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Canon PowerShot G1 X review

Our rating: 3.5

What we read

This camera is definitely one of the more anticipated cameras of 2012 - mainly because of its big sensor in a compact camera from Canon. It's the first of its kind, could give us a sneak peak nto the future of compact cameras. There's no doubt, that the G1 X benifits from its large sensor and being a part og the flagship G-series. The build quality is excellent and the performance in low light is stunning for a compact. That said, this surely isn't a DSLR in a compact body. The performance is nothing short of horrible with sluggish auto focus and annoying lag from the shutter button when trying to take a picture. However, the image quality is amazing (if you can live with the short comings).


Lens at 1200mm

The lens fully extracted.


Pop-up flash

The pop-up flash on the G1 X


What we think

Well, I love big sensors. I have an EOS 7D my self, and love the versatility when using a large sensor. That said, I had big expectations for this one. I mean, it's great to see Canon finally add a large sensor to its lineup of compacts, but it's a drag to see that the performance doesn't match the ambitions most photographer have - at least photographers who buys a camera with a large sensor.


Should you buy it?

Actually I wouldn't. And I LOVE Canon, so it hurts to say that. I would go for the Nikon Coolpix P7700 or the Sony DSC-RX100.

That said, we end with a rating of 3.5 out of 5. Sorry Canon.

Pros and cons

  • Large sensor is good for low-light shots

  • Above average noise handling with high ISO

  • Great build quality

  • DSLR-like image quality

  • Powerful image stabilisation

  • Sub-par performance (slow zoom, slow AF and shutter lag)

  • Expensive considering its performance

  • A bit boring/conservative feature set

Canon PowerShot G1 X
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Type Enthusiast semi-compact
Megapixels 14.3
Sensor 18.7 x 14mm CMOS
Highest resolution 4352 x 3264
ISO ISO 100 - 12800
Monitor 3 inches, 920,000 dots, 100% coverage
Movie mode 1080 @24 fps, 720p @ 30 fps
Build in flash Pop-up (and hot shoe for external flashes)
Storage SD, SDHC, SDXC
Continuous shooting 1.9 shots/sec. High speed burst:4.5 shots/sec (up to 6 shots)
Viewfinder Optical viewfinder
Auto focus 9 points with face detection, TTL, option for manual focus
Aperture range F2.8-5.8
Zoom 4x (15.1 - 60.4 mm (35mm equivalent: 28-112mm))
Weight 534 grams including batteries
Link Official Canon website

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