Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II review

An ultra-compact camera packing a relatively large 1-inch sensor, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is a compelling combination

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Canon PowerShot G9 X II is proof less can be more. If you're in the market for a compact camera that's as compact as possible, the G9 X II should be on your shortlist. Not only is it incredibly portable, it also packs a 1-inch-type sensor that's around 4x the size of the image sensor in a camera phone, resulting in improved image quality. There are some compromises to be had, but Canon's aggressive pricing makes these easier to forgive.


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    Miniature size

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    Good image quality from relatively large sensor

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    Great selection of serious photographic controls

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    Well priced compared to rivals


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    Fixed screen - does not tilt

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    No electronic viewfinder

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    No 4K video

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    Not necessarily better than a phone

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These days a compact camera really needs to stand out from the crowd if it's to stand a chance of competing against a well-sorted camera phone. With the Canon PowerShot G9 X II, can has a produced an amazingly small camera, yet one which doesn't sacrifice much when it comes to performance and image quality.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.