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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2012
I have just purchased the g1x despite reading all the reviews and some of the negative blurb. I am also a DSLR owner Canon 550d with lenses, and I am not someone who always stays with one brand. I do a lot of homework and image testing first.
I can say first off the G1X is a brilliant little camera that takes DSLR PHOTOS, It equals my 550d DSLR and in some shots it's slightly better due to that quality lens they have put on it.
I agree in principle with some of the comments, i.e. poor macro....(but take the photo by switching over to macro the crop it and enlarge it on the (Canon simple picture adjustment software)....I have got some fantastically sharp shots).
The other main criticism was the slow focusing; I have not found this to be a problem at all, unless you want to take continuous sports shots.
The comments about the view finder being useless are unfounded. Yes it's not a DSLR but it's sold as a Professional travel camera.
I use the view finder most of the time, as I need glasses for reading and I have just adjusted the viewfinder to my magnification. This saves me having to find my glasses, which I wouldn't normal carry with me as I only need slight magnification for reading, but enough that the LCD screen is not that clear. Also when the sun is shining the screen whilst very good does lose some of its appeal.
I mainly use the G1X on auto which is very good. However I would recommend that you use P program which is also auto but with the ability for you to and set your own adjustments up to improve that already terrific picture. I have (under the function button. then AC custom colour) push function again and you can adjust the sharpness (I went for +2) and the contrast ( I went for +1) I left the rest as standard. Then under function Button for white balance adjust (mine is AWB..then push menu button and you can move the dot around, I went for a3.0 just three notches to the right. This has made the pictures warmer. I used the front of my house as a test piece and took shots in standard auto, then under P my final adjustments and the difference is way better when you put them up on the computer.
PS it also makes a massive difference to the picture if you have a good computer screen. I use my Acer laptop and everyone comments on the clarity of my photos, even my wife !!!!!!
The zoom lens is X4 but if you need to get closer just crop the image on the computer and zoom it in after all you have 14.1 megapixels to play with. I have some great shots by doing this.
Finally by now enough is known about the G1X, and those early punters who just bought the latest hyped camera out, instead of really analysing what they need it.
Finally this is a terrific travel camera with undisputed DSLR quality, with superb picture image quality. I use JPEG not RAW. I now leave the DSLR and lenses at home and take the G1X. It's bigger than its near rival the Sony RX100 which I looked at but in the end for me it's about the final image quality, and that's where the G1X wins. Check out dpreview web site and you can compare the quality of most cameras side by side. Actually compared next to my DSLR with the 18x135 lens it looks like a baby.
Hope you have found this review to be an unbiased true account of the camera, PS you occasionally find these on EBAY (2 this week) as they are now app a year old and the buyers who bought them for the wrong uses as mentioned above are selling them.