Basic Specifications
Full model name: Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark 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
20.20
Megapixels
3.00x zoom 1 inch
size sensor
image of Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Front side of Canon G9X Mark II digital camera Front side of Canon G9X Mark II digital camera Front side of Canon G9X Mark II digital camera Front side of Canon G9X Mark II digital camera Front side of Canon G9X Mark II digital camera

Canon G9X II Review -- Now Shooting!

by
Preview posted: 01/04/2017
Last updated:

Updates:
03/17/2017: First Shots
03/23/2017: Performance
06/21/2017: Field Test

For those looking for our detailed product overview, complete with specs and features, click here for our Canon G9X II Overview.

 

Canon G9X II Field Test

Good things can come in small packages

by Jeremy Gray | Posted 06/21/2017

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
25.9mm (71mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1/8s, ISO 125.
Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image.
Introduction

The Canon G9X Mark II arrives less than two years after the original G9X, which launched as the world's smallest camera with a 1-inch sensor. Much about the G9X II is the same as its predecessor and that's not a bad thing. There are several new features and improvements to be found in the new pocketable compact camera though including a new, faster processor which leads to improved overall performance.

Key Features and Info

  • Pocketable form factor
  • Built-in 28-84mm equivalent lens with f/2.0-4.9 aperture range
  • 20.2-megapixel 1-inch type sensor
  • ISO 125-12800 range
  • Continuous shooting over 8 frames per second
  • Full HD video at up to 60 frames per second
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC
  • $529 price, although it has been available for as low as $429
Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/2.0, 1/160s, ISO 125.
Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image As a note: At least on my calibrated display, the RAW version shows dramatically different colors in Adobe Lightroom. Download the RAW file and see for yourself.

Compact camera offers pocketable form factor, excellent touchscreen interface

The Canon G9X II retains the same very compact form factor as its predecessor. The camera weighs only 7.3 ounces (206 grams) with its battery inserted and has dimensions of 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2 inches (98 x 51 x 31 millimeters). I have been carrying the camera around in the pockets of my jeans and lightweight jacket with ease. It uses a wrist strap rather than a neck strap, as is typical for a compact camera. The strap is okay, but it would be much better if it had a way to cinch it firmly around your wrist.

Canon G9X II Review -- Product Image

With its small size, there are necessarily some compromises. The camera does not have any protruding front grip except for a small rear thumb grip. The front grip could stand to be a bit "stickier," so to speak, but it does its job. The G9X II also lacks a viewfinder of any kind.

In the absence of a viewfinder, you rely solely on the camera's 3-inch rear display, which is bright and sharp, offering 1,040,000 dots (345,600 pixels) of resolution. Given the camera's price point and compact size, it is not surprising that the display does not tilt, but that does occasionally lead to usability issues in bright light. In particularly bright conditions, you can increase the brightness of the display, which does help, but this comes at the cost of battery life.

Canon G9X II Review -- Product Image

The rear of the camera is dominated by the display. Along the right side, there's the small thumb grip and four buttons. The G9X II does not have any directional buttons. Rather than using directional buttons to navigate menus, you can use either the touchscreen or you can use the focal length switch on the top of the camera and the control ring around the lens. The focal length switch changes the menu tab and rotating the lens ring moves up and down a particular tab. It takes a little getting used to, but it works fine and the menus are well-suited for touch navigation if you want to go that route. In fact, the user interface as a whole works very well with the touchscreen, including while shooting and when using the Q Menu.

Speaking of the Q Menu, this shortcut menu is launched with the dedicated "Q/SET" button, and it offers quick access to the following settings: AF area mode, AF drive mode, image quality, drive mode, self-timer, flash mode, white balance, Picture Style, metering mode, focus distance (macro off versus on) and neutral density filter.

Canon G9X II Review -- Product Image
Canon G9X II Review -- Product Image

On the top of the camera, there is a built-in pop-up flash, a playback button, power button, shutter release (with a surrounding zoom lever that toggles left and right) and a mode dial. The mode dial has extensive options, including standard program auto (P), aperture priority (Av), shutter speed priority (Tv) and manual (M) modes. Additional modes include a custom shooting mode, auto, hybrid auto, scene mode and movie recording mode.

The built-in flash has a range of 19.7 inches (50 centimeters) to over 19 and a half feet (6 meters) at the wide end of the lens and 19.7 inches (50 centimeters) to nearly eight feet (2.4 meters) at the telephoto end of the lens. The max flash sync is a very impressive 1/2000s and the flash has auto, flash on and slow synchro flash modes.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/2.0, 1/320s, ISO 125. Flash OFF.
Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/11, 1/60s, ISO 125. Flash ON.
Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image

Overall, the Canon G9X Mark II camera body feels good and offers nice usability considering its very compact form factor. The touchscreen display does an excellent job serving as the primary means for controlling the camera, and the control ring around the lens works well in a variety of shooting modes.

