Canon PowerShot G7 X Review

October 21, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |
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Specifications

 

Image Sensor

Type

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

Type

DIGIC 6 with iSAPS technology

Lens

Focal Length

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

Zoom

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

f/1.8-f/2.8

Construction

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

Focusing

Type

TTL

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

Yes

Manual Focus

Yes, plus MF Peaking

Focus Bracketing

Yes

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)

AEB

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)

Shutter

Speed

1 – 1/2000 sec. (factory default)

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

Speed

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

White Balance

Type

TTL

Settings

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

Type

sRGB

Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)

Approx. 100%

Magnification

Approx. 1.0x(4)

Eyepoint

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

Mirror

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

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

Coverage

Approx. 100%

Brightness

Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD

Coating

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

Flash

Modes

Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro

Slow Sync Speed

Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes

Flash Exposure Compensation

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

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Manual Power Adjustment

3 levels with internal flash

Second Curtain Synchronisation

Yes

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

Yes

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

Shooting

Modes

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]

Intervalometer

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)

Compression

RAW, Superfine, Fine

Movies

(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

Metering

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

Movies

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

iFrame

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

Folders

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

PictBridge

Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)

Other Features

GPS

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

Histogram

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

Histogram

Brightness: Yes

RGB: Yes

Highlight Alert

Yes

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.

Interface

Computer

Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) DIGITAL connector

Other

HDMI Micro Connector

A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

Computer/Other

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

Memory Card

Type

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

PictBridge

Yes

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

Software

Browsing & Printing

ImageBrowser EX

Other

CameraWindow

PhotoStitch

Map Utility

Image Manipulation

Digital Photo Professional for RAW development

Power Source

Batteries

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

Other

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

* Requires optional accessory

Accessories

Cases / Straps

Soft Case DCC-1870

PowerShot Accessory Organizer

Waterproof / Weatherproof Case

Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC54

Flash

Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

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

Other

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

Weight

Approx. 304 g (including battery and memory card)

Weight (body only)

Approx. 910 g

Accessories

Viewfinder

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

Lenses

All EF and EF-S lenses

Flash

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

BG-E16

Remote Controller/ Switch

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

Other

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 www.canon.co.uk/wirelesscompacts.

[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