Canon reveals the development of the G1 X Mark II in special brochure
posted Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2:15 PM EDT
The Canon G1 X Mark II has us very excited. The huge sensor coupled with the promise of faster and better performance suggests that there might be a new top dog in the world of high-end compact cameras. Now Canon Europe is showing off a bit of behind the scenes information from the camera in a pdf guide you can download from here.
Titled "Story of the PowerShot G1 X Mark II Development", the document delves into how Canon put together the camera, and some of the challenges it faced. The guide explains:
Photographers and survey results from users provided a vast amount of feedback, and Canon’s engineers improved everything they could. A lot of requests were regarding macro performance, and the minimum focusing distance has been improved from 20 cm to 5 cm. Autofocus is also approximately twice as fast by improving the optics and sensor. Particularly difficult adjustments were necessary for the optics, but if these high ideals could not be achieved, this would not be a flagship model. The enthusiasm of the Canon engineers drove these developments, and, as a result, a shooting range that would not be possible with an SLR with just one interchangeable lens has been achieved.
The document also delves into the viewfinder, lens construction and features, sensor and imaging performance, speed, comparisons to other cameras, and more.
Interestingly, the USA and some other markets will be getting slightly different versions of the G1 X Mark II. In the image above, you'll notice that the camera has a rather small grip. But in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the G1 X Mark II will come standard with a larger grip attachment—which American customers can buy for $29.99. It's not clear if the other version of the camera will include the smaller grip as well, and photographers can swap back and for at will, or what. But photographers in teh USA are going to have to pay a bit extra if they want a more substantial handhold.