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Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Digital Camera by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Digital Camera
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 65 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 3.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.6   above average
Sensor4.6   above average
Size4.6   average
Lens4.3   exceptional
Image4.1   average
Focus4.0   above average
Speed3.8   average
Screen3.6   average


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Control

Control:
"The photos I shot with this had that DSLR-like bokeh look for portraits that no other compact zoom could achieve when shooting the same subject background setup (we'd have to move to the fixed fast lens compacts to get the same DOF control, but the compromise of losing the zoom range is unacceptable to me).The images are a bit noisy even at low ISO, but the overall look is pleasing (I've been a Canon shooter for many years, so the Canon sensibility is very comfortable to me)."
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"I get a lot of shots with the Canon that I was missing with the X100 because I was futzing with the controls to get the settings right."
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"Lots of control over the camera and superb, clear, Canon-color images."
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"It has the perfect lens, easy to use manual control rings and sensible weight to show you are an adult with a decent tool, not a young boy with a tiny toy."
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"The G1X Mark II's larger sensor allows for that APS-C DSLR-like DOF control, and having it in a relatively small body while with a very good zoom range and a fairly fast lens of excellent quality, is actually kind of mind-blowing."
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"The f 3.9 on the long end didn't bother me as much as I thought it would, since I was able to get decent DOF control with it."
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"First time using the camera I thought it was broken and ended up formatting the card (which also made it recognize it).Summary- Best compromises yet for travel camera- Very impressive image quality- Fantastic lens- Touch UI is better on EOS-M- Controls need better customizations- Lack of GPS is pathetic"
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Focus

Focus:
"Inconsistent autofocus accuracy."
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"-I took Christmas family shots with no more than 30 depth in the group and it missed the focus in the second row on FULL AUTO w flash."
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"I've decided to return it because for all of the great things about it, the G1X is really slow to focus and I found myself missing shots in broad daylight."
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"Excellent manual focus mode with peaking."
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"Inconsistent autofocus accuracy."
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"I've decided to return it because for all of the great things about it, the G1X is really slow to focus and I found myself missing shots in broad daylight."
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"For my needs, since what I shoot is 99% people, the face-recognition available in most of today's cameras does help a lot though, and the GiX Mark II has that too, as well as focus locked tracking with visual feedback."
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";)Focusing is pretty dang good (I prefer single point focus, no focus assist, no continuous focus, IS during shooting only) even in very low light conditions (with the help of manual override)."
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Image

Image:
"However, I was disappointed with the original G-1X as I felt that the image quality in natural lighting was just too muted even after adjusting saturation levels in camera and post processing."
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"It doesn't matter how good the pics are or how much I love the camera if I lose a third of my pics."
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"The photos I shot with this had that DSLR-like bokeh look for portraits that no other compact zoom could achieve when shooting the same subject background setup (we'd have to move to the fixed fast lens compacts to get the same DOF control, but the compromise of losing the zoom range is unacceptable to me).The images are a bit noisy even at low ISO, but the overall look is pleasing (I've been a Canon shooter for many years, so the Canon sensibility is very comfortable to me)."
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"First time using the camera I thought it was broken and ended up formatting the card (which also made it recognize it).Summary- Best compromises yet for travel camera- Very impressive image quality- Fantastic lens- Touch UI is better on EOS-M- Controls need better customizations- Lack of GPS is pathetic"
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"One thing that will most certainly not disappoint you is the great image quality."
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"I've used it mostly in auto mode, and am very pleased with the photo quality, even though for the time being I'm only able to see them on the camera's LCD."
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"Quality of pics where excellent, but shooting experience was lacking."
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"The enormous sensor and superior glass offers great low-light performance, excellent bokeh, crisp images all around."
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"The internal flash head is flexible so the flash can be bounced for more pleasing colors and evenly exposed images."
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"Ultimately its about image quality and the G1x ii does not disappoint."
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Lens

Lens:
"The photos I shot with this had that DSLR-like bokeh look for portraits that no other compact zoom could achieve when shooting the same subject background setup (we'd have to move to the fixed fast lens compacts to get the same DOF control, but the compromise of losing the zoom range is unacceptable to me).The images are a bit noisy even at low ISO, but the overall look is pleasing (I've been a Canon shooter for many years, so the Canon sensibility is very comfortable to me)."
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"But as a semi-pro serious enthusiast, I needed something that could deliver quality shots for times I just didn't want to deal with the hassle of the big camera bag lenses."
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"And even that was compromised in the Mk 1.The lens on this model is a total redesign."
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"I bought it as the G11 was getting a bit long in the tooth and I was never happy with its noise levels or a 28mm wide on the lens."
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"Happy with my camera....except for the lens covers.. Bought this 2014 and in less than two months..when i tried to turn on my cam, it won't ..it said lens error.."
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"Solid build, very nice lens range."
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"As a camera and lens I rate it 4.5, BUT not having a built in viewfinder, is a great disadvantage."
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"It has the perfect lens, easy to use manual control rings and sensible weight to show you are an adult with a decent tool, not a young boy with a tiny toy."
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Photo

