Canon PowerShot G1 X Review

Overall 45
Imaging 17
Features 44
Size 76
Price 0

Main Features

  • 14.0 MP 1.5" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 2.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 117 x 81 x 65 mm
  • Weight: 534 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Canon G1 X II.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot G1 X that Canon has first introduced to the public in Mar 29, 2012. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1.5" (18.7 x 14 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Canon has replaced this product with their most recent model G1 X II.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #151 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #396 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot G1 X review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Optical (tunnel)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 644
  • Sensor Resolution: 14.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot G1 X With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot G1 X. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot G1 X

Canon PowerShot G1 X has the following external dimensions 117 x 117 x 65 mm (46.06 x 31.89 x 25.59″) with the weight of 534 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon PowerShot G1 X, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot G1 X is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 65mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot G1 X with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot G1 X is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot G1 X compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon PowerShot G1 X — 250 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Canon PowerShot G1 X — 65 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot G1 X — 534 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot G1 X comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot G1 X comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot G1 X boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1.5" (18.7 x 14 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot G1 X has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon PowerShot G1 X features a 14.0 MP 1.5" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon PowerShot G1 X, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 60 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon PowerShot G1 X’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot G1 X is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1.5" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot G1 X with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot G1 X

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot G1 X is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (tunnel) ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot G1 X are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

PowerShot G1 X features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, PowerShot G1 X has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot G1 X, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot G1 X allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Canon PowerShot G1 X provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Canon PowerShot G1 X is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect PowerShot G1 X to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon PowerShot G1 X provides a shooting life of 250, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon PowerShot G1 X is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Canon PowerShot G1 X for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot G1 X’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot G1 X’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot G1 X to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot G1 X for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G1 X performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G1 X can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1.5" (18.7 x 14 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot G1 X for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G1 X performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G1 X can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (117 x 81 x 65 mm)
  • Small 1.5"(18.7 x 14 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon PowerShot G1 X for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G1 X performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G1 X can be called a 67 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (2.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (644)
  • Small battery life (250 shots)

Canon PowerShot G1 X for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G1 X performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G1 X can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1.5" (18.7 x 14 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (534 g)
  • Big size (117 x 81 x 65 mm)

Canon PowerShot G1 X for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G1 X performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 57. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G1 X can be called a 57 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1.5" (18.7 x 14 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (14 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (10.8)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (644)

Canon PowerShot G1 X Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot G1 X
Announced Mar 29, 2012
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 20
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 2.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 7
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 60
DxO Color Depth 21.7
DxO Dynamic Range 10.8
DxO Low Light ISO 644
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1.5"
Sensor Dimensions 18.7 x 14 mm
Sensor Area 261.80 mm2
Sensor Resolution 14.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4352 x 3264
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 534 g
Physical Dimensions 117 x 81 x 65 mm
Battery Life 250 shots
Battery Type 250 shots
Battery Model NB-10L
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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