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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera

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Product Highlights
  • 12.8MP High-Sensitivity 1.5" CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • Canon 5x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 24-120mm f/2-3.9 (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0" 1,040k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • High Speed AF and 5.2 fps Shooting
  • HS SYSTEM and Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Dual Control Rings and 14-Bit RAW

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera is an advanced compact camera featuring a 12.8MP High-Sensitivity 1.5" CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 6 image processor to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p video with notable low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 12800. The sensor and processor work together to form the Canon HS SYSTEM, which helps to improve the image quality of dimly-lit shots by reducing noise and enhancing the overall clarity. Additionally, the processor offers a range of speed-related assets throughout the camera, including a maximum full resolution continuous shooting rate of 5.2 fps for up an SDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory card's capacity as well as a High Speed AF system for maintained sharpness in a variety of shooting conditions.

The built-in Canon 5x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-120mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto length perspectives. A maximum aperture of f/2-3.9 contributes to working in low lighting and, when coupled with the 9-blade diaphragm, helps to isolate subject matter and realize a pleasing out-of-focus quality in shallow depth of field images. Benefitting this lens' coverage is an Optical Image Stabilizer system, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake to suit working with longer shutter speeds and greater focal lengths.

The compact camera design integrates a number of design elements that complement an overall intuitive handling scheme, including a 3.0" 1,040k-dot capacitive touchscreen LCD that features a tilting design to benefit working from high and low angles. A redeveloped lens design also increases shooting efficiency through its incorporation of Dual Control Rings, which support a range of customizable settings and mimic the operation of a traditional SLR lens, including full-time manual focusing abilities, for greater familiarity during shooting.

Complementing the imaging and handling traits of the camera is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows for the instant sharing of photos and videos to linked mobile devices, home computers, or directly to select social networking sites. Connection is further simplified through the implementation of NFC technology to streamline the sharing process. Once linked, mobile devices can also be used to control and release the camera's shutter.

12.8MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor
The 12.8 megapixel High-Sensitivity 1.5" CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor work in concert to produce high resolution still imagery and full HD video recording with notable low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 12800. The combination of these two technologies creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, which provides effective low-light sensitivity with minimal noise and enhanced clarity to truly benefit impressive image making in dimly-lit situations. The processor also contributes to overall speed throughout the camera, including High Speed AF, full HD 1080p video recording, and a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5.2 fps with no buffer limit.

The redeveloped sensor and processor also combine to enable RAW imaging with 14-bit signal processing, the same used in Canon's EOS DSLRs, to provide high image quality with expanded post-processing capabilities. RAW imagery can be recorded in both 3:2 and 4:3 ratios, and due to the size of the sensor, the angle of view remains the same when transitioning from one format to another.
Canon 5x Optical Zoom Lens
The built-in Canon 5x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-120mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit working in a wide array of situations. The f/2-3.9 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also contributes to producing shallow depth of field imagery, which is further complemented by a nine-blade aperture for producing a smooth out-of-focus quality. Additionally, an inner focusing system benefits a fast AF system and minimal lens movement.

The lens' performance is further enhanced through the inclusion of an Optical Image Stabilizer system, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake to suit working in difficult lighting conditions. Furthermore, an Intelligent IS system offers unique stabilization solutions depending on specific shooting conditions. The Normal setting corrects for a wide range of movements and is ideal for still photography; the Panning setting detects when panning shots are being made and does not compensate for lateral shake; the Macro (Hybrid) setting specifically corrects for shift-type shake that is common when working with close-up subject matter; the Dynamic mode is highly effective for video work and wide-angle settings and helps to minimize common shake that occurs while walking or moving with the camera; the Powered setting is suited for shooting at the telephoto end of the zoom range when hand shake is most prevalent; the Active Tripod mode is used for recording video atop a tripod where minor amounts of camera shake can occur; and Tripod mode simply turns off the IS since it is no longer needed.
Full HD Video Recording
Full HD 1080p movie recording is supported at 30 fps in the Internet-friendly MP4 format. A built-in stereo microphone provides clear sound and direct playback to an HDTV is afforded through the incorporation of an HDMI port. Additionally, movies can also be recorded in the Apple iFrame format to help expedite the process of importing and exporting videos on a computer.
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables seamless and instant transferring of photos and videos to mobile devices, home computers, and to select social networking sites. Linking Android devices to the camera is aided through the incorporation of NFC (Near Field Communication), which facilitates connection simply by tapping the two devices. A dedicated Mobile Device Connect Button is available too, to further establish a simplified means for linking both iOS and Android devices. Additionally, Automatic Switching via the Image Sync function works to automatically sync images with any discovered and linked PC within a designated network or, alternatively, images are temporarily sent to the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY for later transferring.

