Excerpt: The new Canon G1 X quite an extraordinary camera. It has thecompact body of a high-end point and shoot camera with a large CMOS 18.7x14mm sensor delivering 14 MP. This sensor is larger than Micro Four Third sensors (17.3x13 mm) in Panasonic or Olympus CSC cameras.
Conclusion: On paper, experts say the Canon PowerShot G1 X looks fantastic. Its enormous image sensor promises to deliver that long-awaited holy grail of compact cameras: pro-quality photos in a carry-around package. Unfortunately, the G1 X is big, bulky and slow. "Astonishingly slow," various testers say.
Pros: Excellent photo quality, Outstanding in low light, Full manual control
Cons: Sluggish for action shots, Poor in close-up situations, Bulky and heavy
Summary: For some time, the market is demanding solutions that make live compactness and image quality, or small bodies and large sensors. The buoyancy of the market of mirrorless is the confirmation.
Pros: Robustness and ergonomics, Display fully adjustable, Thread on the lens that allows you to mount filters, Image quality, Performance at high ISO.
Cons: Tripod mount is not in line with the target and blocking the battery compartment and memory card, Viewfinder really of little use, Autofocu Dancer, Macro not sufficient for tightly frame, Optical brightness is not enough for a good detachment of the plans.
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.
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 th...
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.
Summary: 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...
Pros: 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 ...
Cons: 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 ...
Summary: The G1 X is an excellent camera for some but not for everyone. The camera gives you great image quality and a versatile zoom range in a small package without the need to carry a stack of lenses.
Pros: Good detail and resolution at low sensitivities, Excellent high ISO performance, very clean output with good detail, Compact dimensions for sensor size and lens range, Intuitive user interface with good number of external controls and customizability, Excellent build quality with metal body and c...
Cons: Very slow continuous shooting for this class of camera, no control over parameters in High-Speed Burst scene mode, Comparatively slow AF, slowing down further in macro mode, Limited close focusing capabilities require frequent switches to macro focus mode, Built-in zoom lens is relatively slow, e...
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.
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.
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