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Canon G1 X Mark II review

Canon seems to have returned to top premium compact form with the updated version of its G1 X camera.

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.
A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Canon G1X Mark II with the Canon G1X, Sony RX100 II and the Fuji X100S.

JPEG Signal to Noise Ratio

Canon G1X II Signal to noise ratio

Here we can see that the Canon performs very closely to the original G1X in terms of signal to noise ratio for JPEG images, which is pretty unsurprising considering both cameras share the same sensor. On the flipside, however, both the Sony RX100 II and the Fuji X100S beat it, with the Sony RX100 II putting in the best performance as a whole.

Raw Signal to Noise Ratio

Canon G1X II signal to noise ratio TIFF

Here in the raw files (after conversion to TIFF), we can see that the Mark II appears to be beaten quite significantly by its predecessor, the G1X. However, this is probably indicative of a reduction in the amount of sharpening that is applied to files, allowing you to add your own to your own preference. Here, the Sony RX100 II puts in a consistently good performance, as foes the Fuji X100S.

JPEG Dynamic Range

Canon G1X II JPEG dynamic range

For dynamic range, the graph is a little more complicated. The Canon G1X Mark II puts in an almost identical performance to its predecessor, the G1X, which again is not particularly surprising. It's a relatively flat shape across most of the ISO range, only dipping at the ISO 3200 point, which suggests a good, consistent performance. Similarly, the Fuji X100S has what appears to be a pretty flat dynamic range, but images from this camera tend to have very pleasing contrast.

Raw Dynamic Range

Canon G1X II TIFF dynamic range

For raw format files (after conversion to TIFF), the Mark II puts in a better performance than its predecessor, especially at the lower end of the sensitivity scale. It beats the other cameras on test at the very lowest sensitivity (ISO 100), but its beaten by the Fuji X100S and the Sony RX100 II throughout the rest of the sensitivity range. Never the less, the graph shows that the G1X Mark II gives you plenty of scope to adjust colours and contrast in post-production when working with raw format files should you need to.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution13.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPowerShot
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Wink Detection, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Near Field Communication (NFC)
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4, MPEG-2
Weight (Approximate)558 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4352 x 2904
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution15 Megapixel
Battery Model SupportedNB-12L
Height74 mm
Width116.3 mm
Depth66.2 mm
Autofocus Points31
Focal Length12.50 mm to 62.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC-LC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelG1 X Mark II
Product NamePowerShot G1 X Mark II Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number9167B012AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Enhanced Grip Edition

With its large sensor and fast f/2 zoom lens, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II delivers DSLR-like performance and versatility from the body of a compact camera.

Battery Life300 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot G1 X Mark II Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack NB-12L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LGE
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • AC Cable
  • User Manual Kit
Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker