Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II Review

Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II Review

Next generational image quality and power

The bestselling PowerShot G7 X, which packed a large sensor within a sleek, compact body, now has a new, improved second-generation model. It features the new DIGIC 7 image processor, which not only enhances the look of photos taken in low light conditions but also enables a more natural depiction of contrast in backlit scenes, resulting in shots that have high apparent resolution. The AF has vastly improved tracking performance, allowing more accurate capture of important subjects. There are also new shooting modes such as “Panning”, “Time-lapse movie” and “Short Clip (Movie)” which makes it easy to shoot photos and movies that would otherwise require knowledge of difficult techniques. Not just more pictures, but more beautiful pictures—indeed, that’s the beauty of this improved premium compact camera.



For those who do not want the bulk and interchangeable lens factor of a DSLR and need a camera that delivers competent imaging quality in a small, pocketable frame, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is highly recommendable.

PROS

  • Good colours and sharpness
  • Low light photography exceeds expectations
  • Easier to use than predecessor
  • Good battery life

CONS

  • Autofocus performance has a few weak areas
  • Fine details lack definition

Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II: Detailed Review

Compact cameras with 1-inch sensors have their own place in the imaging market. They are targeted at being fast, sharp shooters, without the hassle of changing lenses, and being small enough to fit in pockets quite easily. While Sony has held fort in this category with its iconic RX100 lineup, Canon has been thereabouts, too. While the first generation G7 X or even the G9 X were reasonably decent attempts, they had troubles in core performance, lens optics and a few other areas.



Specifications


The two present generation compact cameras right now are the Sony CyberShot RX100 V, and the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II. Before we begin talking about the performance on offer, we look at what each of these have on offer.


Performance

Colour, saturation, white balance
The colour production of the PowerShot G7X Mark II is largely typical of Canon’s warmer tone. Colours look sharp, although reds seem to get an unnatural amount of favour. Yellows, blues and particularly greens look slightly undersaturated, particularly in rich, vibrant compositions. However, they do not look bleak, and you can opt to shoot RAW for post-shooting rectification. The new DIGIC 7 processor allows better, faster shooting of RAWs, and the G7 X II also produces lesser noise and better dynamic range, all of which lead to making this camera one of the most useful compacts out there today.

Details, sharpness, noise and ISO

Canon has significantly improved the level of details, sharpness, noise reduction and ISO performance over its previous generation compacts. There is decent levels of coarse details that work in wider frames, although macro shots do reveal the lack of fine details. The improved sharpening here works for most objects, although it does appear rather coarse upon finer inspection.
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