Is the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II Good for Vlogging?
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If you’ve been looking around for the best vlogging camera, you’ve probably heard of the Canon Powershot G7X. This model became really popular between YouTubers that were already established when it came out. It was such a successful model that Canon decided to release an upgrade. Right now the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II is a really good vlogging camera that is worth getting if you got the money for it.
There are some surprising features this new model brings, but first let’s see if the camera keeps what made it one of the best cameras for video blogging.
Is the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II Truly a Good Vlogging Camera?
This model keeps what made its predecessor one of the best cameras for vlog recording, but it also adds physical and performance improvements.
We are able to find everything we loved about the Mark I; it still has a flip-up screen, incredible fast and accurate autofocus, the same excellent lens (same Optical Image Stabilization) and responsiveness. It still allows manual controls, supports RAW, and has WiFi and a touchscreen.
You will get a non-shaky image while walking around and you can use the flip screen to check that you’re in the shot. Its fast lens (f/1.8 at wide) lets you achieve the blurry background effect if you want it. You can also still change focus point with the tip of your finger thanks to the touchscreen.
Its NFC and WiFi connections let you upload your recordings to your personal computer without having to use cables, and it’s also friendly with modern devices. You can use your smartphone or table to control the camera.
It also preserves another thing we loved about the previous version: size and weight. Their differences in these measures are almost imperceptible. The new model is around 3mm larger and just 15g heavier.
The G7X II isn’t the most pocketable, but it’s one of the smallest cameras you can find with this kind of quality.
These are all features we loved and that we still get with the new model. Now, for the new you’re going to get…
What’s New in this model?
The first thing you will notice is that it got a new rubber grip on the front. This doesn’t only helps when holding the camera from behind, but also when you turn it around to record yourself. This is a really nice addition that helps preventing drops as the camera won’t slip away as easily as the first model.
However, this only feels as a bonus feature. One of the real benefits the G7X Mark II brings is the reduced noise at high ISO. It also has an additional ISO step (expandable to 25,600). This means that this model is better for low-light recording than its predecessor.
But it doesn’t stop there; it also turns on faster thanks to a new processor. This last feature also helps a lot for RAW format. The camera includes new 14-bit RAW file support and allows in-camera RAW processing. Photographers will find these features really useful.
But one thing that everyone finds useful is its improved battery life management. It comes with the same battery but it lasts 25% longer. This makes it 265 shots before needing a recharge.
Finally, a new cool feature for vlog recording is a built-in, time-lapse feature. This way you don’t need extra equipment or software updates to do this kind of video, which is pretty popular between vlogging channels.
I like the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II because it offers a much better deal for just a little bit more of cash. I didn’t think that this upgrade was going to be worth until I saw that indeed it has really good improvements.
One of my favorite things is the feeling of its new grip. Something that bothers me about P&S cameras is that I drop them easily (I have butter hands), so its new rubber grip really helps people like me.
But most importantly, getting improved autofocus —specifically for low-contrast situations—, 25% more battery, better low-light performance overall and a faster processor are more enhancements than what I had expected.
Canon turned a camera that was already really close to be the perfect vlog camera and made it even better.
Still, there’s something lacking:
A mic input, please Canon!
Still, we shouldn’t blame them. Almost all compact and mirrorless cameras lack a mic jack. Maybe camera companies don’t want the audio recorder industry to have a bad time.
In conclusion, the Canon Powershot G7 X MII might not be worth getting if you already got a Mark I, since its price isn’t the most accessible, but it’s certainly worth if you’re upgrading from a cheaper camera. It might be the closest you can get to a camera made for vloggers.
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