Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 13.1 megapixel at 4:3 / 12.8 megapixel at 3:2 aspect ratio 1.5"-type CMOS sensor
  • 24-120mm equivalent F2-3.9 lens with optical image stabilizer (5x optical zoom)
  • ISO 100-12800
  • Dual control rings
  • 3" tilting touch LCD with 1,040,000 dots
  • 1080/30p HD video
  • Optional electronic viewfinder with 2,360,000 dots (sold separately)
  • Raw and Raw+JPEG shooting
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS

Product Description

Boasting a sensor that is 4.5x larger than a 1/1.7" sensor found in professional level point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera can produce high-quality images with a wide dynamic range. The G1 X II improves upon its predecessor in many ways. It's smaller, features a faster 24-120mm F2.0-3.9 lens (with closer focusing distances), a 31-point AF system, dual lens rings, a touchscreen LCD that can tilt upward by 180°, and Wi-Fi with NFC. While its 1.5"-type is a bit smaller than on the original, the G1 X II can shoot at 3:2 or 4:3 with the same field-of-view. The catch? No more optical viewfinder (though an EVF is optional).

Specs

Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Sensor
Max resolution 4160 x 3120
Other resolutions 4352 x 2904, 4352 x 2448, 3120 x 3120, 2496 x 3120, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1840 x 2304, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1368, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536, 1232 x 1536
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2
Effective pixels 13 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 15 megapixels
Sensor size 1.5″ (18.7 x 14 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 6
Image
ISO Auto, 100-12800
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes (2 Custom settings)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Superfine, fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–120 mm
Optical zoom 5×
Maximum aperture F2.0 - F3.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points 31
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes (Capacitive)
Screen type sRGB PureColor II Touchscreen LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 6.80 m
External flash Yes
Flash modes Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
Continuous drive 5 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Star Time-Lapse: 1920 x 1080 (15 or 30 fps), Digest Movie: 1280 x 720 (30 fps), Minature Effect: 1280 x 720 or 640 x 480 (1.5 - 6 fps)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes with NFC
Remote control Yes
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NB-12L lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 240
Weight (inc. batteries) 553 g (1.22 lb / 19.51 oz)
Dimensions 116 x 74 x 66 mm (4.57 x 2.91 x 2.6)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None

First Impressions

The G1 X II's large sensor and fast, wide-ranging lens make for a large camera. Despite that, Canon has designed the camera in such a way that it can be operated with one hand - though the front dials encourage a two-handed approach.

The design of the G1 X II has changed considerably compared to its predecessor. Gone is the 'two level' top plate - used to house the optical finder - which gives the G1 X II a more traditional rectangular shape. The grip on the G1 X II is smaller than on the original, though the optional 'custom grip' closes the gap. Also note that the front dial on the G1 X is gone on the G1 X II, replaced instead by an additional dial around the lens.

The lens is longer (24-120mm) and faster (F2.0-3.9), and the latter makes the camera pretty compelling when you throw in its 1.5"-type sensor. The autofocus system is much faster according to Canon, and you can finally focus on something remotely close to the camera (5cm).

Read the entire First Impressions Review on DPReview.

Reviews

User Reviews

4.66667 out of 5 stars
  • HussainJanjua, Apr 19, 2014 GMT:
    smart Gadget

    Its amazing gadget by Canon

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  • servic, Apr 21, 2014 GMT:
    Great all-rounder with focusing issues

    I like the camera as it is except for several issues: The standard grip is not designed for the weight of the camera. Since the camera is heavier than most compacts, I unintentionally press camera controls and it is somewhat annoying. The optional grip is way too expensive. So I'd rather keep nagging around than buy this grip. I don't want to invest my money in this Canon's carefully designed marketing rip-off (larger grip should cost some 5 cent more in production). The other issue that ...

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  • jonrobertp, Apr 22, 2014 GMT:
    cool lens and iso capability

    I have the G1X2 and also the RX100.   The new G1X has a nice thumb grip to hold it better.   The speed of all functions is very good, right there with the RX.    The lens is sharp at the long end even at 3.9, and best at 5.6.   At the wide end its typical wide open, a bit soft as experienced photogs might expect, but mostly at very close shooting distances.  For the street at dusk, I won't worry about it.  Not that bad.   If 2.8 is enough light, that's of course better at 24mm. At 6400 iso it ...

