Studio Comparison

Our latest test scene is designed to simulate both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the 'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget allows you to switch between the two. The daylight scene is shot with manually set white balance, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests.

Note: this page features our new interactive studio scene. Click here for instructions on the widget.

At base ISO, the G1 X Mark II doesn't look a whole lot different than its predecessor, though it does exhibit a bit more moiré. At ISO 800 the camera maintains a good amount of detail, especially compared to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II. Noise-wise, the G1 X II performs similarly to the original G1 X.

When we reach ISO 3200 the original G1 X is a tad better in terms of noise, while the Mark II performs better than the smaller-sensored Sony RX100 II, even when normalized. While noise increases and detail starts to slip at ISO 6400, photos are still very usable, especially at print sizes. The same could be said at the G1 X II's top ISO of 12800: while not wondrous at full size, when downsized for printing or web sharing, things still look pretty good.

Aside from some moiré, there isn't much to say about the G1 X II's Raw performance at low ISOs. At middle sensitivities ISO 800 in this case), the Mark II is comparable to the original G1 X as well as Canon's EOS 700D. Interestingly, the Sony RX100 II is very close when image sizes are normalized. Chroma noise starts to appear at ISO 1600, and by ISO 3200 it's causing detail loss. At the top sensitivity (ISO 12800) chroma noise has taken out most of the detail in the scene, and given this guy a bloody nose.

Low light JPEGs are noisier than in daylight, which doesn't come as a surprise. When comparing the two G1 X models, you'll find the Mark II to be a bit noisier than its predecessor. Canon does a good job of reducing chroma noise in its JPEGs, but that's at the expense of fine detail. When recording Raw files, chroma noise starts hitting fine detail at around ISO 3200, with some false color visible as well. Things don't get dramatically worse at the top two sensitivities, though it's worth noting again that the G1 X Mark II has a bit more chroma noise than the G1 X as the ISO climbs.