Summary: For the G1 X Mark II, Canon went back to the drawing board, keeping the best part of the G1 X Mark I - its sensor - but refining pretty much everything else. The lens range is broader, the aperture brighter and the focusing closer, all of which make it a much more flexible camera that can deliver shallower depth of field effects than most rival compacts.
Pros: Great image quality from 1.5in sensor. Best in class., Flexible 5x zoom range with bright aperture., Tilting screen with touch capabilities., Built-in Wifi with NFC and smartphone control.
Cons: No built-in viewfinder - it's an optional accessory., Too large to fit in most pockets., Very basic movie capabilities., Average continuous shooting speed., Rudimentary smartphone remote control., Sticky-feeling control ring.
Summary: The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is Canon's newest professional level point-and-shoot camera for 2014. What does that mean, exactly? Basically, for a similar price as an entry-to-mid-level DSLR, this is a fixed lens camera brimming with Canon's latest and best features. These include an all new 12.8-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor which, at 1.5-inches, is 4.5x larger than the 1/1.7" sensor more commonly found in this type of camera.
Pros: Image quality is outstanding most of the time, Terrific camera for portrait or product photography, Allows recording in JPEG or RAW, Camera works quickly most of the time, Fast f/2.0 lens, Solidly built camera, Tiltable LCD works well for use with a tripod, Offers touchscreen LCD, Uses same field of view in 4:3 or 3:2 aspect ratios, Plenty of manual control options, Plenty of button customization options, Offers Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
Cons: Very heavy for a fixed lens camera, Small optical zoom capability at 5x, Battery life is poor, Camera's performance is slow when using flash or in low light, Design of step ring on lens is poor and has some responsiveness issues, Autofocus sometimes struggles in scenes with no obvious subject or in low light, Camera's menu structure is not updated for use with a touchscreen, Wi-Fi can be difficult to set up, Power button is too small and too tightly set near mode dial...
Excerpt: Two years ago, Canon announced its first -- and until now, only -- entry in the large-sensor, fixed-lens camera market, the PowerShot G1 X. And what an entry it was -- until the G1 X, no manufacturer had introduced a large-sensor compact with a zoom lens. Not surprisingly for such a groundbreaking entry, the G1 X took home a Dave's Pick award despite a few rough edges here and there.
Summary: Much has changed in the fixed-lens camera segment since Canon introduced the original G1X. We saw the rise of cameras with all sorts of added features like Wi-Fi and NFC which allow them to play nicely with smart devices that many consumers have grown fond of.
Excerpt: Canon’s G-series has been around for a long time — a check on Wikipedia reveals that the first PowerShot G1 Âcamera was released as far back as 2000. BIG LENS: The G1X Mark II has a larger, brighter lens than its predecessor, which is better for low-light work. Since then, a G-series camera has been released on almost an annual basis, with each being better and more robust than its Âpredecessor.
Pros: Good build quality; excellent images at high ISO settings; extensive control options.
Summary: With a price tag around $800 you might be tempted to look past the fixed lens Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II. After all you can find an entry-level DSLR or mirrorless ILC model for less money, giving you more versatility than what you'll find with a fixed lens model. The Mark II has only a 5X optical zoom lens, and it has some awkward control buttons and rings.
Pros: Great option for portrait photography, Image quality is good most of the time in either RAW or JPEG, Camera has a very solid build, Many options for manual controls and customization, LCD screen tilts and offers touch capability
Cons: Extremely high starting price, Control rings are awkward to use and have some responsiveness issues, No viewfinder included (can purchase an external one separately), Camera's menus aren't optimized for touch screen LCD, Optical zoom is small at 5X, Some autofocus misses in certain photography situations
Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II review: A great update to the G1X, but terribly overpriced
19 May 2014
Summary: Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II has improved a lot from the older G1X, both in terms of speed as well as usability. Image quality and ISO performance are quite good, but looking at the competition it should have been even better. Addition of Wi-fi and NFC is another plus. Touch focussing is fast and responsive, and we did not face any focus locking issues during daytime. Fast aperture at the wide and telephoto end, gives you pleasing bokehs.
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II fixes just about every fault of the original G1 X, but it's got some stiff competition for your dollar.
Pros: Big 1.5-inch image sensor. Wide-aperture 5x zoom lens. Tilting touch-screen display. Quick focus. Excellent manual focus mode with peaking. Creative Shot mode. Raw capture. Add-on EVF available. Wi-Fi-enabled.
Cons: Expensive. Soft-focus halo effect when shooting macro images at f/2. Inconsistent autofocus accuracy. Edges never sharpen, even at narrow apertures. Lacks mic input port. Not pocket friendly. Heavy.