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Canon’s G1 X Mark II Has Officially Arrived, Another Impressive High-End Compact

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Canon’s mirrorless attempts haven’t gone all that well. But where they’ve struck out in the mirrorless game, their large-sensor G1 X compact announced at CES 2012 has done quite well. Now, for this year’s CP+, Canon has updated the powerful compact by releasing the even more capable G1 X Mark II.

Inside the Mark II is a new 1.5-inch 12.8-megapixel CMOS sensor, a speedier DIGIC 6 processor, a brighter 24-120mm equivalent f/2-3.9 zoom lens, ISO range between 100 and 12,800, a 31-point AF system, a 3-inch 1.04M-dot tilting touchscreen, 1080/30p video capabilities and built-in WiFi and NFC.

Here’s a closer look at the G1 X Mark II:

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“The new high-end PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera delivers incredible, professional-level shooting capabilities in a compact camera body making it the ideal second camera for DSLR shooters,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive VP and GM. “In addition, with the introduction of advanced wireless capabilities such as NFC and enhanced low-light shooting and autofocusing, the G1 X Mark II is a well-rounded professional-level camera that allows photographers to get creative.”

The camera will also be compatible with an all-new external EVF and an optional grip for those who want to make the Mark II feel even more DSLR-like. To learn more about the camera, head over to the Canon Press Room. The G1 X Mark II is set to ship in April for $800 (pre-order here).


 
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  • Mike

    I wonder if this also means a newer generation of APS-C sensors. No need for the 70D’s focusing, just go “isoless” and offer more competitive DR.

  • A Name

    Clumsy article title…

  • wylun

    camera is 800$.. grip.. then external EVF…. might as well get a DSLR~

  • César Antonio López Cabrera

    if this camera had interchangeable lens capability I would buy one now!

  • Cloke

    Uh, size???

  • olafs_osh

    considering you can get Fuji X-Pro for 1k now, 800$ tag looks really steep for this kind of gadget.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Quoting from dpreview.com:
    “The brighter lens also gives the G1 X II a considerable advantage over the current zoom compact crown holder – Sony’s RX100 II. Taking sensor sizes into account, the Canon should receive around 0.7EV more light at the wide end of its lens, and 1.7Ev at the long end. Its 24-120mm range is also usefully more flexible than the RX100′s 28-100 reach.”

    Maybe Canon should just kill the EOS-M series and focus on the G1 X instead?

    Physical dials, a tilting touch screen, NFC-mediated Wi-Fi, remote shooting, a decent sensor size in a relatively small body, a decent focal range, and fairly wide apertures for a zoom lens. Not bad, I guess.

  • Philip Han

    What do you mean by Isoless?

  • lord eels

    derrrrr. that’s a system camera. you need lenses.

  • Mike

    Silly term, I know, basically the latest generation many cameras use this sort of method. Overall it means that the best way to use such a sensor is at it’s base ISO setting (200?) and push the shadows in post, thus preserving highlight information as much as possible, and the shadows will be just as noisy as using a higher ISO in camera (currently, Canon sensors have more noise in the shadows at low ISO per same aperture+shutter speed).

  • A Name

    Much better… :)

  • olafs_osh

    true

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    Another compact camera… without a viewfinder.

  • Scot Birchfield

    Yet another failed attempt of trying to create a point and shoot camera. Without a viewfinder this is a repackage canon M with a hash tag of #MarkII !

  • Cloke

    I’m a Nikon guy but this I am excited about. Looks like a very capable pocket/carry-everywhere camera. I love my GR but not sure if it could even stand up to this one…

  • Sky

    And remind me which company offers that isoless sensor right now?

  • Sky

    I don’t know – looks quite decent for this kind of tool. And it’s smaller then X-PRO. If I’m about to take X-Pro anywhere I might just as well pick DSLR – it’s nearly the same size, just not as deep.
    And it doesn’t have an interchangable lense, so all of the issues that come from it are non-existent.

