Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Reviews

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Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

★★★★ 4.4
Verdict: The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a high-end compact camera aimed at those who desire DSLR quality in a smaller, fixed lens body. Announced in February 2014, the G1X Mark II is the successor to the original G1 X, launched two years earlier, but despite the Mark II name, it's a considerably...
Pros: 
  • Great image quality from 1.5in sensor
  • Best in class, Flexible 5x zoom range with bright aperture, Tilting screen with touch capabilities, Built-in Wifi with NFC and smartphone control
Cons: 
  • No built-in viewfinder - it's an optional accessory
  • Too large to fit in most pockets
  • Very basic movie capabilities
  • Average continuous shooting speed
  • Rudimentary smartphone remote control
  • Sticky-feeling control ring
7 years ago

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II Review

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II's photo quality is excellent and videos are improved. We have no problems recommending it.
Pros: 
  • Excellent stills
  • quality videos
  • Much improved performance
  • Very solid feel
Cons: 
  • No built-in viewfinder
  • Screen has reflectivity issues in bright sunshine
  • Videos only 30p
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II ($799.99) is a camera that doesn't fit snugly into any specific category, which makes it interesting, if a bit difficult to evaluate. Its 1.5-inch image sensor is larger than you'll find in a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, but a bit smaller than the APS-C chip...
Pros: 
  • Big 1.5-inch image sensor
  • Wide-aperture 5x zoom lens
  • Tilting touch-screen display
  • Quick focus
  • Excellent manual focus mode with peaking
  • Creative Shot mode
  • Raw capture
  • Add-on EVF available
  • Wi-Fi-enabled
Cons: 
  • Expensive
  • Soft-focus halo effect when shooting macro images at f/2
  • Inconsistent autofocus accuracy
  • Edges never sharpen, even at narrow apertures
  • Lacks mic input port
  • Not pocket friendly
  • Heavy
8 years ago

PowerShot G1X Mark II: G major

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: Canon's G-series has been around for a long time - a check on Wikipedia reveals that the first PowerShot G1 ?-camera was released as far back as 2000. BIG LENS: The G1X Mark II has a larger, brighter lens than its predecessor, which is better for low-light work.
Pros: 
  • Good build quality
  • excellent images at high ISO settings
  • extensive control options
Cons: 
  • Pricey
7 years ago

Canon G1 X Mark II Review

★★★★★ 2.5
Verdict: With a price tag around $800 you might be tempted to look past the fixed lens Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II. After all you can find an entry-level DSLR or mirrorless ILC model for less money, giving you more versatility than what you'll find with a fixed lens model.
Pros: 
  • Great option for portrait photography
  • Image quality is good most of the time in either RAW or JPEG
  • Camera has a very solid build
  • Many options for manual controls and customization
  • LCD screen tilts and offers touch capability
Cons: 
  • Extremely high starting price
  • Control rings are awkward to use and have some responsiveness issues
  • No viewfinder included (can purchase an external one separately
  • Camera's menus aren't optimized for touch screen LCD
  • Optical zoom is small at 5X
  • Some autofocus misses in certain photography...
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★ 3.8
Verdict: The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is an enthusiast compact whose fast lens and large sensor allow it to produce impressive photos in both bright and low light. Its well-built body offers three dials, and numerous controls can be customized.
Pros: 
  • Very good photo quality
  • Fast lens with good focal range
  • capable of very shallow depth-of-field
  • Solid build quality
  • with two grips to choose from
  • Three dial operation: two 'clicky'
  • one smooth
  • 3-inch tilting LCD flips up 180 degrees for self-portraits
  • Highly customizable (buttons
  • dials
  • and...
Cons: 
  • Considerable shadow noise in Raw
  • Abrupt highlight clipping
  • Program line's tendency to use wide apertures can lead to unintentional background blur
  • Inner lens ring can be frustratingly unresponsive
  • AF system can struggle in low contrast / low light situations
  • No manual focus or exposure...
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★ 3.5
Verdict: I'm not sure why Canon dubbed this PowerShot G1 X a "Mark II." It's a completely different camera than its predecessor: a significantly redesigned body, new sensor, and wider-aperture lens. Basically, everything that matters.
Pros: 
  • With a couple of exceptions
  • the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is very well designed with a functional shooting layout
Cons: 
  • The camera is relatively slow and given the price, the photo quality should be better
  • Also, the grip isn't big enough to maintain a solid hold
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review

