Canon G1 X review

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

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG Signal to Noise Ratio results

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Canon powershot g1 x review, jpeg signal to noise ratio

As we might expect, JPEG images from the Canon PowerShot G1 X show an increased signal to noise ratio performance over the Canon PowerShot G12. Although at ISO 100 there is little difference in the results from the G1 X and the Canon EOS 600D, the EOS 600D has the edge at ISO 200, however, above ISO 400 the G1 X produces better signal to noise ratio results.

Raw/TIFF Signal to Noise Ratio results

Canon powershot g1 x review tiff signal to noise ratio results
Canon powershot g1 x review: tiff signal to noise ratio results

Our TIFF image (after conversion from raw) results show that the Canon PowerShot G1 X and the Canon EOS 600D have similar signal to noise ratios up to a sensitivity of ISO 800. Compared with the Canon PowerShot G12 there is a marked improvement in noise performance showing good lowlight shooting ability.

JPEG Dynamic range

Canon powershot g1 x review jpeg dynamic range
Canon powershot g1 x review: jpeg dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Canon PowerShot G1 X captures a wide tonal range throughout its sensitivity settings and even at ISO 12800 a good amount of tonal detail can still be captured.

TIFF Dynamic range

Canon powershot g1 x review tiff dynamic range
Canon powershot g1 x review: tiff dynamic range

Across its sensitivity range the Canon PowerShot G1 X produces raw files which, after conversion to TIFF just out performs the Canon EOS 600D and captures a wider tonal range than the Canon PowerShot G12.

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