20.20
Megapixels
3.00x zoom 1 inch
size sensor
image of Canon PowerShot G9 X II
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Canon PowerShot G9 X II
Resolution: 20.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1 inch
(13.2mm x 8.8mm)
Lens: 3.00x zoom
(28-84mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 125 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 125 - 12,800
Shutter: 1/2000 - 30 seconds
Max Aperture: 2.0
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2 in.
(98 x 58 x 31 mm)
Weight: 7.3 oz (206 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 02/2017
Manufacturer: Canon
Full specs: Canon G9X Mark II specifications

Canon G9X II Review -- Now Shooting!

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Preview posted: 01/04/2017

Updates:
03/17/2017: First Shots posted!
: Performance posted!

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In November of 2015, Canon launched the smallest camera with a 1-inch sensor, the PowerShot G9X. The camera offered a 3x zoom lens and utilized a 20.1-megapixel 1"-type CMOS sensor in a very compact form factor that could be easily slipped into a pocket. The Japanese manufacturer is following it up with the Canon G9X II, which uses the same sensor and lens but packs in a much faster image processor and several new features while retaining the same compact form factor of its predecessor.

A very compact Canon

The Canon G9X II looks essentially identical to its predecessor, which means that it is compact and has a sleek design. The G9X II has dimensions of 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2 inches (98.0 x 57.9 x 31.3 millimeters) and weighs a paltry 7.3 ounces (206 grams) with the battery and a memory card inserted.

While very compact, the Canon G9X II doesn't skimp on its rear display. The camera is equipped with a 3-inch touchscreen LCD display with 1.04 million dots. The display is fixed, so you won't be able to tilt it, but the fixed design does help keep the camera thin. To the right of the display are four buttons and a thumb grip. You'll notice that the camera doesn't have any sort of directional pad or navigation buttons, so you will be relying exclusively on the touchscreen for navigating menus.

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The top of the camera features a mode dial, shutter release and rotating switch for controlling the focal length. There is also a “playback” and power button. Further, the camera has a pop-up built-in flash with a flash release switch on the top left. The flash has a range of 1.6 feet (0.5 meters) to 20 feet (6 meters) at the wide focal length and 1.6 feet (0.5 meters) to 7.9 feet (2.4 meters) at the telephoto focal length when using Auto ISO.

Speaking of focal length, the Canon G9X II features a built-in lens with a focal length range of 10.2 to 30.6mm, which offers a 35mm equivalent range of 28-84mm. The 3x-zoom lens has a maximum aperture of f/2 at 28mm which narrows to f/4.9 by 84mm. The lens barrel has a ring which can control a variety of shooting settings, including exposure settings. You can change the control ring’s function using the touchscreen.

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Canon G9X II shooting features highlighted by DIGIC 7 processor

User experience is always important, but especially for a compact camera which Canon hopes will appeal to many types of photographers, including DSLR users who want a second, compact camera to have in their pocket. To help make the user experience better, the Canon G9X Mark II includes Bluetooth, making it the first PowerShot camera to do so. This feature will allow nearly-instant sharing of your photos to social media when using a compatible smartphone or tablet.

Autofocus and Metering

Other improvements to the user experience come from the inclusion of the DIGIC 7 image processor, which is of course faster than the DIGIC 6 chip found in the G9X. The new processor helps the G9X II accomplish reportedly better subject tracking during continuous autofocus. Otherwise autofocus remains the same. The camera still offers minimum focus distances of 2 inches (5 centimeters) and 1.1 feet (35 centimeters) at wide and telephoto focal lengths respectively. Metering is unchanged as well. Metering modes including evaluative, center-weighted average and spot options and the camera offers up to +/-3.0 EV of exposure compensation.

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Continuous Shooting: Much faster than its predecessor

Claimed continuous shooting performance has seen a massive improvement thanks to the DIGIC 7 image processor. Although full testing will need to be completed in the lab when a sample arrives, the specs are impressive for the G9X II. JPEG shooting speeds are stated to be 8.1 frames per second when using One-Shot AF with a buffer depth of 38 shots, representing an increase of 1.6fps and 28 frames over the results we reported for the original G9X. Servo AF will drop the speed down to 5.3fps, but increase the buffer depth to a reported 102 frames.

JPEG improvements are impressive, to be sure, but the reported increase in RAW burst speeds are much larger. The Canon G9X shot RAW images at a mere 0.8fps. The G9X II can reportedly shoot RAW images at up to 8.2fps! The buffer depth is stated to be 21 frames, which is also quite good. Obviously, we will need to test Canon’s claims in the lab, but the G9X II will surely be much faster than the G9X and should thus address one of our biggest complaints about its predecessor.

Shooting modes: Improvements to Auto and time-lapse modes

Shooting modes include the standard assortment of Manual (M), Aperture-priority (Av), Shutter-priority (Tv), Program (P) and Auto, but the G9X II also includes Hybrid Auto, a custom C shooting mode and a wide array of special stills and video modes. The camera has Portrait, Panning, Star Portrait, Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movie, Handheld Night Scene, High Dynamic Range, Fish-eye Effect, Art Bold Effect, Water Painting Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Grainy B/W, Fireworks, Standard Movie, Short Clip, Manual Movie, Time-Lapse Movie, and iFrame Movie modes. The time-lapse modes have been improved by allowing exposure to be changed while shooting, whereas in the original G9X it was locked. Further, Picture Styles are said to be more advanced and Auto mode is claimed to be more accurate with its scene recognition capabilities. Advanced users will appreciate the ability to perform in-camera RAW conversion as well.

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Video: More of the same, still no 4K UHD video recording

Video specifications appear mostly unchanged, meaning that the G9X II still cannot shoot 4K UHD video or high-speed video. Resolution still tops out at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and the framerate is capped at 60p frames per second, although there is a new 24p option. When recording video at 60fps, the maximum clip length is 10 minutes. If you need to record longer clips, you can do so at 30 or 24fps, which allows for clips of up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds at Full HD. HD (1280 x 720) which is available at 30fps has the same limit, but up to one hour can be recorded at VGA resolution (640 x 480).

Connectivity, media and battery

The Canon G9X II has a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (Micro-B) port and a Mini HDMI (Type D) port. The camera records media to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards with support for faster UHS-I types. The body includes built-in 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n), NFC and Bluetooth 4.1 wireless functionality.

The G9X II uses a proprietary NB-13L lithium-ion battery, the same battery pack as the G9X used. It's rated for approximately 235 shots (CIPA standard) when used normally and 315 shots in ECO mode, compared to 220 and 335 shots respectively for its predecessor. In-camera charging via the USB port is supported, though a dedicated battery charger is included in the bundle.

Improvements over its predecessor

  • New DIGIC 7 image processor offers better autofocus performance, improved noise reduction at high ISOs and much faster continuous shooting performance, particularly when shooting RAW images.
  • The G9X II has improved Dual I.S. image stabilization performance, now offering up to 3.5 stops of correction compared to the 3 stops in the original G9X.
  • Shooting modes have been improved as well. In particular, auto mode has better scene recognition capabilities and time-lapse shooting now offers the ability to change exposure settings during shooting.
  • Slight improvement in battery life from 220 to 235 shots per charge in normal mode.
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Pricing and availability

If you're looking for plenty of speed in a compact form factor along with proven image quality, the Canon G9X Mark II will be available in February for around US$530. The camera will come in silver or black color options, the former having brown accents.

 

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