Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 12.8 megapixel 1.5” CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Macro focusing 2 inches
  • Optional electronic viewfinder (sold separately)
  • 3” tilting touchscreen
  • Maximum aperture f2.0-3.9
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • Manual modes
  • JPEG and RAW
  • Up to 5.2 fps burst mode
  • 1080p video at 30 fps
  • Weighs 19.5 ounces
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 240 shots (300 in ECO mode)
  • Part Number: 9167B001
  • UPC: 013803240047
  • Release Date: 2014-05-09
  • Final Grade: 96 4.8 Star Rating: Recommended

4.8 Star Rating: Recommended
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Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
Enticing camera!
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 8/1/2014

The Canon G1X Mark II's 1.5 inch sensor makes the longtime favorite advanced compact line, the Sony RX100, look a little paltry--and that's no small feat. Resolution and low light performance will be excellent on Canon's 2014 top compact camera. The f2.0 lens is bright, and even fully zoomed still shoots at a decent f3.9. The G1X II hits shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 and offers a 5.2 fps burst mode. But it's not all about image quality, the GX1 looks to score design points as well with a 3" tilting touchscreen LCD. There's no built-in viewfinder, but you can purchase one separately and add it via the hot shoe slot at the top of the camera. It's early in the year yet, but the Canon G1X II looks to give other advanced compact cameras a run for their money. Speaking of money, the list price on this sharp shooter is about $800, similar to where the Sony RX100 II sits.

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