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Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II vs Sony RX100 IV



Canon has announced a new premium point and shoot camera, and its target couldn’t be clearer. It’s taking on the imperious Sony RX100 IV.

Sony has ruled the point-and-shoot roost ever since the launch of the original RX100 in 2012.

Canon finally provided some direct competition in 2014 with the first Canon Powershot G7 X, though Sony still arguably had the edge with its own RX100 III.

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.

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.

Canon G7 X 2

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.

Will you be getting G7 X Mark II or Sony RX100 IV? Let us know in the comments below.


February 19, 2016, 9:12 pm

G7x mark 2 is like a Sony rx100mark 2. Two generations behind Sony.

james res

February 20, 2016, 4:58 am

comparing the spec sheets of both is more informative than this garbage.


April 23, 2016, 11:57 am

I prefer the Canon, especially given the price-point. They could easily fit EVF, 4k etc, but it'd be much more expensive, and then what's the point? You may as well just buy the Sony anyway. These seem more aimed at bloggers/vloggers, who want a high-quality point-and-shoot, but don't want to pay the best part of a grand for it. I'm just hoping it pushes the price of the G7x I down, because that's still a great camera and I'd like to have it for this summer...


April 23, 2016, 12:04 pm

The Canon has USB charging, doesn't it? And wifi capabilities. I'm not sure what people need 4k for exactly, but hey ho.

pete guaron

May 13, 2016, 10:00 am

The viewfinder kills the Canon, for me


May 13, 2016, 5:20 pm

Not mentioned in the review but I think a big plus for the Canon is the rubberised front grip which improves hugely the security and comfort of handling the camera. I bought a Flipbac stick-on grip for my Canon S120 which is a good aesthetic fit and makes it much easier to hold and use. The longer zoom and touch-screen make this Canon the favourite for me to replace my S120 and, although I'd love to have the EVF too, I wouldn't be prepared to pay a 36% premium for the privelege.

Renato Zampieri

June 19, 2016, 1:53 pm

I don't agree about Sony supremacy. Given this price point Canon offers a stunning quality, as you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

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