Summary: The biggest selling point of this camera is that it has the same size sensor as DSLRs like the Rebel line, so you get the same optical quality in a smaller camera.However, the camera is still too large for my tastes. I prefer the size of the G and S series as something to carry around all the time when traveling, etc. I also don't like that this has a lens caps that dangles on a string instead of automatic shutters as the G and S series.
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.
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: 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: I will make it simple Pros: Excellent image quality since sensor size is big. DSLR like control in Av and M mode. Solid Construction and feels good in the hands. Nice alternative to carrying DSLR (I own 5D Mkii and iii). Cons Focussing: Forget about focussing close (I am not talking about macro but close focussing especially if you zoom). View finder is useless. No TTL flash (called auto in G1x) when you put your camera in Manual mode.
Excerpt: I use this as a backup for my SLR but carry it when the other would be too much to carry. Good image quality but sometimes misfires before focus. I wish Canon would go back to sending a manual. For this camera the digital manual is 240 pages, who could memorize all that. I alway take my manuals along.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
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.