Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review
August 24, 2014

The Mark of PowerShot Excellence

The PowerShot series from Canon were usually marketed as Superzoom cameras, but the release of the G1 X made it clear that Canon wants to offer a decent camera without having to carry around huge camera bodies and yet offer a good image that can be at par with DSLRs.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is the all-new flagship camera from the company. It retains the compact design without sacrificing some of its features. At 3,799 AED, it isn’t the cheapest camera around, based on its performance, it can be well worth its price. Let’s check it out.

Design and Features

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II packs in a decent 24-120 mm f/2-3.9 lens with auto focus capability and 5x optical zoom. It comes with a 12.8 megapixel sensor that should deliver SLR-like images all in a small and compact body. Speaking of the body, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is definitely portable though it can be heavy at times – but when you compared to full bodied DSLRs, the this camera is definitely lighter. I am just not a fan of the rather small grip on the side, which is too small somehow increases the chance of me dropping the camera.

Much like a DSLR, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II carries nearly every shooting mode available. A small dial on top lets you shift to various shooting modes, which you can also configure using another dial beside the 3-inch touchscreen. It is also worth noting that the touchscreen includes a tilting mechanism and you can actually take selfies using the camera – works well for those who enjoy it right? There is also a built-in flash and you can attach additional accessories with the hot shoe located on top.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II shoots in 14-bit RAW and the ever reliable JPEG. It also shoots high-definition 1080p video. The plethora of buttons allow for a more flexible shooting, but a major difference is that the camera includes NFC and Wi-Fi. With the built-in Wi-Fi, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II can easily share the images on any social networking site.

You can’t quite place which category the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II belongs to. It has a 1.5-inch CMOS sensor that is larger than most Micro Four Thirds cameras, but still smaller than the ones found on the DSLR. Does this translate on a good image? Somewhat. While the images are generally good, they could be better (more on that later).


The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II take images in decent speed, but at times it can be slow – considering it is supposed to be a more portable version of an SLR. Auto focus locks in at about 1.5 seconds and fires almost immediately. It would take some time though when taking images in a darker environment.

You have the option to shoot images in either RAW or JPEG, and not to get too technical with the aspects of the camera, the overall image quality was acceptable.

Images are generally sharp and the images always present a good level of colors. Thing is when the image is zoomed at a 100 percent, the image gets too much noise, resulting in a less than sharper and ultimately grainy image. It wasn’t really much of an issue, but considering that the price is almost at par with normal DSLRs, you’d expect more from it.


The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II isn’t cheap with the 3,799 AED price, but overall, it is still a decent performer. The decent feature set should be able to satisfy even the most casual photographer. It has some minor issues, but overall the good points on this camera outweigh the cons.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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