Canon Powershot G7X Review

The Canon Powershot G7 X is a high-tech gadget with all the basic features that make this the perfect digital camera for just about any novice. Even though it looks like a basic piece of equipment, the G7X Powershot is probably the only Canon camera you’ll ever need to own in the next ten years if you aren't a professional photographer.

At first glance, the G7X Powershot might not look like much. Don’t be fooled by its basic design; while there aren’t any overly exciting frills built into this camera, it comes loaded with an array of features to appease professional and amateur photographers alike.

Why the G7 X is Better Than the G5

For those who are unsure of what to look for when buying a digital camera,  there are only a few factors that define a high-quality piece of equipment. Depending on your needs and how often you plan on using your camera, you might benefit from something with wireless sharing features and high-definition video recording capabilities.

For one, the number of megapixels that the camera is capable of capturing determines the resolution of your images. If you want your pictures to come out clear without a hint of graininess, it's best to stick with a camera with at least 8 megapixels.

While the G5X did a relatively decent job of providing clear pictures for a camera of its caliber, anyone using it today could tell from the photos it produces that it is outdated by this point. With that said, keep in mind that this camera is still in the lower-middle range of what is available on the market regarding the number of megapixels it has.

Most modern digital cameras range from having anywhere between 8 and 16 megapixels. For those who won't accept anything less than a crystal-clear image, cameras with over 20 megapixels are available. Still, the PowerShot G7X  will get the job done.

If you switch the ISO setting to the highest quality, your pictures should come out clearly enough to not notice the type of camera that was used to take them.

While we usually consider bigger to be better, camera size is one exception. The G7X is less bulky than the G5X, making it easier to carry in your pocket or backpack if you choose. While the sleeker design and lighter weight might seem like it would make for a more simplistic piece of equipment, Canon tuned up the specs of the G7X’s predecessor noticeably.

In contrast to the G5X, this one comes with a bigger LCD screen and 1.5 times the focus capability. With a 2.5 inch LCD screen, it's easier to enjoy every detail of whatever it is you're photographing. The 6 X zoom makes it easier to get a better view of your object than the G5X, which only had a maximum of 4 X zoom.

Additionally, there are also a few more auto focus features include with this model than there were with the G5X. While the standard 9-point autofocus still works with this model, the makers at Canon also programmed it with face recognition, Flexizone, and single point auto focus. These are three extra auto focus settings that weren’t available with the earlier G5X.

As long as what you are hoping to snap a photo of is within the camera’s zoom range, the camera helps you to identify precisely what it is that you want to capture.

Whether you are taking a picture of friends, a panoramic sunset, or a carving in a tree 50 feet away from you, these added AF features make it easy to portray exactly what you have your eye on in the most detail possible.

The nice thing about the PowerShot G7X is that while it is slowly becoming outdated, it is functional enough to be considered a modern digital camera. Canon stepped up the battery life with this one even though the size of it decreased significantly from the G5X. The newer model also comes with a replacement battery in case the original ever runs out of life entirely.

They also switched the media format that users save pictures onto; the G7X uses SD cards as opposed to the previously used compact flash cards. Assuming that Canon keeps adjusting their G series cameras to work with modern technologies, it’s likely to see microSD cards and maybe even cloud-saving technology in the future.

For now, though, SD cards should work for most casual photographers.

Is This the Right Camera for Me?

Depending on how frequently you see yourself taking pictures, where you plan on taking them, and whether photo quality is a top priority, you may want to consider other options. This is an excellent camera that can be used professionally at the highest setting, especially considering that most people can't differentiate between a RAW image file and a JPG.

With that said, your photo editing options will be a bit limited with this camera. Most photo editing software works best with RAW files since they are so easy to modify. Still, keeping this camera at the highest ISO and resolution setting will make for some very clear pictures that won’t even need to be edited if taken in the right environment.

Also, keep in mind that this camera is meant to be used primarily for taking photos as opposed to recording videos. While this is a personal preference, most digital cameras of this build that don't have the capability of recording HD video (as this one doesn't).

We are approaching a time where HD is the new standard for video quality. The maximum resolution for capturing videos with this camera is 1240×768 at 15 frames per second.

While this would have been great ten years ago (and even today for private viewing), this resolution quality is a bit outdated for something designed to record videos.

Pros:

  • Slim design
  • Decent picture and video quality at the highest settings
  • Comes included with extras if bought new
  • Multiple AF settings.
  • Easy to use, ideal for everyday users
  • Uses a standard SD card for saving pictures

Cons:

  • Video recording functionality not recommended for professionals
  • Resolution is decent, but not without better competition

Conclusion

If you’re looking for something that allows you to take photos and videos that you can easily edit for professional purposes, the CanonPowerShot G7X may not be the camera you’re looking for.

Personally, I think this is a great camera for the average user to enjoy in most scenarios. I would recommend buying a used one in good condition since these can get a bit pricey if bought new.