As is our habit, let’s compare the G1X with its principal competitors, first within the same category (i.e., compact cameras):
When it comes to the G1X’s performance, there is no contest here:
These results aren’t really such a surprise: the PowerShot G1X’s much larger format allows the sensor to capture much more light, which means a proportionate diminishing of noise.
Given these results, we cannot help but congratulate the manufacturer for putting this kind of sensor into a compact camera. Up until now, the entire compact category relied on the same sensors as the lowest-level compact cameras, which meant that their usefulness was restricted.
Let’s take a look at the evolution of the GX PowerShot line. No debate here - Canon changed the sensor and the results are spectacular!