Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

20MP 1"-type stacked CMOS sensor | 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens | 4K/30p video capture

What we like:

  • Nice grip and well-placed controls
  • 4K/30p recording with live streaming to YouTube
  • Fast burst shooting

What we don't:

  • Lens is soft at wide-angle
  • Limited battery life
  • Contrast-detect only autofocus
Canon's G7 X Mark III comes with an updated 20MP sensor and processor, 4K video recording, live video streaming and well thought-out controls, making it a versatile and well-rounded camera for both photographers and video shooters.
Though it's jacket-pocketable, the G7 X Mark III has a decent-sized grip and feels secure in the hand. The 'clicky' control rings around the lens and on the rear of the camera give good control over aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and the exposure compensation dial on the top plate is a nice touch. The touchscreen interface on its tilting 3" LCD is polished and responsive.
If you're after a pocketable compact without a ton of compromises, the Canon G7 X Mark III is worth a look.
The G7 X III can't focus continuously as fast as the best models in its class, and it can't track subjects around the frame while shooting bursts. If you follow your subject yourself, you get a not-too-shabby 8.3 fps with a single autofocus area. There's a 30 fps Raw burst mode, though focus is locked. In general use, the G7 X III is very responsive, though battery life is on the short side.
The G7 X III's sensor shows less noise at very high ISO values than previous models. JPEGs continue to offer pleasing color response, and though the lens on the G7 X III offers a relatively fast aperture range and good zoom reach, it's a bit soft at wide-angle.
The G7 X Mark III shoots 4K/30p video without a crop. Quality is decent, but not best-in-class. Appealing to vloggers, the screen tilts all the way up, there's a mic socket and the G7 X III can stream directly to YouTube (though it's not always reliable). In all, the G7 X III should be a nice option for grabbing quick, good quality video clips on the go.
Overall, we're impressed by the upgrades on this model. The Mark III brings improved video and continuous shooting performance while maintaining excellent controls and a competitive price point. If you do a lot of wide-angle shooting, there are options with better lenses, but if you're after a pocketable high-quality compact, the Canon G7 X Mark III is well worth a look.

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