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Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:34:22 PM »

The Canon Camera Museum has posted the technical report on the soon-to-be-released Canon PowerShot G1X II.


By all accounts, this looks to be a big upgrade from the G1 X. I’m looking forward to seeing real world results.


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Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:34:22 PM »

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Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 01:00:54 PM »
As somebody who enjoys the G1X already, I can honestly say that this Mark II looks like it will be even better all around.  Just looking at the lens specs and minimum focusing distances on that table makes me want to check my bank account.  But since I already have the first, I'll have to wait a bit until the early adopter premium drops out. 
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Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 06:59:57 AM »
As somebody who enjoys the G1X already, I can honestly say that this Mark II looks like it will be even better all around.  Just looking at the lens specs and minimum focusing distances on that table makes me want to check my bank account.  But since I already have the first, I'll have to wait a bit until the early adopter premium drops out. 

How does your G1X compare in image quality to your 6D plus comparable lenses? I am looking forward to purchase the G1X Mark II once it comes out and am curious to learn about your experiences with the previous model.

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Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 10:26:50 AM »
As somebody who enjoys the G1X already, I can honestly say that this Mark II looks like it will be even better all around.  Just looking at the lens specs and minimum focusing distances on that table makes me want to check my bank account.  But since I already have the first, I'll have to wait a bit until the early adopter premium drops out. 

How does your G1X compare in image quality to your 6D plus comparable lenses? I am looking forward to purchase the G1X Mark II once it comes out and am curious to learn about your experiences with the previous model.

I've never done a side-by-side comparison, but you're never going to get the two confused.  For one, the lens on the original G1X has relatively small minimum apertures, so, when you combine that with the smaller-than-APSC sensor, you don't get much in the way of shallow depth of field.  Plus, the low-light ISO performance of the 6D's sensor is amazing.  The original G1X does well in low light, but it is not comparable and the autofocus really struggles.  These are two things that will probably be much better on the G1X Mark II.  The lens already has faster minimum apertures, so that will help reduce depth of field.  I am guessing the autofocus will be better, at least because it will have more light to work with.

Really though, you're comparing apples to oranges.  You can't expect the same performance from these two types of cameras.  You just have to choose the right one for the job.  If there is a fixed lens point and shoot out there that compares to the 6D, it probably has the price tag to match. 
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Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2014, 04:07:27 PM »
Really though, you're comparing apples to oranges.  You can't expect the same performance from these two types of cameras.  You just have to choose the right one for the job.  If there is a fixed lens point and shoot out there that compares to the 6D, it probably has the price tag to match. 

I am painfully aware that I am comparing apples to oranges.

I am looking for a small camera to always carry around, which is not my 1D-X or 5D Mark III, but which still delivers image quality I can enjoy. I have been pondering purchasing the EOS-M, but the EOS-M Mark II rumors have effectively kept me from investing into that system. I am also not very keen on using interchangeable lenses on this type of small camera and this is where the G1-X Mark II becomes really attractive for me, because it covers a focal-length range I consider sufficient.

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Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2014, 10:39:23 AM »
I am looking for a small camera to always carry around, which is not my 1D-X or 5D Mark III, but which still delivers image quality I can enjoy. I have been pondering purchasing the EOS-M, but the EOS-M Mark II rumors have effectively kept me from investing into that system. I am also not very keen on using interchangeable lenses on this type of small camera and this is where the G1-X Mark II becomes really attractive for me, because it covers a focal-length range I consider sufficient.

Then I think you'll be happy with G1XII.  The Mark I is totally an everyday camera, and the features they are upgrading will make the Mark II even better.  The size is a little chunky.  I throw mine in a backpack, packed in a decently compact case that lets you carry it on its own (Case Logic DCB-303 Vertical Flash Camcorder Case http://amzn.com/B0039BPG1U). 
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Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2014, 11:37:01 PM »
I've had my MK I for about 1-1/2 years now, it is the wife's camera, and it gets used fairly often.
 
The issue of the poor viewfinder was not really well addressed, buying a optional viewfinder for $200 or $300 is not a option for us.
 
The lack of close focusing seems to have been improved.
 
The poor lens cover has not been improved.  We bought a third party adapter that works well.
 
No touch screen, or dual pixel AF, both of which I would make use of.  The Wi-Fi would get used.
 
I managed to score on a rebate deal with my MK I unit, paying about $100 after all the rebates, I don't expect to ever see a deal like that again.

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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2014, 10:33:06 AM »
I've had my MK I for about 1-1/2 years now, it is the wife's camera, and it gets used fairly often.
 
The issue of the poor viewfinder was not really well addressed, buying a optional viewfinder for $200 or $300 is not a option for us.
 
The lack of close focusing seems to have been improved.
 
The poor lens cover has not been improved.  We bought a third party adapter that works well.
 
No touch screen, or dual pixel AF, both of which I would make use of.  The Wi-Fi would get used.
 
I managed to score on a rebate deal with my MK I unit, paying about $100 after all the rebates, I don't expect to ever see a deal like that again.

I agree that the viewfinder issue is not resolved, but I just don't think that many people use them anymore.  I agree, it should have had the dual pixel AF.  Guess they have to save something for the MkIII. 

Two things I wanted to point out -- It does have a touchscreen on the LCD, and the detachable lens cover has been replaced with an attached shutter.  It looks like a beefier version of the one on my wife's new SX280HS.  If you add the filter adapter, you're back to using clip-ons, of course, but I thought this was an acceptable upgrade.
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Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2014, 12:45:46 PM »
Considering G1X Mk.II for a walk-around alternative to the 5D3 and a bag of lenses. I work with a guy who is all up in my face with his X100S, which does seem to be a great camera - albeit a fixed 23mm (35mm equivalent) option.

Can anyone speak to the G-Series verses X100 for general walk-around use?

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Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2014, 02:10:02 PM »


I agree that the viewfinder issue is not resolved, but I just don't think that many people use them anymore.  I agree, it should have had the dual pixel AF.  Guess they have to save something for the MkIII. 

Two things I wanted to point out -- It does have a touchscreen on the LCD, and the detachable lens cover has been replaced with an attached shutter.  It looks like a beefier version of the one on my wife's new SX280HS.  If you add the filter adapter, you're back to using clip-ons, of course, but I thought this was an acceptable upgrade.

I was out testing one in my local Camera store earlier this week, and it does indeed have a lens shutter, and touch screen.  Its also quite a bit smaller.  I was very tempted to buy one.
 
I do wish the sensor was a upgraded one, but overall, its a big improvement in a lot of areas.

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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2014, 02:10:02 PM »