Canon G9 X II vs Sony W690

Portability
92
Imaging
55
Features
66
Overall
59
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 front
Portability
95
Imaging
41
Features
32
Overall
37

Canon G9 X II vs Sony W690 Key Specs

Canon G9 X II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-84mm (F2-4.9) lens
  • 206g - 98 x 58 x 31mm
  • Released January 2017
  • Replaced the Canon G9 X
Sony W690
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 142g - 94 x 56 x 22mm
  • Released February 2012
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Canon G9 X II vs Sony W690 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Canon G9 X II versus Sony W690, one being a Large Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Canon and Sony. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the G9 X II (20MP) and W690 (16MP) and the G9 X II (1") and W690 (1/2.3") provide different sensor sizing.

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The G9 X II was announced 4 years later than the W690 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go into a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the G9 X II matches up against the W690 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G9 X II over the Sony W690

 G9 X II W690 
ReleasedJanuary 2017February 2012Fresher by 60 months
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W690 over the Canon G9 X II

 W690 G9 X II 

Common features in the Canon G9 X II and Sony W690

 G9 X II W690 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Canon G9 X II vs Sony W690 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera frequently, you'll need to think about its weight and volume. The Canon G9 X II enjoys external dimensions of 98mm x 58mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") having a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs) whilst the Sony W690 has sizing of 94mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is a front view measurements comparison of the G9 X II vs the W690.

Canon G9 X II vs Sony W690 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G9 X II and W690 is 92 and 95 respectively.

Canon G9 X II vs Sony W690 top view buttons comparison

Canon G9 X II vs Sony W690 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be tough to picture the gap in sensor sizing simply by viewing technical specs. The visual underneath may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the G9 X II and W690.

As you can tell, both of those cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The G9 X II using its bigger sensor is going to make achieving bokeh easier and the Canon G9 X II will provide you with more detail with its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The newer G9 X II provides an edge in sensor innovation.

Canon G9 X II vs Sony W690 sensor size comparison

Canon G9 X II vs Sony W690 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G9 X II vs Sony W690 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G9 X II Portrait photography details
Sony W690 Portrait photography details
66
has manual focus
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
includes face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
can't use external flash
36
good resolution (16MP)
offers face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon G9 X II Street photography advice
Sony W690 Street photography advice
81
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
includes touch to focus
lighter than average (206 grams)
screen does not articulate
58
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon G9 X II
Sports photography with Sony W690
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
includes tracking autofocus
low battery (235 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF
41
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G9 X II Travel photography details
Sony W690 Travel photography details
78
lighter than average (206g)
connects via bluetooth
includes touch to focus
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2)
low battery (235 shots)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
69
good resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G9 X II Landscape photography features
Sony W690 Landscape photography features
71
has manual focus
really wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low battery (235 per charge)
44
fairly wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
lack of Time Lapse recording
Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

Vlogging Comparison

Canon G9 X II as a Vlogging camera
Sony W690 as a Vlogging camera
39
really wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2)
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average (206 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone port
31
fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic jack
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Canon G9 X II vs Sony W690 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G9 X II and Sony W690
 Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark IISony Cyber-shot DSC-W690
General Information
Brand Name Canon Sony
Model Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690
Class Large Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2017-01-04 2012-02-28
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 7 BIONZ
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5472 x 3648 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 12800 3200
Minimum native ISO 125 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-84mm (3.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2-4.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 2.7 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Display resolution 1,040k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology - ClearPhoto TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 8.2 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.00 m (at Auto ISO) 3.30 m
Flash modes Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 206g (0.45 lbs) 142g (0.31 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") 94 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 65 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 522 not tested
Other
Battery life 235 images 220 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $530 $297