Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
Manufacturer description: Boasting a sensor that is 4.5x larger than a 1/1.7" sensor found in professional level point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera can produce high-quality images with a wide dynamic range. The G1 X II improves upon its predecessor in many ways. It's smaller, features a faster 24-120mm F2.0-3.9 lens (with closer focusing distances), a 31-point AF system, dual lens rings, a touchscreen LCD that can tilt upward by 180°, and Wi-Fi with NFC. While its 1.5"-type is a bit smaller than on the original, the G1 X II can shoot at 3:2 or 4:3 with the same field-of-view. The catch? No more optical viewfinder (though an EVF is optional).
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
|Max resolution||4160 x 3120|
|Effective pixels||13 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1.5″ (18.7 x 14 mm)|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–120 mm|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||553 g (1.22 lb / 19.51 oz)|
|Dimensions||116 x 74 x 66 mm (4.57 x 2.91 x 2.6″)|
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. That said, there are numerous improvements that could be made, especially in terms of dynamic range and responsiveness.
Good for: Those desiring a flexible compact camera that's even good for portrait photography.
Not so good for: Photographers who demand wide dynamic range. Auto/Program mode shooters. Videographers.
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