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Canon G1 X vs Leica Q3

Portability
75
Imaging
52
Features
60
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot G1 X front
 
Leica Q3 front
Portability
60
Imaging
85
Features
77
Overall
81

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q3 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
  • Refreshed by Canon G1 X II
Leica Q3
(Full Review)
  • 60MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Tilting Display
  • ISO 50 - 100000
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 8192 x 4320 video
  • 28mm (F1.7) lens
  • 743g - 130 x 80 x 93mm
  • Introduced May 2023
  • Older Model is Leica Q2
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Canon G1 X vs Leica Q3 Overview

Here is a in depth review of the Canon G1 X and Leica Q3, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Canon and Leica. There exists a noticeable gap between the resolutions of the G1 X (14MP) and Q3 (60MP) and the G1 X (1.5") and Q3 (Full frame) posses totally different sensor sizing.

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The G1 X was introduced 12 years before the Q3 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before delving straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a concise summation of how the G1 X scores vs the Q3 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Leica Q3

 G1 X Q3 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Leica Q3 over the Canon G1 X

 Q3 G1 X 
IntroducedMay 2023March 2012Fresher by 135 months
Display resolution1843k920kCrisper display (+923k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Leica Q3

 G1 X Q3 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Display dimensions3"3.00"Equal display measurement

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q3 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and size. The Canon G1 X features external dimensions of 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") with a weight of 534 grams (1.18 lbs) whilst the Leica Q3 has specifications of 130mm x 80mm x 93mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.7") with a weight of 743 grams (1.64 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use at that moment. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the G1 X against the Q3.

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q3 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the G1 X and Q3 is 75 and 60 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q3 top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q3 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to see the gap between sensor sizing only by looking at specs. The visual here will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the G1 X and Q3.

All in all, both of these cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The G1 X with its tinier sensor will make getting shallower DOF more difficult and the Leica Q3 will resolve extra detail using its extra 46 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop pics more aggressively. The older G1 X is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q3 sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q3 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G1 X vs Leica Q3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G1 X Portrait photography factors
Leica Q3 Portrait photography factors
71
has manual focus
good MP (14MP)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
features face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
91
focusing manually
above average flash sync speed (1/500s)
amazing sensor resolution (60MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X Street photography features
Leica Q3 Street photography features
72
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
exports RAW files
more heavy than competition in class (534 grams)
75
has a tilting screen
image stabilization
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
features touch focus
weather sealing
very good ISO range (100,000)
heavier than competitors in class (743 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon G1 X
Sports photography with Leica Q3
54
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
features tracking autofocus
slow fps (2.0 frames/s)
bad battery power (250 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
86
silent mode (1/40,000 seconds)
image stabilization
amazing sensor resolution (60 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
weather sealing
great battery life (350 per charge)
supports phase detect autofocus
fixed focal length (28mm)
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Travel Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Travel photography camera
Leica Q3 as a Travel photography camera
60
good MP (14MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
quite wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
bad battery power (250 CIPA)
more heavy than competition in class (534 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
71
great battery life (350 per charge)
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
features touch focus
amazing sensor resolution (60MP)
very good max aperture (f1.7)
heavier than competitors in class (743 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X Landscape photography details
Leica Q3 Landscape photography details
60
has manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
exports RAW files
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
bad battery power (250 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
82
focusing manually
very good max aperture (f1.7)
screen is a decent size (3.00 inches)
image stabilization
amazing sensor resolution (60 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
doesnt have low pass filter
very good ISO range (100,000)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
great battery life (350 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G1 X Vlogging factors
Leica Q3 Vlogging factors
65
quite wide (28mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have external microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (534g)
33
very good max aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization
comes with face detect autofocus
good video quality (8192 x 4320 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have mic port
heavier than competitors in class (743 grams)
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Canon G1 X vs Leica Q3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Leica Q3
 Canon PowerShot G1 XLeica Q3
General Information
Company Canon Leica
Model Canon PowerShot G1 X Leica Q3
Type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-03-29 2023-05-25
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 5 -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1.5" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 18.7 x 14mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 261.8mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 60 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4352 x 3264 9520 x 6336
Maximum native ISO 12800 100000
Min native ISO 100 50
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 315
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 distance 20cm 17cm
Crop factor 1.9 1
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen size 3" 3.00"
Resolution of screen 920k dot 1,843k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 5,760k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.79x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 120 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/40000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 2.0 frames per sec 15.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated 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 modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/500 seconds
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) C8K/8K at 30p/25/24p, C4K/4K at 60/50/30/24p, 1080p at 120/100/60/50/30/24p
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 8192x4320
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 534 gr (1.18 pounds) 743 gr (1.64 pounds)
Physical dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 130 x 80 x 93mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.7")
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 shots 350 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-10L BP-SCL6
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
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $649 $5,999