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Compact. Tilting touchscreen is handy, and not just for selfies. Good autofocus. Pleasing colors. Surprisingly nice controls.

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Sometimes, you just need a camera. And sometimes, even if you have a nice DSLR, you don't want lớn have to lớn hassle with carrying lenses and a bunch of stuff. That's where a pocketable, powerful point-and-shoot can really come in handy, and I'd rank Canon's PowerShot G7 X Mark II aao ước the best of them.

Even if you're not a camera nerd like me, it's not hard to see why this versatile, portable camera is worth its $700 price tag. While you won't get cutting-edge features lượt thích 4K video clip, Canon's packed this camera with features I think really matter to lớn more people.


There are two major ways that this camera differentiates itself from what you might find in a fancy-schmancy iPhone or Android handset. The first is when it comes khổng lồ sensor kích cỡ. The main camera in an iPhone X has a 1/2.8" kích cỡ sensor, a tad smaller than what you might have found in a premium compact about a decade ago.

điện thoại thông minh cameras can be pretty amazing but a real camera lượt thích this can devote most of its kích thước to lớn cramming in a bigger sensor. The 20-megapx, 1-inch sensor inside this PowerShot is goes far beyond what a small smartphone sensor can manage, gathering light & snapping clear photos long after your phone has thrown in the towel.


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The second thing you'll get from the Canon G7 X Mark II is plenty of zoom. Canon's packed 4.2x optical zoom inkhổng lồ the G7X Mark II, giving you a wide range of shooting options. While you can get more from one of Sony's similar RX100 models—the RX100 Mark VI, for instance has a shocking 8.3x lens—Canon offers good enough reach for the money.

I was generally impressed with this camera's image unique, even if its optics obviously trade some low-light versatility for a little extra zoom. The photos I shot with it turned out well, with good sharpness and pleasing colors, like I've come lớn expect from a Canon. The 20-megapx image size should crop easily too, so you'll be able to recompose khổng lồ your heart's desire after the shot has been taken.

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Just because owning a camera seems somewhat old-fashioned doesn't mean Canon stuông chồng with old-fashioned features. This Canon features Wi-Fi, which lets you quickly zap photos from your camera lớn your phone for posting lớn social truyền thông media. Your phone also doubles as a remote control, making group photos easier khổng lồ capture with everyone in the frame.

The PowerShot G7 X Mark II also has some great thiết kế perks that make it nicer to handle than many other cameras. The tilting rear LCD is touch-friendly, and can swing up so that you can see yourself in it while shooting selfies. I found its pronounced grip a nice touch, since some of Canon's older point và shoots put bare metal or a sad rubber strip where your fingers fall.


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For advanced shooters, there are some nice bonus controls, too. The ring around the front lens doubles as a convenient dial, & you can piông xã whether it has coarse detents or turns smoothly. There's also a physical exposure compensation wheel on the top of the camera, stacked underneath the knurled mode dial. So, there's really something for everyone here.

If I had khổng lồ ding this camera for anything, it'd be battery life. Even though it was a trooper in the field, the tiny battery can only last so long. Using an industry standard thử nghiệm, this Canon is rated to get around 265 shots on a charge. Translation: If you're going to lớn keep its screen on for long bouts, or plan on using the flash a ton, you'll probably find yourself searching for a power outlet, or at least a USB cord. Competing cameras can last a big longer, và it'd be nice lớn see if Canon can eke out at least 300 shots in a future revision. At least the G7 X Mark II's puny power cell only costs $43, so you could probably afford lớn grab a spare.


The last few years have seen a ton of similar cameras hit the market, but the PowerShot G7X Mark II is a no-brainer. From my perspective, this Canon is a more engaging camera lớn shoot than Sony's RX100 line, with easier-to-navigate controls và menus.

That's why I picked it as our favorite point-and-shoot. It might not be the coolest or the sexiest compact you can buy, but it's well-rounded & offers plenty of power for the average camera buyer. Even if you're a pholớn pro looking for something that's flexible và portable, you can't go wrong—the G7 X Mark II handles lượt thích a bigger camera, and its advanced controls & features won't make you regret leaving the DSLR at trang chủ.