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Canon PowerShot G1 X

alaTest has collected and analyzed 310 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the screen and performance are overall positive. The image quality and responsiveness also get good reviews. The features and shutter get critical views. There are mixed comments on the storage and memory.

portability, responsiveness, image quality, performance, screen

value for money, viewfinder, battery, shutter, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot G1 X is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon Powershot G1 X Review


Specs: 14.3MP resolution; 28-112mm(35mm equivalent) f/2.8-5.8 lens; supports Raw, JPEG, MOV; SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards

Lots of control and auto options. Excellent image quality. Variable angle LCD usable viewfinder

Bulky for a compact camera

The bottom line. It’s pricey, but the G1 X impresses on many fronts, with excellent handling and superb image quality.

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Review


When it comes to bridging the gap between compact point and shoot cameras and DSLR cameras, there are many brands who have launched models with small form factors that have sensors larger than those that are traditionally found on point and shoot...

The Canon PowerShot G1 X is priced in India at an MRP of Rs.47,995. This is an extremely expensive camera that will probably put most people off from the get go. The model is a professional camera that is loaded with features that can be a good...

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Preview


The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is Canon's newest professional level point-and-shoot camera. What does that mean, exactly? Basically, for a similar price as an entry-to-mid-level DSLR, this is a fixed lens camera brimming with Canon's latest and best features.


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Canon PowerShot G1 X


The Canon PowerShot G1 X is not a DSLR, so why is it included in the Canon Digital SLR Camera Reviews category on this site?That question is indeed justified - the G1 X is not a DSLR, but ... the size of the sensor in this camera brings the G1 X's...

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Review


The Canon PowerShot G1X is a compact digicam designed to produce the highest image quality possible. Made up of dSLR quality parts and features, the only thing holding it back are some focusing and pricing issues. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Smart Auto handled lighting situations better than program mode ; Various manual exposure control options ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; HS system and new image sensor produce amazing image quality ; Incredibly low image...

Macro focus is almost nonexistent with a minimum focus range of only 7.9-inches at wide angle ; The AF system did a lot of focus hunting / searching and failing to achieve focus in various lighting conditions ; Optical viewfinder is not reliable where...

The Canon PowerShot G1X is a compact digicam designed to produce the highest image quality possible. Made up of dSLR quality parts and features, the only thing holding it back are some focusing and pricing issues. Read more in our

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Review: Amazing Photos, Troubling Limitations


If you want the highest photo quality, turn to the 14-megapixel Canon PowerShot G1 X, which in our tests produced the best images we've ever seen from a fixed-lens camera. Even in challenging lighting conditions, it delivers photos that transcend the...

Outstanding image quality ; Excellent Handheld Night Scene mode ; Extensive range of manual and automated controls

Very expensive for a fixed-lens camera ; Poor macro performance ; Autofocus issues in macro and burst mode

The Canon PowerShot G1 X takes the sharpest photos we've ever seen from a fixed-lens camera, and its image quality and video quality are outstanding overall. However, for $800, we expected better macro and burst-mode performance.

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Canon’s High-End, High-Priced G1 X Camera Hindered by Subpar Lens


It's the near-perfect compromise between the portability of a point-and-shoot and the image quality of an SLR. Unfortunately, because it comes so close to perfection, Canon's G1 X is also a very frustrating camera and ultimately fails to live up to its...

Large sensor produces excellent images. Solid construction. Nice manual controls have a satisfying feel. Very little noise, even at higher ISOs

Slow, fixed lens. Viewfinder is close to worthless. Battery life isn’t great. Difficult to justify the $800 price tag for the subpar fixed lens when multi-lens cameras are available for under $1,000


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Canon PowerShot G1 X


Anyone watching the emergence of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras will have spent much of the last year patiently waiting for Canon and Nikon to show their hands. Nikon clearly decided such cameras didn't need large sensors, and it appears Canon...

Good detail and resolution at low sensitivities ; Excellent high ISO performance, very clean output with good detail ; Compact dimensions for sensor size and lens range ; Intuitive user interface with good number of external controls and...

Very slow continuous shooting for this class of camera, no control over parameters in High-Speed Burst scene mode ; Comparatively slow AF, slowing down further in macro mode ; Limited close focusing capabilities require frequent switches to macro focus...

The G1 X is an excellent camera for some but not for everyone. The camera gives you great image quality and a versatile zoom range in a small package and without the need to carry a stack of lenses. However, the sluggish AF, limited close-focusing...

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Canon PowerShot G1 X


What you think about the Canon PowerShot G1 X depends upon whether you view it as a cheap alternative to the Fujifilm X100 or an expensive competitor to a lot of other fixed and interchangeable-lens models. That's because the price of the camera sets...

The Canon PowerShot G1 X delivers excellent photo quality and a nice shooting design

Two flaws stand out: the camera's underperforming lens and sluggish shooting speed

A big camera capable of shooting some lovely photographs, the Canon PowerShot G1 X's slow lens disappoints given its high price.

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Canon PowerShot G1 XDigital Camera Review


Canon's new PowerShot G1 X is highly reminiscent of the popular G12, but will not replace this model in the company's lineup. The G1 X represents the start of an entirely new branch of Canon cameras. The star of this show is gigantic new 1.5-inch CMOS...

Rarely do we see such an expensive, specialized camera make its way to the fixed-lens market. At $800, the Canon PowerShot G1 X should appeal exclusively to intermediate and advanced photographers. Photographers who–let’s face it–probably own a DSLR...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:18.7 x 14 MM


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-10L
Battery Type:Canon NB-10L


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes