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Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II Hands-On Preview

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II Hands-On Preview - We have a look at the new Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II - the serious compact camera with a large 1.5inch CMOS sensor and an optional electronic viewfinder.

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Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II in Compact Cameras

Canon Powershot G1X MarkII (1) (Custom)

We have a look at the new Canon Powershot G1 X MarkII, an update to the Canon Powershot G1 X, the camera features a new 5x optical zoom lens, with improved macro performance, dual control rings around the lens that can be customised, and a 3inch touch-screen. 

Canon Powershot G1X MarkII (8) (Custom)

Key Features

  • 1.5inch Canon CMOS sensor
  • 12.8 Megapixel images (3:2) and multi-aspect shooting
  • 5x optical zoom lens, f/2-3.9, 24-120mm equivalent
  • ISO100 to ISO12800
  • DIGIC 6 processing and Intelligent IS
  • 31-point AiAF and MF Peaking
  • Dual Control Rings and touch-screen operation
  • Optional electronic viewfinder
  • FullHD Video with stereo sound
  • 5.2fps continuous shooting
  • Wi-Fi / NFC Connectivity
  • 14-bit RAW shooting
  • Enhanced Grip Edition - Grip for Europe / UK only, US and Japan will not feature such a large grip
Canon Powershot G1X MarkII (10) (Custom)

The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II is being introduced with a new electronic viewfinder (EVF), the tilting EVF-DC1, which features a 2.33million dot resolution, dioptre adjustment, eye-detection sensor, and side button to manually switch between the EVF and screen if necessary. The EVF-DC1 will cost £249 and will be released at the same time as the camera in May.

Canon Powershot G1X MkII EVF (3) (Custom)

The EVF-DC1 connects to the flash hot-shoe, as has electronic connectors on the end, which are used for the connection. Quality appeared to be very good, with a quick refresh speed and good colour reproduction. 

Canon Powershot G1X MkII EVF (5) (Custom)

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II Specifications

Max Aperturef/2 - f/3.9
35mm equivalent24mm - 120mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
Pixels13.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4160
Pixels (H)3120
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1.5 inch
Sensor Size (width)18.7mm
Sensor Size (height)14mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:5
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1,040,000 dots
Touch ScreenYes
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5.2fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-12L
Battery Life (CIPA rating)240shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsPowerShot G1 X Mark II, Battery Pack NB-12L, Battery Charger CB-2LGE, Neck Strap NS-DC11, AC Cable, User Manual Kit

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Photographs taken using the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II

Clipstone ForestCold Winter DayChristmas MorningMorning ActivityCountry RoadNice CloudsSilhouetteSunriseSunriseCloudsFrosty DayLonely road, IcelandAs the Sun sets.....Abandoned for the WinterHi-Rise Fungus

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