• 1.5 inch 233.8mm2
  • 13.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon G1X Mark II advantages over Sony A7 II

  • Less expensive
    $849* vs $1298
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 52 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 28 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Sony A7 II advantages over Canon G1X Mark II

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.30 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Better color depth
    24.9 vs 21.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,449 vs 581 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.6 vs 10.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 13.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.0 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Buy the Sony A7 II

Review Excerpt

  • Wider, longer, faster lens than predecessor, with good overall optical quality; Faster AF performance; Closer macro shooting; Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC with remote shooting; Decent JPEG burst performance; Excellent build quality.

  • Localized flare issue when wide open; No real net improvement in image quality over predecessor; Slow burst mode when shooting RAW files; Poor battery life; Video quality is so-so (not like Canon DSLRs).

  • Excellent 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization; Sensor-shift IS brings stabilization to nearly any lens; Much-improved ergonomics and top-deck control layout; 'Mark II' maintains same impressive image quality, dynamic range and high ISO performance; XAVC S 50Mbps video format; Faster start-up time; Hybrid AF performs well with good continuous AF.

  • (Similar to A7): Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Battery life could be better; Low-light AF still not as good as most DSLRs; High ISO JPEGs look over-processed; Slow buffer clearing; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses (but it's getting better).

The Competition

Compared to Nikon P7800

Canon G1X Mark II
Nikon P7800
  • $849
  • 1.5 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A7 II
Nikon P7800
  • $1098
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A7

Canon G1X Mark II
Sony A7
  • $849
  • 1.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A7 II
Sony A7
  • $1098
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Canon G1X Mark II
Panasonic LX100
  • $849
  • 1.5 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A7 II
Panasonic LX100
  • $1098
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)

Canon G1X Mark II
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
  • $849
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1063
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A7 II
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
  • $1098
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1063
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Sony A7 III

Canon G1X Mark II
Sony A7 III
  • $849
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $1965
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A7 II
Sony A7 III
  • $1098
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1965
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
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