• 1.5 inch 233.8mm2
  • 13.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G1X Mark II advantages over Canon SX530 HS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1.5 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.30 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.0 vs f/3.4
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    66 mm vs 91 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.3 fps vs 1.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX530 HS advantages over Canon G1X Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $249 vs $759
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,200 mm vs 120 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 13.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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 Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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).

The Competition

Compared to Olympus SP-820UZ

Canon G1X Mark II
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $804
  • 1.5 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 60p video
Canon SX530 HS
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bulb shutter

Compared to Nikon P7800

Canon G1X Mark II
Nikon P7800
  • $804
  • 1.5 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon SX530 HS
Nikon P7800
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon SX520 HS

Canon G1X Mark II
Canon SX520 HS
  • $804
  • 1.5 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $247
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon SX530 HS
Canon SX520 HS
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $247
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Canon G1X Mark II
Panasonic LX100
  • $804
  • 1.5 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon SX530 HS
Panasonic LX100
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)

Canon G1X Mark II
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
  • $804
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $935
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon SX530 HS
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $935
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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