Canon G1 X review

A premium compact camera bursting with high-end features, the Canon G1X is here

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With a maximum aperture of f/2.8, the Canon PowerShot G1 X's lens performs well in low light, enabling you to keep the ISO as low as possible as the light deteriorates. At the telephoto end of its range, the maximum aperture drops to a less impressive f/5.8, though.

But the camera's excellent IS system does a decent job of making up some - but not all - of the shortfall when it comes to keeping things steady.

Canon G1 X review

At 4x optical zoom, the lens provides a 28-112mm (35mm equivalent) range - a respectable selection of focal lengths to cover a variety of everyday situations, although it's slightly less versatile than the Canon G12's 5x optical zoom (28-140mm f/2.8-f/8 - 35mm equivalent).

On the other hand, the Canon G1 X's larger sensor does mean that you can achieve much-coveted shallow depth-of-field effects when shooting wide open, with beautifully blurred backgrounds that are normally out of the question when using a compact camera with a smaller sensor.

Canon G1 X review

14-bit raw shooting ability - combined with the well-engineered lens - means that you can really make the most of this camera's potential. Raw files are incredibly detailed and expand upon the already impressive dynamic range that's present in JPEGs taken straight out of the camera.

We found there was plenty of additional detail to be retrieved from areas of particular brightness and shadow: a bit of tweaking here and there is usually all that's needed to make raw files from the Canon G1 X really sing.

Canon G1 X review

As we've come to expect from Canon's PowerShot range, the colours captured in shots under a variety of different conditions are accurate, yet vibrant, with raw files providing further scope for perfecting how you want your images to look.

The metering and Auto WB systems perform consistently well, while in our real-world tests, noise also proves to be impressively well-controlled across much of the Canon G1X's native ISO sensitivity range.

Canon G1 X review

HD movies are crisp, clean and smooth, thanks in part to the Canon G1 X's excellent built-in Intelligent Image Stabilisation (IS) system. You get to keep full use of the zoom lens while recording, and the AF system does a decent job of keeping up with your subject.

However, as is often the case with many movie-enabled cameras we've seen recently, the noise from the lens as it focuses and zooms is picked up on the soundtrack.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution14.3 Megapixel
Product FamilyPowerShot G
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Wink Detection, Smile Detection, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Blink Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)534 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Image Sensor Size18.70 mm x 14 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4352 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height80.5 mm
Width116.7 mm
Depth64.7 mm
Product SeriesG
Focal Length15.10 mm to 60.40 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelG1 X
Product NamePowerShot G1 X Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5249B011
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Bright, fast and more creative than ever: advanced technologies come together for an exciting new camera that moves beyond anything the G-Series has seen before. The PowerShot G1 X digital camera will inspire advanced amateurs who have embraced the G-Series to explore new realms of photographic expression, and give pros an excellent camera that complements their creative demands. The new 1.5-inch High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor approaches an EOS DSLR's APS-C sized sensor, with a light-sensitive area that's approximately 6.3 times larger than that of the PowerShot G12 digital camera. The new 14.3 Megapixel sensor, combined with a new lens and DIGIC 5 Image Processor, creates the HS SYSTEM that delivers image quality previously impossible in a compact camera, with beautiful blur, lower noise, and extraordinary resolution in low-light shooting and can shoot at ISOs of up to 12800. The PowerShot G1 X also has 14-bit RAW capabilities for even greater creative control and Full HD Video recording. Manual settings and operability inherited from EOS cameras impart a high-level shooting experience, and open the door to new creative possibilities. Substantive luxury defines the design: a neatly clarified sculpture with a firm grip, huge Vari-angle LCD and optical viewfinder.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot G1 X Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-10L (with Terminal Cover)
  • Battery Charger (CB-2LC/CB-2LCE)
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Neck Strap NS-DC9
  • Lens Cap (with Cord)
  • Getting Started
  • Software Disk
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty1 Year