​Canon G7 X: Canon Catches Up With a Tiny 1-Inch Sensor Point-and-Shoot

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From about 2009-2012, Canon's S-series point-and-shoots were the best tiny little cameras you could buy. Then, Sony's RX100 line conquered it with similar functionality, but a much larger 1-inch image sensor that blew Canon's dinky 1/1.7-inch chips away. With the PowerShot G7 X, Canon strikes back.

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The G7 X has a 20-megapixel, 1-inch sensor, backed by a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens. Compared to the latest RX100 III, which has just a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens, the G7 X zooms a bit further without being any bigger. That means Canon out-engineered Sony to get some extra magnification into a tiny frame.

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In addition to the lens, the camera's big distinguishing feature is that the G7 X's selfie-friendly LCD is a capacitive touchsceen, whereas Sony's doesn't do touch. The Sony camera for its part has a pop-up viewfinder built-into the camera. In our test, it wasn't anything special, but it still might be appealing to some users. The upside for the G7 X is that it still has a built-in flash.

Besides that, the G7 X leans towards the better specs we've seen on top point-and-shoots before: built-in ND filter; 1920 x 1080 video recording at up to 60p; Wi-Fi and NFC built-in.

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The Canon G7 X needs to beat the RX100 III, and it's got a chance. At $700, the G7 X costs a bit less than the Sony camera. Additionally, it offers just enough difference on features that it might give the current king a run, especially since Canon's name carries so much weight in the camera world. The PowerShot G7 X will be available in October.

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I was loyal to Canon for years. I just bought Sony NEX 6. I know this model is a bit outdated but it recently became much more affordable. Pictures Sony camera produces are phenomenal. They are comparable or even best the one taken with my Rebel camera. I read a lot about Sony RX 100 and I can not see how this new canon offers anything what would sway anybody away from purchasing Sony RX 100 III. ISO speed only 12800??? No 4K video which becoming standard on Panasonic cameras. Are you kidding me? Canon full frame are fantastic but every other camera Canon produces trails competition. Canon use to lead, not anymore.