Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review

April 29, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 13.1 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II produces images of very good quality. It recorded noise-free images at ISO 10-800, with some noise at ISO 1600. ISO 3200 and 6400 show more obvious noise but still remain perfectly usable, and even the fastest setting of ISO 12800 doesn't suffer too badly.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II handled chromatic aberrations well, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations and generally at the edges of the frame. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure, although there's noticeable vignetting at 24mm. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 60 seconds being long enough for most after-dark shots.

Anti-shake works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range. Macro performance is good, allowing you to focus as close as 5cm away from the subject. The images were a little soft straight out of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting.

The extensive range of My Color modes and Creative Filters make it easy to spice up your images, while the Dynamic Range and Shadow Correction modes help to etract more detail from the shadow and highlight areas.


There are 8 ISO settings available on the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW formats.


ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II's 5x zoom lens offers a fairly versatile focal range, as illustrated by these examples:



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Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II handled chromatic aberrations well during the review, with fairly limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II has a good macro mode that allows you to focus on a subject that is 5cm away from the camera. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.


Macro (100% Crop)

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The flash settings on the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II are Auto, On, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro and Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (120mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (120mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused any red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

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The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II's maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 15 seconds at ISO 100. I've included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like.


Night (100% Crop)

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Anti Shake

The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II has an anti-shake mechanism, which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, we took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with anti shake turned off, the second with it turned on.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length Anti-Shake Off (100% Crop) Anti-Shake On (100% Crop)
1/40th sec / 24mm antishake1.jpg antishake1a.jpg
1/13th sec / 120mm antishake2.jpg antishake2a.jpg

Dynamic Range Correction

The Dynamic Range Correction mode automatically takes three exposures of the same scene at different settings, then combines them in-camera to create a single image with greater dynamic range. Note that you need to mount the G1 X Mark II on a tripod or stable surface to avoid camera-shake.



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Shadow Correction

The Shadow Correction mode improves the shadow areas of the image without impacting on the highlights.



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My Colors

The My Colors function menu option contains a range of colour options for tweaking the look of your images before shooting.



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Positive Film

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Lighter Skin Tone

Darker Skin Tone

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Vivid Blue

Vivid Green

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Vivid Red


Creative Filters

The Creative Filters shooting mode contains 10 different options to help spice up your images.


High Dynamic Range

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Fish-Eye Effect

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Miniature Effect

Toy Camera Effect

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Background Defocus

Soft Focus

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Super Vivid

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Poster Effect