Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a new digital camera with improvements everywhere which announced in February 12, 2014. This camera has 12.8MP High-Sensitivity 1.5″ CMOS Sensor with DIGIC 6 Image Processor to produce high image quality. It also supported by 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. Moreover, the camera offers High Speed AF and 5.2 fps Shooting with HS SYSTEM and Optical Image Stabilizer, including Dual Control Rings and 14-Bit RAW. The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II sold with price of $799.00.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Our Review

Features & Design

As already known two years ago Canon launched the PowerShot G1 X camera is reaping quite a lot of disappointment, this time Canon unveiled the next generation camera, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II. This camera brings quite a lot of fixes and better improvement. When viewed from the exterior design, the camera is no longer using the viewfinder on top of the camera that makes it look slimmer than ever in that section.


Besides eliminating the viewfinder, Canon also make changes to the camera lens. Where the lens now has a range of up to 24-120mm (35mm equivalent) with aperture of f/2.0-3.9 which has a higher value than its predecessor the camera. This lens also has two rings which serve to set the aperture and shutter speed manually when desired focus. However, the update of the lens makes it a little more prominent than the camera body so it can not be inserted into the pocket.

Other changes in the camera body, Canon also redesign the flash and the LCD screen. Where the flash on this successor camera use flexible hinge that allows the flash can be bent backward to provide illumination to the top. While the LCD screen is also turned into a kind tiltable touch screen feature and no longer articulated screen and has a higher resolution than before, ie, 1,040 k-Dot. This screen can only be tilted up to 180 degrees so it helps you with easy to shoot yourself.


While the control button design has not changed and still use the same layout as other Canon compact cameras that are familiar to the user. Likewise with the shooting menu display does not change. And thanks to the combination of two technologies namely the Canon 12-Megapixel sensor with DIGIC 6, G1 X Mark II is capable of capturing images better than ever.

For connectivity, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II using the built-in Wi-Fi and NFC that allows users to transfer photos or videos directly to the smartphone, computer, or directly to a variety of social media. Physically, the new camera is undergoing so many changes are better than ever.

Performance & Image Quality

Speaking of performance, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II has a very good performance, in which the camera is able to focus with a time of 0.1 seconds and capture images in just 1.9 seconds in bright light situations. While the dark-light situations, this camera can capture images within 2 seconds. There are different speeds on shooting any file format, in which the camera is capable of shooting at 5fps speed for JPEG, 1.4 fps for RAW, and 1.3 fps for RAW + JPEG. In terms of the performance, this camera looks capable of doing a better job than the previous series.

The combination of 12.8 Megapixel image sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor including a focal length of 24-120mm, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II can produce impressive images. Although with a smaller resolution than before, but the quality of the resulting image we can not underestimate. In this case, the lens takes an important role to produce good images.

Sample photo Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II (Credit: Canon)

Sample photo Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II (Credit: Canon)

The new lenses has aperture of f/2-3.9, makes this camera can capture sharp and clear images in both bright light and dark situations. We can say very good image quality with less noise visible only at high ISO settings. At ISO 100-800 settings the picture looks very good with no visible noise, little noise looks at ISO 1600, and at ISO 3200 to ISO 6400 noise is quite visible everywhere but the image is still usable. Even up to ISO 12800 picture does not look too bad, although it appears quite obvious noise.

The video quality is also quite good, you can record Full HD 1080p video at 30fps and save them in MP4 format. When recording video, you can manually adjust the focus or zoom in and out. You can use the HDMI port to connect your camera to your HDTV screen at home and then play the video.

Should I buy the camera?

When compared with the previous model, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II has a prominent advances to cover the shortcomings of its predecessor. Its improvements are faster focus, better macro capabilities, as well as lenses that work very well to create a very good image quality. With the price of $799.00, you will get something decent out of this camera.



+ 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


+ 14 elements in 11 groups
+ EFL: 12.5-62.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-120 mm)
+ Aperture: f/2 (W) – 3.9 (T)

+ 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 System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800

+ 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 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 Card Type: SD, SDHC, SDXC


Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL

+ 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

Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo


+ 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


+ Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)

+ Humidity: 10 – 90%


Battery 1x NB-12L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 1910mAh
AC Power Adapter ACK-DC100 (Optional)


+ 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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Sample Photos

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User Manual

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II User Manual (PDF)

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