• 1.5 inch 261.8mm2
  • 14.3 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon G1X advantages over Nikon D810

  • 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
  • Lighter weight
    543g vs 988g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 23 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Nikon D810 advantages over Canon G1X

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    25.7 vs 21.7 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,853 vs 644 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.8 vs 10.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1200 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    4 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.21 vs 0.70 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    36.3 vs 14.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.1 fps vs 4.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    57 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.1 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Handles even better than its predecessors; Absolutely spectacular images from the 36-megapixel image sensor; Unusually wide sensitivity range for its resolution; Improved performance and buffer depths; Improved video feature set; Impressive low-light autofocus

  • Prone to moire and false color with some subjects; No longer available with a low-pass filter; Demands excellent lenses for the best detail; White balance tends warm under tungsten lighting

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon G1X
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D810
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sigma DP1 Merrill

Canon G1X
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D810
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon D800E

Canon G1X
Nikon D800E
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D810
Nikon D800E
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Newer
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sigma dp2 Quattro

Canon G1X
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $932
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Newer
Nikon D810
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $932
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher max flash sync

Compared to Pentax K-1

Canon G1X
Pentax K-1
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Internal flash
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D810
Pentax K-1
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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