First Shots: Canon G1 X Mark II

I’ve been shooting with Canon’s brand new flagship Powershot camera this week, the G1 X Mark II. The original G1 X didn’t really interest me at all. This camera, however, is a different story.

I’m still assessing its abilities, but right off the bat I’m impressed with the image quality. The RAW files respond well to one of my favorite VSCO presets, Velvia 50, which I used to process most of these shots.

The video mode isn’t very robust, but the quality is pretty good. Footage below was shot hand-held with the camera set to 1080/30p. You can check out more footage on my Youtube channel as well.

I’m really liking this camera so far. It’s pretty quick and responsive, I love the dual control rings, and the 24-120mm f/2-3.9 lens is fast and flexible. Can’t wait to spend more time with this thing!


15 thoughts on “First Shots: Canon G1 X Mark II

  1. Gorgeous video! I can’t wait to someday get a DSLR that can shoot video. If there’s one regret I have about choosing Nikon over Canon, it’s that if I got a Canon I probably would already be shooting video.

    Does Suki have allergies? My shiba, Yoshi, does, and his eyes look like Suki’s right now!

    1. Thanks! Yes, Suki does have seasonal allergies, and now’s that season unfortunately. She’ll probably power through it in about a month or so =)

  2. Hi Jonathan,

    It has been such a long time since we last communicated. I hope all is well with you and your wonderful family.

    As always, you are, of course, a remarkable photographer. The images posted here are prime examples of your superb talent. I have improved since the days when you and I first got in contact via the D300s site.

    Now, I’d best stop gushing.

    Jonathan, have you spent additional time with the Canon G1X II? I am tired of waiting for Nikon to announcement a P8000, so I’m considering the Canon. I had looked at the Ricoh GR as a backup, or the Sony RX10 but am leaning toward the Canon. In any case, I will make my decision on my own, but I just wondered if you were still enjoying the Canon.

    Enjoy the day

    1. Hi Gary,

      Great to hear from you! I’m enjoying the G1X II very much. The recently released Sony RX100 III might be a good fit for you too. Definitely check that camera out and see if it interests you.

      I love the G1X II’s lens. The 24-120mm equivalent is very flexible for most shooting, and it’s pretty fast too (f/2-3.9). The touch screen is very responsive and is one of my favorite features. I use the camera mainly for sharing photos with family and on social media, but the image quality is good for hanging large prints on my wall as well.The wifi and NFC functionality makes piping images and video clips from the camera to my phone a snap. I really love this camera!

      1. Hello Jonathan,
        The Canon G1XMK2 looks like a very nice camera. Your photos look great. Did you purchase the optional viewfinder? I’ll probably get one because it can be very difficult framing a subject in sunny conditions.

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