Summary: The ratings awarded to a product are derived from a number of tests and calculations, keeping certain important factors in mind. These factors consist of features, performance, quality and value for money. In case of software and some other categories, build quality might be replaced with ease of use or ease of installation. Products are compared with other products in a similar price range or product category.
Conclusion: The Canon G1 X impresses on all fronts, delivering excellent handling and great results across its comprehensive range of exposure modes. Pricey it may be, but this camera's real-world performance goes a long way towards justifying its price tag.
Excerpt: Don't bother trying to use the optical viewfinder. It's junk. It's clear and bright enough, but at anything other than full zoom the lens barrel dominates the view. The optical viewfinder provides no shooting information - nothing at all, not even framing lines. It's just a plain, optical tunnel with a view that is mechanically coupled to the camera's zoom control. The optical viewfinder is useless and a complete disappointment on an otherwise wonderful camera.
Cons: The optical viewfinder on the G1 X is one of those things you just have to wonder about. I mean, why did Canon put so much well considered effort into almost every aspect of the camera's usability, build quality, handling and image quality, and then allow the inclusion of an optical viewfinder that isn't much different from the one you can still find on a throwaway, 35mm, single use, film camera? The optical viewfinder on the G1 X is an unmagnified telescope which mec...
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot G1X goes down in history as a ‘classic’. The unrivaled quality this camera presents will outlast it’s competitors. While the focus is more on quality and functionality rather than design and gimmicks, you won’t be disappointed. Canon have developed a top of the market camera with the G1X, ready to outlast and outlive.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: The Canon Powershot G1 X is the first G-series to use a large sensor, somewhere between a 4/3 sensor and an APS-C one. The 14 MP one fitted in the Canon G1 X gives superb image quality, making it produce the best image quality among fixed-lens cameras. Noise levels are very low and images remain sharp and extrmely usable until ISO 3200 which only shows light noise. This matches the performance of the best cropped-sensor DSLRs.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Low image noise, Good image sharpness, Good colors with tweak, Great WB in bright-light, Quick shutter-lag, Built-in 3-step ND filter, Intuitive interface, Durable build quality
Cons: Generally sluggish AF, Glacial AF in low-light, Some over-exposure, Bluish cast in low-light, Slow shot-to-shot speed, 1s video record delay, Low battery-life, No AEB in M mode, Optical tunnel viewfinder partly obstructed by lens
Summary: But the G1 X makes you stitch your photos together later using supplied computer software (from 1996, DPReview.com points out). When testers there try it, they get "a bent horizon, visible 'seams' and some stitching errors." Like other cameras in its class, the G1 X has a USB port to hook up to a computer, and an HDMI port to attach to an HDTV.
Pros: Big image sensor delivers excellent photo quality, Outstanding in low light, Full manual control
Cons: Too sluggish to shoot any kind of action, Poor in close-up situations, Bulky and heavy
Excerpt: Canon’s PowerShot G-series has always strived to meld the smaller form factor of a point and shoot with the photo quality of a larger-sensor DSLR, and with the new Canon G1 X ($799) , Canon continues to aim to do just that. Building on its predecessor’s, the G12, precedents the G1 X boasts a substantial 1.5-inch 14.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, which is the largest sensor ever dropped into a Powershot compact.
Summary: The Canon G1 X's sensor is the star of the show. The images this camera can produce are exceptional, easily of a DSLR quality - and it's not often that's said. But in use there are issues. The hefty price tag ought to bring a better, more advanced autofocus system, plus the close-focus distance of the lens can be limiting. The viewfinder, too, is no better than that found in the PowerShot G12 .
Conclusion: The Canon G1 X is a compact camera with a big sensor and a fixed zoom lens. At $800, it's a tough sell, as you can get an equally-capable compact camera, D-SLR, or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera for less money.
Pros: Large image sensor. Sharp lens. Good high ISO performance.
Cons: Expensive. Limited macro capability. Small optical viewfinder. Slow lens. 1080p video is limited to 24 frames per second.