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Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II
8.9 out of 10

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Compact Camera Review

7 June 2015
  • Excerpt: For a compact camera, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II has a large image sensor; in fact, it is slightly larger than the sensor found in Micro Four Thirds cameras. The G1 X II offers a moderate resolution of 13 megapixels, with maximum resolution in images with an aspect ratio of 4:3.
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Expert Review

4 May 2015
  • Summary: The G1 X Mark II is overall an above-average performer when it comes to image quality and zoom range, although none of its abilities are particularly outstanding. With this in mind, it becomes difficult to justify its large size and weight.
  • Pros: A lens with dual-control rings makes for natural shooting and adjustment.
  • Cons: This camera is significantly heavier than the other cameras we reviewed.
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Overall 5

Expert Review

20 March 2015
  • 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 or mirrorless ILC model for less money, giving you more versatility than what you'll find with a fixed lens model.
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Overall 9

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

Camera Labs
1 September 2014
  • 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...
  • 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.
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Expert Review

Steve's Digicams
8 August 2014
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
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Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Review

26 July 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 8

PowerShot G1X Mark II: G major

The Star
21 July 2014
  • Excerpt: Canon’s G-series has been around for a long time — a check on Wikipedia reveals that the first PowerShot G1 ­camera 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.
  • Pros: Good build quality; excellent images at high ISO settings; extensive control options.
  • Cons: Pricey.
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Overall 8

Canon G1X Mark II

Imaging Resource
10 July 2014
  • Conclusion: Canon turned a few heads, back when it released the original PowerShot G1 X: the industry's first compact, large-sensor camera to offer a zoom lens. The 1.5"-type sensor was leaps and bounds larger than what's inside the typical compact camera, and it was married with Canon's popular PowerShot...
  • Pros: Wider, longer, faster lens than predecessor, with good overall optical performance (though see Cons), Closer macro focusing than predecessor, Built-in ND filter (3-stop), 3:2 and 4:3 modes offer roughly the same diagonal angle of view, Generally very good image quality, Improved AF performance, D...
  • Cons: Localized flare issue wide open (diminishes as you stop down, but somewhat negates having a fast lens), No real net improvement in image quality over predecessor, Below average dynamic range with noisy shadows, Strong distortion correction at wide angle makes corners soft with stretching artifact...
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Overall 8

Expert Review

DP Review
10 July 2014
  • Summary: The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is an enthusiast compact whose fast lens and large sensor allow it to produce impressive photos in both bright and low light. Its well-built body offers three dials, and numerous controls can be customized.
  • Pros: Very good photo quality, Fast lens with good focal range, capable of very shallow depth-of-field, Solid build quality, with two grips to choose from, Three dial operation: two 'clicky', one smooth, 3-inch tilting LCD flips up 180 degrees for self-portraits, Highly customizable (buttons, dials, an...
  • Cons: Considerable shadow noise in Raw, Abrupt highlight clipping, Program line's tendency to use wide apertures can lead to unintentional background blur, Inner lens ring can be frustratingly unresponsive, AF system can struggle in low contrast / low light situations, No manual focus or exposure adjus...
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Overall 7

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

27 June 2014
  • Summary: The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II has some solid capabilities and a standout lens, but the overall experience just doesn't live up to its price.
  • Pros: With a couple of exceptions, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is very well designed with a functional shooting layout.
  • Cons: The camera is relatively slow and given the price, the photo quality should be better. Also, the grip isn't big enough to maintain a solid hold.
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