Canon PowerShot G1 X Compact Digital Camera with 14.3 Megapixel, 1.5" CMOS Image Sensor, 4x Optical Zoom, 3" TFT Color Display

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Canon PowerShot G1 X offers advanced technologies that make this camera behave like it's much larger than it really is. The compact G1 X is armed with a new 1.5-inch High Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which is larger than a 4/3" sensor and nearly as big as the APS-C-sized sensors found in professional DSLRs. This gives you a light-sensitive area which is nearly 6.3 times larger than the last generation of G-Series digital cameras and delivers a quality level that's unheard of in a compact, pocket-friendly camera.

The lens on the G1 X is designed to take full advantage of its oversized 14.3-Megapixel sensor. And a powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor has been employed to improve noise reduction, allowing this little camera to achieve an ISO up to 12800, ultimately enabling you to photograph in low light with less blur and shorter exposure times. The f/2.8 lens has 4x optical zoom, which utilizes Canon's UA Lens technology to suppress aberration throughout the zoom range. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28-112mm, this lens will capture any scene, from portraiture to landscapes.

The Canon G1 X is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Travel and more.The Canon G1 X is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon G1 X is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon G1 X: Compact, Durable, Easy to use, Excellent image quality, Good battery life, Good image quality, Good in low light, Good low-light performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Lightweight/portable, Nice features/settings and Simple controls/menu

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Excellent image quality (31),Large clear LCD (30),Lightweight/portable (25),Easy to use (24),Good low-light performance (24),Nice features/settings (23),Durable (16),Simple controls/menu (14),Image stabilization (11),Good battery life (10),Good image quality (6),Compact (4) Good in low light (4),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Nice body color (3),Zoom range/performance (3) View All
Short battery life (16),Missing features/settings (7),Complicated controls/menu (4),Difficult to use (3),Slow (3),Slow autofocus (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (6),Family photos (4),Landscape/scenery (4),Low light (4),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5)

Canon G1 X Features

  • A newly developed Canon 1.5-inch, 14.3 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor creates Canon's HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance up to ISO 12800
  • Full range of shooting and recording modes including 14-bit RAW + JPEG, as found in Canon DSLR cameras for the ultimate creative control
  • Shoot beautiful 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output
  • 4x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, plus a 28mm Wide-Angle Lens delivers exceptional image quality and allows you to capture more in your frame
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition
  • Bright 3.0-inch Vari-Angle PureColor System LCD with 922,000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles plus an optical viewfinder
  • High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 6 frames while maintaining superb image
  • Compatible with Canon Speedlite flashes for additional creative lighting options
  • Mode Dial and Front Dial provide intuitive manual adjustment
  • High Dynamic Range scene mode combines multiple shots into one picture showing greater image detail

Canon G1 X Specifications

Image sensor
1.5-inch CMOS
Total Pixels
Approx. 15.0 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 14.3 Megapixels
Focal Length
15.1 (W) - 60.4mm (T) (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 112mm (T)
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Normal: 1.3 ft. (40cm) - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. (1.3m) - infinity (T)
Auto: 7.9 in. (20cm) - infinity (W), 2.8 ft. (85cm) - infinity (T)
Macro: 7.9 in. - 2.3 ft. (20-70cm) (W), 2.8 ft. - 5.2 ft. (85cm - 1.6m) (T)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
Optical Viewfinder
Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Vari-angle type with wide-viewing angle)
LCD Pixels
Approx. 922,000 dots
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 (W)-f/5.8 (T)
Shutter Speed
1-1/4000 sec.
60-1/4000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Auto, ISO 100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/ 4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800 (When in P mode)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
AE Lock (not available when shooting movies)
Exposure Compensation
+/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom1, Custom2
Built-in Flash
Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
Flash Range
1.6-23 ft. (W), 3.3-10.2 ft. (T) (50cm-7.0m (W), 1.0-3.1m (T))
Recycling Time
5.0 seconds or less (battery voltage: 7.4 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
C1, C2, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, SCN, Creative Filters, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self Timer
Approx. 10-sec. delay, Approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom
Continuous Shooting
Normal: Approx. 1.9 shots/sec. (in P mode), Approx. 4.5 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst HQ mode)
AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (in P mode)
LV: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Storage Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
File Format
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format
Normal, Fine, RAW
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 JPEG, RAW (14 bit, CR2 (Canon Original)) Video: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM (2 channel stereo))
Videos: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Recording Pixels: Still Images [16:9]
Large: 4352 x 2448, Medium 1: 3072 x 1728
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080, Small: 640 x 360
Recording Pixels: Still Images [3:2]
Large: 4352 x 2904, Medium 1: 3072 x 2048
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064, Small: 640 x 424
Recording Pixels: Still Images [4:3]
Large: 4352 x 3264, Medium 1: 3072 x 2304
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200, Small: 640 x 480
RAW: 4352 x 3264
Recording Pixels: Still Images [1:1]
Large: 3264 x 3264, Medium 1: 2304 x 2304
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200, Small: 480 x 480
Recording Pixels: Still Images [4:5]
Large: 2608 x 3264, Medium 1: 1840 x 2304
Medium 2: 960 x 1200, Small: 384 x 480
Number of Recording Pixels: Video
[iFrame Movie]: 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
[Miniature Effect]: 1280 x 720 / 640 x 480
[Other than the above]: 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) /640 x 480 (30 fps)
Playback Modes File 1
Still Images & Movies: Auto Rotate, Transition Effects (Off, Scroll, Slide, Fade), Scroll Display, Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Search Jump (Favorites, Date, My Category, Still Images/Movies/Movie Digest, Jump 10 Images, Jump 100 Images), Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Filtered Playback, Slideshow
Playback Modes File 2
Still Images: Single, Index, Magnification (Approx. 2x-10x), Thumbnails (4-100), Information Display, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Resume Playback, Red-Eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors
Movies: Normal Playback, Slow Motion, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward, Resume Playback, Delete Unwanted Portions of a Clip
Computer Interface
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (Dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Video Out
Analog: NTSC or PAL, Digital: HDMI (HDMI mini connector)
Audio Out
Other Interface
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Cable
Power Source
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-10L
Shooting Capacity
LCD Monitor on: Approx. 250 shots
LCD Monitor off: Approx. 700 shots
Approx: 310 shots when in Quick Shot mode (LCD monitor on)
Playback Time
Approx. 7 hours
Operating Temperature
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.60 x 3.17 x 2.55 in. / 116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7mm
Approx. 17.3 oz. / 492g (Camera only)
Approx. 19.0 oz. / 534g (Including the battery and memory card)

Canon G1 X Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


I normally shoot a DSLR, ...

I normally shoot a DSLR, either a Canon 5D Mark II or a Canon 7D depending on what I'm shooting, but I also like to have a more compact camera for those times that carrying a bunch of heavy gear just doesn't work. For me, the G1X fits that bill to a T. As other reviewers have noted, this is not a sports or other action camera. I don't know of a compact camera that is. I use my 7D for that. And, it's true that without a filter adapter and a close-up lens, the "macro" capabilities aren't the be...

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I normally shoot a DSLR, either a Canon 5D Mark II or a Canon 7D depending on what I'm shooting, but I also like to have a more compact camera for those times that carrying a bunch of heavy gear just doesn't work. For me, the G1X fits that bill to a T. As other reviewers have noted, this is not a sports or other action camera. I don't know of a compact camera that is. I use my 7D for that. And, it's true that without a filter adapter and a close-up lens, the "macro" capabilities aren't the best. Since the filter adapter isn't in stock yet, I haven't been able to test that combination. But I do a lot of close-up and true macro with my 5D Mark II and with the image quality that I'm getting with the G1X, I'm betting the close-up lens will produce some really nice shots. Yes, there are other compact cameras that will focus closer without an adapter & close-up lens, including the G12. The G12 is a very nice camera, but since I own one, I can tell you that the image quality (though good for a compact) doesn't even begin to compare to the IQ from the G1X. If you enlarge your shots or if you're a pixel peeper, you will appreciate the difference a large sensor can make (assuming good technique!). My biggest complaint with both the G1X and the G12 and any other compact I've put my hands on recently, is the way the lens zooms with a lever. A lens with a zoom ring (like the Powershot Pro1 lens) would be a huge plus as it allows the photographer to zoom much more precisely. That said, image quality is still the most important factor for me. The G1X doesn't quite match the image quality of my DSLR cameras/lenses, but it's close. It's really, really good....definitely the best compact camera I've ever used.


