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


Canon PowerShot G1 X review


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The Competition

While the Fujifilm FinePix X10 has a large 2/3in sensor, the Canon PowerShot G1 X’s sensor is far larger, helping it to produce better images, particularly as the ISO sensitivity increases. Fujifilm’s FinePix X100 is a closer match, but with a fixed 35mm equivalent lens it may not be to everyone’s taste.

Really, the G1 X occupies a unique place in the market and will probably find itself competing more with the scores of compact system cameras. I would expect it to be a good alternative to micro four thirds cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, but it can’t really match the quality of the Sony NEX-7 and its 24-million-pixel resolution.


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
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
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
Exposure Comp:±2EV in 1/3EV steps
ISO:ISO 100-12,800
Focusing Modes:Manual, single AF, continuous AF, face detection
  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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