Canon G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X front
  • 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
  • Revealed September 2014
  • Successor is Canon G7 X MII
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon G7 X summary

Canon G7 X is Canon's Large Sensor Compact camera initially launched on September of 2014. It comes with a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Canon introduced the fresher Canon G7 X MII (Read Full Comparison) to update this camera.

The G7 X is positioned #30 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & overall #296 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should look at our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personal factors.

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The following is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Canon G7 X family

The Canon G7 X is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-G7-X-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon G7 X MIII
G7 X vs G7 X MIII
Canon-PowerShot-G5-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G5 X MII
G7 X vs G5 X MII
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Canon-PowerShot-G9-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G9 X II
G7 X vs G9 X II
Canon-PowerShot-G7-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G7 X MII
G7 X vs G7 X MII
Canon-PowerShot-G9-X front thumbnailCanon G9 X
G7 X vs G9 X
Canon-PowerShot-G5-X front thumbnailCanon G5 X
G7 X vs G5 X
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Canon-PowerShot-G7-X front thumbnailCanon G7 X24-100mm

Canon G7 X Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon G7 X based on aspects that are typically considered important in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in lens has zoom (24-100mm 4.2 x zoom)
fast at the long end (f2.8)
good sized screen (3 inch)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
has a tilting screen
has built in flash
has HDMI out
has manual focus
has touch focus
includes face detect autofocus
lighter than others (304g)
NFC connection
relatively wide (24mm)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
screen has good resolution (1,040 thousand dots)
selfie friendly display
sensor size is nice (1")
supports RAW formats
touchscreen capability
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low battery pack (210 per charge)
no external flash support
no headphone support
no microphone support
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Canon G7 X Sensor specifications

The Canon G7 X houses the DIGIC 6 chip. The sensor dimension on the Canon G7 X is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 125 to 12800. RAW format is saved so the user has wider margin for error.

The graphic below shows the G7 X's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The G7 X sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is highlighted in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon G7 X dimensions

Canon G7 X is 0.67 lb (304g / 10.72 oz) & has outer size of 103mm x 60mm x 40mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.6"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 396g and the Canon G7 X is less heavy when compared with various rivals.

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The following is a pic of the Canon G7 X alongside a softdrink to help you get a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot G7 X dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button design on the G7 X.

Canon PowerShot G7 X topview buttons dials

Canon G7 X Lens specifications

The G7 X provides a fixed lens providing a focal range of 24-100mm making it a 4.2 x zoom which may not be significant however it will surely be convenient in some situations.

At the widest 24mm, it has an aperture of f1.8 making it fantastic for low light situations and getting good bokeh. It will also let you choose a much lower ISO to capture clearer pictures. On the tele end, 100mm comes to f2.8 which is quite decent and enables you to set high shutter speeds.

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Canon G7 X Connectivity

The G7 X has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can copy pictures and in some cases change settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Some applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Canon G7 X Video specifications

The max video resolution on the Canon G7 X is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance for quality and file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with any room to downsample. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone jack so you have got no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to take a look at a different camera if you require good sound for your video clips.

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Canon G7 X Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Canon G7 X so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty situations.

Canon G7 X Display and Viewfinder

The Canon G7 X comes with a 3 inch tilting screen boasting a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

It has a selfie friendly display to take self portraits and group photos if needed. Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you can set focus point and adjust settings by using your fingertips.

Canon PowerShot G7 X screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder specs for Canon G7 X are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really handy for bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon G7 X Shutter specifications

Canon G7 X continuous shooting speed is 6.5 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Canon G7 X Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon G7 X has only in-built flash without external flash support.

Canon G7 X Autofocus specifications

Canon G7 X has just Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & exact when compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detect making it valuable for portraits.

The AF system comes with 31 focus points to pick from. Canon G7 X has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to adjust where you focus. Canon G7 X comes with manual focusing if required for low light situations or you require more precise focusing control.

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Canon G7 X Battery life

The battery pack (NB-13L) on the Canon G7 X is built to last for 210 shutters based on the CIPA benchmarks which is less compared to it's competitors. The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U has the maximum (450) battery life for this category of cameras.

Following is a number of Large Sensor Compact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Canon G7 X for different categories of photography

The following bar chart shows a summary of the Canon G7 X for different categories of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section below.

Canon G7 X Portrait photography information

The Canon G7 X gets a points total of 64 which is very good, and means the camera is a very decent fit to use for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support along with the flexibility to utilize off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
includes face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
external flash not possible

Canon G7 X as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a wonderful points tally of 85, the Canon G7 X is a awesome option for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
has touch focus
lighter than others (304g)

Canon G7 X as a Sports photography camera

A moderate sports photography score of 56 means the Canon G7 X is somewhat adequate for shooting sports. A camera needs excellent focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
not so great battery life (210 per charge)
no phase detect autofocus

Canon G7 X Travel photography details

Size is extremely important in picking a travel camera. In general, the Canon G7 X gets a exceptional 80 for a travel camera which makes it a brilliant option to take with you on your vacations.

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lighter than competition (304 grams)
includes focus by touch
resolution is good (20MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
relatively wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
not so great battery life (210 per charge)

Canon G7 X as a Landscape photography camera

For those who are planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon G7 X and it's nice rating of 69 as a landscape camera is a fine choice in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low battery (210 CIPA)

Vlogging with Canon G7 X

A vlogging camera really should posses a moving screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Canon G7 X is a outstanding choice for vlogging as it delivers a wonderful rating of 81.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
screen is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (304 grams)
doesn't have microphone support

Canon G7 X Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the G7 X, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall within the class of Large Sensor Compact.

The diagram below gives you an overview of the G7 X versus it's highest scored competitors mentioned earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW data
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-100mm (4.2x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Display type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Display resolution
1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
6.5 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
7.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
304g (0.67 pounds)
Physical dimensions
103 x 60 x 40mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.6")
Battery life
210 images
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 0r 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots
Pricing at release