For two days Max took part at Photokina 2014, one of the biggest events in the world of photography. We were able to get a first glimpse and do some tests with some of the newest compacts being launched on the market.
In the Canon press conference held at Photokina, a new compact camera was announced, the Canon G7x, positioned in the premium segment of its class. We managed to test-drive it for a few minutes during the event, which is why we invite you to read our first impressions and to see the photos and videos we produced.
* The model we tested is a pre-sample. The release version may undergo firmware changes.
Technical specifications-Canon G7x
- 1-inch CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 megapixels;
- Video shooting in Full HD at 60 fps;
- Wireless Connectivity;
- SD/SDHC Card;
- Fulding LCD Display at up to 180 degrees, with a resolution of 1.040.000 dots;
- Continuous shooting with 6 frames per second for nearly 700 frames;
- Optical zoom lens at 4.2x, focal length of 24-100mm and f/1.8-2.8 aperture size;
- Optical image stabilization system;
- DIGIC 6 image processing system;
- Focus in 31 points;
- ISO sensitivity up to 12.800;
- Minimum exposure time of 1/2000s;
- Shooting in .RAW format;
- Weight of 304 grams.
From our point of view the main pros of the camera are the large sensor and the bright lens that has a wide enough focal range. You can photograph landscapes at 24 mm, and take remote shots at 100 mm. A drawback, however, comes with shutter speed. At f/1.8 even with minimal ISO setting, it’s hard to obtain a slower shutter speed than 1/2000 in sunlight. It would have been great if they had the minimum shutter speed of 1/4000s. That would have been satisfying.
Another advantage of the G7x is its fast focus and release speed, an area Canon seems to have been very concerned with this year. We find the same features in the 7D mark II. The new G7x focuses fast and releases equally fast. Another strong point is that it can photograph at 6 frames per second for 700 frames. That’s longer than a minute. That’s if you want to capture a scene from beginning to end.
The camera has a good grip in hand, but doesn’t bring anything new from other cameras in its class. It’s got no optical or electronic viewfinder, instead the images display clearly and without delay on the LCD screen. The LCD display can be folded in various positions, making it easy to shoot from ground level, for instance.
A thing I found handy was the ring at the base of the lens that you can assign various functions to. I’ve set it in aperture size and saved the role.
Here’s a hands-on presentation clip with the new G7x.
Test shots and 100% crops
I was able to test the G7x for 10 minutes and I could not help noticing that it focused almost instantly. This fact caught my attention immediately. I was able to focus and release as soon as I pointerd the camera to the scene, without perceptible delay.
In terms of image quality, in good daylight the details were rendered clearly, even at maximum aperture size. We could notice some chromatic aberrations in some parts of the frame, but only at maximum magnification of the photo.
In conclusion: images capture a high enough amount of detail (see how I brought out the shadows in the top two images below), the focusing system is very efficient, and the fast release helps you to quickly catch the scene photographed.
Test: highlighting details in underexposed areas
Original photos- 100% crops
Continuous shooting – 6 frames per second
Here’s a continuous shooting session at 6 frames per second for nearly 60 frames. However, the camera can do that for a minute and accumulate 700 photos in a sequence.
Video test – Full HD Recording
I loved how the G7x records video. Especially while using the zoom. The lens is moving slowly in this situation and helps you make smooth transitions between frames. At the same time, the image stabilizing system is doing a good job. All the sequences that you see have been recorded with camera in hand at maximum resolution, 1920 × 1080, and a rate of 60 frames per second. I invite you to have a look.
The new Canon G7x will be available starting with the second half of October at a price of $699 (check out the price update here).