Big Hybrid Compact
August 2012

If you have been waiting for a point and shoot camera with a large DSLR-size sensor, then wait no further: the Canon PowerShot G1 X is it. With its large size sensor, the camera produces pictures with DLSR-like image quality that currently no other compact can match.


However, the larger sensor also requires a bigger body and lens making the G1 X bulky, even when compared to the hefty G12. This is not necessarily a bad thing because the superbly-built camera still balances well in hand and is very comfortable to use.


The excellent but bigger optics takes up more space and doesn't retract fully inside the camera body, a lens cap is also needed to cover the lens.

Another trade-off for having a larger sensor and lens is that the G1 X can't focus as close as the previous Gs. It's not bad but it's definitely not macro. An optional filter adapter with close-up filters can provide some relief for macro shooters.


We like using the G1 X and love the high image quality pictures it produces, but with its size and price, the camera has many formidable compact-mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors from Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, and from Canon itself with the new EOS M system.


Perhaps, the camera is better appreciated if seen as a hybrid between a compact and DSLR, with features and limitations inherent from both sides.


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  • large image sensor
  • best image quality for a compact to date
  • easy to use
  • full photographic controls
  • classic Canon G design and built
  • good 28-112mm zoom lens
  • effective optical image stabilization
  • excellent 3" vari-angle LCD (flip-out)
  • RAW, RAW & JPEG modes
  • HDMI output port
  • remote cable release port
  • external flash hot shoe



  • it's a big camera
  • macro mode doesn't focus close
  • slow continuous mode
  • average focus speed
  • it's relatively pricey

  • size matters
  • deluxe compact camera
  • price when tested: $699
  • 8.2012 street price: $699
  • image stabilized zoom lens 28-112mm
  • multi-format: 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1, 4:5
  • 3.0" flip-out LCD (922Kpixels)
  • Full 1080 HD video
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • 14.3 megapixels
  • dimension: 4.60 x 3.17 x 2.55"
  • weight: 19 oz.
  • PowerShot G1 X info @