  • Sky

    It’s like saying that Sony should kill E-mount and focus on RX-series. Perhaps they should, but if they can afford leading two lines of products – then why not?

    But yea – this compact looks really great! Wish the price would be a bit lower though.

  • Sky

    Yea. Makes it more compact.

  • wylun

    ya but then what is the point of even adding on the attachments or having them available at that point? if you’re just getting the camera i can understand then for size.. but at the point of having a EVF and a grip added to it.. its not going to be pocket-able anymore… UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • Mike

    Sony sensors tend to exhibit this behavior, which means cameras from Sony, Nikon, Pentax among some others.

  • http://www.woodyoneal.com/ Woody ONeal

    Fuji XE-1 with 18-55 lens is currently less $$$ than this. Just sayin’

    But keep up the good work Canon.

  • http://www.woodyoneal.com/ Woody ONeal

    Fuji XE-1 with 18-55 lens is currently less $$$ than this.

  • hot_dude

    Point & shot is dead. Get over it. Stick to DSLR, or/and start making cell phone.

  • JOey

    I think you have no idea what your talking about. is this a joke? it has to be a joke. please indicate where I can find a source for this information.

    what do you mean “tend to exhibit this behaviour, which means cameras from sony, nikon and pentax among some others.”

    I can’t even make sense of that sentence.

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    It’s not a satisfying argument that a VF takes up too much space. Because there’s been so many cameras before this one, film and digital, with viewfinders. With today’s technology, I certainly think camera companies can develop better viewfinders that are still small, for compact cameras.

    And it is a very big deal. I see people all the time struggling with the LCD in strong light. My mother used the VF on her old Canon A-series all the time. It’s ignorant of camera companies to sacrifice one of the very basics of a camera for the sake of compactness. If you absolutely can not squeeze in a decent VF, then at least bundle an EVF and not sell them as accessories for hundreds of dollars.

  • Mike

    If you just google “isoless” you will find a lot of explanations on this sensor design. I don’t want to post links here because it will mark my comment for moderation, and thus it will not be displayed for ages. You could also look at the site Sensorgen.

  • James

    You might like to look in to the mirror-less market then, I mean you might not find a super zoom, but for that price you can get some very nice gear. you know with a sensor to back it up.

  • James

    Ever try the EOS M? I mean you can’t shoot sports with the thing, but AF is fine for every day use.

  • James

    EOS M’s a lot better than you might think. The IQ blows away the rebel line if you can handle the focusing issues.

  • James

    And by handle, I mean use the AE lock button to focus.

  • James

    Looked it up, apparently it’s a thing although not really a good thing… Imagine a sensor that has the signal to noise ratio of iso 3200, and only iso 3200. I mean 3200 can look ok, but I’d rather have a crisp clean Iso 100, or 200 image any day. and i guess that’s what separates the compact shooters from the ICL shooters.

  • Mike

    “It’s a thing”, which topped all DXO charts, and also trumps any sensor that Canon could give us except the 6d and 5D mark 3. Again- all Sony cameras, all latest generation Nikons (even those with Toshiba sensors, not Sony), Pentax and some mirrorless use this method now.

    It’s more widespread than we think.

  • Philip Han

    What do you think about the Ricoh GR?

  • Mike

    Great camera, don’t like the fixed wide lens. Should have zoom at least under x3 for much better versatility.

  • James

    1000wordpics (dot) blogspot (dot) com/2013/01/what-does-it-mean-when-we-say-that.html

  • James

    Looked in to it more mike, the terms miss leading but i understand what you’re talking about.

  • Adam North

    You’re missing the point of the camera. It is for people that don’t want to lug extra lens around. If you wanted that then get a M.

  • Adam North

    No they are not, this is a point and shoot for people who want great image quality without the hassle of carry extra lenses around.

  • tony allison

    Shame they haven’t kept the variable angle screen ~ I use my first gen G1X for timelapse and often rig the camera in places where the fold-out screen is invaluable. It’s one of my biggest gripes with DSLR’s – no fold out screen for shooting low-level or video….