It’s been about 2 years since Sony first shook up the soapbox market with its Sony RX100, with a stunning 1-inch sensor, fast optics and a really compact body. And it’s incredible, but during all this time no one was able to overcome Sony in this segment: competitors came out with an even larger matrix size, but a bulky body, competitors came out with faster optics, but a small matrix – which just wasn’t there, but neither The camera did not have one really strong opponent.
But more recently, Canon decided to change the order of things and released its Canon G7 X, equipped with a similar 1-inch sensor, a compact body and a lens that is not inferior in aperture ratio. At the same time, the novelty is significantly cheaper, and this immediately tips the scales in its direction. But what is the catch? Let’s find out more about everything.
Design and assembly
The G7 X measures just 104.1 x 61.0 x 40.6mm, about the same size as the Sony RX100 MK3 at 101.6 x 58.1 x 41.0mm. The difference in weight is also insignificant: 303.3 versus 290 grams, respectively.
The design is completely free of any frills: a matte black bar with rounded edges without any hint of a handle. The only eye-catching elements are the red stripes at the base of the shutter buttons and mode dial.
On the top panel there is a retractable flash, two microphones, an on / off button, a zoom lever, a mode dial and an exposure compensation dial. It is interesting that both disks are piled on top of each other, that is, one is at the top and the second is right at the bottom, but at the same time, both of them are very convenient to work with. Note that negative exposure compensation values are towards the front of the camera, while positive values are towards the rear. This arrangement is different from the typical, so if you have used something like the Nikon Coolpix P7800 before, you will have to get used to the new location.
The back of the Canon G7 X is equipped with Ring buttons. Function and video recording, and right below them are a five-position block for navigation, menu buttons and photo / video viewing. Ring button. Function is responsible for the operating modes of the adjustment ring surrounding the lens. By default, the operation of the ring depends on the selected shooting mode, that is, it is responsible for the shutter speed or aperture. But when switching to, for example, Creative Shot mode, which takes 5 shots with the filter applied in addition to the originals, the ring will be responsible for selecting the filter. When shooting in automatic mode, the ring will adjust the zoom, and it is to change the operating modes of the ring that the Ring button is needed. function.
On the left side of the G7 X there is only a button to start the flash, and on the right side there is a compartment with HDMI and USB ports and a Wi-Fi activation button. By the way, as you already understood, Wi-Fi is built-in here, so you can remotely control the camera and view the received pictures. Also, the novelty is equipped with an NFC module to connect the camera with your mobile device with one touch.
The touch screen has a diagonal of 3 inches and a resolution of 1040 thousand dots (3:2 aspect ratio). It is very clear and bright, I had no problems with it even when working in direct sunlight. The display has a swivel design that allows you to turn it to face you for self-portraits.
By comparison, the Fujifilm X30, which also belongs to the advanced compact segment, also uses a 3-inch swivel display, its resolution is 920k dots (the difference is not significant), but it copes with glare much worse when used in the same conditions as Canon G7 X. True, this camera, like the Sony RX100 MK3, does not really need displays with anti-glare properties, because both of them are equipped with an electronic viewfinder, and the X30 is also equipped with a hot shoe. At the same time, the novelty from Canon does not have a viewfinder, or even a “shoe”, and this, in my opinion, is one of the very “tricks” of the G7 X.
Performance and image quality
As you already know, the Canon G7 X has a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 MP. The top-end DIGIC 6 processor is responsible for image processing, which is installed in many of the company’s DSLRs and even in such a monster as the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, although two such processors are installed at once.
The built-in zoom lens is capable of working with focal lengths within the range of 24-100mm (35mm equivalent), and its aperture can be opened up to f / 1.8-2.8. Its distance range is much wider than the Sony RX100 III, where the range is only 24-70mm at the same maximum aperture. However, if you really want more zoom, then the Sony RX100 II has no chance, although its range is 28-100 mm, its maximum aperture at the long end is rather indecent f / 4.9.
When it comes to image quality, the G7 X delivers stunning shots in almost any environment. This camera more than matches the RX100 III in almost every test. Color reproduction is fairly accurate, white balance is excellent, resolution is top notch, and autofocus is fast almost all the time except in extremely poor lighting conditions. Even directly comparing the pictures, it is very difficult to determine the winner.
The Canon G7 X is in no way inferior when recording video: videos are bright and clear, fast optics allow you to get quite suitable results even when shooting with a lighting level of 1 lux. Shooting can be done in 1080p at 30/60 fps.
The camera turns on in about a second, the burst rate is about 6.5 frames per second for JPEG versus 10 frames per second in the RX100 III, when shooting in RAW, the speed will be generally terrible: only 1 frame per second versus 2.5 frames, respectively. At the same time, buffering in the G7 X will occur after 2-3 RAW shots, while Sony will be able to take up to 12-13 RAW shots without a single hesitation.
Canon G7 X equipped with a battery with almost the same RX100III battery capacity: 1250 mAh. At the same time, the novelty will be able to shoot only 210 (according to the CIPA standard) shots from a single charge, which is simply unforgivably small. previously mentioned Fujifilm X30 capable of taking up to 470 shots on a single charge, even the RX100 from two years ago will be able to take more than 300 shots according to the same standard, there is nothing to say about the third generation of these cameras. Take any camera from the advanced compact segment and get much better results, for example, Ricoh GR (290 pictures), Panasonic Lumix LX100 (300 shots) and even Nikon Coolpix Awhich has been downplayed for its short battery life, can take up to 230 shots.
Canon did a great job, but it still had a lot of flaws with this camera, including the lack of a shoe-mounted viewfinder, slow speed and small buffer size when shooting RAW shots, and short battery life. These are all pretty critical shortcomings for really advanced photographers, but the really high-quality optics make the Canon G7 X a great solution for those who just want to take a stunning picture, and even save a lot of money.