This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: ​Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: big camera, big lens​ ​, minor disappointment​
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: ​Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: big camera, big lens​ ​, minor disappointment​

2:38 /

​This update to the company's top enthusiast compact gets major changes

[mmm]. Canon made some major changes to the PowerShot G1 X before throwing the Mark II moniker on it. The improvements include a great new 5x zoom lens with a much better f2 to 3.9 maximum aperture, and a selfie-friendly tilting touch screen. But the not so improvements include a drop-in effective resolution, for it's 1.5-inch sensor, and exchanging the built-in optical view finder for a rather pricey electronic one. I'm Lori Grunin. And, this is the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II. The design of the Mark II sports a more typical look than it's predecessor. And overall, I like it for casual shooting. The touch screen is responsive, big and bright, and pretty easy to use in sunlight. The highlight, though, is the lens, as much for its design as for its specs. It has two rings. One clicky one to which you can assign a lot of different functions, including Step Zoom. And one smoothly turning one to which you can assign a couple of functions. Both have context sensitive uses. It includes a built-in lens cover as well, which I really like. It also has a higher popping up tilting flash. Unfortunately, I really don't like the slender grip. Which doesn't feel sufficient given the camera's weight. It weighs as much as a DSLR body but the grip is a fraction of the size. Canon offers a bigger optional grip but given the high price and size of the camera, well, making it extra cost feels a bit chintzy. Same goes for the optional view finder which will run you about $300 and doesn't even seem to be available everywhere yet. The performance is a bit problematic as well. The auto-focus system is slow, possible because the lens doesn't move all that fast. I occasionally missed shots because it simply took to long to fix on the subject. And in dim light, I got the can't focus icon more often than I'd like. And I couldn't always figure out why. But continuous shooting is reasonable, though. 3.1 frames per second with autofocus. The image quality is very good, though not great as you'd expect for such an expensive camera. Still, depending upon the scene content, you can probably use the full size images up to about ISO 3200. Video's unimpressive with lots of edge artifacts and you have no manual controls. Fine for sharing small clips with friends, though. The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a fine camera with a very nice lens with some great design points. But the performance lags and the image quality doesn't quite earn excellent marks. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II.

New releases

2014 Kindle Fire tablets start...
1:50 18 September 2014
Amazon has unveiled its all-new Kindle Fire line, with a full range of new tablets starting from the 6-inch...
Play video
Kindle Voyage: Amazon's new high-end...
1:56 18 September 2014
Amazon debuts two new e-ink readers for 2014: the high-end Voyage and the new entry-level touch-screen Ki...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 053: Incredible...
23:43 18 September 2014
On today's show, we jump on the hype train for THAW, MIT's seamless multiscreen project, watch a 3D-printing...
Play video
Make text bigger in iOS 8
0:40 18 September 2014
Learn how to make the font size larger in iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad.
Play video
Use interactive notifications in...
0:53 17 September 2014
Learn how to use Apple's new actionable lock screen notifications in iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad.
Play video
Save battery life in iOS 8
0:47 17 September 2014
Learn how to view which apps are draining your battery most in iOS 8.
Play video
iOS 8 gives Find My iPhone a b...
1:02 17 September 2014
Two key features in iOS 8 increase the chances you'll reclaim your misplaced iOS device.
Play video
Amazon's new Kindle and Facebook's...
2:52 17 September 2014
The Kindle Voyage e-reader leaks early on Amazon, and Facebook reportedly works on an app called Moments....
Play video