When I was allowed to Review the G9 X Mark I from Canon last year, I was impressed with the performance in relation to the size of the camera. The Canon g9x mark ii is a real compact camera! This has not changed with the Canon g9x mark ii. The dimensions are identical and that is good!
However, as with the G7x Canon has consistently developed the camera and eliminated weaknesses.
The camera now works with a faster processor, can talk with the smartphone via Bluetooth and has received further detail improvements.
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My EBook + video to the Canon G9X Mark II
During my review, I tweak the camera thoroughly, try out all the settings and shoot countless photos.
In my eBook I show you, the optimal settings for me and by way of practice, how you shoot with the camera great photos.
In addition there are 15 videos, as some things can be explained even better by video.
The most important data of the Canon g9x mark ii:
Specifications Canon g9x mark II & I
The main advantages of the Canon PowerShot G9x Mark II
206g, this is almost nothing! So much camera you get nowhere more easily than with the Canon g9x mark ii. And yes, it makes a huge difference whether the camera weighs 200 or 300g.
The next heavier camera in this class would be a Sony RX100 I with 240g – and larger dimensions!
The Canon g9x mark ii x is smaller in size than the other compact cameras with 1 inch sensor. The most powerful is the difference in thickness: the camera is about 1 cm thinner than the remaining cameras.
So she is actually a pocket camera! In the jacket pocket the camera is so small that you do not even notice that you have it with it.
Canon G9x Mark ii the sensor
The sensor is an old acquaintance. You can find it in all professional compact cameras from Canon (except for the G1 X II), in the RX100 III from Sony, in the LX15 of Panasonic and…
The sensor is good and has proved its worth.
Canon G9x Mark ii Touchscreen
Without a touchscreen the camera could not be controlled. In general, I believe that cameras without touchscreen must be operable. With the small size, however, I disappear my opinion.
Touch to Focus is the best touchscreen. At the same time, you tap the spot where the camera is to be focused. Brilliant!
By the way, you can select the various functions via the touch screen, and adjust the values via the lens ring. This is habituation required, but works well, e.g. the exposure compensation or the ISO sensitivity.
Charge via USB
Canon is an external charger with, but I have never unpacked. I charge the camera via USB with the charger of the smartphone or a Power bank (I have the here).
So I can do without the battery, as soon as the battery indicator only a bar, the Power bank is plugged with me and the camera in the photo pauses loaded.
It is a pity that you cannot photograph with the Canon G9x mark ii with the plugged-in cable. That makes things a bit complicated – but I can live with that.
Perhaps this is synonymous with the Mark III, the best way so that the camera while photographing directly pulls the juice from the external power source. Especially when shooting with time-lapse or when photographing star trails, the battery reaches its limits.
The main drawbacks of the Canon PowerShot G9x Mark II:
No, the lens is not bad; in comparison to the lenses of a G7 x, a G5 x, an RX100 or a LX15, you have to make the Canon G9x mark ii, however, smear.
These would be:
- Less wide angle
In the Canon G9x mark ii you have converted to the small picture format only 28 mm wide angle, the larger compact cameras all catch at 24 mm. You’ll notice the difference, especially in the interior, or when you’re on the road.
- Less light
the maximum aperture is f / 2 at the wide angle, but zooms a bit at f / 4.9.
If you are out in the open, this is easy enough from the light. The disadvantage is that with the camera you can only very hard to release objects (i.e., blur the background in blur.)
Attention: The lens of the Canon G9x mark ii is between 28 mm and 32 mm more powerful than the lenses of Sony and Panasonic, only the lenses of the G7 X / G5 X is better.
- Less tele
less tele has the camera only compared to the Canon G7 x and G5 x. Compared to the Sony RX100 and the Panasonic LX15, it has even more.
The 82 mm is in any case a value with which I can live well. For me so no criticism.
- The lens ring clicks
In contrast to the G7 x Mark II, you cannot choose with the G9 X whether the lens ring clicks or can be sleeplessly rotated. With the Canon G9x mark ii he always clacks.
But you get used to it …
No folding screen
Sure, a folding screen would make the camera thicker. For me it would be worth it. In the photo shoots I did for the test, I had to bend several times violently, in order to recognize something on the display at all.
