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conclusion:We like it

80

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II lives up to and surpasses the original in almost every way, but even with the improvements it might not live up to its high price.

On the outside, TechRadar says the Mark II has "a more modern appearance" than its predecessor, "with a solid feel and tank-like construction" according to Photography Blog. But beginners shouldn't be put off by the tough exterior or myriad of controls, as Reviewed.com notes that "Canon went out of its way to make the camera a bit more forgiving to learn for beginners," with a user interface that Digital Versus says is "pleasant enough and is relatively well designed."

Once familiar with the interface and start snapping pictures thanks to what TechRadar calls "acceptably fast" speed, you'll find it produces "images of very good quality" according to Photography Blog, and Digital Versus says they're "great right up to 3200 ISO."

Perhaps the one thing that didn't improve from the original G1 X was the battery life, which Digital Photography Review says is "still miserable for a camera this big." But in general, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a better camera than the shooter it replaces, and a decent buy overall.

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PC Mag Apr 21, 2014

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II fixes just about every fault of the original G1 X, but it's got some stiff competition for your dollar.

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7.0
CNET Jun 27, 2014

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II has some solid capabilities and a standout lens, but the overall experience just doesn't live up to its price.

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Pocket-Lint May 5, 2014

Faster, leaner, meaner: the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II represents a considerable overhaul to the series. It's an entirely different beast compared to its predecessor and we salute it for that.

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9.0
TechRadar May 9, 2014

Canon has made some much needed improvements to the G1X Mark II, but it still occupies a slightly strange space. It's a great backup camera to your DSLR, but it won't fit in your pocket.

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Digital Versus Apr 8, 2014

The G1 X Mk II may struggle to impose itself as a credible alternative, and that's a real shame. Still, picture quality is great right up to 3200 ISO and the G1 X Mark II takes very good photos, which ultimately pulls this PowerShot up to a four-star review.

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Photography Blog Apr 29, 2014

With its large image sensor, the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II remains one of the few compact cameras that can deliver almost-DSLR-like levels of control over depth of field.

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Engadget Feb 13, 2014

We caught up with the Mark II at the annual CP+ trade show in Yokohama, Japan, and while we weren't entirely convinced of the camera's practicality based on press photos and a spec sheet, a few minutes of shooting helped seal the deal.

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Digital Photography Review Feb 13, 2014

We couldn't get hold of a G1 X to compare against, but the G1 X Mark II certainly feels smaller, with a solidness that we've come to associate with Canon's G-series (and the EOS M) and a high standard of build and finish.

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Gizmodo Feb 11, 2014

Optically, you will find a newly designed 24-120mm equivalent f/2-3.9 zoom lens. This is a vast improvement over the old 28-112mm equivalent f/2.8-5.8. Any compact camera wanting to be taken seriously by enthusiasts or pros must have a large aperture.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 12, 2014

What the G1 X Mark II really elevates is performance. With the original we found the close-up focus abilities irksome as it wasn't possible to focus closer than 30cm from the lens. The Mark II model features a brand new 24-120mm f/2.0-3.9 lens that can focus far closer.

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TrustedReviews Feb 12, 2014

While the manual control rings aid functionality and give the camera a robust feel, the new handgrip is less appealing and feels like a late addition.

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The Verge Feb 12, 2014

The G1 X Mark II takes everything that was good about its predecessor, removes most of what was bad, and adds a few improvements of its own.

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TechRadar Feb 12, 2014

The latest image processor, Digic 6, can be found in the camera. This helps to facilitate quicker operational speeds, less of a shutter lag and full HD video recording. Low light shooting should also be much improved, with the pixel size being significantly larger.

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What Digital Camera Feb 12, 2014

Improved on the G1 X Mark II is the AiAF system, which more than triples the PowerShot G1 X's nine AF points to an altogether more muscly 31. The density and wide coverage of the points makes for accurate and fast lock-on.

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Camera Labs Feb 12, 2014

The real trump card over the RX100 II though is the new lens, delivering a broader more useful range with a much brighter focal ratio at the long end.

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T3 Feb 13, 2014

Our first impressions of the G1 X Mark II were all good - it appears that Canon has listened to all of the issues that were raised on the previous model and addressed them all to produce a highly specced compact.

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