PowerShot G1 X Mark II – Can it take on mirror-less opposition?

PowerShot G1 X Mark II

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a significant update of the last camera to wear the G1 X name. Canon has adopted a whole new design with a stainless steel chassis and aluminium exterior. In Europe the cameras are provided with an extended grip for comfortable and secure feel in the hand. It seems that the USA takes a regular slim-line grip with their G1 X Mark II.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II uses a large 1.5-inch CMOS sensor with 12.8 megapixels, making the individual pixels 4.5x larger than those found in the PowerShot G16, so it is able to capture more detail in bright highlights and dark shadows. Canon claims that the depth of field control is comparable to an APS-C size DSLR sensor. The flexible 24-120mm zoom lens has a 9-blade aperture so the bokeh should look good, and if has a maximum aperture of f/2.0 that only drops to f/3.9 at full zoom. With all the shallow depth of field effects comes a need for accurate and capable AF, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II has a new 31-point AF system.

Dual lens control rings

One of the complaints of seasoned photographers is that too many functions for cameras are buried in the menu system, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II uses a system with dual lens control rings. The Step and Continuous Rings  control parameters in increments, including zoom, aperture and shutter speed, while the smooth Continuous Ring provides the additional ability to make fine adjustments when manually focusing. The Continuous Ring can also be used to fine tune focus distance after AF is achieved. For manual focus the camera offers the option of peaking to see the precise point where accurate focus is achieved.

14-bit RAW, JPEG and Full HD movies

Fitted with the latest DIGIC 6 processor the PowerShot G1 X Mark II captures clean images at ISO settings up to 12,800. Full HD movies 1920 x 1080 pixels are captured at 30 fps with stereo sound. A simple option switches the camera from the DSLR standard 3:2 aspect ratio and 12.8MP to 4:3 with 13.1MP so you can use the full wide-angle of the impressive lens.

Touch screen LCD and optional EVF

A 3-inch touch screen LCD is standard, but an optional electronic viewfinder the EVF-DC1 can be fitted to the hotshoe for regular DSLR-like ergonomics it even rotates up to 90 degrees for maximum flexibility.

 

Ziv Koren Canon Ambassador talks about the PowerShot G1 X Mark II

 

Is that a Wall-E flash 🙂 ?

PowerShot G1 X Mark II Wall-E flash

PowerShot G1 X Mark II with Wall-E flash 🙂

When I first saw this picture of the camera with the flash popped up a silly thought flashed through my brain, it reminded me of Wall-E from the Disney Pixar movies… what do you think?

Mirror-less grows but is this a better solution

Mirror-less cameras are growing in popularity, but I’m often left wondering if they are not the actual product that the mainstream wants? Sure they are small, light and quality is pretty good, but apart from a number of professionals many will be sold with the standard kit lens and like an entry level DSLR that’s the lens the photographer will use all the time. A camera like the PowerShot G1 X Mark II approaches the small stylish high image quality ideal from a different position, give them a fixed lens camera that is sufficiently good that it will meet most needs. I’ve yet to get my hands on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II and already i’m warming to it – maybe it is a better solution to the demand for smaller cameras with high image quality and DSLR like image looks.

Full information on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II can be found on Canon’s website.