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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit

20.1-megapixel digital camera with mini tripod, spare battery, and 32GB memory card

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Canon's PowerShot G7 X Mark II is a great little camera for shooting HD video. This kit makes it even easier to capture great-looking footage. You get a mini tripod, an extra battery, and a 32GB memory card for storing hours of HD video.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

The PowerShot G7 X Mark II's 3" tilting touchscreen helps you compose from interesting angles.

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Canon's PowerShot G7 X Mark II is a great little camera for shooting HD video. This kit makes it even easier to capture great-looking footage. You get a mini tripod, an extra battery, and a 32GB memory card for storing hours of HD video.

The G7X Mark II's powerful autofocus system lets you stay locked on fast-moving subjects, and built-in image stabilization helps with handheld and low-light shooting. Its versatile lens works well in any lighting. The tilting, 3" touchscreen lets you frame and review your shots quickly.

Product Highlights:

  • 20.1-megapixel effective recording
  • large 1" high-sensitivity CMOS image sensor for top-notch image quality
  • 3" tilting LCD touchscreen with 1.04 million-dot resolution
    • tilts upward 180 degrees and downward 45 degrees
  • control ring features a selection lever that switches quickly between step ring and continuous ring movement
  • 4.2X optical zoom (4X digital)
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-100mm
  • advanced autofocus
  • lens features very bright aperture values of f/1.8-2.8
  • Intelligent IS chooses the best type of optical image stabilization to match shooting conditions
  • Wi-Fi® for instant wireless sharing of photos and video
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) touch pairing with compatible Android™ devices
  • DIGIC 7 image processor delivers superior image quality and fast camera response
  • dedicated movie button for instant access even while shooting stills
  • high-speed burst shooting even in RAW mode (up to 8 frames per second continuous shooting)
  • micro (Type D) HDMI output (cable not included)
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Shooting Modes and Settings:
  • RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG modes
  • Picture Style function allows manual control of in-camera color, contrast and sharpness
  • Time-Lapse Movie mode combines images to create a short movie clip of your footage
  • face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
  • star shooting modes help capture stunning images of the night sky
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
  • variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings, including a high sensitivity setting for better low-light shooting
  • exposure compensation settings
  • custom white balance settings
  • manual, aperture-priority, and shutter-priority exposure modes
Dimensions:
  • 4-5/16"W x 2-9/16"H x 1-11/16"D
  • weight: 11.3 oz. (with battery and media)
Supplied Accessories:
  • Manfrotto PIXI mini tripod
  • 2 rechargeable lithium ion batteries (NB-13L)
  • SanDisk 32GB SD card
  • battery charger
  • wrist strap
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit includes the G7 X Mark II digital camera with a spare battery / SD card / and mini tripod (all separately packaged in one box).
  • The G7X Mark II digital camera box includes:
  • Digital camera (black)
  • NB-13L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1250mAh 4.5Wh)
  • CB-2LH battery charger (4.2V 0.7A)
  • Wrist strap
  • Getting Started booklet
  • Warranty card
  • Online registration card
  • Wireless printing promo card
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • ...plus these separately packaged items:
  • SanDisk Ultra 32 GB SDHC UHS-I memory card
  • Canon NB-13L battery pack
  • Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod (black)

Great camera, I bought it to do video blogging. Heard great things about this camera and everything is true.

Oscar C., Houston, TX

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Features and Specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen Yes
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-100mm
Optical Zoom 4.2x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Micro
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Sensor Size 1"
Megapixels 20.1
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 5472 x 3648
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Dimensions
Width (inches) 4-5/16
Height (inches) 2-9/16
Depth (inches) 1-11/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 11.3
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features
Play, Edit, and Print Functions
Battery Information
Input and Output Notes
Software

Features

Video Creator Kit: The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit is a special package that provides the tools for making creative videos and still images. The kit includes the PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera, along with a spare Canon NB-13L Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, a SanDisk Ultra 32 GB SDHC UHS-I memory card, and a Manfrotto PIXI mini tripod.

