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After posting some questions here about the Canon G1X, I began an informative PM conversation with a Forum member. I bought the camera a few weeks ago (as part of an attractive Adorama camera/printer bundle that drastically lowered the camera's price), and he asked me for my feedback on it. I sent him the following information, and he suggested it might be useful to viewers on the Canon Forum. So here goes!
I've found that the camera handles in a similar way to my G9, with a few changes. The optical viewfinder is off-center, as usual, so I can't rely on it for accurate framing. I love the articulated screen! But I find that the LCD doesn't refresh very quickly; if I move the camera quickly, the image smears briefly before it catches up. I'm sure that higher-spec cameras (Sony, Fuji, Olympus, etc.) would do better with this.
At the same time as I ordered the camera, I bought a LensMate adapter and a set of Hoya closeup lenses, and they have proved very valuable in shooting closeups. By itself, the camera doesn't do Macro shots well at all; the close-focusing G9 is much better. the G1X retains the Macro setting from the G9, but it just gets in the way. For example, if I want to take a tightly-framed portrait from three feet away (which would require zooming the lens to its maximum length), I have to change from Standard to Macro or the shot won't be in focus. That's not very user-friendly; in my opinion, the camera should allow the lens to focus at its minimum distance at all times without requiring this change of settings.
But I'm really impressed with the camera's low-light capabilities. I have old 40D cameras with H settings that allow a maximum of 3,200 ISO. I've shot at that setting, and at 1,600 ISO, but I try to avoid them if possible because of the noise. With the G1X, I find that I can get usable photos at its maximum 12,800 ISO setting. I shot some comparisons with both cameras and the G1X was much better. I'm sure that the sensors in the 5D Mark II and III and the 1DX would be even better than that, but I found it to be surprising in a good way.
The G1X is what it is, so I can't complain that it doesn't have a constant-aperture lens. Now that I've gotten my feet wet with a (fairly) large sensor in a small(ish) body I expect that I'll move eventually into an interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera - more money, of course, but more function, including focus peaking and adapters for all sorts of glass, including constant aperture zooms.
I have begun checking out this site regularly:
The site owner, Will Crockett, makes a good case for mirrorless cameras, especially if you're combining stills, video, and audio. I'm not doing that, at least not yet, so that aspect doesn't appeal to me much. But the small size and light weight of these new cameras are attractive. The G1X is a good introduction into that world, I think; it has its faults, but I think it will be a good picture-taker.