Shooting Experience: Canon G9X II offers a positive overall shooting experience

Image Quality: 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor delivers good image quality

The Canon G9X II utilizes the same 20.2-megapixel 1-inch type CMOS image sensor as its predecessor. The sensor does not have any sort of sensor shift image stabilization or on-sensor phase detect, although stabilization for the camera is available via the built-in lens.

Image quality and sharpness

Given the G9X II's reliance on the same image sensor as the G9X, it is unsurprising that image quality would be similar. However, the G9X II uses the new DIGIC 7 image processor, which helps to achieve better JPEG image quality in addition to performance gains, which we'll discuss later.

The camera delivers nice-looking JPEG images straight from the camera. There are a variety of Picture Styles you can use, although I found myself tending toward the "Faithful" Picture Style in many situations. RAW images are quite nice too, offering a good amount of flexibility during processing. You can see a few before (JPEG images straight from the camera) and after (processed RAW images) below.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1s, ISO 125. Resized JPEG image straight from the camera.
Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1s, ISO 125. Processed RAW image.
This image has been modified. Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1s, ISO 125. Resized JPEG image straight from the camera.
Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1s, ISO 125. Processed RAW image.
This image has been modified. Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image
ISO Performance

The Canon G9X II has an ISO range of 125 to 12800, with no expanded ISO range. The camera includes an Auto ISO setting, but there is not a lot of customization available beyond setting a maximum ISO and selecting a rate of change. A minimum shutter speed option would be nice, but the Auto ISO functionality is good considering the class of camera.

Canon G9X II ISO Comparison 100% center crops from highest-quality JPEG images with default camera settings. (Click images for full-size JPEG files, see captions for links to accompanying RAW files).
Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- ISO Test Image
ISO 125 Full Scene
Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- ISO Test Image Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- ISO Test Image
ISO 125 (RAW)
ISO 200 (RAW)
Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- ISO Test Image Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- ISO Test Image
ISO 400 (RAW)
ISO 800 (RAW)
Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- ISO Test Image Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- ISO Test Image
ISO 1600 (RAW)
ISO 3200 (RAW)
Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- ISO Test Image Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- ISO Test Image
ISO 6400 (RAW)
ISO 12800 (RAW)

As far as JPEG images at higher ISOs are concerned, I find that quality drops off quite dramatically at ISO 1600, but it remains very usable. There remains a lot of fine detail in files at ISO 1600, but it's a pretty dramatic shift from 800 to 1600 compared to the shift from ISO 400 to 800. At ISO 3200, there is a precipitous drop in fine detail and at ISO 6400 images become blotchy in addition to not being very detailed. ISO 12800 is likely not usable except for perhaps very small prints or sharing on social media. When viewing the full-size files, take note of the mottling detail in the plastic of the X-Rite color checker in my test scene, as this shows very well how the in-camera noise reduction changes with ISO. Further, the fine details in the sea glass is a good barometer as well.

Regarding other aspects of in-camera processing, I found that the in-camera sharpening was generally quite good. It adds crispness to the image without causing too many artifacts. Looking at the white millimeter markings in the full-size JPEG files, you can see that there are minimal issues, even with the high contrast detail. However, even at base ISO, the off-white background displays some visible noise when viewing the file at its full size. This will not appear in scenes with consistent detail throughout the frame, but it could be problematic when shooting a bare blue sky, for example. To avoid this, you can handle RAW processing yourself and use selective sharpening.

Speaking of the RAW files, they are quite dull straight from the camera, as is to be expected. I was a bit surprised at how soft they are, but that indicates that the camera is doing a lot of sharpening to JPEG files, which makes its processing perhaps more impressive. The story is quite similar between RAW and JPEG files as you increase ISO. There is a big jump in visible noise from ISO 800 to 1600, and there is some visible noise even at base ISO. Beyond ISO 800, RAW files will require a careful processing touch to bring out the most in the files.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1s, ISO 125.
This image has been modified. Click for original image. Click here for RAW image.
Overall

The Canon G9X II can capture very nice images for its camera class and price point. The sensor is good for its size, and the in-camera processing is impressive, thanks in part to the new DIGIC 7 image processor. It's easy to get vibrant, sharp and clean images straight from the camera with the G9X II, but the RAW files are flexible enough to offer enterprising photographers a good starting point when editing images.