So make sure you’re on the ground with the Canon G9x mark ii sometimes!
The alternative to the fold-out display is the smartphone. This works thanks to Bluetooth well and half way fast. But then you have a second device in your hand, if you work without a tripod, is the stupid.
Halos with high display brightness
When exactly the problem occurs, I cannot say. Many images work normally at full brightness, others do not work at all. I have other photos, which also show some branches of trees as in the sample picture, since the problem does not arise.
But no matter how, this is stupid – because you never know whether the display is spinning or whether you have photographed botch.
No GPS on Canon G9x mark ii
Why build the cameras so small?
Right, so you can take them everywhere. Internal GPS would be ideal. It is unfortunately missing – stupid!
Again, the smartphone is an alternative. However, despite the existing Bluetooth connection, the location data are not written directly. You have to log this in the smartphone and then write in a slide into the pictures.
- The Canon G9x mark ii has damn little controls and you can hardly configure it.
- The only button you can assign your own function is the Movie button.
- There is on the side of the housing another button for WLAN.
I do not know, is it just me or does not use the button no man?
Thanks to Bluetooth, the camera automatically established the WLAN connection to the smartphone. I do not need a button for that!
No idea, maybe you need the thing to print directly with the camera … but how often do you do that? This is so rare that you can go quietly over the touch screen.
Housing and equipment
Fujifilm remains faithful to the well-known retro housing in the style of the search cameras from the 1970s with lots of buttons and setting wheels. The corner cap as well as the base plate of the precious, 470 g body consist of a magnesium alloy, the rest is provided with a leather-like sheathing. The camera has a discreetly shaped bead, so that it is handy. Canon G9x mark ii is less than half as heavy as 200 g and with its 98 x 58 x 31 mm is hardly bigger than a pack of paper towels.
Thanks to flat rubber applications and a bead on the right thumb, it can be held with one hand. To protect the front lens, the Canon G9x mark ii is equipped with a lamella closure, which is more practical, but also more vulnerable and allows more dust to pass than a classic lens cap, as the Fuji X100T has.
Both cameras have a flash. Fujifilm’s model (guide number 4,6) is fixed, but offers the option for different TTL flash control modes and synchronizations on the first or second curtain. It is also possible to connect an external flash via the system shoe. The G9X Mark II flashing light (guide number 5.5) must be removed from the housing with a sliding switch, which is somewhat more complicated. An accessory shoe is not available, as is the TTL support.
Canon G9x mark ii Sensor and lenses
Canon has installed a 1-inch CMOS sensor (13.3 x 8.8 mm) with 20.1 megapixels of resolution and integrated dual image stabilization in its Canon G9x mark ii camera. As the processor, the latest Digic-7 processor is available, which wants to achieve even faster AF response times and serial rates than its predecessor.
Fujifilm donated the even larger 24-megapixel APS-C sensor X-Trans CMOS III, which is typically found in SLRs. As usual, Fujifilm’s special color filter matrix (X-Trans), which is less susceptible to moiré, saves a resolution-reducing low-pass filter. For image processing, Fujifilm uses the new X processor Pro, which promises fast focusing, with the image sensor now being read twice as often as with the predecessor.
Both cameras have a fixed lens: Fujifilm a fixed range, Canon an optically stabilized 3x zoom. Fujifilm’s 23mm focal length provides an output of 35mm at a KB equivalent focal length of 2. An ND filter can also be swiveled, which swallows up to three f-stops. This makes it possible to work well even in bright ambient light and open aperture. Astonishingly fast at Fujifilm the shutter, which electronically and this whisper quietly mastered up to 1/32 000 s, mechanically can be up to 1/4000 s possible.
The Canon Zoom covers with focal lengths of 28-84 mm (KB-equivalent) an everyday area, which could be synonymous well a bit more wide angle. In addition, the light intensity 2-4.9 drops significantly towards the telescopic position. As a novelty, Canon has installed an auto-ND filter, which further reduces the incidence of light in order to allow open apertures in a lot of light.
