Exterior design and controls
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Exterior design and controls

While there is little change in the G7 X Mark III's appearance relative to its predecessor, the G5 X Mark II gets a major redesign. It closely resembles the G7 X III, whereas the older G5 X looked a lot more like a 'mini DSLR' with a central viewfinder hump. They both share the same well thought-out controls, with a mode dial, top-plate exposure compensation dial, rear dial surrounding a four-way controller and so on, but we're bummed that the G5 X II has lost its predecessor's front control dial.

Both models retain a customizable control ring around the lens, but unfortunately, neither has the switch on the older G7 X Mark II that allowed you to 'click' or 'de-click' its movements. Canon has decided the permanent mode for both cameras will be 'clicky.'

Lastly, the G5 X II has a subtle textured finish on its top plate, and is a bit stretched in dimensions over its stablemate, to help make room for...