Canon has introduced the PowerShot G7 X Mark II with a new DIGIC 7 processor, bringing much-needed improvements to camera performance. Maintaining its predecessor's 20.1MP 1"-type CMOS sensor and 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens, the G7 X II brings some updates to the camera's exterior as well, with a re-designed grip, bottom-hinged 3" 1.04M-dot LCD and a front control dial that can switch between clicking or smooth-turning operation.

The new processor allows for face registration and better subject detection in scenes of low saturation or similar colors. In addition, it dramatically speeds up camera performance, with Canon claiming continuous 8 fps Raw shooting. Battery life is also 25% better than the original G7 X, with a CIPA-rated number of 265 shots per charge.

Full 1080/60p HD video is offered, as in its predecessor, along with Wi-Fi and NFC. The G7 X II provides Picture Style processing modes borrowed from the EOS DSLR line, and time-lapse movie mode is included.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II will be offered for $699 with availability in May.

Press release:

TAKE THAT CAMERA TO GO!  CANON U.S.A LAUNCHES COMPACT POWERSHOT G7 X MARK II AND POWERSHOT SX720 HS DIGITAL CAMERAS

Newest Canon PowerShot Digital Cameras Offer Outstanding Quality in Convenient Compact Size 

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 17, 2016 – Ideal for both advanced amateur and pro photographers looking for a convenient, high performance compact camera with the ability to connect to compatible digital devices, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, proudly introduces the compact PowerShot G7 X Mark II1 and lightweight PowerShot SX720 HS digital cameras.

Canon’s new PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera pairs a 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel* CMOS sensor with Canon’s new DIGIC 7 Image Processor to help reduce noise and deliver outstanding image quality, even in low light shooting situations. The PowerShot SX720HS digital camera boasts a new 40x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-960mm), providing outstanding performance, reach and resolution for everyday use and when shooting memorable family events, while easily slipping into a pocket or purse.

“In today’s world, compact cameras must work well with other devices and still offer superb quality. The PowerShot G7 X Mark II and PowerShot SX720 HS cameras both provide outstanding image quality with amazing optical zoom lenses and they easily connect with compatible phones, tablets and other smart devices so great images can be shared and enjoyed” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.  

Sleek and Sophisticated 
The first Canon camera to feature Canon’s new high-speed DIGIC 7 Image Processor, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is a model of compact sophistication and speed with a high-quality sleek body and optimum comfort grip. Building on the success of Canon’s PowerShot G7 X digital camera, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera features a fast startup and improved RAW continuous shooting speed of up to eight frames per second (fps) with short intervals between shots. Additional features include: 

  • Bright f/1.8 (W) – f/2.8 (T), 4.2x (24–100mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) and a 9-blade iris diaphragm;
  • Multi-angle 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD with a screen resolution of 1.04 million dots and tilt options of 180° up and 45° down;
  • Ability to capture 1080p Full HD video in MP4 format with stereo sound;
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®** and Near Field Communications (NFC™)*** capability with a dedicated Wi-Fi button for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos;
  • Picture Style function that offers superb command of in-camera color, contrast, and sharpness;
  • In-camera RAW conversion, making it possible to preview customized image processing modifications on the camera, without the use of a computer;
  • Convenient control ring lever that enables users to quickly switch between stepped and continuous ring movement; 
  • Time-Lapse Movie feature to help capture images at preset intervals and combine them to create a short movie clip;
  • Panning feature that allows the camera to lock onto the main subject using Canon’s Intelligent IS technology to automatically adjust the shutter speed for beautiful background blur.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is currently scheduled to be available in May 2016 for an estimated retail price of $699.992.

Powerful Zoom Delivers Virtually Shake-Free Images
The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera is equipped with a new powerful zoom lens and is the ideal choice for amateur photographers looking to take a step up from a smartphone or entry-level digital camera to a lightweight, compact camera. The PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera’s new 40x Optical Zoom lens (24-960mm equivalent focal length range) uses one Hi-UD, three UD and three aspheric lens elements to help achieve high image quality and high magnification, while also utilizing Canon’s Intelligent Imaging Stabilizing (IS) technology for greater optical performance. 

As the successor to Canon’s PowerShot SX710 HS digital compact camera, the PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera features increases its zoom range while maintaining compact size for maximum convenience. Additional features include:

  • A dedicated Wi-Fi® button for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos utilizing the camera’s built-in WiFi and NFCtechnology;
  • 20.3 Megapixel* CMOS sensor with Canon’s DIGIC 6 Image Processor to help deliver outstanding image quality, even in low light;
  • 1080p/60 Full HD video capture with stereo sound;
  • 3.0-inch LCD (approx. 922,000 dots) to allow for easy viewing, even from a wide angle;
  • Zoom Framing Assist that allows the lens to automatically zoom in or out while the camera follows subject movement  and helps keep it in focus;
  • Story Highlight feature that enables the camera to automatically compile images and videos3 from a certain day or event into a mini-highlight reel with music and effects;
  • Creative Shot mode that uses composition, color and lighting from an original image to create artistic images.
  • Canon’s PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera is currently scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $379.992.  

1 This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

2 Availability, pricing and specifications are subject to change without notice.  Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

3 Videos must be shot in Hybrid Auto or Short Clip.

* Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

** Compatible with iOS® versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, AndroidTM smartphone and tablet versions  4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1.  Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

*** Compatible with Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1.

PowerShot G7 X Mark II specifications

Price
MSRP$699
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions5472 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:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 7
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 125-12800 (expandable to 25600)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fine
File format
  • JPEG (EXIF v2.3)
  • Raw (Canon CR2, 12-bit)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–100 mm
Optical zoom4.2×
Maximum apertureF1.8–2.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points31
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
Scene modes
  • Self Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Panning
  • Star Portrait
  • Star Nightscape
  • Star Trails
  • Star Time-Lapse Movie
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • High Dynamic Range
  • Underwater
  • Fireworks
Built-in flashYes
Flash range7.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, slow synchro, off
Continuous drive8.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 0r 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesAlso has time-lapse (normal and star), miniature effect, and digest modes
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNB-13L lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)265
Weight (inc. batteries)319 g (0.70 lb / 11.25 oz)
Dimensions106 x 61 x 42 mm (4.17 x 2.4 x 1.65)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone