Canon G1X Mark II Viewfinder
(Powershot G1X Mark II EVF-DC1)

WRITTEN BY: BRUCE LOVELACE

UPDATED: April 2, 2024

Canon G1X Mark II Viewfinder - EVF

The Canon G1X Mark II Viewfinder is a very pricey camera accessory that enables you to bypass the LCD screen and shoot photos just like a mirrorless camera. I bought mine in 2014, so my review is now based on 10 years of experience with the electronic viewfinder.  

It's official name is the EVF-DC1.

Your own shooting style and your budget for camera add-ons will determine if this is the right gadget for you to buy. You can view several close-up photos of the EVF-DC1 here.

Here is an up-close video look at this unique accessory for the G1X Mark II camera:


G1X EVF-DC1 Features 

This electronic viewfinder slides onto the Powershot G1X Mark II hot shoe just like a Canon Speedlite or any other brand of flash gun.

It come on automatically as soon as you raise the camera to your eye or there is a small button on the EVF-DC1 that will allow you to switch back and forth between the viewfinder and LCD screen.

Another nice feature is the adjustable diopter control to match your vision whether you are wearing glasses, contact lenses or viewing through the EVF with the naked eye.

The hot shoe mount has a hinge the allows you to tip the viewfinder upward, making it easy to shoot with the camera at a low vantage point.

Click on any of the photos of the EVF-DC1 above to see a close-up view of this accessory.


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Buyer Reviews and Opinions on the G1X Mark II EVF


Advantages of the Canon G1X Mark II Viewfinder

EVF-Hot Shoe Contacts

  1. Gives you a bright and exact duplication of what you see on the LCD, camera settings, focus point, image number, battery power, etc. without any interference from sunlight or reflections.
  2. It's small and easy to carry.
  3. Easily tilts upward for low-angle and macro photography.



Disadvantages of the Canon G1X Mark II Viewfinder


  1. You can't use LCD touch screen capabilities when you're looking through the viewfinder.
  2. It's not a cheaply priced accessory.
  3. It adds some size to the overall camera dimensions when attached to the hot shoe.


What I like best about the EVF-DC1

It feels like I am shooting with a small DSLR

I can look through the viewfinder, see all the important camera settings and use the two adjustment rings on the lens of the G1X Mark II to make changes. Reviewing and evaluating photos already taken is so much better that trying to evaluate them on an LCD screen.

It reminds me of the effect of being in a dark movie theater and having brightly lit screen in front of me. Can you tell I like this gizmo?

Seriously, I know it is a lot of money for such an accessory, but it makes the G1X Mark II a compact camera with really good image quality work like a DLSR.

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Other Reviews and Opinions on the G1X Mark II EVF


I hope you found this post helpful. I really like my EVF-DC1 viewfinder and I use it all the time when I'm shooting still images and I use the LCD screen when I'm shooting video with my G1X Mark II. My wife, on the other hand uses the LCD screen for both video and still photos.

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Author Bruce Lovelace
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