Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review

Last Updated on December 7, 2023 by Sharon Advik

Pros
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Built-in Wireless (wi-fi)
  • Image Stabilization
  • NFC Connectivity
  • Touch Screen
  • Full HD Video
  • RAW Shooting
  • 20.0MP – High-Resolution Sensor
  • Face Detection Focusing
  • 12.800 Max ISO
  • 8.2fps Shooting w/ Mechanical Shutter
  • 1.040k dots LCD Resolution
  • 206g Light Body
  • Manual Exposure
  • Manual Focusing
  • Timelapse Recording
  • Good Low Light ISO – 522
  • Fast 2.00 Lens at Wide
  • Remote control with a smartphone
Cons
  • No Articulating Screen
  • No Built-in Viewfinder
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Low Battery Life: 235 shots
  • 84 mm – Poor Telezoom Coverage
  • Optical Zoom is only 3.0X

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review:

Traveling is one of my favorite activities. It can help you plan the most tranquil and memorable vacation imaginable.

Christmas travel is one of the most fun ways to see the world.

So, this time, I designed a Christmas vacation in Dubai and packed my possessions, including my “Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II.”

This camera enhanced my Christmas trip by appropriately photographing and showing the magnificent city; all lit up in red, green, and white.

On the streets, I shot young kids dressed in cute little elf costumes, wooden toys, and local crafts, and this camera produced crystal clear and sharp portrait shots.

When I arrived at my luxury hotel, the hotel employees had nicely adorned my room with candles, artificial snow, and red cartons.

The gift was handed to the hotel’s VIP guests as a Christmas present.

I, too, took such pictures, and this camera kept the lights from distorting or ghosting my shots while still giving them a dazzlingly beautiful, creative look.

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Overview:

My first experience with this camera was fantastic.

I enjoyed using this camera so much that I used it in a different situation to see how well its features work under other conditions.

Some of its features exceeded my expectations, while others did not meet my needs.

However, it was still worth buying this camera for my portrait and travel photography.

I appreciated that the PowerShot G9 X Mark II is a little camera with a larger-than-average 1″ CMOS sensor.

I discovered that its sensor size is around six times my iPhone sensor’s, providing photographs that outperform my phone snaps, especially in low light.

Because of its new DIGIC 7 CPU, the G9 X Mark II solves most performance issues.

The burst rate is faster, the buffer is more significant, and the interface is more responsive.

This camera is fantastic because it features in-camera Raw processing, Bluetooth capabilities, and improved picture stabilization for video recording, allowing me to create stunning films effortlessly.

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Specifications:

20.1MP 1″-type BSI CMOS sensor

28-84mm equivalent F2-4.9 lens

DIGIC 7 processor

3″ touchscreen LCD

Built-in neutral density filter

1080/60p video capture

Up to 8.2 fps burst shooting

Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth

In-camera Raw conversion

Pocketable Size and Weight:

This camera’s diminutive size has captured my heart.

THIS TINY GADGET PROVED QUITE CONVENIENT because I use my phone to take images.

It is the most miniature camera with a 1″ sensor available for purchase.

That is very cute. It fits comfortably into my jeans pocket and is light enough that I won’t notice it’s there.

It makes it an ideal alternative for me while traveling.

Despite its low price, its well-built features the same red highlights behind the dials as more costly PowerShot Gx-X models.

A control ring surrounds the 28-84mm equivalent lens of the G9 X II. ISO, step zoom, Auto Lighting Optimizer, aspect ratio, and white balance correction are among them.

Regarding cameras, size and weight are the first things that come to mind because, as a travel freak, I don’t particularly appreciate carrying big cameras.

I am pleased that the Canon G9 X II weighs 206 g (0.45 lb / 7.27 oz) and measures 98 x 58 x 31 mm (3.86 x 2.28 x 1.22′′). The average weight of Compact-type cameras is 188g, so it falls in the middle of the pack.

It has an average thickness of 31mm, which is convenient for me on my trip days.

Handling:

I found it quite simple to use.

Because there were fewer confusing buttons, I thought its design to be slightly different from other typical cameras.

