Canon Powershot G7 X Review Summary
Canon Powershot G7 X Assessment
The Canon Powershot G7 X combines a 20 megapixels 1" CMOS sensor and an ultra-bright zoom lens in a premium compact body. This lets it gather more light than almost any other fixed-lens camera and therefore produce cleaner images.
Image-quality is high, falling closer to a mirrorless than the typical compact. Noise-levels are impressively low with good retention of details. Sharpness is good when stopped down until ISO 1600, before noise-reduction starts eating details and dynamic-range, which is otherwise great, drops. Color and Auto WB could stand to be improved but generally quite good, as is metering.
The Canon G7 X is a responsive digital camera. While autofocus ranges from fast to slow, depending on conditions, the shutter-lag is nearly instant. The 6.5 FPS continuous drive is good for such a high-resolution camera.
The reality is that there are so few competitors to the Canon Powershot G7 X that its imperfections must be accepted as compromises of the form-factor. Any compact with a larger sensor has a fixed lens, which is very limiting. Others with a 1" sensor are either larger, have dimmer lenses, or both.
|Low image-noise||Strong corner softness|
|Nice retention of details||Bluish cast in low-light|
|Good dynamic-range||Slow AF in low-light|
|Nicely saturated colors||Poor shot-to-shot speed|
|Reliable and consistent metering||No continuous drive RAW buffer|
|Instant shutter-lag||Accident-prone controls|
|Fast AF in bright light||Very short battery-life|
|Ultra-bright ultra-wide-angle lens||Low LCD visibility in bright light|
|Class-leading shutter-speed range|
|Built-in 3-stop ND filter|
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Canon G7 X Facts
|20 Megapixels Fixed Lens||ISO 125-12800|
|4.2X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-250s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|6.5 FPS Drive, 12 Images||Spot-Metering|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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