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Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Monochrom

Portability
75
Imaging
52
Features
60
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot G1 X front
 
Leica Q2 Monochrom front
Portability
60
Imaging
81
Features
66
Overall
75

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Monochrom 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
  • Released March 2012
  • Successor is Canon G1 X II
Leica Q2 Monochrom
(Full Review)
  • 47MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 100000
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • 28mm (F1.7) lens
  • 734g - 130 x 80 x 92mm
  • Revealed October 2020
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Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Overview

In this article, we will be evaluating the Canon G1 X versus Leica Q2 Monochrom, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by competitors Canon and Leica. There exists a sizable gap among the sensor resolutions of the G1 X (14MP) and Q2 Monochrom (47MP) and the G1 X (1.5") and Q2 Monochrom (Full frame) enjoy different sensor dimensions.

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The G1 X was revealed 9 years before the Q2 Monochrom and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting through a thorough comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the G1 X grades against the Q2 Monochrom in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Leica Q2 Monochrom

 G1 X Q2 Monochrom 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Leica Q2 Monochrom over the Canon G1 X

 Q2 Monochrom G1 X 
RevealedOctober 2020March 2012More recent by 103 months
Screen resolution1040k920kSharper screen (+120k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Leica Q2 Monochrom

 G1 X Q2 Monochrom 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera, you need to take into account its weight and size. The Canon G1 X features physical measurements of 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") and a weight of 534 grams (1.18 lbs) and the Leica Q2 Monochrom has specifications of 130mm x 80mm x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") with a weight of 734 grams (1.62 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have attached at that time. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the G1 X against the Q2 Monochrom.

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Monochrom size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the G1 X and Q2 Monochrom is 75 and 60 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Monochrom top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is tough to imagine the contrast in sensor measurements just by going through specs. The visual here will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the G1 X and Q2 Monochrom.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The G1 X using its smaller sensor is going to make shooting bokeh tougher and the Leica Q2 Monochrom will provide extra detail because of its extra 33MP. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs far more aggressively. The older G1 X will be behind in sensor technology.

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Monochrom sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G1 X
Portrait photography with Leica Q2 Monochrom
71
has manual focus
decent megapixels (14MP)
sensor size is good (1.5")
supports face detection focus
supports RAW formats
88
manual focus
high flash sync (1/500s)
MP count amazing (47MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon G1 X
Street photography with Leica Q2 Monochrom
72
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1.5")
supports RAW formats
more heavy than average (534 grams)
69
image stabilization (Optical)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
supports focus by touch
weather proofing
above average high ISO (100,000)
fixed screen
more heavy than average (734 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G1 X Sports photography information
Leica Q2 Monochrom Sports photography information
54
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1.5")
supports tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames/s)
bad battery pack (250 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
80
silent shooting (1/40,000s)
max frames per second high (20.0 fps)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count amazing (47MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
weather proofing
good battery life (350 shots)
fixed focal length (28mm)
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G1 X Travel photography information
Leica Q2 Monochrom Travel photography information
60
decent megapixels (14MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
pretty wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse function
bad battery pack (250 per charge)
more heavy than average (534g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
66
good battery life (350 CIPA)
weather proofing
connects via bluetooth
supports focus by touch
MP count amazing (47 megapixels)
fast max aperture (f1.7)
lack of Timelapse recording
more heavy than average (734 grams)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Landscape photography camera
Leica Q2 Monochrom as a Landscape photography camera
60
has manual focus
pretty wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1.5")
supports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
bad battery pack (250 CIPA)
missing Timelapse function
77
manual focus
fast max aperture (f1.7)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count amazing (47 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
does not have anti-alias filter
above average high ISO (100,000)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
good battery life (350 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon G1 X
Vlogging with Leica Q2 Monochrom
65
pretty wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
missing external microphone port
more heavy than average (534 grams)
32
fast max aperture (f1.7)
touch screen
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone socket
more heavy than average (734 grams)
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Canon G1 X vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Leica Q2 Monochrom
 Canon PowerShot G1 XLeica Q2 Monochrom
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Leica
Model Canon PowerShot G1 X Leica Q2 Monochrom
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2012-03-29 2020-10-11
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 5 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1.5" Full frame
Sensor measurements 18.7 x 14mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor area 261.8mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 47 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 4352 x 3264 8368 x 5584
Max native ISO 12800 100000
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 49
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28mm (1x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/1.7
Macro focus range 20cm 17cm
Crop factor 1.9 1
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 920k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech TFT PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 3,680k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.76x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/40000s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 20.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 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
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/500s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 4096 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Max video resolution 1920x1080 4096x2160
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) none
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 534 gr (1.18 lb) 734 gr (1.62 lb)
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 score 60 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 644 not tested
Other
Battery life 250 photos 350 photos
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-10L BP-SCL4
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $649 $5,995