My mom got a Cannon premium compact digital camera, PowerShot G7X Mark II, and let me use it a little. In this post, I would like to write about this camera compared with my own, Sony a6000.

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All the photos taken with my a6000 in this post are with the kit lens, EPZ1650. I will post uncropped and unretouched pictures here. 

Features of PowerShot G7X MarkII

High aperture number that blurs out the background easily

Aperture: ƒ/2.8,  Focal Length: 36.8mm,  Exposure Time: 1/1000, ISO: 125
You can blur the background to this extent if you set the aperture at f2.8.

Aperture: ƒ/11,  Focal Length: 36.8mm,  Exposure Time: 1/200, ISO: 400
I shot the same subject from the same angle as the photo above. You can make such a difference by setting the aperture at f11.

Aperture: ƒ/1.8,  Focal Length: 8.8mm,  Exposure Time: 1/400, ISO: 120
I took this image at the maximum aperture, f1.8. At this aperture, the detail gets a little dull. I think you can get the sharpest images at around f4. 

Aperture: ƒ/2.5,  Focal Length: 18.6mm,  Exposure Time: 1/40, ISO: 6400
I took this photo in my house at night at the high ISO number 6400, but the image is surprisingly clear. 

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Quicker AF than expected

Although the G7X Mark II was around 60,000 yen, I did not expect it to have fast auto focus. However, I got surprised in a good way.

Aperture: ƒ/2.5,  Focal Length: 8.8mm,  Exposure Time: 1/250, ISO: 125
A bee is flying on an overcast late afternoon. I set macro focusing and continuous AF. 

It can be a bit tricky until you get the hang of it, but the camera will keep following the subject once you get it in focus.

Aperture: ƒ/4.5,  Focal Length: 36.8mm,  Exposure Time: 1/200, ISO: 125
I was taking pictures of the river bank when I heard the train appoaching, so I pressed the shutter button while I was on aperture priority mode. The camera did the nice job for me.

Aperture: ƒ/1.8,  Focal Length: 8.8mm,  Exposure Time: 1/2000, ISO: 125
Quick auto focus makes it easier for you to take pictures of not only things in motion but also scenery.

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The G7X MarkII weighs only 319 grams including a battery and SD card. It can fit in a men's coat or jacket pocket. 
On the other hand, the Sony a6000 with kit lens weighs 460 grams. The a6000 is very light for a mirror-less digital camera, but it can never fit in a pocket.

The G7X MarkII is light and small. The portability is one of the best features of this camera.

Highly sensitive touchscreen

The touchscreen is very responsive, which enables you to enlarge pictures on the screen and change the settings easily. It is rare to touch the wrong button, though I have relatively big hands.
The G7X MarkII has a touch screen shutter, which means you can take photos without using the physical shutter button, but my mom and I accidentally took many photos, so we decided to disable this function. 

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Flip-up display, perfect for selfies and vlogging

My mom and I are not too excited about the flip-up display because we are not selfie people, but it is handy when you take pictures at awkward angles. 

Also, you can set the display at the maximum brightness by holding the bottom of the wheel for a second. It is convenient especially when you take or check photos under the sun. 

The high-resolution display keeps the details clear and the colors are neutral, so I have never been disappointed when I check the photos on a computer screen.
You can quickly check if your photo is in focus by pinching it open or close on the screen.

I expected that cameras without a viewfinder would be inconvenient, so I was surprised how good the G7X Mark II is. When it comes to the display, the G7X Mark II is absolutely more user-friendly than the Sony a6000 thanks to the sensitivity and image quality of the screen. 

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Exceptional quality of images for a compact camera

I think it works best when you zoom in on the subject from about one meter away to get the most detailed images with the G7X Mark II. 

191129GeraniumsPowerShotG7XM2Photo by Pinoko
Aperture: ƒ/4.5,  Focal Length: 36.8mm,  Exposure Time: 1/200, ISO: 125
The colors of geranium leaves and flowers do not really come naturally from cameras that are about 20,000 yen. The G7X Mark II, however, does a great job. 

191105GardenFlowersPowerShotG7XM2Photo by Pinoko
Aperture: ƒ/2.8,  Focal Length: 22mm,  Exposure Time: 1/1250, ISO: 200
The corners of the image get slightly distorted and dark with some cheap compact cameras, but I have never seen such images with this camera in any zoom range.  

190905RedRosesPowerShotG7XM2Photo by Pinoko
Aperture: ƒ/2.5,  Focal Length: 16.8mm,  Exposure Time: 1/800, ISO: 125
It was a bit of a surprise that the images come with neutral colors from a Canon's camera because I had expected them to be a little bit more vibrant.

190904PinkRosePowerShotG7XM2Photo by Pinoko
Aperture: ƒ/3.5,  Focal Length: 19.6mm,  Exposure Time: 1/200, ISO: 125
I took this picture in the evening, but as you can see, the image is clear under a low-light setting thanks to the lens that lets in a lot of light.  

190809PinkRosePowerShotG7XM2Photo by Pinoko
Aperture: ƒ/2.8,  Focal Length: 36.8mm,  Exposure Time: 1/200, ISO: 6400
The image is considerably smooth even though at a high ISO number of 6400.

191020SoraPowerShotG7XM2Photo by Pinoko
Aperture: ƒ/2.5,  Focal Length: 15.2mm,  Exposure Time: 1/125, ISO: 250
You can take pictures in a little untidy, dusty room because you can blur the background easily.

191117SleepingSoraPowerShotG7XM2Photo by Pinoko
Aperture: ƒ/2.8,  Focal Length: 12.3mm,  Exposure Time: 1/50, ISO: 125
The image is so clear that you can see each strand of fur.  

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Comparing colors with Sony α6000

Each camera manufacturer has their own taste in colors, and you can see the difference between Sony and Canon.
Aperture: ƒ/4.5,  Focal Length: 8.8mm,  Exposure Time: 1/500, ISO: 125
River in the evening. It was dark but you can see a little difference in shades. 

Aperture: ƒ/5.6,  Focal Length: 16mm,  Exposure Time: 1/200, ISO: 100
This picture is taken with the Sony a6000.

Aperture: ƒ/2.5,  Focal Length: 8.8mm,  Exposure Time: 1/320, ISO: 125
I took this photo with the G7X Mark II on auto white balance.

Aperture: ƒ/4,  Focal Length: 18mm,  Exposure Time: 1/100, ISO: 100
I took this picture with the a6000 also on auto white balance. 

Aperture: ƒ/3.5,  Focal Length: 18.9mm,  Exposure Time: 1/800, ISO: 500
An image with the G7X MarkII. I was shooting this photo beside the road in the countryside where many cars were flying by about one meter behind me at 40 to 50 km/h. The wind from the cars pushed me many times, but I was not worried about the camera slipping out of my hand because the shape of it provides you with a firm grip.  

Aperture: ƒ/5.6,  Focal Length: 35mm,  Exposure Time: 1/80, ISO: 100
Taken with the a6000. Images from the G7X MarkII look stronger in contrast to me, but the difference seems subtle in red and purple. 

I also have to mention that the G7X Mark II works brilliantly when you take photos of people because you can get images with natural (but improved) skin tone and fine details. As a result, this camera has become the main camera for my family's special occasions such as birthdays.

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Flash that is easy to use

It is great that you can get images that are natural in color without flat lighting when you use the flash. 

Aperture: ƒ/6.3,  Focal Length: 33.5mm,  Exposure Time: 1/6, ISO: 125
I pointed the flash directly to the rats, but there is no flat lighting or unsightly shadows.

You can get such images with the a6000, but you will need put the camera on a proper setting manually. On the other hand, you can just let the G7X Mark II decide the setting. 

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Since I had never used any camera from Canon, there were a lot of things that I had to learn such as different names of the functions.

While you can take beautiful pictures by just pressing the shutter button on the Sony a6000, you will need to learn some tricks to do so with this camera. However, once you know the zoom range that works best, you will get stunningly beautiful and clear images. 

What I like the most about this camera is that the great portability makes it easier to carry it around and take photos anywhere I want.

I never thought that a camera without a viewfinder would be so handy before starting to use it. 

I wish sometimes that it had a little bit longer lens when I take photos of something that is far from me, but it is an awesome camera for street photography, special occasions and flowers at your feet on the street.

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CANON PowerShot G7X MarkII

SONY α6000


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