★★★★ 4.2
Verdict: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review - The Canon PowerShot G1 Mark II looks to build upon the performance and feature set of its predecessor at the top of the manufacturer's compact camera line-up.
Pros: 
  • Strong image quality
  • Solid build
  • Addition of handgrip welcome
  • Wi-fi and NFC functionality
Cons: 
  • Removal of viewfinder will disappoint some
  • High list price
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★★
Verdict: All tests were taken using a SanDisk Class 10, 16 GB SDHC memory card, Program Mode, Flash off, Review on, ISO Auto and all other settings at the factory defaults unless noted otherwise.
Pros: 
  • Image quality is outstanding most of the time
  • Terrific camera for portrait or product photography
  • Allows recording in JPEG or RAW
  • Camera works quickly most of the time
  • Fast f/2.0 lens
  • Solidly built camera
  • Tiltable LCD works well for use with a tripod
  • Offers touchscreen LCD
  • Uses same field of...
Cons: 
  • Very heavy for a fixed lens camera
  • Small optical zoom capability at 5x
  • Battery life is poor
  • Camera's performance is slow when using flash or in low light
  • Design of step ring on lens is poor and has some responsiveness issues
  • Autofocus sometimes struggles in scenes with no obvious subject or in...
7 years ago

Canon G1X Mark II

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: Boasting a wider, longer, brighter lens than its predecessor, and a faster DIGIC 6 image processor, Canon aimed to fix some of the trouble spots seen in the original G1 X. Autofocus performance has been improved as has macro shooting, but we found no real net improvement in image quality over the...
Pros: 
  • Wider, longer, faster lens than predecessor, with good overall optical quality
  • Faster AF performance
  • Closer macro shooting
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC with remote shooting
  • Decent JPEG burst performance
  • Excellent build quality, Wider, longer, faster lens than predecessor, with good overall optical...
Cons: 
  • Localized flare issue when wide open
  • No real net improvement in image quality over predecessor
  • Slow burst mode when shooting RAW files
  • Poor battery life
  • Video quality is so-so (not like Canon DSLRs), Localized flare issue wide open (diminishes as you stop down, but somewhat negates having a fast...
7 years ago

Above all the others!

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: I've shot many weddings and have a canon 5d MK2 and some fine L glass. I'm for the most part, retired now but the wife and I take a yearly cruise with the family and I always drag the wedding camera and lens with me for some great memories.
6 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: This camera was bought to replace my Canon G11. I normally used the LCD which folded out and was fully articulated. The G1X MarkII has an LCD that tilts and nearly provides the same flexibility. The rest of the camera is outstanding. I also purchased the filter adapter and the Lens Hood.
8 years ago

Simple features-easy to use!

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: We like the lithium ion battery as you can recharge it (big savings on purchasing batteries). It takes really sharp, clear photos. Loads of extra features for the money.....directions are clear & concise.....really happy with this purchase~~~
Pros: 
  • Great for usage in the dark or low light conditions
Cons: 
  • It could have come with more pixels
7 years ago

Bad camera

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: This camera has been a HUGE disappointment. The pictures are blurry, low resolution crap that can be outdone by my iPhone. Anything with the slightest movement makes for a messy, worthless picture. It shot badly straight out of the box. Many of them are washed out and grainy.
5 years ago

Canon G1 X Mark II review

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: The pitch for this camera of DSLR-like performance yet compact portability, is that same one that most rivals make for their similarly priced compact system cameras upon which the lens in use can be swapped.
Pros: 
  • Solid aluminium build
  • Larger than average sensor
  • Tilting touch LCD
Cons: 
  • Bulkier than rivals
  • Quite pricey
  • Viewfinder costs extra
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: Just like its predecessor, the Canon G1 X Mk II is one of the most powerful compact cameras on the planet. It's true that it's pretty hefty, that the zoom range is still fairly limited and that the video is fairly underwhelming compared to some rivals (this isn't a particularly versatile camera –...
Pros: 
  • Large sensor
  • Fast f/2.0 maximum aperture
  • Tilting touchscreen
Cons: 
  • No viewfinder
  • Limited video options
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X MkII review

★★★★★ 4.5
Verdict: Faster, leaner, meaner: the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II represents a considerable overhaul to the series. It's an entirely different beast compared to its predecessor and we salute it for that.
Pros: 
  • DSLR quality images
  • sturdy build
  • great new lens
  • physical lens control rings
  • autofocus speed and macro focus improvements
  • considerable customisation
Cons: 
  • Super expensive
  • now no viewfinder for the price
  • autofocus not ample for professional continuous AF
  • some controls seem fussy
  • a bit chunky
  • widest aperture no good for macro wide-angle shots
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: Rewind to the year of the millennium and it was the PowerShot G1 that sparked the creation of Canon's G series – a camera out to appeal to photographers who desired more sophisticated control than your average point-and-shoot compact without the cumbersomeness of a heavy DSLR.
8 years ago

