The photo quality, the overall improvement compared to the previous model and the well thought-out design, this Canon Powershot G7 Mark II is the best in town.

It has been a little back in front of the competition in terms of features and for some of the performance, but we know the best has arrived for us with Mark II.

Good where it matters

The photo quality of the Mark II is actually superior to the original model, especially the noise level on high ISO sensitivities. The raw images are not affected because the reduction of noise does not apply, but for the jpeg, it can be said that the treatment is globally better on this new model. The video is in progress, with fewer blips on the autofocus continuously.

With a new processor, boot times are improving, as is the burst mode speed we measured at 5.6 frames per second with autofocus and auto exposure turned on. The Mark II is also faster for focusing under low contrast. It is on the HDR and the successive photographs that it has the most trouble in terms of speed. However, it is a little faster at startup than its rivals. It is also reactive enough for shooting in action, children, and animals or other.

Improved design

Canon has had a good idea to add a handle that makes the photos with one hand much more comfortable. The presence of an adjustable touch screen is also a real plus.

We also greet the addition of a switch to make the control ring silent when filming. Note that the screen turns to take self-portraits and can also tilt down. These changes make the case slightly larger and heavy, but not much.

Dramatic features

Features include raw to jpeg conversion, time lapse mode for video and image stabilization for panoramic photos (only vertical movements are stabilized). There is also the Pictures Styles feature that applies image control presets that were only found on digital SLRs of the brand.

A detail that has its importance knowing the tendency of the Canon to apply by default a little too much saturation in the reds and high contrasts. This makes your photos and videos more neutral. That said, the margin for maneuver on images is less important on devices with a small sensor than on digital SLR cameras.

Diverse Connectivity

Of course, Canon took the opportunity to add Wi-Fi and NFC. The Canon Connect application works very well and offers a good set of remote shooting and transfer options.

However, despite significant additions, the Mark II is still lagging behind the competition, notably for video features, the variety of filters, the presence of a claw and other frills that count for some.

Summary:

Improvements to the G7 X Mark II make it an excellent device, provided you do not need a lot of functionality. We like the Canon Powershot G7 Mark II, it is a compact expert with a 1-inch sensor (without viewfinder).

But the Mark II cannot keep up with that high sort of expected speed. Knowing that its successor, the G7 X, is basically the same, so it is no wonder that we appreciate it too. If this model improves in many aspects compared to its predecessor, it still catches the performance.

Conclusion

The Mark II offers a real improvement over Canon Powershot G7. However, it is not up to the competition in terms of performance and functionality. But it is still largely fast enough and completes to make it a wise choice for anyone who wants to switch from a smartphone to a good camera or change a former compact.