Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Digital Camera
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II replaces the excellent G1 X, fixing many of its faults. However, the competing models in this class have also gotten considerably better, making the choice of which camera to get a more difficult one. Compared to the previous model, the G1 X Mark II is quite different; the redesigned body, sensor, and wider-aperture lens are all new. It still retains the combination of ease of use and simple controls with advanced manual controls that made its predecessor a popular choice with enthusiasts, though.
The G1 X Mark II has a 1.5-inch, 12.9-megapixel CMOS sensor with a new autofocus system; this image sensor is larger than those found in Micro Four Thirds cameras, but still smaller than the APS-C chip typically found in DSLRs. The camera is too bulky to fit in pockets, but the grip isn’t quite large enough to make up for this bulk. However, the camera is well-designed, it offers a good control layout, the LCD tilts, and an electronic viewfinder is an option.
When it comes to performance, the G1 X Mark II is a bit slow for the amount you pay, but produces very good photos and decent video. The camera can be a bit slow, especially in low light, but overall performance and results are solid. Unfortunately, the camera does have a tendency to chew through batteries quickly. Overall, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a good camera that has a few flaws that keep it from standing out more when compared to the competition. However, it would lend itself well to beginners who want their camera to be able to grow with them as their skills and experience progress.