Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Preview

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The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is Canon's newest professional level point-and-shoot camera. What does that mean, exactly? Basically, for a similar price as an entry-to-mid-level DSLR, this is a fixed lens camera brimming with Canon's latest and best features. 

These include an all new 12.8-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor which, at 1.5-inches, is 4.5x larger than the 1/1.7" sensor more commonly found in this type of camera. There's also the brand new DIGIC 6 image processor with the Canon HS SYSTEM, which is capable of faster AutoFocus (AF) times, Full HD 1080p video recordings, 14-bit RAW + JPEG file capture, and terrific low-light performance.

The G1 X Mark II also features a 5x optical zoom lens with a wide f/2.0 maximum aperture at its widest angle (24mm) and a f/3.9 maximum aperture at full telephoto (120mm). The 3.0-inch LCD tilts 180 degrees up, and 45 degrees downwards. To mimic DSLR with premium lenses, the camera includes Background Defocus Mode. And, there are four Advanced Star Modes: "Star Portrait" and "Star Nightscape" allow you to see stars as well as terrestrial subjects. "Star Trails" records video trails of stars to turn the trails into one "luminous still image." And, "Star Time Lapse Movie" captures a series of stills over the course of a user-defined period, and then turn them into a video which shows the stars' movement over that time.

Lastly, let's talk built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. With the Mobile Device Connect button, and services like Canon's iMAGE GATEWAY, users can connect the G1 X Mark II to smartphones (iOS and Android for Wi-Fi, Android-only for NFC), back up files to the cloud or PCs, and even remotely control the camera.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Features:
  • A new type of 12.8-megapixel 1.5-inch High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC 6 image processor (with the Canon HS SYSTEM)
  • 5x optical zoom lens
    • f/2.0-3.9
    • 24-120mm zoom range (35mm equivalent)
    • Dual Control Rings (mimics manual controls of a DSLR)
  • 3.0-inch tilting LCD display
    • 180 degrees up
    • 45 degrees down
  • Full 1080p HD Video
  • 31 AutoFocus (AF) points
  • Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC (Near Field Communication)
    • Canon iMAGE GATEWAY
  • 14-bit RAW + JPEG recording
  • Background Defocus Mode
  • Advanced Star Mode
    • Star Portrait
    • Star Nightscape
    • Star Trails
    • Star Time Lapse Movie
  • Optional Accessories
    • Electronic Viewfinder
    • DSLR-styled Grip

Canon's PowerShot G1 X Mark II will be available in April (2014) with an estimated $799.99 MSRP.

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