When I was looking to buy a top end digital point and shoot camera for an Italian adventure I narrowed the choices down to two, and being a Canon fan, these were the Canon G1X or the Canon G1X mark II, with the latter being the newest model.
After reading several reviews online from both professional publications and individual consumer reviews, seeing both of the cameras in the flesh and having a play with each and taking a few test shots I decided to go for the Canon G1X. Some people may think it is strange going for the older model over the new one however it made perfect sense to me, and the reasons for me choosing the Canon G1X over the Canon G1X mark II are as follows:-
1. Image quality
The Canon G1X sensor is an effective 14.2 megapixels as opposed to the 13.1 megapixels of the G1X mark II, which means you can record 10% more detail in every photo.
2. Tunnel view finder
The G1X comes complete with a view finder, and whilst it may not be the best view finder of all time, it is useful and means I don’t have to hold the camera at arm’s length to compose and take a shot. I much prefer to hold a camera to my eye and take a shot the traditional way. The tunnel view finder also saves on battery life, which is pretty cool. Okay, you can get an electronic viewfinder for the G1X mark II but at a couple of hundred bucks it is very expensive and adds to the cost of the set up.
3. All buttons and dials are in easy reach
I like dials and buttons so this is perfect for me. The Canon G1X mark II has a touch screen, and I hate touch screen cameras. I know this is personal preference but the buttons and dials of the Canon G1X are so user friendly and intuitive that it blows the touch screen features of the G1X mark II out of the water.
4. It’s lighter
At 492g the Canon G1X is lighter than the 558g G1X mark II. Whilst this may not seem like much this is 10%, and when you’re travelling very little counts.
5. More shots per charge
The Canon G1X allows up to 250 shots per charge whereas the G1X mark II allows up to 240 shots. I appreciate 10 shots isn’t that many more but there is always the chance you will bag your best photo ever in the last 10 shots, and had you used the G1X mark II you would have missed it.
The Canon G1X is considerable cheaper than the G1X mark II, however given the G1X is now old technology this is to be expected. If you want the most bang for your buck the G1X is the camera to buy.
Looking at the specification of the Canon G1X and the G1X mark II I do question whether the mark II is an improvement or not. Okay, there is now the chance to use and electronic view finder (although it is a very expensive optional extra to factor in to the cost) and the macro feature has been significantly improved, which means the mark II focuses a lot closer than the original Canon G1X but these seem to be the only improvements that I can see.
All things considered I decided the Canon G1X is by far the better buy, and before you go and but the Canon G1X mark II because it is the newer technology I highly recommend you take a proper look at the original Canon G1X, see what it can do and compare it to the G1X mark II.
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