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.
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.
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
Conclusion: The Canon G1X is a solid camera that is packed to the brim with features at the cost of portability. It is a serious looking compact that doesn't look out of place next to a DSLR and its wide array of external controls will appeal to experienced photographers. The inclusion of RAW photo shooting is useful for pros who want maximum control over the images while the in-built neutral density filter is a nice bonus to achieve motion blur effects with slow shutter speeds.
Pros: : Solid build quality; versatile lens; good ISO performance; accessory hot shoe.
Cons: : Bulky exterior; sluggish autofocus; limited focus range; no manual control in video mode.
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 and without the need to carry a stack of lenses. However, the sluggish AF, limited close-focusing capability and lack of manual control in video mode will make some users look elsewhere.
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 comfortable rubber grips, Articulated screen useful for waist-level and high angle shooting, Very impressive image stabilization system, Good-quality built-in lens with versati...
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, especially at the tele-end, Slightly steep tone curve in the highlights can lead to blown highlights in high contrast scenes, DR correction, digital filters, noise reduction an...
Excerpt: My first glimpse of this unit was just prior to Christmas. Obviously Canon was mighty proud of it and, despite the Yuletide pressures, was keen to show it off, guarded by a raft of non-disclosure tie-ups. For some years now the G series has been the company’s compact camera tour de force, beginning with the G1 in the year 2000 and running all the way to the G12 in 2010.
Summary: On the upside the G1 X's new 1.5in sensor really does bring the image quality of 18 Megapixel APS-C models like the 7D, 60D, T3i / 600D and T2i / 550D into a much more portable form factor; indeed in my tests it even slightly out-performed these models at the highest sensitivities. This is the news everyone was hoping for: a 'compact' PowerShot which can match or even exceed the image quality of an APS-C EOS DSLR. See my G1 X quality pages for a full report.
Pros: Superb image quality. Essentially matches 18 Mpixel APS-C DSLRs., Great quality 3in / 920k fully articulated screen., Flash hotshoe and lots of physical controls., Built-in lens with useful general-purpose range and built-in ND filter.
Cons: Relatively large and heavy body compared to PowerShots and rival CSCs., Fixed lens with terrible macro and modest shallow DOF effects., Slow continuous shooting and average handling speed., No manual control over movies nor external microphone input.
Conclusion: There's an interesting battle shaping up between all-in-one compacts like the G1X and compact system cameras. Canon clearly sees a market for its product that is separate from the CSC scrum that's forming. The G1X is undoubtedly a tremendous camera that delivers an image quality that's at a very high level thanks to its large sensor. The G-series has a big following and we're certain this one has moved the quality levels on again.
Excerpt: Aimed at photo enthusiasts and not to be confused with the Panasonic PowerShot GX1 compact system camera, the Canon PowerShot G1 X is a brick-like premium compact that is resolutely of the fixed lens (non-interchangeable) variety. Its blocky design, plus ‘bells and whistles’ control layout that falls between a snapshot camera and a fully blown digital SLR, very closely recalls its predecessor, the Canon G12 . This is a serious camera for serious times.
Pros: Solid construction, Angle adjustable LCD, Full range of manual controls
Cons: So-so battery life, Lens is fixed, Expensive