When connected, the mobile device can also be used to remotely control and release the camera's shutter, self-timer, flash, and zoom from a distance, as well as display a live view image on the linked device's screen.
Camera Design
Revolving around a compact overall form factor, the G1 X Mark II incorporates a large 3.0" 1,040k-dot, 3:2 aspect ratio capacitive touchscreen LCD for live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation. As a touchscreen, convenient and intuitive features, such as Touch AF, touch-enabled shutter release and focus point selection, and simplified menu navigation, are also available to benefit an overall workflow. Additionally, the screen features a tilting design-180° upward and 45° downward-to better facilitate working from high and low angles. For enhanced eye-level viewing, the optional EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder can also be employed.

Benefitting the overall control and handling capabilities, Dual Control Rings surround the lens and offer an intuitive means for controlling customizable functions and camera settings. The inner ring is stepped and can be set to control aperture value, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. The outer, non-stepped ring has a different texture for easy recognition and is used for fine-tuned adjustments, including full-time manual focus akin to a traditional SLR lens. When combined with a rear control dial, the camera can be easily configured to give immediate access to the most frequently used camera controls.
Other Camera Features
  • Photographing and recording movies during nighttime is enhanced through a series of dedicated star shooting modes, including Star Nightscapes, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movies, and Star Portrait, which help to more easily achieve clear, brilliant imagery of the night sky. Star Portrait mode, in particular, records two consecutive images of a subject and one of the night sky and composites all three into a well-rendered portrait with a properly depicted starry sky. Each of these modes can be used with auto or manual settings, and Night Display, Color Adjustment, and Star Emphasis support functions further aid the photographing process.
  • A 31-point AF system delivers precise focus in a quick and consistent manner. Individual focus points are easily selectable as well as different AF frame sizes depending on the type of subject being photographed. One-point and Touch AF functions are also supported.
  • Benefitting manual focus operation, MF Peaking is available and works to highlight bright edges of contrast for faster, more precise control over critical focus.
  • Multiple aspect ratio RAW imagery can be recorded in both 3:2 and 4:3 formats, with further support given for other formats in the RAW+JPEG file saving format. When shooting in 3:2 or 16:9 ratios, a JPEG will be saved in the chosen format with a RAW image being saved in the 3:2 format. When shooting in 4:3, 1:1, or 4:5 aspect ratios, a JPEG will be saved in the chosen format and a RAW image will be saved in the 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • A hot shoe is incorporated to permit the use of an off-camera, external flash and is compatible with Canon Speedlite flashes for utilizing the intelligent E-TTL II flash metering system.
  • The High Dynamic Range scene mode is ideally suited to working in high contrast environments and records three consecutive exposures-one underexposed, one overexposed, and one at normal-in order to realize one composite image displaying extended shadow and highlight detail with an expanded range of mid-tones.
  • Four Sub-modes-Art Bold, Art Vivid, Art Standard, and Art Embossed-allow you to more precisely refine the final output and appearance of imagery in-camera.
  • Imaging
    Pixels Actual: 15 Megapixel
    Effective: 12.8 Megapixel
    Sensor 1.5" (18.7 x 12.5 mm) CMOS
    Bit Depth 14-bit
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    Audio: AAC LC
    Max Resolution 4352 x 2904
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 4:5, 16:9
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Optics
    Lens 14 elements in 11 groups
    EFL: 12.5-62.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-120 mm)
    Aperture: f/2 (W) - 3.9 (T)
    Zoom Optical: 5x
    Digital: 4x
    Focus Range Wide: 1.97" (5 cm) - Infinity
    Telephoto: 1.31' (40 cm) - Infinity
    Wide Macro: 1.97" (5 cm) - 1.64' (50 cm)
    Quick: 4.92' (1.5 m) - 65.62' (20 m)
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800
    Shutter 1 - 1/4000 sec
    15 - 1/4000 sec in Shutter Priority Mode
    60 - 1/4000 sec in Manual Mode
    Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, C1, C2, Creative Filters, Creative Shot, Custom, Hybrid Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, SCN, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Shooting Modes Auto
    Background Defocus
    Face Self-Timer
    Fireworks
    Fish-Eye Effect
    HDR
    Handheld Night Scene
    Miniature Effect
    Monochrome
    Natural
    Nostalgic
    Portrait
    Poster Effect
    Retro
    Smart Shutter
    Smile
    Snow
    Soft Focus
    Special
    Standard
    Star
    Star Nightscape
    Star Portrait
    Star Time-Lapse Movie
    Star Trails
    Super Vivid
    Toy Camera Effect
    Underwater
    Wink Self-Timer
    iFrame Movie
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom 1, Custom 2, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Multi-Area White Balance, Shade, Tungsten, Underwater
    Burst Rate Up to 5.2 fps at 12.8 MP
    Up to 3.1 fps at 12.8 MP
    Up to 3.0 fps at 12.8 MP
    Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
    Remote Control RS60-E3 (Optional)
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Flash On
    Off
    Slow Sync
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.64 - 22.31' (0.5 - 6.8 m)
    Telephoto: 4.59 - 11.48' (1.4 - 3.5 m)
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Memory
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Resolution 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 15 fps
    1280 x 720: 30 fps, 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps
    640 x 480: 30 fps, 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps
    Video
    Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
    Viewfinder/Display
    Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Touch Screen Tilt (1,040,000 pixels)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
    Wi-Fi Yes built-in
    Environmental
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 10 - 90%
    Power
    Battery 1x NB-12L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 1910mAh
    AC Power Adapter ACK-DC100 (Optional)
    Physical
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.6 x 2.9 x 2.6" / 116.3 x 74.0 x 66.2 mm
    Weight 1.22 lb / 553 g CIPA standard

