Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II – Part 3

Just over a week with the new G7X Mark II, and more comments:

This is my first ‘serious’ Canon camera, albeit a compact one and not counting the six year old Ixus HS115 that I use exclusively for underwater pictures. And the debuting Digic 7 processor certainly renders pictures out of the box quite differently than the m4/3 cameras. In fact, having used Olympus and Panasonic m4/3s for almost half a dozen years now and before that Nikon DSLRs, I think I still prefer the colors out of Olympus cameras than other systems.

The camera certainly is portable. Not as petite as the G9Xs, but it’s small enough now for me to seriously find one of those uncle-styled waist belt pouches to drop it!

Like the OMDs E-M5 and E-M1, the camera starts up very quickly. Powering on the unit automatically extends the lens, and in the time it takes for you to bring the camera up to framing position, the G7X is all ready for shots.

The 24-100mm lens focal length is at a great range: easily wide enough for selfies/wefies, capable of decent magnification when zoomed all the way-in.

Focusing is responsive and fast enough, though there seems to be some softness when I take pictures wide-open at f1.8. Detail resolution also isn’t quite what you’d get on an interchangeable lens system, and I typically have to do a bit more sharpening in post than I normally need to using say one of the m4/3 primes on either of my OMDs.

Pictures and comments!

ISO125, f1.8, 1/60s. It was quite bright on the outside, so I increased shadows setting, reduced highlights and slightly saturated the colors on the RAW file to get this. The dynamic range isn’t quite where interchangeable lens cameras are, but it’s still workable.

ISO125, f2, 1/80s. We’ve started looking for Christmas decorations and a new tree to replace our 5 year old one! The strong presence of red hues didn’t confuse the G7X.

ISO125, f1.8, 1/80s. These two like going to Fairprice – because there are always a lot of fresh milk samples to try. H was standing a little closer than P in this shot. Her face was very slightly out of focus in the shot, so I had to correct it in post. Guess depth of field remains a challenge even for 1″ sensor cameras.

ISO125, f1.8, 1/200s. Another picture with a strongly lit backdrop for me to try working with the G7X Raw files. Applied again a good degree of adjustments to shadows and highlights to get a more pleasing picture.

Family wefie for the three of us!

ISO800, f2.2, 1/100s. Have to post up happy pictures of P – when we feel like strangling him (a lot of times).

ISO250, f1.8, 1/60s. H calls it “Little Red-Riding Meerkat”.

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