If you are used to professional grade imagery, but want the convenience of a point and shoot camera, look no further! Today Canon announced the new PowerShot G1 X Mark II. This flagship model has a new type of 1.5-inch, 12.8-megapixel sensor--4.5x larger than a 1/1.7" sensor that many point and shoot cameras sport. This larger sensor should give users of the G1 X Mark II better low light performance. The camera has an ISO range of 100-12800. The camera offers an f/2.0 - f/3.9, 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent 24-120mm zoom range). Dual control rings around the barrel provide customized zooming and focus. The dual control rings include a Step Ring to adjust various customizable settings and a Continuous Ring to make focusing adjustments during manual focus, as well as additional customizable settings for manual shooting. The camera's lens has a nine-blade aperture like many high-end DSLR lenses.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II has 31 Auto Focus (AF) points. The original PowerShot G1 X only had nine AF points. The three-inch tilting touchscreen on the G1 X Mark II tilts 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down. The camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (a first for Canon) technology. Using the Mobile Device Connect button, users can connect to a smartphone, a tablet or a Wi-Fi enabled computer. The camera offers a dedicated movie button. Video can be captured in 1080p Full HD. The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera has a full range of manual shooting and recording modes, including P, A, S, M, and two custom modes. The camera also captures 14-bit RAW + JPEG image files.
Advanced Star Mode is available with four options including "Star Trails" mode. This mode allows users to capture video trails of stars. The "Star Time Lapse Movie" mode allows users to shoot images of star movement that is combined to make video footage that shows the movement of the stars.
I am so excited to get my hands on this camera! The Canon G15 was one of my favorite point and shoot cameras. I am interested to see if the new sensor on the G1 X Mark II will offer enough low-light performance to make this a must have compact camera for professionals. I have high hopes for the dual control rings around the barrel. If designed correctly, this camera can be a perfect tool for a professional looking to lighten their gear bag for a weekend trip or a night out on the town. Seriously, I cannot wait to review this camera!
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera will be available starting in April for a retail price of $799.99.