Built-in lens: I wish it were wider, but the 28-84mm-eq. zoom lens is pretty good

Click here to see a variety of test images for the built-in lens in our Canon G9X II Gallery.

The Canon G9X II offers a built-in lens with an equivalent focal length of 28-84mm (its actual focal length is 10.2-30.6mm). The 28-84mm lens offers a maximum aperture range of f/2.0-4.9, which is quite fast at the wide end. However, the aperture changes quickly. The maximum aperture changes to f/2.5 just over 30mm (equivalent) and reaches f/4.9 at around the 70mm equivalent focal length.

The lens is decent, although its performance is not excellent across the board. There is quite a bit of sharpness falloff as you move toward the edges, particularly at the wide end of the lens. There is a bit of distortion as well, while vignetting is generally handled well by the camera. Chromatic aberration isn't severe, unless you're working with RAW files, which show a bit more issues than the JPEG images, which have a lot of corrections baked in.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/2.0, 1/640s, ISO 125.
Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image. 100% center crop from a RAW file processed with Adobe Camera Raw defaults.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/2.0, 1/640s, ISO 125.
Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image. 100% left edge crop from a RAW file processed with Adobe Camera Raw defaults.

With its close focus distance of two inches (5 centimeters), the G9X II can capture decent macro images. I like how close you can get, but optical issues are apparent. There is a considerable amount of sharpness falloff, which can sometimes be beneficial depending on your subject, but is not great overall. Further, there is some blur around high contrast edges that looks strange.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/2.0, 1/1000s, ISO 125.
Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image. While the macro performance is not great from an image quality perspective, it is still nice how closely you can focus with the G9X II.

Overall, the built-in lens is decent considering the class of camera and how compact it is when the camera is turned off. However, it would be great if the lens were a bit wider at the wide end and offered more consistent performance across the focal length range. All things considered, though, the G9X II's lens offers acceptable performance.

Autofocus: Performance and speed is good overall, although not perfect

The G9X II offers good, reliable autofocus performance with its 31-point contrast-detect autofocus system. The touchscreen works well with the autofocus system, particularly when using single-point AF. However, the single AF point is sometimes too large when trying to precisely focus, particularly when shooting macro photography.

The camera includes a tracking autofocus mode that incorporates face detection and face select features and also includes touch-to-track AF functionality. Tracking AF work well in my experience; subject tracking is sufficient for slower subjects, but it struggles to keep up with quicker ones.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
30.6mm (84mm equiv.), f/4.9, 1/500s, ISO 125.
This image has been cropped. Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image.
Manual Focus

When autofocus isn't sufficient, you can use manual focus as well. To start using manual focus with the G9X II, you have to tap on the AF button when shooting. The camera defaults to a 5x zoom when manually focusing. On-screen arrows are used for adjusting focus and you can also trigger AF while manually focusing to get focus close to where you want it. You can also use the control ring around lens to manually focus. By pressing the menu button, you can initiate focus bracketing, which is handy.

Overall

The Canon G9X II offers generally good autofocus performance. In most situations, autofocus is quick and accurate. When extra precision is needed, it's nice to have access to manual focus.

Metering and Exposure

Exposure and auto white balance metering performance is solid across the majority of shooting situations. The camera has a shutter speed range of 30 seconds to 1/2000s, which is not always quick enough when shooting wide open at f/2.0, but there's a built-in neutral density filter which is set to Auto by default to help slow down your shutter speed in bright shooting conditions. The G9X II offers evaluative, center-weighted, average, spot (linkable to the AF frame) and face detect AE metering modes. When the metering is not delivering desired results, there's +/- 3 EV exposure compensation available as well, which can be adjusted in 1/3 stop intervals.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
30.6mm (84mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1/500s, ISO 125.
This image has been cropped. Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image.
Performance: G9X II is powered by faster DIGIC 7 image processor

With its new DIGIC 7 image processor, the Canon G9X II has good overall performance for its class. It can shoot at over 8 frames per second, which is quite quick. Its buffer depths are pretty impressive too, topping over 20 frames for RAW images in our lab, but buffer clearing was slow, which proved problematic in the field. The buffer takes over 20 seconds to clear when shooting RAW and RAW+JPEG images. While buffer depths are improved over the G9X, the G9X II is still a slow camera to clear its buffer. This is frustrating when burst shooting, and the issue is exacerbated because the camera is basically unusable while it is processing files. You cannot view previously-shot images nor is there full access to the menus.

