Canon’s pocket-sized 1-inch camera, the G9 X, proved to deliver excellent images when we reviewed it, but was sluggish when shooting in Raw mode. Canon is updating it with a faster processor in the form of the G9 X Mark II, and promises that the new version will speed along and capture images at 8.2fps regardless of whether you shoot in Raw or JPG format.
Aside from that, the new model is largely the same as the first iteration. It’s a very small camera with a comparatively huge 1-inch image sensor, 20MP resolution, and a 28-84mm (full-frame equivalent) f/2-4.9 zoom lens. It doesn’t have as long of a range as its more expensive sibling, the G7 X Mark II, but it remains a strong option for photographers who can live with a limited zoom and want a pocket model that will run circles around smartphones when it comes to image quality.
Wireless transfer is available, with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in for quick connection to a smartphone and fast transfers. This lets you take your better-than-smartphone snaps and beam them over to your Android or iOS device so you can share images on Facebook or Instagram when out and about.
Video is limited to 1080p, although there is a built-in time-lapse movie function. The G9 X Mark II is priced at $529.99 and will go on sale in February.
Canon is offering minor updates to its Vixia camcorder line for 2017. The new models, HF R82, R80, and R800, are pretty much the same camcorders as the R72, R70, and R700 that came before them. New features include Flexible Slow and Fast Motion capture, backlight correction, Highlight Priority metering, and compatibility with the Canon Camera Connect app. If you were hoping for 4K models from Canon, keep hoping—the Vixias top out at 1080p. They’re priced at $449.99, $399.99, and $299.99 respectively and will ship in February.
Finally, the G7 X Mark II is now being offered as part of a Video Creator Kit. It includes the camera, a spare battery, a Manfrotto PIXI tripod, and a 32GB memory card. The cost is $749.99 and the bundle will start to ship in February.
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