Canon PowerShot G1X Review

Tuesday January 31 2012

Sensor Review
Introduction | Canon PowerShot G1X sensor performance | Canon G1X, the best compact cameras | Canon G1 vs Fuji X100 | Canon G1X vs hybrid cameras | Canon PowerShot G1 X lens review | Conclusion

Canon G1x bridge vs Panasonic and Olympus hybrid cameras

Here are the latest results for the Panasonic and Olympus cameras vs the PowerShot G1X:

Canon G1X vs Panasonic G1X vs Olympus PEN EP3

Canon G1X vs Panasonic G1X vs Olympus PEN EP3

The results for all three cameras are comparable across the board, which means that the competition is going to be fierce. The micro 4/3 camera sensors still hold their own despite their slightly smaller size. This means that choosing among these models will be difficult:

  • In terms of sensor quality, the images produced are very similar: if you shoot at low ISO, you will likely prefer the PowerShot G1X, even though the Panasonic has a slight lead in low-light scores.
  • In terms of compactness, the Panasonic and the G1X go head-to-head, given that the Canon has a very compact lens and that Panasonic offers very small interchangeable lenses (notably the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm).
  • In terms of flexibility, both the Olympus and the Panasonic come out ahead of the G1X: the ability to change lenses is, after all, a fairly big plus. The lenses for these two brands largely overcome many of the problems affecting their sensor scores.

Canon G1x vs Nikon 1 cameras

Our last, but certainly not least interesting comparison:

Canon G1X vs Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V1

Canon G1X vs Panasonic G1X vs Olympus PEN EP3

It’s a close match, but the G1X comes out ahead:

  • At low ISO, the Nikon 1’s good results (comparable to the G1X’s) prevents a complete blowout.
  • By contrast, the G1X is clearly the winner by 1 full stop in low-light.

This is where the sensor format truly makes a difference - the Canon’s low-light score has a big impact on its overall DxOMark score.

Here, too, choosing between these two kinds of cameras is difficult:

  • On the one hand, the Canon sensor will let you shoot under low-light conditions, but its fixed lens has a maximum aperture of f/2.8.
  • On the other hand, while the Nikon sensor is less sensitive, its cameras allow you to use such compact lenses as the Nikon 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 (with the possibility of even brighter lenses in the future).