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.
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: 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...
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
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.
Summary: Announced at CES 2012 as the new flagship of Canon’s Powershot lineup, the G1 X was “scheduled” to be available in February, but that timeframe has now slipped a bit. For folks anxiously awaiting its arrival, the first week of March now looks like the best possible scenario.
Pros: Excellent images, video, Very good at high ISO, Manual controls
Cons: Costs as much as a DSLR, Slow AF acquisition, Only 77% VF coverage
Excerpt: Camera manufacturers all seem to believe that there’s a middle ground between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR, and they’ve all tried to find it — Nikon with the 1 series, Sony with the NEX models, Olympus with the PEN line, Samsung with its NX cameras, and the like.
Pros: Excellent pictures and video, Fast performance, Plenty of manual control
Cons: Poor autofocusing performance, Big and bulky, Expensive
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.
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.
Summary: A premium compact camera bursting with high-end features, the Canon G1X is here
Pros: Simple assembly, Ideal for location and studio use, Well constructed yet lightweight, The Canon G1 X offers a superb level of manual functionality, a good range of customisable features and is capable of producing stunningly detailed full-resolution images. High quality components such as its 920...
Cons: Further accessories likely to be needed, Pricey, Can be awkward if holding for extended periods of time, While the Canon G1 X's lens helps to produce sharp, detailed shots, its maximum aperture (f/2.8) isn't quite as fast as some alternate model's offerings, nor is its 4x optical zoom range as al...
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.