• 1.5 inch 233.8mm2
  • 13.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 84.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G1X Mark II advantages over Canon G9X Mark II

  • Larger sensor
    1.5 inch vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.30 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 84 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Higher effective ISO
    581 vs 522 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 31 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 20 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon G9X Mark II advantages over Canon G1X Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $449 vs $649
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~1.30 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More dynamic range
    12.5 vs 10.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    31 mm vs 66 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    8 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    206g vs 563g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 13.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.0 fps vs 5.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.1 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Both provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Wider, longer, faster lens than predecessor, with good overall optical quality; Faster AF performance; Closer macro shooting; Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC with remote shooting; Decent JPEG burst performance; Excellent build quality.

  • Localized flare issue when wide open; No real net improvement in image quality over predecessor; Slow burst mode when shooting RAW files; Poor battery life; Video quality is so-so (not like Canon DSLRs).

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X10

Canon G1X Mark II
Fujifilm X10
  • $649
  • 1.5 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $454
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon G9X Mark II
Fujifilm X10
  • $449
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $454
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Fujifilm X20

Canon G1X Mark II
Fujifilm X20
  • $649
  • 1.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon G9X Mark II
Fujifilm X20
  • $449
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Canon G1X Mark II
Sony RX100 III
  • $649
  • 1.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $715
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon G9X Mark II
Sony RX100 III
  • $449
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $715
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Fujifilm X30

Canon G1X Mark II
Fujifilm X30
  • $649
  • 1.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon G9X Mark II
Fujifilm X30
  • $449
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon G9X

Canon G1X Mark II
Canon G9X
  • $649
  • 1.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More dynamic range
Canon G9X Mark II
Canon G9X
  • $449
  • 1 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger RAW buffer
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