Needing a “real” camera in addition to the great camera on my iPhone 7 Plus for my travels, I decided on the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II. The camera is a favorite for travelers and travel vloggers/bloggers, and for good reason. The G7X Mark II is relatively compact, yet packs a number of features including a high-performance 1.0-inch 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor as well as a bright f/1.8–2.8 lens that works well in low-light conditions (which is one of the few alleged shortcomings of the iPhone 7 Plus camera). I was eager to try the camera out on my first trip to Iceland in June 2017 and see how it compares to the iPhone 7 Plus.

The iPhone 7 Plus camera has so many things going for it that it’s hard to justify another camera unless you are a professional photographer. One of the best things about the iPhone 7 Plus is the slim size. It always fits in any pocket I have, including in the pockets on my board shorts. The G7 X Mark II isn’t as slim, though it’s compact enough to fit in a coat pocket (which is a perfect fit for Iceland).

One of the first stops on my Iceland trip was powerful Skogafoss Falls. In addition to the photogenic waterfall, there is a mighty river running above it with a vast barren landscape and a beautiful green meadow below. Scenic is an understatement. Below are several photos of the area taken with the G7X Mark II. (The below photos have been reduced in size to 2,000 pixels wide from the original 5472 x 3648 for this blog posting.)

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For a better idea of the G7X Mark II’s photo quality, the next several photos are actually sections of photos that have not been reduced in size.

The next five photos are similar shots from the iPhone 7 Plus:

Verdict

Speaking as a non-professional photographer, the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II is a solid travel camera. With a solid feel and compact size, the camera returns large-resolution, high-quality photos. In comparison to my iPhone 7 Plus, the G7X Mark II rivals the iPhone, which is something many cameras do not do, and returns larger resolution photos (5472 x 3648 for the G7X Mark II vs 4032 x 3024 for the iPhone 7 Plus). The Canon photos do seem to be a little more “crisp” than the iPhone, but overall there’s not much difference in image quality between the two. I will continue to believe the iPhone 7 is based on alien technology. As for video, the G7X Mark II only offers 1080HD while the iPhone 7 offers 4K. But for video I will be using the excellent GoPro Hero 5 more which records impressive and immersive videos. One area of concern I had about the G7X Mark II was the battery life. A few reviews at Amazon.com indicated there was an issue with short battery life. But I did not experience that problem in Iceland. The battery lasted all day for many photos with energy to spare. Nevertheless, I did purchase one additional battery just to be sure and I switched out batteries daily after recharging.

VERDICT: The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II is recommended by Travelociraptor.com!