Heads up! A newer version of this product is out!

72

Good manual controls and a large sensor, but in the body of a point-and-shoot

72

If you demand that an $800 camera contributes to your photography with "extras" like high ISO, interchangeable lenses or exceptional macro prowess, then the G1 X has rivals that are perhaps more worthy of your consideration. However, having used the G1 X heavily for a few days, we can look past its weaknesses -- even its underwhelming battery life and uninformative OVF -- and admit we've become quite attached to it. Our affection has everything to do with the large sensor, fast lens and the overall physicality of the camera -- its design, feel and the accessibility of its controls. If you want a tool for capturing high-impact images, and not necessarily for adding impact to your images, then the G1 X ought to suit you fine.

Buy It:

90-Day Price History

now
high
$717
low
$519

Critic reviews

7.5
9 reviews
  • Image quality
    8.9
  • Video quality
    6.9
  • Battery life
    6.9
  • Design and form factor
    7.5
  • Durability
    7.5
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    5.0
  • Ease of use
    8.1

sort by

User reviews

8.0
1 review
7.0
Engadget Feb 13, 2012

Our affection has everything to do with the large sensor, fast lens and the overall physicality of the camera. ... If you want a tool for capturing high-impact images, and not necessarily for adding impact to your images, then the G1 X ought to suit you fine.

Read the full review →
8.0
PC World Aug 6, 2012

The Canon PowerShot G1 X takes the sharpest photos we've ever seen from a fixed-lens camera, and its image quality and video quality are outstanding overall. However, for $800, we expected better macro and burst-mode performance.

Read the full review →
6.0
PC Mag Feb 9, 2012

The Canon G1 X is a compact camera with a big sensor and a fixed zoom lens. At $800, it's a tough sell, as you can get an equally-capable compact camera, D-SLR, or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera for less money.

Read the full review →
9.0
MacLife Jun 15, 2012

It’s pricey, but the G1 X impresses on many fronts, with excellent handling and superb image quality.

Read the full review →
6.0
Imaging Resource May 15, 2012

Canon tests the waters with its first large-sensor alternative to an SLR, and the industry's first compact, large-sensor camera to offer a zoom lens. If you're looking for a second camera, or you're the type who'd never take the kit lens off your SLR or mirrorless camera, the G1 X could be made for...

Read the full review →
8.0
TechRadar Feb 24, 2012

The Canon G1 X impresses on all fronts, delivering excellent handling and great results across its comprehensive range of exposure modes. Pricey it may be, but this camera's real-world performance goes a long way towards justifying its price tag.

Read the full review →
8.0
TrustedReviews Feb 23, 2012

This advantages of this larger sensor are immediately clear to overall image quality, with the G1X offering class-leading performance in this respect. However, in other areas the G1X lets itself down somewhat with sluggish operation and niggly performance issues.

Read the full review →
8.0
Camera Labs Mar 15, 2012

As it stands you could alternatively buy a CSC with the flexibility of interchangeable lenses, and in many cases quicker shooting, faster handling and a smaller body.

Read the full review →
9.0
Photography Blog Feb 14, 2012

So if you want an all-in-one fixed-lens camera that offers a tried and trusted user interface, excellent image quality, full HD video and a versatile screen, the Canon Powershot G1 X is easy to recommend.

Read the full review →
8.0
vinces6394 vinces6394

Whilst I have 5 canon cameras this is probably the one where I have a love hate relationship. Love the build and quality, not so hot on the chunky looks, huge weight and generally slow operation. As my one camera with a flexible rear screen it has its place in my collection.

Read the full review →

How it stacks up

Instantly compare the Canon PowerShot G1 X side by side with some of the top devices on Engadget!

Compare these

Other Canon cameras

Don't forget to check out these other devices by Canon, you might find something good!

See all Canon cameras