Canon G1 X

Canon PowerShot G1 X front
  • 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
  • Introduced March 2012
  • Refreshed by Canon G1 X II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon G1 X overview

Canon G1 X is Canon's Large Sensor Compact camera initially introduced on March of 2012. The camera comes with a 14MP, CMOS 1.5" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4352 x 3264.

Canon launched the newer Canon G1 X II (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this camera.

The G1 X is placed #48 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #372 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can try our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your personalized factors.

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Here is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon G1 X family

The Canon G1 X comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can view all past and newer models along with main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-G1-X-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon G1 X III
G1 X vs G1 X III
Canon-PowerShot-G1-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G1 X II
G1 X vs G1 X II
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Canon-PowerShot-G1-X front thumbnailCanon G1 X28-112mm

Canon G1 X Pros and Cons

Below is a list of positives and negatives of the Canon G1 X based on things which are generally seen as crucial in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with HDMI socket
decently wide (28mm)
display is selfie friendly
exports RAW files
focusing manually
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (1.5")
has built in flash
in built zoom lens (28-112mm 4.0 x zoom)
includes face detect focusing
includes tracking focus
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
screen articulates fully
very good screen resolution (920 thousand dots)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
bad battery power (250 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF
does not have headphone socket
does not have mic socket
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others (534g)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.8)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Canon G1 X Sensor specifications

The Canon G1 X houses the Digic 5 processor. The sensor specification on the Canon G1 X is 18.7mm x 14mm (1.5"). The 262 mm² sensor can resolve 4352 x 3264 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 14 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 12800. RAW files are saved so you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath shows the G1 X's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The G1 X sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.9 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon G1 X dimensions

Canon G1 X weighs about 1.18 pounds (534 grams / 18.84 oz) and the volume of the camera is 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6"). The weight of general Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 grams and the Canon G1 X is weightier in comparison with various rivals.

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Here is a shot of the Canon G1 X with a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot G1 X dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button arrangement on the G1 X.

Canon PowerShot G1 X topview buttons dials

Canon G1 X Lens specifications

The G1 X has an inbuilt lens and it has a focal range of 28-112mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which won't be very good nevertheless it can be handy in some cases.

At the widest 28mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 which is really slow and not very good in low light occasions and you will find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to up the ISO setting which results in noisy files. At the tele end, 112mm comes at f5.8 making it very sluggish and you may need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Canon G1 X Connectivity

The G1 X has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and usually change settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Several applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Canon G1 X Video specifications

The highest video quality on the Canon G1 X is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in H.264 format. 1080p quality gives a great balance in quality vs file sizes but FULL HD won't leave you with much room to crop. The camera doesn't include a mic and headphone port so you have got little control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to look at an alternative model in case you need better audio in your video clips.

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Canon G1 X Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Canon G1 X so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.

Canon G1 X Display and Viewfinder

The Canon G1 X comes with a 3 inch fully articulated display supporting a resolution of 920 thousand dots.

It features a selfie friendly display to shoot self portraits as well as group photos if needed. Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Canon G1 X are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)

Viewfinders are very useful in sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Canon G1 X Shutter specifications

Canon G1 X continuous shooting rate is 2.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon G1 X Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon G1 X includes both integrated flash and also external flash ability.

Canon G1 X Autofocus specifications

Canon G1 X includes just Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & precise in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which can be useful for portraits.

The AF system comes with 9 focus points to choose from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Canon G1 X has the ability to use manual focus when required in low light or you need to have more precise focus control.

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Canon G1 X Battery life

The battery power (NB-10L) on the Canon G1 X is fashioned to last for 250 shots as per the CIPA measurements which is lesser compared with its competition. The typical Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U comes with the highest (450) battery life in this class of cameras.

Following is a listing of Large Sensor Compact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Canon G1 X for different styles of photography

The following illustration presents a summation of the Canon G1 X for different styles of photography. To look at more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Canon G1 X Portrait photography features

The Canon G1 X has a score of 71 which is nice, and means the camera is a good fit for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support plus the potential to utilize external lighting.

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you can focus manually
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1.5")
supports face detection focusing
delivers RAW files

Canon G1 X as a Street photography camera

With a very good points tally of 72, the Canon G1 X is a good fit to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1.5")
delivers RAW formats
heavier than competition (534 grams)

Canon G1 X Sports photography information

A modest sports photography rating of 54 indicates the Canon G1 X is reasonably suited for shooting sports. A camera should have very good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1.5")
has tracking autofocus
low fps (2.0 frames/s)
not so great battery pack (250 per charge)
has no phase detect auto focus

Canon G1 X Travel photography info

Weight is pretty important in getting a travel camera. All round, the Canon G1 X gets a average 60 for a travelling camera which makes it relatively suitable to take with you on your travels.

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good megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
relatively wide (28mm)
no Timelapse mode
low battery pack (250 per charge)
more heavy than others (534g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Canon G1 X Landscape photography advice

In case you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon G1 X and it's reasonable score of 60 as a landscape camera is reasonably adequate in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
really wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
exports RAW files
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
low battery power (250 CIPA)
missing Timelapse function

Vlogging with Canon G1 X

A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Canon G1 X is a respectable option for vlogging as it delivers a above average score of 65.

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quite wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
missing microphone support
more heavy than competition in class (534g)

Canon G1 X Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the G1 X, below is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall within the family of Large Sensor Compact.

The line chart just below offers you a bird's eye view of the G1 X compared to it's highest scoring competitors mentioned above.

Following are additional cameras you might regard as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 5
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
18.7 x 14mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4352 x 3264
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Type of display
Fully Articulated
Display sizing
3 inches
Display resolution
920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display technology
TFT PureColor II LCD
Viewfinder Information
Optical (tunnel)
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
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)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
534 gr (1.18 pounds)
Physical dimensions
117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6")
Battery life
250 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Retail price