Canon G1x Mark II vs G1X

G1X Mark II vs G1XPhoto comparison of G1X Mark II vs G1X

A simple comparison of the Canon G1x Mark II vs G1X cameras is a good example of a company responding to customer feedback about a product. The design changes found in the G1X Mark II were clearly a great response to the shortcomings of the G1X.

In today's business world, the companies that respond to feedback are the ones that will prosper!


As a frequent buyer of Canon cameras and accessories, I try to take an analytic view of the their decisions on designing cameras. More on that late.  Here are the notable differences:

Top View-size comparison of G1X Mark II and the original G1X

You can see from the photo above that the original G1X has a bigger grip.  You can buy the larger European grip for the Mark II directly from Canon. 

G1x vs. g1x Mark ii LCD screen comparison

Canon G1X LCD Screen
Canon G1X Mark II LCD Screen

Canon G1X Mark II vs G1X Biggest Differences

Side by side photos of G1X Mark II and G1X


  • 5x zoom
  • Widest aperture f/2.0
  • Closest focus - about 2 inches


  • 5 frames per second shooting
  • Tilting Touch Screen LCD
  • Optional Electronic Viewfinder


  • 4x zoom
  • Widest aperture f/2.8
  • Closest focus - about 8 inches


  • 2 frames per second
  • Rotating NON-Touch Screen LCD
  • Optical Viewfinder


  • About 10% smaller
  • Two adjustment rings on lens barrel


Canon G1X Mark II Reviews


  • Fully Rotating LCD Screen
  • Cheaper to buy


Canon G1X Reviews

The two biggest advantages that the G1X have are its price and its optical viewfinder.  Being the older version, the G1X is a few hundred dollars less to own.  It also has an optical viewfinder, something that was purposefully left out of the newer G1X Mark II.

The G1X Mark II is decidedly smaller. Its lens is far superior in several areas. The G1X Mark II lens has a better zoom range, has a faster maximum aperture of f/2.0, focuses faster and focuses closer.

I've never been a fan of composing photos by using an LCD screen so the omission of the optical viewfinder in the Mark II worried me at first quite a bit.

I reluctantly plunked down the extra $300 for the Mark II EVF viewfinder but am actually glad I did.  It's so much better than an LCD for viewing. In fact, it really is an LCD that is enclosed in a small theater-like viewing booth that displays all camera setting or image information.

Image quality certainly doesn't match my 22 megapixel full-frame Canon 5D Mark III, but is so far superior to the quality you get with the normal postage-stamp-sized sensors in other point and shoot cameras. 


In conclusion, the Canon G1X Mark II vs G1X isn't much of a contest unless the steep price of the G1X Mark II eliminates it from contention for you. For me and my camera preferences, it comes down to 3 factors for each G1X camera.

Solo photo of Canon G1X Mark II
  1. Superior Lens
  2. Touch Screen
  3. Better Focusing
Solo photo of Canon G1X
  1. Optical Viewfinder
  2. Rotating Screen
  3. Cheaper Price

Have a blast with your Canon!

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