CES 2017: Hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II
We’re at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada where Canon has taken the wraps off a new high-end compact camera: the PowerShot G9 X Mark II. We dropped by the Canon booth to take a closer look.
Externally, the G9 X Mark II looks a lot like the PowerShot Mark I. In fact, the two cameras are almost impossible to tell apart. Canon even forgot to add a ‘II’ to the name. The improvements are all internal.
An upgraded Digic VII processor provides a major speed boost, enabling continuous shooting up to 8.2 fps (compared to 1fps in the original G9 X). Canon has also added Dual Sensing Image Stabilization, meaning that information from the lens and sensor is combined to offer a claimed 3.5 stops of image stabilization.
The G9 X Mark II uses the same 20MP 1-inch sensor as its forebear, and the same 28-82mm equiv. F2-4.9 lens. Aside from the faster continuous shooting, other additions include greater customization options, improved AF tracking, better scene recognition in auto mode and in-camera Raw conversion.
In terms of body size, the two cameras are identical, too, making the Mark II a highly attractive pocket compact, just like its predecessor.
This image gives a good indication of the G9 X Mark II’s slim construction. When turned off (shown here) the body is a mere 31mm thick.
The GX9 II gets a bit bigger when it’s powered up, but not much. Here you can also see the main control dial around the lens. This ring can be customized to serve various functions. By default, it controls the main exposure parameter (i.e., aperture, in Av mode).
The rear of the G9 X Mark II is dominated by a large touch-sensitive LCD, boasting 1.04 million dots. It’s fixed, which keeps the camera nice and slim, but could mean that it’s a bit harder to take selfies.
A tiny flash (gn 6) can be popped up manually for fill light and social photography. The G9 X Mark II is set to ship next month in your choice of black or silver, for $529.