• 1.5 inch 233.8mm2
  • 13.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • 35.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G1X Mark II advantages over Sony RX1R II

  • Less expensive
    $649 vs $3298
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 24 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 23 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Sony RX1R II advantages over Canon G1X Mark II

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~1.50 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    25.8 vs 21.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,204 vs 581 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 10.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 13.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.0 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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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).

  • Excellent image quality; Extremely high resolution; Surprisingly good high ISO performance; Outstanding dynamic range; Handy variable low-pass filter; Fast phase-detect AF; Built-in EVF.

  • Fixed, single focal length lens; Poor battery life; No built-in flash; No touchscreen LCD; Slow buffer clearing; No 4K video; Expensive.

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
Sony RX1R II
Fujifilm X10
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $454
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony RX1

Canon G1X Mark II
Sony RX1
  • $649
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony RX1R II
Sony RX1
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

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
Sony RX1R II
Fujifilm X20
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Sony RX1R

Canon G1X Mark II
Sony RX1R
  • $649
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony RX1R II
Sony RX1R
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

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
Sony RX1R II
Fujifilm X30
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
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