Canon PowerShot G7 X Review

October 21, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |


The Canon PowerShot G7 X is a new pocketable premium compact camera with a large CMOS image sensor and a fast lens. The metal-bodied G7 X has a 1.0-type back-illuminated 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, an f/1.8-2.8, 4.2x lens with 9-blade aperture, full manual controls, shooting mode and exposure compensation dials, 3-inch tilting LCD touchscreen with 1,040K dots, built-in pop-up flash, DIGIC 6 processor, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, ISO range of 100-12800, full HD movie recording, 14-bit RAW image capture, 31 AF points, focus peaking function, 6.5 fps burst shooting and a lens control ring. The Canon Powershot G7 X is available in black priced at £579 / €599 / $699.99.

Ease of Use

Measuring 103.0 x 60.4 x 40.4 mm and weighing 304g including the battery and memory card, the Canon PowerShot G7 X is significantly smaller and lighter than the G1 X Mk II camera that sits above it in Canon's PowerShot range. Featuring a metal body with a solid feel and sturdy construction, the G7 X feels very well made indeed, with external controls that offer just the right amount of stiffness and resistance and are large enough to be easily and quickly accessed in the heat of the action. The Canon PowerShot G7 X will fit into a trouser or shirt pocket, but is more at home in a deep coat pocket or a small camera bag.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X features a large multi-aspect, 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor that captures images either in the 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 or 1:1 aspect ratios whilst maintaining the same angle of view, even when shooting RAW images. The 1-inch sensor should add up to better image quality especially in low-light, greater depth-of-field, and greater dynamic range, all the things that your typical compact cameras struggles to deliver.

The G7 X has a very handy exposure compensation dial on top, a useful control that was omitted from the G1 X Mk II, although setting the ISO speed is still a rather convoluted affair. The G7 X doesn't have an optical viewfinder, and there's no way to add an electronic one either. Another grumble is that, annoyingly for such a creatively rich camera, the full user guide is still provided on CD only. In what comes across as a cursory gesture, only a very slim printed quick start guide is included in the box. Canon have also decided to only provide their software via download from their website.

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Front of the Canon PowerShot G7 X

The Canon PowerShot G7 X's unassuming-looking front plate is dominated by the 4.2x zoom lens, with a bulb for the built-in self-timer/AF assist lamp flanking it on the left. Note that there's no thread included for fitting filters. The G7 X doesn't have a front control dial, as featured on EOS DSLR cameras, which makes changing the aperture and full Manual shooting mode a little more difficult.

Instead you use a combination of the lens control ring and the rear navigation wheel to change the aperture and shutter speed, each of which can be configured to suit your particular way of working. The clicking lens ring can be assigned to one of nine different settings, accessed via the Ring Function button on the rear (which itself can be customised). We found the rear navigation wheel on the rear a bit too thin to use precisely and quickly.

There's no handgrip on the Canon PowerShot G7 X, just a textured surface, which makes it more difficult easier to steady the camera, although there is a textured small pad at the back for your right thumb to rest on.

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Rear of the Canon PowerShot G7 X

From left to right the G7 X's top-plate houses the folding pop-up flash, with a switch on the side for manually releasing it, a springy raised nipple-style shutter release button surrounded by a rocker switch for operating the optically stabilised 4.2x zoom (24-100mm equivalent on a 35mm camera), and behind this again the small, recessed on/off button. The fact that the lens is image stabilised, says Canon, provides a four-stop advantage when shooting handheld, while the Intelligent IS system analyses the focal length, focal distance and type of camera movement and applies the most appropriate mode from seven possible settings, and the Hybrid IS system makes shooting macros easier than before by counteracting both shift and angular movements.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X is quick to power up in a second or so, the rear LCD blinking into life with the optical zoom lens simultaneously extending from storage within the body to its maximum wide-angle setting. It starts at the equivalent of 24mm, making it very useful for those landscapes group portraits or getting the required shot in confined spaces. The G7 X's lens has bright apertures of f/1.8 at the wide-angle end of the zoom range and f/2.8 at full telephoto, plus a 9-blade aperture for better bokeh effects. As a further aid to landscape fans, a 3-stop neutral density filter option is provided among the function menu options, to be turned on or off as required, and the horizontal Electronic Level and RGB histogram can be enabled to help with composition and exposure.

