Canon G1 X vs Leica X2

Canon PowerShot G1 X front
Leica X2 front

Canon G1 X vs Leica X2 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
  • Revealed March 2012
  • Later Model is Canon G1 X II
Leica X2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12500
  • No Video
  • 36mm (F2.8) lens
  • 345g - 124 x 69 x 52mm
  • Launched May 2012
  • Previous Model is Leica X1
  • Renewed by Leica X Vario
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Canon G1 X vs Leica X2 Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Canon G1 X vs Leica X2, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by competitors Canon and Leica. The sensor resolution of the G1 X (14MP) and the X2 (16MP) is pretty close but the G1 X (1.5") and X2 (APS-C) provide totally different sensor size.

Photography Glossary

The G1 X was released very close to the X2 so they are of a similar age. Both cameras have the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before we go into a thorough comparison, here is a concise summation of how the G1 X matches up versus the X2 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Leica X2

 G1 X X2 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kSharper screen (+690k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Leica X2 over the Canon G1 X

 X2 G1 X 

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Leica X2

 G1 X X2 
LaunchedMarch 2012May 2012Same age
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Canon G1 X vs Leica X2 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to travel with your camera, you will need to factor its weight and proportions. The Canon G1 X has 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 X2 has measurements of 124mm x 69mm x 52mm (4.9" x 2.7" x 2.0") accompanied by a weight of 345 grams (0.76 lbs).

Examine the Canon G1 X vs Leica X2 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are using at that time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the G1 X against the X2.

Canon G1 X vs Leica X2 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G1 X and X2 is 75 and 83 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Leica X2 top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica X2 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to visualise the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by viewing technical specs. The image below will help give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the G1 X and X2.

As you have seen, both the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The G1 X due to its smaller sensor will make achieving shallower DOF more challenging and the Leica X2 will provide you with more detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures a bit more aggressively.

Canon G1 X vs Leica X2 sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica X2 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G1 X vs Leica X2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G1 X
Portrait photography with Leica X2
manual focus
MP count decent (14MP)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
supports face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X Street photography information
Leica X2 Street photography information
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
delivers RAW files
heavier than competition (534g)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon G1 X
Sports photography with Leica X2
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
supports tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
not so great battery life (250 per charge)
no phase detect AF
good resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
good battery pack (450 per charge)
can't change focal length (36mm)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon G1 X
Travel photography with Leica X2
MP count decent (14MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
rather wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
not so great battery life (250 shots)
heavier than competition (534g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
good battery pack (450 shots)
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Landscape photography camera
Leica X2 as a Landscape photography camera
manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
delivers RAW files
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
not so great battery life (250 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse recording
you can focus manually
good resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (450 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
no image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon G1 X
Vlogging with Leica X2
rather wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
missing mic port
heavier than competition (534 grams)
no video
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Canon G1 X vs Leica X2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Leica X2
 Canon PowerShot G1 XLeica X2
General Information
Make Canon Leica
Model type Canon PowerShot G1 X Leica X2
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-03-29 2012-05-10
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 5 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1.5" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 18.7 x 14mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 261.8mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4352 x 3264 4928 x 3264
Highest native ISO 12800 12500
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 11
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 36mm (1x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/2.8
Macro focusing distance 20cm 30cm
Crop factor 1.9 1.5
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 920 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display technology TFT PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) Electronic (optional)
Min shutter speed 60s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (via hot shoe EX series Speedlites, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX) -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
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) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video file format H.264 -
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 534 gr (1.18 lbs) 345 gr (0.76 lbs)
Physical dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 124 x 69 x 52mm (4.9" x 2.7" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 60 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 644 not tested
Battery life 250 photographs 450 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-10L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card
Card slots One One
Price at release $649 $994