Canon PowerShot G7 X Review - The Canon PowerShot G7 X is the manufacturer's answer to the new breed of pocketable compacts enabled with larger sensors
Canon PowerShot G7 X Review – First Look
Perhaps the most impressive of the Canon PowerShot G7 X’s numerous features is its lens. The model sports zoom lens which covers a focal range of 24-100mm and with a maximum aperture range of f/1.8-2.8, a lens which out performs that found one of its likely rivals – the Sony RX100 III.
It matches the RX100 III in terms of sensor specification, also boasting a 1in CMOS chip. That in the G7 X offers a 20MP resolution and a maximum ISO 12800, meaning that it should be capable of capturing some stunning shots.
The Canon G7 X, as you might expect for a modern compact, features both Wi-fi and NFC connectivity. Both of these technologies allow for the camera to connect to either a smartphone or tablet with the Canon app installed.
The model also features Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution and up to 60 frames per second, will full manual exposure control is also available in this setting.
In terms of the camera’s design, the G7 X features a touchscreen LCD that’s hinged so as to facilitate adjustment for viewing at different angles.
That being said, although it can be moved to face forwards for self-portraits it can’t be tilted either sideways or downwards and as such its effectiveness is somewhat limited.
The model is more akin to an S-series PowerShot than a G-series model in terms of feel, although it is a touch thicker. Canon has paid attention to the model’s control layout, ensuring the presence of an exposure compensation dial on the camera’s top plate as well as a control dial around the lens.
Both of these having pleasing click steps to give tactile feedback – something often overlooked in competing models.
In equipping the PowerShot G7 X with a 1in sensor – as well as a host of manual controls – Canon has lined the camera up squarely in competition with Sony’s successful RX100 series, and in particular the latest RX100 III.
Our time spent with the Canon PowerShot GX 7 gives us the impression that the camera is certainly going to present keen competition to the RX100 III, certainly in terms on the control layout and lens specification.
That being said, the LCD screen is a bit misguided, while the pop-up viewfinder of the RX100 III is certainly preferable.
One thing is for sure – it’s great to see some competition large sensor / pocketable compact category and we can’t wait to put the camera through its paces.