Multi-angle Touch Panel LCD Monitor: The PowerShot G7 X Mark II has a multi-angle 3.0" TFT color LCD monitor with capacitive touch technology. It features a resolution of approximately 1,040,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The monitor tilts up for framing low-angle shots, and up to 180° and so you can see a mirror image of yourself while taking self portraits. It also tilts backward 45° for framing high-angle shots. Capacitive touch panel controls on the LCD monitor are similar to those on a smartphone, with pinch and swipe actions to let you zoom in and out, and switch from single image to index display. With touch controls, you can quickly change the settings, focus, or even take a picture right on the screen.

Canon's HS System: The PowerShot G7 X Mark II employs the Canon HS System by combining the 1-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High-sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor with the new DIGIC 7 Image Processor to produce spectacular images with minimal noise:

  • Image Sensor: For excellent image quality, the camera uses a 1" CMOS image sensor with approximately 20.9-million total pixels and 20.2-million effective pixels, giving your shots added depth and detail. The 1" image sensor is nearly twice the size of the 1/2.3" sensor used in most point-and-shoot digital cameras.
  • Image Processor: The camera features Canon's latest generation DIGIC 7 Image Processor. The new processor offers enhanced tracking and detection capabilities to keep moving subjects in focus. The new Dual Sensing IS uses data from the image itself to minimize blur from camera shake and body movement to give you clear, sharp pictures, even at slow shutter speeds.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The camera's built-in Wi-Fi lets you wirelessly connect to and send images to computers or smartphones, upload images to social networking sites, photo and video-sharing websites, or use in emails, using the Canon iMAGE Gateway application. You can also send images to other cameras or wireless printers. With the Camera Connect app, you can use Near-Field Communications (NFC) to easily pair the camera with your NFC-compatible Android phone (using OS 4.0 or later) by touching the two devices together at the "N-mark" on the bottom of the camera. You can also shoot images remotely via your smartphone.

Geotagging: GPS data recorded on a smartphone using the Camera Connect app can be added to images taken by the G7 X Mark II. Location information, such as latitude, longitude, and elevation, can be used to identify the precise location where your photos are taken, and display the photos on a map.

Mobile Device Connect Button: The PowerShot G7 X Mark II has a dedicated Mobile Device Connect button for instantly connecting the camera to your mobile device or computer. Once connected, you can transfer images to your smartphone, tablet, or computer on the same wireless LAN.

Control Ring: The camera features a Control Ring surrounding the lens that has multiple assignable features for quick access. You can assign the following functions to the control ring, depending upon the shooting mode: manual focus, white balance, step zoom, continuous zoom, Auto Lighting Optimizer, Aspect Ratio, and ISO.

Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards, including support for high-speed UHS-I memory cards. This Video Creator Kit includes a Class 10, UHS-I compatible 32 GB SDHC card. It features transfer speeds of up to 80MB/sec (write speeds slower).

File Formats: The G7 X Mark II records still images and movies in the following file formats:

  • JPEG: JPEG images are processed inside the camera for optimum image quality and compressed. There are two compression ratios to choose from: Normal and Fine. You can record JPEG images in Large, Medium, Small 1, and Small 2 in 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, and 1:1 aspect ratios.
  • RAW: The RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera imaging element without further processing. The images show almost no deterioration in image quality, and are a higher quality than JPEG images. To view RAW images on your computer, you must use the Digital Photo Professional software (downloadable from the Canon website). Using the software's image processing function, you can broadly adjust the images without deterioration, and then convert the image to a JPEG, TIFF, or other type of image in line with your intended use. You can choose to record RAW files or JPEG files alone, or you can record RAW files and JPEG files simultaneously. RAW images can be recorded in any aspect ratio.
  • Movies: Using the dedicated Movie button, you can record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition with stereo sound in MP4 format: Image Data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio Data: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo). HD Movies are recorded at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) at 60, 30, or 24 frames per second and 1280 x 720 (HD) at 30 fps. SD Movies are recorded at 640 x 480 (VGA) at 30 fps. In addition, the camera can record iFrame movies, Miniature Effect movies, and Star Time-Lapse movies to show movement of objects in the night sky.

