Canon Powershot G7 X III Hands-On Review

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III Hands-On Review - We go hands-on with the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III and post sample-photos from a production version of the camera.

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The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III updates the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II, with a new design, 4K video recording, a new 20mp Stacked BSI CMOS sensor, allowing higher speed continuous shooting, with up to 30fps raw shooting possible, and the camera will be available in two colour options. 


 

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III Features

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The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III offers a number of new features designed to keep the "vloggers" and videographers happy, including live-streaming support, vertical video support (for Instagram, etc), and updated video options, including 4K video recording, as well as adding a microphone socket on the side. The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II was, and still is, according to Canon, one of the most popular cameras used by vloggers, and Youtubers. The screen remains the same, with a 3inch tilting touch screen than can be used for "selfies" and "vlogging".

The 20mp "Stacked" BSI CMOS sensor, is a Sony "Stacked" BSI CMOS sensor (offered in the RX100 IV, and V), offering ultra-high-speed shooting, with up to 30fps continuous raw shooting available at the full 20mp resolution. The G7 X III will let you shoot at 20fps for up to 89 shots in C-Raw, 55 shots in Raw, or 118 shots in JPEG. Using the "Raw burst mode" you can shoot at 30fps, for approximately 70 shots. The camera can shoot at 8fps, with continuous AF active. (The RX100 IV offers 16fps, and the RX100 V offers 24fps). 

The lens is a 4.2x optical zoom lens, with a bright f/1.8 aperture at the wide-end, and f/2.8 at the telephoto end, with the zoom range equivalent to 24mm up to 100mm in 35mm terms. Optical Image Stabilisation is built-in, and offers up to 4-stops. Macro focus is down to 5cm, or 40cm at the telephoto end of the lens. There are 31 AF points. The camera offers an extended ISO range, up to ISO25600.

The mode dial sits on top of the exposure compensation dial on top of the camera, and there is a built-in pop-up flash. The camera offers up to 265 shots, or up to 320 shots with ECO mode enabled.

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The camera now offers 4K video recording, at frame rates of 30 or 25fps, for up to 9 minutes and 59 seconds. You can record up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds of FullHD video, and frame rates are available from 24 to 120fps. 

Key Features

  • 20mp 1inch Stacked BSI CMOS sensor
  • 4.2x optical zoom lens, f/1.8-2.8, 24-100mm equivalent
  • Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
  • 3inch tilting touch-screen, 1040K dots
  • 30fps continuous shooting (raw burst), 20fps continuous shooting (C-Raw / JPEG)
  • ISO125 to ISO25600 (Extended)
  • Built-in ND filter (3 stop)
  • Live-streaming supported
  • 4K video, 30, 25fps
  • FullHD video, 120fps, 100fps, 60fps, 50fps, 25fps, 24fps
  • USB Type-C, Microphone socket

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III Handling

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We spent some time shooting with the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III, and found the camera easy to hold, and easy to use. With a combination of metal and plastic parts, as well as a good sized, and grippy rubber grip at the front and back, the camera feels well built. 

The layout of controls is clear, and easy to see, with the touch-screen giving additional options and controls, making it easy to change settings when needed. The Q-Menu button brings up a number of settings on screen. The menu system is the same as the one you find on Canon EOS DSLRs, so if the camera is used as a backup camera, or an alternative to a Canon EOS camera, then users of this system should find themselves very familiar with all of the options. 

The control ring around the lens can be customised, and this can be used as a quick way to change settings. There's also the scroll wheel surrounding the 4-way controller on the back of the camera. 

The 3inch touch-screen is clear and bright, and with the screen tilting forwards, it's perfectly suited for "vlogging" and selfie shots, although the pop-up flash can get in the way slightly if you need it. 

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