Photo:
"GREAT picture quality but the trade off of this well made durable camera is that it is really too big and heavy for most pockets and rather than carrying it everywhere as I imagined I find I usually pick up my Canon SX230 HS with the higher zoom that this was supposed to replace since it still takes very good photos and it is so much smaller and lighter or I just carry my iPhone 6 alone since I carry that everywhere anyway."
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"I bought this to take overseas, mostly to capture great travel photos for my blog."
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"Wonderful, professional looking photos that we will cherish for years to come."
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"The quality of photos and videos is amazing."
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"takes great photos."
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Quality

Quality:
"However, I was disappointed with the original G-1X as I felt that the image quality in natural lighting was just too muted even after adjusting saturation levels in camera and post processing."
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"One thing that will most certainly not disappoint you is the great image quality."
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"I've used it mostly in auto mode, and am very pleased with the photo quality, even though for the time being I'm only able to see them on the camera's LCD."
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"GREAT picture quality but the trade off of this well made durable camera is that it is really too big and heavy for most pockets and rather than carrying it everywhere as I imagined I find I usually pick up my Canon SX230 HS with the higher zoom that this was supposed to replace since it still takes very good photos and it is so much smaller and lighter or I just carry my iPhone 6 alone since I carry that everywhere anyway."
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"Quality of pics where excellent, but shooting experience was lacking."
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"Trust and believe: this delivers DSLR quality but without the hassle of lugging around a kit."
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"amazing piucture quality, closeup mode usually doesn't focus"
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Screen

Screen:
"This is a solid upgrade to the Mark I in almost every way....maybe the screen movement being the biggest negative (but the touch screen aspect is vastly superior).The market place has unbelievable choices and the competition is fierce."
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"First noticed that the screen is very hard to see in the outdoors or in sunshine."
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"Optical viewfinders are on the way out in general, but the OLED screen is very glare prone and is extremely hard to see what you're taking a picture of in high sunlight."
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"Great viewfinger & screen."
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"The touch screen and the wi-fi connect is great! "
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"Surprisingly easy to go between touch screen and EVF."
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"Tilt screen....miss being able to put screen facing camera back for protection."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"The problem with the G series cameras traditionally was the small sensor which essentially restricted shooting to good lighting (lower ISOs)."
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"The enormous sensor and superior glass offers great low-light performance, excellent bokeh, crisp images all around."
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"The problem with the G series cameras traditionally was the small sensor which essentially restricted shooting to good lighting (lower ISOs)."
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"Has some nice features and a large sensor."
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"The G1 X Mark II's image quality is excellent for a compact camera due to the big sensor, almost a APS-C size."
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"What I can get with this camera is far superior to anything I could get with any of the compact cameras or smartphones I've ever used, and it's all because of the larger sensor size and the excellent lens."
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Size

Size:
"The problem with the G series cameras traditionally was the small sensor which essentially restricted shooting to good lighting (lower ISOs)."
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"The G1x though is more portable than almost all other cameras with a larger sensor because the lens is built in and fully retracts; one notable exception being the really good (and small) Sony RX100 series."
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"The problem with the G series cameras traditionally was the small sensor which essentially restricted shooting to good lighting (lower ISOs)."
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"Pros: Size is excellent and easy to carry."
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"This small camera is perfect for you."
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"The G1X Mark II's larger sensor allows for that APS-C DSLR-like DOF control, and having it in a relatively small body while with a very good zoom range and a fairly fast lens of excellent quality, is actually kind of mind-blowing."
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Speed

Speed:
"Slow speed in between pictures can lead to missed shots when photographing motion or a sporting event."
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"I've decided to return it because for all of the great things about it, the G1X is really slow to focus and I found myself missing shots in broad daylight."
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"I've decided to return it because for all of the great things about it, the G1X is really slow to focus and I found myself missing shots in broad daylight."
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"I currently use a Canon 70D, a Canon T5i and a Canon S110 (I always need a easy to carry simple point & shoot and the S110 has done that well).G1X MARK II PROS:Made In Japan qualitySpeed, speed and speed (for a point & shoot-it's exceptional)Overall performance Handles like a BMWMenu ease and quick navigationLow light ability; even in the pure darkLens-A major highlight is this quality lensImage quality equal to or better than a mid-range SLRBuild quality-it's really evident in quality materials, fit and feelG1X MARK II CONS:Sub-Par grip (you can upgrade but why didn't Canon just use the better grip in the first place?"
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"The G1X Mark II's larger sensor allows for that APS-C DSLR-like DOF control, and having it in a relatively small body while with a very good zoom range and a fairly fast lens of excellent quality, is actually kind of mind-blowing."
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"They were average for a typical compact camera, and I tried to speed them up by using a class-10 SD card and turning off instant preview, as well as set all AF-related settings to increase speed and accuracy, but it just isn't a camera designed for speed."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"Pain point #1: Setting up WiFi is very confusing."
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"Great features such the wifi function and other smart innovations."
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"The touch screen and the wi-fi connect is great! "
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"The wifi feature worked very well on my iPhone 5s."
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"The WIFI capabilities of the Canon seem great in theory, but you cannot send a RAW image to a smartphone."
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"The wifi options work great for me."
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