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Tilting LCD Screen

The G7 X has a very good continuous shooting mode, which in conjunction with Tracking AF makes it well-suited to both slow and fast moving subjects. The Canon PowerShot G7 X can capture up to 692 full-resolution JPEG shots at 6.5fps with the focus point locked at the first frame, or you can shoot continuously at 4.4fps with AF tracking.

The shooting mode dial features settings for Auto capture, Hybrid Auto, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual, along with a user customisable setting, a smattering of scene modes (8 in all), Creative Effects and Creative Shot modes, and finally a video mode. The Canon PowerShot can shoot 1080p HD video quality at 1920x1080 pixels at 60fps or 30fps, you can adjust the aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and there's manual focus peaking too. The G7 X also boasts stereo sound courtesy of tiny microphones positioned on top, and you can use the creative filters and the 5x optical zoom when filming.

The Creative Filters shooting mode contains 10 different options to help spice up your images. The High Dynamic Range mode is probably the most useful, automatically taking three exposures of the same scene at different settings, then combining them in-camera to create a single image with greater dynamic range. Note that you need to mount the G7 X on a tripod or stable surface to avoid camera-shake.

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The Canon PowerShot G7 X in-hand

We appreciated the flexibility presented by the tilting LCD screen in terms of trying out unusual and formerly awkward framing. It can be tilted up through 180° for easier selfies, but it can't be tilted down. The LCD is a 3 inch monitor with 3:2 aspect ratio and a a high resolution of 1040K dots.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X has a touch focus/shoot option which is on by default. To switch it off, change the Touch Shutter option in the main menu. This then becomes a touch focus screen which will lock onto the subject wherever you touched, with a press of the Display button centering the AF point. In playback the touchscreen can be used to change the magnification of an image by spreading and pinching two fingers, and switch between images by swiping from side to side, just like on a smartphone. You can also adjust the LCD's touch sensitivity to your liking with Standard and High settings available.

On the right flank of the G7 X is a button for quickly connecting to a previously paired smartphone or tablet. The G7 X's wi-fi capabilities allow you to share images during playback via the Up button on the navigation pad. Simply enter a nickname for the camera and five more icons then appear, connecting the G7 X to another camera, a smartphone, a computer, a printer and the Internet respectively. Setup is relatively straight-forward for each scenario, although you'll need a basic understanding of the protocols involved. Note that you need to install the dedicated and free Canon CameraWindow app to connect the G7 X to an iOS or Android device.

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Top of the Canon PowerShot G7 X

The G7 X's wi-fi functionality is also employed to tag your images with GPS data recorded by your smartphone ( latitude, longitude, altitude and shooting time) via the Canon CameraWindow app, which effectively replaces a more conventional built-in GPS system. We actually prefer having GPS built-in to the camera rather than having to sync it with an additional device, so in this regard the G7 X doesn't compare well with rivals that offer this feature, although it does side-step the issue of negatively affecting battery life. The G7 X also features NFC (Near Field Communication) technology (the same technology that's used for mobile payments), which allows you to connect it to a compatible Internet enabled device or another NFC-enabled camera by simply tapping them together.

Returning to the rear, alongside the Ring Function button (which also doubles up as the Delete button) is the one-touch movie record button, which as its name suggests instantly begins recording a movie at the current quality and creative settings.

Underneath this pair of controls is the four-way selection or control pad, with, at points north, east, south and west a means of selecting the burst shooting mode, choosing from the on-board flash settings, setting the Display mode, and activating manual, normal or 5cm macro focus modes. The G7 X's 31-point AF system focuses very quickly for a compact camera in either good light or bad and at both ends of the zoom range, with a slight delay of around 0.15 second.

