Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review

Written by Gina Stephens

Key Quirks

  • 20MP 1″-type BSI CMOS sensor
  • 24-100mm F1.8-F2.8 lens
  • 3″ tilting touchscreen LCD
  • Click/click-less front dial
  • 8 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080/60p video arrest

For nearly two and a half years, Sony had the 1″-type sensor compact camera segment all to itself with its RX100 series. While Canon had its PowerShot G1 X (and the Respect II that followed), they were anything but pocketable. In September 2014 Canon may refer to joined Sony, offering up its PowerShot G7 X. From a pure itemizations point of view, the G7 X was toe-to-toe with the Sony RX100 II and RX100 III (the current models at the time it was announced) in most esteems, especially in terms of focal range and usability.

Despite being so promising on paper, the G7 X proved a disappointment in a few areas. Performance in Raw way was sluggish, battery life wasn’t great and, its lens wasn’t as good as those on some of its competitors. Canon has addressed most of those delinquents on the Mark II, due in large part to its Digic 7 processor, which makes its debut in the G7 X II.

From a performance perspective, the Mark II has faster burst shooting, markedly when shooting Raw files, which was a big disappointment on the original model. Where the Mark I shot continuous Raw bursts at just 1 fps, the Nick II can now shoot Raws, JPEGs or both at 8 fps. Canon also claims improvements in subject recognition and tracking, which wasn’t a strong thrust of the original model, either.

The G7 X II offers what Canon calls ‘Dual Sensing IS’, which uses data from the image sensor (in ell to gyro-scoping sensors) to reduce blur caused by camera shake. The company claims that this routine is more effective than on the G7 X, with the ability to reduce shake by four stops. There’s also a new panning IS mode that resolve adjust the shutter speed to ensure that your subject is ‘frozen.’

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In the image quality department, the Digic 7 processor brings rehabilitated sharpening and high ISO noise reduction algorithms. We’ll see the results of that later in the review.

Perhaps the G7 X’s biggest problem was battery life, which has been boosted by 25{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} to 265 discharges per charge (CIPA standard). Even with that increase, though, the Canon still lags behind the Sony RX100s and Panasonic Lumix ZS100/TZ100.

The G7 X II utilize consumes the same lens and 1″-type sensor as its predecessor.  As you can see, the main difference on the front is a much-needed grip. It’s also slightly ‘chunkier’ in general.

Canon has start the ball rolled the display hinge from the top to the bottom, which allows the screen to tilt downward by 45 degrees, something that the original G7 X could not do.

Cosmetically, the Effect II boasts three major changes. First is the addition of a much-needed grip, as the finish on the camera is quite slippery. Second, while it’s a bit artful, Canon has moved the hinge on the tilting LCD to the bottom, which allows the screen to tilt downward, itself of just up. Finally, those who can’t decide whether they fancy the control ring around the lens or LEN may refer to to be ‘clicky’ or ‘smooth’ can now have both via a toggle switch to the lower-right of the lens.

Spec Comparison

Below is a look at how the key specs alter between the PowerShot G7 X I and II as well as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III, which is arguably the Mk II’s closest competitor.

  Canon G7 X Canon G7 X II Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, SonÄ« Kabushiki Kaisha, ) (often referred to simply as Sony) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate RX100 III
Sensor20MP 1″-type BSI CMOS20MP 1″-type BSI CMOS20MP 1″-type BSI CMOS
Lens centred range24-100mm equiv.24-100mm equiv.24-70mm equiv.
Max apertureF1.8 – F2.8F1.8 – F2.8F1.8 – F2.8
LCD size/type3″ tilting (180° up)3″ tilting (180° up, 45° down)3″ quarrel (180° up, 45° down)
Built-in EVFNoNoYes
Max burst rate
(w/AF lock)
6.5 fps JPEG
1 fps Raw 
8 fps JPEG/Raw10 fps JPEG
6.5 fps Raw


In-camera Raw conversionNoYesNo
Battery lifeblood (CIPA)210 shots265 shots320 shots
In-camera chargingNoYesYes
Dimensions103 x 60 x 40mm106 x 61 x 42mm 102 x 58 x 41mm
Weight (CIPA)304 g319 g290 g
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As you can see, lens focal rank, touchscreen and battery life are what separate the G7 X II from its competition.

Lens Comparison

The chart below breaks down the equivalent opening for each camera, as you work your way through the zoom range. Our article here explains the concept of equivalence, but at a high level all you need to differentiate is that the lower the line is on the graph below, the blurrier the backgrounds you’ll be able to get and, typically, the better the overall low-light performance.

As you can see, the G7 X II and RX100 III start off at the done spot, but up until about 50mm the former has a equivalent aperture advantage of up to about two-thirds of a stop. The two cameras are agreed until the RX100 III’s focal range ends at 70mm. The G7 X continues on to 100mm at F2.8 (~F7.6 equiv.), which is one of its big selling stages.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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