Image Sizes: The camera can record in the following image sizes and aspect ratios for JPEG still images:

Image Size 16:9 3:2 4:3 1:1
Large 5472 x 3072 5472 x 3648 4864 x 3648 3648 x 3648
Medium 3648 x 2048 3648 x 2432 3248 x 2432 2432 x 2432
Small 1 2736 x 1536 2736 x 1824 2432 x 1824 1824 x 1824
Small 2 2400 x 1344 2400 x 1600 2112 x 1600 1600 x 1600
Note: RAW images are recorded in Large image size only.

4.2x Optical Zoom Lens: The PowerShot G7 X Mark II is equipped with an f/1.8-2.8, 4.2x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 8.8-36.8mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-100mm). The 4x digital zoom extends the camera's telephoto capabilities to a total zoom of 16.8x. The focusing range differs depending upon the focusing mode:

  • Normal/Auto: 2" - infinity (W), 1.3' - infinity (T)
  • Macro: 2" - 1.6' (W)

Digital Tele-Converter: Using the built-in Digital Tele-Converter, you can increase the focal length of the lens by approximately 1.6x or 2.0x. The focal length when using the 1.6x digital tele-converter is 38.4-160mm. When using the 2.0x tele-converter, the focal length is 48-200mm. The Digital Tele-Converter cannot be used together with the digital zoom.

Preset Focal Lengths: You can shoot at preset focal lengths from 24mm to 100mm (35mm equivalent). This "Step Zoom" feature allows you to shoot at the angle of view of those focal lengths to replicate the use of various prime lenses at the same focal lengths (24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 100mm).

Optical Image Stabilizer: Optical (lens shift type) Image Stabilization allows you to minimize the camera shake which results in blurred images when you shoot distant subjects that have been magnified or when you shoot in dark conditions. Intelligent Image Stabilization (Intelligent IS) automatically selects one of four modes of image stabilization depending upon the shooting conditions: Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid), and Tripod. For Video recording, the camera chooses Dynamic, Powered, Macro (Hybrid), and Active Tripod modes.

Star Shooting Modes: The G7 X Mark II features new Star Shooting modes to help you take photographs of stars in the night sky. Each of these modes requires a tripod to prevent camera shake. Other functions, including Night Display, Color Adjustment, and Star Emphasis, help you make your nighttime photos better. The Star Shooting modes include:

  • Star Portrait: You can capture shots of people against starry skies. Three images are taken, including one with flash, and combined into a single image. The photo is processed to make the stars more prominent.
  • Star Nightscape: Lets you capture impressive shots of starry skies above night scenes. The stars are automatically enhanced to make them more visible.
  • Star Trails: Streaks created by the movement of stars through the sky. You can set a shutter speed and the number of shots, and the camera shoots continuously, over an extended period (around two hours).
  • Star Time-Lapse Movie: Still images are captured continuously at a specified interval and over a certain, and combined to create a movie. During playback, you can view the movement of stars through the sky in a short time.

AF-Assist Beam: The AF-assist beam will sometimes emit when the shutter button is pressed halfway to assist focusing in certain conditions, i.e. dark conditions. The AF-assist beam can be turned off. If animals are your subject, turn off the beam when shooting in the dark to avoid startling them.

Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

Focus Bracketing: The camera automatically takes three shots; one at the manual focus position, and one each with focus positions preset farther and nearer. The three shots are taken at the same interval as continuous shooting. The farther and nearer focus positions can be set in three steps.

