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Advantages of the Canon G1X Mark II

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the G1X Mark II's lens captures much more light (1.6 f-stops)
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2.5x higher resolution screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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Around 9.5x larger sensor
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
True resolution
Higher true resolution
13.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
240 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The G1X Mark II's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Canon SX280 HS

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Size
Smaller
106×63×33 mm vs 116×74×66 mm
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2.6x smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
233 g vs 558 g
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2.4x lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 2.6"
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2x thinner
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$232.48 vs $699.00
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The best price we've seen is $467 cheaper (3x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              G1X Mark II1080p @ 30fps
              SX280 HS1080p @ 60fps
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              G1X Mark II240 shots
              SX280 HS210 shots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              G1X Mark II13.1 MP
              SX280 HS9.7 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G1X Mark II12,800 ISO
              SX280 HS6,400 ISO

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