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Canon Throws Its Hat Into The ‘High End’ Compact Game With New G7 X

By Anthony Thurston on September 15th 2014

Canon has been lagging behind competitors in a lot of different areas of late, one of which has been that high end compact market currently dominated by the Sony RX100 MIII. Today, Canon announced its answer to that problem, the new G7 X.


The G7 X is Canon’s first compact camera with a 1″  20.2mp sensor, but that is not all that has people turning their heads. The new compact also comes with a very impressive 24-100mm F/1.8-2.8 lens, a touch screen, 6.5fps burst mode, and a 31-point AF system. Overall, this new G7 X should offer the RX100 MIII and other high end compacts -at the very least- a run for their money…

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Canon G7 X Specs

  • 20.2MP 1″ High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-2.8 IS Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • High-Speed AF with 31 Focus Points
  • Full HD Video Recording at 60p
  • ISO 12,800 & 6.5 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Control Ring, Dials & Built-In ND Filter
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC


I have no need for a high end compact camera, so I likely won’t be purchasing one. But, for anyone looking, the combination of features (built In ND!!!) and Canon’s reliability should make the G7 X a killer option -especially for the price. For ONCE Canon has not shot themselves in the foot with an insane price on a good piece of gear.

If you are interested you can pre-order the G7 X now for just $699 over on B&H.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Greg Geis

    Underwhelming? What else are you looking for in this segment? It has the widest zoom range and matches the fastest aperture in its class. An EVF is going to make it a tight squeeze in the trousers. Unless you carry a purse, the Panasonic really is not in the same class because you’re not going to fit it in your pants. I just hope they went with the Sony sensor. When I want the full “shooting experience” I’ll pull out my DSLR, but for all the times I don’t want to “carry”, I love my RX100. These would be some very welcome upgrades for a reasonable premium. I think it fits very nicely in between Sonys RX100 lineup. Of course I wouldn’t mind many other cameras in between the spectrum as well but these make a nice 1-2 punch with limited resources.

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  2. Kayode Olorunfemi

    I find Canon’s new offerings underwhelming…

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  3. mugur ic

    Nice and very compact camera fir travelers

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  4. Daniel Jester

    I would opt for the Panasonic the next article over, because that includes a hot shoe. Of course I’m not the target demo for this camera. Also I’m now a Fujifilm shooter, so the x100s is my (not so) “compact” camera.

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    • John Cavan

      Me too. The Panny also looks better, to be honest, it has a styling that much closer to the Fuji look than this Canon does.

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    • Chuck Eggen

      I agree Daniel. It’s nice to have the ability to add a speed light even though most of the time it would be a carry around camera.

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  5. Herm Tjioe

    An excellent cruise vacationer-type camera for the photo enthusiast

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