Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is very impressive new-release camera that’s been geared specifically towards the consumer market as well as professional photographers, with many features to seamlessly cater to both.

Canon has had a long time to perfect their line of digital cameras, as well as the expertise and resources to stay ahead of the current trend to design a portable digital camera that promises to be well worth its price point. In an age of powerful processing and higher demands on high resolution images, as well as on demand access to editing tools and sharing apps, the expectations for such a digital camera are as extensive as they are steep.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

We’ll be going over some of the most noteworthy features and some of the core components of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II that allow it to pull ahead of the competition.

DIGIC 7 Image Processor

The main advantage of the DIGIC 7 Image Processor is its ability to quickly track moving objects and stay “locked-on” to define the image to high resolution, even in low light conditions, so that you can always achieve clear photos in any situation. It’s also able to regulate the shutter speed so that if you don’t have the time to wait for the perfect shot, it’ll automatically calibrate the ISO settings based on the lighting available, while reducing noise and eliminating blur.

This is further complemented by IS technology, which analyses each shot for camera movement, and then stabilizes it automatically so that you can take clear shots and make best use of its high resolution photo capturing features – without the use of a tripod.

1 Inch 20.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor

An effective sensor is essential to acclimating to low and high lighting conditions in order to take a clear and balanced shot, and the sensors on the PowerShot G7 X Mark II is fully capable of doing the job right.

With 20.1 megapixels and an enormous dynamic light range, it’s capable of capturing color and shape details to a fine degree due to less color banding, with both still images and videos at high resolution, allowing you to save RAW and JPEG images as well.

Equipped with Canon’s HS System, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II delivers high shutter speeds and up to 12,800 shutter speeds, meanwhile utilizing the CMOS sensor with very little noise.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Sensor

Lens with 9 Blade Iris Diaphragm

One crucial aspect of a digital camera that can never be overlooked is the lens, and for that reason we’re going to be discussing it in detail.

For starters, the lens has a 9 blade iris diaphragm that allows you to capture shots with rounder objects and greater background defocus and make better use of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II’s eleven glass lenses that create clear shots as close as two inches away. Each are designed with bright aperture values, the widest angle achieving f/1.8 and the telephoto lens with the highest zoom achieving f/2.8 with a zoom multiplication of 4.2 times, providing an overall lens distance of between 24 and 100 millimeters.

They’re also coated with multiple layers of protection similar to Canon’s proprietary professional Super Spectra Coating which resists surface hardness and eliminates ultraviolet damage, while maintaining a high transmission factor and reducing flair and ghosting.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Lens

3 Inch LCD Touch Screen

Some may argue that the smaller the screen, the less demand there is to have exceedingly high resolution, however there are some very strong reasons to consider a high resolution LCD screen for your digital camera.

When it comes to LCD screens, larger is better however with the PowerShot G7 X Mark II’s 3 inch screen, you get a lot more. This includes 1.04 million dots that inherently reduce glare and allow you to see what your high resolution images will look like before you capture them.

Thanks to the integrated CMOS sensor, you’re also able to edit images and choose your settings, but also apply editing afterwards including cropping.

Apart from this, the screen has a tilting range of 180 degrees upwards and 45 degrees downwards that making capturing images at tough angles a lot easier and more comfortable.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II CMOS Sensor

There’s also a control ring built into it so making it easier to navigate menus and use the touch screen more for editing and shot setting purposes, while the control ring allows you to make any necessary changes without disrupting your shots with unnecessary noise or movements.

There are some other interesting features that are easy to use, but can add a lot of aesthetic value to your shots, including the Picture Style function that allows you to be creative with your photos, and even use a landscape mode which focuses on the most prominent colors in a shot.

1080p HD Video Recording in MP4 Format

Among some of the impressive advanced features that this digital camera has to offer, the ability to capture video in 1080p HD and saving it in MP4 format is excellent.

From recording to transfer, the entire process is provided for with the small compression size and HDMI output with the advanced ability to select focus points and choose Av, Tv and ISO settings with the manual movie mode. Complemented by the IS technology, which keeps your shots stable in dynamic wide angle, powered telephoto (zoomed in), macro (hybrid) for moving as well as active tripod situations and the ability to record stereo sound, you really have a professional video recording system.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II HD video recording

Aside from regular video shooting, there’s also an 8 fps continuous image capturing mode as well as a time-lapse movie mode that takes a picture between one to thirty second intervals, and then combines them into a movie. This is particularly effective for capturing a stream of images over long periods of time, like sun sets and cookies rising in the oven.

You’ll also have the option of automatically converting all of your photos and videos to RAW, JPEG or RAW and JPEG formats, so that you can edit deep details of an image, and then save the final product as a JPEG.

WiFi with Near Field Communication Technology

In a world of social media and professional purposes, the easier it is to transfer and share your media the better, and the PowerShot G7 X Mark II aims to put every tool possible and your disposal.

For one, it’s WiFi enabled, meaning that you can connect wirelessly to your favorite social networking platforms via the Canon iMage Gateway. This is made simpler with the large LCD screen that allows you to type in comments and choose advanced settings. You can also upload video in real time due to the ability to connect wirelessly in both shooting and playback editing modes with the additional option of connecting as soon as the camera powers up.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Wifi

It’s compatible with wireless printers that are PictBridge certified, over a local area network as well, which is effective for professional purposes, considering that you’re your photos will print in high resolution.

Near field communication technology has been built into it, which is an impressive feature compatible with Android devices that instantly pairs them to your camera, automatically configuring the dedicated app on your smart device.

Comprehensive Smart App

With all of this hardware and functionality at your fingertips, it’s no wonder Canon designed and built a free app to work with their new lineup of advanced digital cameras.

Known as Titled Canon Camera Connect, it’s integrated with a host of easy to use and effective features including remote operation, so that you can set up your camera, take your shots, and even share them all with just your smartphone or tablet.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Smart App

The fact that you can use it with any PowerShot and EOS camera makes it more valuable if you own multiple digital cameras, and you can choose between shooting modes, multi-aspect display and even access the auto focusing functionality.

Because near field communication is backwards compatible, all you have to do is establish a connection with your Android device. You’re then given access to all of this without touching anything on your camera, which can be valuable for quick setup and first time use.

Separately Sold Canon Connect Station CS100

Powered with the same wireless functionality as the PowerShot G7X Mark II as well as a terabyte of space, the Canon Connect Station CS100 allows you to instantly transfer and organize all of your media.

Canon Connect Station CS100

This is especially useful for large family albums and professional media creators who desire a lot of space, but also like the manageability of being able to record dates and create folders, even sorting based on which device was used to record it.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a new, solid, all around digital camera, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II will likely steal the show, depending on your price point.

We believe that it offers just about as much value as it possibly could, even exceeding our standards in this advanced technological digital age with desirable software and reliable hardware, whether you’re taking videos or capturing images.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Equipped with Canon’s new DIGIC 7 Image Processor and paired with a 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, it’ll surely deliver exceptional image quality even in poorly lit environments where high-end photography would otherwise be impossible. Although it comes in at a somewhat steep price tag, those who decide on it will likely have little to no complaints.

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