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Side of the Canon PowerShot G7 X

At its centre is the Function/Set button that is again consistent with the Canon G-series. Press this button at its centre when in any of the capture modes and an L-shaped toolbar that will be familiar to Canon users appears on the screen, offering pull out toolbars with further options from the range when you come to rest on a particular setting.

At the bottom right hand corner of the backplate are a further pairing of buttons for playing back your images and accessing the main menu. A press of the Menu button brings up a trio of folders on screen, the first the Shooting menu where the likes of the AF assist beam and blink detection modes can be turned on or off, the second the Setup menu where sound options and LCD brightness can be tweaked, and the third being a 'My Menu' option for commonly used functions.

On the right hand flank of the camera - viewed from the back - we find covered ports for HDMI out and a combined USB 2.0/AV out connection. On the bottom is a familiar metal screw thread for a tripod, and a sliding cover for the compartment that houses the lithium-ion battery needed for power and the SD, SDHC or SDXC cards needed for image storage. Battery life is not great at around 210 shots from a full charge, so you'll need to budget for at least one spare battery.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X produces images of very good quality. It recorded noise-free images at ISO 125-800, with some noise at ISO 1600. ISO 3200 and 6400 show more obvious noise but still remain perfectly usable, although the fastest setting of ISO 12800 is best avoided.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X handled chromatic aberrations well, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations and generally at the edges of the frame. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure, although there's noticeable vignetting at 24mm. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 30 and the Bulb mode seconds being long enough for after-dark shots.

Anti-shake works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range. Macro performance is good, allowing you to focus as close as 5cm away from the subject. The images were a little soft straight out of the Canon PowerShot G7 X at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting.

The extensive range of My Color modes and Creative Filters make it easy to spice up your images, while the Dynamic Range and Shadow Correction modes help to etract more detail from the shadow and highlight areas.


There are 8 ISO settings available on the Canon PowerShot G7 X. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW formats.


ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 125 (100% Crop)


ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)


ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)


ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)


ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)


ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)


ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)


ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

Focal Range

The Canon PowerShot G7 X's 4.2x zoom lens offers a fairly versatile focal range, as illustrated by these examples:




Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)


File Quality

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 has 2 different JPEG image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

SuperFine (6.70Mb) (100% Crop)

Fine (4.43Mb) (100% Crop)


RAW (18.4Mb) (100% Crop)


Chromatic Aberrations

The Canon PowerShot G7 X handled chromatic aberrations well during the review, with fairly limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)


The Canon PowerShot G7 X has a good macro mode that allows you to focus on a subject that is 5cm away from the camera. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.


Macro (100% Crop)


The flash settings on the Canon Powershot G7 X are Auto, On, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro and Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (100mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (100mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused any red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)

Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)


The Canon Powershot G7 X's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a Bulb mode too, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 125.


Night (100% Crop)

Anti Shake

The Canon Powershot G7 X has an anti-shake mechanism, which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, we took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with anti shake turned off, the second with it turned on.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length Anti-Shake Off (100% Crop) Anti-Shake On (100% Crop)
1/10th sec / 24mm
1/10th sec / 100mm

Dynamic Range Correction

The Dynamic Range Correction mode automatically takes three exposures of the same scene at different settings, then combines them in-camera to create a single image with greater dynamic range. Note that you need to mount the G7 X on a tripod or stable surface to avoid camera-shake.






Shadow Correction

The Shadow Correction mode improves the shadow areas of the image without impacting on the highlights.



My Colors

The My Colors function menu option contains a range of colour options for tweaking the look of your images before shooting.








Positive Film


Lighter Skin Tone

Darker Skin Tone


Vivid Blue

Vivid Green


Vivid Red


Creative Filters

The Creative Filters shooting mode contains 10 different options to help spice up your images.


