• 1.5 inch 261.8mm2
  • 14.3 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (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
  • 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
  • More telephoto lens reach
    112 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • 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 4.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • 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
  • Lighter weight
    298g vs 543g
    Lighter weight
  • 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
    4.1 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

  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • 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 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
Nikon Coolpix A
Canon G11
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

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
Nikon Coolpix A
Canon G12
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sigma DP1 Merrill

Canon G1X
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
  • $984
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon Coolpix A
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $984
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter

Compared to Leica X2

Canon G1X
Leica X2
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $1745
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon Coolpix A
Leica X2
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $1745
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Fujifilm X70

Canon G1X
Fujifilm X70
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon Coolpix A
Fujifilm X70
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
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