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CanonPowerShot G1 X Digital Camera
 
4.2

(based on 146 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (139)
  • Easy to use (102)
  • Large clear LCD (98)
  • Image stabilization (92)
  • Good in low light (87)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (44)
  • Limited zoom (39)
  • Short battery life (22)
  • Poor flash (7)
  • Macro (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (116)
  • Landscape/scenery (101)
  • Family photos (92)
  • Low light (65)
  • Video (45)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (60), Semi-pro photographer (44), Pro photographer (30), Casual photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (133), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Don't pay attention to bad-mouth reviews

Too many reviews treat this camera as one to replace a Canon 7D or Canon 5D, and, therefore, complain about its shortcomings relative to those cameras. That's just dead wrong. That is...Read complete review

Too many reviews treat this camera as one to replace a Canon 7D or Canon 5D, and, therefore, complain about its shortcomings relative to those cameras. That's just dead wrong. That is not what this camera is about.

I use a camera for scenic views in places like National Parks, and to record memories of interiors of museum, castles, art galleries, Bhutanese temples, Papua New Guinea long houses, etc. during my travels to the far corners of the earth. It is perfect for those activities. It has a huge sensor with pixel density roughly the same as that of the Canon 7D, and a high performance Digic 5 processor. It has an excellent stabilized lens. It has an excellent artuclated screen. It has a poor view finder. It takes brilliant pictures in outdoor settings. It takes totally usable pictures in the dimmest of lighting at ISO settings up to 3200, and quite acceptable pictures even up to ISO 12,800. It is the perfect camera for those environments. It takes HD video. The lens is somewhat slow, but its high ISO capability makes that not an issue. It is bigger than most compacts. I need to use hiking sticks to walk, so I use a belt attached device that holds the camera comfortably in a locked state, and releases rapidly for use. Its weight is totally tolerable for this transport method. I will use it where lugging my Canon 7D is just too taxing.

It uses a contrast focusing technique that is not the fastest, but focuses perfectly for my uses.

If you are into sports photography, or photography of any rapidly moving objects that you want to focus on qickly, and hold the focus, this is definitely not the camera for you. If you are into macro photography it is also not the camera for you. It has poor close focusing capability. It has a fixed 4x zoom lens, 28 to 112, so it is not great where large zooms are required.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not There Yet

I had an opportunity to try this camera and shot quite a few images. I love Canon camera and especially their G-series, of which I've owned three.

The G1X is very...Read complete review

I had an opportunity to try this camera and shot quite a few images. I love Canon camera and especially their G-series, of which I've owned three.

The G1X is very similar to the rest of the G-series in build and control placement. It's a bit larger and uses (gasp) a detachable lens cap.

PRO: Outstanding image quality with its large sensor.

CONS: Slow, inaccurate focusing and abysmal close focusing distance. Lens is a small aperture. Pronounced lag-time when shooting.

CONCLUSION: If automatic focusing speed and accuracy along with close focusing capability are not important to you, then this is a truly outstanding compact camera. If, on the other hand, you crave speed and accuracy, you'll be happier with Canon's G-15 (which I've also used). The image quality is amazing for a small sensor.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

loved it

By navdeep

from la

Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

I loved the fast service

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3.0

Great clunky camera

By Christoph

from Boston

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

    A nice basic all-in-one camera. Takes great pictures with very good image quality (IQ). Also allows for reasonable full control / manual-mode. For the price (which should be marked down steeply) it's a good buy.

    However: it is heavy, manual focus is counter intuitive, does not have interchangeable lenses, the view finder is a joke, and it's really thick. Some of this has been addressed by the 2nd gen version of this camera.

    For a little more, I'd recommend the 2nd generation Cannon G1X Mark II. For about the same as the G1X MarkII however, get a A6000 and you'll be blown away. There is no comparison in my opinion. That's a different review.

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    3.0

    not fun to use

    By zedom

    from Montreal

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

      the camera is able to produce very nice pictures, but the autofocus is so bad that it makes it frustrating to use. if you only want one camera, don't choose this one. if you have another camera with fast autofocus and want this g1x as a second camera, it may be a good choice, but there is a lot of gear funnier to use.

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      • No

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful Camera, awesome deal.

      By PH

      from Boston

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Nice Body Color

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

        My kids love the camera. I love the deal.
        Works out good for the family, awesome.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Lots of Features

        By Toms Photos

        from Herriman Utah

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

          Great little camera, a bit heavier than the normal point N shoot but quality add weight. Lots of features and the CD operators manual is easy to use

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          • No

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          4.0

          Canon G15 replacement

          By JAD

          from Kelowna, BC, Canada

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Large sensor

          Cons

          • Larger Heavier Than G15
          • Magfilter Does Not Fit

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

          Got this to replace my Canon g15, which I broke by dropping it. Was interested in the larger sensor and the great price, which included the waterproof case.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Things Come In Small Packages

          By Bobbie B.

          from Hartford, CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom
          • No built in lens cover
          • No Thread For Filter
          • No Viewfinder
          • Poor Flash

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

          This is a very unique camera. It has a sensor on a little smaller than the one typically found in SLRs. Thus you can get SLR quality photos from a camera that fits (though somewhat bulkily)in your coat pocket. Like all Canon cameras, the controls are plain and simple.

