In The Box
Canon Battery Pack NB-13L
Canon Battery Charger CB-2LH
Canon WS-DC12 Wrist Strap
Canon G7x 16mp, Selfie 180º Touch LCD 3.0", 4x Optical Zoom, WIFI & NFC
Featuring a large 1" 20.2-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and the powerful DIGIC 6 image processor the PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera from Canon embodies the HS SYSTEM that allows for dramatically improved low-light performance and ISO sensitivities up to 12,800. These abilities combined with a fast 4.2x f/1.8-2.8 optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24-100mm in the 35mm format, provide users with a responsive camera capable of producing highly detailed imagery in a wide range of situations. The lens also features Intelligent Image Stabilization for reducing the effects of camera shake. Additionally, it features a "selfie-ready" multi-angle 3.0" capacity touchscreen LCD screen with a 1,040k-dot resolution.
Adding to the overall speed of the G7 X is a High-Speed AF with 31 focus points for a large, more accurate focus area. This works with the 6.5 fps continuous shooting rate and a large buffer for capturing numerous sharp images in full resolution without slowing down. Another benefit of the faster processing is full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording in 60p. Handling of the G7 X also contributes with a physical control ring as well as exposure and mode dials. Additionally, there is a built-in ND filter for added convenience.
Complementing the imaging and handling traits of the camera is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows for the instant sharing of photos and videos to linked mobile devices, home computers, or directly to select social networking sites. Connection is further simplified through the implementation of NFC technology to streamline the sharing process. Once linked, mobile devices can also be used to control and release the camera's shutter.
- 20.2MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor
- The 20.2-megapixel High-Sensitivity 1" CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor work in concert to produce high resolution still imagery and full HD video recording with notable low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 12800. The combination of these two technologies creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, which provides effective low-light sensitivity with minimal noise and enhanced clarity to truly benefit impressive image making in dimly-lit situations. The processor also contributes to overall speed throughout the camera, including High-Speed AF, full HD 1080p video recording at 60 fps, and a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 6.5 fps with no buffer limit.
The redeveloped sensor and processor also combine to enable RAW imaging with 14-bit signal processing, the same used in Canon's EOS DSLRs, to provide high image quality with expanded post-processing capabilities.
- Canon 4.2x Optical Zoom Lens
- The built-in Canon 4.2x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-100mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit working in a wide array of situations. The f/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also contributes to producing shallow depth of field imagery, which is further complemented by a nine-blade aperture for producing a smooth out-of-focus quality.
The lens' performance is further enhanced through the inclusion of an Optical Image Stabilizer system, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake to suit working in difficult lighting conditions. Furthermore, an Intelligent IS system offers unique stabilization solutions depending on specific shooting conditions.
- Full HD Video Recording at 60 fps
- Full HD 1080p movie recording is supported at 60 fps in the Internet-friendly MP4 format. A built-in stereo microphone provides clear sound and direct playback to an HDTV is afforded through the incorporation of an HDMI port.
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
- Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables seamless and instant transferring of photos and videos to mobile devices, home computers, and to select social networking sites. Linking Android devices to the camera is aided through the incorporation of NFC (Near Field Communication), which facilitates connection simply by tapping the two devices. A dedicated Mobile Device Connect Button is available too, to further establish a simplified means for linking both iOS and Android devices. Additionally, Automatic Switching via the Image Sync function works to automatically sync images with any discovered and linked PC within a designated network or, alternatively, images are temporarily sent to the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY for later transferring.
When connected, the mobile device can also be used to remotely control and release the camera's shutter, self-timer, flash, and zoom from a distance, as well as display a live view image on the linked device's screen.
- Camera Design
- Revolving around a compact overall form factor, the G7 X incorporates a large 3.0" 1,040k-dot, 3:2 aspect ratio capacitive touchscreen LCD for live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation. As a touchscreen, convenient and intuitive features, such as Touch AF, touch-enabled shutter release and focus point selection, and simplified menu navigation, are also available to benefit an overall workflow. Additionally, the screen features a multi-angle design for working at different angles.
