Canon G7X Mark II and Mark I

Canon G7X Mark I vs Mark II

A couple of months back I reviewed the Canon G7X Mark II. The first generation of this camera had been very popular among online video creators, especially vloggers. Today, I am comparing the two models to see whether there has been a significant improvement and to determine which camera offers the better value.

Here is my video review

    Here are key features of the G7X Mark II:

  • 1″ CMOS image sensor
  • the latest DIGIC 7 Image Processor – first Canon camera with this processor
  • 3.0″ inch touch screen that flips 180 degrees for taking selfies; Mark II also tilts down 45 degrees
  • fast f/1.8-f/2.8 4.2x Optical Zoom (24-100mm) image stabilized lens
  • high-speed AF with 31 focus points
  • video in 1080P at 24 fps, 25 fps (PAL), 30 fps (NTSC), 60 fps
  • stills at up to 8 fps continuous shooting rate
  • file format support: jpeg and RAW for pictures; MP4 for video
  • maximum ISO of 12800 (25600 ISO is available in expanded mode, but it is not useful)
  • a time lapse function and a built-in ND filter
    Here are the main differences between Mark II and Mark I:

  • DIGIC 7 vs DIGIC 6 image processor
  • stills at up to 8 fps vs 6.5 fps continuous shooting rate
  • Mark II allows to shoot 1080P at 24 fps
  • Mark II touch screen also flips down to 45 degrees
  • Mark I doesn’t allow to set the colour temperature (only auto and white-balance presets available)
  • Mark II allows for three custom Picture Profiles (same as on the Canon 80D DSLR, for example); Mark I allows only one, more limited Picture Profile setting
  • weight: 320 g vs 303 g
  • Bit depth: 14-bit vs 12-bit

To see my in-depth review of the G7X Mark II, please go here.

You can buy these two cameras on eBay and

Canon G7X Mark II on eBay

Canon G7X Mark I on eBay

It is a good idea to get extra batteries because the one Canon battery that comes with the camera will last you half a day – if you are lucky. Below are the batteries that I bought. They don’t last quite as long, but given the big price difference, you still get much better value with these third-party batteries.

By the way, when you put a non-Canon battery in the camera, you will get a message asking whether this is a Canon battery. Once you click “No”, you will get another message, this one saying that Canon cannot guarantee the performance of this battery. Despite this message, I have not had any problems whatsoever.

If you area going to have three or maybe even five batteries to charge (I got two of these double packs), a second charger is advisable. I really like the combo that includes the AC charger and the car charger, in addition to the two batteries, and that is what I bought.

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