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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
    Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera
  • NB-12L Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1910mAh)
  • CB-2LG Charger for NB-12L Battery Pack
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

  • Included Free

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    CanonPowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera
     
    4.6

    (based on 49 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (38)
    • Good in low light (32)
    • Large clear LCD (31)
    • Easy to use (24)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (24)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (13)
    • Short battery life (11)
    • Limited zoom (5)
    • Lag / shutter delay (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (33)
    • Landscape/scenery (32)
    • Family photos (28)
    • Low light (27)
    • Video (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    PowerShot G1 X Mark II

    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...Read complete review

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    still missing my g12

    Has a bigger sensor that g16, but colors are not good.

    Has a bigger sensor that g16, but colors are not good.

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    4.0

    Solid little camera

    By Charlie

    from Christiansburg, VA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • No Viewfinder
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

    This is my "always have with me" camera. It is small, yet feels solid, and takes great pictures. There are a few things that I have gotten used to. It is a little slow to auto focus and the battery life on a charge is not great. I always have a charged spare. Like most digital cameras it has more features than anyone will ever use. It records RAW and I can use my Speedlights with it or shoot with my studio lights.

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    4.0

    Excellent DSLR Alternative

    By JJ the Movie Guy

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

      Was looking to downsize from my Canon t2i. Didn't feel like carrying around a bunch of lenses anymore. G1X mark ii has this great built in lens that's 24-120mm 35mm equivalent. So that's a pretty darn good range, especially considering how light the camera is. In terms of picture quality, I'd say it looks pretty darn identical to my t2i.My two issues with this camera is its lack of a viewfinder and the odd construction on the screen. The screen has this weird pulley system that lets you swivel the screen in a really restricted axis. The canon dslr's have a much better system for their screens.

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      5.0

      I would but this product again

      By vision9

      from Colorado

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

        Ease of use

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great, capable camera

        By Designing in Boston

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

        Excellent image quality and fine controls in a rugged camera body makes Canon's G1 X not only a great backup/secondary camera, but the prime choice for a small main camera as well. Finally, Canon included a more sophisticated, responsive and accurate autofocus system. Something that was sorely lacking in their G-series. I miss the pivoting LCD, but do not miss the optical viewfinder, so that's sort of a wash, but the LCD is extremely bright and sharp. I wish only they could extend the optical zoom range beyond moderate zoom.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Excellent compact backup camera!

        By Red Herring

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • I've Used Canon G-series
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Backup For Eos Dslr's
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

        The only Cons would be the need to use menu drilldowns for too many adjustments and offering normally required equipment like filter adapter and sun hood only as optional accessories. The optional EVF is excellent but not required for most shooting except in direct sunlight.

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        5.0

        Great substitute for an SLR.

        By Ed.

        from Rural PA.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        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

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

        I am of an age that an SLR and it's lenses are too heavy to carry around. The G1x Mark II is very close to my SLR in features and image quality. The 5 to 1 zoom range and the articulated LCD in such a small package is great. The thing I least like is the ability to critically crop or frame an image.

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        4.0

        Great

        By Mati

        from New york

        Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

        I bought thus product just few days ago, and I can say is an excelent camera

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        5.0

        Supercamera

        By Taco

        from The Netherlands

        Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

        Suprercamera

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Leave the DSLR at Home...

        By Boca Bob...

        from Boca Raton, Florida

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

          This is a Canon Masterpiece...I Guess It's the1.5" CMOS Sensor that Produces the Tack SharpPhotos That This Camera Is Caple of Producing.Also, I'm Sure Digic 6 Image Processor HasSomething To Do With it...Thank You Canon!

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          5.0

          Nice camera....versatile and fun

          By Mark

          from Minnesota

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

          I use it everywhere since it is so easy to carry around. Recommend buying a spare battery so you will not be slowed down by having to recharge. Video also very good. I decided to buy it after reading a very flattering review in a major consumer magazine.

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          3.0

          still missing my g12

          By correopao

          from Argentina

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Poor Image Quality

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

          Has a bigger sensor that g16, but colors are not good.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Quality!

          By G

          from NY

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

          Nice pic. Though a little bit bigger than image.

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          5.0

          Fantstic camera for point and shoot.

          By kkelly

          from MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom
          • Poor Flash

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

          I use this for a backup when I dont want to carry my 5D MKII. gives virtually the same quality of image.

