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Canon PowerShot G7 X review: Has it got that X-tra something?

By Kevin Carter - Friday October 24 2014

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Introduction | Canon PowerShot G7 X: Excellent sensor score | Canon PowerShot G7 X vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III: Competitive performance | Conclusion
Canon PowerShot G7 X review: Has it got that X-tra something?

Although not the first large sensor compact from the firm, the GX 7 is the first Canon compact to debut a 1-inch type sensor to rival the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 series. This 20Mpix BSI CMOS unit is paired with a fast 24-100mm f1.8-2.8 stabilized zoom and features a Digic 6 level processor, and large 3-inch tilting LCD. Read on to find out how the new 20Mpix sensor performs.

The Powershot G7 X is the first compact from Canon to feature a 1-inch type 20.2-MPix BSI CMOS to compete with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100. It’s paired with the firm’s Digic 6 processor for sensitivities up ISO 12,800, continuous shooting in RAW at up to 6.5fps and a raft of video capabilities including full HD (1080p) at 30 fps and 60fps slow-motion. 

 

At the rear there’s a 3-inch tilting touchscreen LCD, although unlike the later Sony Cybershot RX100 II and III series models it only tilts upwards (and not downwards as well for overhead shots). Apart from the sensor, perhaps the most intriguing feature of this camera is the high-speed 24-100mm equivalent f1.8-2.8 stabilized zoom - neither the RX100 II with its 28-100mm f1.8-4.9 zoom which is slower at the longer-end, or the RX100 III can match that with its shorter 24-70mm f1.8-2.8 lens, though both models are stabilized.

Key specifications

 

The Powershot G7 X measures 4.1 x 2.4 x 1.6" (104.1 x 61.0 x 40.6mm) and weighs just 10.70 oz (303.3g) with battery and SD card, and is available to pre-order for $699.

  • 20.2MP 1" type CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 image processor
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent) f/1.8-2.8 IS Lens
  • 3.0" 1,040k-Dot tilting touchscreen LCD
  • High-Speed AF with 31 Focus Points
  • Full HD video recording at 60p
  • ISO 12,800 maximum sensitivity
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting
  • Control ring, dials & built-In ND filter
  • Built-In Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC

For more information about specification, Canon Powershot G7X preview is available here.

 

Canon PowerShot G7 X: Excellent sensor score

Canon PowerShot G7 X vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III: Competitive performance

Conclusion