus during movie recording as and when is sees fit, but it does appear to respect Autofocus Lock if you assign this to the 'S' button, so you can prefocus and lock on your subject before starting recording.

Video image quality

The G1 X's video footage is generally well-exposed but shows more compression, jagged diagonal lines and other artifacts than we're used to from Canon's EOS DSLRs. You'll have to sit pretty close to the screen to spot these imperfections but nevertheless the quality is not quite up on the same level as some of the competition.

Image quality aside, the G1 X sensor is also approximately 20% smaller than in the DSLR counterparts. As a consequence you can't quite achieve the same cinema-like depth-of-field as an APS-C or even full-frame DSLR but the effect is still much better than any digital compact camera. Inevitably image noise increases as the camera ups the ISO in lower light conditions but at the 1080p video resolution this is much less intrusive than in the larger stills images and the G1 X is one of the better cameras in the class in this respect. When changing the framing from dark to bright scenes or vice versa the exposure modification via change of aperture and/or gain is noticeable but pretty smooth.

The G1 X's impressively efficient image stabilization system is very useful for video shooting as well. The system performs that that hand-held footage can almost appear as if it had been shot on a tripod. This works even at longer focal lengths where the 'Powered IS' option comes in handy.

Like most DSLRs, video footage that has been recorded with the G1 X exhibits a degree of rolling shutter - the effect created when fast horizontal movement is captured. This is because, in common with other current CMOS chips, the sensor reads each line of the sensor one at a time. This means the captured subject can move substantially between the sensor starting to capture the frame and it finishing. The effect is clearly noticeable on the G1 X but it's only really problematic when the camera is panned very quickly.

Like most built-in microphones the G1 X's does a decent job but runs into problems in windy conditions (although the wind cut option helps mitigate this to a degree) and when you need more directional audio recording. When zooming during video capture it also records the zoom's operational sounds . Unfortunately the camera does not come with a connector for an external microphone but the built-in variant is certainly good enough for casual video shooting.

Sample video 1

This video was shot to demonstrate the G1 X's ability to capture fast motion. As you can see the image stabilization system (we used the powered IS option here) keeps things very steady and in situations like this, without much background noise, the built-in microphone does a decent job.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 10 sec, 47.8 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 2

This video shows the camera's performance in low light. There is some visible noise but considering the very low light levels in this concert venue the camera's performance is quite impressive. This video with shot from a higher angle and again the image stabilization system is performing very well. Thanks to Attack with Care! for letting us use this video.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 24 sec, 99.0 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 3

This video was shot to demonstrate the G1 X's ability to zoom during movie recording. Initially the lens is at full telephoto, it's then zoomed back to wideangle. Shot hand-held, with image stabilization on.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 18 sec, 74.7 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 4

This video illustrates the G1 X's rendition of fast motion. Hand-held using image stabilization.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 13 sec, 56.2 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 5

This video was shot handheld, with the ND filter engaged to force use of a slower shutter speed and therefore render the moving water more naturally. Shot hand-held with image stabilization engaged.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 11 sec, 45.9 MB Click here to download original .MOV file
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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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