The symbol is for the creative filter mode... no idea about that thing
I've been using the G7X first version and now G7X II underwater exclusively for 2 years now. Stellar results in a small package
Canon G7X Mark II in a Fantasea housing. Two small but very capable Inon S2000 strobes and for wide shooting the Fantasea BigEye F Series dome lens (restores the 24mm field of view UNDERWATER.) Here's a few more from the Philippines I shot this year.I'd used a Canon PowerShot G7 back in 2007.. the images aren't as good as yours, but at time way better than most. Sadly the camera itself wasn't as robust as I'd like.. had 2 fail on me, but it did show me the potential.
Did you use an external light source? Always found the amount of light under water challenging.
Odd generalization. It sounds like you mean that anyone whose requirements for a small travel camera differs from yours is irrelevant.anything under 5X is lame
I don't know your macro expectations for a compact camera, or what might be reasonable expectations in general. The camera will focus on things a couple inches away at the wide angle setting, and results look rather sharp to me. But no, you don't get a true 1:1 macro out of this little camera.Reports of poor macro performance on the Mark II caused me to back off on a Summer 2018 purchase.
unless you just want something with great macro of only doing close up, but you can either get great specs and under 6X or underrated specs and 12X-25(+)X. I think now that mirrorless is causing so many of the brands to focus on first micro 4/3 and now mainly on FF, the point and shoot level has gotten kind of muted. Ive been keeping an eye on target and walmart's selection and they have had the same 4-7 cameras in stock for at least 3-5 years(give or take because some upgraded a tad), but other than mirrorless nothing has been revolutionary. Not saying that I don't want to get one, but just for the mid range but hand held something needs to change. When i was 12-18 a 3.3X was fine because the every day camera was nothing special, but now they're better and there's more with their specs only being a sliver difference from each other, and then the OS are the major difference and learning how to use them is the only flaw between taking good shots and not.Odd generalization. It sounds like you mean that anyone whose requirements for a small travel camera differs from yours is irrelevant.
Sony has a somewhat more expensive camera in the same class. It used to have a zoom range equivalent to 24 to 70 mm. They've come out with a new version that zooms up to 200 mm. That sounds like more to your taste. What they have lost in the process is lens speed. The old version was somewhat similar to the G7X's f/1.8-2.8. The new version is f/2.8 to 4.5. So you have choices.
I'm looking forward to the audio line in, so won't settle for the mark III have the g9x mark II was looking to upgrade to the g7x III for brighter lens. Might have to wait longer then or buy the older mark II(probably not due to macro). Was hoping for improved macro in the g7x mark III as that was also what put me off buying the mark II. The macro on the g9x ii is fairly good.