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.