The G9X II also inherits the control layout of its predecessor, making it a completely different proposition than its more enthusiast-oriented sister, the G7X Mark II.

It still has an excellent tactile control dial around the lens, but there is no traditional dial or d-pad on the camera’s rear.

Instead, there was a column of four buttons that controlled video recording, accessed the camera’s settings and menus, and changed the onscreen information display, which impressed me because I don’t particularly appreciate having too many options in a little, compact camera.

Weather Sealing:

Using this camera taught me that the body of this adorable Canon G9 X II lacks any environmental sealings, so I had to be extra cautious to protect it from water and dust.

It doesn’t bother me because a tiny camera like this doesn’t need weather sealing.

After all, it’s so tiny that I can secure it on my own.

Also, I prefer not to have the weather sealing feature on some cameras.

I don’t see the absence of weather sealing as limiting my Shooting.

After all, I believe that non-weather closed cameras can endure the elements to some extent, and there are frequently simple solutions to mitigate the effects of the weather (such as an umbrella).

However, a weather-sealed camera makes it feasible to “catch the photo” when it would not have been possible otherwise.

So, it all depends on your specific photography requirements.

Stunning Lens:

This camera’s adorable small lens drives me insane.

It provides me with numerous excellent opportunities to take photographs.

A 28-84 mm F2-4.9 3x zoom lens is included with the Canon G9 X II.

This lens is quick on the wide end, with a maximum aperture of f2.00 at 28mm.

The most incredible thing is that this G9 X II has optical image stabilization, which comes in helpful for me, especially at slower shutter speeds.

In addition, the lens on my adorable little Canon G9 X II includes a Manual Focus Mode.

This remarkable camera features a variable zoom lens with a flexible optical zoom range, allowing me to get wide images, such as in a large party scene or a beautiful canyon, or zoom in for a fantastic close-up.

Its bright aperture, which can reach f/2.0, assists me in generating stunning background blur to make my subject shine and take excellent photographs in low light, frequently without the need for a flash.

Combined with Intelligent IS, I can capture sharp, practically shake-free shots in various shooting settings.

So what else can this lens not do? I think it is stunning!

Magnificent Large Sensor:

As previously stated, the main feature of this PowerShot G9 X Mark II is its vast 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel* CMOS sensor, which allows me to shoot high-quality photographs and videos.

Its wide dynamic range allows me to catch a scene’s bright and dark elements, such as the shady side of a building on a bright sunny day or streetlights on a night.

Its stunning 20.1 Megapixels* give me high-resolution photographs for flexibility in printing, viewing, and editing.

Combined with the new DIGIC 7 Image Processor, it benefits from a rapid shutter speed that reduces the possibility of blur and a high ISO for exceptional low-light results, allowing me to shoot crisp, gorgeous images and videos in practically any setting.

Gorgeous Processor:

This DIGIC 7 Image Processor elevates my PowerShot G9 X Mark II Camera to a new performance and image quality level, even while shooting in low light.

It speeds up a startup, operation, and continuous Shooting while enabling noise reduction even at high ISO settings, allowing me to produce sharp, detailed shots in almost any lighting situation.

My super camera’s enhanced tracking and detection skills assist me in locking onto my subject throughout the action, from improved face tracking to keep my issue in focus to Dual Sensing to eliminate blur due to camera shake and body movement.

It gives me clean, precise images even at slow shutter rates.

The DIGIC 7 Image Processor contributes to high-quality photos and videos by providing excellent detail, low noise, and fast, accurate tracking.

I can honestly tell that this sensor-processor system is driving me insane.

I have never been this happier.

How can such a small device carry so much expertise?

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Improved Autofocusing and Metering:

I’ve previously used the Canon G9X, and utilizing the C9XII has made me realize how much progress has been achieved in this small gadget.

The new processor’s improvements have enabled me to achieve shorter shutter latency, faster autofocus, and improved subject tracking during continuous AF.

The rest of the autofocus features stay the same.

At wide and telephoto focal lengths, this camera has minimum focus distances of 2 inches (5 centimeters) and 1.1 feet (35 cm).

Metering is also unaltered. My Canon G9 X II has a Contrast Detection autofocus system.

The main advantage of using contrast detection autofocus is its precision.

Because contrast detection requires processing data from the image sensor, it is rarely incorrect (so there are no focusing errors caused by misalignments).

This camera’s built-in contrast detection autofocus also enables many AF points.

This camera also has Face recognition AF, which assists me in determining which areas of my image or video I should focus on to select Age, Gender, and Emotions utilizing Facial Expressions.

The technology is typically employed for security purposes, but there is growing interest in other applications.

Metering modes include evaluative, center-weighted average, and spot; exposure compensation is adjustable up to +/-3.0 EV.

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LCD:

I found its panel to be relatively straightforward.

This 3.0-inch touch panel with a resolution of 1,040k dots is built for ease of use so I can make modifications while remaining ready to take a photo.

Both the screen size and resolution meet the requirements of this class.

The menus are customizable, so the options I usually change may be easily accessible.

I can also rapidly go through images I’ve shot and tap the screen to tweak picture choices and easily change the camera’s focus.

Furthermore, I can use my fingers to twist the control ring around the lens to modify various settings, significantly simplifying the procedure.

Because the LCD is a touch screen, I can alter the settings and set the focus point with my fingertips.

It’s as though the entire game is on my finger. I genuinely enjoy using and experimenting with this toy-like camera.

It’s a lot of fun. A tilting screen is something I miss having on this camera.

Because this Canon G9 X II sports a Fixed-type LCD screen, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II lacks a selfie-friendly screen.

So, as a photographer, I feel the need for a selfie-friendly screen but never mind.

Viewfinder:

My G9 X II lacks a viewfinder and has no option for an external viewfinder.

I’m a little disappointed that Canon did not include this feature in my baby because the lack of a viewfinder can be troublesome, especially in bright light, where the readability of LCD screens drops considerably.

I would state that Canon did not meet my expectations because I am so satisfied with this camera that having this feature missing out on my camera upsets me.

If this camera had a viewfinder, I would be able to see what my camera’s sensor sees, and my vision of a picture would never be impeded when taking a photo.

It could also provide me with far higher clarity, dynamic range (basically, the ability to resolve my scenes with severe brightness changes), and a quick view of the action without the latency inherent in other EVF systems.

Even without a viewfinder, I can tell that this camera exceeds my expectations every time and is fantastic.

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Wireless Connectivity:

This camera belongs to me.

It is home to me that I may transport anywhere and at any time.

It feels precisely like home, with all the amenities, especially the ease of connectivity.

My PowerShot G9 X Mark II Camera can transmit photographs and videos to and from compatible devices, upload directly to various websites, and more, thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi® technology and the Canon Camera Connect app**.

I took a lot of images while in Dubai and placed them on my official website on the spot.

I don’t have to wait till I go home or to the hotel to post my images. For me, it’s just a “click-and-post” thing.

Click and post on the spot.

It includes built-in NFC technology***, which allows it to connect to compatible devices directly by pressing the smartphone’s NFC icon on the camera.

With the free Canon Camera Connect app**, I can click to and remotely control the PowerShot G9 X Mark II, thanks to its quick Bluetooth® connectivity.

After the initial pairing, I may configure the camera to connect automatically and control camera activities remotely.

I may also click directly to Wi-Fi® to use my phone as a viewfinder and check and download previously captured photographs and videos.

Overall Performance:

I’ve noticed that The G9 X Mark II’s overall performance, from startup to continuous Shooting, is quite strong and a step up over its predecessor.

This new model can capture up to 8.1 frames per second for about 38 photos.

However, it uses the focus and exposure settings from the first shot (switch to low speed, and I can get about four fps shooting speed until my memory card is complete).

When Servo AF (continuous AF) is enabled, the rate reduces to a respectable 5.3 fps for around 102 pictures in a burst.

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Battery:

As a photographer, this camera’s life is a gift from Canon to me.

This Little Hero’s battery life is somewhat limited at 235 shots per charge.

When I switch to ECO mode, I can get about 315 shots per charge, suitable for travel and photography enthusiasts like me.

As a photographer, this camera’s life is a gift from Canon to me.

This Little Hero’s battery life is somewhat limited at 235 shots per charge.

When I switch to ECO mode, I can get about 315 shots per charge, suitable for travel and photography enthusiasts like me. It is based on CIPA requirements, which include flash shooting and other operations.

I am occasionally fortunate to obtain longer battery life since I use available light and don’t spend much time analyzing or uploading images through Wi-Fi.

Video Features:

This PowerShot, G9 X Mark II camera, allows me to capture the most unforgettable moments in my life in excellent detail and clarity in my gorgeous videos.

My Camera’s Full HD resolution lets me view the distinct expressions on my family’s faces in close-up movies when they are pleased and welcome one another during Christmas.

Also, this camera helps me see the beauty of trees, boulders, and flowing wildlife of a mountain landscape in my stunning videos.

The Dynamic IS allows me to keep my frame steady when walking, keeping up with any movement while minimizing unwanted blur. This camera has become my best buddy for life and has never let me down.

For further creative alternatives, the Time-Lapse Movie mode on my camera allows me to condense long periods into short, appealing videos with excellent resolution and lifelike clarity.

My camera has completely satisfied me. And the video quality is superb in every way.

Photography Type:

Using this camera on my trip days satisfied me so much that I refused to let it go.

So, I chose not to experiment with this camera in other areas of photography to see how my Superman works in those areas.

So, after utilizing it for various genres of photography, I came to the following conclusion: 

Street Photography:

Being a native-born American, Street photography runs in my family.

And it fascinates me greatly; it makes me feel alive and free.

Street photography is more than a vocation; it is a getaway from the stresses of everyday life.

Street photography is one of my specialties since it allows me to interact with my environment and recall unique experiences.

Canon G9 X II gets a Street Photography score of 78, making it a GOOD choice for this style of photography.

It makes it an excellent choice for my street photography.

Daily Photography:

I am so enamored with this camera that I carry it virtually everywhere.

It is lightweight, so I don’t mind always having it.

It allows me to pursue my hobby of daily photography.

Even though most photographers specialize in one or two photographic genres, experimenting with other shooting approaches might lead to surprising discoveries.

It’s what I’d term “daily photography.”

You may create several photographic styles using the same technical and aesthetic talents.

If you achieve in one activity, you may learn essential skills and abilities that may help you enhance your photography. Unposed, daily photography is ideal for this purpose.

You can capture a wide range of photographs with a single decent camera.

Canon G9 X II has a Daily Photography score of 72, making it a GOOD choice for this style of photography and one of my friends forever.

Sports Photography:

I also took it to a stadium for some photos because it was a friend’s football game, but it did not prove to be a professional sports camera because it does not perform well in terms of telephoto lens length.

My Canon G9 X II has a Sports Photography score of 29, making it a POOR choice for this sort of photography.

Why should one get this Canon G9 X II camera?

  • More compact: It is smaller (98x58mm versus 106x61mm) and will fit into a bag more easily.
  • Less heavy: It weighs less (by 113g or 35% less) and is thus easier to transport.
  • More effortless wireless transfer: Bluetooth is supported for image sharing without cords.
  • Less expensive: It was introduced in a lower-priced section (24 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More contemporary: It was introduced a little more recently (10 months).

Price:

I think this mini camera is the best deal at an affordable price.

Trust me; it is worth buying.

This Canon G9 X Mark II was released in the United States for $529.

Typically, retail prices remain close to the debut price, but discounts become available after a few months.

Later in the product cycle, mainly when the successor model is released, further discounts and stock-clearing sales frequently drive the camera price significantly lower.

Then, after the new model is out, you can usually get beautiful deals on the used market.

Conclusion:

You’ve come to the perfect spot if you’re a travel enthusiast seeking a camera that won’t break the budget.

This Canon PowerShot G9 X II demonstrates that less is more.

If you want a compact camera that is as small as possible, the G9 X II should be on your shortlist.

It is lightweight and features a 1-inch-type sensor, which is nearly four times the size of the image sensor in a camera phone, resulting in higher image quality.

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