In today’s compact digital camera market, only a few can surpass the power, accuracy, and versatility of the Canon Powershot G7 X. For a small point-and-shoot camera that fits easily into one’s pocket, the G7 X is equipped with a 20MP 1”-type BSI CMOS sensor, an F1.8-2.8 zoom, a built-in ND filter, Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC, and a host of other features that make it one of Canon’s top compact cameras.
Designed as a dedicated enthusiast compact camera that effectively combines the portability and versatility of a point-and-shoot with the precision of a DSLR, the G7 X is more than capable of capturing images with a great amount of detail and with relative ease. Canon’s first point-and-shoot to have a 20MP 1”-type BSI CMOS sensor uses a 24-100mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens in order to capture light efficiently and produce images in sharper detail.
Touchscreen LCD Display
The G7 X’s 3” LCD touchscreen, along with its dedicated exposure compensation dial and clicking control dial, allows the user to make direct adjustments based on his or her specific needs. The touchscreen can be flipped up for taking self-photos on the 720×480 screen. Standard touch features that can be controlled from the LCD screen include menu navigation, focusing, image playback, and shutter release.
There are two controls that can be customized on the G7 X. One is the ring dial, which can be found around the lens, and the other is the Ring Func button, which is located on the back panel. Some of the camera functions that can be assigned to the lens ring dial and Ring Func button include white balance correction, aspect ratio, dynamic range, step zoom, ISO, and of course, manual focus.
Continuous Shooting Modes
Canon has equipped the G7 X with three different continuous shooting modes for taking pictures in rapid succession. The first is called standard continuous, and it locks the focus and exposure on the first shot. The two other continuous shooting modes are dictated by the camera’s focus mode; continuous [AF] uses the autofocus, while continues [LV] uses manual focus. Both continuous [AF] and continuous [LV] offer live view while shooting.
Wi-Fi and NFC
The G7 X’s use of Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) connectivity makes it possible to control the camera remotely through Canon’s CameraWindow app. The app is simple, straightforward, and very easy to use and become familiar with.
While the G7 X does promise to be a feature-rich compact camera that is capable of many things, some people might feel that its price tag of $700 is a bit too much for a point-and-shoot. It also offers no option for including a viewfinder.
All things considered, though, despite its hefty price and inherent lack of a viewfinder, the G7 X does stack up well against the competition. It offers features that are not available on other point-and-shoot models, and provides a great alternative for people who are looking for a reliable compact camera that they can carry around in their pocket.
Canon PowerShot G7X sample images: