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

Product Overview

Overall rating:

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

Product:

Canon Powershot G7 X review

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Price as reviewed:

£579.00
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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.

  1. 1. Canon PowerShot G7 X Review – Introduction
  2. 2. Build and Handling
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Resolution, Dynamic Range and Noise
  5. 5. Verdict
  6. 6. First Look
  7. 7. Canon PowerShot G7 X Review – Specification
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