The DIGIC 7-equipped Canon G7X Mark II features improved technical performance and a more refined camera body. It makes use of the excellent built-in 24-100mm equivalent, f/1.8 to2.8 lens and 20.1-megapixel 1′-type sensor to produce solid results. The G7X II addresses many of the weaknesses of its predecessor and offers excellent performance for the money.
Canon G7X II is now more comfortable and efficient to use
The Canon G7X Mark II has seen some significant improvements to the body of the camera. The general shape of the camera is the same. However, the rubber grip at the front makes it more comfortable to hold, especially considering its small size.
The Canon G7X II has a switch that allows the user to toggle between smooth and stepped rotations of the control ring. This allows for faster adjustments and tactile feedback, which is useful when controlling aperture.
The touchscreen display, which measures 3 inches, retains the same resolution and tilting design as the predecessor. However, it can tilt down to 45 degrees. The body remains largely unchanged. The Canon G7X Mark II doesn’t have a built in viewfinder, and it doesn’t come with a hotshoe, so you can’t attach one.
Built-in 4.2x zoom lens provides mixed results
The Canon G7X II offers similar mixed performance, with the same 24-100mm equivalent F/1.8-2.8 lens that its predecessor. Although the 4.2x zoom lens offers more range than other cameras in its class it comes with a price. The far field performance is excellent across the board, especially at f/5.6, where the lens is sharp with soft corners. Wide angle performance can cause severe distortion when you use RAW images. This is because heavy distortion correction is applied in camera to JPEG files. Corners are also quite soft at wide angles. We found the lens to be capable, despite some limitations. It also offers strong telephoto performance.
The G7X II’s 20MP 1”-type sensor captures excellent images
The sensor of the Canon G7X II is the same as the lens. However, it has been paired with a faster DIGIC 7 imaging processor. The PowerShot G7X II can capture very detailed images, especially when shooting RAW files. The G7X II also has the ability to do in-camera RAW processing. This is something that was missing from the original. Images are crisp and sharp at default settings. JPEGs can be sharpened on high-contrast subjects, but there are some sharpening artifacts. The images that result from noise suppression for subjects with lower contrast are not as sharp, but they still have good quality overall.
The G7X II PowerShot camera is the first to feature the “Fine Detail” Picture Style preset, which was introduced in the 5DS/R DSLRs. This preset lets you fine-tune sharpness settings, including fineness, strength, and threshold parameters. The result is natural-looking, and there are fewer sharpening artifacts. RAW images can be converted with good software to produce sharp images that have more detail than JPEGs from the camera and less artifacts.
The Canon G7X II’s sensor size makes noise performance very impressive. The G7X II achieved better results than its predecessor at all ISO levels from 3200 to 4200. The G7X II prints excellent up to 24 x 36 inches at ISO 125-200. We still believe it can produce a 20×30 inch print at ISO 400. ISO 800 images show a lot more noise, so it is not possible to produce a good print up to 13×19 inches. ISO 1600 can produce 11×14-inch prints, which is impressive for a camera using a 1″ sensor. Good prints can be made with ISO 3200 or 6400 images at 8×10 and 5×7 inches, respectively.
A solid user experience is possible thanks to the excellent automatic performance
The Canon G7X II was a simple-to-use, intuitive camera that offered users the option to control all settings. This is largely due to its touchscreen functionality and excellent automatic shooting performance.
The G7X II’s touchscreen is excellent and makes it fun to use
The touchscreen display of the Canon G7X II’s 3-inch screen is excellent. The system menus of the Canon G7X II are well-organized and easy to navigate via touch. The Quick Menu makes it easy to use touch for many of the important settings. This helps to compensate for the limited number of buttons on the camera’s compact body. One issue is that when you keep opening and closing the flip screen, and touching the screen lot, the screws end up falling out. It’s not that big of an issue, you can always replacement the Canon G7x screws for not that much. But it’s something that should be noted.
Canon G7X II compact camera is much better than before.
The Canon G7X II has few notable flaws, aside from the inability to record 4K video. Although the lens could have been better at the wide end of the spectrum, the compact size of the lens and camera make up for that. The sensor is sharp and detailed, with a very high ISO performance. The PowerShot G7X II has a faster processor but the continuous autofocus performance is still a little disappointing. This compact camera packs a lot of power and is well worth the money.