Canon G7 X MII

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II front
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-100mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 319g - 106 x 61 x 42mm
  • Introduced February 2016
  • Previous Model is Canon G7 X
  • Refreshed by Canon G7 X MIII
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon G7 X MII overview

Canon G7 X MII is Canon's Large Sensor Compact camera initially released on February of 2016. The camera features a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Canon brought out this camera to improve the previous Canon G7 X (Read Full Comparison) and then released the newer Canon G7 X MIII (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this model.

The G7 X MII is rated #28 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #292 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to look at our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your customized requirements.

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Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon G7 X MII family

The Canon G7 X MII comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can look at all past and newer models alongside main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-G7-X-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon G7 X MIII
Canon-PowerShot-G5-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G5 X MII
G7 X MII vs G5 X MII
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Canon-PowerShot-G9-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G9 X II
G7 X MII vs G9 X II
Canon-PowerShot-G7-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G7 X MII24-100mm
Canon-PowerShot-G9-X front thumbnailCanon G9 X
G7 X MII vs G9 X
Canon-PowerShot-G5-X front thumbnailCanon G5 X
G7 X MII vs G5 X
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Canon-PowerShot-G7-X front thumbnailCanon G7 X
G7 X MII vs G7 X

Canon G7 X MII Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Canon G7 X MII based on features which are generally viewed as useful in a camera.

comes with face detect focus
comes with HDMI out
comes with tracking focus
display is selfie friendly
fairly wide (24mm)
flash built-in
good aperture at full zoom (f2.8)
good MP (20MP)
good zoom range (24-100mm 4.2 x zoom)
great max aperture (f1.8)
has manual focus
image stabilization (Optical)
NFC connection
saves RAW files
screen has good resolution (1,040 k dots)
screen size is good (3")
sensor size is good (1")
supports focus by touch
tilting screen
touch screen
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
external flash not possible
lack of phase detect auto focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no headphone support
no mic support
not so great battery (265 CIPA)
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Canon G7 X MII Sensor details

The Canon G7 X MII is run by the DIGIC 7 processor. The measurement of the sensor on the Canon G7 X MII is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor can resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and includes a native ISO range of 125 to 12800. This ISO can also be expanded digitally to a high of 25600. RAW photos are saved which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the G7 X MII's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The G7 X MII sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is showcased in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon G7 X MII dimensions

Canon G7 X MII weighs around 0.70 lb (319g or 11.25 oz) and the sizing of the camera is 106mm x 61mm x 42mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.7"). The weight of normal Large Sensor Compact camera is 396g and the Canon G7 X MII is lighter when compared with various competitors.

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Here is a shot of the Canon G7 X MII next to a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button layout on the G7 X MII.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II topview buttons dials

Canon G7 X MII Lens specs

The G7 X MII provides an inbuilt lens providing a focal range of 24-100mm making it a 4.2 x zoom which is not at all huge but it would certainly be very helpful in a few circumstances.

At the widest 24mm, it will have an aperture of f1.8 and that's terrific in low light occasions and capturing a shallow depth of field. It is going to also allow you to use a lower ISO and get crisper photographs. On the tele end, 100mm comes to f2.8 which is pretty decent and will allow you to have high shutter speeds.

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Canon G7 X MII Connectivity

The G7 X MII has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy photos and sometimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Several applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Canon G7 X MII Video specs

The maximum video quality on the Canon G7 X MII is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance in quality versus file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you much room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone port which means you have got no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to get an alternative model should you want good audio in your video clips.

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Canon G7 X MII Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Canon G7 X MII so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.

Canon G7 X MII Display and Viewfinder

The Canon G7 X MII features a 3" tilting display screen boasting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

The display is selfie friendly to shoot self portraits and even group photos if necessary. Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily shift focus points as well as adjust settings by using your finger.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The ViewFinder specifications regarding Canon G7 X MII are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are quite useful in sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Canon G7 X MII Shutter specs

Canon G7 X MII can shoot continuously at 8.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon G7 X MII Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon G7 X MII boasts only integrated flash without external flash ability.

Canon G7 X MII Autofocus specs

Canon G7 X MII boasts just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and precise when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detect which is useful for portraits.

It features 31 focus points to choose from. Canon G7 X MII has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers to shift focus. It also includes Tracking AF for objects that move. Canon G7 X MII has the ability to use manual focus in case it is required in low light or you require more accurate control on focus.

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Canon G7 X MII Battery life

The battery (NB-13L) on the Canon G7 X MII is made to last for 265 photographs with respect to the CIPA specifications which is lower compared to its rivals. The general Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U features the highest possible (450) battery life in this range of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Large Sensor Compact cameras which have the best battery life:

Canon G7 X MII for different categories of photography

The following chart displays a overview of the Canon G7 X MII for different categories of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Canon G7 X MII Portrait photography highlights

The Canon G7 X MII has a rating of 65 which is nice, meaning that it is a respectable option for portraits. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos and ability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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manual focus
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
can't use external flash

Canon G7 X MII Street photography features

Having a superb points total of 85, the Canon G7 X MII is a great pick to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
has focus via touch

Canon G7 X MII Sports photography factors

A decent sports photography points total of 59 indicates the Canon G7 X MII is relatively suitable for shooting sports. A camera must have good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
comes with tracking autofocus
bad battery pack (265 CIPA)
does not have phase detect autofocus

Canon G7 X MII as a Travel photography camera

Weight is really critical in getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Canon G7 X MII gets a fantastic 80 for a travel camera which makes it a great option for your holidays.

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supports focus via touch
good MP (20MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
relatively wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
not so great battery (265 shots)

Canon G7 X MII Landscape photography details

When you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Canon G7 X MII at it's nice grade of 70 as a landscape camera is a fine pick in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
rather wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
bad battery pack (265 per charge)

Canon G7 X MII Vlogging features

A vlogging camera really should posses a articulating display, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon G7 X MII is a excellent option for vlogging as it delivers a exceptional score of 80.

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relatively wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lack of external mic support

Canon G7 X MII Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the G7 X MII, below is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Large Sensor Compact.

The chart down below offers you a bird's eye view of the G7 X MII vs it's top rated rivals shown previously.

Following are several cameras you might look at as alternatives. To read a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-100mm (4.2x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Display size
Resolution of display
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
8.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
7.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, on, slow synchro, off
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
319g (0.70 lb)
106 x 61 x 42mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.7")
Battery life
265 shots
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 0r 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots
Cost at launch