Canon G9 X II

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II front
  • 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
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon G9 X II summary

Canon G9 X II is Canon's Large Sensor Compact camera initially announced on January of 2017. The camera comes with a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1" size sensor with a max resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Canon introduced this camera to update the previous Canon G9 X (Read Full Comparison)

The G9 X II is positioned #37 out of 63 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and over all #329 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try out our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Canon G9 X II family

The Canon G9 X II is part of a family of cameras. You can view the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-G7-X-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon G7 X MIII
G9 X II vs G7 X MIII
Canon-PowerShot-G5-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G5 X MII
G9 X II vs G5 X MII
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Canon-PowerShot-G9-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G9 X II28-84mm
Canon-PowerShot-G7-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G7 X MII
G9 X II vs G7 X MII
Canon-PowerShot-G9-X front thumbnailCanon G9 X
G9 X II vs G9 X
Canon-PowerShot-G5-X front thumbnailCanon G5 X
G9 X II vs G5 X
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Canon-PowerShot-G7-X front thumbnailCanon G7 X
G9 X II vs G7 X

Canon G9 X II Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Canon G9 X II based on criterias that are usually considered crucial in a camera.

built-in flash
comes with HDMI support
good max aperture (f2)
good resolution (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
good zoom range (28-84mm 3.0 x zoom)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
includes tracking autofocus
lighter than average in class (206 grams)
NFC connectivity
nice screen size (3")
relatively wide (28mm)
screen has good resolution (1,040 k dot)
supports bluetooth
supports focus via touch
supports RAW formats
touchscreen enabled
you can focus manually
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have phase detect AF
does not feature selfie friendly display
lack of external mic jack
lack of headphone jack
not so great battery pack (235 CIPA)
screen is fixed
sluggish at long end (f4.9)
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Canon G9 X II Sensor features

The Canon G9 X II houses the DIGIC 7 chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Canon G9 X II is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor can capture 5472 x 3648 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and gives a native ISO range of 125 to 12800. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The picture below illustrates the G9 X II's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The G9 X II sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is pointed out in green.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II sensor size Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon G9 X II dimensions

Canon G9 X II is 0.45 lb (206g or 7.27 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 98mm x 58mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 392g and the Canon G9 X II is less heavy than various competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Canon G9 X II with a soda to help you to have a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button design on the G9 X II.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II topview buttons dials

Canon G9 X II Lens features

The G9 X II has got an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 28-84mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which may not be perfect however it can be valuable in a few scenarios.

At it's widest 28mm, it offers an aperture of f2 which will be fantastic in low light situations and getting a shallow depth of field. It will also allow you to use a lower ISO to capture better photographs. For the long end, 84mm comes to f4.9 which is really slow and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Canon G9 X II Connectivity

The G9 X II has the following connectivity:

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

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and usually adjust camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Many apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Canon G9 X II Video features

The max video quality on the Canon G9 X II is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance in quality and file size but 1080p is not going to leave you with much room to crop. The body does not have a mic or headphone jack which means that you have got zero control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to purchase a different camera should you need decent sound in your video clips.

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Canon G9 X II Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Canon G9 X II so you have to be careful in rainy and dusty conditions.

Canon G9 X II Display and Viewfinder

The Canon G9 X II comes with a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means you can easily shift focus point and adjust settings by using your finger.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The ViewFinder specifications regarding Canon G9 X II are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be pretty useful.

Canon G9 X II Shutter features

Canon G9 X II continuous shooting speed is 8.2 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Canon G9 X II Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon G9 X II includes just inbuilt flash without external flash support.

Canon G9 X II Autofocusing features

Canon G9 X II includes only Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and accurate than Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detect making it valuable for taking photos of people.

Canon G9 X II has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers to adjust where you focus. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for subjects on the move. Canon G9 X II has manual focusing in case it is required in low light situations or you require more precise focusing control.

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Canon G9 X II Battery life

The battery pack on the Canon G9 X II is built to last for 235 photographs with respect to the CIPA measurements making it less than its competitors. The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U comes with the maximum (450) battery life in this type of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Large Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:

Canon G9 X II for varying kinds of photography

The following chart indicates a rundown of the Canon G9 X II for varying kinds of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Canon G9 X II Portrait photography details

The Canon G9 X II has a rating of 65 which is nice, and means the camera is a very decent fit for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support along with the ability to use off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
offers face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
can't use external flash

Canon G9 X II as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a impressive points tally of 81, the Canon G9 X II is a terrific choice to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1")
delivers RAW formats
provides focus via touch
lighter than competition (206g)
no articulating screen

Canon G9 X II Sports photography advice

A modest sports photography score of 60 suggests the Canon G9 X II is fairly adequate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
comes with tracking focus
not so great battery pack (235 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus

Canon G9 X II Travel photography information

Weight is really important when picking a camera for travel. In general, the Canon G9 X II gets a impressive 78 as a travel camera which is a terrific choice to take on your vacations.

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lighter than average (206g)
connects via bluetooth
has focus by touch
megapixel count decent (20MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2)
not so great battery pack (235 per charge)
screen is not selfie friendly

Canon G9 X II Landscape photography factors

If you are planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon G9 X II at it's very good score of 70 as a landscape camera is a fine fit compared to it's competition.

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manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
saves RAW formats
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
bad battery (235 shots)

Canon G9 X II Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Canon G9 X II is not really appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a horrible rating of 39.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f2)
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average in class (206 grams)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
doesn't have mic support

Canon G9 X II Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the G9 X II, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Large Sensor Compact.

The line chart followed below will give you a bird's eye view of the G9 X II compared to it's top rated rivals listed earlier.

Following are several cameras you might regard as alternatives. To read a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Large Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-84mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
Display resolution
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
8.2 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
6.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options
Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
206g (0.45 lb)
Physical dimensions
98 x 58 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2")
Battery life
235 images
Battery format
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Cost at release