• 1.5 inch 261.8mm2
  • 14.3 megapixels
  • 28mm - 112mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon G1X advantages over Canon SL1

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 8 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Canon SL1 advantages over Canon G1X

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs None
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 1.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Higher effective ISO
    843 vs 644 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer battery life
    More info 380 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.26 vs 0.70 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    18.0 vs 14.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    4.0 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Large-sensor image quality. Sharp lens with useful zoom range. Tilt/swivel LCD. Twin dials. Smaller than competing interchangeable-lens cameras with a similar lens. Lots of photographer-friendly features.

  • Not as small as you might hope. Mediocre burst shooting and autofocus speed. Far too easy to accidentally change exposure compensation. Viewfinder is of surprisingly little use. Battery life could be better.

  • Extremely compact and lightweight for a DSLR; Delivers good image quality that's virtually identical to the Canon T4i/T5i; Accurate and relatively fast autofocus with improved Live View and Movie Hybrid CMOS II AF; Full 1080p HD movie recording; Better-than average kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM).

  • Still not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Slightly worse than average dynamic range and high ISO performance; Poor battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-01

Canon G1X
Pentax K-01
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Canon SL1
Pentax K-01
  • $394
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-E1

Canon G1X
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $392
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Canon SL1
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $394
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $392
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A58

Canon G1X
Sony A58
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher-res screen
  • $442
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Canon SL1
Sony A58
  • $394
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $442
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-E2

Canon G1X
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $787
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Canon SL1
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $394
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $787
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T5

Canon G1X
Canon T5
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $394
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Canon SL1
Canon T5
  • $394
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $394
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer battery life
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