Overall Rating:

4.5

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II


  • Features: 8/10
  • Build/Handling: 8/10
  • Metering: 9/10
  • Autofocus: 8/10
  • AWB Colour: 9/10
  • Dynamic Range: 9/10
  • Image quality: 8/10
  • LCD viewfinder: 8/10

Pros:

  • - Responsive touchscreen
  • - Pleasing JPEGS straight out of the camera
  • - Sound AF system with effective focus tracking

Cons:

  • - Lack of built-in viewfinder may discourage some people
  • - Soft results at wider focal lengths
  • - Video capture limited to full HD

Manufacturer:

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Price as Reviewed:

£549.00

With the PowerShot G7 X Mark II, Canon appears to have resolved the main issues of the model’s predecessor. Matt Golowczynski takes a closer look

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II review – Viewfinder and screen

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The G7 X Mark II doesn’t offer a built-in viewfinder, and nor is it possible to use an external one given the lack of a hotshoe, and for some people this is likely to be a deal-breaker. The similarly priced PowerShot G5 X does offer one, although this means it loses pocketability.

Just like the model it updates, the camera’s rear LCD offers a 3in panel with 1.04 million dots. While it continues to be hinged at its top for a 180° rotation, it now features an additional hinge at its base so that it can be tilted downwards by 45° – much like the EOS M3 and PowerShot G1 X Mark II. This makes it easier to view if held above head height. The display extends easily and to some distance from the body, and its default setting shows the scene well in all but harsh light, although brightness can be adjusted over five levels if required.

The screen is as responsive as expected to touch operation, and particularly useful for setting focus. It’s good to see many other options that can be accessed and altered in this manner, and once you appreciate its convenience you will probably end up using it regularly. Many touch controls are small, however, and located close enough to each other that they may discourage larger-fingered users from calling on them too often. There are standard and sensitive options, the latter for use when wearing gloves.

  • Sensor: 20.1-million-pixel, 1in CMOS sensor
  • Output size: 5,472x3,648
  • Lens: 24-100mm equivalent, f/1.8-2.8
  • Shutter speeds: 15secs-1/2000sec, bulb
  • ISO: 125-12,800
  • Exposure modes: PASM, auto, hybrid auto, custom, scene
  • Metering: Evaluative, centreweighted average, spot
  • Exposure comp: ±3EV in 1/3steps
  • Drive: 8fps (5.4fps with AF)
  • Movie: Full HD up to 60p
  • LCD: 3in, 1.04 million dots
  • Viewfinder: No
  • AF points: 31-point contrast-detect AF
  • Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC (inc UHS-I)
  • Power: NB-13L rechargeable Li-ion
  • Battery life: 265 shots
  • Dimensions: 105.5x60.9x42mm
  • Weight: 319g (with battery and card)

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