Most Liked Negative Review


This camera is so slow, ...

This camera is so slow, it takes all the enjoyment out of photography, and its macro for all reality does not exsist. I find it funny the other write that said come on its not a dslr its not going to be fast. Let me tell you most ALL point and shots beat this camera and for a lot less. It's lag and hunting for focus takes all the fun away from actually taking the pictures. Not sure what guys around a board table approved this camera but someone really needs to be held accountable. Does it tak...

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This camera is so slow, it takes all the enjoyment out of photography, and its macro for all reality does not exsist. I find it funny the other write that said come on its not a dslr its not going to be fast. Let me tell you most ALL point and shots beat this camera and for a lot less. It's lag and hunting for focus takes all the fun away from actually taking the pictures. Not sure what guys around a board table approved this camera but someone really needs to be held accountable. Does it take good pictures....Yes, but the mind blowing slowness of this camera and for the price point make it a Do Not Buy.

Reviewed by 64 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A Very Good Camera for Travel


from Honolulu, Hawaii

This is a very good general purpose camera for travel. it is like a combination of a rebel with some L lens. Image is extremely sharp. Color is very accurate. The dials and buttons are very professional like, very easy to access. Very strong IS, very safe to use at low light or low shutter speed. Very clean high ISO, I shot a lot with ISO 3200 at night, and sometimes 6400 or 12800. The articulated screen is helpful at certain angle, or selfie... The scene mode add a lot of fun. The miniature mode, old camera mode, color accent mode is very fun to use. The 4.5FPS at 6 shot is somehow useful. I brought the G1X for my trip to Hong Kong and it was a right decision. the range is excellent for causal walk around photography. The G1x is heavy, bulky, but it is still much smaller and light than a Rebel with L lens. Also it won't scare people (of catch attention) when doing street photography. Drawback is battery life, pretty short if you shot with the LCD on all time, the battery would only last half a day. Later on, I have learned to use the small (but somehow very useful at day time) OVF, the battery life extended a lot longer. The OVF is not 100% coverage, it will take awhile to learn how to use it. Beware of the ISO "Rate of change" setting. The default was standard, but will always give me ISO 800 in a cloudy day. I will switch it back to "low". Marco is fair... at a DSLR user point of view, I know this is not a macro lens, why bother? In fact, at 20cm away from the object, I got extremely sharp image, at F3.2 with nice background isolation! Because the image by G1x is so sharp and noise free so I just go home and crop the image. Just beware that the G1x won't work very well on super tiny object. Overall, I love this camera.


Good camera with significant drawbacks


from Scottsdale, Arizona

I bought this camera for a trip to Europe in 2012. The camera performed well for the trip, but I'm not sure it would be my camera of choice if I were to do it again. I read the reviews prior to making the purchase so I had some expectation of the potential issues. I guess I didn't realize how much they would affect me, these being (1)limited macro capability and (2)slow focusing. Put simply, don't expect to take close-ups of any kind with this camera. Even with the 4x magnifier I bought for it, and in macro mode, I can't get closer than 2 feet away from a subject. The slow focusing proved to be a bigger issue for me. For a carry around camera to shoot architecture, landscapes, etc., it proved to be great. Candid shots of the family enjoying the trip were a little more difficult because the focus was so slow. Additionally, there's a significant lag after you press the shutter button. Being accustomed to my Canon 20D ESLR, this was really noticeable and quite constraining. My only other comments are that there seem to be a lot of features that are only usable in specific modes and given the large variety of features and settings, it's more than a little confusing trying to remember what's available for a given mode. Keep your manual handy. Lastly, the battery life is very poor. I'd strongly recommend buying several batteries to keep on standby. The manual viewfinder is virtually worthless so you'll want to use the screen for nearly everything and it burns batteries like they're going out of style.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I enjoy it


from los angeles

Cut my teeth years ago with F1 mech., A1, F1AE, T90, etc. Remember the weight of a f1ae with motor drive, 12 count them 12 aa batteries. Carried them all over the world. Everyone remember the 50+ lbs camera bag? Wanted a camera that I could get good to very good images with a decent sensor size plus my small sound recording gear and my underwater gear in one small bag. Its perfect for that. Am I going to shoot a f1 race with it no, football action no, but for wandering around Maui and taking very nice shots with exceptional resolution its great. Know what it can do and accept the limitations your good to go


