Canon has introduced an upgrade to the G7X, the company’s first compact camera to feature a 1 inch 20MP sensor and direct competitor to the likes of the Sony RX100 series. The new G7 X mark II shares the same sensor, ISO sensitivity range of 125 to 12800 (with push 25600) and 24-100mm (35mm format equivalent) zoom with fast f/1.8-2.8 aperture as the original. However it has a new DIGIC 7 processor that brings improvements to the camera’s performance.
The G7 X had limited continuous shooting capabilities when in RAW mode but this has been improved on the G7 X II. It can now shoot up to 8fps in RAW format. Battery life has also been improved by 25% in comparison to the original G7 X, reaching 265 shots per charge. The camera can record Full HD up to 60fps and it has Wi-Fi/NFC capabilities. A time-lapse movie mode and in-camera RAW conversion have also been included. Finally we have a Panning function whereby the camera locks onto the subject and automatically adjusts the shutter speed to blur the background.
The new camera has also received some changes to its design. The G7 X II has a new prominent grip on the front and the LCD now tilts up 180° and down 45°. Plus, the front control ring can be switched between clicking and de-clicking.
The new Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II will be available in May for $699.