Is the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II Good for Vlogging?

Why the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II is a Good Vlogging Camera
Max. Recording Quality: 1080p60/30p/24p | MP: 20.1 | ISO: 125 – 25,600 |Flip Screen: Yes | Touchscreen: Yes | WiFi: Yes | Lens: 24-100mm (f/1.8-f/2.8) | External Mic Port: No | Video File Format: .mp4 | Sensor: 1″ CMOS Battery Life: 265 shots

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 vlogging 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.

Conclusion

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 vlogging 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 vlogging.

Have any question? Ask me in the comment section. I usually reply within 24 hours.

Pros

  • High-quality lens
  • Great low-light performance
  • Vlogging friendly (flip screen, OIS)
  • Lots of improvements for a small price increase

Cons

  • No mic input
  • Could be more pocketable


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19 thoughts on “Is the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II Good for Vlogging?

  • August 7, 2016 at 8:57 pm
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    Do you know if this camera would be good for hair/makeup tutorials? I’m interested in both vlogging and tutorials but im not sure about buying two separate cameras! Thanks for the info above – it was really helpful 🙂

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    • August 9, 2016 at 5:54 am
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      Hello Cate, I’m glad it was helpful

      I have another post about makeup videos and I talk a lot about DSLRs there, but if you want to combine both worlds (vlogging and makeup) then I’d recommend this camera. It’s small and comfortable to vlogging, but also has a really high quality lens and fully manual mode you can use for your makeup.

      I believe it’s great to combine both worlds.

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  • August 21, 2016 at 9:47 am
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    Hi!

    Firstly, thank you for your great review – I found it really informative and helpful, as someone interested in entering the world of vlogging! I’m just wondering, as someone slightly inexperienced with the technicality of cameras but can sufficiently use them, what does it mean “mic input” (or lack thereof)? Does this mean you have to talk quite loudly for it to pick up sounds?

    Thanks 🙂

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    • August 21, 2016 at 11:55 am
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      Hello Imogen,

      It just means that you won’t be able to connect an external microphone to it. It does come with an internal microphone so it does pickup sound. But using an external microphone is always better (if you choose a good one). This means that you will need to use an external recorder if you want to have better audio.

      You’re welcome!

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  • September 1, 2016 at 7:05 pm
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    Hello Will!

    First off, great content on this website! I’ve recently started vlogging and your content helped me choose a good camera, the Canon G7X Mark ii. I’ve purchased a small camera case and an SD card. Now I’m aiming to pick up a mic and tripod. My style of vlogging is recording what goes on in my daily life which means a lot of traveling. Furthermore, I also record videos at home talking about various topics. I was wondering what mic you would recommend and which tripod would be good for my style. I have no idea for the mic but I’m considering a simple JOBY Gorillapod for my tripod.

    Thanks in advance!

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    • September 4, 2016 at 11:22 am
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      Hello Joshua

      I’m really happy that this website has been useful to you!

      The gorilla pod is a good idea because it’s light and you can travel easily with it (more of that on this post). Regarding microphone, you will probably need an external recorder and connect a lavaliere to it since the G7 X doesn’t have external mic input. The Zoom H1 and the Giant Squid Lavaliere mic is a good combination. I talked about that duo in my microphone post.

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  • September 9, 2016 at 12:46 am
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    Hi

    I got my mk2 a few days ago obviously to start vlogging. I’m pretty clueless at using cameras. What settings would you recommend to record and how do I set them up?

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    • September 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm
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      Hello Luke,

      I would recommend to try with just using the auto mode for now. The Mark II has a really good auto mode that responds well to lighting situations. I’m preparing a guide to learn how to set a camera to make it perfect for vlog videos, if you want you can join my email list to find out when I release it (the opt-in is to the right side of the site)

      Thanks for your comment!

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    • October 11, 2016 at 11:26 am
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      Thanks for sharing Renaz! Beautiful video.

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  • October 12, 2016 at 12:08 pm
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    Hi Will, great review thanks for publishing.

    What would you recommend in this vlogging camera category that DOES have an external mic input? I’d much prefer a camera that can record video & external audio together rather than having to use another device to record audio and sync the two later in post.

    Thanks,
    -Chris

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    • October 22, 2016 at 2:27 pm
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      Hello Chris,

      The Canon EOS M3 is my favorite choice that has as mic input, it’s probably the best one with mic input for vlogging. I included on the list of the best vlog camera 2016.

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  • December 31, 2016 at 3:31 am
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    Hi great review thanks 🙂
    I got this camera for Christmas and need to get an SD card. What one would you recommend?

    Thanks
    Becks

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  • May 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm
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    I need a camera like the G5X, but with a mic port. Any ideas?

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    • May 18, 2017 at 10:35 am
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      Hello Olin!

      Probably the Canon EOS M3 is the closest you can get

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  • June 3, 2017 at 3:43 pm
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    Hi!!

    Your site is super helpful, i’m liking this camera for vlogging but i want to use it for trips and when i’m out (when i’m home i shoot with my DSLR), i don’t want to have to wear a lavalier mic when im blogging, so my question is: is the incorporated mic in this camera good enough for vlogging?

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    • June 7, 2017 at 10:52 am
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      Hello Anaisa,

      I’m glad you’re finding it helpful! The microphone is decent and this version of the camera doesn’t make as much noise when focusing as the Mark I. Still, I always recommend using a microphone no matter what camera we’re talking about because there isn’t a single camera out there with a good built-in microphone. You could try to see if the sound quality works for you, but be aware that it’s not going to be good if there’s too much wind.

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