Canon's PowerShot G9 X advanced compact just got an upgrade with Bluetooth connectivity, a faster processor and a "Mark II" on the end of the name. While the camera doesn't boast many high-end features, it sits at a more attainable price point compared to other one-inch sensor cameras.
True to form, the Canon G9 X Mark II keeps much of the same features of the earlier version as a Mark II update and not a complete overhaul. The body and control scheme is consistent with the previous version and so is the 20.9 megapixel one inch sensor and 3x optical zoom lens.
So what's different? Canon has included their latest processor, the DIGIC 7, in the 2017 version. The processor offers a slight speed increase of around two frames per second, hitting 8.1 fps with the focus locked on the first frame and 5.3 fps with continuous autofocus.
The Canon G9 X Mark II is also the first compact from the manufacturer to include Bluetooth. Adding Bluetooth offers the same functionality as Wi-fi including remote access via a Canon app, but since Bluetooth is low powered, the camera can stay connected for long periods.
The advanced compact category is a crowded one -- and the Bluetooth addition is one that other manufacturers already offer. So where does the G9 X Mark II stand? There are several options with more speed, more features and brighter lenses, but most sit at higher price points. The Panasonic Lumix LX100 offers a larger Micro Four Thirds sensor, but sits at about $200 more. The older version of the camera is $100 cheaper, and while isn't quite as fast and doesn't have Bluetooth could be a better option for the price tag. While the Canon G9 X Mark II isn't a landmark camera, if you only have around $500 to spend and need something compact, it's not a bad option.