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Canon 600D vs G1X

The Canon EOS 600D (called Canon T3i in some regions) and the Canon PowerShot G1 X are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2011 and January 2012. The 600D is a DSLR, while the G1X is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on an APS-C (600D) and an 1.5-inch (G1X) sensor. The 600D has a resolution of 17.9 megapixels, whereas the G1X provides 14.2 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 600D versus Canon G1 X
Canon 600D Canon G1 X
Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
Canon EF mount lenses 28-112mm f/2.8-5.8
17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor 14.2 MP, 1.5" Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/24p Video
ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800) ISO 100-12,800
Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 922k dots
Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive) no rear screen
3.7 shutter flaps per second 1.9 shutter flaps per second
440 shots per battery charge250 shots per battery charge
133 x 100 x 80 mm, 570 g 117 x 81 x 65 mm, 534 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 600D and the Canon PowerShot G1 X? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon 600D and the Canon G1 X is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon 600D vs Canon G1 X
Compare 600D versus G1X top
Comparison 600D or G1X 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 is notably smaller (29 percent) than the Canon 600D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 600D nor the G1X are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the G1X has a lens built in, whereas the 600D is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the 600D and their specifications in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the 600D gets 440 shots out of its LP-E8 battery, while the G1X can take 250 images on a single charge of its NB-10L power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 600D 133 mm 100 mm 80 mm 570 g 440 n Feb 2011 599i
2.
 
Canon G1 X 117 mm 81 mm 65 mm 534 g 250 n Jan 2012 799i
3.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
4.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
5.
 
Canon 1200D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449i
6.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 116 mm 74 mm 66 mm 553 g 240 n Feb 2014 799i
7.
 
Canon 100D 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549i
8.
 
Canon 700D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649i
9.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon 650D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849i
11.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599i
12.
 
Canon 1100D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 495 g 700 n Feb 2011 449i
13.
 
Canon 550D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 530 g 440 n Feb 2010 699i
14.
 
Canon 500D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 520 g 400 n Mar 2009 799i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. 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.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have 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 are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon 600D features an APS-C sensor and the Canon G1 X an 1.5-inch sensor. The sensor area in the G1X is 21 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 600D has a native 3:2 aspect ratio, while the one in the G1X offers a 4:3 aspect.

Technology-wise, the G1X uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 5) than the 600D (DIGIC 4), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 600D and Canon G1 X sensor measures

With 17.9MP, the 600D offers a higher resolution than the G1X (14.2MP), but the 600D nevertheless has marginally larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.31μm versus 4.30μm for the G1X) due to its larger sensor. However, the G1X is a somewhat more recent model (by 11 months) than the 600D, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels.

The resolution advantage of the Canon 600D implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the 600D for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 17.3 inches or 65.8 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 13.8 inches or 52.7 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon G1 X are 21.8 x 16.3 inches or 55.3 x 41.5 cm for good quality, 17.4 x 13.1 inches or 44.2 x 33.2 cm for very good quality, and 14.5 x 10.9 inches or 36.8 x 27.6 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon EOS 600D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, which can be extended to ISO 100-12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon PowerShot G1 X are ISO 100 to ISO 12800 (no boost).

600D versus G1X MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). Of the two cameras under review, the 600D has a notably higher overall DXO score than the G1X (overall score 5 points higher), which gives it an advantage in terms of imaging quality. This advantage is based on 0.4 bits higher color depth, 0.7 EV in additional dynamic range, and 0.3 stops in additional low light sensitivity. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 600D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.579365
2.
 
Canon G1 X 1.5-inch 14.2 4352 32641080/24p21.710.864460
3.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
4.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
5.
 
Canon 1200D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463
6.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 1.5-inch 13.0 4160 31201080/30p21.510.858158
7.
 
Canon 100D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.384363
8.
 
Canon 700D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.268161
9.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.723054
10.
 
Canon 650D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.272262
11.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.282765
12.
 
Canon 1100D APS-C 12.2 4272 2848720/30p21.911.075562
13.
 
Canon 550D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.578466
14.
 