While not an issue, for me personally, during my time with the G9X II, but its built-in flash is very slow to recharge, taking around 10 seconds to recharge after a full power flash. The battery life is also not impressive, at least not with default power management settings, rated for only 235 shots. There's an available ECO mode, which is supposed to improve battery life to 315 shots by dimming the LCD and turning off quicker than normal after being idle. I was often shooting in bright conditions, so the dimmer LCD was an issue, but for some users, the ECO mode could be useful. In either case, a second battery is recommended because the battery life is not sufficient for a full day of shooting.

Shooting modes

With a variety of shooting modes, the Canon G9X II is a versatile compact camera. It has a standard assortment of shooting modes, such as program auto, aperture priority, shutter speed priority and full manual, but it also includes creative-oriented shooting modes such as various scene modes and filters as well as a built-in HDR mode. You can see some of the creative filters in the Canon G9X II Gallery.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/8.0, 1/200s, ISO 125. HDR.
Click for full-size image.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/4, 1/800s, ISO 125. Not HDR.
Click for full-size image.

When shooting in an automatic mode or with the automatic Picture Style, the G9X II is said to offer improved scene recognition. I was impressed with its automatic mode in general, and I think the G9X II is well-suited for photographing in a fully automatic mode, semi-automatic and fully manual modes.

Wireless features

Through the use of the Canon Camera Connect application, which I tested with my iPhone, you can connect to the camera, geotag images, transfer files and remotely control the camera. The camera has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. The connection process was straightforward, although it was annoying to need to enter a password.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Wireless Application
Screenshots from the Canon Camera Connect application.

When remotely controlling the camera, you can control focus, exposure compensation and more. The slider for the focal length didn't entirely fit on my phone's display for some reason, but it's a minor user interface issue that doesn't hinder overall functionality. You can also change the drive mode and focus mode with the app. If you want to change the shooting mode, you must do so physically on the camera, which then requires you to go back to the application's home screen and then back into remote shooting in order for that change to be reflected.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Wireless Application
Screenshots from the Canon Camera Connect application.

Overall, the app is functional and offers a good level of control. The ability to quickly scan through images and transfer them to a phone is nice as is the ability to location tag images, but the remote control functionality is not as good as I have experienced with camera/app combinations I've seen with other manufacturers.

Video: Full HD video shooting capabilities are impressive, but lack of 4K is unfortunate

The Canon G9X II doesn't offer 4K UHD video recording, but it is nonetheless a capable compact camera when it comes to video if you're content with Full HD. It can record 1920 x 1080 video at up to 60 frames per second, although you must be in the dedicated video shooting mode to access the 60fps option, otherwise the camera records in 24 or 30fps modes. Speaking of shooting modes, the camera can record when in other modes, such as aperture priority, by simply pressing the dedicated record button.

Canon G9X II Video Compilation
1920 x 1080 video clips recorded at 60 frames per second. Manual mode.
Download Original (195.9MB .MP4 File)

Despite not having 4K UHD recording, the G9X II does not record using the full width of its sensor, as you can see in the still frames below. With its built-in lens already not being very wide, that is rather disappointing. However, on the flip side, you have a bit more reach when recording video than when recording still images.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Video Frame
Still image video frame cropped to 16 x 9.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Video Frame
Frame from a Canon G9X II video. Notice how the frame is less wide than the still frame above.

Video quality itself is pretty good. The Full HD video didn't blow me away, but it is adequate. Similarly adequate is the autofocus system, which while not blazingly fast, is sufficient for recording video of many subjects. Metering performance was good.

Canon G9X II Video Autofocus Test
1920 x 1080 video recorded at 30fps. Recorded at full telephoto focal length with tap to focus utilized.
Download Original (76.6MB .MP4 File)

High ISO video performance is okay, although I would not want to record a lot of low light video with the G9X II.

Canon G9X II Video ISO Test
1920 x 1080 video clips recorded at 30fps. Manual mode. ISO speeds are marked on each clip.
Download Original (50.3MB .MP4 File)

Overall, considering the class of camera and the price point of the Canon G9X II, its video performance and features are quite good. The fact that a camera like this has full manual video recording is impressive. The lack of mic and headphone jacks, while disappointing, is surely to be expected for a camera like this. For someone looking for a camera which can quickly record decent-looking 1080p video, the G9X II should fit the bill.

Canon G9X II Field Test Part Summary
The Canon G9X II is very capable compact camera
Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/2.0, 1/400s, ISO 400.
This image has been modified. Click for original image. Click here for RAW image.

