Canon G1X Mark II Review

 
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Model Name: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor: Canon G1X
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General
Model Number: G1X Mark II
Camera Format: Mid-Sized
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $799.99
Street Price: $727.34
Date Available: 2014-04-30
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 19.9 oz (563 g)
includes batteries
Size: 4.6 x 2.9 x 2.6 in.
(116 x 74 x 66 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 13.1
Sensor Format: 1.5 inch
Sensor size: 233.75mm2 (18.70mm x 12.50mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 4.30 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a
Aspect Ratio: 3:2, 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score: 58
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 21.5
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 10.8
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 581
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4160 x 3120 (13.0 MP, 4:3),
4352 x 2904 (12.6 MP, 3:2),
4352 x 2448 (10.7 MP, 16:9),
3120 x 3120 (9.7 MP, 1:1),
2496 x 3120 (7.8 MP, Other),
3072 x 2304 (7.1 MP, 4:3),
3072 x 2048 (6.3 MP, 3:2),
3072 x 1728 (5.3 MP, 16:9),
2304 x 2304 (5.3 MP, 1:1),
1840 x 2304 (4.2 MP, Other),
2048 x 1536 (3.1 MP, 4:3),
2048 x 1368 (2.8 MP, 3:2),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1536 x 1536 (2.4 MP, 1:1),
1232 x 1536 (1.9 MP, Other),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3),
640 x 424 (0.3 MP, Other),
640 x 360 (0.2 MP, 16:9),
480 x 480 (0.2 MP, 1:1),
384 x 480 (0.2 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), 14-bit RAW (.CR2), RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 5.3
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (30p)
1280x720 (30p)
640x480 (30p)
Movie File Format: MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: Stereo Linear PCM)
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a
Lens: Canon Zoom Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 24 - 120 mm
Zoom Ratio: 5.00x
Aperture Range: f/2.0 (W) / f3.9 (T) - f/16, with 9-blade aperture
Normal Focus Range: 5 cm to Infinity
2.0 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: n/a
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detect AF with Face Detection; 31-point AiAF, 1-point (center for face select and track)
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type: Optional EVF available.
Focus Peaking: Yes
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 1,040,000 dots (345,600 px)
Touchscreen: Yes
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: Yes
Max Playback Zoom:  
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 12800
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: Auto, 100 to 12800 in 1/3 EV steps
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom 1/2, Underwater
Shutter Speed Range: 60 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: No
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot, Face Detect AE
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Scene Modes: Portrait, Smart Shutter, Star, Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks; Filters: High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
Self Timer: 1 - 30 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto w/Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro, Second-curtain synchro
Flash Guide Number: n/a
Flash Range Description: Auto ISO: 1.6 - 22 ft. (W), 4.6 - 11 ft. (T) / (50cm - 6.8m (W), 1.4 - 3.5m (T))
Max Flash Sync:  
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot-Shoe
Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: UHS-I
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: 14-bit RAW (.CR2), RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format: MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: Stereo Linear PCM)
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes
NFC: Yes
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional RS-60E3 wired release, and via Wi-Fi
Connections (extended): Micro HDMI, remote jack (for optional RS60-E3 wired remote switch)
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 1.01
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 1.14
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): Unlimited
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 1.24
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 5.3
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): Unlimited
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 1.5
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): Unlimited
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 1.3
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): Unlimited
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.21
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 0.37
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.238
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 1.03
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.091
Shutter Lag (notes): Fill AF shutter lag, Auto-area mode = 0.422s
Startup Time: 2.0
Play -> Record Time: 1.5
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 3.2
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary NB-12L
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary NB-12L Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 240
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
OS Compatibility: Windows Vista/7/8, Mac OS
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: 12.8MP 1.5-inch CMOS sensor, f/2.-3.9 5x zoom, DIGIC 6 processor, 1080p60 Full HD video, Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. Optional EVF and grip available.

Canon G1X Mark II



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