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Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X

Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27
Canon PowerShot A1100 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot G7 X front
Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
75
Overall
61

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X Key Specs

Canon A1100 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F2.7-5.6) lens
  • 150g - 95 x 62 x 31mm
  • Released February 2009
Canon G7 X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-100mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 304g - 103 x 60 x 40mm
  • Introduced September 2014
  • Later Model is Canon G7 X MII
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Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X Overview

Let's look a little more closely at the Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both sold by Canon. There is a huge difference between the sensor resolutions of the A1100 IS (12MP) and G7 X (20MP) and the A1100 IS (1/2.3") and G7 X (1") possess different sensor dimensions.

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The A1100 IS was introduced 6 years prior to the G7 X which is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Canon A1100 IS being a Compact camera and the Canon G7 X being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before getting in to a full comparison, below is a brief view of how the A1100 IS scores vs the G7 X for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon A1100 IS over the Canon G7 X

 A1100 IS G7 X 

Reasons to pick Canon G7 X over the Canon A1100 IS

 G7 X A1100 IS 
IntroducedSeptember 2014February 2009Newer by 67 months
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1040k115kSharper display (+925k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon A1100 IS and Canon G7 X

 A1100 IS G7 X 

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to travel with your camera regularly, you'll have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Canon A1100 IS enjoys outer measurements of 95mm x 62mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") having a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs) while the Canon G7 X has dimensions of 103mm x 60mm x 40mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.6") and a weight of 304 grams (0.67 lbs).

Take a look at the Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have attached at that moment. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the A1100 IS and the G7 X.

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the A1100 IS and G7 X is 93 and 88 respectively.

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X top view buttons comparison

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to picture the difference between sensor dimensions merely by checking specifications. The pic below should provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the A1100 IS and G7 X.

To sum up, both of the cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The A1100 IS with its tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF harder and the Canon G7 X will give extra detail using its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images a little more aggressively. The more aged A1100 IS is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X sensor size comparison

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A1100 IS as a Portrait photography camera
Canon G7 X as a Portrait photography camera
26
has face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
64
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
offers face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Canon A1100 IS Street photography highlights
Canon G7 X Street photography highlights
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
85
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
offers touch focus
lighter than competitors in class (304 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon A1100 IS Sports photography details
Canon G7 X Sports photography details
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
low frames per second (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
bad battery (210 CIPA)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon A1100 IS Travel photography highlights
Canon G7 X Travel photography highlights
50
flash built-in
missing Timelapse mode
MP count low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
80
lighter than competitors in class (304g)
offers touch focus
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
really wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
bad battery (210 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A1100 IS as a Landscape photography camera
Canon G7 X as a Landscape photography camera
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
no manual mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
69
focusing manually
really wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
bad battery (210 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon A1100 IS
Vlogging with Canon G7 X
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
missing external microphone jack
81
really wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors in class (304g)
lack of microphone support
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Canon A1100 IS vs Canon G7 X Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A1100 IS and Canon G7 X
 Canon PowerShot A1100 ISCanon PowerShot G7 X
General Information
Company Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot A1100 IS Canon PowerShot G7 X
Type Small Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2009-02-18 2014-09-15
Physical type Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 4 DIGIC 6
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 1600 12800
Min native ISO 80 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 31
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-140mm (4.0x) 24-100mm (4.2x)
Maximum aperture f/2.7-5.6 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focusing range 3cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 2.7
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 2.5" 3"
Resolution of screen 115 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15s 40s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps 6.5fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.00 m 7.00 m
Flash settings Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 150g (0.33 pounds) 304g (0.67 pounds)
Dimensions 95 x 62 x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 103 x 60 x 40mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 71
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.0
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 556
Other
Battery life - 210 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID 2 x AA NB-13L
Self timer Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face) Yes (2 0r 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $160 $490