This isn't a gripe about depth-of-field; the larger sensor size of the G1 X allows for shallower DOF at narrower apertures than the smaller sensors in the Olympus and Fujifilm cameras. It's about light constraints at reasonably short focal lengths.
And that's only one problem. The other is the lens' minimum focusing distance. First, it can only focus as close as 7.9 inches, and that's in macro mode; in standard focus, it's a more common 1.3 feet. Even the G12's lens focuses as close as 2 inches in normal mode. More annoying, the camera can only autoswitch between macro and standard focus modes in complete Auto. It means unlearning habits about lens settings and spending too much time jumping in and out of macro modes.
|Canon PowerShot G12||Canon PowerShot G1 X||Fujifilm FinePix X10||Fujifilm FinePix X100||Olympus XZ-1||Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5|
|Sensor (effective resolution)||10-megapixel CCD||14.3- megapixel CMOS||12-megapixel EXR CMOS||12.3 megapixel CMOS||10-megapixel CCD||10-megapixel CCD|
(18.7 x 14mm)
|2/3-inch||23.6 x 15.8mm||1/1.63-inch||1/1.63-inch|
|Sensitivity range||ISO 80 - ISO 3200||ISO 100 - ISO 12,800||ISO 100 - ISO 3200||ISO 100 (expanded)/ 200 - ISO 6400/12,800 (expanded)||ISO 100 - ISO 6400||ISO 80 - ISO 3200|
|Closest focus (inches)||0.4||7.9||0.4||3.9||0.4||0.4|
|Continuous shooting||1.1fps |
frames n/a raw
8 JPEG/n/a raw
10 JPEG/8 raw
23 JPEG/8 raw
|2.5 fps |
|Viewfinder||Optical||Optical||Optical||Optical/EVF switchable||Optional EVF||Optional OVF or EVF|
|11 area |
|Metering||n/a||n/a||256 zones||256 zones||324 area||n/a |
|Shutter||15-1/4,000 sec||60-1/4,000 sec||30-1/4,000 sec||30-1/4,000 sec; bulb to 60 min||60-1/2,000 sec; bulb to 16 min||60-1/4,000 sec|
|LCD||2.8-inch articulated |
|3-inch articulated 922,000 dots||2.8-inch fixed |
|2.8-inch fixed |
|3-inch fixed OLED |
|3-inch fixed |
|Image stabilization||Optical||Optical||Optical||None||Sensor shift||Optical|
|Video (best quality)||720/24p |
H.264 QuickTime MOV
|1080/24p H.264 QuickTime MOV |
|1080/30p H.264 QuickTime MOV Stereo||720/24p H.264 QuickTime MOV Stereo||720/30p Motion JPEG AVI||720/30p AVCHD Lite |
|Manual iris and shutter in video||No||No||No||Iris only||No||Yes|
|Zoom while recording||No||Yes||Yes||n/a||No||n/a|
|Battery life (CIPA rating)||390 shots||250 shots||270 shots||300 shots||320 shots||400 shots|
|Dimensions (WHD, inches)||4.4 x 3.0 x 2.0||4.6 x 3.2 x 2.6||4.6 x 2.7 x 2.2||5.0 x 2.9 x 2.1||4.4 x 2.6 x 1.7||4.3 x 2.6 x 1.7|
|Availability||October 2010||February 2012||November 2011||March 2011||January 2011||August 2010|
Bigger, heavier, and boxier than the G12 and with a pop-up rather than front-mounted flash, the G1 X nevertheless looks and feels quite similar to its older sibling. Overall, I like the design, though the function button behavior can get a little frustrating: unlike other cameras, which automatically hide the menu when you press the shutter button, Canon's remains until you press the function button again. As a result, I frequently found myself scrolling around the options when I thought I was changing the shutter speed. Otherwise, I like the flip-and-twist LCD--it's bright and big--and though the optical viewfinder is quite small, it's useful to have. And the buttons and dials feel responsive and well laid out.
Many of the new features, like the multi-area white balance and Intelligent IS, which launched with the S100, work only in auto mode; Intelligent IS autodetects what type of stabilization is necessary in both still and video modes, and the updated white balance does better scene analysis. It also introduces face recognition, and can store up to 12 faces with some limited associated metadata. You'll find a bunch of multishot modes, including five-shot HDR, though I find Canon's implementations so-so. Like the G12, it has a built-in neutral-density filter.
A lot of people think that Canon's missing out by lagging in its ILC development--and it is. The G1 X targets a growing part of the market, composed of people who don't really care about changing lenses and just want better photo quality. But, ironically, its disappointing lens makes a better case for getting an ILC in this price segment than for buying this fixed-lens option.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
|Time to first shot||Raw shot-to-shot time||Typical shot-to-shot time||Shutter lag (dim)||Shutter lag (typical)|
(Longer bars indicate better performance)