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Conclusion

The message that shone through when considering this article is just how many types of photography benefit from how well the Sony RX100 VII's autofocus works. Which isn't to say that the Canon system is terrible, but it just can't compete with the speed, simplicity and reliability of the latest Sony implementation.

However, the processing power and R&D costs that underpin that capability don't come cheap, which means the Canon pair are both significantly less expensive. There's a lot to like about both Canons but everything we've seen of the G5 X II suggests it has a better lens compared to the G7 X III, as well as a more useful zoom range. Add onto this the benefits of an electronic viewfinder (albeit one that's a bit more fiddly than the one on the RX100 VII) and the G5 X II is would be our pick of the Canon models.

If you don't need action-ready autofocus and the very best 4K, or are willing to give these up for the benefits of a wider aperture, the G5 X II's is an excellent camera. But, even with the degree of customization the Sony needs, the RX100 VII is a genuine leap forwards for compact cameras, in a way that will benefit a range of photographic pursuits.