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Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II offers faster shooting

Create: 01/04/2017 - 23:26
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II


  • One-inch 20.1-MP CMOS sensor
  • Can record more than 8 frames per second
  • Available in black or silver

It’s been some 15 months since Canon released the PowerShot G9 X, and the most recent update makes subtle improvements. Hence, it’s known as the Mark II.

Much of what made the G9 X popular has been carried over to the Mark II.

Resolution has dropped ever so slightly to 20.1-MP from 20.2-MP from the one-inch CMOS sensor. The ISO range remains 125-6,400, which can be extended upward to 12,800 when shooting in P(rogram) mode.

The lens is a full-frame equivalent 28-84mm. It’s a fast f/2.0 at the wide end and f/4.9 on the telephoto side.

Available shutter speeds run from 30 seconds to 1/2,000 plus B. Photos can be saved as JPG or RAW to SD memory cards. The camera’s image processor has been upgraded to the DIGIC 7 from the DIGIC 6.

The Mark II model now records at a faster pace, depending on whether you are shooting JPG or RAW and the autofocus mode. At its fastest, it can record 8.1 JPGs per second for 38 shots or 4.0 shots until the memory card is full. When shooting RAW, the frame rate is still an impressive 8.2 shots for 21 shots or 4.0 for 27 shots.

Movie mode maxes out at Full HD 1920 x 1080.

The G9 X Mark II has a small pop-up flash. There is no optical viewfinder, nor is it possible to add an accessory electronic viewfinder. All images are composed via Live View on the camera’s 3.0-inch touch-enabled LCD, which is fixed in place.

The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is expected to begin shipping in February 2017 and will cost US$749.99.

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Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.