The first week on January 2017 during the Consumer Electronics Show Canon announced that they would release the updated version of the Powershot G9X pocket camera. This version added a Mark 2 to it’s name. The Mark 2 looks exactly like its older version with all the changes “under the hood”. Some specs are exactly the same as the “Mark 1”. The Mark 2 has the same 28 -84 f2 – 4.9 lens, the same 3 inch touchscreen on the back and the same overall dimensions as the previous version. So what has changed? The camera utilizes a new Digic 7 image processor and a 21 megapixel one inch BSI-CMOS sensor. The image stabilization and face recognition has been improved, It is capable of 8 frames per second RAW burst and has an “always on” bluetooth connection. The Bluetooth allows for easy camera control and images download from any Apple or Android app., for those who want to quickly post to social media outlets.
Those stats are all nice but what I liked about this camera is its size, more specific its lack of size. This camera is truly a shirt pocket (or purse) camera. At 3.9 inches long and only 1.2 inches thick this camera can go anywhere with ease. Even at this size it gives you full manual control and RAW capture. It is versatile video camera with the ability to record up to 60 FPS at 1080P. The camera does not feature 4K video recording to the disappointment of some. Being small and compact can also cause some problems mainly with button and menu ergonomics. If you like to change features from shot to shot, that means quick use of all the buttons and that will take some practice. To wrap up, this camera is the smallest on the market that can offer DSLR type features with some limitations. The limitations are a small trade off for this camera’s size and features.