Canon 500D APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.566363

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the 600D provides a higher frame rate than the G1X. It can shoot video footage at 1080/30p, while the G1X is limited to 1080/24p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The 600D and the G1X are similar in the sense that both have an optical viewfinder. The latter is useful for getting a clear image for framing even in brightly lit environments. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon 600D and Canon G1 X along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 600Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
2.
 
Canon G1 Xoptical n 3.0 922 Swivel n 1/4000s 1.9 Y Y
3.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon 1200Doptical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 5.2 Y Y
7.
 
Canon 100Doptical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
8.
 
Canon 700Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon G16optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
10.
 
Canon 650Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon Mnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
12.
 
Canon 1100Doptical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
13.
 
Canon 550Doptical n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
14.
 
Canon 500Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.4 Y n
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 600D and the G1X write their files to SDXC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 600D and Canon PowerShot G1 X and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 600DYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
2.
 
Canon G1 XYstereomono--mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon 77DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon 760DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon 1200DYmonomono--mini2.0---
6.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon 100DYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
8.
 
Canon 700DYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
9.
 
Canon G16Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
10.
 
Canon 650DYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon MYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon 1100DYstereomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon 550DYstereo-Y-mini2.0---
14.
 
Canon 500DYmonomono--mini2.0---

It is notable that the 600D has a microphone port, which is missing on the G1X. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

Both the 600D and the G1X have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The 600D was replaced by the Canon 650D, while the G1X was followed by the Canon G1X Mark II. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon 600D and the Canon G1 X? Which camera is better? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Advantages of the Canon EOS 600D:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (17.9 vs 14.2MP) with a 15% higher linear resolution.
  • Better image quality: Scores markedly higher (5 points) in the DXO overall assessment.
  • More dynamic range: Captures a larger spectrum of light and dark details (0.7 EV of extra DR).
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/30p versus 1080/24p).
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 922k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (3.7 vs 1.9 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More flexible: Can take a variety of interchangeable lenses, including specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (440 versus 250) on a single battery charge.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in February 2011).


Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot G1 X:

  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 5 vs DIGIC 4).
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with an integrated lens, while the 600D requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (117x81mm vs 133x100mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight even though it has a lens built in (unlike the 600D).
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology built-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (11 months) more recently.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the 600D is the clear winner of the match-up (11 : 6 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. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

600D 11:06 G1X

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 600D and the Canon G1 X place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Travel-Zoom Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the 600D or the G1X. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 600D3/5o77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599i
2.
 
Canon G1 X5/5+76/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2012 799i
3.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..82/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
4.
 
Canon 760D5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
5.
 
Canon 1200D3/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449i
6.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II3/5+77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2014 799i
7.
 
Canon 100D4/5+78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549i
8.
 
Canon 700D....76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649i
9.
 
Canon G164/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon 650D4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849i
11.
 
Canon M3/5+..4/54/5 Jul 2012 599i
12.
 
Canon 1100D..80/10069/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2011 449i
13.
 
Canon 550D..+ +77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2010 699i
14.
 
Canon 500D..+ +74/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Canon 600D vs Canon G1 X

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 600D Canon G1 X
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses 28-112mm f/2.8-5.8
    Launch Date February 2011 January 2012
    Launch Price USD 599 USD 799
    Sensor Specs Canon 600D Canon G1 X
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor 1.5" Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 18.7 x 14.0 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 261.8 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 23.4 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.85x
    Sensor Resolution 17.9 Megapixels 14.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 4352 x 3264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.31 μm 4.30 μm
    Pixel Density 5.39 MP/cm2 5.43 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/24p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 12,800 ISO no Enhancement
    Image Processor DIGIC 4 DIGIC 5
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 65 60
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 22.1 21.7
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.5 10.8
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 793 644
    Screen Specs Canon 600D Canon G1 X
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 74%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.53x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen
    Shooting Specs Canon 600D Canon G1 X
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3.7 shutter flaps/s 1.9 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon 600D Canon G1 X
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Body Specs Canon 600D Canon G1 X
    Battery Type LP-E8 NB-10L
    Battery Life (CIPA)440 shots per charge250 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 133 x 100 x 80 mm
    (5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
    117 x 81 x 65 mm
    (4.6 x 3.2 x 2.6 in)
    Camera Weight 570 g (20.1 oz) 534 g (18.8 oz)

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