|[February 12, 2014]
Canon U.S.A. Introduces the PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera Featuring Enhanced Optics, Wireless Connectivity and Creative Shooting Options for Professionals and Photo Enthusiasts
MELVILLE, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--
Building upon the success of the PowerShot G1 X digital camera, Canon (News - Alert)
U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled its
new flagship PowerShot G1 X Mark II, a digital camera designed to meet
the evolving needs of today's professional and advanced amateur
Boasting a sensor that is 4.5x larger than a 1/1.7" sensor found in
professional level point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II
camera can produce high-quality images with a wide dynamic range. It
features a new type of 1.5-inch, 12.8 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS
sensor, made by Canon, allowing for optimum performance with an ISO
range of 100-12800. This sensor, combined with the DIGIC 6 Image
Processor (News - Alert), comprises the Canon HS SYSTEM resulting in faster
autofocusing speeds over the PowerShot G1 X camera, allowing
photographers to capture detailed, vivid images even in low-light
Featuring a newly-developed f/2.0 - f/3.9, 5x optical zoom lens
(equivalent 24-120mm zoom range) with Dual Control Rings, this new
camera provides customized zooming and focus-functionality similar to a
DSLR camera. With this wide of an aperture, photographers have the
ability to isolate their subjects by separating them from a background
that is blurred. This gives more control and creative possibilities when
using a PowerShot camera. The Dual Control Rings include a Step Ring to
adjust various customizable settings and a Continuous Ring to make
focusing adjustments during manual focus, as well as additional
customizable settings for manual shooting. The new lens also features a
nine-blade aperture to provide beautiful, blurred backgrounds even at
"The new high-end PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera delivers incredible,
professional-level shooting capabilities in a compact camera body making
it the ideal second camera for DSLR shooters," said Yuichi Ishizuka,
executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies &
Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "In addition, with the introduction
of advanced wireless capabilities such as NFC and enhanced low-light
shooting and autofocusing, the G1 X Mark II is a well-rounded
professional-level camera that allows photographers to get creative."
Improved Operation and Performance
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with a new type of
Canon-made, 1.5-inch CMOS sensor to help achieve optimal performance
from low to high ISO speeds. It has a default aspect ratio of 3:2 which
is the same ratio the advanced user has come to expect when shooting
with a DSLR camera. If the photographer wants to switch to a 4:3 ratio,
it can be done without impacting the field of view.
The new PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera uses 31 Auto Focus (AF) points,
compared to the PowerShot G1 X camera that uses nine AF points,
resulting in impoved autofocus capabilities allowing the user to easily
compose the image and focus on a specific subject in the frame.
Utilizing the bright, capacitive touch, three-inch tilt LCD on the
PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera helps provide flexibility in shooting by
tilting 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is also compatible with Canon's new
optional electronic viewfinder that mounts to the hot shoe. A new
optional grip* will also be available for the PowerShot G1 X
Mark II camera. These accessories are ideal for photographers looking
for the feel of a DSLR camera with the portability of a point-and-shoot
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi®
technology, so users can share still images and videos online quickly
and easily using compatible mobile devices.1 Using the Mobile
Device Connect button, users can connect to a smartphone, a tablet or a
Wi-Fi enabled computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using
Canon iMAGE GATEWAY 2 through the cloud. For even
easier connectivity, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera introduces Near
Field Communication (NFCTM)** - a first for
Canon's G-series cameras - so transferring photos to a compatible Android (News - Alert)TM
device can be simple and intuitive. This digital camera's new remote
shooting feature also allows the user to sync the G1 X Mark II with a
smartphone or tablet and utilize the shutter, optical zoom and
self-timer features from that device.
Extensive Shooting Modes
Ideal for portrait photography, the camera's Background Defocus mode
softens the background behind a subject to help users create
professional-looking portraits. In addition, simply pressing the
camera's dedicated movie button allows photographers to capture 1080p
Full HD video with ease. And, as commonly found in most DSLR cameras,
the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera has a full range of shooting and
recording modes, including 14-bit RAW + JPEG, for outstanding creative
Unique to Canon PowerShot Digital Cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II
camera features Advanced Star Mode with four options to capture images
of starry night skies with impeccable quality. The "Star Portrait" and
"Star Nightscape" modes help capture the radiance of stars while still
allowing you to capture the subject. The "Star Trails" mode captures
video trails of stars to turn trails into a luminous still image, while
the "Star Time Lapse Movie" mode will shoot images of star movement and
then combine the images to make a film that shows the movement of the
stars, creating a truly stunning video.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital camera will be available starting in
April for a retail price of $799.99.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer,
business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With
approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon
Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2013†
and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2013.
In 2013, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award
for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories
for the tenth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past three
years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer
satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer
service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A.
is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and
environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from
Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and
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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and
1 Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0, Android
smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3 and Android table versions
4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3. Data charges may apply.
2 One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE
GATEWAY online photo album.
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Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject
to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual
dealers and may vary.
*Optional grip will only be available through the Canon Direct
website. Visit www.shop.usa.canon.com
**Compatible with Android devices version 4.0 or later.
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