The Canon PowerShot G1X drops the typical compact camera sensor in favor of a 14.3MP 1.5" sensor (midway between that of a Micro 4/3 sensor and an APS-C sensor). That’s six times larger than a typical point-and-shoot sensor, giving huge improvements in image quality and ISO performance.
The G1 X has RAW capabilities (14-bit), full manual controls, a max ISO of 12,800 (useful to ISO 1,600), and a 28-112mm (full-frame equivalent) f/2.8-5.8 lens with optical IS. There’s also a built-in, pop-up flash, external hotshoe allow for further low-light options. It also has both a 3", vari-angle rear LCD and an optical viewfinder. Other features include in-camera HDR, Movie Digest mode, and 1080p HD video recording.