• 1.5 inch 261.8mm2
  • 14.3 megapixels
  • 28mm - 112mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G1X advantages over Nikon Coolpix A

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • More lens zoom
    4.0x vs 1.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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 17 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Coolpix A advantages over Canon G1X

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,164 vs 644 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.8 vs 10.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 64 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    298g vs 543g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    4.1 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
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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.

  • Solid alloy body with true twin-dial design; Smaller, lighter, and cheaper than most direct competitors; Excellent image quality, even when compared to interchangeable-lens cameras; Numerous accessories expand upon its capabilities.

  • Fixed prime lens is not for everybody; Ergonomics could be better; Performance is spotty; Built-in flash is rather weak; Battery life is quite modest.

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
Nikon Coolpix A
Pentax K-01
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • Newer
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sigma DP1 Merrill

Canon G1X
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More lens zoom
  • $729
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon Coolpix A
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $729
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter

Compared to Fujifilm X-E1

Canon G1X
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Nikon Coolpix A
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Fujifilm X-E2

Canon G1X
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Nikon Coolpix A
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Leica X-E (Typ 102)

Canon G1X
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $1795
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Newer
Nikon Coolpix A
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $1795
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
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