Canon PowerShot G1 X

Updated May 31, 2014
Canon PowerShot G1 X

Bottom line

On paper, experts say the Canon PowerShot G1 X looks fantastic. Its enormous image sensor promises to deliver that long-awaited holy grail of compact cameras: pro-quality photos in a carry-around package. Unfortunately, the G1 X is big, bulky and slow. "Astonishingly slow," various testers say. Reviewers overwhelmingly recommend the speedy, pocket-sized Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 instead.

Ease of use

Big, but generally easy to handle. The Canon G1 X isn't small. At 19 ounces, it's as heavy as a small digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera, and nearly as big. But bulk does carry some advantages. Unlike its pocket-sized rivals, the Canon G1 X leaves ample room for your hands. Textured rubber grips make it comfortable to hold. There's plenty of space for physical buttons, too (although no lens ring), so you can adjust settings on the fly without any menu-diving. There's even an optical viewfinder. It disappoints testers, though. "If you can believe it, the lens barrel actually blocks your view," says David Pogue at The New York Times. PhotographyBlog.com's Mark Goldstein finds the viewfinder too small to be really useful for framing a shot, anyway. Testers and owners wind up ignoring the viewfinder and using the 3-inch, flip-out, swiveling LCD screen instead.

ProsExcellent photo quality, Outstanding in low light, Full manual controlConsSluggish for action shots, Poor in close-up situations, Bulky and heavy

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