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Gear Reviews

Canon’s G1 X Mark II, the King of Compacts?

By Anthony Thurston on April 27th 2014

Despite common thought that compact cameras are going extinct, this is really only true of the low end of that market. On the high end of the market, you have really high quality cameras that can produce images rivaling that of DSLRs, and these cameras are not going anywhere anytime soon. A recent addition to this market is the new Canon G1 X Mark II, which aims to be one of the top high-end compacts on the market, going up against the likes of the really popular Sony RX100 series. Digital Rev TV recently did a great hands on look video with the new Canon G1 X Mark II, here are their thoughts… Here are the Pros and Cons of the new Canon G1 X Mark II: canon-g1-xII-1


  • Excellent Image Quality
  • Good High ISO Performance
  • Speedy and Accurate AF


  • Price
  • Size
  • Menu Navigation & Button Placement

Overall, I would say that the Canon G1 X Mark II is a solid option for those looking for a top quality compact camera for vacations or family use. Its video options aren’t the most robust, but they will work in a pinch. This is definitely a camera with a focus on stills, which, given what it is, I have no problems with.

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What are your thoughts on the Canon G1 X Mark II? How do you think it compares with other high end compact cameras like the Sony RX100 M2? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. GuySE

    I’d really be interested in seeing a review once one is done by an actual adult.

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  2. Helix

    Not sure how the pricing makes sense for Canon!!

    I bought the original G1X and yes the MK2 comes with slightly faster lens, slightly better macro and some other “improvements” not even worth mentioning… If I decided to upgrade it would cost twice what I paid for my G1X and I would lose the optical viewfinder lol, can’t quite understand the logic there.

    I must admit though, I absolutely love my G1X and don’t feel I’ll be replacing it too soon. Not happy about the lack of macro but when I do shoot macro I tend to take my time & try to perfect those shots which is when I’m much more likely to use my SLR.

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  3. Spencer

    So how’s the RX1?

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  4. Photographer

    Did you mean king-size compact? )

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