Reviews and Problems with Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II
Showing 1-10 of 21
Value for money 8
Video quality 8
Audio & image quality 8
Build quality 8
Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Camera Review
31 March 2015
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot G1X MII is the perfect addition for the enthusiast or experience photographer looking to add a high performance, compact DSLR-like camera to their kit. With DSLR-like image and function quality this camera will appeal to people looking to add to something smaller and zippier to...
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.
Pros: Good build quality; excellent images at high ISO settings; extensive control options.
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...
Conclusion: Just as we gave props for ISO handling, Canon gets an overall cheer for the newly designed PowerShot G1 X Mark II. It is a far superior camera to the original (which should be avoided in favor of this model). Now, for the $800 question, should you buy the Mark II?
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...
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.