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    CanonPowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera
     
    4.7

    (based on 26 reviews)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (23)
    • Good in low light (19)
    • Large clear LCD (16)
    • Image stabilization (15)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (6)
    • Short battery life (6)
    • Limited zoom (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (21)
    • Travel (18)
    • Family photos (17)
    • Low light (15)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    5.0

    Amazing semi-compact camera

    By Jerad Hill

    from Modesto, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

      Love this camera. Though it is a little too large to pocket, this camera hands down captures comparable photos to a DSLR.

      I purchased the camera so I could have something to take with me that was not either a cell phone or a Canon DSLR. I have owned Canon G series compacts before and liked them.

      It is easy to capture photos and transfer them wirelessly to your phone for editing and uploading to social media. NFC is not true NFC on this camera. In theory, NFC should automatically enable and make the connection active between your camera and phone. NFC on this camera simply opens the app on your phone, so basically it's an NFC tag that is set to perform an action. Not a deal breaker.

      Image quality is amazing. It's easy to use this camera in manual mode as you can use the inner lens ring to adjust shutter speed and aperture on the fly. This was hard to do in the past because you had to use the touch screen or the dial on the back of the camera.

      I have been bragging daily about this camera. Though it is expensive for a compact, it is the best camera on the market, especially if you are used to Canon.

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      5.0

      Thought I wanted the Sony RX100M3

      By Sam

      from Jonesboro, Arkansas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

      After lots of research I purchased the new Sony RX100 Mark III but after a couple of weeks of testing, it was returned and I ordered the G1X Mark II and now I'm happy. The results I've gotten so far with my new G1X MII (I also owned and loved the G1X MI) have been more than I expected. My first shoot included lots of avaiable light and fill flash shots of people and even the JPG's impressed me; the color and skin tones were beautiful. Next I'll be taking it out for some landscape and cityscape shots. I'm probably going to order the EVF before I travel with this camera. I'll leave the 20 lbs of DSLRs and lenses home because of this little gem's performance (not to mention the benefits to my back) for a 10 day trip abroad.

