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).
Conclusion: I have the G1x for about 18 months, having bought it shortly after it was released. I wanted the larger sensor and the external (non-menu) controls. I had read most of the critical reviews and was not put off by the slower focus and lack of macro. Neither was a deal breaker. There are 2 rather inexplicable problems when using external flash. One, there is a noticeable delay after triggering shutter and when the external flash fires.
Summary: This camera was purchased as an alternative to a DSLR of which I own several at a lower price than interchangeable m4/3 systems, Although bigger and heavier than the Powershot 'G' series, the sensor is 6 times larger (20% smaller than APS-C most DSLRs), having the advantage of a much large sensor in a compact body. The images are useable up to iso 3200-6400 with some smearing of the details but much better than most point and shoot systems.
Excerpt: However, the camera has its issues with a small battery life and slow continuous shooting. Despite this, the camera’s biggest weakness is probably the dilemma that you have with the price considering you can get a great mid-range DSLR, around the $500 mark, with interchangeable lenses. That being said, if you wish to spend $700 for this form factor housing this good a sensor then you might find this a compelling purchase.
Excerpt: Whilst I have 5 canon cameras this is probably the one where I have a love hate relationship. Love the build and quality, not so hot on the chunky looks, huge weight and generally slow operation. As my one camera with a flexible rear screen it has its place in my collection.
Excerpt: Best P & S camera I've ever had - has the compactness of a P&S but with the performance of a Canon 650D SLR because of its CCD and lens. Has the weight of a brick but who cares! Serious upgrade from my previous G9 and G11.
Pros: Got this camera 1 wk before a once in a lifetime trip to Aust and N Zea. Used the 24 hour flight time to familiarize myself with its workings. Wished I'd had more than the "getting started" guide. However was able to take some frame worthy photos.
Cons: Auto focus is a bit slow, and macro is a joke, but as was mentioned before there are accessories to get around the macro problem