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Canon G1 X vs Canon G1 X II

Portability
75
Imaging
52
Features
60
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot G1 X front
 
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II front
Portability
76
Imaging
53
Features
70
Overall
59

Canon G1 X vs Canon G1 X II Key Specs

Canon G1 X
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1.5" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • 534g - 117 x 81 x 65mm
  • Launched March 2012
  • Updated by Canon G1 X II
Canon G1 X II
(Full Review)
  • 13MP - 1.5" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.0-3.9) lens
  • 553g - 116 x 74 x 66mm
  • Revealed February 2014
  • Replaced the Canon G1 X
  • Later Model is Canon G1 X III
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Canon G1 X vs Canon G1 X II Overview

Here is a comprehensive comparison of the Canon G1 X and Canon G1 X II, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are offered by Canon. The sensor resolution of the G1 X (14MP) and the G1 X II (13MP) is fairly similar and both cameras boast the same sensor size (1.5").

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The G1 X was introduced 22 months earlier than the G1 X II making them a generation apart from one another. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before diving into a in-depth comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the G1 X grades against the G1 X II in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Canon G1 X II

 G1 X G1 X II 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display

Reasons to pick Canon G1 X II over the Canon G1 X

 G1 X II G1 X 
RevealedFebruary 2014March 2012Fresher by 22 months
Display resolution1040k920kClearer display (+120k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Canon G1 X II

 G1 X G1 X II 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size
Selfie screen Both good for selfies

Canon G1 X vs Canon G1 X II Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry your camera, you need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Canon G1 X has got physical measurements of 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") having a weight of 534 grams (1.18 lbs) while the Canon G1 X II has dimensions of 116mm x 74mm x 66mm (4.6" x 2.9" x 2.6") with a weight of 553 grams (1.22 lbs).

Compare the Canon G1 X and Canon G1 X II in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the G1 X against the G1 X II.

Canon G1 X vs Canon G1 X II size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the G1 X and G1 X II is 75 and 76 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Canon G1 X II top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Canon G1 X II Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very difficult to visualize the difference between sensor sizing only by reviewing specs. The photograph below should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the G1 X and G1 X II.

As you can plainly see, both of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different megapixels. You can anticipate the Canon G1 X to deliver more detail using its extra 1MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop images a bit more aggressively. The older G1 X is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Canon G1 X vs Canon G1 X II sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Canon G1 X II Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G1 X vs Canon G1 X II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G1 X
Portrait photography with Canon G1 X II
71
focusing manually
good resolution (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1.5")
comes with face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
71
manual focus
MP count decent (13 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
features face detection focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X Street photography highlights
Canon G1 X II Street photography highlights
72
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1.5")
supports RAW formats
heavier than others in class (534g)
74
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
saves RAW formats
comes with touch focus
more heavy than average (553g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G1 X Sports photography features
Canon G1 X II Sports photography features
54
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1.5")
comes with tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (2.0 frames/s)
terrible battery pack (250 per charge)
no phase detect autofocus
55
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (13 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
features tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
terrible battery (240 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G1 X Travel photography info
Canon G1 X II Travel photography info
60
good resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
fairly wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
terrible battery pack (250 per charge)
heavier than others in class (534g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
67
comes with touch focus
MP count decent (13 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Timelapse function
terrible battery (240 shots)
more heavy than average (553g)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X Landscape photography details
Canon G1 X II Landscape photography details
60
focusing manually
fairly wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1.5")
supports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
terrible battery pack (250 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse function
65
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (13MP)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
saves RAW formats
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
terrible battery (240 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon G1 X
Vlogging with Canon G1 X II
65
fairly wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have external mic support
heavier than others in class (534 grams)
72
reasonably wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
display is selfie friendly
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone jack
more heavy than average (553 grams)
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Canon G1 X vs Canon G1 X II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Canon G1 X II
 Canon PowerShot G1 XCanon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot G1 X Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-03-29 2014-02-12
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 5 Digic 6
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1.5" 1.5"
Sensor measurements 18.7 x 14mm 18.7 x 14mm
Sensor surface area 261.8mm² 261.8mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 13 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 5:4, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 4352 x 3264 4160 x 3120
Maximum native ISO 12800 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 31
Cross type focus points - 1
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/2.0-3.9
Macro focusing range 20cm 5cm
Crop factor 1.9 1.9
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 920 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT PureColor II LCD sRGB PureColor II Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 2.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (via hot shoe EX series Speedlites, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX) 6.80 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 534 gr (1.18 lbs) 553 gr (1.22 lbs)
Physical dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 116 x 74 x 66mm (4.6" x 2.9" x 2.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 60 58
DXO Color Depth rating 21.7 21.5
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 10.8
DXO Low light rating 644 581
Other
Battery life 250 photographs 240 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-10L NB-12L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $649 $799