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.
- 20.1MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor
- DIGIC 7 processor
- 28-84mm equivalent F2-4.9 lens
- Built-in neutral density filter
- 3" touchscreen LCD
- Up to 8.2 fps burst shooting
- 1080/60p video capture
- In-camera Raw conversion
- Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth
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.