Canon’s 20.2-million-pixel G7 X is the firm’s first-ever compact camera with a 1-inch type sensor, marking an entirely new line in the Canon range. Jon Devo tests it out
Build and Handling
Canon PowerShot G7 X Review – Build and Handling
At first sight the Canon PowerShot G7 X looks like a highly attractive premium model with its refined speckled metal body and anodised red aluminium detailing below the shutter and mode dials. Measuring just 103mm x 60.4mm x 40.4mm it has a good weight-to-size ratio at 304g. On the front of the camera, Canon has placed a control ring around the lens that can be set to control a number of parameters, including shutter speed and ISO, however leaving it on aperture control was my preference. A very satisfying click occurs as the metal ring is turned, adding to the tactile experience of shooting manually.
This setup enabled me to adjust the shutter settings on the rear control dial, while exposure compensation can be manipulated ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments using the dedicated EV dial, positioned beneath the mode dial. Having dedicated controls for EV is great, although I feel Canon has positioned it too tightly beneath the mode dial, making it unnecessarily tough to adjust, especially when wearing gloves.
The G7 X also features a 1.04-million-dot 3in capacitive touch panel LCD screen that can be tilted 180° to face forwards for taking group or self-portraits. I found the touchscreen highly responsive, and great for swiping through images during playback, but it is especially useful for adjusting settings during movie recording when moving the physical controls would otherwise cause unwanted camera shake.
The screen is clearly visible in most conditions and the colours displayed closely match the JPEG images captured using the G7 X. The camera features a small built-in pop-up flash with a stated range of 5cm – 7m (W) and 40cm – 4m (T) on Auto ISO. I found the results of using flash to be even and not too overpowering – it performed well, even in conditions of darkness.
Despite my slight issue with the exposure compensation dial, the controls of the GX 7 are sensibly placed, which along with the clicking lens control ring and the raised texturised rubber thumb rest for grip all contribute to making this a pleasant camera to shoot with.