Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The PowerShot G1 X Mark II kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the LCD.

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The mode dial on the top panel of the Canon G1 X Mark II gives you access to the various shooting modes on the camera. As you turn the mode dial, you'll see icons representing each shooting mode across the top of the screen, as well as an explanation of the mode. The mode dial settings are:

  • Auto
  • Hybrid Auto - filmstrip and camera icon
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter Priority (Tv)
  • Aperture Priority (Av)
  • Manual (M)
  • Custom 1 (C1)
  • Custom 2 (C2)
  • Movie - movie camera icon
  • Special Effects - interlocking rings icon
  • Scene Modes (SCN)
  • Creative Shot - interlocking rectangles

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In Auto mode you'll see the shooting mode listed in the upper left corner of the screen. Along the left side of the screen you'll see the flash mode and the drive mode. Across the top you'll see the image stabilization setting, battery icon, still image resolution setting, photo space remaining on the memory card, video resolution, and video time remaining on the memory card.

If you press the Disp button on the G1 X Mark II's back panel, you can change the data displayed on the screen, adding a 3x3 guide grid and an electronic level to the screen. You also may see a Step Zoom message that reminds you to turn the zoom ring to activate optical zoom. Press Disp again to remove the grid and level.

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If you want to use another automatic type of shooting mode you can try the Canon G1 X Mark II's Scene Mode. Twist the mode dial to SCN to see the seven Scene Mode options, where the camera's software will select the settings automatically. Twist the step ring on the lens to see a set of icons across the top representing the Scene Mode options. You can move among the icons using the four-way button or by continuing to twist the step ring. The Scene Mode icons are:

  • Portrait
  • Smart Shutter
  • Star
  • Handheld NightScene
  • Underwater
  • Snow
  • Fireworks

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The shooting screen in Program mode looks very similar to the G1 X Mark II's shooting screen in Auto mode, other than the EV graph and an ISO setting icon across the bottom of the screen. When you press Disp you'll see a histogram in the upper right corner along with the 3x3 grid and the electronic level.

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When shooting in the PowerShot G1 X Mark II's advanced modes -- Manual, Shutter Priority, and Aperture Priority -- you can make changes to the aperture setting and the shutter speed by turning the step ring. The setting you can change will be highlighted along the bottom of the screen.

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You have a manual focus option with the G1 X Mark II, and Canon made this feature natural to use by including a focus ring on the lens housing.

Press the MF (Manual Focus) button on the back of the camera to open the Manual Focus mode. Once in this mode the screen will be automatically magnified, making it easier for you to accurately dial in the focus. You can press the Disp button on the back of this Powershot model to select a greater level of magnification when using Manual Focus mode, or you can press Disp a second time to return to a non-magnified view on the display screen. Pressing Disp a third time returns you to the default level of magnification. You can customize the display magnification settings through the on-screen menus.

Then use the focus ring on the camera's lens housing to dial in the focus.

To exit manual focus and return to autofocus mode, press the MF button again.

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You can press the edges of the Powershot G1 X Mark II's four-way button to scroll through menus. The four-way button also is a ring that you can spin to move through settings more quickly than pressing the edges of the button.

While shooting in an advanced mode you can use the edges of the four-way ring to access popup menus for commonly used settings. The right side of the four-way button opens the flash menu (as long as the popup flash is activated), the bottom allows you to set the ISO, the left side sets the autofocus mode, and the top allows you to set the EV.

If you're shooting in an automatic mode the only portion of the four-way button you can use is the right side to open the flash menu.

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One of the best navigational design features found on the G1 X Mark II and other Powershot cameras is the popup menu. From any shooting mode screen just press the Set button to bring the popup menu to the left side of the screen. Use the upward and downward four-way buttons to navigate through the vertical menu icons. Once the desired menu icon is highlighted, then use the left and right side of the four-way button to navigate through the available settings. With the desired setting highlighted press the Set button again.

You also can use the touchscreen to select the desired options. The popup menu options in Program mode are:

  • DR Correction - Off, Auto, 200%, 400%
  • Shadow Correct - Off, Auto
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
  • My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
  • Bracketing - Off, AEB, Focus BKT
  • Burst Mode - Single Shot, Continuous, Continuous Shooting AF
  • Self-Timer - Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, Custom
  • Flash Power - +2 to -2 in 1/3 increments
  • Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg, Spot
  • ND Filter - Off, On
  • Aspect Ratio - 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5
  • Image Format - JPEG, RAW, RAW and JPEG
  • Image Size - L, M1, M2, S
  • Image Quality - Superfine, Fine
  • Movie Format - 1920x1080 30 fps, 1280x720 30 fps, 640x480 30 fps
If you're using an automatic shooting mode, the options shown in the vertical area of the popup menu will be severely limited versus what's listed above. For example in Auto mode you'll only see the Drive Mode, Self-Timer, Aspect Ratio, Resolution, and Movie Quality as popup menu options.

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In addition to the special effect shooting modes listed above under the My Colors menu in the popup menu, you'll have additional special effects available by turning the mode dial to the Effect setting (marked by two interlocking rings). Twist the step ring to see the icons available under Effects along the top of the screen. Then either continue twisting the Step Ring or use the four-way button to navigate among the Effects icons. The Effects available with the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II are:

  • High Dynamic Range
  • Nostalgic
  • Fish-eye Effect
  • Miniature Effect
  • Toy Camera Effect
  • Background Defocus
  • Soft Focus
  • Monochrome
  • Super Vivid
  • Poster Effect

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While you can record video from any shooting mode, Canon did include a specific video recording mode on the mode dial.

