Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review

Preview posted 02/17/2016 by William Chambers
Full review posted 09/01/2016 by Josh Fate

Quick Take
  • Scene Recognition shooting mode is accurate and easy to use without worry
  • Canon's HS system led by the 4.2x optical f/1.8-2.8 lens is awesome in low-light situations
  • Large, 1-inch CMOS image sensor provides excellent overall image quality
  • Beautiful bokeh from a compact camera
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Lens ring offers easy on-camera control and an old-school feel
  • Optical image stabilization helps to steady the camera when shooting handheld or on the move
  • 3.0-inch touch tiliting LCD works well in tough shooting situations and touch to focus and capture are fun and easy
  • Powerful DIGIC 7 processor provides outstanding shooting performance
  • Great Battery Life and ECO mode option
  • Competitively priced in the upper level compact camera market
  • HDMI output
  • Lack of 4K video recording mode
  • No audio input
  • 4.2x zoom is a little limited, doesn't have the range of most compact cameras
  • No EVF or OVF (usually found on many of the higher level compacts)
Bottom Line
The Canon PowerShot G7Xii is compact, powerful, and ready for any shooting situation. The HS system provides outstanding image quality and performance for a compact camera. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Canon has taken their popular G7 X from 2014 and made some key improvements to create the all new PowerShot G7 X Mark II. While most of the hardware remains unchanged, including the same 20MP 1-inch CMOS sensor and fast f/1.8-f/2.8 4.2x optical zoom lens, Canon has added their new DIGIC 7 processor to the G7 X MK2, which offers faster processing, improved subject tracing, enhanced subject detection, and better overall noise reduction in both stills and video.

The 3.0-inch touch panel display has also been improved, with the ability to now tilt downward; compared to the display on its predecessor that only tilted upwards. While the control layout is pretty much the same, Canon has added a new Wi-Fi button, and they've improved the control ring around the lens bezel. A new lever allows you to choose between the stepped control found on past models or a new continuous control.

Canon has also added various new functionalities to the G7 X MK2, many of which are borrowed from their EOS line. These include expanded ISO (now up to 25,600), in-camera RAW file conversion, their Auto Lighting Optimizer function, time-lapse movie mode, and picture style options. All of which give the G7 X MK2 a more sophisticated, professional feel. Canon is trying to give you all of the quality and functionality of an EOS DSLR, but built into a premium fixed lens, Prosumer camera.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Features:
  • 20.2MP one-inch High Sensitivity CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC 7 image processor
  • 4.2x optical zoom lens
  • 24-100mm equivalent
  • f/1.8 to f/2.8
  • built-in ND filter
  • ISO 125-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)
  • 3.0" tilting touchscreen LCD display; now tilts down and up
  • High Speed 31-point AF (AutoFocus)
  • 6.5 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Full 1080/60p HD Video
  • HDMI out
  • Smart AUTO
  • PSAM exposure modes
  • 58 pre-defined still scenes; 21 video
  • HDR Mode
  • Intelligent IS (Image Stabilization)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Mobile Device Connect Button
  • RAW + JPEG recording formats
  • In-camera RAW

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II sports a MSPR of t $699.99, and is offered in any color you want; so long as that's black. See our lowest price box at the top right of this page to see current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • Battery Pack NB-13L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LH
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC12

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