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Canon PowerShot G1 X



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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?

Our Verdict

While it is still unknown whether Canon will enter the compact system camera market, for now the PowerShot G1 X fills this gap in the company’s range. The large sensor performs extremely well, and it is enough to rival many CSCs.

With a 28-112mm equivalent range, the 4x zoom lens should fulfil the demands of most DSLR photographers looking for the convenience of a smaller camera, but without the additional cost of purchasing a new system.

Despite initially being somewhat sceptical that the G1 X was anything more than just a larger G12, I now recognise that it is a very different beast and deserves to be thought of as much more a competitor to CSCs or compacts with APS-C-sized sensors, such as the Fujifilm FinePix X100. The image quality is almost on a par with Canon’s EOS 600D, which is an achievement.

There are a few things that could be improved, though. The autofocus could do with being a little faster, and I would like to see an actual control dial around the lens that could be used as an aperture ring. But these touches are more like putting the cherry on top of what is already a very nice cake.

Those looking for a serious compact camera alternative to a CSC shouldn’t look much further than the Canon PowerShot G1 X.

Canon PowerShot G1 X: Focal points


The external hotshoe allows you to mount  compatible Canon flashguns

Articulated screen

The rear screen can rotate through 170˚

Quick record

This button allows video recording to be quickly started and stopped

Optical viewfinder

This is coupled to the zoom lens and offers 80% coverage

ND filter

To help take long-exposure shots during the day, or when a shallower depth of field is required, the G1 X has a built-in 3-stop ND filter. This comes down in front of the path of the light when required, and is activated via the camera’s on-screen menu.

Pop-up flash

The small pop-up flash has three levels of manual power adjustment, with a range of 50cm to 7m at its widest focal length.

Burst mode

The G1 X can shoot at full resolution at a speed of 4.5fps for six frames using its high-speed burst HQ mode.  However, focus and exposure are locked at the first frame.

Multi-area white balance

In smart auto mode the camera can detect and alter the white balance in each scene locally. This helps to balance the white balance in an image where two different light sources are used, such as tungsten and daylight.

  • Video: Yes, up to 1920x1080-pixel HD at 24fps
  • AF Assistance: Yes
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, plus 2 custom
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • LCD: 3in, Vari-Angle LCD with approx 920,000 dots
  • Output Size: 4352x3264 pixels
  • Hotshoe: Yes
  • Max Flash Sync: Up to 1/2000sec internal, 1/250sec external
  • Sensor: 18.7x14mm, 14.3-million-pixel CMOS
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 2 custom modes and 15 scene presets
  • Weight: 534g (including battery and memory card)
  • Lens: Canon 4x zoom lens, 28-112mm (equivalent) f/2.8-5.8
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery NB-10L
  • File Format: JPEG, raw or raw + JPEG
  • AF array: 9 points, selected manually or automatically
  • Drive Mode: Single and continuous. Approx 1.9fps maximum, 0.7fps with AF, 4.5fps for 6 shots in high-speed burst mode
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec in shutter priority and manual mode
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Dimensions: 116.7x80.5x64.7mm
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Metering System: Evaluative, centreweighted average and spot (can be linked to active AF point or face detection)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB
  • Compression: Fine, Normal
  • RRP: £699
  • Exposure Comp: ±2EV in 1/3EV steps
  • ISO: ISO 100-12,800
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single AF, continuous AF, face detection

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