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Introduction

The Canon G7 X Mark II and Sony RX100 III are pocket-sized, large-sensor cameras that have been released on the market in February 2016, and June 2014, respectively, and from the moment they have appeared, they gained huge popularity because they are a superb option for everyone who seeks shooting pictures on the go and share the captured content instantly!

As a matter of fact, both cameras have their own advantages and disadvantages, and both of them are very similar to each other, which is something that I absolutely favor because in this article, this will help you and me have an entertaining time while comparing the products.

Ready? Let’s get started and find out which one should be a better option for you!

Head To Head Comparison

Canon G7 X Mark II

The Canon G7 X Mark II has an elegant, yet exceptionally compact, metal body that measures 2.4 x 4.2 x 1.7″ (HWD), weighs only 11.3 ounces, and considering its compactness, I can easily say that this camera feels solid since its metal, body material does contribute a lot to the camera’s ability to withstand a daily use!

Furthermore, I really like the color combination, and especially the way Canon has organized the control layout. On the top, glossy-black plate, you can find an On/Off button, shutter release button, and a single Mode dial, whereas on the front, next to the ring, you can notice the well-made grip that is covered in a textured pattern which allows you have a steady and comfortable hold of the camera which is always welcome especially during your shooting sessions. Also on the top, mounted on a hinge, you can find a flash that starts firing once you tilt it back, aqnd let’s not forget the other dedicated dial of which you can take advantage and adjust the exposure compensation.

If you take a look from the rear, the entire top and left part of the body lacks buttons, and instead, all of the controls are set to the right in a kind of compressed fashion, which is normal and I don’t really think that you will have difficulties accessing them.

The control layout here consists of a joypad that is flanked by four buttons such as the Ring function, Video recording, and the normal Play button.

Moreover, since this unit lacks a viewfinder, the only way you can capture photos or record videos would be through the 3″ LCD touchscreen that has a resolution of 1,040k-dot which is mounted on a hinge, giving you an opportunity to tilt it upward, downward and even use it for taking selfies! The visuals are excellent in my opinion and I definitely think that you will love shooting with this camera, because you’d be able to adjust it according to your prefrences and capture wonderful photos from different angles!

Speaking of the connection ports, the G7 X Mark II holds a micro-HDMI port, micro-USB port, single memory card slot that supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, whereas, the built-in connectivity options are Wi-Fi and NFC which will allow you to transfer your content easily and effectively. All you would have to do in order to achieve this would be to download the Canon Camera Connect app and use all of the given features.

Performance-wise, this model packs a 1″, 20.1MP CMOS sensor, a powerful DIGIC 7 image processor that provides you a better performance if you compare it with the camera’s predecessor, the G7 X because the noise is handled nicely as you’re shooting at higher speeds, but let’s not also forget the continuous shooting rate of 8 fps, 31-point AF and the ISO range that stretches from 125-12,800!

Moving on, the G7 X Mark II allows you to capture JPG and RAW format images, and honestly, the results are simply flawless. The best results are achieved between ISO 1600-3200, because during this range, colors are accurate, the level of detail is pretty good and the overall quality of the image is exceptionally sharp. However, keep in mind that if you opt to shoot through the lowest, ISO 125 sensitivity, you will notice a presence of blur that may decrease the image quality, and if you push higher, between ISO 6400 and ISO 12,800, you will not be satisfied with the result. Images appear blurry and I’d recommend you avoid these levels.

On the other hand, RAW images look overwhelming even at ISO 400, and as you’re going upper, starting from ISO 800, noise starts to appear, but still, it will not decrease the image quality. At ISO 3200, although results aren’t the best, images are still usable, and if you go up to ISO 6400-12,800, in comparison to JPGs, RAW imagery looks better, but still, results aren’t very strong.

Aside from shooting photos, the G7 X Mark II is great for recording videos as well, due to the fact that it records 1080p videos at 60 fps in MP4 format, and you will have an option to switch between 24/30 fps as well. If you ask me, I really like the footage quality because videos appear really strong, hence, I can conclude that this is a highly versatile camera which is meant to let you achieve great photo and video results.

Sony RX100 III

The Sony RX100 III is all about class and easy shooting. This model features a luxurious, matte-black body that measures 2.3 x 4 x 1.6″ (HWD), weighs 10.2 ounces which is even lighter in comparison to the G7 X Mark II, but this doesn’t mean that the RX100 III isn’t solid at all. In fact, it is made of aluminum and what’s also cool is that it is moisture and dust-resistant, which by default means that you can easily shoot photos and videos in different environments and weather conditions.

