Conclusion: This is a very good general purpose camera for travel. it is like a combination of a rebel with some L lens. Image is extremely sharp. Color is very accurate. The dials and buttons are very professional like, very easy to access. Very strong IS, very safe to use at low light or low shutter speed. Very clean high ISO, I shot a lot with ISO 3200 at night, and sometimes 6400 or 12800. The articulated screen is helpful at certain angle, or selfie...
Image quality is more than good enough. Be advised that unlike other G series ...
Douglas P Jones, Amazon
18 October 2014
Summary: I specifically chose this over the Mk II version, as some rocket scientist in the Canon planning department decided that the screen didn't need to swivel in BOTH axis. They must not ever shoot verticals. I use this for alpine landscapes on occasionally demanding mufti day hikes, where the weight & bulk of almost any DSLR is prohibitive. This camera makes serious photography under demanding conditions possible.
Excerpt: I come from a very well-schooled large format background and sell prints of my work for a living. The G1X is my current PS camera and I could hardly be happier with the quality of the image files for a camera of this size. The G1X does have its short-commings as others will point out, but if you want high IQ files to work with from a PS camera - then this should be on your short list.
Summary: Good product compromises with image quality, size and price. It has all pro camera functions (M, Av, Tv), it also has two custom settings and it is very convenient for switching to different purpose for shooting. it has lot of buttons that let you easily to adjust WB, ISO, MF/AF, Flash, while you are shooting. It is very easy to use and convenient to adjust functions you want. The con is the dynamic range is a bit narrow.
Summary: Great camera. Works so great in low light conditions. Very little grain even when ISO is boosted to 1600 or 3200. I can hand hold it at concerts and get good photos with just stage lighting. The easy to access knob for exposure compensation +/-3 is very useful . Limited 3X zoom and macro capability but I can live with that. Remote cable shutter release is nice. very well built. Buttons and knobs to access features and sub meneus helps a lot.
Conclusion: I bought this camera for a trip to Europe in 2012. The camera performed well for the trip, but I'm not sure it would be my camera of choice if I were to do it again. I read the reviews prior to making the purchase so I had some expectation of the potential issues. I guess I didn't realize how much they would affect me, these being (1)limited macro capability and (2)slow focusing. Put simply, don't expect to take close-ups of any kind with this camera.
Pros: Good Low-Light Performance, Nice features/settings, excellent image quality, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, well built
Cons: Difficult to use, Short battery life, Complicated controls/menu, viewfinder worthless, shutter lag, slow autofocus
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