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Canon G1 X vs Zeiss ZX1

Portability
75
Imaging
52
Features
60
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot G1 X front
 
Zeiss ZX1 front
Portability
67
Imaging
79
Features
62
Overall
72

Canon G1 X vs Zeiss ZX1 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
  • Replacement is Canon G1 X II
Zeiss ZX1
(Full Review)
  • 37MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 4.34" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 51200
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 35mm (F2-22) lens
  • 800g - 142 x 93 x 46mm
  • Revealed September 2018
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Canon G1 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Overview

On this page, we are evaluating the Canon G1 X and Zeiss ZX1, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by manufacturers Canon and Zeiss. There is a large difference between the resolutions of the G1 X (14MP) and ZX1 (37MP) and the G1 X (1.5") and ZX1 (Full frame) boast different sensor dimensions.

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The G1 X was announced 7 years prior to the ZX1 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before diving into a complete comparison, here is a simple summation of how the G1 X matches up against the ZX1 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Zeiss ZX1

 G1 X ZX1 
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Zeiss ZX1 over the Canon G1 X

 ZX1 G1 X 
RevealedSeptember 2018March 2012Fresher by 79 months
Display dimensions4.34"3"Larger display (+1.34")
Display resolution2765k920kClearer display (+1845k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Zeiss ZX1

 G1 X ZX1 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display

Canon G1 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry your camera, you're going to have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon G1 X enjoys exterior dimensions 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 Zeiss ZX1 has measurements of 142mm x 93mm x 46mm (5.6" x 3.7" x 1.8") accompanied by a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you choose at the time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the G1 X vs the ZX1.

Canon G1 X vs Zeiss ZX1 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the G1 X and ZX1 is 75 and 67 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Zeiss ZX1 top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to picture the contrast between sensor sizing just by looking at a spec sheet. The graphic here should provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the G1 X and ZX1.

Clearly, both the cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The G1 X having a tinier sensor is going to make shooting bokeh trickier and the Zeiss ZX1 will resolve more detail with its extra 23 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images more aggressively. The older G1 X is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Canon G1 X vs Zeiss ZX1 sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G1 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G1 X Portrait photography details
Zeiss ZX1 Portrait photography details
71
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (14MP)
decent sensor size (1.5")
includes face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
87
you can focus manually
excellent MP (37MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
has face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Street photography camera
Zeiss ZX1 as a Street photography camera
72
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1.5")
saves RAW formats
heavier than others in class (534g)
71
fully articulated screen
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW files
comes with focus by touch
above average ISO range (51,200)
no image stabilization
heavier than others in class (800 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G1 X Sports photography info
Zeiss ZX1 Sports photography info
54
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1.5")
includes tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames/s)
low battery (250 shots)
lacks phase detect AF
64
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
excellent MP (37 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
has tracking autofocus
focal length is fixed (35mm)
slow fps (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G1 X Travel photography factors
Zeiss ZX1 Travel photography factors
60
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
rather wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low battery (250 per charge)
heavier than others in class (534g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
65
supports bluetooth
comes with focus by touch
excellent MP (37 megapixels)
fast maximum aperture (f2)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (800g)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X Landscape photography highlights
Zeiss ZX1 Landscape photography highlights
60
focusing manually
rather wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
decent sensor size (1.5")
saves RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low battery (250 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
70
you can focus manually
fast maximum aperture (f2)
screen larger than average (4.34 inch)
excellent MP (37 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
above average ISO range (51,200)
supports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
no image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G1 X Vlogging advice
Zeiss ZX1 Vlogging advice
65
rather wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have mic support
heavier than others in class (534 grams)
31
fast maximum aperture (f2)
built-in touchscreen
has face detection autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
does not have external mic socket
heavier than others in class (800 grams)
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Canon G1 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Zeiss ZX1
 Canon PowerShot G1 XZeiss ZX1
General Information
Brand Canon Zeiss
Model Canon PowerShot G1 X Zeiss ZX1
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-03-29 2018-09-27
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 5 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1.5" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 18.7 x 14mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor area 261.8mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 37 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4352 x 3264 7488 x 4992
Maximum native ISO 12800 51200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 255
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 35mm (1x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/2-22
Macro focus distance 20cm -
Crop factor 1.9 1
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display size 3" 4.34"
Resolution of display 920k dots 2,765k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology TFT PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 6,221k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
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 settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in no built-in flash
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 534 gr (1.18 lbs) 800 gr (1.76 lbs)
Physical dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 142 x 93 x 46mm (5.6" x 3.7" x 1.8")
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 photographs -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-10L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC 512GB internal
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $649 -