Canon G7 X- 1" Sensor, Aimed at the Sony RX100?

Screenshot 2014-09-16 09.02.22Canon has announced a new point and shoot that should not be overlooked. The Canon G7 X is a slim, pocketable camera sporting a 1" sensor.Screenshot 2014-09-16 09.45.17Significantly larger than your typical P&S sensors and able to provide much better low light performance. The Sony RX 100 shares the same sensor size and possibly even the same sensor(G7 X has a Sony sensor).Sony's RX 100 and now Mark II and Mark III have been selling well and receiving favorable reviews - we will compare the two in a moment.

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

A pocketable camera with a fast lens f/1.8 to f/2.8 that includes a touchscreen, full HD video with neat manual control ring and an ND filter for shooting at those faster apertures in bright light- this seems like a YouTubers dream camera and the screen does flip up for selfie framing.  Photo quality should be excellent as well.  No word if the remote control/app can trigger videos or if this is for photos only? Screenshot 2014-09-16 09.02.31 The current king of the large sensor compacts is the Sony RX 100 Mark III. On paper these two look very similar with the exception that the Sony offers a small popup viewfinder, The G7 X is LCD only. However, despite both having f/1.8-f/2.8 lenses  the G7 X offers a much better aperture range through the zoom- as you zoom with the Sony you quickly hit that f/2.8 and the G7 X stays wider well past that point.

Canon G7 X Sony RX100 III
Sensor 20.1MP 1" 20.1MP 1"
Focal Length 24-100 (4.2x) 24-70 (2.9x)
Max Aperture F1.8 - F2.8 F1.8 - F2.8
Number of Focus points 31 25
Touchscreen Yes No
Viewfinder No Yes - EVF
FPS 6.5 10
Video Resolutions 1080p at 60fps 1080p at 60fps(also offers 720p at 120fps)
Video Format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Battery Life 210 320
Weight 304 g (0.67 lb / 10.72 oz) 290 g (0.64 lb / 10.23 oz)
Price $699 Amazon | B&H Video $798 Amazon | B&H Video


 Battery life on these little compacts isn't great but charging is relatively quick and you bring along a spare battery or two.Buy the Canon G7 X if you want the range and the best low light performance at the longer end of the range. Touchscreen is a bonus.  Buy the Sony RX 100 if you want a viewfinder and slow motion video.AND. . .If you don't mind carrying around a slightly larger camera- Panasonic has announced the LX100

Panasonic LX 100 - