Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

20MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor | 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens | 1080/60p video

What we like:

  • Good image quality in a truly small package
  • Overall snappy performance
  • Very good build quality

What we don't:

  • Continuous autofocus performance behind best-in-class
  • Controls can be fiddly for those with larger hands
  • Lacks 4K video

As the name suggests, the Canon G7 X Mark II is a refinement of the company’s first foray into the 1”-type sensor compact camera market, the G7 X. While the basic design, bright zoom lens and relatively large sensor are all shared with its predecessor, the Mark II gains some useful improvements, especially in terms of performance.

The G7 X Mark II is small, but more coat-pocketable than jeans-pocketable. It gains a very nice grip on the front of the camera, and a new hinge mechanism means the screen can tilt both downward 45 degrees and upwards 180 degrees for the all-important selfie functionality. The control dial around the lens is customizable and can be ‘clicked’ or ‘de-clicked,’ a useful provision for changing settings during video recording without creating unnecessary noise. Other controls are generally good, though we still find the rear jog dial a little fiddly.

The G7 X Mark II is an excellent go-anywhere, general use camera for enthusiast photographers or professionals looking for to supplement their full-size gear.

For a camera with a retractable lens, the startup time is quick and the camera is very responsive in general operation. You can now shoot full Raw in bursts of up to 8 fps, but that will slow right down if you are using continuous autofocus. Speaking of autofocus, the G7 X Mark II will lock focus very quickly in Single AF, and the touch-to-focus functionality works very well on the tilting touchscreen. Its continuous autofocus modes are confusingly implemented and less effective than some competing models. An additional bonus is above-average battery life for cameras of this size and class, which was one of the major faults of its predecessor.

Image quality is very good from the Mark II. Its JPEG output suffers from noise reduction that is a little heavy-handed by default, but the color rendition is great. Raw files offer a lot of flexibility, and the sensor’s dynamic range is outstanding. While the lens isn’t the sharpest around, its fast aperture and useful zoom range make up for that somewhat. Low light shooting is a breeze, with useable files at ISO 6400 if you’re not peeping those pixels too closely.

Although the Mark II sticks with good ‘ol 1080/60p video capture, detail is quite good indeed, and the image stabilization is top notch. It doesn’t offer zebra patterning to help with exposure, but it does allow for focus peaking if you choose to focus manually.

In all, the Mark II is a solid addition to the 1”-sensor compact market. It offers good ergonomics and controls, speedy operation, and is very well built. The lens may not be the best in its class, but it helps make up for that with a versatile zoom range and fast maximum aperture. While it won’t be the best tool for people shooting fast moving action, it represents an excellent go-anywhere, general use camera for enthusiast photographers or professionals looking for to supplement their full-size gear.

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