Sony has ruled the point-and-shoot roost ever since the launch of the original RX100 in 2012.
So how is the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II shaping up against Sony’s latest? We’ll need to go hands-on with the final G7 X Mark II for a fully nuanced view, but here are some of the key differences based on initial observations.
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Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II vs Sony RX100 IV: Same-sized image sensor
Arguably the key similarity here is that both cameras employ a 1-inch 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor. This is much larger than that of your average – or even above-average – point-and-shoot, and it’s significantly larger than pretty much any top-end smartphone can offer.
This component above all others is why these two camera ranges can punch well above their weight, with decent low-light performance and pronounced bokeh (that blurry depth of field effect that DSLRs capture so well).
We actually found that the last Canon G7 X pipped the last Sony RX100 on detail and dynamic range at higher ISOs, so it’ll be interesting to see how the next round pans out.
Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II vs Sony RX100 IV: Canon has zoomier lens
Both of these lenses are super-fast, with the same range of f/1.8 to f/2.8.
However, the Canon’s lens takes the edge when it comes to sheer range. It’s a 24–100mm effort, which equates to a 4.2x optical zoom. That trumps the Sony’s 24–70mm and 2.9x optical zoom.
Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II vs Sony RX100 IV: Sony slinkier
While both of these cameras punch above their weight, let’s not lose sight of the fact that weight is an important factor in itself. These are point-and-shoot cameras, designed to be slipped in a modest-sized pocket.
The Sony wins on that count, but it’s close. The RX100 IV measures up 101.6 x 58.1 x 41.0mm, while the Canon is 105.5 x 60.9 x 42.2mm. Perhaps more significantly, the Sony is 21 grams lighter at 298g.
Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II vs Sony RX100 IV: Sony has EVF
Arguably the biggest plus point for the Sony RX100 III over the Canon G7 X was the presence of an electronic viewfinder. That’s set to be a key difference in the next round too, as the G7 X Mark II continues to omit an EVF.
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This means everything to enthusiast photographers, as it makes for much better shot composition than simply relying on the LCD screen. Of course, to casual snappers it matters a whole lot less.
Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II vs Sony RX100 IV: Differing screen tech
Both of these cameras have 3-inch LCD displays that can tilt down as well as flipping up 180 degress, but that’s about where the common ground ends.
The Sony screen is a good deal sharper than the Canon’s. We’re talking 1,228,800 dots for the RX100 IV, and 1,040,000 dots for the G7 X Mark II.
However, the Canon camera’s screen is touch sensitive, which is arguably more important on point-and-shoot cameras like this where there are fewer manual controls. It’s also handy for changing the flexible spot autofocus.
A lack of touchscreen functionality has been cited as a (admittedly minor) weakness ever since the original Sony RX100, and it continues up to this day.
Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II vs Sony RX100 IV: Sony is king of video
If you’re a keen video taker with a swanky new TV, you might be swayed by the Sony RX100 IV’s 4K recording capabilities. The Canon can only manage 1080p.
The Sony can also capture super slo-mo footage at 1,000fps, though the resolution suffers. However, it will still manage 1080p video at 250fps while the Canon peaks at 60fps at the same resolution.
Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II vs Sony RX100 IV: Big price difference
The Sony RX100 IV is a brilliant all-rounder, and it also has the benefit of that EVF. But you have to pay for the privilege.
It’s a seriously expensive camera. At launch, back when we first reviewed the RX100 IV, it was an eye-watering £849. You can knock £100 or more off that these days, but it’s still mighty expensive.
Contrast that with the brand new Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II, which will cost £549.99 at launch, and you have a considerable difference. Will the Sony prove to be worth the extra £200? We’ll find out in April when the two go head to head.
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