Sony finally gets some competition from Canon. The PowerShot G7 X uses what is likely the same 20MP sensor as the Sony RX100 III but offers a longer lens, flip-up touchscreen LCD, and arguably better controls.
PowerShot G7 X key features
20MP 1″-type BSI CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm)
24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens
Clicking control dial around lens
Flip-up rear touchscreen
Dedicated exposure compensation dial
3.0″ 1.04m dot LCD (720 x 480 pixels)
Built-in ND filter
Wi-Fi with NFC
1-inch sensor in a compact body
Large aperture for depth of field control and faster shutter speed
High build quality
Fixed screen rather than tilting/variangle
F/1.8 aperture only at the widest focal length
Canon has had a lot of success with its PowerShot G-series and PowerShot S-series of compact cameras. The new Canon PowerShot G7 X gives photographers a great alternative option when looking for a small camera as back-up to their SLR. Inside its sleek exterior, which is a pretty close match for the S120′s, is a new 20.2-million-pixel, 1-inch sensor and a Digic 6 processing engine.
As a compact camera, the G7 X has a fixed lens and Canon has plumped for an 8.8-36.8mm optic, which is equivalent to a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens in 35mm terms. The wide maximum aperture is an add-on as this allows greater control over depth of field and fast shutter speeds to be used in comparatively low light. There’s also a 3-stop Images Stabilization (IS) system to help combat camera shake in low light.
It’s worth noting that the widest aperture is only available at the shortest focal length and the aperture closes to a still-wide f/2.0 as soon as the focal length is adjusted and it’s not long before it drops to (a still very useful) f/2.8.
Images may also be saved in raw or JPEG format (or both simultaneously) and sensitivity, aperture and shutter speed may be controlled manually when shooting Full HD video (at up to 60p).
In recognition of the selfie phenomenon the 1,040,000-dot LCD screen on the back of the camera can be tipped up through 180 degrees for easy viewing while facing the camera lens. The screen is touch-sensitive so you have a choice of using the shortcut buttons or the screen to control the camera. Unfortunately, there’s no viewfinder, so the screen is the only option for composing and reviewing images.
It comes with Wi-Fi connectivity for wireless transfer and quick image sharing, along with NFC technology to speed up connection to NFC-enabled smartphones and tablets. The camera can also use a smartphone’s GPS system for geotagging images.
Other specification highlights include Creative Shot mode, a small pop-up flash, Star mode for capturing the night sky and star trails automatically, HDR mode for increased dynamic range and Hybrid Auto mode, which captures a snippet of video footage with every still and then creates a movie at the end of the day.