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Canon Powershot G7 X review

October 21, 2014

Overall Rating:

4

Canon Powershot G7 X


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Pros:

  • - Excellent image quality from this camera’s 1-inch sensor
  • - Premium design with good physical controls
  • - 24-100mm equivalent focal length is versatile enough to cover a wide range of shooting scenarios
  • - Responsive 1.04-million-dot resolution LCD touchscreen with useful 90° tilt action, ideal for low-angle shots

Cons:

  • - No hotshoe
  • - Dated AF system

Manufacturer:

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Price as Reviewed:

£579.00

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

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Verdict

Canon PowerShot G7 X Review – Verdict

The G7 X is Canon’s first foray into the 1-inch-sensor compact camera market and given that this section has been dominated almost exclusively by Sony’s RX100 series, the G7 X is a welcome contender. The RX100 Mark III has a neat pop-up OLED viewfinder and for some the lack of any equivalent on the G7 X may be the deal breaker, but in its defence, the Canon offers a more extended zoom range of 24-100mm versus 24-70mm. It also handles slightly better in my opinion, with controls and menus sensibly placed and easy to navigate.

Panasonic’s new LX100 also offers some competition to the G7 X with some great features that the Canon model simply can’t match, such as 4K video recording and 4K stills capabilities.

I found the 90° tilt screen very useful when trying to get low angle shots, but occasionally my efforts were frustrated whenever I wanted to shoot at an alternative angle, as the screen only titled upwards. Of course you can connect the camera to a smart device quite easily and control it remotely to get around this issue, but some photographers may not have this option. It’s not a big issue but the screen’s lack of mobility is somewhat limiting.

My wish list of improvements I’d have liked to see in the G7 X include an advanced hybrid AF system, faster image processing with a higher frame rate during burst shooting, a multi-interface accessory hotshoe and weather sealing, but we can’t have it all (yet). But with all of that being said, at around £570, Canon’s model is the cheapest of the pack and offers a lot of benefits, including superb manual handling in a truly portable frame, weighing significantly less than Panasonic’s LX100 and fitting neatly into trouser pockets.

  • Sensor: 20.20million-pixel, back-illuminated 1in-type CMOS
  • Output size: 5472 x 3648 pixels (raw, L)
  • Focal length mag: Optical 4.2x, ZoomPlus 8.4x
  • Lens: 24-100mm equivalent f/1.8-2.8
  • File format: Raw (NEF), JPEG, raw + JPEG
  • Shutter speeds: 250-1/2000sec
  • ISO: 125-12,800
  • Exposure modes: Smart auto (58 scenes), PASM, custom, hybrid auto, creative shot, scene, star, movie
  • Metering: Evaluative (linked to face detect AF frame), centre
  • Drive: 6.5fps, 4.4fps (tracking AF)
  • Movie: Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 60fps, built-in stereo mic
  • Viewfinder: n/a
  • Display: 3in, 180° tilt, 1.04-million dots
  • Focusing: AiAF 31-point contrast-detection
  • Memory card: SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
  • Dimensions: 103 x 60.4 x 40.4mm
  • Weight: 304g

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