A Great Choice


from Los Angeles

There is little to complain about when it comes to the Canon Elph 320 HS. The wide angle lens (compared to others) is excellent. The low light lens, all touch screen enables the large 3.2 inch LCD screen. The microphones (stereo) are built in the front of the camera, which records those you are filming rather than on top, which also picks up the users voice instead. The light weight camera is sleek, has both HD video and 16 megapixels for flawless enlargements. I have no issues with this little gem. There may be some reviews that are not warranted due to the user not setting up the camera properly to be at its full capacity and functioning. But the camera is really well thought out and produces excellent images and prints. A good investment.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


camera is too slow between shot


from Washington

Take too long between shot. Seems slower then the cheaper canon power shot. I wish they can make it a bit faster.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


great camera/ missing features


from Maryland

I have the G1x for about 18 months, having bought it shortly after it was released. I wanted the larger sensor and the external (non-menu) controls. I had read most of the critical reviews and was not put off by the slower focus and lack of macro. Neither was a deal breaker. There are 2 rather inexplicable problems when using external flash. One, there is a noticeable delay after triggering shutter and when the external flash fires. The built in flash does not have this problem. Second is the lack of TTL flash when shooting in manual Canon DSLRs have TTL flash in manual, cannot understand why it would be disabled. Firmware upgrade could probably fix these issues, but Canon seems reluctant to provide updates for Powershot cameras.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Extremely SLOW autofocus !


from Minneapolis

Let me begin by saying I have used Cannon cameras exclusively since 1973 ! I bought the G1x to replace my G7 that had served me well for many years. I also own 2 high end Canon DSLR camera bodies. I have been extremely disappointed with the G1x for one reason. The autofocus is EXTREMELY slow ! You click the shutter and wait and wait and wait for the camera to take the photo ! I have missed so many shots with the camera waiting for the shutter to open. When I do get an image the image quality is very good. I have been very frustrated with so many missed shots.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Poorly placed video button


from Cali

A terribly placed video start button. This is where the exposure lock button used to be on powershots, which was perfect. Now when we go to lock exposure we mistakenly start shooting video. By the time this can be shut off, you miss the shot. I must be the only one that has a problem with this button as Canon continues to include this button in the exact same place on the G16. If you can't move it, at least let the function of it be customizable.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


WiFi connectivity APP not updated


from Canada

I purchased this camera to use with an iPad while travelling. However the Canon CameraWindow App that supports this on the iPad has never worked reliably and now works not at all. (IOS 6.1.3). This is very annoying and I can not see that Canon had responded to this problem which many others have reported (particularly user of IOS 7). Canon should provide a fix or some feedback to customers. I also wasted a lot of my time trying to solve and research (google) the problem. Not having an functioning App is most discouraging as it was part of the camera's advertised features!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Nice Little Package


from Napa Valley, California

This is a really nice little camera. I dont see what all the whining is about regarding the wifi. it works perfect. and is actually suprisingly fast at transfering pics to my iPhone. The only problem I have is accidentally taking pics w/the touch screen. and while using on screen options. besides that it takes good shots and good videos


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
BEAD M  I chose this camera first because it has the Digic 5 processor and then because of the larger sensor. The ability to add accessories...especially the macro ring light that I own was another factor. I also have the lens hood, the filter adapter and a polarizing filter. This camera has taken the place of my second SLR body. I'm trying to travel lighter and this camera fits the bill perfectly. And, I love the special effects.
Shopper  Is this camera able to go underwater?
LESLIE C  nope
Ken C  Is there a macro in he menu button? I need to take pix of small items. Thanks Ken
JOHN K  Yes, like other G series cameras from Canon there is a macro setting on the thumb wheel on the camera's back. BUT you need to read the specs or reviews of this camera. Due to the G1 X using a much larger sensor than other G series cameras it will NOT focus nearly as close as the other G series cameras. You might want to buy the filter adapter for the G1 X and use a set of close up lenses if you purchase this camera.
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