Brilliant New Compact from Canon: the Powershot G1X Mark II

Powershot G1X Mark IIThe already old (and rather bulky I might add) Canon G1X now has a successor. There have been two years of waiting but the G1X Mark II is finally here.

The Canon G1X Mark II, at long last, is configured as a compact with large sensor and sets many ambitions by the company, in that it wants to establish this camera as a second body for photographers who want to go above and beyond. We are going to examine it thoroughly.

Canon G1X Mark II, renewed commitment to a great sensor

The raison d’etre of compact cameras at this level is without a doubt their large sensor. The new Canon G1X Mark II has a sensor of the same size as in the previous model, which should not be seen as something negative or even as a minus.

Its 18.7 × 14 mm size (type 1.5) now captures even less resolution (13.1 effective megapixels in the 4:3 format), but can make the most of it with a versatile lens at 24-120mm focal length and f2-3.9 aperture, which is bright, a little longer than the previous model and with a wider angle.

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At the connectivity level, this new camera offers Wifi and NFC, and the video mode allows to record in FullHD resolution and 1080/30p maximum quality, and can use the optical zoom during video mode. The processor that makes all this possible is the Digic 6, which allows to take up to 5 photos per second and can handle sensitivities ranging from 100 to 12,800 ISO. It is not lacking optical image stabilization, either.

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New design for better and more complete manipulation

Where the Canon G1X Mark II presents more innovations is in the area of design, but not in an artificial manner. This camera is now smaller, which is a step up in this range, and is built on a stainless steel chassis with aluminum body, which is a gain in robustness as well as in lightness. The G1X M2 weighs 558 grams and its redesigned handle is easier to grab.
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The innovations extend to the display, which is now tiltable on the vertical, and additionally employs touch technology. It completely replaces the electronic viewfinder, but there is the possibility of using a removable one in the hotshoe.

The screen is 3 inches in size, with a resolution of 1 million pixels, and works in the sRGB spectrum to display pictures with increased fidelity.
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Also new to the Canon PowerShot is its double control ring, with assignable functions to zoom, aperture and shutter speed, in addition to the continuous ring which allows us to fine tune the manual focus.

Canon G1X Mark II, price and availability

This ambitious compact, the best of Canon according to the manufacturer, arrived to market in the month of May. It currently costs around $799, but check out the latest deals (for the USA) as well as hands-on reviews from owners, here.

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Some good reviews that we found of the new G1X II are:

The DPReview one: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii

Max Nash’s G1X Mark II review: http://maxcnash.com/testing-the-canon-g1x-mark-ii/