The new lit­tle pow­er­house from Canon: The Pow­erShot G7 X Mark II

Asian Diver (English) - - Advertorial - By Gill McDon­ald

I was re­cently lucky enough to be able to try out the brand new Canon Pow­erShot G7 X Mark II, and its un­der­wa­ter hous­ing, in the reef-wall play­ground of Bu­naken Na­tional Park and the muck par­adise of the Lem­beh Strait, both in In­done­sia. It turned out to be a joy to use un­der­wa­ter, in any light con­di­tions, with macro, mov­ing or wide-an­gle sub­jects alike. With the ro­bust hous­ing al­low­ing you to use it down to 40 me­tres, this lit­tle com­pact re­ally is an un­der­wa­ter pow­er­house!

The up­grade to the Canon Pow­erShot G7 X brings a range of new fea­tures which build on the al­ready ex­cel­lent and very pop­u­lar Canon Pow­erShot G7 X com­pact cam­era: The Canon Pow­erShot G7 X Mark II uses the same class-lead­ing sen­sor and lens, but is the first cam­era to use Canon's new DIGIC 7 im­age pro­ces­sor to sup­port sev­eral new per­for­mance im­prove­ments. The startup is quicker, there is en­hanced im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, faster con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing, and vastly im­proved im­age qual­ity. Un­der­wa­ter, the Canon Pow­erShot G7 X Mark II comes into its own. There is less noise at higher ISOs for low-light con­di­tions. The aut­o­fo­cus track­ing is su­perb for mov­ing fish. Both macro and wide-an­gle sub­jects yield ex­cel­lent, sharp re­sults in nat­u­ral light and the one-touch cus­tomised white bal­ance func­tion – es­sen­tial for un­der­wa­ter shoot­ing – makes cap­tur­ing both stills and mov­ing im­ages in vi­brant colour, quick and easy.

The cam­era also records 14-bit RAW files in­stead of the pre­vi­ous 12-bit. Ba­si­cally, this means more data is recorded on the sen­sor, con­se­quently al­low­ing more flex­i­bil­ity dur­ing post-pro­cess­ing.

The Canon Pow­erShot G7 X Mark II is a great new ad­di­tion to the Canon pre­mium com­pact range and a boon for both beginner and en­thu­si­ast pho­tog­ra­phers. It would also make an ex­cel­lent backup com­pact for the more­ad­vanced un­der­wa­ter shooter. Thank you Canon!

Im­ages taken with the Pow­erShot G7 X Mark II

1. Flam­boy­ant cut­tle­fish, Me­tasepia pf­ef­feri

Set­tings: f/4, 1/125s, ISO 200

2. Gi­ant bar­rel sponges, Xestospon­gia muta

Set­tings: f/5, 1/80s, ISO 200

• 1.0-inch, 20.1-megapixel CMOS sen­sor with new

DIGIC 7 Im­age Pro­ces­sor

• Low noise im­ages shoot­ing at higher ISOs • Un­der­wa­ter macro mode for fo­cus­ing on small sea life • 1080p Full HD video in MP4 for­mat with stereo sound • High-speed con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing up to 8fps in RAW

mode, and both JPEG mode and RAW+JPEG mode

Canon Un­der­wa­ter Hous­ing (WP-DC55)

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