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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III Review

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Canon primarily aimed the PowerShot G7 X Mark II at photographers, it became one of the best cameras for vlogging because of its excellent autofocus (AF) system, 24-100mm (equivalent) f/2.8-1.8 lens, image stabilization, and the flip-up screen that can be viewed from in front of the camera. Canon provides looked to build on these features for the Mark III version and make it even more attractive to vloggers.

Arguably the most significant upgrade that’s been made is that the G7 X Mark III is capable of recording 4K video – the Mark II tops out at Full HD. And, in a refreshing modify for Canon, there’s no alter in the cropping when you switch to video or 4K mode, so you’re able to maintain the same framing. Also, in what’s likely to be a very popular move, there’s a 3.5mm mic port, so you can connect an external microphone and record better audio.

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FEATURES

Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is that the PowerShot G7 X Mark III enables you to stream live video to YouTube. When you have made the connections and given the necessary permissions, it’s very easy to stream directly to your channel. You’ll need to keep an eye on the network signal to keep a smooth feed, but the quality is very good.

In addition, it’s possible to send images immediately from the camera to Twitter, Flickr, Google Drive, and email, along with Canon’s Irista and iMAGE GATEWAY. However, you can’t currently share with Facebook due to its security policy.

It’s also possible to extract stills from the 4K footage in-camera. This is easy to do, and you don’t have to select a special mode like on Panasonic cameras. Instead, you just need to tap the image grab icon when playing back the video.

Stills photographers aren’t neglected either. The G7 X III gets a focus stacking setting, for the first time in a Canon compact camera, an in-camera full-resolution panorama mode and a fully automatic high-speed setting that captures CR3 RAW files at 30fps.

The PowerShot G7 X Mark III uses the popular 1-inch sensor format, used in many of the best compact cameras for travel, which gives a big step up in image quality from most point and shoot cameras, action cams and camera phones, and is halfway towards the sensor size of DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

In a first for Canon, the G7 X III has a stacked-design CMOS sensor, and the 20.1MP, one-inch device is coupled with the latest Digic 8 processing engine to enable continuous shooting rates of up to 30fps.

The camera is fronted by the same 24-100mm equivalent zoom lens as the Mark II, and it’s a nice range for everyday photography, with a bright aperture for shooting in low light and controlling depth of field a little. Helpfully, there’s an ND filter built-in, which cuts out around 3EV of light and is certainly available for both stills and video.

BUILD AND HANDLING

The PowerShot G7 X Mark III includes a neat, rectangular shape that’s not slim, exactly, but with its fully retracting lens and no viewfinder housing to get in the way, it’s very pocketable.

It’s also almost indistinguishable from the older G7 X Mark II model, even when you put them both side by side seeing that we did. The new camera has a slightly larger grasp to make it easier to hold, but it uses the same 24-100mm comparative f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens and the key differences are on the inside – the higher ISO rating, 4K video and 30fps burst mode, amongst others.

You don’t get a viewfinder in this camera (you need the new G5 X Mark II for that), but for anyone upgrading from a camera phone or a point and shoot compact, you won’t miss what you’ve never had. You get yourself a tilting touchscreen display on the back, not a fully vari-angle screen, but its flip-over 180-degree movement is perfect for selfies and vlogging.

The G7 X Mark III really does represent a big intensify in video features, with the external mic socket and clean HDMI output to an external recorder if required. It doesn’t offer the Log modes you get with professional cameras, nonetheless, it can shoot ‘toned’ video using Canon’s in-built Picture Styles, which will be suited to color grading later.

The customizable control ring, carried over from the Mark II version, is convenient to have and the stacked mode dial and EV compensation controls feel reassuringly firm, though the control wheel on the back feels quite small and cramped up against the edge of the display.

Although the three-inch, 1.04 million-dot display screen on the trunk of the camera is good, we found ourselves wishing for a viewfinder in very bright light. The inevitable problem of reflections and glare are normally exacerbated by the fingerprints that are still left because of this of using the screen’s touch control. Therefore, if you’re less concerned with vlogging capacity, the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II, which was launched at the same time as the G7 X Mark III, maybe a better option. It includes a pop-up viewfinder built-in – although it costs quite a bit more.

When the screen is flipped up for vlogging or capturing selfies, the camera’s face detection AF usually gets your face sharp, although you may need to tap on your face in the screen from time to time to get it going. The focussing is also good with more distant subjects and during general picture taking.

PERFORMANCE

Naturally, a camera with a one-inch-type sensor is never going to compete with an APS-C format model for image quality, however, the images from the PowerShot G7 X Mark III look extremely good, with a good level of detail. If you scrutinize the corners of images shot at the widest end of the lens you’ll discover some fall-off in sharpness, but it’s not bad.

Color and direct exposure are also generally handled well, making this a great camera to slip into your jacket pocket for everyday shooting.

VERDICT

Canon has stuck to a winning formulation with the G7 X Mark III, keeping the neat, rectangular, pocket-friendly design of its predecessor but adding much more powerful video capabilities for a new generation of blogging/vlogging lovers. The only downsides are the lack of a viewfinder (but maybe you don’t need one?) and the price.

Interestingly, Canon intends to keep the older PowerShot G7 X Mark II on sale alongside the brand new model, and if stills are your main interest, this old model will give you almost the same features but for a lot less money.

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