Canon G1X Mark II

The G1X Mk II interface is generally pleasant and well designed. Even if the possibilities of parameterization are vast, one is not drowned under the menus and sub-menus as it is often the case elsewhere (Sony RX, Panasonic Lumix G, Nikon SLR …). The 7.7 cm and 1040,000 px touchscreen, borrowed from the EOS 70D, is a great help in choosing the collimator, navigating menus, and is overall very pleasant to handle, although sometimes a not sensitive from a tactile point of view and having a tendency to pierce the whites. On the other hand, it is impossible to say as much of its orientation mechanism. As the Chinese market demands, the engineers absolutely wanted it to be adjustable + 180 ° for selfies. In addition, it can tilt backward at -45 °. These two requirements have led to a kinematics of the most complex, the perceived fragility uncomfortable, especially since the connection plies are clearly visible and in the open air.

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These approximations are found everywhere and degrade, as we use it, the appreciation that we can have of the G1X Mk II. However, we want to like it, but there are too many mistakes. The electronic viewfinder, which embeds the well-known Epson 2.36 million pixel panel and tilts vertically, is very slow to switch from the viewfinder to the screen despite automatic eye detection. If it is possible to adjust the ceiling of the ISO Auto, the frequency of change which proposes only the enigmatic positions “Standard”, “Fast” and “Slow” is inappropriate on an expert apparatus, where a speed adjustment ( 1 / 4s, 1 / 8s, 1 / 15s, etc.) would have been preferable. The battery has no key and the connector cover does not have a real mechanical hinge. Another point unbearable, the inability to exceed 1 second long exposure otherwise than in mode M. Zooming through the ring B proves prohibitive – if you opt for this configuration – as the race is long. The AF assist light, which seems to trigger only when it suits you, will illuminate the photographed scene at the risk of blinding your subject. Fortunately, NFC and Wi-Fi work well (and do not strain autonomy, measured at 300 photos and 20 minutes of video). We would have liked the Canon CW application to offer more possibilities for remote control (such as ISO settings, speed, aperture, AF point selection from the smartphone, etc.).

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Image qualities

New zoom (24-120 mm f / 2-3.9), new processor (Digic 6) and old BSI CMOS sensor 14 Mpx. This wisdom allows, according to engineers, to control the rise in sensitivity, which is true. Thus, the G1X Mk II will not be reluctant to climb to 3200 ISO, with a very soft noise and well controlled, as well as reasonable smoothing. 6400 ISO will be more difficult to exploit but will nevertheless lend itself, if necessary, to prints in 20×30 cm. The maximum sensitivity of 12800 ISO will be, as usual, to be reserved for extreme cases but it must be recognized that the Canon is one of the most talented compacts in the exercise.

The new zoom is both brighter and more versatile than its predecessor, with in addition a minimal focus down to 5 cm. The laws of physics and optics being what they are, the 14 lenses (including 1 UA lens with two aspherical surfaces and 2 lenses with two aspherical surfaces) in 11 groups take a non-negligible place … but do not do not distill a perfect rendering. At wide-angle, the center is good from the full aperture, really good from f / 4 but it must close at f / 11 (with a minimum aperture of f / 16) so that the edges become sharp and the whole homogeneous! The moire, the distortion and the chromatic aberrations are well contained but a definition surplus on the sensor side would not have been a refusal. The maximum focal length of 120 mm is very good (homogeneous, quilted, contrasted) at full aperture, but it is rather the diffraction that is very slightly lacking from f / 8.


The G1 X Mk II films in full HD, HD and VGA in 30p, in MP4. During the first visit in the menu, great joy: it is possible to choose the size of the photo … except that take one during the filming cuts the video. False joy. In the same genre, the focus peaking is in the game and allows you to manually adjust the focus before starting the recording. The “before” is very important, since once the film has been started, it is no longer possible to focus. An unnamed ergonomic absurdity, especially when we say that a bridge like the HX400V is capable … We will also pass on the impossibility of playing on aperture, speed, sensitivity and exposure compensation, however, it is not the knobs and zippers that are missing.

Despite its practical flaws, the G1 X Mk II offers a beautiful video image, well detailed and exposed. Just like in photo, subject tracking is formidable efficiency, especially since it is possible, on the fly, to change the subject with a simple click on the touch screen. The sound is pretty good but the mics, located on the hood and pointing upward, will pick up all ambient noise indiscriminately. Not practical to faithfully record a conversation or sound sources coming from the front …

The G1 X Mk II imposes on the paper and in the hands and, apart from its dubious steerable screen, it would have everything to seduce the expert users not wanting a hybrid or a SLR.

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