Drive Modes: The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II features Single, Continuous, and Self-Timer Drive modes:

  • Single Shot: The camera captures a single image each time the shutter button is fully pressed and released.
  • Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use this mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. The following continuous modes are available:
    • One Shot H: approx. 8 shots per sec. (max: 30 shots)
    • One Shot L: approx. 4 shots per sec.
    • Servo H: approx. 5.4 shots per sec. (max: 46 shots)
    • Servo L: approx. 4 shots per sec.
  • Self-Timer: The self-timer can be used to shoot a group photo that includes the photographer. The camera will activate approximately 10 seconds after a preset time after shutter button is pressed to allow the photographer time to get into the shot. A 2-second self timer is also available if you want to avoid camera shake. The camera features a custom self timer, allowing you to set the time delay (0-10, 15, 20, or 30 seconds) and the number of shots taken (1-10 shots).

Shooting Modes: Using the Mode Dial on the top of the camera, you can select from numerous shooting modes:

  • Smart Auto: Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions, and automatically selects an appropriate setting.
  • Hybrid Auto: You can make a short movie of the day while shooting still images. The camera records 2-4 second clips of scenes just before each shot and combines them into a digest movie.
  • Special Scene Modes: Appropriate settings for specific scenes and shooting conditions: Portrait, Handheld NightScene, Underwater (requires optional waterproof case), and Fireworks.
  • Movies: You can set the camera for standard or iFrame movies, and configure the settings. The camera also has a dedicated movie button to start and stop movie recording when the mode dial is not set to Movie mode.
  • Creative Shot: The camera determines the subject and shooting conditions, automatically applying special effects and recomposing the shot to emphasize the subject. Six still images are recorded for each shot, each with a different effect, including Auto, Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural.
  • Program AE (P): The camera automatically sets both the aperture and the shutter speed.
  • Shutter Speed Priority (Tv): When you set the shutter speed, the camera sets the aperture according to shooting conditions. The shutter speed can be set between 1/2000 and 30 seconds. For long exposures, you can set the shutter speed to Bulb.
  • Aperture Priority (Av): When you set the aperture, the camera sets the shutter speed according to shooting conditions. The aperture can be set between f/1.8 and f/11 (wide angle) and f/2.8 and f/11 (telephoto), depending upon the zoom position.
  • Manual (M): The aperture [f/1.8-11 (W) or f/2.8-11 (T)] and the shutter speed (1/2000 to 30 seconds) are manually set.
  • Custom Mode: You can register commonly used shooting modes and settings to your preference and store them.

Special Effects: You can apply a variety of special effects to images when shooting. Filters include Self Portrait, Panning, High Dynamic Range, Fish-eye Effect, Art Bold Effect, Water Painting Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, and Monochrome.

Exposure Compensation: When shooting against a bright or dark background, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject is correctly lit. You can adjust the exposure from -3 to +3 in 1/3-stop increments.

Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit.

Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): In this mode, the camera automatically changes the exposure within a set range to take three shots at the same interval as continuous shooting. The images are shot in the following order: standard exposure, underexposure, and overexposure. You can set the amount of under- or over-exposure from -2 to +2 in 1/3-stop increments.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative: Used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
  • Center-Weighted Averaging: Averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center.
  • Spot: Meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor.

ISO Settings: The PowerShot G7 X Mark II features Auto and Manual ISO. The higher the ISO, the greater it reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations. ISO speed settings can be adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. The settings include Auto, or manual settings between ISO 125 and ISO 12800.

Built-In Flash: The PowerShot G7 X Mark II has a built-in, pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), Slow-Synchro (flash timing is adjusted to slow shutter speeds) or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 23' in Wide Angle and 1.3' to 13' in Telephoto. You can adjust the flash exposure compensation (+/-2 stops in 1/3 stop increments).

