Some of our PowerShot G series reviews, such as the Canon G16 and Canon G3 X, may have previously caught your attention. So, today we’re going to be reviewing the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II.
As photographers, we are all well aware of how crowded the small camera market has become, and how difficult it is to introduce a product that would stand out from the throng and be a major success in the market.
It’s also difficult to stand out and innovate when the majority of today’s cameras already have what the majority of consumers want, and when putting anything new into production requires a significant investment of time and money that some businesses just do not have.
In spite of the fact that Canon is a large company and has the resources to pull it off, it appears that the G7X Mark II is more of an evolution than a revolution, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing given that the previous model was already a good camera in its own right and only needed a few things to become a truly professional camera.
Canon opted to concentrate its efforts in this area, on enhancing the formula that had previously been demonstrated to be effective. They are working on ironing out all of the issues they could uncover in the previous generation and attempting to make it the finest camera Canon has ever produced.
It will be interesting to see if they have been successful, whether the Canon G7X Mark II is a legitimate competitor in the high-end compact camera market, and whether it is comparable to the likes of Sony, Fujifilm, and Panasonic, which have already established themselves as leaders in the same market.
When it comes to photography quality and handling, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera is an excellent choice. It is a little point-and-shoot with a vast feature set that makes it stand out from the crowd. Making use of a 20.1MP 1 “When operating in low-light circumstances, this camera’s CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor enable it to produce smooth image quality with reduced noise.
The camera has a maximum ISO of 12800 in Program mode and delivers smooth image quality with reduced noise. Additionally, it is capable of capturing still images at a rate of up to 8 frames per second as well as Full HD 1080p60 video.
A flexible 4.2x zoom lens, with an equivalent focal length range of 24-100mm, complements the sensor and processor combination, providing viewpoints ranging from wide-angle to short-telephoto. A quick maximum aperture of f/1.8-f/2.8 ensures constant performance across the zoom range and is especially useful when working in low-light circumstances or in bright sunlight.
The lens design is encircled by a familiar control ring that allows easy control over settings, as well as a huge 3.0 inch LCD screen with a high resolution “Using the 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD, you can compose images from a range of shooting angles in a natural way.
Additionally, the G7 X Mark II has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, allowing for wireless image sharing to smartphones and tablets, as well as remote camera control from linked smartphones and tablets.
Body and handling
In addition to being built of high-quality metal, the GX7 Mark II’s body is also extremely smooth to the touch. In addition, at 319 grams, it is not too hefty when compared to DSLRs such as the Canon 6D. You won’t feel like you’re about to drop the camera when you’re holding it because of its overall ergonomic design, which means the grip isn’t overly big either. Nothing really sticks out about this outfit, but the body itself is pretty lovely in a simple kind of manner, and that’s what I like about it!
Even if we wish Canon had opted to include more physical controls rather than depending solely on the touchscreen to engage with the majority of the features, at least the menus themselves are well-designed for touchscreen use.
A shutter button that also serves as an optical zoom lever, a mode dial ring that also serves as an exposure compensation ring underneath it, and the standard four-way joystick with four buttons around it are the controls that are accessible.
And last, there’s the ring surrounding the lens, which can be programmed to do a variety of various functions such as manual focus, step zoom, ISO, white balance, aspect ratio, and so on.
It also has two alternative functioning modes: one in which a click is made at each stage of its rotation, and another in which it rotates smoothly and silently throughout. You must determine which use case scenario will need the employment of any of these rotation types before proceeding.
Besides that, you may assign alternative purposes to the Ring Func. and Movie Record buttons, such as different exposure metering modes and ISO settings as well as aspect ratios, white balance, and timers. In addition to that, there is a Quick menu option, which may be customized with up to 12 distinct configurations.
Even while the G7X Mark II does not have many physical buttons, it does provide a great deal of flexibility when it comes to customizing its functionality. Although the touchscreen is more convenient, there is a decent balance between it and the buttons. In addition, you’ll be pleased to hear that Canon did an excellent job implementing the Wi-Fi feature.
Installing the Canon Camera Connect App on your Android or iOS phone and connecting to it over Wi-Fi (or even NFC if your Android phone allows it) is all that is required to get started. Everyone will be underwhelmed by the app’s UI, which appears to be rather rudimentary, but it contains all of the essential capabilities such as remote shooting and picture transmission as well as control over the camera’s zoom, ISO, and focus, amongst others.
Finally, Canon only left us with one complaint: the absence of a viewfinder. Apart from that, we can say that this is a well-balanced camera in terms of both its physical design and overall usage.
Performance and autofocus
Canon promises significant improvements in focusing and general performance over the G7X Mark I, so let’s see whether there are any actual changes or if Canon is just making things up as they go along. Single AF (single shot) and Servo AF (servo AF) are the two primary AF modes to choose from (Continuous AF). When it comes to subject tracking and identifying faces in your image frame, you have three options: Face Detect + Tracking using One shot AF, Face Detect + Tracking using Servo AF, and 1-Point using Servo AF. Face Detect + Tracking using Servo AF is the most advanced option.
When it comes to keeping faces in focus and tracking them across the frame, the first combination works well for general moving things, but it is not as quick or consistent when it comes to people. If the faces of your subjects are important to keep in focus, the second method is preferable. When the name implies, it works by focusing automatically as you or your subject moves to keep up with the focus.