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          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not my favorite

          By mikej

          from st. louis, mo

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

          I use this for personal/vacation. Nice feel to the G1X but very slow. Not good for any quick point and shoot things like a baby or moving animal. Great quality and nice feel to the camera. Probable going to sell/return it after testing for 2 weeks.

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          • No

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          4.0

          powershot g1x

          By Melissa

          from New York, NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

            great compact camera. this camera was on same and i couldn't resist. i replaced a much older powershot model with this camera.

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            5.0

            For a friend

            By AaronGWalker

            from Houston

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

            Nice! Friend digs it.

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            5.0

            Great camera!!

            By Four-O

            from Chattanooga, TN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

              I was looking for a camera to replace my Canon G15 that I had sold. I saw this one for a good price and took a chance. Wow, am I ever pleased. The biggest high-end point-n-shoot I have ever seen, heavy in a positive way for me. The large sensor, articulating LCD, and really everything about this camera is a perfect fit for me!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love this camera for Underwater use!

              By Rossco

              from Perth, Western Australia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

              Really good cam for underwater use with the WP-DC44 housing & a couple of strobes!

              See my images for examples

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent camera for specific missions

              By cbrau72

              from Michigan

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

              The Canon G1X is an excellent camera if you understand its limitations. It is not optimal for fast action shooting, but for the style of photography that I shoot (still life, scenery, low light) the camera has a fantastic low noise sensor.

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              5.0

              Excellent Backup

              By Rich

              from Hudson valley

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

                I use this camera to check lighting conditions and also to check composition before setting up my equipment. I also carry and use this camera where ever I can.

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                (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                High Quality PS Camera

                By SWD

                from Western PA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

                  I come from a very well-schooled large format background and sell prints of my work for a living. The G1X is my current PS camera and I could hardly be happier with the quality of the image files for a camera of this size. The G1X does have its short-commings as others will point out, but if you want high IQ files to work with from a PS camera - then this should be on your short list. My best selling image of the last 2 years was made with this camera and I regularly sell 40 inch prints of that image. When I tell people it was made with my PS camera - they cannot beleive it!The majority of my BW work the last 5 years or so has been IR. This camera does long exposure IR quite well with a 760nm filter. Not as good as my 5Ds, but very useful non-the-less.If you know what you are doing or want to learn how to do it really well - then the G1X will not disappointed you. I'm giving it 4 stars only because it does have a few limitations and it is not the PS for everybody. For IQ I'd give it a 9+ if I could and I'm a 30 year+ Zeiss fan.BTW - f/5.6 gives the best IQ on my copy - FYI

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Excellent low light camera

                  By A2

                  from Ann Arbor

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

                    A bit of a quirky camera, but our needs required a silent camera with low light capability. Replaced an awkward and difficult to use silenced (blimped) camera. The G1 X delivers if you are willing to adapt to the camera. Mechanically solid and produces high quality images.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A Great Little Camera

                    By Busy Bee Photographer

                    from Panama City, Florida

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

                      It's like haveing a 35mm with a 28 to 112 lens; I set mine where the front dial changes the zoom range from 28mm to 112, in set increments, it goes 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, and 112, so there's not guess work in focal lenght...I'm in hog heaven...

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                      5.0

                      Resolution +1

                      By Pix 300

                      from Onion Creek, WA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

                        I've used Powershot G-series including G2,G6, G9, G12, and now this. Bought the G1X when the Mk2 was announced, I like and use the swivel screen and the optical viewfinder, however bad it is. I use as rangefinder style camera either in addition to dslr or solo if I want to travel light.

                        The biggest difference to me between the G1x and the G9/12 is the front to back form factor/thickness. I usually carry in large inside breast pocket, and I will place a strap on this one as I feel it's easier to drop than the smaller g series preceeding it. No complaints though on usability, it fits my hands better when shooting than any prior g series.

                        The image quality is superby, and the Highspeed full resolution on the custom dial isn't too bad either.

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                        5.0

                        Sharp pictures from small carmera

                        By Ian

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality

                        Cons

                        • Poor Flash

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

                        I bought this camera after already having a Canon 5D Mark II. The 5D is great and takes beautiful pictures. However, it, and its lenses, are pretty bulky. The G1X is small enough to put in a jacket pocket and leave it there, so you can always take pictures whether you plan ahead or not.

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                        4.0

                        Nice Camera

                        By Ram

                        from San Jose,CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Focus View Finder

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera:

                        I will make it simple

                        Pros:
                        Excellent image quality since sensor size is big.
                        DSLR like control in Av and M mode.
                        Solid Construction and feels good in the hands.
                        Nice alternative to carrying DSLR (I own 5D Mkii and iii).

                        Cons
                        Focussing: Forget about focussing close (I am not talking about macro but close focussing especially if you zoom).
                        View finder is useless.
                        No TTL flash (called auto in G1x) when you put your camera in Manual mode. This is a serious limitation since most of the time I shoot in manual mode and I have to manully dial in the flash power. BTW I am using 270 ex external flash with G1X)..

                        Overall it is a good camera if you do not focus close, do not use view finder and get used to manually setting flash power (this is hard when you are moving in a Birthday Party in low light condition). Overall I like this camera but I hope Canon will address the above in G2X..

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