Reviews and Problems with Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II
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Canon G1 X Mark II
27 July 2014
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.
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.
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.
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? We have no problems recommending it. Still quality is excellent and videos are improved yet not stellar. It has loads of tweaks for those who want to go there and low light performance is above average.
Pros: Excellent stills, quality videos, Much improved performance, Very solid feel
Cons: No built-in viewfinder, Screen has reflectivity issues in bright sunshine, Videos only 30p
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. That said, there are numerous improvements that could be made, especially in terms of dynamic range and responsiveness.
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, and menus), Built-in neutral density filter, Can maintain same field-of-view at 3:2 or 4:3 aspect ratio, Good continuous AF in movie mode; touchscreen allows for pull focus, Com...
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 adjustment when recording video, Unimpressive burst rate while shooting Raw, Lacks in-camera Raw conversion, Low resolution video with strong moiré, Smartphone app has limited func...
Summary: Like previous model, the Mark II will suit photographers who want a walk-around camera when they don't want to lug a lot of equipment about. It's also an option for minimalistic travellers. Both G1X models provide a similar suite of functions to a DSLR in a relatively compact body, along with support for Canon's CR2.RAW file format. In summary: the PowerShot G1X Mark II is something of a curate's egg: good in parts.