• 1.5 inch 261.8mm2
  • 14.3 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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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
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 8 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Canon SL1 advantages over Canon G1X

  • 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
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Higher effective ISO
    843 vs 644 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • 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
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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

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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 Canon G11

Canon G1X
Canon G11
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon SL1
Canon G11
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon G12

Canon G1X
Canon G12
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon SL1
Canon G12
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sigma DP1 Merrill

Canon G1X
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon SL1
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A37

Canon G1X
Sony A37
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher-res screen
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon SL1
Sony A37
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $600
  • 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
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon SL1
Canon T5
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
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