Benefitting the overall control and handling capabilities, a control ring is available for controlling customizable functions and camera settings. When combined with a rear control dial, the camera can be easily configured to give immediate access to the most frequently used camera controls. It also has exposure and mode dials.
- Other Camera Features
- A 31-point AF system delivers precise focus in a quick and consistent manner. Individual focus points are easily selectable as well as different AF frame sizes depending on the type of subject being photographed. One-point and Touch AF functions are also supported.
- Shoot images and video of the stars with Star Mode designed to better capture the brilliance and wonder of the night sky.
Serious Imaging Power in a Compact Camera.New 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
Larger than the sensors widely used for compact cameras, the PowerShot G7 X camera's new 1.0-inch sensor achieves a beautiful balance between high sensitivity and high image quality. The sensor is able to collect more light in a shorter time period without the overflow that causes blown-out highlights. This means better detail and more subtle image quality, with rich gradation even at high ISO speeds all the way to 12800. A high signal-to-noise ratio delivers minimal noise and distortion with breathtaking dynamic range, particularly notable in bright areas. And photography enthusiasts will appreciate the changes in image processing for the PowerShot G7 X, which include target exposure value and contrast characteristics of highlights. Thanks to this change, dynamic range in bright areas is expanded with gradation attributes that are similar to EOS. Also, by changing the exposure index standard, it is possible to shoot at almost the same brightness with the same aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings as EOS. The PowerShot G7 X natively captures images in the 3:2 aspect ratio, which is the same as Canon EOS SLR cameras. The camera's image creation technology was designed with post processing in mind, and features an Aspect Ratio function, enabling RAW image capture in both 3:2 and 4:3 aspect ratios while maintaining the same angle of view.
* Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
The PowerShot G7 X is powered by the latest iteration of Canon's proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which takes still and video image quality to a beautiful new level. Improved light sensitivity allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions, and Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's exceptionally free of distortion. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor also enhances the performance capabilities of the
Control Designed with Photographers in Mind.Convenient control ring, exposure dial, and mode dial provide intuitive manual adjustment
Thoughtfully designed controls distinguish the PowerShot G7 X camera as the first of its line, and will satisfy even advanced photographers. The front control ring makes easy setting changes possible, with customizable zoom, Tv and Av assignments. A two-layer exposure compensation dial is easily accessed from the secure, concave thumb grip, and keeps pace as you quickly and actively create images. A mode dial and dedicated Movie button – as well as two customizable functions buttons on the back of the camera that you manually set to gain easy access to some shooting modes and functions – all contribute to the camera's quick, convenient operability.
The Canon Powershot G7 X is a compact camera, but one that’s out to impress people who can tell good pictures from bad ones at fifty paces. It has a much larger sensor and much sharper lens than the average compact, offering much greater low-light flexibility and creative control than most.
It’s one of the most convincing alternatives to the fantastic Sony RX100 III we’ve seen. But is the £579.99 Canon Powershot G7 X really as good?
We’ll be working on the full review soon, but we got an early look at the camera to see what it’s all about.
Canon Powershot G7 X: Design
The aim of the Canon Powershot G7 X is to fit some moderately serious camera hardware into the body of a normal compact. The big deal here is that it uses a 1-inch sensor, rather than the 1/2.3-inch sensors still used in many compacts.
Size-wise, the Canon Powershot G7 X is on the money. It’s just a shade larger than the lower-end compact Powershot cameras in the range. To earn its place it needs to be a good deal smaller than Panasonic and Olympus's Micro Four-Thirds compact system cameras, and it is. By quite a margin.
You could even call it pocketable. As long as your trousers aren’t too skinny. It is also, predictably, quite similar in design to the Sony RX100 series, which has proved massively popular since its inception in 2012.
Canon Powershot G7 X: Features
It ticks the convenience box pretty successfully, and the Canon Powershot G7 X’s features list is compelling too. The sensor is a 20-megapixel 1-inch number, with sensitivity that goes all the way up to ISO 12,800.
This will give you masses more low-light flexibility than other compacts, making it perfect for gigs, and late night social occasions where you don’t want to be singled out as the photo-obsessed tech nerd just for taking a few pics with a DSLR.