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          4.0

          Powershot G1

          By NX

          from Arlington, VA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                Excellent camera. The insturctions are on line and that makes it difficult to figure something out if one is outdoors or away from a computer. Would be nice to have a comprehensive instruction manual - not just one that gives just 'wired' information.

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                5.0

                Excellent Image Quality

                By Bob in BG

                from Bowling Green, OH

                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
                • Short Lag Time

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                  As you would expect from a 1.5" CMOS sensor, the light sensitivity is excellent and the image quality is superb for this camera. Optics are extremely high quality and images are as sharp as with some of my L-lenses on my Canon 20D body. This is a very versatile, powerful image maker in a relatively small body. But one immediately notices the heft of this device. The weight of this camera gives you the sense that is means serious business. I wouldn't buy this if you're looking for something that you can easily carry in your pocket without noticiing it until you need it. While this is definitely easier to port than a full-size SLR with a high quality lens, it's much less convenient to carry than a small point and shoot. However, the image quality will rival the SLR so if you're looking for a camera with near the capability of a high quality SLR that you can pack in a corner of your suitcase, then this would be a good choice.

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                  5.0

                  Trust worthy and Capable

                  By Spike

                  from Roxboro, NC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Shoot With Confidence

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                  I am a photo/journalist and writer for a medium-sized community newspaper. I have used Canon cameras both film and digital. I used SLR's and all different lenses including 5 L lenses for years. Several years ago I developed back problems and hefting all that equipment was a lot of work to get quality photos. I bought three Canon Power Shots this year: The SG50, the G12 and now this Mark II.
                  It has filled almost all my capabilities except sports but I don't shoot them anymore.
                  The clarity and sensitivity of this Mark II gives me confidence every time I use it knowing the images will be first-class. This unit has a funny, flimsy onboard flash that gets the job done and the heft and workmanship are solid and worthy of the price.
                  The only drawback is if you have large slightly clumsy hands, you will hit a lot of feature buttons if you're handling it. It is annoying.

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                  5.0

                  Great camera!

                  By MauiPeter

                  from Maui, Hawaii

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                      I'm an underwater photographer and shoot mainly on Maui. Had been using the G10 for years and finally decided it was time for an upgrade, should have done it sooner! The G1-X Mark II is fantastic, image quality, speed, and familiar comtrols make it a breeze to work with. Another great camera in the G canon G series!

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                      5.0

                      Great camera to have on you at all times

                      By Denise

                      from New York

                      About Me 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
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                      I am a portrait photographer x25 years, wedding photographer x1 year. I prefer my 5D Mark III with my 70-200mm 2.8 II but, despite a really good bag, it was a nuisance to have with my large family on vacation. I found myself missing photo ops because it was too windy on the beach, fearing sand damage to my camera. I came home and went to B&H and purchased the G1X Mark II knowing I could return if it didn't meet my needs. I also went in considering a Sony with interchangeable lens, but the lenses I want make it bulky/heavy.This camera is WONDERFUL. I use it primarily in AV mode and occasionally in manual. I get the look (image) I want with a lighter camera that, most importantly, I have IN MY BAG. The images are beautiful. I love that I can play with focal point, similar to my 5D III. Of course this is not as sophisticated but it is IN MY BAG, and that is key for me along with quality. I now can take some decent pics with me in them due to LCD. To summarize:Great image qualityAbility to go M or AV with great image qualityGreat in low lightPortableLightweightFITS IN BAGMain CON for me is that the button to change focal point is by bottom of my thumb so it gets moved accidentally. I have been trying to alter my grip and it is better. Battery life is not short but not long. A spare is a must, but I carry spares for EVERY camera and phone.I did purchase the viewfinder ($+ I believe) which I like. I don't use it all the time but I do carry it with camera. I use it mainly when I get into my uber-creative mode. Otherwise the LCD is fine once I got used to it.

