Test: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mk2-Improved & Refined

Canon G-series has been around for 14 years, and we’ve ever seen a refinement of the inheritance for each new version. New G1 X Mark II is based largely on the G1 X from January 2012, but with several changes.

I remember when I tested the Canon G1 X for the first time. The expectations were huge, and the reason for this was the potential for a big sensor in a compact body. And yes it was good in many ways, but not as I – and many others – had in mind.

Canon has now updated the camera to version 2, where they have been listening to what photographers really need.

The resolution has actually been somewhat lower, with a sensor of 13.1 megapixel, with an iso range of between 100 and 12 800.Also the focal length has been adjusted, along with its predecessor from 28-112 mm for offering more wide-angle-24 mm – and more tele up to 120 mm, which corresponds to 5 x zoom. Wide angle on a camera like this is worth a lot.

Better performance

The buttons are of high quality and feels really good to use. Also the location of all buttons and controls are good. A small change to the predecessor, but still a great improvement, the rubber part of the thumb, which now had a slight edge, giving it a much more stable feel when shooting with one hand.

Perhaps the second most important change – and improvement – is the introduction of functional ring that now exists around the lens. By choosing such as aperture priority, you can with this ring to quickly adjust the aperture with the left hand, or the shutter if you choose that setting instead.

For it is probably this which I am missing most of its predecessor, i.e., the ability to quickly adjust the basic settings. The feature is also the home of an advanced compact camera like this, and will certainly be appreciated by many. Really, really good upgrade of the Canon.

The exposure slider that we found on the top under the program knob with the first G1 X has now disappeared. The slider was really smart to quickly compensate for the exposure, but the fact is that it now is just as good when there is a function call — just press the exposure compensation button, then rotate the functional ring. Smoothly.

The first and perhaps the most drastic change we see is the lack of the small analogue viewfinder. It was also the one I asked myself the question – is it something to keep if it is not big and good enough? The problem with performance compactable is that anything which is not a little «» good is good enough.

Canon has now removed it-and perhaps it was this that gave rise to the somewhat smaller design. I like it sharp, for now there is the possibility to use the electronic viewfinder the EVF-DC1 instead. The resolution of this is 2.36 million pixels, and it shows. The quality of the viewfinder is really good, sharp and contrasty, and work exceeded expectations both inside and out. Also the eye sensor is quick and switch directly between the screen and the viewfinder image.

Do you like to use the viewfinder, and like the concept of G1 X, so, you have the possibility – although at the time of writing costs around SEK 2 500 extra.

Smart features

Also the screen has been improved, and is now, among other things, pressure-sensitive. The size of 3 inches is the same, the resolution has only slightly improved, but now Canon has chosen to draw the screen via a plate on the back instead of having a Tiltable led on the left. The result is a more robust screen that feels more qualitative and easy to use, and easier to use, for example, street photography. It is also possible to set the sensitivity of the touch screen, which is smart, because it’s the right individually how to experience this.

However, the G1 X Mk2 no video camera. The settings are in the easiest team, and is a filmmaker who need control, you will be disappointed.

When it comes to focusing, so this seems to have been a priority at Canon, it feels a little faster, a little rapper and a little more exactly – even in low light.

Now, it is also easy to adjust focus manually, with the help of the functional ring. There is also an Assistant contrast enhancement to turn on, which facilitates the adjustment of focus. I also find that the sensitivity of this particular manual focusing is well considered, and now a useful alternative – it wasn’t in its predecessor.



Image quality we see images that are identical to its predecessor, which is a good score when the camera does not have a full size aps-c sensor. The images are of high image quality and good sharpness, and the automatic white balance works really well even in tricky situations.

Canon has done good and clever changes of G1 Mk2. In the camera body, we find also the wifi with nfc and the ability to use the Camera Window, a bunch of creative filters and 14-bit raw form. On the whole, Canon has succeeded in really well with all the changes and improvements.

A large part of the better feeling than its predecessor is that the entire camera seems quicker, in many ways, which also opens up to the will fit a large variety of photographers who need a second camera body that is smaller.