The PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera from Canon is a compact point-and-shoot characterized by its large feature-set. Additionally, it is also capable of recording stills at up to 8 fps as well as Full HD 1080p60 video. Complementing the sensor and processor combination is a versatile 4.2x zoom lens, which provides a 24-100mm equivalent focal length range, covering wide-angle to short-telephoto perspectives. Additionally, the G7 X Mark II also features built-in Wi-Fi with NFC for wireless sharing of imagery to smartphones or tablets, as well as remote camera control from linked mobile devices. The sensor and processor also avail the ability to shoot raw or JPEG files at up to 8 fps or record Full HD 1080p60 video in the MP4 format with stereo sound. Additionally, the processor also enables Dual Sensing IS that interprets data from imagery in order to intelligently reduce blur caused by camera shake. Additionally, a Super Spectra Coating has been applied to individual lens elements to noticeably reduce lens flare and ghosting when shooting in strong lighting conditions. It also compensates for motion blur associated with recording video while walking. In-camera raw file conversions let you preview and apply adjustments to files without needing to process the files on a computer. A Time-Lapse Movie function automatically compiles sequentially-recorded images taken at predetermined intervals and composites them into a seamless movie file for smooth playback.
The G1X II has a better appearance than its predecessor, not only having a more modern appearance but also seeming to have a higher quality. Its heaviness also means that you’ll probably want to support it with a second hand when shooting, rather than holding it one-handed. Fans of that type of control will be pleased to know that the G1X II features two such rings, which can both be customized to a particular function. There’s also space here for up to two groups of custom settings a useful addition if you’re often shooting one particular type of scene. A good proportion of the back of the camera is taken up by the three-inch touchscreen. There’s also an filters mode which allows you to choose one particular setting, such as Poster Effect. While you have more control, you won’t be able to save a clean (raw format) version of the image should you need it down the line. It’s great that Canon has finally updated its app to give remote shooting. Either way, it’s good to have the ability to do this at all, rather than just the means to send images and videos to other devices as before.