Canon PowerShot G1 X Review
Body & Design
It's clear from even a casual glance that the G1 X is a PowerShot G-series camera cast in the 'traditional' design mold. Canon's PowerShot G range has always been focused on offering an involved photographic experience and has improved generation-on-generation. The G1 X offers solid build quality and well-placed controls in a way that feels somehow pre-digital in its dependence on external buttons and dials, rather than menus and on-screen displays. An optical viewfinder and high-resolution flip-out/swivel LCD increase its versatility in a range of different shooting situations.
However, whereas previous G-series models didn't offer any significant image quality improvement over some of Canon's more pocketable compacts (the G12 and the S95 share the same sensor, for example), the G1 X's much larger sensor promises a meaningful increase in critical image quality.
The move to a sensor so closely related to that used in Canon's EOS 7D DSLR also means that the G1 X is able to offer 1080p24 movie shooting. This movie-capturing capability is recognized with the addition of a direct movie record button on the camera's shoulder. Two tiny holes on the top plate - one behind the flash, one next to the mode dial - conceal the stereo microphones used to record audio.
The G1 X has a pop-up type flash unit (the elevation is necessary to avoid shadowing by the lens at wideangle), which is activated by a little switch behind it on the top plate. The built-in flash unit has no remote control capabilities but the G1 X's hotshoe will accept the ST-E2 transmitter unit for off-camera flash control.
The exposure compensation dial has been shifted compared to the G12 to below the mode dial, where the ISO dial is located on the smaller-sensor camera. Consequently this control has been displaced to the 'up' button on the 4-way controller, and the subsequent rearrangement of rear button functions sees the self-timer option disappear into the FUNC menu. On the plus side, exposure compensation is now available to +/- 3 stops, in 1/3 stop increments.
Top of camera controls
The G1 X uses much the same control layout as the PowerShot G12, which as far as we're concerned counts as a good thing. The top plate plays host to the power button, zoom lever (concentric with the shiny silver shutter button), and two chunky, positive dials to set exposure mode and exposure compensation. The power button is slightly recessed and requires holding down to a moment to turn the camera on, which should reduce the risk of accidental activation. This button subtly lights up green when the camera is powered up.
There's also an EOS-like control dial at the top of the handgrip, positioned for operation by your index or middle finger. It's used to change primary exposure parameters such as aperture in Av mode and shutter speed in Tv mode. Overall this makes exposure control straightforward and direct; Canon DSLR users in particular will feel immediately at home here.
Rear of camera controls
The back of the G1 X is positively bristling with buttons, which means you get direct access to a wide range of functions - more in fact than you get on some entry-level SLRs. The 4-way controller offers direct access to focus and flash modes and ISO sensitivity, while clustered around it are buttons for auto-exposure lock, metering pattern and AF area selection. The FUNC button brings up Canon's familiar sub-menu for changing settings such as drive mode and while balance, while the 'S' shortcut button on the top left shoulder is programmable, and can be assigned to give direct access to an additional functions such as self timer, drive mode, or AF lock.
By default, the rear dial does nothing directly except control shutter speed or aperture in M mode (you can choose between the two, with the front dial controlling the other). However it can be assigned to other functions - you'll find details on the operation and handling page of this review.
Other body elements
Mar 29, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
Mar 27, 2015
|Global Reach by cjf2|
|Maligne Lake by Pete of Oz|
from - Mountain Lake - (Full Colours only + A Border)
This two-part video series takes a deep dive into the world of dynamic symmetry and geometric composition, using iconic photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson's brilliant photographs as a guide.
Award-winning photographer Jeremy Cowart tells the moving story behind this drone photograph, captured in the aftermath of the devastating wildfire in Gatlinburg, TN in 2016.
Happy 2017 World Photo Day! We asked everyone on staff at DPReview to share one photo that they took within the last year that makes them jazzed on photography. Here's what we chose.
French President Emmanuel Macron has lodged a legal complaint against a paparazzo who snuck onto the president's private vacation property to take pictures.
Ever wonder what the difference is between compressed, uncompressed and lossless compressed Raw files? Photography Life's Nasim Mansurov breaks it down for you in this informative article.
The oldest known portrait of a US president was just discovered after over a century in storage. It's going up for auction in October, where it's expected to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000.
If you're using the popular Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens with Sigma's MC-11 converter, listen up: you'll want to update your lens and converter firmware ASAP.
If you've heard it once, you've probably heard it a thousand times: never check in your camera gear when flying. This shattered $11,000 lens is what can happen when you do.
Lensrentals just did its first Cine lens comparison, pitting five top-notch 35mm primes against each other: the Zeiss CP.2 35mm T2.1, Canon CN-E 35mm T1.5, Sigma 35mm T1.5 FF, Rokinon Xeen 35mm T1.5 and Schneider Xenon 35mm T2.1.
A team of Google researchers have found that slightly warping watermarks when embedding them into images can help prevent automatic removal.
You don't have to empty your savings account to take your photography to the next level. These cheap buys cost about $50 or less, and come with outsized benefits for your photography.
Joey L, Dani Diamond, Brandon Woelfel and Jessica Kobeissi go head-to-head in an episode of "4 photographers shoot the same model."
The latest flagship phone from Asus combines a 12MP 1/2.55" Sony IMX362 main sensor with a smaller Sony IMX351 chip for 2x zoom and a background-blurring portrait mode.
The company behind popular photo editor Picktorial 3 just released the X-Pack: a preset package that allows you to add Fuji's in-camera film simulation profiles to your RAF files in post.
Photoshop. GoPro. Every once in a while a product emerges that defines a category. And sometimes, it vanishes just as quickly as it arrived on the scene. This week's Throwback Thursday remembers the Flip, the pocket camcorder everyone had – until they didn't.
The Nokia 8's dual-cam combines the image data from a 13MP RGB sensor and a 13 monochrome chip for better detail, improved dynamic range and lower noise levels.
The company behind retail giant B&H Photo has agreed to pay out $3.2 million in monetary relief and back wages to settle a discrimination and harassment case from 2016.
After a popular Facebook teaser and some studio portrait samples, Godox has finally officially released the Godox A1 smartphone flash and flash trigger. Cheap, versatile and innovative, color us intrigued.
Canon’s EOS 5D Mk IV has won the European Imaging and Sound Association’s Professional DSLR of the Year award, making this the third year in a row that the brand has beaten Nikon to the top spot in the professional camera category.
A photograph and quote tweeted out by former president Barack Obama has officially become the most popular tweet of all time, receiving over 1.3 million retweets and 3.4 million likes.
Edward Weston was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, and in this episode of Advancing Your Photography we learn the extreme technique he used to capture one of his most famous still life photos.
Instagram just released a small update that will make a huge difference if you're active on the photo sharing app: threaded comment replies.
Venus Optics has announced the price and delivery date of the second lens to join its Zero-D line up: the 15mm F2 for Sony’s E mount. A lens they've dubbed, "the world's fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for full-frame."
Cinnac is a new social network for photographers that will help you separate your good photos from your great ones through a Tinder-like community-based rating system.
The Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM is an understated jewel of a lens, and one that we've enjoyed on a variety of cameras since its release almost five years ago. Its relatively small size and image stabilization make it a versatile tool for a variety of photography - check out our sample gallery.
You don't need a fancy studio or tons of gear to capture the kind of classic product photography you see in magazines. In this video, Dustin Dolby shows you how to do it with just a couple of speedlights and some know-how.
The life-logging camera is trying to make a comeback. Say hello to FrontRow, a live-streaming enabled life-logging camera from Ubiquiti that hangs on a necklace like a pendant.
When a prospective client approaches you, don't just say "yes" right away. Here's a useful list of questions you should be asking before you decide to take the job and name your price.
Samsung just revealed a blazing-fast new Solid State Drive capable of data transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s.
DJI has developed a 'Local Data Mode' that lets pilots fly without being connected to the Internet. The mode should calm recent fears over data privacy and security when flying DJI drones.