Canon G9x mark ii Display
Both cameras offer a fixed 3-inch display with a resolution of 346 666 RGB pixels, whereby with Canon most of the settings are made via touch display. With the Canon G9x mark ii, the direct buttons can be counted on one hand: there is a Quick / set, a menu, an info and a direct recording button for videos – that’s it.
The handling is intuitive at first sight and will certainly benefit beginners, but experienced photographers will quickly miss the fn button, knurled wheels or a control pad. All this is offered by the X100F, which is operated using a mechanical diaphragm ring, buttons, control ring, rocker switch and four knurling wheels. In total, the X100F has 14 function buttons plus two pressure drills.
The operating concept is refined by a practical pressure joystick. All the buttons on the rear side are now located on the right side of the monitor, which makes it easier to operate while looking through the viewfinder. Also on the top there is an exposure correction wheel. The former two wheels for ISO and times were united in one.
While the Canon G9x mark ii is missing a viewfinder, the Fujifilm viewfinder is top: The optical-electronic combination solves 786 666 RGB pixels electronically and now offers an image refresh rate that is improved to 60 B / s. It covers 100 percent of the image field, and 92 percent in optical mode.
A lever on the front allows you to easily switch between the visual and the electronic display. The optical viewfinder has the advantage that you can shoot more shots per battery charge. There is the possibility to work optically with digital inserts. For example, you can check exposure and white balance via a measurement search image, display the AF field, shooting information and a water scale.
An integrated parallax correction takes into account the distance setting and marks the actual recorded image section by means of a light frame. It is also possible to use the digital cross-sectional viewer, focus assistant and focus peaking.
Exposure and menu
In addition to full and automatic motifs, the Canon has the usual exposure and 14 scene programs, which the photographer can adjust by mode wheel on the housing top. The quick and clear main menu is accessed via a separate key. The navigation is done with the zoom lever and the adjusting ring of the lens.
The touch function saves a long pass-through and jumps to the desired position faster. In addition to the P, S, A, M modes, the X100F also handles exposure, ISO, white balance and dynamic series. Also redesigned was the menu of the X100F, which is now much clearer with submenus for picture quality, autofocus, flash and video recording than with the predecessor.
Movies although neither Fujifilm nor Canon dominate the high-definition Ultra-HD mode (4K). For full HD, a maximum of 60 B / s is included. Aperture, exposure and ISO can be adjusted manually with Canon. Time-lapse and short clips as well as an iframe mode complete the offer.
The manual controls can be applied at Fujifilm different film simulations.
The new mode “Acros” realizes, for example, black and white images with fine tone gradations, deep shadows and good detail reproduction. An external stereo microphone can be connected, with Canon does not go. What is missing is a headphone input.
The focus is on both cameras, which are targeted, accurate and without large pumps. Fujifilm automatically selects the appropriate contrast or phase AF to capture, but here is actually a tripod obligatory, because the camera does not provide image stabilization like Canon.
Canon G9x mark ii Wireless communication
Both cameras can be wirelessly connected to a PC or smartphone using a built-in WLAN module. With the appropriate app, you can view, transfer, or remote control images on the camera. The WLAN button on the left side of the housing offers direct access to the Canon G9x mark ii. In addition, there is NFC connectivity to connect to a suitable mobile phone by simply touching it.
New is the Bluetooth compatibility, in order to camera and Smartphone permanently also without WLAN to couple. Equally uncomplicated works the whole thing with the X100F – however without NFC and Bluetooth. For this, there is the possibility to store the geocodes recorded by the smartphone in the image data.
Canon G9x mark ii Autofocus
The X100F now has 91 AF points instead of 49, while its 40 central AF points are supported by phase detection pixels. These cover 40 percent of the image area. The contrast autofocus, which now works up to -3 EV, covers 85 percent of the image field. Canon G9x mark ii uses a 31-contrast contrast AF for automatic focusing, which can be configured as a single image or continuous autofocus.
In the laboratory, she mastered snapshot times of 0.17 / 0.29 s at 300/30 lux during focusing and triggering. Very good performance also showed their serial image function with 8.1 JPEGs per second respectively RAWs and 39 and 21 in one piece.