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      4.0

      PowerShot G1 X Mark II

      By Wandering George

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

      I have been shooting with the 7D, 70-200mm 2.8 IS (v.1) and 17-55mm 2.8 IS for close to 4 years so I have become accustom to some pretty good image quality and have been waiting for a compact to hit the market that will give me the flexibility and control of full manual shooting and RAW capture so I don't have to pack 25 pounds back and forth to work just so I can capture that "One" occasional moment on the hour drive each way not to mention some venues where a DSLR and gear may not be welcome or fun to carry around. I swore off all-in-one style cameras in 2007 or 8 and got my 1st 40D because these camera's zoom would die or something else and they seemed like expensive disposable units that would blow the most important captures on a consistent basis. This is a pretty good alternative and I will strive for objectivity here. This is not, (or are most any P&S), good for every type shooting, I will not be shooting sports or birds in flight with the G1, but more on the other demanding scale with lower light, indoors and higher ISOs. This shoots cleaner images at higher ISO's than my 7D which is a big plus and something that I can use in a resturant airport or museum. Now there is a catch here, you may not be happy with the results if you just use the preset "Easy" Auto modes. If your scene does not contain or you are not trying to "freeze" movement, Auto does a nice job and will hold shutter speed down to say... 1/25th second on ISO 8001/20th second on ISO 12501/8th second on ISO 1600 Now while I am impressed my still images are quite crisp at these slow shutter speeds considering my hand is not as steady as it used to be, the camera IS can not compensate for moving subjects like people. To get the best results you will need to use shutter priority or manual for faster shutter speeds like 1/80th for poses and maybe 1/160th and up for candids to get crisp people shots. I was hoping this would do a better job with it's macro setting, but this may be more of my issue working the camera, minimum focus distances and maybe using a tripod, (or not). My 70-200 makes some mighty sharp close-ups especially with extension tubes and this is not a fair comparison of the G1 II to a piece of glass that can still fetch a price close to twice that of the G1 XII The ND filter does help drop the exposure so you can cream the moving water, but because it is not external you have to remember to turn it off so don't run up the ISO unnecessarily on other shots. On my 1st outing I did just that and shot the bike rack below after dark with the ND filter on and likely added a couple extra seconds to the exposure that were not needed. Things I'd like to see improved?... 1st, I like to shoot full manual and could get used to the less fluid setting adjustments, but make the exposure meter easier to see. 2nd, some of the in camera effects are kind of neat on occasion, but give me control to select what I want instead of having to shoot 4 series giving me 6 versions each just to get the 1 effect I'm looking for, Cleaning out the files is such a pain it makes you never want to use it. 3rd and maybe the most important, Canon could have made the High ISO performance a little better. I just got the 6D for an up coming trip to Alaska, (Impressed so far for landscapes), and this technology has been out for close to a couple years now and with competition with Sony and others I'd think they would/could have made this a real butt kicker because one of the reasons I backed off the Sony when I saw the G1 II was coming out was IF you could find low light/high ISO RXII sample images they had an almost over processed heavy handed NR look to them. But as noted earlier, the high ISO noise of the G1 XII is much lower than the 7D. This may not be for everyone and you will get more out of it if you get creative and learn the camera. Then again, I am not familiar with current P&S's on the market so maybe those Auto Folks out there will appreciate the results. And you will need an extra battery if you like to take different angles of a lot of subject. I also thought the option of having a lens hood was nice. I do not do video so no comment there, I just want quality stills. Sample images;The bikes on the rack - I way on my way home after the 1st G1 outing and saw the bike rack along the store wall, it was darker out than it looks. Using a tripod and the 2 second delay, Manual mode - RAW capture - converted and reduced to 25% - no editing. Aperture = 3.9 / ISO 100 / 6 Sec @ 62.5mm (full zoom) & ND filter on...:-/ Tattoo Parlor steps - It was almost dark at a street art fair and the door was open with a dim red light in the stairwell, hand held in Full Auto Mode, jpeg fine capture. Aperture = 3.5 / ISO 1600 / 1/8th second @ 34.9mm (~ 1/2 zoom or 53mm on the 35mm equivalent)

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      5.0

      Different from that of Sony's

      By Woony90

      from Flushing, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

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            Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

            Yes i knew Sony RX100III was comming out. Yes i knew it was comming out with flip out screen plus retractable viewfinder. yes i knew sony has better sensor packed into smaller body with a lighter weight. Yes i knew all that.
            But ive been using Canon DSLR for quite a time now. After years, i figured out that sharpness is not the most important thing. i figured out how to get around with lower Dynamic rage. Yes i hoped G1X Mark II would have been little bit thiner and lighter. However with all those disadvantages, the reason i got G1XMarkII is that it's from Canon. Not trying to be a canon-fanboy but having a point and shoot camera that produces DSLR-like images with canon colors is indeed awsome. Sony RX100III doesnt quite have that "feel" If you like pictures with more saturated colors and massive dynamic range, sure go with Sony but if you are like me whos been using canon system. Just get this thing. it rocks. one minor issue is the halo effect that blurs the image when shooting a subject that is very close to the minimum focus distance at a widest aperture. but it gets better when stepped down.

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            5.0

            Best than DSLR'sMOre e

            By sedatoz

            from turkey

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

              ıt is perfect for night photos. image quality is nice. ı prefer this camera instead of 7d.

