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Canon G1 X vs Sigma DP1x

Portability
75
Imaging
52
Features
60
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot G1 X front
 
Sigma DP1x front
Portability
88
Imaging
44
Features
27
Overall
37

Canon G1 X vs Sigma DP1x 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
  • Released March 2012
  • Refreshed by Canon G1 X II
Sigma DP1x
(Full Review)
  • 5MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 320 x 240 video
  • 28mm (F4.0) lens
  • 250g - 113 x 60 x 50mm
  • Introduced February 2010
  • Succeeded the Sigma DP1s
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Canon G1 X vs Sigma DP1x Overview

Below, we will be matching up the Canon G1 X versus Sigma DP1x, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Canon and Sigma. There is a big difference between the image resolutions of the G1 X (14MP) and DP1x (5MP) and the G1 X (1.5") and DP1x (APS-C) feature totally different sensor size.

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The G1 X was released 2 years after the DP1x which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the G1 X grades versus the DP1x in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Sigma DP1x

 G1 X DP1x 
IntroducedMarch 2012February 2010More modern by 26 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution920k230kCrisper screen (+690k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sigma DP1x over the Canon G1 X

 DP1x G1 X 

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Sigma DP1x

 G1 X DP1x 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Canon G1 X vs Sigma DP1x Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you will need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Canon G1 X provides external measurements of 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") accompanied by a weight of 534 grams (1.18 lbs) while the Sigma DP1x has dimensions of 113mm x 60mm x 50mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.0") with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the G1 X and the DP1x.

Canon G1 X vs Sigma DP1x size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the G1 X and DP1x is 75 and 88 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Sigma DP1x top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Sigma DP1x Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to visualise the gap between sensor sizes only by checking technical specs. The image underneath may provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the G1 X and DP1x.

As you have seen, both of those cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The G1 X featuring a bigger sensor will make getting bokeh simpler and the Canon G1 X will give more detail as a result of its extra 9MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The fresher G1 X is going to have a benefit in sensor technology.

Canon G1 X vs Sigma DP1x sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Sigma DP1x Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G1 X vs Sigma DP1x Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G1 X Portrait photography highlights
Sigma DP1x Portrait photography highlights
71
you can focus manually
MP count good (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1.5")
comes with face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
56
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
sensor resolution low (5MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon G1 X
Street photography with Sigma DP1x
72
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1.5")
supports RAW formats
heavier than competition in class (534g)
68
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lighter than competition (250g)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon G1 X Sports photography factors
Sigma DP1x Sports photography factors
54
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
nice sensor size (1.5")
comes with tracking focus
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames/s)
not so great battery pack (250 CIPA)
lacks phase detect autofocus
32
good sensor size (APS-C)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (5 megapixels)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G1 X Travel photography features
Sigma DP1x Travel photography features
60
MP count good (14MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
quite wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
not so great battery pack (250 shots)
heavier than competition in class (534g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
57
lighter than competition (250g)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (5MP)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f4.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X Landscape photography features
Sigma DP1x Landscape photography features
60
you can focus manually
quite wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
nice sensor size (1.5")
supports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
not so great battery pack (250 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse mode
41
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f4.0)
small screen (2.5 inch)
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (5 megapixels)
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G1 X Vlogging factors
Sigma DP1x Vlogging factors
65
quite wide (28mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not have mic port
heavier than competition in class (534g)
25
lighter than competition (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f4.0)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low res video (320 x 240 pxls)
missing external microphone port
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Canon G1 X vs Sigma DP1x Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Sigma DP1x
 Canon PowerShot G1 XSigma DP1x
General Information
Company Canon Sigma
Model type Canon PowerShot G1 X Sigma DP1x
Type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2012-03-29 2010-02-20
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 5 True II
Sensor type CMOS CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size 1.5" APS-C
Sensor measurements 18.7 x 14mm 20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area 261.8mm² 285.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 5 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4352 x 3264 2640 x 1760
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
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) 28mm (1x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/4.0
Macro focusing range 20cm -
Focal length multiplier 1.9 1.7
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 2.5"
Display resolution 920 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech TFT PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0 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) -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 320 x 240
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 320x240
Video format H.264 -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 534 gr (1.18 pounds) 250 gr (0.55 pounds)
Dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 113 x 60 x 50mm (4.4" x 2.4" 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
Other
Battery life 250 shots -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-10L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC card
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $649 $574