Conclusion: Cut my teeth years ago with F1 mech., A1, F1AE, T90, etc. Remember the weight of a f1ae with motor drive, 12 count them 12 aa batteries. Carried them all over the world. Everyone remember the 50+ lbs camera bag? Wanted a camera that I could get good to very good images with a decent sensor size plus my small sound recording gear and my underwater gear in one small bag. Its perfect for that.
Pros: Good Low-Light Performance, Nice features/settings, excellent image quality, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, easy to use
Excerpt: A bit of a quirky camera, but our needs required a silent camera with low light capability. Replaced an awkward and difficult to use silenced (blimped) camera. The G1 X delivers if you are willing to adapt to the camera. Mechanically solid and produces high quality images.
Excerpt: It's like haveing a 35mm with a 28 to 112 lens; I set mine where the front dial changes the zoom range from 28mm to 112, in set increments, it goes 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, and 112, so there's not guess work in focal lenght...I'm in hog heaven...
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I've used Powershot G-series including G2,G6, G9, G12, and now this. Bought the G1X when the Mk2 was announced, I like and use the swivel screen and the optical viewfinder, however bad it is. I use as rangefinder style camera either in addition to dslr or solo if I want to travel light. The biggest difference to me between the G1x and the G9/12 is the front to back form factor/thickness.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good in Low Light
Excerpt: I bought this camera after already having a Canon 5D Mark II. The 5D is great and takes beautiful pictures. However, it, and its lenses, are pretty bulky. The G1X is small enough to put in a jacket pocket and leave it there, so you can always take pictures whether you plan ahead or not.
Excerpt: you must understand this camera's limitations: it is a Canon Powershop digicam with an APS-C sensor and a remarkably good lens grafted on. Which means, like every Powershot, it is slow to get into use; not designed for action; somewhat clumsy (by dSLR standards) ergos; and the sensor/lens geometry means essentially no macro. Oh, all is packaged in a rather clunky body that, still, is half the size and weight of an APSC dSLR (even if the size of a smaller m4/3).
Excerpt: I will make it simple Pros: Excellent image quality since sensor size is big. DSLR like control in Av and M mode. Solid Construction and feels good in the hands. Nice alternative to carrying DSLR (I own 5D Mkii and iii). Cons Focussing: Forget about focussing close (I am not talking about macro but close focussing especially if you zoom). View finder is useless. No TTL flash (called auto in G1x) when you put your camera in Manual mode.
Excerpt: I left it a while before reviewing this camera as its definitely a grower. Most complain about two things on this camera, the focusing and macro performance. There is nothing wrong with the focusing, you just need to understand how it works. It's not a close focusing camera unless you switch to the macro mode, and even then its not an ideal camera for macro. You can do it but you need to fit a close-up lens or a reverse lens adaptor and fit another lens on it.
Excerpt: I use this as a backup for my SLR but carry it when the other would be too much to carry. Good image quality but sometimes misfires before focus. I wish Canon would go back to sending a manual. For this camera the digital manual is 240 pages, who could memorize all that. I alway take my manuals along.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact