Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [G7 X Mark II] with Wi-Fi & NFC, LCD Screen, and 1-Inch Sensor – Black, 100 – 1066C001, 629.00, 0, $,
Stay inspired with the PowerShot G7 X Mark II camera, which combines exhilarating speed and performance with a smart, compact design. It can be ideal for travel, events and anywhere on the go, or as a secondary camera, and features a high-performance 1.0-inch 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor as well as...
Amazing camera. I'm a professional photographer and I am extremely impressed with the picture quality. I also love all the manual controls and the ease-of-use. I shoot weddings on a Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 6D. In a pinch I could easily use this camera if I needed to.The picture I have attached is a 15 second exposure with my kids running around with solar lights. This shot is un-edited and was shot in raw. The only thing I did with the picture was transfer it via Wi-Fi to my cell phone using the Canon picture app.
I delayed writing this review for 4 months, just to be sure my opinion doesn't change. It hasn't, I really like this camera! It takes great quality pictures. It has a zoom lens at a great range (24mm - 105mm), it has all of the automatic features you could ask for (focus, aperture, film speed, shutter speed). Or, you can select manual shutter speed or aperture and the camera will set everything else. Or, you can select all-manual, if you want to set everything yourself. It has a high pixel count (24 megapixel), and it can even be set to shoot in RAW so you can do lots of darkroom magic, if you want.I shot with a manual SLR (a Canon FTb) from the early 70's to the late 90's, then I lost interest. I had purchased a 35mm lens and a 135mm lens to compliment the 50mm supplied with the SLR. I also had lots of peripherals; flashes, macro tubes, remote releases, yada, yada, yada. I felt like a pack mule every time I left the house. I found out a few things about a manual SLR: they're heavy; I took 80% of my pictures with the stock 50mm lens; and the picture quality was only good when I had plenty of time to set up the shot. Mostly, the pictures I got were just on the edge of over- or under-exposed, and were often barely in focus.So, when I decided to get back into photography, I decided to buy a new camera and I wanted that camera to offer: point and shoot for simplest use; good quality pictures so it had to offer a high megapixel rating; a zoom lens that was about the range of my old manual lenses; and light weight so it would be easy to carry around all day.This camera hit all of these requirements and at a reasonable price. The pictures I'm getting with this point and shoot are far superior to those I got from my old SLR. I just couldn't be happier, though I will admit that a modern dSLR will probably also show a similarly dramatic improvement over the old manual SLR's, but at a much higher price.Some cautions:1) Buy a high speed memory card, at least 90 MB/sec. Dumping 30 MB of a picture into a memory card takes time, so a fast memory card is a must to get the fastest possible shot rate.2) Look into the Lensmate filter adapter. This device enables you to attach a UV filter to protect the zoom lens from dirt and water.3) Buy a spare battery, preferably a Canon (a bit expensive, but worth it). Digital cameras live and die by their batteries, so it makes sense to have a good quality spare when you're out for extended shooting.4) Buy a decent strap, the wrist strap supplied with the camera really isn't enough. Look at the Peak Design Camera Leash; rugged, flexible, and easy to remove when storing the camera.If you want the ability to change out lenses, this camera is not for you. But, if you want to take lots of great pictures easily and without the hassle of lugging a lot of equipment around, look into this camera!
I am a hobby shooter, but prefer quality and do a lot of YouTube videos. For background, I've had a variety of different camcorders, point-and-shoots, and DSLRs: Sony RX100 III, Nikon D5300, D3200, Canon Vixia lower end series, Go Pro Silver 4, three-axis gimbals, etc etc. After having tried out all of these cameras over the last 4-5 years, the Canon G7X Mark II is the closest thing I've seen to the total package. It's lightweight and ultra-portable -- small enough to fit in your jeans pocket -- but packs a tremendous punch, and is loaded with features.The f1.8 aperture is very sharp at 24MM, though I find that the camera likes to default to f/2, and when shooting manual I need to make a slight adjustment if I want the 1.8. Autofocus is fantastic; virtually seamless in most settings. In low light it takes a second. I also found when trying to manually focus two objects about 2 feet apart on a table (a cup and a candle) that it struggled to focus on the foreground item (hunting) until I corrected by hand.As far as the image quality goes on this guy, it's tremendous, and if you spend some time learning how to use it, it will replicate a Nikon 5xxx or Canon t series very well, without the bother of a bunch of different lenses. Night shooting is great, and it's very easy to do timelapses and get quality images of the night sky.The 24-100mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range is fantastic, and you really don't notice the camera stopping down from 1.8 to 2.8 across the zoom. The digital zoom (beyond the 4.2 optical) is also fairly usable for at least the first little bit, though at full digital zoom it is very grainy.Noise comes in around 1600 ISO, but you can adjust some other settings to deal with that; really you're probably good for most everything until around 2000 ISO.Other Pros:- Fantastic touch screen that's very responsive. I haven't owned many past cameras that use a touch screen for so many settings, but this guy is able to deal with most everything right on the screen.- The swivel screen is nice, and I've found myself using the downward tilt for high shots more than I expected.- Very simple wifi connection to your phone or computer makes getting shots on instagram (or wherever) a breeze.- Though others have complained about hearing the autofocus sound during video recording, I have not heard it yet. Unless you're in dead silence and need the sound off the camera, I don't think it'd ever be a problem.- An incredible amount of presets for multiple shooting situations make it so the novice will not need to fiddle with manual settings much (if ever).- The low light performance on this camera is absurdly good. I'm frankly not sure how they do it. I was sitting in a chair in my living room in what was nearly pitch black, and the camera was able to light the shot to the point that it looked like the room was fully lit. No noise. It's bizarre (and awesome!) how good this thing shoots in low light.- The weight. So much power in a package you can bring with you just about anywhere.- Unlike the first edition, with the Mark II you can shoot in the "film quality" 24p, which I tend to enjoy.Other Cons:- The bokeh is good on this camera for the most part, getting very high quality bokeh/background blur if your foreground and background images are 6 or more feet apart. If you're trying to distinguish between two items closer together, it still works well until about 2 feet apart, but the bokeh is not as creamy or DSLR quality. Within 2 feet, it's hit-or-miss.- The battery is simply not capable of supporting what this camera can do. They probably needed a battery twice its size, so buy at least one extra battery.- I might be doing something wrong, but have so far only been able to set the lens ring to adjust aperture or shutter speed. It will not adjust zoom or manual focus as I thought I'd be able to do.- The touchscreen manual focus is nice, but trying to adjust it without touch focusing is very cumbersome.- No 4K, but I don't find that to be a huge negative honestly.---Overall, this thing is a beast, and with just a few more tweaks could probably become a full DSLR replacement for just about everyone except full-time professional photographers. If you're doing anything up to and including serious, routine videography, this thing has horsepower and built-in capabilities to do the job. I'll be selling my NIkon D5300 and accompanying lenses and using this as a full-time shooter for a while. I've yet to find any deal-breaking limitation.Finally, I bought this off Amazon, because it seems to be backordered everywhere. If you have an eBay account, I got mine from "Red Tag Camera", who shipped and delivered to me in two days. They still had six in stock as of Tuesday, so you might want to check there if you want one soon.