Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II First Impression Review (DPreview)

Powershot G1 X Mark II

DPreview posted a first impression review of the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II. The review isn’t entirely positive, have a look in the “shooting experience” section of the review. Among other notes, the reviewer writes:

The camera can certainly be held with one hand, though I preferred the more solid feel of the ‘custom grip’. There are a lot of buttons that surround the thumb rest so you have to be careful, as some buttons can be easy to bump. Speaking of buttons, I found myself scratching my head as to why there are two Wi-Fi-related buttons, and I kept pressing the upper one thinking it was for playback mode. […]

In nearly all situations, the autofocus system performed admirably. While I wasn’t blown away by its speed, I didn’t have to wait for it to lock on its subject

About the built-in WiFi:

Some manufacturers do better than others when it comes to setting up Wi-Fi, and Canon is one of the worst. To be brief, the Image Gateway website leaves much to be desired, there are too many steps required, and the camera takes a long time to connect to a network. The bottom line is that Canon’s Wi-Fi feature, while comprehensive, could be a lot more user-friendly.

I agree about how poorly Canon integrates WiFi functionality in their cameras. This could definitely be done better, and more user friendly.

To see all the Powershot G1 X Mark II coverage click here. A few days ago DxOMark posted their sensor scores for the G1 X Mark II. Well, the G1 X Mark II doesn’t shine.

Powershot G1 X Mark II

The Canon Powershot G1 X II has been officially announced February 12th, and can be pre-ordered for $799 at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama.

[via dpreview]

Alternative Tripod Mount Socket For Canon Tele-Zooms (200-400mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm)

Tripod Mount

Above: Canon original tripod mount – Below: Berlebach’s tripod mount (image courtesy of photoscala.de)

German manufacturer Berlebach offers an alternative tripod mount socket for Canon’s EF 200-400 f/4 (price & specs), EF 400mm f/2.8 (price & specs), EF 500mm f/4 (price & specs), and EF 600mm f/4 (price & specs) lenses.

Berlebach’s tripod mount is more compact than the original one and should also reduce vibrations.

Press release (machine translated):

Canon Telephoto Adapter Berlebach

Berlebach ® Stativtechnik in Mulda has developed a compact foot for tripod mounting of telephoto lenses from Canon, on the one hand have been much smaller than the original foot and on the other hand, allows the use of UniQ / C and Arca Swiss-compatible quick-change systems. The price of the Tele-adapter is (RRP including VAT) EUR 49.

With the telephoto adapters for Canon 400/600 mm ( http://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=details&id=514 ) and the original Berlebach-release plates are the Canon telephoto lenses 4,0 / 200-400; 2,8 / 400; 4,0 / 500 4,0 / 600 on all UniQ/C- and Arca Swiss-compatible quick-change systems usable. The replacement of the original foot-flung through the telephoto adapters Berlebach with its considerably thinner design reduces space requirements, which can be the Canon telephoto lenses pack much easier for transport. In addition, possible oscillations are determined by the compactly built Adapter Berlebach significantly reduced and improved handling achieved by an optimized center of gravity.

To use the adapter, the four screws securing the original Canon-foot must be solved with an M3 hex wrench. With the same screws Berlebach adapter is then fastened to the lens. After the release plate with two 1/4 “or a central 3/8” Münzschlitzschraube (s) is fastened to the adapter. When using an original Berlebach-release plate adapter accesses as in the profile of the plate so that the combination can be completely rotationally fixed to the axis of the lens on a tripod head. Depending on the length of the release plate, this is for balancing both when mounted on the adapter, as well as the respective position in the quick-change system according to forward and backward movable. When using AC drives from other manufacturers may result in restrictions on the twisting safety.

[via photoscala.de]

Another Canon Patent For A 24-70mm f/2.8 Image-Stabilized Lens

Canon Patent

Egami (translated) spotted a Canon patent for a 24-70mm f/2.8 IS lens. This is the fourth time I am posting about such a patent (the other patents: 1 | 2 | 3).

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-52413,2014-52445
    • Publication date 2014.3.20
    • Filing date 2012.9.5
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.75
    • Focal length f = 24.7-35.21-68mm
    • Fno. 2.9
    • Half angle ω = 41.21-31.57-17.65 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 223.94-207.87-180.56mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 38.31mm

Canon Patent

[via Egami]

A Cosmic Odyssey – An Astrophotographer’s Journey

This amazing time-lapse video was made by Korean astro-photographer Kwon, O Chul. The video was made using Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Mark III (price & specs). The video was posted in the slrclub forums and was spotted by DicaHub.

The video was shot in these locations:

  • Dokdo island. 2013 : the eastern end of Korea
  • Baengnyeongdo island. 2011 : the western end of Korea. border between North and South Korea
  • Mount Halla. 2011 : the southen end of Korea
  • Mount Baekdu. 2010 : the north of Korea. border between China and North Korea
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. 2010 : near equator
  • Uluru, Australia. 2010 : the southern hemisphere
  • Pilbara, Australia. 2012 : the southern hemisphere
  • Yellowknife, Canada. 2009-2013 : near polar regions

It lasts 4:35 minutes and it is definitely worth to be seen.

[via DicaHub]

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II DxOMarked (and it doesn’t shine)

Powershot G1 X Mark II

The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II (price & specs) got tested by DxOMark, and as usual the sensor score is below the competitors. I know many people doesn’t hold much trust in DxOMark’s sensor scores. It is also my opinion that it doesn’t say much about real world performance of a sensor. On the other hand, it is a engineering measure, and it says somewhat about a sensor.

Canon camera sensors have a long history of scoring worse than the competition, but all the Canon DSLRs I own and owned never failed to deliver impressing image quality. The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II follows this tradition, scoring a mere 58. But there is a (small) surprise: when set to ISO 800 and above, the Powershot G1 X Mark II becomes a strong performer.

In the conclusion DxOMark writes:

At first sight, the sensor performance of the G1X II doesn’t look particularly exciting with relatively low scores for color, DR and low light but a more careful look at the performance reveals that the G1X II is in fact a strong performer at high ISOs.

When set to ISO800 and more, color and DR are much more competitive, but why Canon couldn’t tweak the performance at base ISOs is somewhat puzzling. Be that as it may, the G1X II as a whole remains a tempting choice for enthusiasts, even if, at $799 plus $299 for the EVF, it looks on the pricey side.

The Canon Powershot G1 X II has been officially announced February 12th, and can be pre-ordered for $799 at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

.Powershot G1 X Mark II