High Dynamic Range



Fish-Eye Effect


Miniature Effect

Toy Camera Effect


Background Defocus

Soft Focus



Super Vivid


Poster Effect


Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Canon PowerShot G7 X camera, which were all taken using the 20 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Canon PowerShot G7 X enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Canon RAW (CR2) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

1/200s · f/5.6 · ISO 1600
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1/200s · f/2.8 · ISO 400
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1/250s · f/2.8 · ISO 125
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1/125s · f/2.8 · ISO 400
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1/800s · f/5.6 · ISO 125
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1/200s · f/2.8 · ISO 125
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1/200s · f/8 · ISO 200
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1/160s · f/4 · ISO 400
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1/800s · f/2.8 · ISO 125
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1/400s · f/4 · ISO 125
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1/160s · f/4 · ISO 200
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1/160s · f/2.8 · ISO 800
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1/13s · f/4 · ISO 125
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1/20s · f/4 · ISO 200
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1/40s · f/4 · ISO 400
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1/80s · f/4 · ISO 800
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1/160s · f/4 · ISO 1600
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1/320s · f/4 · ISO 3200
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1/640s · f/4 · ISO 6400
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1/1250s · f/4 · ISO 12800
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Sample Movie

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. Please note that this 20 second movie is 86.2Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Canon PowerShot G7 X

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Front of the Canon PowerShot G7 X / Lens Extended

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Front of the Canon PowerShot G7 X / Pop-up Flash

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Side of the Canon PowerShot G7 X

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Side of the Canon PowerShot G7 X

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Side of the Canon PowerShot G7 X

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Side of the Canon PowerShot G7 X

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Side of the Canon PowerShot G7 X

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Side of the Canon PowerShot G7 X


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Rear of the Canon PowerShot G7 X

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Rear of the Canon PowerShot G7 X / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Canon PowerShot G7 X / Turned On
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Rear of the Canon PowerShot G7 X / Main Menu
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Rear of the Canon PowerShot G7 X / Function Menu
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Rear of the Canon PowerShot G7 X / Ring Function Menu
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Tilting LCD Screen
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Tilting LCD Screen
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Top of the Canon PowerShot G7 X
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Bottom of the Canon PowerShot G7 X
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Side of the Canon PowerShot G7 X
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Side of the Canon PowerShot G7 X
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Front of the Canon PowerShot G7 X
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Front of the Canon PowerShot G7 X
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Memory Card Slot
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Battery Compartment



Image Sensor


1.0 type back-illuminated CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 20.2M (Aspect ratio 3:2) [14]

Total Pixels

Approx. 20.9M

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

Low-Pass Filter

Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating

Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

Image Processor


DIGIC 6 with iSAPS technology


Focal Length

8.8 – 36.8 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 100 mm)


Optical 4.2x

ZoomPlus 8.4x

Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.6x or 2.0x [1])

Combined approx. 17x

Maximum f/number



11 elements in 9 groups (1 double sided aspherical lens, 1 single sided aspherical UA lens, 1 single sided aspherical lens and 1 UD lens)

Image Stabilisation

Yes (lens shift-type), approx. 3-stop [13]. Intelligent IS with 5-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS




AF System/ Points

AiAF (31-point, Face Detection or Touch AF with Object and Face Select and Track), 1-point AF (any position is available or fixed centre)

AF Modes

Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE [6], Touch AF

AF Point Selection

Size (Normal, Small)

AF Lock

Yes, via customisable buttons

AF Assist Beam


Manual Focus

Yes, plus MF Peaking

Focus Bracketing


Closest Focusing Distance

5 cm (Wide) from front of lens

40 cm (Tele) from front of lens

Manual Focus

Selected on lens

Focus Bracketing

AF Microadjustment

AF Menu

+/- 20 steps (wide and tele setting for Zooms)

Adjust all lenses by same amount

Adjust up to 40 lenses individually

Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number

Exposure Control

Metering modes

Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Touch AF frame)

