Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II competition: How about a Panasonic?
All told, the G7 X Mark II is a well-priced all-rounder - but it’s not alone in that niche. Panasonic’s Lumix TZ100 is a superior alternative with the same 1-inch sensor size, 4K video recording and an electronic viewfinder all bundled together. Better yet, it costs exactly the same as the Canon: a respectable £550. And its black and silver edition with red trim is pretty tasty too.
Looking to spend a little bit less? For £500 you can pick up the excellent Fujifilm X70 and revel in its sleek retro charms. It also packs in a bigger 16.3MP APS-C, than the Canon or Panasonic but skimps on a zoom.
If money is no concern, though, then you'll want to look at Sony’s RX100 Mark V: pound-for-pound it's the best premium compact you can buy. Trouble is, you’d expect as much for an eye-watering £1000. While the older RX100 Mark III is still knocking about on Amazon for £579, two years is a long time in tech and advancements in image processing and connectivity mean you’re probably best off plumping for a newer model.
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II verdict
It’s a tough old time for compact cameras. Canon’s G7 X Mark II is good at pretty much everything, yet it's still not the kind of device you should buy no questions asked. The competition at this kind of price is absolutely ferocious.
For sheer point-and-shoot convenience, this camera is almost untouchable. It’s lightweight, has a decent enough zoom and takes a great photo. If you’re not that fussed about 4K video - maybe you don’t have a 4K TV yet - then it’s only really the lack of a viewfinder that’s holding the G7 X Mark II back from a five-star rating.
So while it’s frustrating that Canon doesn’t push the boat out a little bit more with its premium compacts, there’s still precious little to complain about with this effort.