Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II review

The G7 X II gets some small but significant upgrades over its predecessor

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Our Verdict

Canon didn't need to deliver a major overhaul of its excellent G7 X, and the upgrades in the G7 X II build on the original camera's reputation, particularly the performance-boosting DIGIC 7 processor. The only disappointment is the continued absence of a viewfinder.

For

  • Great low-light performance
  • Tilting touchscreen
  • Plenty of manual control options
  • Raw format shooting
  • Optical image stabilization

Against

  • No viewfinder
  • Screen not fully articulating
  • Limited zoom range
  • 1080p video capture

Cameras with a one-inch type sensor are popular right now, with Sony and Panasonic including them in their premium compact cameras along with Canon, whose PowerShot G7 X Mark II is its latest camera to feature one. A one-inch sensor is larger than the sensor in a typical compact, and the main benefit is improved image quality, especially in low light conditions.

Features

  • 1.0-inch CMOS sensor, 20.1MP
  • 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens
  • 1080p video capture

The G7 X Mark II succeeds the G7 X in the middle of Canon's high-end G series range of compact cameras. Not a huge amount has changed from the previous version, but there are some significant, if incremental, updates.

There's still the same 20.1 million-pixel CMOS sensor, and a 4x optical zoom lens that offers an equivalent focal length of 24-100mm and covers an aperture range of f/1.8-f/2.8.

Canon PowerShot G7 X II review

A couple of minor changes have been made to the exterior of the camera, but perhaps the biggest upgrade of note is the addition of a DIGIC 7 processor, the newest available in any Canon camera. This brings with it upgrades to shooting performance, including a faster burst shooting rate. 

Full HD video recording is available, although there's sadly no sign of 4K yet for Canon's compact cameras. Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity is present, while the touch-sensitive screen tilts to enable shooting at awkward angles; however there's no built-in viewfinder, and, with no hotshoe or accessory port, no option to add one either.

Canon PowerShot G7 X II review

As with all of the other current Canon G-series compacts you can record images in raw format, and manual exposure control is available, along with semi-automatic exposure modes (aperture priority and shutter priority) and a collection of automatic settings.

The G7 X II's main competitor is probably the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V and Panasonic Lumix LX10 (known as the LX15 outside the US). Both have a one-inch sensor and a relatively restricted focal length range, but for now at least, the PowerShot G7X Mark II has the cheaper retail price.