Canon PowerShot G7 X

20MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor | 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens | 1080/60p video

What we like:

  • Fast lens, big sensor
  • Wi-Fi and NFC
  • More zoom range than the competition

What we don't:

  • Poor battery life
  • No in-camera Raw processing
  • Difficult to manual focus 

As the megapixel war has shifted slightly to become a battle of the sensor sizes, more and more large-sensor compacts are entering the market and the Canon PowerShot G7 X is a good example of this emerging product type. Inside its reasonably compact body is a 20MP 1”-type BSI CMOS sensor - and just be clear, the sensor is 2.8x larger than those found in the Canon PowerShot S120 and the Nikon Coolpix P340.

“The G7 X's sensor/lens combination also brings in more light, allowing for better low light image quality than your typical compact camera.”

The G7 X also sports a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 equivalent optical zoom with image stabilization. An ISO range of 125-12800 means the G7 X can hold its own in low light conditions. And a burst rate of 6.5fps means even the fastest action will be within your reach. 

For brighter scenes, a built-in ND filter can help make use of a bright lens, and features like NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity mean this G7 X will place nice with smartphones and mobile devices. 

The controls on the G7 X include a customizable click wheel around the lens barrel, a click dial on the back of the camera and an exposure compensation dial located on the top of the camera. It offers a 3-inch LCD touchscreen for added control and, for the selfie-obsessed, flips up by 180 degrees to capture those perfect moments of narcissism. 

The G7 X can record 1080p HD video at up to 60fps and offers a built-in stereo microphone on the top of the camera body. A 31-point AF system, built-in pop-up flash and variety of scene modes round out the list of features on this capable little compact. The G7 X is only let down by its poor battery life and relatively sluggish performance, especially in Raw mode.

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