In terms of the controls, the top plate holds a Power button, zoom rocker, shutter release button, a single Mode dial, and a flash, whereas, on the rear, there is the remainder of the controls which are really well-organized, although as was the case with the G7 X Mark II they are kind of tightly packed.

The right-handed side holds a Movie button, single flat dial that lets you have an access in up to 4 directional controls, yet a programmable C button and an Fn button.

In the center, there’s the LCD screen, while above it, on the top-left corner you can find a pop-up electronic viewfinder which is surely a great addition and clearly, on the contrary to the G7 X Mark II, this camera will offer you a bit more convenient shooting experience.

For your information, the viewfinder has an OLED panel and it is covered with an anti-reflective coating which will ensure that your eyesight will never be distracted, while you on the other side, would be capable of locking onto a target smoothly and have e truly comfortable user experience. I’d also like to mention that the EVF is small, but covers up to 100% of the field, and has a magnification of 0.59x, so, for now, I don’t have remarks regarding this product.

Below the viewfinder, there’s a 3″, 1,228k-dot display ( 921k-dot in practice) that is mounted on a hinge, same as the camera’s opponent, hence, you’ll be able to tilt it up and down, and even face it forward for taking selfies. The screen is bright and the visuals are strong, so I think that you unlikely find remarks regarding this part of the screen.

Moreover, the Sony RX100 III employs a multi-interface port that combines a port for optional remote control with a USB 2.0 and charging, as well as a micro-HDMI port, single memory card slot compatible with both, SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-I SD cards. The built-in connectivities are Wi-FI and NFC, and here, both cameras receive credits because both of them allow you to share your photos and videos wirelessly.

When it comes to the performance, the Sony RX100 III is powered by a strong, BIONZ X image processor, has a 1″, 20.1MP Exmor R sensor which ensures that you can capture photos in dimly lit environments and that occurrences of noise will not because you difficulties, a native ISO range of 160-12,800 which is expandable to 125-25,600, burst shooting speed of 10 fps, and a reliable 25-point AF!

This unit outputs exceptionally good results under low ISO, and you can even switch between two noise reduction levels, such as the low and standard, in order to make the image suitable to your preferrences.

At ISO 800, I think that the Sony RX100 III performs better in comparison to the Canon G7 X Mark II, although both cameras are prone to compress and kind of clip within dark areas. What’s good is that colors are accurate and that details remain strong. If you go even lower, at ISO 400, this camera handles the noise nicely, but still, you can notice some noise although it isn’t heavily pronounced.

If you opt to shoot at the upper ISO range, I’d recommend you to stick up to ISO 6400, because at ISO 12,800, noise starts to appear more, but still, this camera performs a way better in comparison with most of the cameras in this range.

RAW images are awesome, because they control the color rendering really good, and they remain sharp most of the time, until you reach the highest levels, but even then, they look better than JPGs.

Finally, the Sony RX100 III records 1080p videos at 60fps/30/24, and if you shoot under bright-light occurrences, I think that you will be more than satisfied because the given footage is insanely good. Under low-light situations, the camera knows how to maintain its quality performance, and so far, I really like the results.

Feature Comparison

Canon G7 X Mark II Sony RX100 III
Camera Type
Point-and-Shoot
Point-and-Shoot
Megapixels
20.1
20.1
ISO Range
125-12,800
160-12,800;125-25,600
Flip-Out Screen
Yes
Yes
AF Points
31 AF Points
25 AF Points
Viewfinder
No
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
No
Video Recording
Yes
Yes
Sensor Size
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS

Conclusion

In the end, before I announce the winner, I’d suggest you to make a quick overview of the areas in which the first camera outperforms the other, and vice-versa.

For Portrait photography, both cameras distribute an average performance, but the RX100 III performs better, whereas for Street photography, both cameras are excellent, but once again, the G7 X Mark II wins the race.

For sports Photography, the RX100 III outputs a far better performance in comparison to its opponent, while for Daily and Landscape photography, both cameras perform in similar fashion, although the winner is the RX100 III.

The parts where the G7 X Mark II is better than the RX100 Mark II is with its 31-AF points opposed to the Canon’s 25, because it supports UHS-I cards, the built-in timelapse recording ability and its touchscreen.

On the contrary, the Sony RX100 III will offer you a better shooting experience thanks to its viewfinder, because it has 18% higher resolution screen ( 1,229k vs 1,040k-dots), it is by 2 fps faster ( 10 vs 8fps), it is lighter and has a better battery life ( ~320 vs ~265 shots).

Therefore, the Sony RX100 III would be a better option for you!