Reviews and Problems with Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II
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Canon G1 X Mark II
4 weeks ago
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.
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.
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.