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  • jgersh, Apr 23, 2014 GMT:
    Only an incremental improvement from basic PowerShot

    I am a middling enthusiast who only buys a camera every three years... so my previous camera was the SX130, a very capable machine! After intensive studying of dpreview, I lighted on the new G1X Mark II. It's a great camera! Its behavior in low-light is excellent, and the AF speed is tremendously improved, the WiFi is cool, all factors in my purchase.  But my expectations of IQ were far too high.  I figured that three years from now (when I buy my next camera) a 1.5" sensor will be common, ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Sony RX10 or Canon G1X Mk2

Hi all, I know G1X Mk2 is still not around, so no full reviews are available. But knowing what it has been released officially by Canon and what has been written on some "First impression" articles in several places... which would be your choice? Let me give you some details: - I currently own a Canon G1X Mk1 - I really feel that Canon G1X Mk2 addresses everything I don't like from my current camera (some things I already was aware before buying it, some others not), so I see G1X Mk2 as a great improvement over Mk1 (faster lens, improved focal length, better autofocus, touchscreen, two rings in the lens, much better macro, ...) - I'm more interested in stills that in video, but to be honest, now that my first son is coming, maybe video will start being more interesting to me - I'm a lover of advance compact cameras, so I'm not looking for recommendations abour moving to DSLR/ILC Regarding the pros and cons I see for each camera: - PROS G1X: sensor size (bigger), camera size ...

rccasgar asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

This for me particularly is a tricky question to answer since I didn't handle the G1Xii but I do have RX10 and it is great camera and even better camcorder. Great lens,great audio and full of features!It is almost 2x as expansive as G1Xii so it would be hard to decide.I would definitely try first both of them in person and then decide. Good luck and congrats on newborn ! Continue Reading

Daniel Vavrecka answered
1 month ago

Personally, I'd probably go with the G1X mk II as long as the AF has been *drastically* improved and the lens is good. A lot of folks in the Powershot forum seem to be afraid that the lens will be even more compromised and dependent on software correction than the RX100's. In pure IQ terms, the RX10 is good and not that much behind the G1X IMHO. I like, personally, the smaller size and price tag of the G1X mk II. Tldr: it's hard to say until the G1X mk II has been out for a while and tested thoroughly. Continue Reading

areichow answered
1 month ago

Thanks Continue Reading

rccasgar answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

G1X MII vs Olympus Stylus 1

This could be comparing "apples and oranges", but please bear with me. I currently have a PS G11 and love it, with the exception of the 140 mm zoom limitations. I LIKE the size, the controls and image quality of the G11, I shoot jpegs only, might dabble in RAW. I take mostly landscape travel pictures, love close-up nature photography but also would like to take an occasional shot of a bird, butterfly or lizard with a longer lens. I post-process images in Elements 12. I am NOT going bigger, a DSLR or even bridge camera with long zoom is not acceptable for my 71 year old shoulders. The 300 mm 35 equivalent of the Stylus 1 drew my attention. Sensor size is 1/1.7" like the G11. Now a bigger sensor is supposedly getting better quality, meaning more details and higher dynamic range. I understand this intuitively, but not on an optical physics level, I am "just" an electrical engineer. Here is my question: If I took an image of a bird, lizard or rattle snake in "safe distance" of let's say ...

1 month ago

ANSWERS

Granted - I've seen lots of samples from various brands of cameras on various review sites.  Some look good and some look bad - but that's all very subjective.  This is based on a number of variables - some of which could be the monitor you are viewing them on (and if it's calibrated or not), and the reality that many reviewers tend to shoot in default JPG mode with no adjustments whatsoever.  Then there's the personal preferences angle - meaning, there are certain aspects of an image that we all look for. Here's one of the better reviews - this one from Robin Wong.  When he first posted pictures taken with the Stylus 1 (before it was officially announced), he kept it quiet as to which camera took them.  This caused many to speculate that it was from a new (as of yet unannounced) micro 4/3 DSLR.  But it wasn't.  Here is his review: Robin Wong's Olympus Stylus 1 Review with samples So in the case of the Stylus 1, I will agree to disagree with you.  I've seen some fantastic samples ... Continue Reading