AE Lock

Yes, via customisable buttons

Exposure Compensation

+/- 3 EV in 1/3 stop increments

Manual and automatic dynamic range correction

Automatic shadow correction

ND Filter (3-stop)


1/3 – 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments

ISO Sensitivity

125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800 [15]

AUTO ISO: 125 - 12800 (possible to set Max. ISO speed and rate of change)



1 – 1/2000 sec. (factory default)

250 – 1/2000 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)


30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

White Balance




Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2

Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto

White Balance Compensation

White Balance Compensation in Underwater mode

Colour adjustment in Star mode

Custom White Balance

Yes, 1 setting can be registered

WB Bracketing

+/-3 levels in single level increments

3 bracketed images per shutter release.

Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

Colour Matrix



Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)

Approx. 100%


Approx. 1.0x(4)


Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens centre)

Dioptre Correction

-3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)

Focusing Screen

Interchangeable (3 types, optional).

Standard Focusing Screen Eh-A

Super Precision Matte Eh-S II


Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)

Viewfinder Information

AF information: Single/Spot AF points, AF Frame, AF status, Focus indicator, AF mode, AF point selection, AF point registration

Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, flash metering, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB, metering mode, shooting mode

Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.

Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).

Composition information: Grid, Electronic level

Other information: Battery check, Warning symbol, Flicker Detection, drive mode, white balance, JPEG/RAW indicator"

Depth of field preview

Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.

Eyepiece shutter

On strap

LCD Monitor


Tilt type 7.5 cm (3.0”) sRGB PureColor II G Touchscreen LCD (TFT). 3:2 aspect ratio. Approx. 1,040,000 dots. Capacitive type


Approx. 100%


Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD


Anti-reflection and Solid Structure

Brightness Adjustment

Auto: Using extenal ambient light sensor

Manual: Adjustable to one of seven levels

Display Options

  1. Quick Control Screen
  2. Camera settings
  3. Dual Axis Electronic Level



Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro

Slow Sync Speed

Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.

Red-Eye Reduction


Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure

Flash Exposure Lock


Manual Power Adjustment

3 levels with internal flash

Second Curtain Synchronisation


Built-in Flash Range

50 cm – 7.0 m (W) / 40 cm – 4.0 m (T)

External Flash

Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2

Second Curtain Synchronisation


HotShoe/ PC terminal

Yes/ Yes

External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

External Flash Control

Via camera menu screen



Smart Auto (58 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Hybrid Auto, Creative Shot, SCN (Portrait, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), Star (Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Portrait, Star Time-Lapse Movie), Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters (High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Movie

Modes in Movie

Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Manual, Portrait, Nostalgic, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, iFrame Movie

Photo Effects

My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)

Drive modes

Single, Auto Drive, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 6.5 shots/sec for up to 692 frames [12]

with AF: Approx. 4.4 shots/sec [3][4]

with Live View: Approx. 4.4 shots/sec [3][4]


Built-in, number of shots selectable from 1-99 or unlimited. Bulb timer possible

Recording Pixels / Compression

Image Size

3:2 - (RAW, L) 5472 x 3648, (M1) 4320 x 2880, (M2) 2304 x 1536, (S) 720 x 480

4:3 - (RAW, L) 4864 x 3648, (M1) 3840 x 2880, (M2) 2048 x 1536, (S) 640 x 480

16:9 - (RAW, L) 5472 x 3080, (M1) 4320 x 2432, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 720 x 408

1:1 - (RAW, L) 3648 x 3648, (M1) 2880 x 2880, (M2) 1536 x 1536, (S) 480 x 480

4:5 - (RAW, L) 2912 x 3648, (M1) 2304 x 2880, (M2) 1232 x 1536, (S) 384 x 480

Resize in playback (M2, S)


RAW, Superfine, Fine


(Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 60 fps / 30 fps

(HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps

(L) 640 x 480, 30 fps

Star Time-Lapse Movie (Full HD) 30 fps / 15 fps

Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps

Hybrid Auto (HD) 30 fps

iFrame Movie (Full HD) 30 fps

Movie Length

(Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. [7]