ND Filter: The ND filter reduces light intensity to 1/8 (3-stops) of the actual level, allowing for slower shutter speeds and smaller aperture values. Use of a tripod is recommended with the slower shutter speeds to prevent camera shake.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings:

  • Auto: The camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions.
  • Daylight: For recording outdoors on a bright day.
  • Shade: For shooting in the shade.
  • Cloudy: For recording under overcast, shady or twilight skies.
  • Tungsten: For recording under ordinary incandescent lighting.
  • White Fluorescent: For recording under white fluorescent lighting.
  • Flash: For when recording with the flash.
  • Underwater: For shooting underwater.
  • Custom: Allows you to manually set the white balance and store the settings.

Picture Style: You can choose your preferred colors as a Picture Style to suit the picture representation and subjects. There are 8 Picture Styles available: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, and User Defined. Picture Styles can be customized further by adjusting strength, fineness, threshold, contrast, saturation, color tone, filter effect, and toning effect.

Play, Edit, and Print Functions

Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD monitor for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. You can select the review time from Quick, 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Off. It will also display until you press the shutter button halfway to focus your next shot (Hold).

Focus Check Display: Focus Check display allows you to check the focus of image taken and allows you to easily check facial expressions and whether a subject's eyes are closed. This feature can be set to allow you to check the focus of an image taken right after shooting the subject.

Jump Images: When you have a lot of images recorded onto a memory card, you can use the Jump feature to speed up your search for the image you want to view. You can choose from the following categories:

  • Favorites: displays images tagged as favorites
  • Shot Date: displays the images shot on a specified date
  • Jump 10 Images: jumps over 10 images at a time
  • Jump 100 Images: jumps over 100 images at a time

Index Replay: This feature allows you to view 6, 12, 42, or 110 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in Single Image Replay mode, you can magnify the image up to 10x to get a closer look at the detail. You can also maneuver around in the magnified picture by using the multi-purpose control dial.

Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. Each image displays for approximately 3-10, 15, or 30 seconds. You can choose whether you want a fade transition effect or not.

Movie Playback: In addition to normal playback of your video clips the camera features slow-motion, fast-forward, rewind and frame-by-frame playback.

Cropping: You can crop a portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file. You can also trim the beginnings and ends of recorded movies in one-second increments.

Resizing Images: You can resize images to a lower pixel setting and save the resized image as a separate file.

Red-Eye Correction: You can automatically correct red-eye that occurs in images taken with the flash.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

PictBridge/Wireless Printing: You can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand with an optional USB cable and print photos without having to connect it to a computer. You can also connect the camera wirelessly via an access point or directly.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II powered by the supplied NB-13L rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (3.5V / 1250mAh / 4.5Wh). This Video Creator Kit includes a spare NB-13L battery to double your battery performance. The battery packs can be charged in the supplied CB-2LH battery charger in approximately 5 hours. The typical performance of the battery is as follows:

Still Images LCD Screen: Approx 265 shots
Eco Mode (LCD): Approx. 355 shots
Movie Recording Actual Use Approx. 55 minutes
Continuous Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
Playback Time Approx. 5 hours

Eco Mode: To save battery power, the screen darkens when the camera is not used for approximately two seconds, then turns off after another ten seconds. The camera shuts itself off after three minutes of inactivity.

Input and Output Notes

Digital Terminal: The PowerShot G7 X Mark II has a Micro-B USB 2.0 Hi-Speed terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible printer via a USB cable (not included).

Micro HDMI Output: The PowerShot G7 X Mark II features a Micro-HDMI (Type D) output for connecting the camera to your HDTV. No HDMI cable is included with the camera.

Software

Software: The PowerShot G7 X Mark II does not come with software in the box. The Digital Camera Software program, available for download from the Canon website, includes the following applications:

  • CameraWindow DC: import images and change camera settings
  • Map Utility: adds location information and movement logs to images recorded with active GPS function
  • Digital Photo Professional: view, edit, process, and edit RAW images, and edit JPEG images while retaining originals
  • Picture Style Editor: edit Picture Styles and create and save original Picture Style files

Operating Systems: The software is compatible with the following operating systems:

  • Windows: Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Macintosh: Compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.9

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