Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II: Compact with 1-inch sensor

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II has a little handle donated. This is a bit better in the hand than its predecessor.

S mall cameras with large sensor in 1-inch enjoy great level of popularity. The largest selection provides Canon with four models: From superzoom model Canon PowerShot G3 X to the Ultra-Mini Canon PowerShot G9 X palette ranges. The second smallest model now gets an overhaul, then called Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II. this website had a pre-production model in hand.

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Same pixels, more CPU horsepower

In the image sensor, it remains at 20 megapixel resolution, but the camera has a faster processor. The additional computing power to improve image quality. So there is to see less noise when shooting at high ISO speeds and in low light, Canon promises. The new processor provides but also for more speed continuous shooting: Up to eight frames per second are possible – even if the photographer rather than the usual JPEG images shoots photos in RAW format. In addition, the faster processor to ensure accurate metering through sophisticated Scene Recognition System and a faster autofocus. That left the pre-production model but not yet checked in more detail.

The monitor takes up almost the entire back. But there is still room for a few controls.

RAW like a DSLR

Many photographers swear by the RAW format, because it offers more options for editing. In the G7 X Mark II, the images can thereby be stored in 14-bit format. So all image information of the image sensor are retained, unlike the lossy JPEG format or in 12-bit RAW files. The RAW photos can also be in the camera work, so do not be dubbed necessarily on the computer to.

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Similar look, better image stabilizer

The zoom lens is an old acquaintance who put already in previous Canon PowerShot G7 X. The focal length range is not as abundant, enough with 24-100 millimeters (converted into small picture format) but for most subjects. For more distant objects, take better the Canon PowerShot G3 X, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 or the Sony Cyber-shot RX10. For the objective of the G7 X Mark II with a maximum aperture of 1.8 (Wide) to 2.8 (Tele) is beautifully bright. The built-in image stabilization has been improved. He now works optically and electronically and is able to compensate for up to 5 f-stops. That would be two more than the previous.

At maximum zoom, the lens extends quite far from the otherwise very compact housing. Rarely in a compact camera: Mode Dial and Belichtungskorrekturrad.

Little extras for housing

The case is similar to its predecessor, but has slightly improved. So the G7 X Mark II get a small handle and is thereby maintain better. The battery can be recharged via USB. That works with a smartphone charger or a battery pack. The programmable ring on the lens can now switch: Snap, for example as an aperture ring or continuously, for about soft zooming. The screen on the back is also foldable, in the G7 X Mark II not only upwards but also downwards. Practically when shooting overhead.

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Unfortunately, no 4K video

The G7 X Mark II is filming maximum in Full HD (1920×1080 pixels). Who wants to take with a compact camera with a large sensor video in 4K, must resort to another brand, such as the Panasonic Lumix TZ101 or Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV.

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Price and Availability

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II will be sold from the end of April and then walk for about 685 euros over the counter.