It is only by using the last combination that you will be able to achieve continuous autofocus while taking a burst of photographs. While in this mode, the focus accuracy is exceptional, resulting in a hit rate that is nearly 100 percent of the time. This is a significant advance over Mark I. In contrast, if you do not intend to photograph anything that moves, you should stick to the Face Detect + Tracking One Shot AF setting. It gives the optimum balance for general-purpose photography.
It is also possible to magnify your vision up to 10 times for more exact focusing when utilizing manual focusing on the Mark II, which makes for an enjoyable experience. Using the focused peaking feature is another excellent innovation. When it comes to burst rate performance, it does a decent job of keeping up. You may choose between three alternative frame rates: 8 frames per second (without continuous autofocus) 4 and 5.4 frames per second (with continuous AF).
I’m confident that the majority of you would like the 5.4 frames per second set because it is the most useful, therefore we will concentrate on that one. When shooting RAW, you get a buffer of around 22 shots, and when shooting JPEG, you get a buffer of approximately 48 photos. These are acceptable figures, but they are by no means ground-breaking.
Overall, the burst rate performance should be sufficient for everyone but the most demanding sports and action shooters and gamers. Finally, there’s the issue of battery life. Another element that has been increased over the Mark I is the magazine capacity, which is now roughly 265 rounds instead of 210 bullets. Despite the fact that it isn’t the finest performance available, it is really near.
You may further increase the battery life by using the Eco Mode, which attempts to save you more power by turning on the screen more often and shutting off the camera after a long time of inactivity. If you know you’ll be shooting for a longer period of time than normal and you don’t have any additional batteries on hand, this is a really helpful accessory to have.
While this specific camera does not appear to be capable of capturing 4K video, this does not rule out the possibility of it shooting films of high quality. The G7X Mark II can capture video in 1080p at 60, 30 or 24 frames per second.
The video quality, as you would expect from a Canon camera, is rather impressive for a 1080p movie at this resolution. Despite the fact that there are few imperfections or rolling shutter effects, the image is extremely crisp. The Dynamic IS is also beneficial in this situation, as it produces a more smooth and professional-looking film. It works by combining the optical 5-axis stabilization with the electrical 5-axis stabilization to get the desired result. It does result in tiny cropping of the film, but this isn’t a significant drawback for obtaining such well-stabilized movies in the first place.
A wide range of choices is available when it comes to controlling the exposure during the video. You have the option of shooting in either automatic or totally manual mode. Even while working in the manual, you may make simple adjustments such as changing the ISO, aperture, shutter speed, or exposure compensation by pressing one of the choices on the screen. Canon’s well-designed UI is really beneficial in this situation since it provides a highly intuitive experience.
Touch AF is also included, and it performs as expected, as well as tracking the subject around your frame. The fact that it is so exact, with only a little focus hunting here and there, allows us to confidently proclaim it to be the greatest point and shoot camera. Also included is the ability to employ focus peaking to assist you with manual focus, which is always a great tool to have on hand.
The Auto ISO feature has also been improved, and it now only adjusts the ISO setting when you use the exposure correction feature rather than adjusting the shutter speed and aperture. The lack of microphone or headphone connectors is unfortunate given the nature of this tiny camera, and you will have to rely on the built-in stereo mics for audio recording instead. Fortunately, the integrated ones generate sufficient audio quality for most of the applications, thus the vast majority of users should not feel that they are being deprived of a satisfying listening experience.
Canon has introduced an additional function, which is the Hybrid Auto feature, which works in a similar way to the live images feature on Lumia smartphones, in that it captures a video clip of the scene you are shooting seconds before you take a photo and then blends the clips into a single movie. You probably won’t use it on a regular basis, but it’s a cute little function to have.
Despite the loss of 4K resolution, the G7X Mark II offers a very decent video recording experience in general, despite its lower price. You will obtain high-quality 1080p footage, which will be aided by the numerous manual controls and features that will assist you in creating a better movie for your project.
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Specs
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Other resolutions||5472 x 3080, 4864 x 3648, 4320 x 2880, 4320 x 2432, 3840 x 2880, 2304 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 720 x 480, 720 x 408, 640 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||21 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 125-12800 (expandable to 25600)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||25600|
|White balance presets||8|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Super fine, fine|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–100 mm|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Normal focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Macro focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Number of focus points||31|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||7.00 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, on, slow synchro, off|
|Continuous drive||8.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 0r 10 secs, custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Videography notes||Also has time-lapse (normal and star), miniature effect, and digest modes|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n with NFC|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||NB-13L lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||265|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||319 g (0.70 lb / 11.25 oz)|
|Dimensions||106 x 61 x 42 mm (4.17 x 2.4 x 1.65″)|
As a result, where does this leave us in terms of the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II camera? A good camera in every way, that’s where it stands. Aside from the lack of 4K video recording and the absence of a viewfinder, the G7X Mark II has no obvious flaws.
However, even those two shortcomings don’t seem so bad when you consider that the G7X Mark II produces excellent-looking Full HD videos and that the screen on the back is a high-quality and responsive touchscreen that can be tilted at different angles.
With the exception of it, you get a sturdy metal body, a fair burst rate, excellent autofocus performance, an acceptable battery life, and image quality that is on par with any other camera with a 1-inch sensor. When you combine it with complete manual control over both photos and videos, as well as a lens with a very useful zoom range and maximum aperture, you have a combination that is unlikely to appeal to anyone in the market for a camera of this sort.
For those who believe that Sony is the dominant force in this market with their RX range, they should reconsider their assumptions since the G7X Mark II is capable of competing with any of those cameras while also offering some unique features of its own. There’s no doubt about it: the small camera industry has become significantly more fascinating.