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              5.0

              G1 X Mark II vs the Older

              By Dig6

              from WBNC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                I had the original G1X. The newer version takes better photos & it's quicker with its responses for sure. It's very solid. I liked how the old one felt in my hand better. They could of made a deeper grip. They offer one but it's an additional $30.00. For $[*] they should of included 2 grip versions. The macro is not bad a little soft in the photo. I own large DSLRs. This guy is definitely good for travel if you want to go light.

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                5.0

                The best purchase of the year

                By Gio Lima

                from Salvador, Bahia - Brasil

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                  I have one 5D Mark III but I like to have one small camera to travel. The G1 X Mark II is perfect for the job. Good lens, good blur on the backgound, good size and even a good soft case. Excelent choice.

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                  5.0

                  Great little camera

                  By Luca B.

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                  I got this camera after thinking a long time if getting a DSLR or a compact. Most of my photography is during extreme hiking so the problem of the DSLR is the weight and dimension.

                  This camera even if a little heavy is a great tool, the only thing that miss is the zoom but I knew already before I bough it

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for travel

                  By travelshooter

                  from Canada

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                  I used it in serious travel to Israel and Greece. With 2,000 images...it does sharp images..no real issues. Wish it had a bit more res, but just learn to use the lens to advantage. The lens and image quality is better than my Rx100, which is not a slouch. Don't need the vf.

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                  4.0

                  a perfect camera

                  By uwe

                  from seeheim, germany

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                    i always looked for small size camera, with proper lens quality, and a view-finder. especially when travelling for business, this is a wonderful choice. canon quality, very good lens, the electronic view finder "feels" like a slr - raw picture for later processing, and also the screen on the back makes this a perfect alternative to a slr, when size and weight matters.. great!!!

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                    4.0

                    Great camera but with some concern

                    By Raja

                    from Wilmington NC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light

                    Cons

                    • Focus Issues

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                    Excellent overall but at times the focus just does not, well, focus. Frustrating at times

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera - Perfect for my needs!

                    By Watergirl

                    from Rochester, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                    I no longer want to haul around a bag of lenses and gear for a DSLR yet I want quality images. GiX2 is perfect as I can set it up for the way I photograph, full manual controls and for the two weeks I have used it, it had performed very well. It takes some getting use to, would be a waste for someone who just wants to use 'Auto.' The quality lens and large sensor good for low light conditions. I would have preferred the EVF built in and will miss the vary-angle display of my former G1X original. Battery life is short, a spare or more highly recommended. But overall, this is much faster and a real keeper in my book!

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                    5.0

                    Amazing camera!

                    By Alfredo Rizkallah Jr

                    from Sao Paulo, Brazil

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                    I just made an upgrade from my 2012 G1x due to the excelent image quality from that previous camera.

                    The camera is solid (metal body) and very well made.

                    I consider Canon had succesfuly addressed most issues on the first model (slow focus, no macro, etc) and now, with this new disign, the camera feels even stronger and performs nicely.

                    The menu has interesting features, like the custom settings and it is easy to use.

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                    4.0

                    Unique camera but not for everyone

                    By MinAZ

                    from Phoenix, AZ

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                    Pros

                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                      There are a large number of reviews of this camera on the Internet, so I will try to keep it brief and focus on an enthusiast's perspective.

                      This camera is the only one of its kind - a large-sensor 5x zoom compact camera. It is a unique compromise - a sensor larger than micro-3/4 but not as large as APS-C, a medium range zoom, a size that is larger than most compacts but not quite as large as prosumer DSLR-body compacts.

                      The main reason for getting this camera is if you want a DSLR-replacement/backup. It has a shallow DOF when shooting wide open (f/2). The image quality when shooting wide open is distinctly reminiscent of an APS-C DSLR. If that is the look you are going for, and you want a compact format camera, this is probably your only choice.

                      However, there are many problems with the camera , and not just the price. The camera is not as sharp as one might hope considering the fast, dedicated, lens. It has problematic autofocus which is well documented. It has only modest continuous shooting capability. If you buy this camera expecting the ease of use of a modern compact with the image quality of a DSLR, you would probably be disappointed. The camera has a distinct learning curve and some of its limitations may not be able to be overcome. My experience is that you get instead somewhat fuzzy pictures and a lot of missed shots due to the poor autofocus. It isn't the right camera for sports due to the poor autofocus and burst capability, nor wildlife due to short zoom range. Similarly, it would be questionable for street photography because of the high likelihood of missed shots. It is a however a good portrait camera and decent for general travel.

                      This camera doesn't have a whole lot of competition (if fact it has none if you want the exact specifications described). It is a great camera for the right user, just not for every person.

