A good camera that can take great photos in a low-light environment is hard to come by. While many makes and models claim to perform well in such environments, only a few can actual deliver. With a 1” CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 Image Processor, let’s see how well the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera holds up to this and other challenges.

Features

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera:

  • Features a 20.1-megapixel resolution and a 12800 ISO expandable to 25600
  • Has a 3” 1.04 million-dot LCD that allows 180° up tilt and 45° down tilt option
  • Has a f/1.8 (W) – f/2.8 (T) and 4.2x (24-100mm) lens with a 9-blade iris diaphragm for background defocusing
  • Has a manual control ring for quick access to zoom, shutter speed, or aperture adjustment
  • Is equipped with a 1” CMOS sensor with DIGIC 7 Image Processor for quality photos even in low-light and an intelligent image stabilization (IS) technology for shake correction
  • Has eight scene mode selections and a time-lapse movie option
  • Can handle eight fps of continuous shooting in both RAW and JPEG mode as well as 60 fps of full HD video recording in MP4 format
  • It offers DSLR capabilities such as aperture, shutter, and manual controls.
  • Features a built-in WiFi3 and NFC4 for remote-control and instant-sharing, as well as an in-camera RAW conversion capability
  • Weighs 1.4 pounds
  • Measures 4.15inches x 2.4inches x 1.65 inches

Pros

It is lightweight and compact. Though it may not fit in some pockets, it doesn’t take up much space in a purse either. It can easily fit in a coat or cargo pants’ pocket.

  • Even with its sensor type, picture quality comes out great even at night and at times even without the help of a flash.
  • At night, focusing on subjects is quick, and images turn out clear and bright. Thus, it’s easy to catch fleeting moments.
  • The automatic and manual settings are easy to use.
  • The manual control ring around the lens is very convenient and efficient.
  • The WiFi and mobile app work seamlessly with Android phones.
  • The 180° up tilt allows you to take selfies with the camera.
  • It stores pictures and videos in friendly formats, making them ready for upload or editing.

 Cons

  • It has less scene mode options compared to other digital cameras.
  • Dust could easily enter or collect under the lens and the sensor.
  • Audio quality is not very good with the mic being awkwardly positioned where you’d normally hold the camera.
  • A microphone support would be a good complement to the full HD video recording.
  • You may find the battery life short. Some spare batteries are called for.
  • It makes an audible clicking noise when trying to focus.
  • It would have been great if it came with a charging adapter and a case.

Summary

Design: The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is a well-designed camera. It’s compact, lightweight, and has a solid feel to it. It truly belongs to a new generation of digital cameras in that it offers instant-sharing capability, it is fitted with an intelligent image stabilization technology, it has a relatively fast auto-focus feature, and it has a built-in RAW conversion tool.

Another great element of this camera is its swivel LCD screen that can be tilted down to 45°, so you don’t have to be on all fours to get a good view of your composition. It can also be flipped up to 180° so you can take selfies, although doing so could be a challenge in itself.

One of the most outstanding features of this product though is that it marries auto and manual controls. So if you are a pro, it allows you to play with the adjustments as you would in a DSLR camera. And if you hate the complications of a DSLR camera, you can just trust the presets of the camera to take care of the adjustments. You can also use the manual ring around the lens for quick shutter, zoom, or aperture adjustment.

Something you may not like about the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II though is the sound that you hear when the camera is trying to focus on a subject, which can interfere with your recording. Plus, it doesn’t have an external mic input which could give the voice recording a boost.

Also, you may need to give your camera extra TLC since dust easily collects in the lens and the sensor.

Performance: Fitted with a 1” CMOS sensor, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is exceptional in creating clear and crisp photos even in a low-light environment without the help of a flash. So, you can just imagine what it can do in bright settings. Surprisingly, other cameras have bigger sensors but don’t perform as well as this.

A drawback of this product though is its short battery life. For uninterrupted fun, you may need to pack a second or third battery.

Price: The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is expensive. But considering that you are getting near DSLR-quality photos and HD videos without the bulk that comes with DSLR cameras, it’s well worth every penny.

Comparison:

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX10K camera shares some of the features of the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II. Their LCDs can both be tilted up. Both cameras allow control ring adjustments, and they have good format selections. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX10K though is capable of taking 4k photos and 4k Ultra HD videos. It also performs well in taking photos at night. So you might also want to give this camera serious consideration.

Verdict

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is an excellent camera for enthusiasts and vloggers looking for an upgraded camera. A professional photographer may even find himself a companion in this camera for those lazy days. A perfect compromise between the lightweight point-and-shoot camera and the quality you get from a DSLR. It is compact, has manual controls, and, best of all, can take great low-light shots.

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