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Canon G1 X vs Canon G9 X

Portability
75
Imaging
52
Features
60
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot G1 X front
 
Canon PowerShot G9 X front
Portability
92
Imaging
52
Features
63
Overall
56

Canon G1 X vs Canon G9 X Key Specs

Canon G1 X
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1.5" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • 534g - 117 x 81 x 65mm
  • Launched March 2012
  • Renewed by Canon G1 X II
Canon G9 X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-84mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 209g - 98 x 58 x 31mm
  • Launched October 2015
  • Later Model is Canon G9 X II
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Canon G1 X vs Canon G9 X Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Canon G1 X versus Canon G9 X, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are built by Canon. There is a sizable difference between the resolutions of the G1 X (14MP) and G9 X (20MP) and the G1 X (1.5") and G9 X (1") posses different sensor size.

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The G1 X was revealed 4 years before the G9 X and that is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Canon G1 X being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Canon G9 X being a Compact camera.

Before delving right into a detailed comparison, here is a simple view of how the G1 X scores versus the G9 X with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Canon G9 X

 G1 X G9 X 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Canon G9 X over the Canon G1 X

 G9 X G1 X 
LaunchedOctober 2015March 2012More recent by 43 months
Screen resolution1040k920kSharper screen (+120k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Canon G9 X

 G1 X G9 X 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen size

Canon G1 X vs Canon G9 X Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Canon G1 X has got external dimensions of 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") and a weight of 534 grams (1.18 lbs) whilst the Canon G9 X has dimensions of 98mm x 58mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") having a weight of 209 grams (0.46 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Underneath is a front view physical size comparison of the G1 X and the G9 X.

Canon G1 X vs Canon G9 X size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the G1 X and G9 X is 75 and 92 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Canon G9 X top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Canon G9 X Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very difficult to picture the gap between sensor measurements just by looking at specifications. The visual underneath will provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the G1 X and G9 X.

Plainly, both of these cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The G1 X with its bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF easier and the Canon G9 X will give more detail because of its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots more aggressively. The older G1 X is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Canon G1 X vs Canon G9 X sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Canon G9 X Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G1 X vs Canon G9 X Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G1 X Portrait photography info
Canon G9 X Portrait photography info
71
has manual focus
resolution is good (14MP)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
provides face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
64
focusing manually
good megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
comes with face detect focus
supports RAW formats
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Street photography camera
Canon G9 X as a Street photography camera
72
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
exports RAW formats
more heavy than competition (534 grams)
80
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
boasts focus by touch
lighter than competition in class (209g)
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Canon G1 X Sports photography information
Canon G9 X Sports photography information
54
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
provides tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
not so great battery power (250 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
54
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
comes with tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
bad battery pack (220 shots)
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G1 X Travel photography features
Canon G9 X Travel photography features
60
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
relatively wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
not so great battery power (250 shots)
more heavy than competition (534 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
77
lighter than competition in class (209 grams)
boasts focus by touch
good megapixels (20MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
bad battery pack (220 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X Landscape photography highlights
Canon G9 X Landscape photography highlights
60
has manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
exports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
not so great battery power (250 shots)
does not have Timelapse mode
70
focusing manually
decently wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
bad battery pack (220 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G1 X Vlogging features
Canon G9 X Vlogging features
65
relatively wide (28mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have microphone port
more heavy than competition (534 grams)
39
decently wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (209g)
display is not selfie friendly
no microphone socket
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Canon G1 X vs Canon G9 X Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Canon G9 X
 Canon PowerShot G1 XCanon PowerShot G9 X
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot G1 X Canon PowerShot G9 X
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-03-29 2015-10-12
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 5 DIGIC 6
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1.5" 1"
Sensor measurements 18.7 x 14mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 261.8mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4352 x 3264 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 12800 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 125
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-84mm (3.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing distance 20cm 5cm
Crop factor 1.9 2.7
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 920 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (via hot shoe EX series Speedlites, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX) 6.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, on, slow synchro, off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 534g (1.18 lbs) 209g (0.46 lbs)
Physical dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 98 x 58 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 60 63
DXO Color Depth rating 21.7 21.5
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 12.3
DXO Low light rating 644 495
Other
Battery life 250 images 220 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-10L NB-13L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Retail price $649 $399