Built like a Canon PowerShot G12 on steroids, the new PowerShot G1 X has a large 14.3-million-pixel sensor and a 28-112mm equivalent lens. Could it be the compact camera that finally replaces your DSLR?

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Canon PowerShot G1 X review

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Canon PowerShot G1 X at a glance:

  • Near APS-C-sized, 14.3-million-pixel CMOS sensor
  • 28-112mm f/2.8-5.8 zoom lens
  • New Intelligent image stabilisation
  • Optical viewfinder
  • 3in, 920,000-dot LCD screen
  • ISO 100-12,800
  • Street price around £690

Canon PowerShot G1 X review – Introduction

While a compact system camera (CSC) strikes the perfect balance between quality and portability for many photographers, models such as Fujifilm’s FinePix X100 have shown there is another option. Why not forego the interchangeable optics and use a compact camera that has a large sensor and a fixed lens? This is exactly the attitude Canon has adopted with the launch of its new PowerShot G1 X.

The PowerShot G1 X is nearly identical in appearance to the existing PowerShot G12. The new camera also feels very familiar, although it is slightly chunkier than the G12. The reason for this increase in bulk is the G1 X’s defining feature – a large 14.3-million-pixel sensor.

This sensor is 6x larger than that used in the G12, making it much closer in size to a DSLR unit. With a sensor this big, it is clear that the G1 X is aimed squarely at those looking for a camera with the quality and size of a CSC, but without the perceived hassle and expensive of additional lenses.

The G1 X’s fixed lens is equivalent to a 28-112mm f/2.8-5.8 zoom, so it should satisfy the needs of most photographers, particularly when used for travel and street photography. All the features you would expect from a Canon PowerShot G-series camera are present, from raw shooting to a flash hotshoe and EV adjustment dial.

Based on its specification, the G1 X is an intriguing prospect, and a potential rival not only to the likes of the Fujifilm FinePix X100, but also to many CSCs, some of which have smaller sensors and lower resolutions.

  1. 1. Canon PowerShot G1 X review - Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build & Handling
  4. 4. White Balance & Colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution & Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. LCD, Viewfinder & Video
  10. 10. Our Verdict
  11. 11. The Competition
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  • Tom Rose

    It is a great snapshot and video camera, but despite its versatility it useless for professional work because of the very obvious chromatic aberration which most reviewers say is “well-controlled” and only occurs in high-contrast situations, but that I can see in almost every shot. It is a very useful photographic tool, but I got better technical quality from my old 8Mp Minolta Dimage A2.

    I will be keeping my SLRs and primes lenses!

  • Arthur Robins

    I had a CanonG9 after a 1 year the lens would not retract into the body

    Canons solution was I pay £100 to fix it which I did , after another year

    passed the same thing happened again, I would ever buy a Canon product

    again ever, I note on the internet this is a common fault with this camera

    if it was a car it would be withdrawn.