Canon made significant improvements to the device former G16 with the new G7X which has catapulted it to the top of the list of best compact cameras. The G7X is in direct competition with the third release from the Sony RX-100 series and appears to be better in comparison. During the Canon G7X review, we found out the camera excels in design, zoom reach, and macro capability and is small enough to fit in your pant pockets or purse. Below, you will find its basic specs, image quality, performance, design, and its pros & cons, as well as our verdict on the G7X.
Resolution: 20.20 MP
- Native ISO: 125 to 12800
- Extended ISO: 125 to 12800
Shutter Speed: 1/2000 to 250 seconds
Continuous shooting rate: 6.5 frames per second
Size: 103 x 60 x 40 mm (4.06 x 2.36 x 1.57 inches)
Weight: 304 grams (with batteries)
Media storage: SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Cards
- Price in Canon Store: $699.99
- New on Amazon: $485.00
- Used: $399.00
- Refurbished: $499.99
- Kit options: Battery pack at $47.99
The Canon G7X is specially designed for underwater photography. It offers a 20 megapixel resolution and a sensor that is larger than most competitor products. Because of the larger sensor, the Canon G7X gives you a wide range of expressions. The device has a wide aperture value of f/2.8 when zoomed to the maximum factor of 4.2. With this camera, you can even capture clear images of objects that are as close as 5 cm. The Digic 6 Image Processor makes it capable of taking full MP4 HD videos with only one push of a button.
Image Quality and Performance
As you have seen this far in this Canon G7X review, the images delivered by this camera are of superb quality. It has a resolution of 20 megapixels and a high signal to noise ratio, which is important for the reduction of distortion. This helps to improve the quality of photography in very bright areas. The camera captures incredible HD images at 1080p in 60p.
The predecessor of the Canon G7X was the G16, which features slightly lower levels of performance. Canon G16 delivered images of 12 megapixels, and this is considerably lower than the quality offered by the G7X. The macro capability and image qality of macro photographs is the same in both devices. Also, the Canon G16 lacked TTL capability with the inclusion of strobes in its manual mode. The manufacturer improved this feature in the Canon G7X.
Sony RX-100 III is, perhaps the biggest competitor camera. The G7X has a slightly faster autofocus speed in light and dim areas compared to the Sony RX-100 III. However, the big difference lies in the macro capability: without a macro lens, the Sony RX-100 III has a macro capability of 3.5 inches. The Canon G7X, on the other hand, can take pictures of images with widths as small as 1.5 inches.
Design and Controls
We mentioned how compact and lightweight this camera is ever since the beginning of this Canon G7X review. It is slightly larger than the Sony RX-100 III camera and also a little heavier, but can be carried around in a pocket or a small purse. The G7X has a 3 inch LCD touch screen and you can even set the camera to snap pictures when you touch its surface. To make it ideal for selfies, the screen has a tilting design. The directions and instructions on the touch screen are straightforward and most of them are intuitive.
This camera has a 24-100 mm lens, meaning that it cannot be used with fisheye lenses. On the flip side, the lens is brighter and can zoom further than any other camera. The gadget has an automatic lens cover that shuts when you turn off the camera. It then opens automatically when you turn it on.
The Canon G7X gives you almost everything you would desire in a camera. Here are its advantages:
- Has a high auto focus speed.
- Produces high-quality images.
- Is super compact for extra comfort.
- Has high macro capability.
- Larger sensor compared to most of its competitor products.
- Zooming factor of 4.2X.
- User-friendly LCD touch screen which you can tap for photos.
- Is compatible with most iOS devices, Android smart phones, and tablets.
This Canon G7X review wouldn’t be complete without also listing its shortcomings. We, however, believe that the advantages of the camera far outweigh its cons. Here are some of the notable issues with this device:
- Has a very short battery life (CIDA rated 210 shots, 310 shots).
- Does not work well with fisheye and wide-angle lenses.
- Although it has a very compact design, it is still a little thicker and heavier.
- Is very expensive.
- The in-built microphone is not as good as many people would like, which might pose a problem for vlogging and other video taking purposes.
The Canon G7X is best-suited for travelers. It is great for capturing images and videos of the highest quality. Travelers will appreciate its portability. In addition, the quick autofocus makes it ideal for people who need to take quick images in places with moderate to high traffic. It will focus fast enough and all you need to do is touch the screen, and you will have your flawless image or video with no surrounding noise.
Birdwatchers will also love this camera. It has powerful zoom capability and is able to focus on an object fast. Many vloggers also find this camera more than sufficient since it can take very clear videos. However, as you have seen in this Canon G7X review, the microphone may not be good enough for audio recordings.
Overall, we would say that the Canon G7X is the best compact camera the market has to offer right now. It is considerably better than its predecessor and its direct competitor product. The highlights of the device include the powerful and fast autofocus, high resolution, compact size, and light weight. Many people also appreciate the way the device is designed to fit in a purse or pocket. It beats many other cameras in its zooming power as it can do this to a factor of 4.2. The design of the camera features a user-friendly LCD touch screen. Its simple design and straightforward directions make it ideal for the inexperienced photographer.
We would highly recommend this camera. If you enjoyed this Canon G7X review, please leave your thoughts and questions in the comment section below, we would also love to hear about your experience.