Canon G1 X Mark II Flash

Built-in Flash

Coverage and Range
A fairly powerful flash for its size, with uneven coverage at wide angle. Good exposures in our Indoor Portrait test shots.

24mm eq., f/2.0, ISO 200 120mm eq., f/3.9, ISO 200
Normal Flash, ISO 200 (+0.3 EV) Slow-sync Flash, ISO 200 (+0.3 EV)

Coverage. Flash coverage was quite uneven and narrow at wide angle (not unusual, especially for a wider-than-average lens), with much more uniform results at full telephoto.

Exposure. Here in our standard Indoor Portrait scene at ISO 200, the G1 X II's flash performed well, requiring only +0.3 EV of flash exposure compensation which is less than average for this scene. The camera selected 1/60 second shutter speed, which is good. Slow-sync flash mode produced a more evenly lit image with the same flash exposure compensation, but the slower shutter speed of 1/13 produced a warmer image due to the ambient lighting.

Flash Range: Wide Angle
6 ft 7 ft 8 ft 9 ft 10 ft 11 ft

1/64 sec
f2.0
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f2.0
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f2.0
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f2.0
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f2.0
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f2.0
ISO 200
12 ft 13 ft 14 ft 15 ft 16 ft

1/64 sec
f2.0
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f2.0
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f2.0
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f2.0
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f2.0
ISO 200

Flash Range: Telephoto
6 ft 7 ft 8 ft 9 ft 10 ft 11 ft

1/64 sec
f3.9
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f3.9
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f3.9
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f3.9
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f3.9
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f3.9
ISO 200
12 ft 13 ft 14 ft 15 ft 16 ft

1/64 sec
f3.9
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f3.9
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f3.9
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f3.9
ISO 200

1/64 sec
f3.9
ISO 200

ISO 200 Range. At wide-angle and ISO 200, flash shots were bright to about 12 feet. At full telephoto, flash shots were bright to 8 feet, and got darker from there.


Manufacturer-Specified Flash Range
Wide Angle Telephoto

22.0 feet
Auto ISO 400

11.0 feet
Auto ISO 400

Manufacturer Specified Flash Test. Canon rates the PowerShot G1 X II's flash range at 6.8 meters / 22 feet at wide angle and 3.5 meters / 11 feet at telephoto, when using Auto ISO. In the shots above, the PowerShot G1 X II's flash performed to Canon's specifications, producing bright images at wide angle and full telephoto, with the camera boosting ISO to 400 in both cases.

Our standard test method for flash range uses a fixed setting of ISO 200, to provide a fair basis of comparison between cameras. We now also shoot two shots using the manufacturer-specified camera settings, at the range the company claims for the camera, to assess the validity of the specific claims.

 



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