Canon Powershot G7X Mark II


Ever since it was released the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II has been attracting attention from not only amateur photographers but also professionals. Praised as a powerful compact, it is supposed to be the best performance of both worlds between point-and-shoot and DSLR ease-of-use. We will discuss its design, features, performance and image quality in this review but also the question whether it is still worth buying 2024.

Design and Build Quality

Canon has a reputation for making sleek and durable (if sometimes boring) cameras, and the G7X Mark II falls comfortably into that regard. It is additionally adapted with a compact body, only 106 x 61 x 42 mm and around measuring about 319 grams, making it portable for outdoor activities. It has that premium metal construction, but remains rather lightweight and easy to hold. This is only furthered by a grip with added texture, which allows for easier handheld shooting.

The controls are nicely arranged, including a proper mix of buttons and knobs, aimed at making the camera easy to use even for first-time photographers. The back has a 3-inch tilting touchscreen display that while not the best screen in terms of quality, it's responsive and can be useful for shooting at various angles including selfies with low-angle shots. The touchscreen operation also assists with usability, providing the convenience of touch-to-focus and direct menu access.

Features and Functionality

It has a 1.0-Inch, 20.2 Megapixel* CMOS sensor that helps capture high-quality images and videos with a wide dynamic range suitable for these scenarios similar to the G7X Mark II. Together, this hints at a capable system that should produce images with high detail and low noise levels in difficult lighting conditions. Able to shoot at ISO range of 125-12,800 (ISO can go up to 25,600) allows this camera flexibility when out in low light situations.

The lens is another of the highlights on show, a 4.2x optical zoom (24-100mm equivalent) with an f/1.8-2.8 aperture - full English model name "PowerShot S110". This fast lens with a wide aperture for low light and nice background blur (bokeh) in portraits is quite versatile. Beyond that, the 31-point autofocus system is both quick and precise to ensure your images are sharp in a wide variety of situations.

The G7X Mark II is a Full HD 1080p camera that records up to 60 frames per second for video enthusiasts. The Full HD film footage of the GO is very good - it's shooting at 1080p rather than UltraHD, which was another problem with the original Luna - regular hd stedicam-like stable and there are even decent evening imagery. An internal stereo mike records clean audio but there is no external microphone jack, a feature that serious videographers may lament.


The G7X Mark II is a great performer boasting a burst shooting rate of 8 fps. It is very versatile, allowing you to capture fast moving subjects such as in sporting events or wildlife. It has a battery life of around 265 shots per charge, so while that's pretty typical for compacts it might be worth carrying an additional one with you on longer outings.

For quick sharing both stills and movies, the camera includes built-in WiFi/NFC. Improved connections can be made through the Canon Camera Connect app, now allowing remote control of a camera via smartphone or tablet.

Image Quality

Image quality is without a doubt the standout feature of the G7X Mark II. This broader sensor coupled with a fast lens make gives this camera some very impressive splitting capabilities in its images. Just as the S21 and 8 Pro have been producing good looking shots with bold, but not over-saturated colours. It also handles quite well lighting-natural rendition of boosted images for dynamic range scenes - retaining lots of detail in both highlights and shadows. The lens is sharp throughout the zoom range, on top of that there's a nice smooth bokeh effect.

The camera does well in low light, the high ISO settings produce decent results with barely any noise. Pair that with built-in optical image stabilization to cut down on a camera shake displayed at slower shutters speeds and you've got sharp photos.

Is It Worth Buying in 2024?

Why we have to keep an eye on it for 2024: The original Canon Powershot G7X Mark II is slightly aged at five and a half years old now, but the reason I bring this camera up here will hopefully become clear in item number two. Although a few years old now it still presents an impressive feature set in service of any photographer. Wonderful with the image quality, being so lightweight and convenient to carry is an advantage until we reach its form factor for travel or street photography as well daily use.

But remember, camera technology improvements should be considered. Newer models could have better sensors, faster autofocus systems and more capabilities like 4K video recording or improved wireless transmission. Considering your needs and cost, the advancements mentioned may be key factors for potential buyers.

This makes the G7X Mark II still an attractive option for those who want something much more compact yet with excellent image quality compared to a bulky DSLR. But a solid history of performance and quality construction still presents you with one good value, especially if bought at used prices. Furthermore, the Canon range of accessories and support means that this is a camera likely to stay with owners for years into the future.

The Canon Powershot G7X Mark II is known for its best-fitting mid-range design. With its excellent image quality, versatile lens and user-friendly design, it can't be beaten for the price in the compact camera market. But it still holds up well against newer competition as a dependable compact camera.


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