Canon PowerShot G1 X Review

Review posted 8/27/2012

Quick Take
  • Smart Auto handled lighting situations better than program mode
  • Various manual exposure control options
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • HS system and new image sensor produce amazing image quality
  • Incredibly low image noise levels at all ISO levels
  • DIGIC 5 processor produces amazing burst rates
  • Intelligent IS is ready for any shooting situation
  • Vari-Angle LCD is great for tough shooting situations
  • Hot Shoe accepts all Speedlight flash units
  • Amazing shooting performance
  • HD video quality is outstanding
  • Macro focus is almost nonexistent with a minimum focus range of only 7.9-inches at wide angle
  • The AF system did a lot of focus hunting / searching and failing to achieve focus in various lighting conditions
  • Optical viewfinder is not reliable where framing is concerned
  • Battery Life is not very good when using the LCD screen
  • No audio input to match great audio with the great video capabilities
  • Quite pricey at $799 USD
Bottom Line
The Canon PowerShot G1X is a compact digicam designed to produce the highest image quality possible. Made up of dSLR quality parts and features, the only thing holding it back are some focusing and pricing issues. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
For 2012, Canon launched their new flagship PowerShot G-series model; the G1 X. Positioned for advanced amateurs and professionals looking for a walk-around point-and-shoot model that still offers the quality and control of a dSLR, Canon packed the G1 X with features like a new 1.5-inch 14.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor and an updated 4x (28-112mm equivalent) optical zoom lens. This new sensor is 6.3 times larger than the sensor used on previous G-series cameras, like the PowerShot G12, and rests between micro Four Thirds and APS-C sensors for size comparison; 18.7x14mm, similar height as an APS-C sensor and same surface area. Canon also claims that they have used the same CMOS technology in the G1 X as found in their EOS line of dSLRs.

Other new features include 14-bit RAW file support, a new DIGIC 5 image processor with improved low-light support, high-speed burst shooting of up to 6fps (4.5 fps at full resolution), multi-area white balance adjustment, expanded Smart Auto settings, child-weighted face detection system, handheld night scene, and an in-camera HDR mode. It will shoot Full HD 1080 video at 24fps and includes an updated version of Canon's Movie Digest mode to automatically compile a video log of you still shots. Lastly, Canon has incorporated a similar articulating LCD screen like found on their EOS Rebel T3i. This 3.0-inch rotating screen boasts 922,000 dots of resolution for precise color and exposure reproduction.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Features:
  • Solid rangefinder body design
  • 14.3-megapixel, 1.5", CMOS HS image sensor;
  • Canon's HS (High Sensitivity) System
  • DIGIC 5 processor
  • Canon 4x optical zoom lens, covers 28-112mm equivalent zoom range
  • 58mm filter threads for optional filters
  • Fast f/2.8 - 5.6 maximum aperture range
  • Intelligent IS system
  • Sensitivity range from ISO 100 - 12,800
  • New pop-up flash unit
  • 3.0-inch "Vari-angle" LCD screen with 922k dots; same unit found on the Rebel T3i
  • Full 1080p HD video (24fps), plus upgraded 720p Movie Digest option
  • Dedicated Movie shutter release
  • Smart Auto mode for beginners, plus P/A/S/M modes for advanced users
  • Burst mode shooting at either 4.5fps @ full res, or 6fps @ lower resolution
  • Stereo microphones
  • HDMI output
  • Li-ion battery (good for up to 250 shots)
  • Card slot accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (Eye-Fi compliant)

The PowerShot G1 X has a suggested retail price of $799 USD. See our buy box for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot G1 X
  • Battery Pack NB-10L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LC
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Lens Cap (with strap)
  • Neck Strap NS-DC9
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

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