Canon Powershot G1 X Summary
Canon Powershot G1 X Assessment
The Canon Powershot G1 X is the first G-series to use a large sensor, somewhere between a 4/3 sensor and an APS-C one. The 14 MP one fitted in the Canon G1 X gives superb image quality, making it produce the best image quality among fixed-lens cameras. Noise levels are very low and images remain sharp and extrmely usable until ISO 3200 which only shows light noise. This matches the performance of the best cropped-sensor DSLRs.
Other aspects of the G1 X are quick good with the exception of autofocus and shot-to-shot speeds. Neither WB or exposure is perfect but they give great results a good majority of times. There is also a 1s delay starting to record video which may worry some users. In terms of ergonomics, this Powershot does well and is one of the most intuitive compact digital cameras.
|Excellent image quality||Generally sluggish AF|
|Low image noise||Glacial AF in low-light|
|Good image sharpness||Some over-exposure|
|Good colors with tweak||Bluish cast in low-light|
|Great WB in bright-light||Slow shot-to-shot speed|
|Quick shutter-lag||1s video record delay|
|Built-in 3-step ND filter||Low battery-life|
|Intuitive interface||No AEB in M mode|
|Durable build quality||Optical tunnel viewfinder partly obstructed by lens|
In the end, the Canon Powershot G1 X is an easy camera to choose for non-action photography without the hassle of interchable lenses or the bulk of a DSLR. Its stabilized 4X wide-angle optical zoom makes it more versatile than its closest competition, the Fujifilm Finepix X100
Fujifilm Finepix X100 which has a fixed 23mm lens equivalent to 35mm.
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Canon G1 X Highlights
Sensor-Size: 19 x 14mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|14 Megapixels Fixed Lens||ISO 100-12800|
|4X Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/4000-60s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|1.9 FPS Drive, 6 Images||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|1920x1080 @ 24 FPS Video Recording||Spot-Metering|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels||Hot-Shoe|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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