Canon continues its series of announcements on February 18, 2016 with the introduction of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II, a compact camera designed to offer improved ergonomics and performance than its predecessor.
The success of the RX premium compact camera line-up created by Sony has forced Canon to follow into the footsteps of its competitor. One of the products included in the EOS maker’s series was the PowerShot G7 X.
This compact camera was introduced at the Photokina 2014 event and received mainly praises from photographers and experts alike. However, about one and a half years have passed and it is time for a new unit.
Without much further ado, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is as real as it gets and it is here to replace its predecessor using an improved design.
Canon announces PowerShot G7 X Mark II compact camera
The innards of the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II are not so different compared to the ones of the original version. Photographers will find the same 20.1-megapixel 1-inch-type image sensor, made by Sony, with an ISO sensitivity range of 125-12800, that can be extended up to 25600.
This compact camera features the same 3-inch 1.04-million-dot tilting LCD touchscreen as its predecessor along with a 4.2x optical zoom lens that offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-100mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.8.
Its focus system comprises 31 points, while its shutter speed ranges from 15 seconds to 1/2000th of a second. There’s a built-in pop-up flash and support for full HD video recording as well as RAW photos.
WiFi and NFC technologies are still available, so that users can share their files on social networking websites with ease. The time-lapse video mode has not been removed and it will continue to help photographers come up with creative videos.
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II offers better performance and ergonomics
After checking out all the similarities between the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II and its forerunner, a lot of people will be wondering about the things that have changed. According to the manufacturer, the new model is now faster and more ergonomic.
The Mark II version is powered by a DIGIC 7 processor, which allows the compact camera to boot faster and to shoot up to 8fps in continuous mode. Moreover, the autofocus system will be quicker, as it will detect the subjects faster even in low saturation scenes.
The new processor is also more efficient, as Canon is touting a 25% increase in battery life, allowing users to capture up to 265 photos on a single charge.
As for the ergonomics, the new unit now has a more prominent grip, while the settings are easier to access. There is a control ring lever in the front and it allows users to select between continuous or clicked (stepped) selection, when it comes to controlling the exposure settings.
Canon will release the PowerShot G7 X Mark II in May for a price of $699.99.