The Canon Powershot G7 X screen provides a nice bit of casual-friendly design too. The display tilts, either to 90 degrees for easy angled shooting, to flipping the full 180 for the classic selfie angle.
It’s not a fully articulated screen, but the one-directional tilt used here seems to be becoming increasingly popular – not least because it can be implemented without adding much bulk.
The Canon Powershot G7 X also offers NFC and Wi-Fi, making transferring photos to a phone or tablet pretty easy. They’re standard features, but in concert with the design tweaks it’s clear this is a camera that cares about being convenient as much as it cares about image quality.
Canon Powershot G7 X:Lens and Image Quality
But back to the good stuff: the lens. The Canon Powershot G7 X has a fairly wide zoom range for a compact with a large sensor, offering an equivalent zoom of 24-100mm. That’s a lot greater than the 24-70mm you get with the Sony RX100 III, and will probably be one of this model’s top boasting points.
I find its maximum aperture skills more exciting, though. It ranges from f/1.8 to 2.8 across the zoom, giving you real scope for some creative use of shallow depth of field in aperture priority mode. This is something we’ll test at review but – fingers crossed – lovely blurry backgrounds should await. You’ll get better effects here than with the kit lenses of system cameras too, justifying some of the hefty £580 cost.
The maximum aperture of the Canon Powershot G7 X doesn’t skip down to f/2.8 as soon as you touch the zoom either. From f/1.8 shooting wide, it drops to f/2.2 at 35mm, f/2.5 at around 50mm before dropping down to the final f/2.8 at 85mm. Even f/2.8 isn’t too bad to work with.
There are a few nice nods to the enthusiast crowd too. There’s an /-3EV exposure compensation dial on the top plate for quick adjustments, and it has the great clicky feel that can almost fool you into thinking you’re using an old-school camera, rather than one controlled by software instead of good old mechanical dials.
What all this adds up to is a camera that’s easy to use and much less of a practical burden than a larger DSLR or compact system camera. And one with the sort of image quality and some of the handling that the more avid camera fan is after. As a second camera to act as a back-up for a DSLR, it seems just about perfect.
There’s just one obvious issue: battery life is not great, as with many compacts. You’ll get around 210 shots off a charge, but the Canon Powershot G7 X does offer an eco mode that claims to offer around 310 shots. We’ll have a look at exactly what the trade-offs are at review.
Video skills of the Canon Powershot G7 X are decent, if not really remarkable. You can shoot at up to 1080p resolution at 60fps, and get manual exposure control when you select video shooting using the mode dial. Audio is recorded using the stereo mic up on the top plate.
The Canon Powershot G7 X offers one of the few obvious alternatives to the Sony RX100 III and its predecessors, which have ruled the land of large sensor compacts for the last couple of years. From a specs and design perspective, it certainly seems to do the right things.
A large sensor and fast lens is a good combo. Our question is whether it’ll really provide the sort of great low-light results we’ve seen from Sony’s RX100 cameras. The jury’s still out on that one, so be sure to check back soon for the full review.
Canon G7x 16mp, Selfie 180º Touch LCD 3.0", 4x Optical Zoom, WIFI & NFC
|Lens||EFL: 8.8-36.8 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-100 mm)
Aperture: f/1.8 (W) - 2.8 (T)
|Focus Range||Macro: 2.0" (5.08 cm) - 1.6' (0.49 m)
Wide: 2.0" (5.08 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 1.3' (0.40 m) - Infinity
|Maximum Effective Flash Range||Wide: 1.6 - 23' (0.49 - 7.01 m)
Telephoto: 1.3 - 13' (0.40 - 3.96 m)
|External Flash Connection||None|
|Memory Card Type||SD
|Video Recording||Yes, NTSC|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
|Audio Recording||Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo|
|Screen||3" LCD Touchscreen Pivoting (1,040,000 pixels)|
|Connectivity||AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0|
|Battery||1x NB-13L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 1250mAh|
|AC Power Adapter||ACK-DC110 (Optional)|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.1 x 2.4 x 1.6" / 104.1 x 61.0 x 40.6 mm|
|Weight||10.70 oz / 303.3 g|