Two years ago, in November of 2015, Canon released the smallest camera with a nice 1-inch sensor – the PowerShot G9X. The camera was a big hit – it utilizes 20.1-megapizen 1” type CMOS sensor and a 3x zoom lens all in compact form that you could easily fit inside of your pocket. Recently, at the CES in Vegas, this Japanese manufacturer announced the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II, which is an upgrade. This new camera will be using the same lens and sensor, but it will have a faster image processor and numerous new features, all while retaining the same compact form of the predecessor.
It’s Very Compact
Looking at the Canon G9X, it looks identical to its predecessor, which means it maintains the sleek and compact design. The dimensions come out to 3.9 x 1.3 x 1.2 inches and weighs around 7.3 ounces, even with the memory card and battery inserted.
The Rear Display
While it is very compact, this camera doesn’t skip out on a nice rear display. The camera comes equipped with a 3-inch touchscreen LCD display with a total of 1.04 million dots. You won’t be able to tilt the display, because it is fixed, but the fixed design helps keep the camera thin.
On the right side of the display, you’ll find four buttons as well as a thumb grip. The camera doesn’t have any sort of navigational or directional buttons, but this should be okay as you can easily use the touchscreen to navigate the menus. In fact, many people prefer using a touchscreen over buttons.
On top of the camera, you have a shutter release, mode dial, and a rotating switch that you can use in order to control the focal length. There is also a power and playback button. Looking further, the camera also has a cool pop-up built-in flash with a flash release. As for the flash, it has a range of 1.6 feet to 20 feet at the wide focal length and at the telephoto focal length, it has a range of 1.6 feet to 7.9 feet.
Speaking in focal length, that reminds me – the Canon G9X II has a built-in lens with a focal length range between 10.2 to 30.6mm. The 3x zoom lenses maximum aperture is f/2 at 28mm and it narrows to 4/4.9 by 84 mm. On the lens barrel, there’s a ring that can be used in order to control a variety of shooting settings. Using the touchscreen, you can control the ring’s function.
Canon plans to ship this new camera out starting in February – it retails for $530.
If you’re looking for a decent camera at a good price, then the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II might be a viable option for you. It takes good pictures and is so compact that it can fit in your back pocket.