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                      4.0

                      Nice pictures, iffy ergonomics

                      By David from Charleston

                      from Charleston, SC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Buttons Easily Bumped

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                      I've used the G1 X Mark II for several months as a pocket camera for field work, taking a few thousand photos in that time (think insurance inspections and similar field jobs). I've used two models in the G-series previously for the same purpose; each wore out after a few years of heavy use. My specific application is photojournalistic field photographs for business documentation, usually in poor lighting, although my impressions would be relevant to someone wanting to use the G1 X Mark II for a travel camera. Most of my professional photography is with Canon's 5D-series bodies, so I am probably a harsh judge of the G1 X by comparison since DSLR-type performance is what I tend to expect and this camera isn't intended to do that.Here's what I like about it. The photos from this camera are usually quite clear, bright, and colorful. The sensor is larger than many similar cameras, vastly helping with quality. It has a built-in option to stamp a visible date code on its JPGS, which is very helpful to my clients. Unfortunately, because I need the date stamp I shoot always in JPG instead of RAW so I know I'm getting less quality than the camera could provide. It (just barely) fits in a pocket, and hasn't turned on accidentally in my pocket as the power button is recessed. It works well in low lighting conditions. Although it has a hot shoe, the pop-up flash, high ISO and fast lens make use of a Speedlite flash generally unnecessary for field work even at dusk or often after sunset if there is any sort of street light available. Color fidelity is good. Barrel distortion at wide angles isn't horrible. The live view pull-out screen makes it feasible to shoot with the camera at waist level or above your head (but not sideways the way earlier G-series cameras could). Noise at high ISO is surprisingly low. In macro mode it focuses reasonably close for pictures of labels, car VIN plates, and so on. Auto-focus is accurate. It offers good zoom range and the picture quality is much better than a cell phone camera so it would likely work well as a travel camera when space is tight.The downsides are many but minor. Startup and shutdown time is slower than I'd like, mainly because of the retracting lens. There's not enough warning that the battery is running low, or any way to know the current battery charge. The controls are irritatingly easy to bump and often when I pull it from my pocket to take a photo I realize the mode setting is in the wrong spot. Another specific example is that I am constantly bumping the button to change the focus point and then I have to pause and re-set it to the center. Some of the controls are user-configurable but unfortunately I can't find any way to disable that button. The rotating rings to adjust exposure compensation and aperture don't seem to turn in the direction I expect them to, so I'm constantly spending more time than I want to re-adjust because I seem to initially always turn them the opposite direction from what I intended. There are tons more features and operating modes than I want, occasionally causing me delays while I search through menus. Dynamic range is underwhelming; highlights are much more prone to blowing out than with my Canon digital SLR. The pull-out live view screen is fussily complex in its mechanical design yet offers less freedom of movement than the simple articulating hinge in previous G-series Canon cameras, so it strikes me as a step backward. The camera body seems small for its weight and the controls are small and complex. It's easy to drop it (I did so the very first time I used it) as the surface is fairly slick and the camera is not light. There are a lot of little buttons that are close together. When I pull it out of my pocket to turn it on and take a picture, the shape doesn't always naturally orient in my hand so that it's right-side up and pointed forward without my looking. I spend too much time looking at the camera instead of looking at my subject. I've also noticed that in humid conditions the lens fogs quickly, although it's easy to wipe it off. It's too slow for street photography like you'd do with a rangefinder or DSLR. The speed of use is comparable to a cell phone camera, which is often too slow for capturing spontaneous moments.It's not the perfect camera, but it's pretty good and a huge improvement in photo quality over the earlier-generation G-series cameras. If you don't mind the price and you are comfortable with the trade-offs of a pocket-camera form factor, you're likely to be pleased with it. An electronic viewfinder is available as an expensive accessory but I have not used it.Four stars for outstanding image quality within its class. The ergonomics and industrial design keep it from going higher.

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                      5.0

                      Great Travel Camera!

                      By jmike

                      from Greensboro, NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      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
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                      • Expensive Spare Battery
                      • Usa Grip Is Too Small

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera:

                      I upgraded from the G1X, and I have been very happy with the G1X Mark II. The IQ is excellent, and the camera is very easy to use. I am somewhat of a traditionalist, but the touch screen controls have really been a nice addition. I have had no issues with focusing speed or accidental thumb press of the WiFi button, both of which seem to be the niggling issues reported by other reviewers. My ony criticisms regard the grip (too small) and a proprietary battery that is not available from third party resellers at this time.

                      I have added a lens hood and filter adapters (both inexpensive and available from 3rd party suppiers). To make things simple, I have mounted both UV and CP filters to their own adapters. I also added the European grip. I will probably add the EVF in the near future, although there is not an overwhelming need for it.

                      My original G1X is/was a great travel camera, having been on excursions to Canada, Europe and South of the Border. I look forward to future travels with the new G1x Mark II.

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