(L) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour [4]

(Star Time-Lapse Movie) up to 128 sec


Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor

Active metering time can be changed

Display Options

Grid overlay (x2), Histogram

File Types

Still Image Type

JPEG compression (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system and DPOF ver. 1.1 compliant), RAW, RAW+JPEG


MP4 [Video: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo)]


Image Size

JPEG 3:2: (L) 5472x3648, (M) 3648x2432, (S1) 2736x1824, (S2) 1920x1280, (S3) 720x480

JPEG 4:3: (L) 4864x3648, (M) 3248x2432, (S1) 2432x1824, (S2) 1696x1280, (S3) 640x480

JPEG 16:9: (L) 5472x3072, (M) 3648x2048, (S1) 2736x1536, (S2) 1920x1080, (S3) 720x408

JPEG 1:1: (L) 3648x3648, (M) 2432x2432, (S1) 1824x1824, (S2) 1280x1280, (S3) 480x480

RAW: (RAW) 5472x3648, (M-RAW) 4104x2736, (S-RAW) 2736x1824"

Movie Type

MOV (Video: H.264 or MP4: Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM with H.264, AAC with MP4, recording level can be manually adjusted by user)

Movie Size

1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50 fps) inter-frame

1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) intra or inter frame

1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25) lite inter-frame

1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame

1280 x 720 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) lite inter-frame

640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps) inter-frame or inter-frame lite

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec

Sound Files


New folders can be manually created and selected

File Numbering

Consecutive numbering

Auto reset

Manual reset

Direct Print

Canon Printers

Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge


Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)

Other Features


GPS via mobile (linked to a compatible smartphone)

Red-Eye Correction

Yes, during shooting and playback

My Camera / My Menu

My Menu customisation available

My Category

Image tagging feature

Intelligent Orientation Sensor



Yes, live histogram

Playback zoom

Approx. 2x – 10x

Self Timer

Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom

Menu Languages

English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Hebrew


Brightness: Yes

RGB: Yes

Highlight Alert


Image Erase/Protection

Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images

Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time

Menu Categories

  1. Shooting menu (x6)
  2. AF Menu (x5)
  3. Playback menu (x3)
  4. Setup menu (x4)
  5. Custom Functions menu (x5)
  6. My Menu

Menu Languages

25 Languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Firmware Update

Update possible by the user.



Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) DIGITAL connector


HDMI Micro Connector

A/V output (PAL/NTSC)


Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only), with NFC support [11]

Memory Card


SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compatible)



Supported Operating System

PC & Macintosh

Windows 8 / 8.1 / 7 SP1

Mac OS X 10.8 / 10.9


For Wi-Fi connection to a PC:

Windows 8 / 8.1 / 7 SP1

Mac OS X 10.8.2 or later / 10.9


Browsing & Printing

ImageBrowser EX




Map Utility

Image Manipulation

Digital Photo Professional for RAW development

Power Source


Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-13L (battery and charger supplied)

Battery life

Approx. 210 shots

Eco mode approx. 310 shots

Approx. 240 min. playback

A/C Power Supply

Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC110


PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor

* Requires optional accessory


Cases / Straps

Soft Case DCC-1870

PowerShot Accessory Organizer

Waterproof / Weatherproof Case

Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC54


Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC110, Battery Charger CB-2LHE


Interface cable IFC-400PCU

Canon AV cable AVC-DC400ST

Physical Specifications

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD)

103.0 x 60.4 x 40.4 mm


Approx. 304 g (including battery and memory card)

Weight (body only)

Approx. 910 g



Eyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eb, Focusing Screens Eh (Eh-A Standard Focusing Screen, Eh-S Super Precision Matte), Angle Finder C

Wireless File Transmitter

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5 version 2

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5 requires a firmware update and Interface Cable IFC-40AB II or IFC-150AB II

Compatible with Eye-Fi cards


All EF and EF-S lenses


Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)

Battery Grip


Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6


Hand Strap E2

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

[1] Depending on the image size selected.

