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Canon Powershot G1 X Summary

14 Megapixels14 MegapixelsHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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.

PROS CONS
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
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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


Medium digital camera

Sensor-Size: 19 x 14mm

1.5" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

14 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 100-12800
4X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-60s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
1.9 FPS Drive, 6 ImagesCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
1920x1080 @ 24 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3" LCD 920K PixelsHot-Shoe
Lithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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