Canon G1 X Mark II review

★★★★★
Verdict: Canon has made some much needed improvements to the G1X Mark II, but it still occupies a slightly strange space. A great backup camera to your DSLR, it won't fit in your pocket.
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: We've been looking forward to the arrival of the Canon G1 X Mark II ever since we reviewed the original Canon G1 X two years ago. It packed a large sensor and zoom lens into a magnesium alloy body that was littered with manual controls, and was just about small and light enough to fit into pockets.
7 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★★
Verdict: I don't know quite how to tell my usual photographic travelling companions – a Leica X2 and a FujiFilm X100S – that I've been seeing another camera lately. We're even thinking of going away together. And no, not just as friends.
7 years ago

Good upgrade from the G1X and the best image quality available from a compact

★★★★ 1.0
Verdict: A seriously well specified compact camera that produces simply superb files for it's size. As a happy G1X owner I was looking to see if the next model would improve upon the first and it does. Not only with the wider, longer, faster, sharper lens, but also in usability.
6 years ago

Canon has made significant changes to the body of the G1X, but are they for the better?

★★★★ 3.5
Verdict: Canon's PowerShot G1X Mark II camera has received a makeover like no other when you compare it to the original G1X. The body has been tweaked to accommodate a bigger lens fixture, and the overall balance of the camera has changed dramatically.
Pros: 
  • F/2.0-f/3.9 lens with 5x optical zoom
  • Simple to understand menu system
  • Very good image quality
Cons: 
  • Heavy for a compact
  • Balance isn't great
  • Button layout could be better
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

★★★★ 4.2
Verdict: When it was showcased at the CP+ Imaging Show in Japan in February, Canon's PowerShot G1X Mark II attracted plenty of attention, largely because photographers wanted to see whether the new camera had improved on the original model.
7 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II camera

★★★★ 3.5
Verdict: Canon's PowerShot G1X Mark II camera has received a makeover like no other when you compare it to the original G1X.
Pros: 
  • F/2.0-f/3.9 lens with 5x optical zoom
  • Simple to understand menu system
  • Very good image quality
Cons: 
  • Heavy for a compact
  • Balance isn't great
  • Button layout could be better
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review

★★★★★ 1.8
Verdict: PowerShot G1 X Mark II is very promising especially in the lens department. Unfortunately, image quality and responsiveness are not so good as compare to computation.
7 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★ 4.1
Verdict: Ya hemos analizado la G1 X Mark II, la nueva PowerShot de Canon. Parece que ha tomado nota de las críticas recibidas y con esta nueva revisión rizan el rizo.
Pros: 
  • Nivel de ruido contenido
  • Luminosidad del objetivo
  • Velocidad de disparo
Cons: 
  • Peso elevado
  • Precio visor EVF opcional
7 years ago

Full featured point and shoot.

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: We have two Canon digital cameras and have had good luck with them. This one has advanced features that our previous models lack such as WIFI and NFC as well as larger CMOS sensor. Once again Canon received the top rating in the advanced point and shoot category in a major consumer magazine.
7 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II review: A great update to the G1X, but terribly overpriced

★★★★ 3.5
Verdict: Canon has been unveiling advanced point and shoot cameras under its PowerShot G series lineup that boast a larger sensor than its regular point-and-shoot counterparts. We have seen the PowerShot G15 and the PowerShot G1X in the past. This time around we got the Powershot G1X Mark II.
7 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Camera Review

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: The Canon PowerShot G1X MII is the perfect addition for the enthusiast or experience photographer looking to add a high performance, compact DSLR-like camera to their kit. With DSLR-like image and function quality this camera will appeal to people looking to add to something smaller and zippier to...
7 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review

★★★★★
Verdict: This camera is larger and heavier than most of the cameras in our lineup, but it doesn't offer significant improvements in other areas. It's a great camera, but it isn't difficult to find smaller cameras that perform similarly.
Pros: 
  • A lens with dual-control rings makes for natural shooting and adjustment
Cons: 
  • This camera is significantly heavier than the other cameras we reviewed
5 years ago

Superb power shot camera

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: I have only had it for a couple of weeks and I have to say that the picture quality is excellent, took two identical shots with my old G12 and this, G1X came out much better, more colour, vibrant etc.
7 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Compact Camera Review

★★★★★
Verdict: For a compact camera, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II has a large image sensor; in fact, it is slightly larger than the sensor found in Micro Four Thirds cameras. The G1 X II offers a moderate resolution of 13 megapixels, with maximum resolution in images with an aspect ratio of 4:3.
4 years ago

