Conclusion: Let me begin by saying I have used Cannon cameras exclusively since 1973 ! I bought the G1x to replace my G7 that had served me well for many years. I also own 2 high end Canon DSLR camera bodies. I have been extremely disappointed with the G1x for one reason. The autofocus is EXTREMELY slow ! You click the shutter and wait and wait and wait for the camera to take the photo ! I have missed so many shots with the camera waiting for the shutter to open.
Excerpt: It has a wonderful large image processor. But there are huge disadvantages. Auto focus is a disaster. Mine has gone back for repair to Canon and had its autofocus mechanism replaced, in vain. The great Canon software which works so well on the G10 and G15 doesn't work so well on this camera. Battery life sucks. The movie record button gets too easily accidentally pushed. It has only a 4x optical zoom. Even the G15 has a 5x. I could go on and on. For now.
Pros: Good Image Quality, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time
Excerpt: On Canon's suggestion, I've just returned my camera to them for repair. It won't focus well. The lens moves in and out as it tries to focus, but can't get its act together. I don't know if it's just my problem or a problem with the camera. But I have read reviews of the camera where the problem with focusing is a major issue. In contrast I have a Canon G10, G15 and S100. None of them has a problem with focusing.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time
Excerpt: I returned my camera after trying it out for 10 days. The screen was difficult to see in daylight, the viewer is small and useless and the plastic parts are just not solid. The photographs were good but the macro feature was bad. For the money its not worth it. As a pro I thought this might be a great walk around light camera but I am now going with the another brand. Canon could have put a lot more work into this one and I'm going to get the lumix.
Pros: Good Image Quality
Cons: Cheap plastic parts, Limited Zoom, Not Compact, Poor Flash
Excerpt: I have been shooting a 5D and 5D MK II since each of them came out and was getting tired of lugging around the whole kit when on a travel holiday. So I purchased a G1X with high hopes. I chose to want to believe the rave reviews by pros and semi-pros and ignore some of the complaints about the AF system. As a loyal Canon user, I hoped for the best. Fortunately the G1X was not available in time for my trip, so that I took the 5D MK II and got wonderful photos.
Pros: Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
Cons: Lag / Shutter Delay, Limited Zoom, Short Battery Life
Good IQ, good build quality, slow performance, poor focusing
9 May 2012
Summary: I really, really liked this camera, but decided to return it due to focusing issues. There's a lot to love, but it just wasn't for me. First, the good: - Nice image quality, especially distant subjects - Nice handling, especially if you're used to G-series or EOS bodies - Relatively compact, considering the size of the sensor. Low-end dSLR image quality in a smaller package.
Excerpt: First off don't believe all the expert reviews. I have read a lot of them over the past few months. I believe some of those writers at the review sites haven't even seen one. The G1X is supposedly geared to the more professional market as a backup and more portable and discreet camera with high quality images. With this in mind the operation will of course take some getting used to.
Excerpt: I just received this camera today and have been an extremely loyal avid user of the G9, G10, G11, and G12 series cameras to the point of having two G10's and two G12's still. This is a creative camera for me and largely a macro tool that I use while out and about and this G1X's macro ability is rubbish! It has a range of 7.9 in. as opposed to the 0.4 in. of the G12...seriously I'm dumbfounded to what Canon was thinking when making this enormous leap?!?
Summary: The camera has a lousy optical design which makes it impossible to focus on objects that are closer than 40 centimeters at full wide end and impossible to focus on objects that are closer than 1.5 meters when fully zoomed mode. In order to even be able to focus on objects closer than 40 cm - 1.5 m, the camera must be placed in a special mode (Macro mode) that requires a number of key presses.
Summary: I was really looking forward to the G1 X, but it's actually quite poor in real world use: - it's very sluggish; continually have to wait for the camera! - the menu system for choosing and setting options is quite fiddly - exposure bracketing doesn't work with most modes and gives 3 identical exposures which is completely useless - exposure metering is poor; the best I can manage with this camera is taking a shot, checking histogram, applying compensation, then taking it...
Pros: Image quality is excellent, screen is great
Cons: Slow, awkward, many essential features don't work together