Canon G1 X Brief Review


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  • 1.5-inch 14.3 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch vari-angle LCD with 922,000 dots
  • 14-bit RAW + JPEG
  • Full 1080p HD video at 24 fps in stereo sound
  • HDMI output
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Final Grade: 86 4.3 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon G1 X
1.5-inch 14.3 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor; 4x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle lens; Optical image stabilization; 3-inch vari-angle LCD with 922,000 dots; 14-bit RAW + JPEG; Full 1080p HD video at 24 fps in stereo sound; HDMI output; Lithium-ion battery
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II.

Canon's answer to the mirrorless wave took most by surprise. Rather than espouse the interchangeable lens camera like Nikon, Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic, Canon built the G1 X. The body is a bit bigger than the G12 that came before it, but the sensor inside is a new beast that competes with its micro 4/3 competitors. Photos at high ISOs are admirably clean, and a bevy of external controls (and a viewfinder!) ensure that advanced photographers will feel right at home. Reviews have noticed poor macro performance and slow autofocus, however, so its not all good news. And at an initial asking price of $799 the G12's fixed 4x zoom and boxy build is a hard thing to swallow.

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Canon cameras come in two main types—the smallest is the Powershot line, compact, point-and-shoot cameras that still maintain a reasonable level of image quality. Canon Powershot cameras range from budget point-and-shoots like the ELPH 115 to an advanced compact with a 1.5” sensor, the G1X Mark II. Typically, if you are going to buy a point-and-shoot on nothing but the reputation of the brand, Canon is a pretty safe bet.

The second type of Canon camera is the EOS line—the DSLRs. The EOS line has a solid reputation as well for performance across the board, including video. Canon has a wide range of options available too, from top of the line full frame professional models to small, entry-level DSLRs.

While other manufacturers are concentrating on mirrorless models and packing more power into smaller cameras, Canon doesn't seem to be following that trend exactly. They've released some smaller DSLRs like the SL1, but haven't been putting time into mirrorless models. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of personal opinion, but the models that are out there are, more often than not, solid performers.

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