Canon Powershot G7 X: When Usability and Razor-Sharp Quality Meet [Test]

Canon’s PowerShot G7 X compact camera is user friendly to your fingertips and takes great photos on the go

With the bright lens at f/2.8-2.8 4.2 x, a resolution of 20.2 megapixels and a 1.0 “CMOS sensor, it is possible to take razor-sharp images in virtually all situations with Canon’s advanced compact camera, G7 X

The default settings provide good images, which makes it ideal for the general user who must use a good camera for the holidays. At the same time, it also offers full control, which appeals to camera enthusiast. Canon’s PowerShot G7 X is much more than its 304g and anything but a boring camera!

PowerShot G7 X is one of Canon’s ‘expert-Compact cameras’, which is aimed at experienced photographers who want an alternative to the digital single-lens reflex camera. Despite the size you go certainly don’t compromise on image quality and the camera must be said to be a fierce competitor to Sony’s RX-100 series.


Goal: 103, x 60.4 x 40.4 mm, 304 g (with battery)
Screen: 7.5 cm, 1,040,000 dots, LCD touch screen. Tiltable.
Closes: 1-1/2000 seconds
Sensor: backlit CMOS of 1.0-type
Image: 20.2 Megapixel
Lens: Canon Zoom Lens Optical, 2 x 4, 24-100 mm, f/1.8-2.8
ISO: 125-12800
Video: MP4, ca. 6.5 pictures per second, 1920 x 1080/60 p.
Battery: ca. 210-310 recordings, 240 min. playback


User friendly to your fingertips

The House is in metal and radiates good quality and is very sturdy. The grip of the camera is good and you will be helped by finger support on the right side of the camera. With its compact size and relatively low weight, it is ideal to carry in your bag, be it for a holiday or a festive event.

The screen of 7.5 cm is quite sharp and react quickly when you change settings on the buttons or if you use touch-function. There are about a half-second delay and then displays the result of how the image will look with just the setting. The screen can be tilted 180 degrees, so you can use it to diligently take selfies-or a group photo without having to set the self-timer, although it of course also is an option.

It is clear that Canon is heavily inspired by the smart phone in their menu. It is very intuitive and you don’t have to be incarnated Canon user in order to be able to find your way around.

Quick focus and full management

The camera can be set manually so you get a completely custom image. Lens control ring can be used to control aperture and focus. On the turntable can be used to adjust exposure. The way you change settings draws parallels to a SLR camera, making it easy to use. However, the disc is difficult to turn on, if you hold the camera in one hand.

I feel very safe when I pull the camera out of the bag and must capture a moment. The optical beetle destabilization ensures that the image will be sharp even at full zoom and when the camera is hand held.The camera focuses relatively fast and if the focus point should be incorrect, you can help your camera on the road with a quick tap on the touch-screen, a feature I like very much. It allows up to 6.5 pictures per second, making it ideal for football match or other moving subjects.

The sensor is quick and it captures fast objects in motion.
The big 1.0 “-type sensor, which is also to be found on Sony’s RX100 III, provides crisp images, even if we’re up on a ISO of 12800. Here you will experience a bit of noise, but not so dramatically that the image is not usable.


Great opportunity for creativity

Canon’s 4, 2 x zoom lens with wide angle makes it effortless to get subjects to stand out sharply forward and blur the background. The camera uses an aperture with nine plates, who provides a smooth background blur and creates beautiful rings around controllable lighting areas if they are out of focus.Together with HDR function appears as a starting point, the images are taken in low light conditions, in a good quality, an effect that is attractive during natoptagelse.

The camera comes with a number of fun features, In ‘ Creative Shot ‘, where you can select filters and then the camera chooses a number of areas out in different cropping. It is optimal in situations where you want to capture the mood, for example, at a festival. I played a little with the features, both to the inclusion of animals and nature and got some good results.

Full HD video for enthusiasts

Can be recorded up to 60 frames per second in Full HD and it is experienced razor sharp.

In the video recording delivers the PowerShot G7 X also has a number of creative features. In the ‘ Manual Movie ‘ one can manually set how objects to appear in the film by changing the closure, so they either will be blurry or is quite sharp. By changing the aperture, you can adjust the depth of field and thus the focus, making for a super cool effect.

The maximum film long 4 GB which translates into a 30-minute movie in Full HD quality if one goes down a bit in quality you can record up to an hour of video.

Extremely friendly parts

It’s easy to share photos wirelessly between camera and computer. The Division takes place over Wi-Fi and be done by adhering to the same network as one’s computer. The camera finds quickly the network and using the touch screen, not the long farce through to choose letters-1, 2, 3 then you switched on and there is a few seconds before the camera will find my computer.

The transfer, however, goes a little slow, despite my 80/80 Mbit connection. The camera remembers also the devices that lately has been connected, the rush process when you need to upload again. You can also share directly on facebook, to print or to the cloud.
There is also option to share via NFC, if your devices are offering it.

Where to download Canon CameraWindow app, you can control the camera directly from your smartphone. You can be a maximum 5 meters away, and the image is displayed live on the screen of your phone. The app is available for iPhone and Android, unfortunately it is not designed for Windows Phone yet.

Uncompromising quality

Canon compensates well for that there is no possibility to replace the lens with their fast and usable zoom optics. You get an amazing depth and good opportunity to play with the camera’s many features.

It is actually hard to say anything negative about the camera; It is good for the price, easy to use and takes great pictures. A small minus is, however, the battery life of around 250 images, which are smaller than other compact cameras on the market.

The price of the camera is around 4000 kr, making the camera to a fierce competitor to Sony’s RX100, as it delivers a number of the same features for a toad less.

Canon’s PowerShot G7 X therefore gets 5 stars out of 6 possible.


  • Good photos
  • Simple Wi-Fi sharing
  • Reasonable price
  • Easy-to-use


  • Forget Windows users
  • Short battery life