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Canon 1000D versus Canon G1 X Mark II

The Canon EOS 1000D (called Canon XS in some regions) and the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in June 2008 and February 2014. The 1000D is a DSLR, while the G1X Mark II is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on an APS-C (1000D) and an 1.5-inch (G1X Mark II) sensor. The 1000D has a resolution of 10.1 megapixel, whereas the G1X Mark II provides 13 MP. Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their size, their sensors, their features, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison: Canon 1000D vs Canon G1 X Mark II

The physical size and weight of the Canon 1000D and the Canon G1 X Mark II are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter. You can also use the toggle button to switch to a percentage comparison if you prefer that the measures are being expressed in relative terms (in this case, the camera on the left – the 1000D – represents 100 percent across all the size and weight measures).

Snapsort Canon 1000D vs Canon G1 X Mark II
Compare 1000D versus G1X Mark II top
Compare 1000D and G1X Mark II rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon G1 X Mark II is considerably smaller (30 percent) than the Canon 1000D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 1000D nor the G1X Mark II are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the G1X Mark II has a lens build in, whereas the 1000D is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can find an overview of optics for the 1000D and their specifications in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the 1000D gets 500 shots out of its LP-E5 battery, while the G1X Mark II can take 240 images on a single charge of its NB-12L power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, just select a new right or left comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Canon 1000D» 5.0 in 3.9 in 2.6 in 17.7 oz 500 n Jun 2008 449- i
Canon G1 X Mark II« 4.6 in 2.9 in 2.6 in 19.5 oz 240 n Feb 2014 799 i i
Canon 2000D« » 5.1 in 4.0 in 3.1 in 16.8 oz 500 n Feb 2018 449 i i
Canon 1300D« » 5.1 in 4.0 in 3.1 in 17.1 oz 500 n Mar 2016 449- i
Canon 1200D« » 5.1 in 3.9 in 3.1 in 16.9 oz 500 n Feb 2014 449- i
Canon G16« » 4.3 in 3.0 in 1.6 in 12.6 oz 360 n Aug 2013 549 i i
Canon G1 X« » 4.6 in 3.2 in 2.6 in 18.8 oz 250 n Jan 2012 799- i
Canon SX50« » 4.8 in 3.4 in 4.2 in 21.0 oz 315 n Sep 2012 429- i
Canon 1100D« » 5.1 in 3.9 in 3.1 in 17.5 oz 700 n Feb 2011 449- i
Canon 500D« » 5.1 in 3.9 in 2.4 in 18.3 oz 400 n Mar 2009 799- i
Canon T1i« » 5.1 in 3.9 in 2.4 in 18.3 oz 400 n Mar 2009 799- i
Canon 450D« » 5.1 in 3.9 in 2.4 in 18.5 oz 500 n Jan 2008 799- i
Canon XSi« » 5.1 in 3.9 in 2.4 in 18.5 oz 500 n Jan 2008 799- i
Canon 40D« » 5.7 in 4.3 in 2.9 in 29.0 oz 750 n Aug 2007 1,299- i
Canon 400D« » 5.0 in 3.3 in 2.6 in 19.6 oz 370 n Aug 2006 799- i
Olympus E-450« » 5.1 in 3.6 in 2.1 in 15.5 oz 500 n Mar 2009 499- i
Panasonic LX100« » 4.5 in 2.6 in 2.2 in 13.9 oz 300 n Sep 2014 899 i i

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

 

Sensor comparison: Canon 1000D vs Canon G1 X Mark II

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon 1000D features an APS-C sensor and the Canon G1 X Mark II an 1.5-inch sensor. The sensor area in the G1X Mark II is 20 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.6 and 1.85. The sensor in the 1000D has a native 3:2 aspect ratio, while the one in the G1X Mark II offers a 4:3 aspect.

Canon 1000D and Canon G1 X Mark II sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the G1X Mark II offers a higher resolution of 13 megapixel, compared with 10.1 MP of the 1000D. This megapixel advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 4.49μm versus 5.71μm for the 1000D). However, it should be noted that the G1X Mark II is much more recent (by 5 years and 8 months) than the 1000D, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently.

1000D versus G1X Mark II MP

For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Canon 1000D» APS-C 10.1 3888 2592-----
Canon G1 X Mark II« 1.5-inch 13.0 4160 31201080/30p21.510.858158
Canon 2000D« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971
Canon 1300D« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p----
Canon 1200D« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463
Canon G16« » 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.723054
Canon G1 X« » 1.5-inch 14.2 4352 32641080/24p21.710.864460
Canon SX50« » 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/24p20.311.217947
Canon 1100D« » APS-C 12.2 4272 2848720/30p21.911.075562
Canon 500D« » APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.566363
Canon T1i« » APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.566363
Canon 450D« » APS-C 12.2 4272 2848-21.910.869261
Canon XSi« » APS-C 12.2 4272 2848-21.910.869261
Canon 40D« » APS-C 10.1 3888 2592-22.111.370364
Canon 400D« » APS-C 10.1 3888 2592-22.111.066462
Olympus E-450« » Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736-21.510.551256
Panasonic LX100« » Four Thirds 12.7 4112 30884K/30p22.312.555367

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The G1X Mark II indeed provides for movie recording, while the 1000D does not. The highest resolution format that the G1X Mark II can use is 1080/30p.