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                      5.0

                      Superb images!

                      By Bruce

                      from Roanoke, VA

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                      Pros

                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                      We like to travel. A DSLR would be nice but lugging it around would not work. With it's large sensor, fast lens, and many other great features the Mk II comes about as close to optimal as it gets. Image quality is spectacular. From what I've read about the first G1-X, the Mark II has overcome most of it's shortcomings and then some. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for DSLR like images in a small, highly portable package.

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                      4.0

                      Overwhelmimg at first.The rewards,wow!

                      By Monte

                      from Atlanta Ga.

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                      Pros

                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Hear Zoom On Quiet Video
                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                      The G1X mark ii is a different animal. It is heavier than it looks, but solidly built.Pulling the view screen out from the bottom is nerve racking.I had to pull kind of hard the first time and was afraid of breaking something.It came right out and worked quite well.The options on this camera are amazing.The touch screen focus is one of my favorite features.I would suggest a dslr neck strap to distribute the weight more.Mine worked great.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Portable Camera

                      By Galvatron0828

                      from Brooklyn, NY

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                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                        I bought this camera the day it was released.

                        My general impressions at the moment:

                        • If you are like me, who is used to DSLR quality photos, but don't want to lug around gear, this camera is aimed towards our group

                        • Comparatively speaking, the camera is small for everything that it offers

                        • The lens is very versatile. It is sharp across the aperture range and you can achieve that shallow DOF shot.

                        • F/2 is great at night. For normal/wide shots it is quite helpful and relatively sharp. For medium/close range photos at f/2, it is still pretty sharp as well. It's weakness comes at close macro at f/2... that's where it gets soft (but also extremely shallow in terms of DOF).

                        • Combined with the EVF, and the camera has a very flexible operation to it. The EVF has great quality to it. It also changes the feel of the camera, from a usage standpoint. What's great about it is that combined with the 3 control rings on the camera, along with the programable button, you can set it up like shooting with a DSLR. I plan on keeping the EVF on all the time.

                        • Video quality is not bad, but it is fully automatic, with no manual control over functions. I wouldn't buy this camera based on the video capabilities alone.

                        Overall, I'm really happy with the camera so far. It serves the goal of having DSLR-like quality (form, function and image quality) from a much smaller all-in-one camera that I can take around with me much easier by just keeping it in a pocket in my backpack.

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                        5.0

                        I'm very happy with my G1X Mark II

                        By thoots

                        from Oregon

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                          Over the years, I have gone through a number of DSLR and mirrorless cameras, but what I have wanted all along was a compact camera with a large sensor -- and a versatile lens. And that is exactly what Canon has delivered with the G1X Mark II. I mainly do what you would call "travel photography" -- I don't want to haul around an enormous bag full of lenses and camera bodies, but rather, I want a single camera that will produce results better than the usual "compact" cameras. I also want a versatile lens that will go from a bit of a wide angle to a bit of zoom, and the G1X Mark II's range fits my needs very well.

                          I have been very satisfied with the image quality so far, and I have been enjoying the lens range. The large sensor and manual controls have allowed me to get the results I want, whether they be close-up bokeh work, or everything-in-sharp-focus landscape shots.

                          The camera is absolutely built like a tank, and is deceptively heavy for its size -- I expect that the weight comes from a very high-quality lens mechanism. The articulating LCD screen seems to be a bit more complicated than it needs to be, but it definitely gets the job done if you want to shoot from different camera angles.

                          Overall, I've been looking for a camera like this for a long time -- just one compact camera with a big sensor and a versatile lens -- and the G1X Mark II absolutely delivers the experience and the image quality I want and need.

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                          5.0

                          "I would buy this product again and agai

                          By DTPhoto

                          from CT

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good in Low Light

                          Cons

                          • No Viewfinder

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                          Great Image Quality

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                          5.0

                          Good things come in small packages...

                          By Phoenix 599

                          from Alexandria, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • No Viewfinder

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                          I replaced my G11 with the G1XM2. I needed a compact, powerful camera that I could pack into a small bag along with a flash, in order to take real estate listing photos. The G1XM2 is perfect for my needs, and the advances in technology (especially since the G11)have made this portion of my job much easier. The G1XM2 is easy to use, takes great pictures, and the 24 mm equivalent lens is great for shooting smaller rooms. The WiFi feature is great because, in conjunction with Canon's free Camera Window app, I can append GPS data to the photos as well, which helps me plot where all my listings are.

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