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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II here to take on the Sony RX100 IV



Canon has announced the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, thus continuing its battle with Sony for the premium point-and-shoot crown.

The follow-up to 2014's Canon PowerShot G7 X sports the same 20.1-megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor, but adds a new DIGIC 7 processor and an improved autofocus system.

In addition, you get a fixed f/1.8-2.8 4.2x optical zoom lens and improve optical image stabilisation technology. The LCD display is also more flexible this time around, tilting down as well as up.

In other words, it's clearly Canon's answer to the Sony RX100 IV - minus the viewfinder.

When Sony announced the original Sony RX100 in 2012, it created a brand new category of camera. Here was a compact point-and-shoot that took excellent pictures thanks to an unusually large 1-inch image sensor paired with quality fixed optics.

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Canon appeared to have been caught flat-footed, and it took until after the released of the Sony RX100 III, in 2014, for the original Canon PowerShot G7 X to be issued. Still, it managed to come up with a credible RX100 rival.

Now the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is here to take on the current generation RX100, and it'll be considerably cheaper too. When it hits shops in April, it'll cost just £549.99 - that's about £300 cheaper than the RX100 IV's launch price.

Are you thinking of getting a Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II? Let us know in the comments below.

Alex Mason

February 18, 2016, 1:36 pm

Is it the same sensor as the previous one exactly (i.e. the same 20 MP sensor found in the RX100 III?) or have they pinched the newer EXMOR RS from the RX100 IV? Very nearly went for the 7 over the RX100 IV but in the end I liked having the option for the view finder and I like playing with the HFR mode!

However for those who want to know, I think reviews of the lenses in particular put them pretty much on par, with the hat tip to Canon for providing a bit more reach and having more of the lower zoom range remain at F1.8. The Sony kicks you out of F1.8 almost immediately when you move from 24mm.

Oh and BTW.... if you know where to shop, the RX100 can be had for about £600. So this new Canon isn't that much cheaper.


February 18, 2016, 3:36 pm

I also liked the Canon G7X when it was released, but luckily I waited for some reviews and they reported that Canon apparently compromised a bit on IQ to achieve the extended reach of their lens.
So I am still using my RX100 I a bit longer, waiting to spot some good deal on RX100 IV.

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