Canon’s burly PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a pleasure to make use of

Canon's burly PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a pleasure to use

This week, we met Canon’s G1 X Mark II. Judging by its nomenclature, we anticipated an easy replace to 2012’s PowerShot flagship. As an alternative, this yr’s mannequin is just like its predecessor relating to measurement — the digital camera’s specs and design have been refined considerably. There is no longer an optical viewfinder and the three-inch touchscreen tilts up and down as an alternative of out to the aspect, however in any other case, the digital camera’s been modified for the higher, with a extra highly effective 24-120mm f/2-three.9 zoom lens, a brand new 1.5-inch sensor and a quicker DIGIC 6 processor. That highly effective combo yields a way more succesful level-and-shoot — with the Mark II, the G1 X can lastly justify its $800 worth.

We caught up with the Mark II on the annual CP+ commerce present in Yokohama, Japan, and whereas we weren’t solely satisfied of the digital camera’s practicality based mostly on press photographs and a spec sheet, a couple of minutes of capturing helped seal the deal. This G1 X refresh was snug to make use of and really responsive, from the speedy zoom toggle to the tremendous-quick focusing. The LCD was fairly sharp and vibrant, and whereas we missed having an optical viewfinder to play with, the boosted performance in different departments made the tradeoff worthwhile. (Canon’s additionally planning to supply an exterior digital viewfinder — pictured above — which looks like an inexpensive compromise.) We did wrestle with focusing in macro mode, simply as we did with the unique X, however the lens carried out fairly properly with topics a bit extra within the distance, so in case you’re not planning to shoot shut-ups of flowers, you have to be positive. Video shooters beware: whereas there’s help for 1080/30p captures, there is no microphone enter or headphone jack.

On this worth vary, we’re nonetheless inclined to advocate Sony’s RX100 Mark II, regardless of its barely smaller 1-inch sensor. We’ve not had an opportunity to evaluation full-res photographs from the Canon, however based mostly on the Sony digital camera’s superior focusing and compact measurement, it is doubtless the higher selection for a lot of photographers. That mannequin’s out there now for $seven hundred, whereas the $800 G1 X is predicted in shops this April. Take a look at our arms-on video for a better look.

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II arms-on

Mat Smith contributed to this report.

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<a href=”http://www.engadget.com/merchandise/canon/powershot/g1/x/”> Canon PowerShot G1 X </a>

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  • Sort Level and shoot
  • Zoom 4x (optical)
  • Decision (efficient) 14.three&#one hundred sixty;megapixels
  • Sensor measurement zero.seventy four x zero.fifty five inches
  • Launched 2012-02

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  • Picture high quality 10
  • Video high quality zero
  • Battery life 10
  • Design and type issue 6
  • Sturdiness 10
  • Velocity (begin-up time, lag) 6
  • Ease of use eight

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