Canon G1 X II

 
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II front
 
Portability
76
Imaging
54
Features
70
Overall
60

Canon G1 X II summary

Canon G1 X II is Canon's Large Sensor Compact camera first launched on February of 2014. The camera has a 13MP, CMOS 1.5" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4160 x 3120.

Canon released this camera in order to update the earlier Canon G1 X (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards released the newer Canon G1 X III (Read Full Comparison) as a way to replace this model.

The G1 X II stands at #35 out of 62 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and over all #288 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your custom requirements.

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Canon G1 X II family

The Canon G1 X II is part of a family of products. You can view the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-G1-X-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon G1 X III
G1 X II vs G1 X III
24-72mm
F2.8-5.6
24MPAPS-C2017
Canon-PowerShot-G1-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G1 X II24-120mm
F2.0-3.9
13MP1.5"2014
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Canon-PowerShot-G1-X front thumbnailCanon G1 X
G1 X II vs G1 X
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
14MP1.5"2012

Canon G1 X II Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Canon G1 X II based on things which are often considered useful in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
boasts touch to focus
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fairly wide (24mm)
fast aperture at full zoom (f3.9)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
focusing manually
good resolution (13MP)
good resolution screen (1,040 k dots)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has built in flash
has face detection focusing
has tracking autofocus
in built zoom lens (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
includes HDMI socket
NFC connection
nice screen size (3")
nice sensor size (1.5")
screen tilts up and down
selfie friendly display
supports RAW files
touchscreen functionality
doesn't have external mic socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (553 grams)
lacks phase detect AF
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
terrible battery pack (240 CIPA)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
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Canon G1 X II Sensor info

The Canon G1 X II is run by the Digic 6 chip. The specification of the sensor in the Canon G1 X II is 18.7mm x 14mm (1.5"). The 262 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4160 x 3120 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 13MP and has a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. RAW photos are supported so you have wider margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the G1 X II's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The G1 X II sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.9 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon G1 X II dimensions

Canon G1 X II weighs around 1.22 lb (553 gr or 19.51 oz) and features exterior dimensions of 116mm x 74mm x 66mm (4.6" x 2.9" x 2.6"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 394 gr so the Canon G1 X II is more heavy in comparison with other competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Canon G1 X II next to a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button design on the G1 X II.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II topview buttons dials

Canon G1 X II Lens info

The G1 X II includes a built in lens and it has a focal range of 24-120mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all huge however it will surely be very helpful in certain conditions.

At the widest 24mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.0 which is great in low light events and getting a shallow depth of field. It is going to also make it easier to go with a lower ISO and get crisper photographs. At the tele end, 120mm comes at f3.9 making it fairly decent and helps you maintain high shutter speeds.

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Canon G1 X II Connectivity

The G1 X II has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and in some cases change settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Canon G1 X II Video info

The max video quality in the Canon G1 X II is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance for quality vs file sizes but 1080p will not give you much room to crop. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone port so you have little control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to find an alternative model in case you need good audio in your video clips.

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Canon G1 X II Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing on the Canon G1 X II so you need to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.

Canon G1 X II Display and Viewfinder

The Canon G1 X II has a 3" tilting display supporting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

It has got a selfie friendly display to get self portraits as well as group photos when necessary. Additionally the display is touch friendly so you will be able to change focus points plus adjust settings using your finger.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II screen and viewfinder Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

The ViewFinder details regarding Canon G1 X II are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic (optional)

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be particularly helpful.

Canon G1 X II Shutter info

Canon G1 X II has the capability to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Canon G1 X II Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon G1 X II boasts both built-in flash and also external flash support.

Canon G1 X II Autofocusing info

Canon G1 X II boasts just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and precise in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it useful for portrait photography.

The Sensor has 31 focus points to pick from. Canon G1 X II has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to shift focus. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Canon G1 X II includes manual focus when required for low light conditions or you need more precise focus control.

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Canon G1 X II Battery life

The battery pack (NB-12L) on the Canon G1 X II is designed to last for 240 images according to the CIPA specifications making it less compared with its competitors. The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 300. Leica X-U has got the maximum (450) battery life for this class of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Large Sensor Compact cameras which have the best battery life:

Canon G1 X II for various kinds of photography

The following diagram gives a summary of the Canon G1 X II for various kinds of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon G1 X II Portrait photography highlights

The Canon G1 X II receives a points tally of 72 which is nice, meaning that it is a good option for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, RAW support in addition to the capability to utilize off-camera flash.

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manual focus
resolution is good (13 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1.5")
comes with face detection focusing
exports RAW formats

Canon G1 X II Street photography information

With a above average points total of 74, the Canon G1 X II is a respectable choice to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1.5")
delivers RAW files
provides touch to focus
more heavy than average in class (553g)

Canon G1 X II as a Sports photography camera

A modest sports photography points total of 55 suggests the Canon G1 X II is relatively suited for photographing sports. A camera should have great autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (13MP)
good sensor size (1.5")
provides tracking focus
max frames per second low (5.0 frames per second)
bad battery power (240 CIPA)
does not have phase detect autofocus

Canon G1 X II Travel photography highlights

Size is extremely crucial when buying a camera for travel. In general, the Canon G1 X II gets a nice 67 as a travel camera which is a fine fit to take on your travels.

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boasts touch to focus
resolution is good (13MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
decently wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
missing Time Lapse function
bad battery life (240 shots)
heavier than competition in class (553 grams)

Canon G1 X II Landscape photography information

When you are planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon G1 X II with it's above average score of 65 as a landscape camera is a fine option among it's competition.

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you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (13MP)
nice sensor size (1.5")
exports RAW files
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
terrible battery power (240 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode

Canon G1 X II Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving display screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Canon G1 X II is a good pick for vlogging as it delivers a nice rating of 72.

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pretty wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
missing external microphone support
more heavy than others in class (553 grams)

Canon G1 X II Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the G1 X II, below is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall within the category of Large Sensor Compact.

The chart down below gives you a summary of the G1 X II compared to it's top scored rivals suggested earlier.

Following are several cameras you may check out as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
Category
Large Sensor Compact
Introduced
2014-02-12
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Chip
Digic 6
Sensor size
1.5"
Sensor dimensions
18.7 x 14mm
Sensor surface area
261.8mm²
Sensor resolution
13MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution
4160 x 3120
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
12800
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
31
Cross focus points
1
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
f/2.0-3.9
Macro focus range
5cm
Focal length multiplier
1.9
Screen
Display type
Tilting
Display diagonal
3"
Display resolution
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology
sRGB PureColor II Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic (optional)
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
58
DXO Color Depth score
21.5
DXO Dynamic range score
10.8
DXO Low light score
581
Features
Min shutter speed
60s
Max shutter speed
1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
6.80 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
553 grams (1.22 pounds)
Dimensions
116 x 74 x 66mm (4.6" x 2.9" x 2.6")
Other
Battery life
240 photos
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
NB-12L
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
1
Price at release
$799