Canon G1 X review

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

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Priced at £699 (RRP) in the UK and $799.99 in the US, the Canon PowerShot G1X costs more than some entry-level DSLRs, so Canon's really taking a gamble when it comes to estimating the level of appeal its unprecedented new compact camera will have.

Thankfully, however, the manufacturer has backed up the Canon G1 X's price tag with a whole host of high-end features that go a long way towards justifying its cost.

As with any new model - particularly one that pioneers a new category in a manufacturer's product range - there's nearly always some room for improvement somewhere. However, overall we're impressed with the Canon G1X's feature-set and its real-world performance.

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The Canon G1 X offers a superb level of manual functionality, a good range of customisable features and is capable of producing stunningly detailed full-resolution images.

High quality components such as its 920,000-dot LCD, metal hotshoe and technologies such as its Digic 5 processor all add up to an impressive performance.

We disliked

While the Canon G1 X's lens helps to produce sharp, detailed shots, its maximum aperture (f/2.8) isn't quite as fast as some alternate model's offerings, nor is its 4x optical zoom range as all-encompassing.

In addition to its high price-point - which may put it out of reach for some - it's also quite heavy and bulky, making it less pocketable than some rival compact cameras.

Final verdict

Whether you're looking for an everyday workhorse that provides complete manual control over settings or you want a more portable back-up for your current DSLR, the Canon G1 X delivers a pleasurable handling experience and is capable of producing superb results - particularly if you shoot raw files.

You'll need deep pockets to invest in this prestigious camera, but - if you can stretch to it - you'll be glad you did.

The Canon G1 X impresses on all fronts, delivering excellent handling and great results across its comprehensive range of exposure modes. Pricey it may be, but this camera's real-world performance goes a long way towards justifying its price tag.

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