From the off-operation the Canon is ready after 1.3 s – when switched on the Fujifilm X100F works with 0.8 s but still faster. At the same time, it shoots 8 B / s in series, JPEGs until the card is full and 23 RAWs at a time. The X100F works a little slower when focusing and releasing: it takes 0.26 s or 0.23 s at 300 and 30 lux.
The Canon G9x mark ii can convince with its APS-C sensor: This delivers an above-average high resolution of 2288/2284 LP / BH at ISO 200/400. However, the lens can only withstand this sensor power in the center of the image. This is exactly where we measure the resolution with a Siemens stern. Our test fields for the Dead-Leaves measurement are located on the side of the Siemen stern and are moderately moved to the edge.
Due to the objective, we are measuring at the DL sites for Fujifilm atypical low DL values in the High Contrast field of 713 LP / BH at ISO 200. Since the X100F uses the same sensor as the X-T20 – see page 24 – DL field for a control measurement pushed into the center of the image: The result is 1941 LP / BH. Obviously, the sharp edge drop of the lens results in such a fluctuating image quality in the image field that we would have to determine different values for resolution, dead leaves, edge sharpening, etc. for different image heights. This is what we did without the score.
The 1-inch Canon G9x mark ii sensor delivers competitive performance in its class: at ISO 100/400, it reaches 1696 and 1539 LP / BH. However, at the same time, a very high edge sharpening occurs, which can lead to unsightly double contours. The edge profile also documents a strong undershot, so the recordings seem to be partly striking.
The noise increases continuously per ISO stage and is already light from ISO 400, then clearly visible. The 1-inch sensor in JPEG mode already reaches its limits as far as ISO 400 is concerned. The fine-tuning is reduced strongly, and at the latest at ISO 800, fine details disappear in both high and low contrast regions. We therefore recommend the RAW mode.
Canon G9 X Mark I vs. Canon G9x mark ii – is the change worthwhile?
No, if you have a G9 X Mark I, you may stop reading here. You have a good camera, the Canon G9x mark ii practically in no way inferior.
The most important innovations of Canon G9x mark ii
- DIGIC 7 image processor
- Recordings in Raw
- Improved image stabilizer (should now intercept 3.5 f-stops, full 3)
- Bluetooth connection
- Better AF tracking
- New video time-lapse mode
The Mark II brings the G9 X to the current state of the art of Canon – more not.
For me, the biggest advantage of the Mark II is that you can shoot raw recordings in raw format.
That is why I would not change.
My conclusion and purchase recommendation
By and large, there was not much to do between the G9 X Mark I and Canon G9x mark ii. Therefore, my conclusion is the same as in the test of Mark I:
Canon makes with the PowerShot G9 x Mark II damn much right. It is an extraordinary ever-present camera that settles between smartphones and the conventional precious compacts such as Sony RX100, Panasonic Lumix LX15 and Canon G7 X.
I do not believe that the Canon G9x mark ii has the claim to replace a DSLR – although it could keep up with performance in many cases.
The operation is too cumbersome and the lens is too much.
The Canon G9x mark ii is the ideal camera for anyone looking for a really small camera, in addition to their “big” camera.
Compared to the G7 X / RX100 / LX15, I see the smaller dimensions and the lower weight as a big advantage.
The Canon G9x mark ii is a real pocket camera, especially for countries where you do not want to constantly show what you own. It is also perfect for the summer when you are traveling without a jacket.
If you are looking for something small, then I would position the Canon G9x mark ii on top of the have wool list, but really only in combination with a larger camera. Looking for a compact all-rounder as the only camera, I advise you to one of the other GX from Canon, the RX100 series from Sony or the Panasonic Lumix LX15.
Would I buy a Canon G9x Mark II?
No, I would not buy a Canon G9x mark ii. If you look into my current photo equipment, you see that I own as a small camera a Panasonic Lumix LX15. Does not fit into the luggage, the smartphone needs to be!
For me, however, there are few situations where I do not have a bag. Often even the backpack with tripod is on my back. Since the size of the camera makes no difference.
During my photo shoots for testing I always had both cameras with me. Although there are few situations where the Canon G9x mark ii cannot compete with the Lumix – but the tiltable display I missed bitterly.