Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Camera

Last year, in a fit of perceived wealth, I bought a Nikon Coolpix A10. It cost £120 and was a rather pretty heap of junk. Nothing was ever quite in focus, and the colour balance was a mess. So, having used Canon cameras for many years, I looked round for something better. I bought a Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II. Here are the specifications:

  • Large 1.5 type 18.7 x 14.0 mm Canon CMOS sensor with multi-aspect shootin
  • Capture 12.8 megapixel images (3:2) and Full HD video with DSLR-like quality
  • Be creative with depth of field, using a fast f/2-3.9, 24 mm 5x zoom lens and 9-bladed aperture
  • Fast image processing and responsive operation with DIGIC 6
  • PowerShot G1 X Mark II Battery Pack NB-12L Battery Charger CB-2LGE Neck Strap NS-DC11 AC Cable User Manual Kit

Here are the good things about this camera:

  • The pictures are absolutely lush. 12mp doesn’t sound much nowadays, but I think it’s the 1.5 inch sensor that counts. Focussing and colour balance are always perfect. The automatic setting does nearly everything I want. The manual settings do everything else.
  • The settings are mostly easy to use. They aren’t intuitive. But long experience has finally convinced me of the wisdom to RTFM with any new piece of electro-junk. Do that, and you’ll get the best out of the camera.
  • It shoots in RAW as well as JPG. I don’t much use this, and find jpegs quite good enough for my purposes. Indeed, I can’t see much difference at the higher settings which I always use. But it’s worth having. I may one day find it useful.
  • Battery life could be better, but it’s good enough – especially if you buy a spare and keep one charged.

Here is what I don’t much life about it:

  • It’s rather big and heavy – mind you, I was aware of that before I bought it, so can’t complain. Ignore this moan.
  • The wireless settings are too fiddly to bother with. I download pictures via USB, and will eventually buy a remote shutter control.
  • If the video is wonderful, the audio is utter crap. It was better on a much cheaper Canon I bought in 2010. It’s better on my Samsung Galaxy mobile telephone. It was better on that otherwise useless Nikon. Black marks for Canon here. An expensive and generally wonderful camera, and useless for shooting video. There may be some way of lashing up an external microphone via the USB port. If there is, I haven’t found it yet on the Web.

So here is my reasonably impartial and semi-informed review of the camera. I’m glad I bought it, though wish I were rich enough to upgrade to the G1X Mark III.

Review published on Amazon on the 10th March 2018

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