Canon Powershot G7 X Mark Ii Review


The Canon G7 X was my favourite camera of 2015. Its image unique was a match for SLRs (with their kit lenses at least) & yet it was small và light enough lớn slip inkhổng lồ a trouser pocket. Key lớn its success was its 1in sensor và wide-aperture lens, which to capture just as much light as SLRs. This meant it was able to with them for image chất lượng — not bad for a camera weighing 301g và measuring 40milimet thichồng.

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The G7 X wasn’t the only camera khổng lồ pull off this triông xã. In fact, Sony invented the with its RX100 series. However, the G7 X rose khổng lồ the top with its more generous 4.2x zoom range, elegant touchscreen interface và lower price than the Sony RX100 III.

In năm nhâm thìn the market for cameras with 1in sensors has picked up in pace. We’ve seen the arrival of the Panasonic TZ100 with its 10x zoom, the 4k-capable Sony RX100 IV, a trio of cameras from Nikon and the Canon G9 X with its incredibly svelte kiến thiết and aggressively low price. Canon now hopes khổng lồ up the ante yet again with the G7 X Mark II.


Design và features

The improvements are relatively subtle — a faster processor, a proper grip on the front of the camera, a redesigned hinge on the 3in LCD screen so it tilts down as well as up. Battery life is up from 210 lớn 240 shots — a improvement but still below average. Extra batteries a staggering £49.

The rubber grip is only a few millimetres deep but there’s a well-defined ridge that’s unlikely lớn slip through fingers. It’s a big improvement on the smooth, featureless fronts of the G7 X & Sony’s RX100 series cameras. Another thiết kế tweak is a small lever beside the lens that lets you choose whether the lens ring has a smooth or ratcheted motion. The former makes more sense for autofocus adjustments while the latter is better for aperture adjustment. I can’t say that it’s a life-changing innovation.

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For me, the lens ring itself felt a bit out of place on such a small camera, which I prefer khổng lồ hold with a pincer-shaped grasp in both hands rather than cradling it with the left hand. As a result, I found it more natural to lớn spin the rear wheel khổng lồ make adjustments. Fortunately, the touchscreen makes it quichồng lớn Call up settings for adjustment with the wheel.

Using the Custom White Balance function is frustratingly long-winded. Whereas most cameras let you calibrate the Trắng balance by pointing the lens at a trắng or grey subject và pressing a of buttons, the G7 X II demands that you take a photo of said subject and then navigate khổng lồ an obscurely located menu page in order khổng lồ persize the calibration. I use this function far more than manual focus, for instance, but it’s manual focus that has a labelled button on the back of the camera.


For most other purposes, the are quichồng và intuitive. There’s a chunky exposure dial on the top plate, and the touchscreen makes light work of moving the autofocus point. I’m a big bạn of touchscreens on cameras, và also of screens that tilt up for shooting at hip-height. The Sony RX100-series cameras have tilting screens, while the Panasonic TZ100 and Canon G9 X have sầu touchscreens, but the G7 X II includes both.


Performance of the original G7 X was unremarkable, but the updated mã sản phẩm makes significant improvements. Shots were captured every 0.5 in normal use, with decisive sầu autofocus quickly locking onto subjects. JPEG shooting was at 8fps for 30 frames before slowing lớn 5fps — a superb result. RAW performance was much improved from the dire 1.2fps achieved by the G7 X, capturing 22 frames at 8fps before slowing to lớn 1.9fps.

Video quality

The đoạn phim mode is good rather than great. It supports 1080p at frame rates up lớn 60fps, and the touchscreen is particularly useful for on-the-fly autofocus adjustments. Details aren’t as refined as on the best 1080p footage & can’t begin khổng lồ with 4K footage, but this needn’t put casual Clip shooters off. A bigger issue is how it stops without any warning when đoạn phim files reach 4GB — that’s about 16 minutes.