The PowerShot G9 X Mark II is an ultra-compact camera that features a larger-than-average 1"-type CMOS sensor. It serves as the entry-level model in Canon's Gx-X series, and has an MSRP of $529. Being the entry-level model, Canon has given the camera a touchscreen-based interface that will be familiar to smartphone owners who are looking to trade up to something better.
The main problems with the original G9 X were performance related. Continuous shooting was slow, especially when using Raw or continuous autofocus, the menus were sluggish and the battery didn't last for long.The G9 X Mark II took care of most of the performance problems, due mostly to its new DIGIC 7 processor. The burst rate is faster, buffer larger and interface snappier. While improved, battery life still isn't great, though an 'Eco mode' gives you another 80 shots above the industry-standard CIPA estimate of 235. Canon also added in-camera Raw processing, Bluetooth capability and improved image stabilization for video shooting.
The G9 X II'S 20MP sensor is found on all of Canon's 1"-type compacts, and is likely the same one found on Sony's RX100 III. The DIGIC 7 processor is what took care of the original G9 X's performance issues, and it makes a world of difference. As before, there's a built-in 3-stop ND filter, with on/off/auto settings. While essentially all cameras now have Wi-Fi, the Bluetooth feature is a nice extra, as it allows for very quick re-pairing between camera and smartphone.Look at the spec comparisons, there doesn't appear to be much of a difference between the G9 X Mark II and its predecessor. Same sensor, same lens, same display. That's because most of the changes are under the hood, which boost its burst rate, battery life (barely) and reduces overall sluggishness.The G9 X II gets mixed results in terms of spec compared to its peers, though again, it's an entry-level model. On one hand, it's the smallest and lightest in the group, with a fast burst rate and Wi-Fi with all the trimmings. Its lens is the real weakness: it's slow (more on that below) and has a focal range that doesn't have a lot of reach. While better than on the original model, battery life on the G9 X II is poor, so bring along a spare battery if you're out for the day.
- Type-High-sensitivity CMOS (back illuminated)
- Total Pixels-Approx. 20.9 Megapixels
- Effective Pixels-Approx. 20.1 Megapixels
- Focal Length-10.2 (W) - 30.6 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28-84mm)
- Optical Zoom-3x
- Digital Zoom-4x
- Focusing Range-Normal/Auto: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 1.1 ft. (35cm) - infinity (T)
- Macro: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 1.6 ft. (50cm) - infinity (T)
- Autofocus System-TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
- Optical Viewfinder-N/A
- LCD Monitor-3.0-type TFT color liquid crystal
- LCD Pixels-Approx. 1.04 million dots
- LCD Coverage-Approx. 100%