From any shooting mode just press the red video recording button on the back panel of the camera to begin recording video. Press the red button again or press the shutter button to stop the video recording.

To change the video resolution press the Set button to open the popup menu. Scroll to the bottom of the vertical icons in the menu and you can pick from three video recording resolution options. Unfortunately Canon did not include a 60fps HD recording mode with the Powershot G1 X Mark II.

Canon has maintained the same menu structure in the G1 X Mark II as it has with previous Powershot cameras. It's not particularly well organized, and it does not take advantage of the touchscreen capabilities of this model by offering icons and buttons that are more graphical in nature. Canon's menu structure is overdue for a design upgrade, especially when applied to touchscreens.

Across the top of the screen you'll see three tabs that lead to different menus. When you highlight the camera tab on the left, it displays the shooting menu.

Some of the menu options may be grayed out depending on which shooting mode you've selected on the mode dial. In Program mode the menu options are:

  • AF Frame - 1-point, Face AiAF
  • Digital Zoom - Standard, Off, 1.6x, 2.0x
  • AF-Point Zoom - On, Off
  • Servo AF - On, Off
  • Continuous AF - On, Off
  • Touch Shutter - On, Off
  • AF-assist Beam - On, Off
  • AF+MF - On, Off
  • MF-Point Zoom - Off, 2x, 4x
  • Safety MF - On, Off
  • MF Peaking Settings - Peaking (On, Off), Level (Low, High), Color (Red, Yellow, Blue)
  • Flash Control - Flash Exp. Comp. (between -2 and +2 in 1/3 increments), Shutter Sync. (1st-curtain, 2nd-curtain), Red-Eye Corr. (On, Off), Red-Eye Lamp (On, Off), Safety FE (On, Off)
  • ISO Auto Settings - Max ISO Speed (400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800), Rate of Change (Slow, Standard, Fast)
  • High ISO NR - Standard, High, Low
  • Spot AE Point - Center, AF Point
  • Wind Filter - Off, Auto
  • Review Image After Shooting - Display Time (Quick, 2 sec, 4 sec, 8 sec, Hold, Off), Display Info (Off, Detailed)
  • Blink Detection - On, Off
  • Custom Display - Shooting Info (Yes, No), Grid Lines (Yes, No), Electronic Level (Yes, No), Histogram (Yes, No)
  • Night Display - On, Off
  • Func. Menu Layout - DR Correction (Yes, No), Shadow Correct (Yes, No), White Balance (Yes, No), My Colors (Yes, No), Bracketing (Yes, No), Drive Mode (Yes, No), Self Timer (Yes, No), Light Metering (Yes, No), ND Filter (Yes, No), Aspect Ratio (Yes, No), Image Type (Yes, No), Recording Pixels (Yes, No), Compression, (Yes, No) Movie Quality (Yes, No)
  • Reverse Disp. - On, Off
  • IS Settings - IS Mode (Continuous, Shoot Only, Off), Dynamic IS (1, 2)
  • Date Stamp - Off, Date, Date & Time
  • Face ID Settings - Face ID (On, Off), Add to Registry (Add a New Face, Add Face Info), Check/Edit Info, Erase Info
  • Function Assignment - Rings and Dial, Shortcut Button, Movie Button
  • Save Settings - Destination (C1, C2)

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The Setup menu for the Canon G1 X Mark II is marked with the tools tab in the upper middle of the menu screen. The Setup menu options are:

  • Mute - On, Off
  • Volume - Start-up Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Operation Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Selftimer Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Shutter Volume (Level 1 to 5)
  • Sound Options - Start-up Sound (1, 2), Operation Sound (1, 2), Selftimer Sound (1, 2), Shutter Sound (1, 2)
  • Hints & Tips - On, Off
  • Date/Time - Set the Date and Time of the internal clock/calendar
  • Time Zone - Choose time zones for Home, World
  • Lens Retract - 0 sec., 1 min.
  • Eco Mode - On, Off
  • Power Saving - Auto Power Down (On, Off); Display Off (10 sec., 20 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min., 3 min.)
  • LCD Brightness - Adjust the LCD's default brightness; 5 levels
  • Start-up Image - 1, 2, Off
  • Format - Format the memory card; deletes all files
  • File Numbering - Continuous (recommended), Auto Reset
  • Create Folder - Monthly, Daily
  • Units - m/cm, ft/in
  • Electronic Level - Horizontal Roll Calibration, Vertical Roll Calibration, Reset
  • Video System - NTSC, PAL
  • Ctrl via HDMI - Enable, Disable
  • Touch Operation - On, Off
  • Touch Response - Standard, High,
  • Wi-Fi Settings - Change Device Nickname, Check MAC Address, Password (On, Off), Reset Settings, Target History (On, Off)
  • Mobile Device Connect Button - OK, Cancel
  • Copyright Info - Display Copyright Info, Enter Author's Name, Enter Copyright Details, Delete Copyright Info
  • Certification Logo Display
  • Language - Choose the menu language, 31 options
  • Reset All - Restore all settings to their factory defaults

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Scroll to the far right tab, which is marked with a star, to access the customizable My Menu settings. This allows you to pick a few menu options that you can store under the My Menu tab for quick access. Because the menus with the Canon G1 X Mark II aren't particularly well organized, this is a really nice feature to have available. It'll be easier for you to find the menus you use most often by tagging them in the My Menu settings.

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