Pow­erShot G7 X

Digital Camera World - - CONTENTS - The lens is equiv­a­lent to a 24-100mm op­tic in 35mm terms.

Canon’s lat­est com­pact

ithin the G7 X’s sleek ex­te­rior is a new 20.2-mil­lion-pixel, 1-inch back-il­lu­mi­nated sen­sor and a Digic 6 pro­cess­ing en­gine, which puts it above the G16 and S120 in the Pow­erShot range, but be­low the Canon G1 X Mark II (which has a 1.5-inch type or 18.7 x 14.0mm sen­sor).

As a com­pact cam­era, the G7 X has a fixed lens. Canon has plumped for a ver­sa­tile 24-100mm (equiv­a­lent) f/1.8-2.8 op­tic. It’s pos­si­ble to shoot in Man­ual, Aper­ture Pri­or­ity or Shut­ter Pri­or­ity mode, but there are also au­to­matic op­tions for less ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­phers. Images may also be saved in raw or JPEG for­mat (or both simultaneously).

Other spec­i­fi­ca­tion high­lights in­clude a 3-inch tilt­ing touch­sen­si­tive 1,040k-dot LCD screen, Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity, NFC tech­nol­ogy, a sen­si­tiv­ity range of ISO 125–12,800 and a max­i­mum con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing rate of 6.5 frames per sec­ond when the fo­cus is set at the start of the se­quence, or 4.4 fps with con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus­ing. Up to 692 images can be shot in a se­quence.

WBuild and Han­dling

The G7 X is just a lit­tle big­ger than the S120 and it has a slightly high­erqual­ity feel. Un­like the S120, the G7 X’s mode dial sits above an ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion dial with set­tings run­ning in the range +/-3EV, al­low­ing quick ex­po­sure ad­just­ments. There’s also a con­trol ring around the lens that can be used to ad­just aper­ture, sen­si­tiv­ity, man­ual fo­cus, white bal­ance, fo­cal length, dy­namic range, shadow cor­rec­tion and as­pect ra­tio, along with a cus­tom op­tion cho­sen by you. Canon has given the lens ring just the right level of fric­tion so it doesn’t get knocked eas­ily out of place, and it has a nice pos­i­tive ac­tion. It also clicks as it ro­tates to in­di­cate a change has been made.

Although the LCD pro­vides a de­tailed view, it suf­fers from re­flec­tions in bright light, as is of­ten the case, and this can make com­po­si­tion tricky. On the plus side, the screen re­sponds promptly to touch. Although fin­ger­prints build up over time, it seems rea­son­ably resistant to them.

Per­for­mance

Images from the G7 X gen­er­ally look nice straight from the cam­era, in most cases hav­ing cor­rect ex­po­sure, pleas­ant colours and a good level of

com­pact

Canon G1 X Mark II £649 / $799 12.8 mil­lion pix­els on a 1.5in CMOS sen­sor and a 24–120mm (equiv­a­lent) f/2-3.9 lens help the G1 X pro­duce strong images. Not re­viewed Canon G16 £379 / $499 It looks a bit big and ugly next to the G7 X, but the G16’s 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS sen­sor de­liv­ers goodqual­ity images. Not re­viewed

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