Ben Herrmann answered
1 month ago

Great thread! I own the G12 and I'm considering the G1X MkII and new Nikon P8000 because of the larger sensors and much better lenses. I shoot JPEG and RAW and also dabble with raw to get the sharpest images I can. The Stylus 1 does not interest me since I will never buy another 1/1.7" sensor (or smaller) again because of the high noise and low IQ above 400 ISO. I will also not buy both cameras to do a side by side comparison between the two and pixel peep them. Unfortunately, I think we will need to wait until professional reviews will give us the ultimate answer. Maybe in May or June, we will know the answer to this question. Only time, reviews of side by side images will give us the answer to this question :-| As it is, I'm leaning toward the P8000 because the more advanced features and size/weight of the G1X MkII is so large/heavy and because does not have a built in EVF and lower quality video. BUT, if the sharpness of the sensor/lens combination of the G1X MkII is much better ... Continue Reading

tron555 answered
1 month ago

I don't have first hand experience with the Stylus 1 but I think since it is a superzoom with a small sensor you will generally get a superior image compared to a comparably sized enlargement of a G1 X Mark II image if the following conditions are met: 1.  You shoot with an abundance of light - in other words keep ISO as low as possible. 2.  Make sure the subject of your image fills much of the frame. My feeling is if you can't meet these two conditions with the Stylus 1 you may well be better off with a enalarged G1 X mkII image.  But really, the only way to know for sure is to test. Continue Reading

Ranlee answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

Canon G1X Mark II : what is the advantage of 3:2 toghether with 4:3 ratio ?

I don't understand why Canon stresses so much this double-ratio property of the camera. With my S95 I tried some time the 4:3 but had a hard time at home to crop them to something pleasent so I returned remorseful to 3:2. Maybe this is good for video ? I don't know - someone can please explain ? Meiki

Meiki67 asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

The readout electronics go on each pixel, they are not peripheral. I agree that the pixels are likely the same size. But make no mistake this is a new mask set and thus a new chip, and will be processed in the latest process. This is not old stock recycled sensors. This is a brand new implementation and brand new chip. What we don't know is how it performs. Canon claims that this chip at ISO 1600 gives the same noise level as the G1X at ISO 400. So that is 2 stops better. To me, that is significant. I am anxiously waiting for the camera to come out and see the proof of the pudding. :) However, Canon may be talking about jpg output and the 2 stops advantage are due to more advanced NR with the faster DIGIC 6, and those aren't what the RAW numbers will be. Even that would be pretty good for the jpg shooters.  But I certainly am curious to know. :) Continue Reading

Dale Buhanan answered
2 months ago

I don't want to make excuses for Canon, but I believe the smaller image circle is a good use of size to achieve a brighter and/or smaller lens. Let me try to explain my reasoning. If you are predominantly a 3:2 shooter and the sensor fabrication that Canon wish/need to work with (for various reasons) is the old 1.5" 4:3 format, then you as a 3:2 shooter will be limited to a smaller portion of the sensor, cropping from top and bottom. This means you are not really utilising the full image circle because the circle must be larger to cover the unused band at the top and bottom of the sensor. What if Canon decided to retain the same 3:2 part of the old sensor, but reduce the image circle just enough to cover only that 3:2 part of the sensor you already had? As a 3:2 shooter you don't lose anything, but this would allow either a brighter lens in the same lens space by focusing the light onto a smaller circle, or a smaller lens (or some combination of both). My guess is this is exactly ... Continue Reading

Mal_In_Oz answered
1 month ago

I love the multi-aspect sensor on my Pany LX5. First I thought what a hassle, but now I can't miss it. For example if I switch from 4:3 (portraits) to 16:9 (landscapes), I suddenly get much more image on the sides instead of the 4:3 image jsut getting narrower with black bands. So if my 4:3 image is 24mm equiv, the 16:9 image is probably closer to 22mm. Great isn't it? Continue Reading

telefunk answered
2 months ago

Warranty Information

"Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Canon Canada Inc. (collectively "Canon") warrant to the original end‐user purchaser, when delivered in new condition in its original container, that the Product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. Product returned to a Canon repair facility and proven to be defective upon inspection will, at Canon’s sole discretion and without charge, be (a) repaired utilizing new, remanufactured, repaired and/or recycled parts; (b) exchanged for a new Product or; (c) exchanged for a refurbished Product, as determined by the Canon repair facility. Warranty exchange or replacement does not extend the original warranty period of the Product. "

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