[3] Under conditions where the flash does not fire.

[4] Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

[6] Some settings limit availability.

[7] The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.

[11] Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Wi-Fi support varies by device and region. For more information visit

[12] Sustained continuous shooting function requires compatible SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 1 memory card, total number of frames captured varies depending on shooting subject.

[13] Values at maximum optical focal length. Cameras whose focal length exceeds 350 mm (35 mm equivalent) are measured at 350 mm.

[14] Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

[15] ISO sensitivity denotes Recommended Exposure Index.

1 Large/Fine(Quality 8) resolution

2 Based on Canon's testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings, light level, subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.

4 with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt

5 Based on the CIPA Standard and using the battery supplied with the camera, except where indicated

7 with EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM at 50kph

8 Recommended Exposure Index

10 Figures quoted are when used with UDMA7 class cards and with iTR AF feature disabled. When iTR AF is enabled, continuous shooting has a maximum rate of approx. 9.5fps

11 The number of cross-type AF points depends on the lens used


The new Canon PowerShot G7 X is an excellent pocket camera for enthusiast photographers, offering a wealth of options for shooting both still and video, excellent image quality, speedy auto-focusing, intuitive and configurable handling, and solid construction. It can't quite match the bigger and heavier G1 X Mk II in terms of performance at higher ISO speeds, but it does offer most of that camera's functionality in a smaller package, and even out-performs it in some areas.

In terms of the direct competition, the Canon PowerShot G7 X has definitely made a big leap forwards. Compared to the very popular Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mk III, it's a very close-run thing, with the lack of a viewfinder (or any way of fitting an external one) on the G7 X being the biggest single reason to choose the Sony model for the keen photographer. If you don't need this feature, then the touchscreen capabilities of the G7 X are very compelling, as is the longer lens range, although the Sony RX100 Mk III's screen can be tilted both up and down. For us, the built-in EVF gives the Sony model the edge, but your mileage may vary according to which features you most value. Both are equally worthy of consideration.

The G7 X's image quality is excellent for a compact camera thanks to the 1-inch sensor that lies at its heart. If you've ever wanted DSLR-like pictures from a fixed-lens camera, then look no further than the G7 X, with its fast f/1.8-2.8 lens creating very nice bokeh at both ends of the versatile zoom range when shooting wide-open. Sure, it still can't match a DSLR or an APS-C equipped compact system camera at the higher ISO speeds, but ISO 100-1600 is eminently usable with 3200 as a backup, not something that you can say about many compacts.

In terms of build quality and handling, the Canon PowerShot G7 X gets most things right, offering a reassuringly rugged metal chassis and a plethora of customisable controls, including the lens control ring and exposure compensation dial, while the tilting touchscreen LCD, folding pop-up flash and 31-point AF system are all great features.

Canon have definitely caught up with the competition with the launch of the PowerShot G7 X. It offers the best balance between portability and functionality of any PowerShot camera to date, and is a serious rival to the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mk III. Highly Recommended!

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Canon PowerShot G7 X.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

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The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a serious compact camera with a large 1.5-inch image sensor and fast 5x zoom lens. The G1 X Mk II also offers built-in wi-fi/NFC connectivity, 1080p HD video at 30fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch tilting touchscreen LCD, dual lens control rings, RAW files and a full range of manual shooting modes. Read our Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review to find out if it's worth the £799 / €949 / $799.99 asking price...

Canon PowerShot S120

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The Canon PowerShot S120 is a new compact camera for enthusiasts. Featuring a 5x zoom lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, ISO range of 80-12,800, 12.1fps burst shooting, RAW support, full manual controls, built-in wi-fi connectivity, touchscreen interface and 1080p video at 60fps, the Canon S120 is a slim and stylish camera that you can easily fit in a trouser pocket. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot S120 review now to find out if it's the best premium compact camera...

