The Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III is a high-end compact aimed at photography enthusiasts and vloggers. Announced in mid-2019, three years after the G7X Mark II, it keeps the 24-100mm f1.8-2.8 lens and much the same body, but updates the sensor for faster shooting and uncropped 4k video, and becomes the first 1in compact with a microphone input and the ability to live stream straight to YouTube.
The basic concept follows the same formula as its predecessors, not to mention Sony’s best-selling RX100 series: to deliver better quality than your phone while remaining pocket-sized. They do this by using a larger 1in sensor coupled with a bright lens, a combination that can actually roughly match a basic DSLR or mirrorless camera when fitted with a standard f3.5-5.6 kit zoom. It’s this combination of quality and size that makes them so popular.
After several generations using the same sensor, Canon’s equipped the G7X III (as well as the G5X II launched alongside it) with a stacked CMOS sensor – the same 20 Megapixel resolution as before, but considerably quicker, allowing uncropped 4k video at 25 or 30p, 1080 video up to 120p and fast bursts including a RAW mode at 30fps. I’m guessing it’s the same sensor Sony used in the RX100 IV which means it lacks the phase-detect autofocus of the later Mark V, but t least you’re getting the video and burst upgrades. The G7X III also lacks the built-in viewfinder of the RX100 III onwards, but it zooms longer, has a touchscreen and now features a microphone input as well as the chance to live stream over Wifi not to mention maintaining the vertical orientation of videos for IG TV if desired. These upgrades make what was already a popular choice for vloggers even more attractive and I had a chance to try out a sample for my first-looks preview video below, and ahead of my final review I’ve posted a selection of photos and videos from a final production model below and on my samples page! I’ve also filmed a vlogging test with the camera just below my first-looks preview video just below.
Canon PowerShot G7X III verdict so far
The PowerShot G7X Mark III updates Canon’s most popular 1in compact with some unexpected features which will delight videographers and vloggers in particular. It keeps the earlier 24-100mm lens and much the same body and controls, but adds a 3.5mm microphone input, the chance to live stream direct to YouTube over Wifi, and allows you to keep vertically-formatted video filling the screen for IG TV and other phone platforms – all firsts for a 1in compact. Canon’s even beefed-up the display mechanism for vloggers who hold it by the screen.
The resolution remains 20 Megapixels, but the presence of a stacked CMOS sensor allows 4k video, 1080 slow motion up to 120p, and fast burst shooting at 20fps or in a RAW-only mode at 30fps. Eagle-eyed camera geeks will guess the sensor is probably the same one from Sony’s RX100 IV which means the G7X III may gain 4k and extra speed but sadly not the phase-detect AF introduced on the later RX100 Mark V. Strangely the G7X III also lacks 24p video and eye-detection too. Canon’s also resisted fitting a viewfinder, leaving it to the pricier G5X II, which means Sony’s RX100 IV and V remain compelling alternatives with their popup finders.
But neither of those Sonys has a mic input, nor the chance to live stream over Wifi, and they don’t zoom as long or offer a touchscreen either. As such while there’s some inevitable frustrations, Canon has debuted a number of unique features that will make the G7X III as popular as its predecessors.Check prices on the Canon PowerShot G7X III at B&H, Adorama or WEX. Alternatively get yourself a copy of my In Camera book or treat me to a coffee! Thanks!