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Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2

Portability
75
Imaging
52
Features
60
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot G1 X front
 
Leica Q2 front
Portability
61
Imaging
80
Features
70
Overall
76

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Key Specs

Canon G1 X
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1.5" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • 534g - 117 x 81 x 65mm
  • Announced March 2012
  • Newer Model is Canon G1 X II
Leica Q2
(Full Review)
  • 47MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 50 - 50000
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 28mm (F1.7) lens
  • 718g - 130 x 80 x 92mm
  • Released March 2019
  • Additionally referred to as Type No. 4889
  • Succeeded the Leica Q
  • Renewed by Leica Q3
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Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Overview

Its time to examine more closely at the Canon G1 X and Leica Q2, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Canon and Leica. There is a huge difference between the image resolutions of the G1 X (14MP) and Q2 (47MP) and the G1 X (1.5") and Q2 (Full frame) enjoy totally different sensor dimensions.

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The G1 X was brought out 8 years before the Q2 which is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before delving straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a concise view of how the G1 X matches up versus the Q2 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Leica Q2

 G1 X Q2 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Leica Q2 over the Canon G1 X

 Q2 G1 X 
ReleasedMarch 2019March 2012More modern by 84 months
Display resolution1040k920kCrisper display (+120k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Leica Q2

 G1 X Q2 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Canon G1 X offers exterior dimensions of 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") having a weight of 534 grams (1.18 lbs) and the Leica Q2 has proportions of 130mm x 80mm x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 718 grams (1.58 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you select at the time. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the G1 X versus the Q2.

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the G1 X and Q2 is 75 and 61 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's hard to see the contrast between sensor sizes purely by reading through technical specs. The image underneath may offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the G1 X and Q2.

As you can tell, each of these cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The G1 X featuring a tinier sensor will make achieving bokeh trickier and the Leica Q2 will give extra detail having its extra 33 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos much more aggressively. The more aged G1 X is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G1 X Portrait photography factors
Leica Q2 Portrait photography factors
71
focusing manually
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1.5")
offers face detection focus
saves RAW formats
88
has manual focus
flash sync speed is above average (1/500s)
megapixel count high (47MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
offers face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Street photography camera
Leica Q2 as a Street photography camera
72
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1.5")
saves RAW formats
more heavy than competition in class (534 grams)
69
image stabilization (Optical)
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
features touch focus
weather proof
great high ISO (50,000)
screen is fixed
more heavy than average in class (718g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G1 X Sports photography highlights
Leica Q2 Sports photography highlights
54
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1.5")
offers tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
not so great battery (250 shots)
lacks phase detect auto focus
78
silent mode (1/40,000s)
high max frames per second (20.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count high (47 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
weather proof
good battery life (370 shots)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon G1 X Travel photography factors
Leica Q2 Travel photography factors
60
good megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
relatively wide (28mm)
no Timelapse mode
not so great battery (250 per charge)
more heavy than competition in class (534 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
70
good battery life (370 CIPA)
weather proof
connects via bluetooth
features touch focus
megapixel count high (47 megapixels)
great max aperture (f1.7)
more heavy than average in class (718g)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X Landscape photography information
Leica Q2 Landscape photography information
60
focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
decent sensor size (1.5")
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
not so great battery (250 per charge)
no Timelapse mode
80
has manual focus
great max aperture (f1.7)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count high (47MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
great high ISO (50,000)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
good battery life (370 CIPA)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G1 X Vlogging details
Leica Q2 Vlogging details
65
relatively wide (28mm)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
no external microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (534 grams)
32
great max aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have external microphone support
more heavy than average in class (718 grams)
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Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Leica Q2
 Canon PowerShot G1 XLeica Q2
General Information
Brand Name Canon Leica
Model type Canon PowerShot G1 X Leica Q2
Also called as - Type No. 4889
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-03-29 2019-03-07
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 5 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1.5" Full frame
Sensor measurements 18.7 x 14mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 261.8mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 47 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 4352 x 3264 8368 x 5584
Highest native ISO 12800 50000
Minimum native ISO 100 50
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 49
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28mm (1x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/1.7
Macro focusing range 20cm 17cm
Crop factor 1.9 1
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 3,680 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.76x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/40000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per sec 20.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
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) no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/500 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 4K/30/24p, 1080/120/60/30/24p
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 pounds) 718g (1.58 pounds)
Dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 130 x 80 x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 60 96
DXO Color Depth rating 21.7 26.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 13.5
DXO Low light rating 644 2491
Other
Battery life 250 shots 370 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-10L BP-SCL4
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $649 $4,985