The arrival of the Sony RX100 has changed many things in the shrinking sector of compact cameras. Canon does not want to fall behind, so they’ve just announced the upcoming release of the Canon G1X Mark II, a point and shoot camera designed for the enthusiast photographer who also wants quality in even the more casual photos.
The G1X Mark II will go be available in April at a price of 800 USD. To understand what kind of camera should be compared with, we have its closest rival, the Sony RX100 Mark II, which costs about 799 USD.
Both cameras are the starters of this new trend of integrating excellent sensors in compact cameras. In many ways, both rival mirror less and Micro Four Thirds cameras.
The Canon G1X II features a 1.5-inch CMOS sensor (18.7 x 14 mm) and a 12.8-megapixel resolution. Less than the G1X, much less than the RX100 II, but the sensor size is much greater than the RX100 (13.2 x 8.8 mm), and larger than the standard Micro Four Thirds (18 x 13.5 mm). In other words, we have much larger pixels for brighter pictures.
As far as lenses are concerned, the Canon G1X does not have interchangeable lenses, but it features a lens equivalent to 24-120 mm f/2-3.9, more than enough for recreational use. The RX100 II, in comparison, has a 28-100 mm f/1.8-4.9, somewhat less bright.
The Canon G1X is very simple and straightforward to control. It has no viewfinder, but its capacitive 3-inch touch screen should suffice. It also has Wi-Fi and NFC. The big question is whether Sony can beat the RX-100’s speed. Its sensor is much better, but is also slightly larger.