Canon on Tuesday announced a follow up to its G1 X, the G1 X Mark II, featuring a redesigned body, newly developed 5x optical zoom lens and the added bonus of a popup flash. The flip out screen has been scrapped in favor of a 3-inch tiltable LCD, and Canon has worked out an all-new sensor that’s 4.5x larger than a 1/1.7-inch sensor, giving the G1 X Mark II the flexibility and range to shoot higher quality images over its predecessor.
The Mark II boasts a new type of 1.5-inch, 12.8-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100-12800, and a fresh f/2.0-f/3.9 lens with 5x the optical zoom. The body is more compact, and frankly looks much nicer than the previous G1 X, shedding some thickness and switching the controls around for easier access and more fluid access. The Mark II uses 31 AF points (the original G1 X features nine), which should give users much improved performance, and thus result in better images.
The three-inch tilt LCD is capable of tilting 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down, ditching the previous models’s approach that allowed owners to pop out and rotate the LCD. Other specs included in the G1 X Mark II includes Wi-Fi technology, NFC (for Android connectivity) and a host of shooting modes, including the ability to capture 1080p Full HD video.
Billed as a camera for the professional and advanced amateur crowd, the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II will be available this April starting at $799.99