This is when things really start to get interesting! Almost two years have passed since Sony revolutionized the small camera industry by incorporating a 1″-type sensor into a camera that was really pocketable.

The Cyber-shot RX100 had a similar appearance to one of Canon’s S-series high-end compact cameras, but it had a sensor that was 2.8 times bigger, resulting in a significant improvement in image quality.

Amazingly, Sony has managed to remain undefeated in this area for more than two years, during which time it has ability to release two further iterations of the RX100 compact camera system.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera - Wi-Fi Enabled
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Adding an electronic viewfinder and a more consistently brilliant (although shorter) zoom to the RX100 III allowed it to go even farther ahead of the competition. With the introduction of Canon’s PowerShot G7 X, the company’s practically undisputed dominance comes to an end.

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From most perspectives, the Canon PowerShot G7 X resembles the S120, which was the company’s previous pocketable flagship. Both have a rounded appearance, a matte black surface, and no grip, but that’s where the similarities end.

The G7 X boasts a more substantial-feeling metal shell, a tilting LCD, and a more ornate (and aesthetically pleasing) top plate than the G7. But I’ll get to it in a minute.

The AF illuminator on the G7 X is the only feature that stands out on the camera aside from the lens. The back of the camera is somewhat more crowded, thanks to the typical PowerShot control layout, which features a rear dial that surrounds the four-way controller.

The I/O ports, which are described in further depth on the following page, are located on the right side, along with a ‘Mobile Device Connect Button,’ which brings up the Wi-Fi menu.

The lens is set to its maximum telephoto zoom here. The button for the pop-up flash, as well as the NFC contact point, are located on the other side of the phone’s body.

Canon PowerShot G7 X specifications

Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions5472 x 3080, 4864 x 3648, 4320 x 2880, 4320 x 2432, 3840 x 2880, 2304 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 720 x 480, 720 x 408, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 6
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 125-12800
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fine
File formatJPEG (EXIF v2.3)Raw (Canon CR2, 12-bit)
Image parametersContrastSharpnessSaturationRed/Green/BlueSkin tone
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–100 mm
Optical zoom4.2×
Maximum apertureF1.8–2.8
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Number of focus points31
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed40 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modesAutoHybrid AutoProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManualCustomMovieCreative FiltersSceneCreative Shot
Scene modesPortraitSmart ShutteStarHandheld Night SceneUnderwaterSnowFireworks
Built-in flashYes
Flash range7.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, slow synchro, off
Continuous drive6.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 0r 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesAlso has star time-lapse. miniature effect, and digest modes
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesimage sharing via Canon Image Gateway
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNB-13L lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)210
Weight (inc. batteries)304 g (0.67 lb / 10.72 oz)
Dimensions103 x 60 x 40 mm (4.06 x 2.36 x 1.57″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (star time-lapse)
GPSNone

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