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
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: There is little to complain about when it comes to the Canon Elph 320 HS. The wide angle lens (compared to others) is excellent. The low light lens, all touch screen enables the large 3.2 inch LCD screen. The microphones (stereo) are built in the front of the camera, which records those you are filming rather than on top, which also picks up the users voice instead. The light weight camera is sleek, has both HD video and 16 megapixels for flawless enlargements.
Pros: Bright LCD, Durable, Easy to use, Excellent Image Quality, front stereo microphones, Good battery life, good low-light performance, lightweight/portable, Nice features/settings, Simple controls/menu