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Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II

Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
75
Overall
61
Canon PowerShot G7 X front
 
Ricoh GR II front
Portability
89
Imaging
59
Features
55
Overall
57

Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II Key Specs

Canon G7 X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-100mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 304g - 103 x 60 x 40mm
  • Revealed September 2014
  • Refreshed by Canon G7 X MII
Ricoh GR II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F2.8-16.0) lens
  • 251g - 117 x 63 x 35mm
  • Announced June 2015
  • Succeeded the Ricoh GR
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Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II Overview

Following is a detailed assessment of the Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by competitors Canon and Ricoh. There is a crucial difference among the resolutions of the G7 X (20MP) and GR II (16MP) and the G7 X (1") and GR II (APS-C) posses different sensor dimensions.

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The G7 X was introduced 9 months earlier than the GR II which means that they are of a similar generation. Both cameras have the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before we go into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the G7 X matches up versus the GR II in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon G7 X over the Ricoh GR II

 G7 X GR II 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR II over the Canon G7 X

 GR II G7 X 
AnnouncedJune 2015September 2014More modern by 9 months
Screen resolution1230k1040kClearer screen (+190k dot)

Common features in the Canon G7 X and Ricoh GR II

 G7 X GR II 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing

Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to carry around your camera frequently, you'll need to consider its weight and measurements. The Canon G7 X comes with outside dimensions of 103mm x 60mm x 40mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.6") and a weight of 304 grams (0.67 lbs) whilst the Ricoh GR II has proportions of 117mm x 63mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 251 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have at that time. The following is a front view physical size comparison of the G7 X against the GR II.

Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the G7 X and GR II is 88 and 89 respectively.

Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II top view buttons comparison

Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be tough to visualize the difference in sensor sizes simply by looking through technical specs. The pic here will help give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the G7 X and GR II.

As you can tell, the two cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The G7 X with its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field trickier and the Canon G7 X will provide you with extra detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The more aged G7 X will be behind in sensor technology.

Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II sensor size comparison

Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G7 X Portrait photography info
Ricoh GR II Portrait photography info
64
you can focus manually
MP count good (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
offers face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
can't use external flash
75
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G7 X as a Street photography camera
Ricoh GR II as a Street photography camera
85
screen tilts
image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
offers focus via touch
lighter than others in class (304g)
74
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lighter than competitors in class (251g)
good ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon G7 X Sports photography features
Ricoh GR II Sports photography features
56
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
bad battery power (210 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
50
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
fixed focal length (28mm)
max fps very slow (4.0 fps)
no image stabilization
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon G7 X
Travel photography with Ricoh GR II
80
lighter than others in class (304 grams)
offers focus via touch
MP count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
relatively wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
bad battery power (210 per charge)
67
lighter than competitors in class (251 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G7 X Landscape photography information
Ricoh GR II Landscape photography information
69
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
bad battery power (210 CIPA)
59
focusing manually
screen size is decent (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
no image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G7 X as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh GR II as a Vlogging camera
81
relatively wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others in class (304 grams)
doesn't have external mic socket
32
includes face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (251 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
doesn't have external mic jack
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Canon G7 X vs Ricoh GR II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G7 X and Ricoh GR II
 Canon PowerShot G7 XRicoh GR II
General Information
Make Canon Ricoh
Model Canon PowerShot G7 X Ricoh GR II
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2014-09-15 2015-06-17
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 6 GR Engine V
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Peak resolution 5472 x 3648 4928 x 3264
Highest native ISO 12800 25600
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 31 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-100mm (4.2x) 28mm (1x)
Largest aperture f/1.8-2.8 f/2.8-16.0
Macro focus range 5cm 10cm
Crop factor 2.7 1.5
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 1,040k dot 1,230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 40s 300s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 6.5 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.00 m 3.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, Flash On, Flash Synchro., Manual Flash, Red-Eye Flash Auto, Red-Eye Flash On, Red-Eye Flash Synchro, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p, 24p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 304 grams (0.67 lbs) 251 grams (0.55 lbs)
Physical dimensions 103 x 60 x 40mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.6") 117 x 63 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 71 80
DXO Color Depth score 23.0 23.6
DXO Dynamic range score 12.7 13.7
DXO Low light score 556 1078
Other
Battery life 210 pictures 320 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-13L DB-65
Self timer Yes (2 0r 10 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at release $490 $599