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
Excerpt: This is a very well made compact camera that I have found is ideal for stationary subjects. Image quality is outstanding compared to other compacts. It's greatest limitations are that focussing and recycling are slow, and it has a hopeless macro capability - especially when compared to the Canon G15. As one has come to expect from a compact, the viewfinder could be much better, so I seldom use it. Perhaps Canon should make an accesory viewfinder for it.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
Cons: Lag / Shutter Delay, Limited Zoom, Poor Viewfiner, Small Lens Aperture, Very Weak Macro
Conclusion: Well I purchased this camera to take to Hawaii while my daughter got married to do some underwater shots. I have been using Canon cameras sense the tx and Ftb came out. This camera does not have any micro capiblity at all. I shot for three weeks everyday underwater. Half my images were out of focus that right half. I was so bumbed. As well as embarrised that I purchased it.
Pros: Nice features/settings, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, easy to use
Summary: My macro will not focus on close-ups, even after manually setting it to macro. The video did not work, and would only take still photos while in the video setting. Other than that, great wide high quality photographs, but it is a little too large for my side pocket in comparison with my past G3, G9 and G11. Those last three cameras had a great macro and video. I'm not really sure that the G1X was worth the extra $300.00.
Conclusion: This camera is so slow, it takes all the enjoyment out of photography, and its macro for all reality does not exsist. I find it funny the other write that said come on its not a dslr its not going to be fast. Let me tell you most ALL point and shots beat this camera and for a lot less. It's lag and hunting for focus takes all the fun away from actually taking the pictures.
Excerpt: This camera provides good image quality, but as many others have noted, mediocre performance. I ultimate returned it because I found it somewhat awkward to use and handle. I ended up replacing it with the Sony Nex5N with kit zoom lens for almost [$] less. The Sony suited my purposes better as it is easier to handle with a superb grip, lighter, bigger chip, much faster performance, better image quality, & better user interface.
Pros: Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization
Cons: Awkward Handling, Lag / Shutter Delay, Pricey
Excerpt: I was very excited when hearing about G1X launch - I was looking for a relatively compact backup to avoid carrying my 5D/7D on every business trip. I bought it as soon as I found it in retail and after 1st hour of playing with it I was puzzled. The sensor provides really great IQ, with little noise and very crisp output also in JPEG. But the way it feels in operation is a letdown. I still have in a drawer my first digital camera - a 11 years old Powershot G2.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Solid build
Cons: Lag / Shutter Delay, Macro nonexistent, Slow focusing, Slow Image Processing, SLOW is the word