4 stars only because of the heaviness

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: If you are looking for less price and good quality photos I would recommend you to take this camera
Pros: 
  • The high quality photos
  • I did a long research on the camera before I bought it
Cons: 
  • The only thing I didn't like that it's kind of heavy
7 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★★ 4.5
Verdict: The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a new premium compact camera with a large CMOS image sensor and a fast lens. The metal-bodied G1 X Mark II has a 1.5-type multi-aspect sensor, a 5x f/2.0-3.9 lens zoom lens, full manual controls, shooting mode dial, 3-inch tilting LCD touchscreen with 1,040K dots,...
8 years ago

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II Review

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: We review the advanced Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II expert camera from Canon with a bright f/2.0 lens and built in Wi-Fi.
Pros: 
  • Good dynamic range and HDR options
  • Great image quality
  • Bright f/2.0 wide-angle lens
  • Dual control wheel around the lens
  • Good noise performance
  • 5.29fps continuous shooting for JPEGs
  • Dual axis electronic level
  • Large hand-grip for European market
  • Great 3inch touch screen
Cons: 
  • Short battery life
  • but can be extended with eco mode
  • Doesn't like focusing on close subjects even with macro focus enabled
  • Slow continuous shooting with raw
8 years ago

My precious!!!

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: Love this camera! I'm a professional photographer and I needed a nice camera for my vacations! This is the best one!
4 years ago

The only of its kind, provided by canon. ...

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: The only of its kind, provided by canon. Its worth every penny you spend. Expensive slr quality in compact camera
7 years ago

Should last more than 2 years

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: Was pleased with the quality of photos I was able to capture with this camera, nice to find a large sensor in a point-and-shoot, but incredibly disappointed that in less than 2 years the the shutter won't close rending the camera entirely un-usable.
2 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: My new "go everywhere" camera. I love it. it is like a G12 on steroids. It is a bit bigger, but has a similar layout of controls, a faster higher quality lens, two control rings on the lens, a pop-up flash and a great EVF.
6 years ago

Versatile all rounder. Great picture quality

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: A fast camera and therefore suitable for taking pictures of pet dogs that seldom sit still. Excellent for close up work and the 5x zoom is adequate.
6 years ago

Cross between DSLR and Compact

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: I would consider this camera to be a hybrid between a DSLR and a compact. It's functionality and low light capabilities are on par with what you'd find in a DSLR, while it is smaller and has a fixed lens similar to a compact camera.
6 years ago

great quality but heavy

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: this is the most upmarket of Canon's compacts, it's made of metal and has a lens that goes to f2 at the wideangle end, and to 24mm equivalent. But as a result of both these features, it's much bigger than typical compacts, and heavier. If this is not a problem for you then it does well.
5 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★★
Verdict: The G1 X MkII is a solid-feeling premium compact that offers an excellent standard of image quality. With improvements in many of the areas that the G1 X was criticised for, Canon has produced a camera that can now hold its own in most shooting situations.
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★★
Verdict: Each camera has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II , ( buy from Amazon ) ( review ) is quite clearly superior in low-light conditions due to its larger pixels and faster lens.
7 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Review

★★★★★
Verdict: Much has changed in the fixed-lens camera segment since Canon introduced the original G1X. We saw the rise of cameras with all sorts of added features like Wi-Fi and NFC which allow them to play nicely with smart devices that many consumers have grown fond of.
7 years ago

Small and performant

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: I purchased the G1 X MII to complement my EOS 7D MII. I hoped to make landscape photos (almost) the same quality as with the EOS when I go outside to the mountains and I am lazy to carry the bag with EOS+lenses. And it works ! Threre are anyway few reasons I couldn't give 5 stars.
3 years ago

CANON PowerShot G1X Mark II High Performance Compact Camera - Black

★★★★★ 5.0
Pros: 
  • Fantastic lens with big aperture at wide end
  • Very low noise sensor
  • Wonderful images, to buy a lens for another system would cost you more than this camera
Cons: 
  • Heavy and not really pocketable
  • No viewfinder though I purchased the add on EVF which I haven't used as much as I thought I would
  • If you buy the camera try without first b4 buying EVF
5 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

★★★★★ 4.6
Verdict: The sequel to Canon's acclaimed G1 X is here, and it's no slouch.
8 years ago

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mk II Review

★★★★★
Verdict: The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mk II succeeds the original as the top model in Canon's acclaimed PowerShot compact camera line-up. It has a redesigned body and several interesting tweaks to the specification.
8 years ago
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