What I like:

  • Very compact form factor easily slips into a pants or jacket pocket
  • Very good image quality from the 20.2-megapixel 1-inch sensor
  • Good touchscreen control
  • Quick autofocus
  • A solid value

What I dislike:

  • Display can be difficult to use outdoors, especially without tilt capabilities
  • Built-in lens has some issues and it would be great if it were wider
  • Performance is improved, but buffer clearing speeds are problematic during real world shooting
  • No 4K UHD video recording

The Canon G9X II is an impressive camera in its own right, but it is particularly impressive given its compact size and its price point. It does not offer the best video features in its class, but for the money, you get a lot of camera and the Full HD video quality is decent.

Canon G9X II Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
10.2mm (28mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 125.
This image has been modified. Click for original image. Click here for RAW image.

While there are compromises with regards to its form factor, the touchscreen user interface is so good that I rarely missed extensive physical controls while shooting. The autofocus system is quick, the camera and its DIGIC 7 image processor deliver solid all-around performance for the most part and, most importantly, the G9X II captures nice photos. If you're looking for a capable camera you can easily slip into your pocket but don't want to sacrifice image quality very much, take a long look at the new Canon G9X Mark II.

 

 

Canon G9X II Review -- Overview

by
Preview posted: 01/04/2017

Canon G9X II Review -- Product Image

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.

Canon G9X II Review -- Product Image Back

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.

Canon G9X II Review -- Product Image Back

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.

Canon G9X II Review -- Product Image Back

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.

Canon G9X II Review -- Product Image Back

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.
Canon G9X II Review -- Product Image Back

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.

 

Similar to the G9X Mark II but smaller lighter larger sensor cheaper But ...
loading
No cameras match your search criteria(s)
   

$399.00 (13% less)

20.2 MP

Also lacks viewfinder

Similar size

3x zoom

G9X Mark II vs G9X

$698.00 (36% more)

20.2 MP

Has viewfinder

27% larger

2.92x zoom

G9X Mark II vs RX100 III

$448.00

20.2 MP

Also lacks viewfinder

16% larger

3.6x zoom (17% more)

G9X Mark II vs RX100

$848.00 (47% more)

20.1 MP

Has viewfinder

27% larger

2.92x zoom

G9X Mark II vs RX100 IV

$628.65 (29% more)

20.2 MP

Also lacks viewfinder

21% larger

3.6x zoom (17% more)

G9X Mark II vs RX100 II

$998.00 (55% more)

20.1 MP

Has viewfinder

27% larger

2.92x zoom

G9X Mark II vs RX100 V

$679.00 (34% more)

20.2 MP

Also lacks viewfinder

34% larger

4.2x zoom (29% more)

G9X Mark II vs G7X Mark II

$762.66 (41% more)

20.2 MP

Has viewfinder

53% larger

4.2x zoom (29% more)

G9X Mark II vs G5X

$647.99 (31% more)

12.8 MP (58% less)

Has viewfinder

58% larger

3.13x zoom

G9X Mark II vs LX100

$449.00

16 MP (26% less)

Also lacks viewfinder

23% larger

4x zoom (25% more)

G9X Mark II vs TG-4

$1095.00 (59% more)

12.8 MP (58% less)

Has viewfinder

59% larger

3.13x zoom

G9X Mark II vs D-LUX (Typ 109)

$449.00

12 MP (68% less)

Also lacks viewfinder

25% larger

4x zoom (25% more)

G9X Mark II vs TG-5

$219.99 (104% less)

16.2 MP (25% less)

Also lacks viewfinder

83% smaller

5x zoom (40% more)

G9X Mark II vs DV150F

$647.99 (31% more)

20.1 MP

Also lacks viewfinder

33% larger

3x zoom

G9X Mark II vs LX10

$649.00 (31% more)

13.1 MP (54% less)

Also lacks viewfinder

69% larger

5x zoom (40% more)

G9X Mark II vs G1X Mark II

$647.99 (31% more)

20.1 MP

Has viewfinder

44% larger

1x zoom (70% more)

G9X Mark II vs ZS100

$349.00 (29% less)

8.3 MP (143% less)

Also lacks viewfinder

Similar size

1x zoom (200% less)

G9X Mark II vs TG-Tracker

$1299.00 (65% more)

16.3 MP (24% less)

Has viewfinder

64% larger

1x zoom (200% less)

G9X Mark II vs X100T

$1299.00 (65% more)

24.3 MP (17% more)

Has viewfinder

64% larger

1x zoom (200% less)

G9X Mark II vs X100F

$386.95 (16% less)

16 MP (26% less)

Also lacks viewfinder

17% larger

5x zoom (40% more)

G9X Mark II vs W300

Suggestion for improvement? Head over here.


Enter this month to win:

1 $300 Adorama Gift Certificate

2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate