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CANON POWERSHOT G7 X MARK II REVIEW

If you are a traveler looking for a pocket-sized camera then Canon’sPowershot G7 X Mark II is a good option for you. It performs really well in dim light and provides better control over depth-of-field. It is an update to G7 X. Its image and video quality are pretty good.

However, its battery life and sharpening still need some work. But aside from that, this camera is quite impressive.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Maximum resolution:  5472 x 3648
  • Screen: 3.0-inch tilting touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots 
  • Effective pixels:20 megapixels
  • Sensor size:1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
  • Sensor type: BSI-CMOS
  • Focal length (equiv.):24–100 mm
  • Max shutter speed:1/2000 sec
  • Format: MPEG-4, H.264
  • Storage types:SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
  • Weight (including batteries):319 g (0.70 lb / 11.25 oz)
  • Dimensions:106 x 61 x 42 mm (4.17 x 2.4 x 1.65″)
  • Body type:Compact
  • ISO:Auto, 125-12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • Max aperture:F1.8–2.8
  • USB:USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Burst shooting: 8fps 
  • Battery life: up to 265 shots

G7 X has a one-inch type sensor. Cameras with these sensors are quite popular due to their superior image quality over most other compact cameras. This sensor is typically about 4 times larger than the sensor in a typical compact camera, which sees much better detail produced, while low-light shooting is also improved. 

G7 X MARK II VS GX:

The G7 X Mark II succeeds the G7 X.  It is not that different from the previous version, but there are some significant updates. The 20.1 million-pixel CMOS sensor and 4x optical zoom lens are still the same.

A few minor changes have been made to the exterior of the camera. However, the most noticeable upgrade is the addition of a DIGIC 7 processor. It has a faster burst shooting rate. Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity are also present.

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The touch-sensitive screen tilts to enable shooting at awkward angles. But still, there isn’t any built-in viewfinder.

IMAGE QUALITY:

The successor of G7 X is also impressive when it comes to image quality. With vibrant, warm, and lively tones, the images are awesome. Moreover, the introduction of the DIGIC 7 processor has facilitated better high ISO performance than G7 X.

There are two focus modes available also. One mode is a wide area with face and subject recognition. While the other is a narrower flexible spot mode. When shooting in the wide-area mode, you can also choose a subject to track.

It identifies both humans and pets for tracking. However, keep in mind that it not for shooting fast action.

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VIDEO QUALITY:

The video quality is also great. The changes in focus are smooth. Either you tap to refocus or set the video focus mode to AI Servo for automatic changes. Video is recorded at up to 1080p60 quality in MP4 format.

The internal microphone picks up audio close to the camera. However, it also catches a lot of background noise.

WHAT I LIKE:

  • It has the great low-light performance.
  • Tilting touchscreen is good.
  • Raw format shooting.
  • Optical image stabilization.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE:

  • No built-in viewfinder.
  • Screen not fully articulating.
  • Battery life.
  • 1080p video capture.