Canon’s latest premium compact, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, sets its sights on improving where the PowerShot G1 X left off. We find out whether the new model is a significantly better camera. Read our Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review...
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review – The competition
The Canon G1 X Mark II’s direct rival is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II. The G1 X Mark II offers some key advantages in the way it benefits from a touchscreen and a wideangle lens, plus the larger 1.5in sensor should see it resolve fractionally more detail from its images. However, as well as the RX100 II being able to shoot twice as fast as the G1 X Mark II in continuous mode at up to 10fps, it’s around 50% lighter and 40% thinner, making it a true trouser-pocket-sized compact. Added to this, the RX100 II boasts a higher-resolution screen, longer battery life and faster f/1.8 maximum aperture, not to mention the difference in price that stood at £180 cheaper at the time of writing.
Fujifilm’s X100S is another rival and comes with a larger APS-C-sized sensor. It does have a fixed lens, however, so it won’t be as versatile for those feel a zoom is necessary. With a beautiful tactile feel, it currently works out at £120 more expensive than the G1 X Mark II.