Fujifilm X30

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The Fujifilm X30 is a brand new premium compact camera with a large 2/3-type 12 megapixel sensor, fast 4x optical zoom lens, electronic viewfinder, tilting LCD screen, built-in wi-fi and a 60p movie mode. Read our Fujifilm X30 review, complete with full-size sample JPEG and raw images, videos and more...

Nikon Coolpix P340

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The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a new compact camera for the keen enthusiast. The Nikon P340 features a 12.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, full manual controls, lens control ring, 1080p HD video recording, a 5x wide-angle zoom lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, a high-resolution LCD screen, built-in wi-fi and 10fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix P340 review to find out if it's the perfect pocket camera...

Olympus XZ-2

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The new Olympus XZ-2 is a serious compact that's aimed at the enthusiast and professional user looking for a small yet capable camera. A 12 megapixel 1/1.7 inch CMOS sensor, fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, high-res 3-inch tilting touch-screen LCD, and a full range of manual shooting modes should be enough to grab your attention. Read our expert Olympus XZ-2 review, complete with full-size JPEG, RAW and movie samples.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is a premium compact camera like no other. The LX100 features a large Micro Four Thirds sensor, 4K video recording, fast 24-75mm lens, class-leading electronic viewfinder, all in a camera that you can fit in a jacket pocket. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 review with sample JPEG, RAW and video files to find out just what this exciting new camera is capable of...

Pentax MX-1

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The Pentax MX-1 joins the growing list of premium compact cameras aimed at advanced users. Offering a large 1/1.7" 12 megapixel sensor, fast f/1.8 4x zoom lens, tilting 3-inch LCD screen and an appealingly retro design, does the Pentax MX1 offer enough to compete in this increasingly competitive market? Read our detailed Pentax MX-1 review to find out...

Samsung EX2F

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The Samsung EX2F is a new pocket camera for serious photographers, sporting a super-bright f/1.4, 3.3x zoom lens, sensible 12 megapixel sensor and a swivelling 3 inch AMOLED screen. 1080p video, RAW shooting, ISO 80-12800, 10fps burst shooting, image stabilisation and full manual controls complete the EX2F's star attractions. Read our Samsung EX2F review to find out if this is the advanced compact camera for you...

Sigma DP2 Quattro

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The Sigma DP2 Quattro is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 39 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon and a fixed 45mm equivalent lens with a fast aperture of f/2.8. Read our in-depth Sigma DP2 Quattro review to find out what this unique camera is capable of...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

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Big sensor - check. Fast lens - check. Built-in viewfinder - check. Tilting LCD screen - check. Wi-fi and NFC - check. Advanced video options - check. Is the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III the ultimate compact camera? Read our expert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review to find out...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Canon PowerShot G7 X from around the web. »

The PowerShot G7 X is designed for photographers who want the power, control and even the image quality of a D-SLR, but in a camera small enough to fit in a pocket.
Read the full review » »

Canon's PowerShot G7X is a high-end compact based around a 20 Megapixel 1in sensor and a 24-100mm f1.8-2.8 lens. Announced in September 2014, the G7X slots roughly between the G1 X Mark II and S120 in terms of sensor size, delivering a step-up in quality over the latter, but with a body that's crucially smaller than the former. It's a strategy that's worked well for Sony's RX100 series, the leader in this category.
Read the full review » »

It took more than three years for another company to bring out a camera that went toe-to-toe with Sony's excellent RX100 series of compacts in terms of specifications and features. The Canon PowerShot G7 X ($699.99) is the first pocketable compact with a 1-inch sensor not to bear the Sony brand name.
Read the full review » »

The rise of the high-end compact camera has been gathering pace, with oodles of models well worth a look in 2014. Despite already offering plenty of quality products, it's taken Canon a little longer to get into the groove and deliver a large-sensor yet small-size compact. Which is exactly where the PowerShot G7 X fits into the equation.
Read the full review »

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