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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Featured, Reviews |

Canon G1X


We test this new compact camera company Canon, which perhaps should not be in that category as their size and weight are significantly higher than other compact of the company, and even feels a little larger than its predecessor, the Canon G12.

The team is not for beginners: given the completeness of its menu and operability logic, it is a more appropriate model for people with management at least basic photography or for those who want to learn and get into this topic.

It is very difficult to achieve a compact camera to assimilate the results of a DSLR, however this model try using a larger sensor, doubling its size in relation to the G12 version, allowing greater definition photo and video, plus to achieve greater game with the depth of field (background blur).

Let’s see step by step the relevant aspects of this camera.

Technical Details

  • MP 14.3
  • Sensor 1.5 “CMOS (18.7 x 14 mm) high sensitivity.
  • Digic processor 5
  • Max Res 4352 x 3264 (low res 384 x 480)
  • Max.Video Res: 1920 x 1080 (24fps Full HD) / 1280 — 720 (30fps HD) / 640 — 480 (30fps L)
  • Lens 28-112mm F2.8-5.8 (not interchangeable)
  • Image stabilizer: Intelligent IS
  • 9 focus points
  • Metering: Averaged, weighted and Spot Central.
  • ISO 100 to 12.800
  • White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent (normal and daylight), Flash, Underwater, Custom 1 and 2, multi correction area.
  • Modes: Video, High Contrast, Macro, Auto, M, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2 (Custom).
  • Display 3.0 “, 920,000 dot swivel LCD
  • Speed 60-1/4000
  • Exposure Compensation + _3EV
  • Timer shooting: 2-10 sec.
  • File Formats: JPEG, MOV, RAW and iFrame.
  • Output Ports USB 2.0, AV Out, HDMI.
  • Optical viewfinder (Viewfinder): Yes
  • Microphone: Stereo
  • Camera dimensions: 117 x 81 x 65 mm
  • Memory slot: 1, SD.
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery. 250 shots and recording 420min approx.
  • Body: metal
  • Weight: 534 g.


The Canon G1X I found very attractive by design somewhat crude, resembling an analog camera. It also includes a hot-shoe or “shoe” to use an external flash, plus a built-in flash down and control dials that provide greater possibilities for manual configuration, its most remarkable. It also highlights the rotating screen, which can record or photograph in difficult angles.


This model comes with a built-in 28-112mm lens and focal range between 2.8-5.8.

Its aperture range achieves the depth of field to achieve close to that of a DSLR lens, yet the results are not optimal for those of us who like to photograph at night or in low light.

The 4X optical zoom. Remember that the optical zoom is really important, because unlike digital zoom is a real image magnification through the lens. The digital zoom is just an extension of pixels that eventually causes loss of image quality. There is also the focus lamp / red eyes.

Front Control Dial

Under the shutter is one of the manual control dials, an arrangement that resembles that of some SLRs. Complements the dial on the back of the camera and is very comfortable when using the camera in AV (aperture value) or TV (time value). In manual mode (M), works exclusively as a speed dial to.

Dials mode and exposure compensation

Next to the shutter is the mode dial, finding the following options: Video, High Contrast, Macro, Auto, M, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2. The latter two options are to customize some settings that we want to save for use soon after.

Under the dial is the exposure control with a range + -3 EV (Exposure Value). It is a basic function but with a new provision, at least for me, since that resembles a similar role.

Flash Hot-shoe and down

As mentioned earlier, this feature also means greater control over image and video, and can attach an external flash or even a microphone. Next to the shoe is a button to display the flash, also look “vintage”. This flash can also be configured, and may change the exposure compensation + -2 EV.


There are small holes arranged along the sides of the camera that can record video with stereo sound. Pass almost unnoticed but the audio quality is really good, at least in outdoor scenes. It is in the pipeline to test them in extreme situations such as live music, where sound is usually docked.

Optical viewfinder

I liked to try to recover the function of the optical viewfinder, including a diopter control to adjust the focus according to each user. The unfortunate thing is that when used, appears in the portion of the lens and also beeper approach is somewhat weak. It happened that on several occasions clogging outdoors with the optical viewfinder instinctively, but most of the images were out of focus. Definitely not recommended to use the optical viewfinder shutter speed situations.

Control panel

The button layout configuration will be quite familiar to Canon users, with little variation in design. The feature that stands out is the control wheel, which also allow navigation through the menu, set the aperture in M mode

Settings “shortcuts”

On the back is also a shortcut button (S). It is a very useful feature as it lets you assign commands or set different functions as a shortcut. This same button is used to print images directly.


No doubt the swivel screen provides many benefits, from auto safety portray with a good result, shooting in difficult angles or even protect it from scratches or bumps when not in use. Its 3 inches in size and very good definition makes the frame and see the photos is really comfortable.

Output Ports

It has an AV OUT convecional, a USB 2.0 port, an entry for a remote trigger and also a HDMI output (High Definition Multimedia Interface or High Definition Multimedia Interface), which connects the camera directly to a TV, computer or compatible DVD player and playback of recorded material in HD.

Experience of Use

The G1X has a very good performance in both high and low ISO (low noise in the image), and was surprised by the quality of their results, especially the videos of excellent resolution and sound. Even using the digital zoom at maximum capacity with natural light, no major distortion in the final photograph.

Shooting on high quality, each image weighs on average between 2 MB and 3 MB, which is portable enough to carry photos on a flash drive or other device. The videos are still a higher weight, ranging from 200 MB to 400 MB with videos about 1 minute. Below you will find pictures and a video made with the G1X.

As I said earlier, I would have liked the image quality obtained by day, was obtained through the night. Unfortunately the focus of the lens opening is not built wide enough for shooting under low light conditions.

In relation to the buttons and menu, Canon regular users have no problem as the camera responds to the logic of structure, design and navigation of many other models. The only operation more cumbersome, at least for me, was to erase the images, having to give more of a return in addition to selecting the image to remove it.

A new feature is the separate button for video recording. Although at first takes some getting used, makes this operation easier.

What defines the personality of this camera and what I liked about the operability of the G1X are your physical control dials manual or semi automatic, which make it much more entertaining. Besides giving the user the feeling of greater management over the image actually delivered in an easy and more control over the outcome. That’s why this camera is not recommended for users whose primary concern is not to worry and the camera do the work for them.

I miss

  • Its excellent large sensor, enabling high quality results.
  • The swivel screen 3 “LCD that delivers lots of comfort.
  • Its manual control dials.
  • Very good quality videos with sound.

The unpresentable

  • The size and weight makes this camera is not as portable or convenient.
  • Its autofocus a little slow, especially in low light conditions, preventing achieve good results when photographing fast moving situations.
  • Another disadvantage is that the manual controls are disabled in video mode, providing only the default settings of the camera.

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