 

Feature comparison: Canon 1000D vs Canon G1 X Mark II

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the 1000D has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the G1X Mark II relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon 1000D and Canon G1 X Mark II along with similar information for a selection of comparators. If you need more detail on the specs, you can find comprehensive listings, for example, in the dpreview camera hub.

Core Features
  Camera Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Shutter
speed
(1/sec)
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Build-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Build-in
Image
Stab
Canon 1000D»optical n 2.5 230 fixed n 4000 3.0 Y n
Canon G1 X Mark II«- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 4000 5.2 Y Y
Canon 2000D« »optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 4000 3.0 Y n
Canon 1300D« »optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 4000 3.0 Y n
Canon 1200D« »optical n 3.0 460 fixed n 4000 3.0 Y n
Canon G16« »optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 4000 2.2 Y Y
Canon G1 X« »optical n 3.0 922 Swivel n 4000 1.9 Y Y
Canon SX50« »202 n 3.0 461 swivel n 2000 2.2 Y Y
Canon 1100D« »optical n 2.7 230 fixed n 4000 3.0 Y n
Canon 500D« »optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 4000 3.4 Y n
Canon T1i« »optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 4000 3.4 Y n
Canon 450D« »optical n 3.0 230 fixed n 4000 3.5 Y n
Canon XSi« »optical n 3.0 230 fixed n 4000 3.5 Y n
Canon 40D« »optical Y 3.0 230 fixed n 8000 6.5 Y n
Canon 400D« »optical n 2.5 230 fixed n 4000 3.0 Y n
Olympus E-450« »optical n 2.7 215 fixed n 4000 3.5 Y n
Panasonic LX100« »2764 n 3.0 921 fixed n 4000 11.0 n Y

The G1X Mark II is a current model that online retailers, such as amazon, will have in stock. In contrast, the 1000D has been discontinued (but it can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the 1000D was succeeded by the Canon 1100D.

Review summary: Canon 1000D vs Canon G1 X Mark II

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon 1000D and the Canon G1 X Mark II? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Advantages of the Canon EOS 1000D:

  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image framing and settings control.
  • More flexible: Can take a variety of interchangeable lenses, including specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (500 versus 240) on a single battery charge.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in June 2008).


Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (13 vs 10.1MP), which boosts linear resolution by 11%.
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 1080/30p video.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.5") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 230k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5.2 vs 3 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with an integrated lens, while the 1000D requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (116x74mm vs 126x98mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology build-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • More modern: Reflects 5 years and 8 months of technical progress since the 1000D launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the G1X Mark II is the clear winner of the contest (11 : 4 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera.

1000D 04:11 G1X Mark II

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras is instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the handling experience and imaging performance when actually working with the 1000D or the G1X Mark II. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased. This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog). The detailed reviews can be accessed by clicking on the site logo in the table header.

Review scores
  Camera cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Canon 1000D»82/100HiRec3.5/54/54.5/5 Jun 2008 449- i
Canon G1 X Mark II«Rec77/1004/54/54.5/5 Feb 2014 799 i i
Canon 2000D« »rev-3.5/5-3.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i i
Canon 1300D« »rev73/1004/53.5/54/5 Mar 2016 449- i
Canon 1200D« »Rec-4/54/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449- i
Canon G16« »Rec-4.5/54.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i i
Canon G1 X« »Rec76/1004/54/54.5/5 Jan 2012 799- i
Canon SX50« »HiRec72/1004.5/5-4.5/5 Sep 2012 429- i
Canon 1100D« »80/10069/1004/54/54.5/5 Feb 2011 449- i
Canon 500D« »HiRec74/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799- i
Canon T1i« »HiRec74/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799- i
Canon 450D« »HiRecHiRec4/55/54.5/5 Jan 2008 799- i
Canon XSi« »HiRecHiRec4/55/54.5/5 Jan 2008 799- i
Canon 40D« »HiRecHiRec4.5/5rev4.5/5 Aug 2007 1,299- i
Canon 400D« »HiRecHiRecrev4.5/54/5 Aug 2006 799- i
Olympus E-450« »--4/5-4/5 Mar 2009 499- i
Panasonic LX100« »HiRec85/1005/54/55/5 Sep 2014 899 i i

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

 

Other camera comparisons

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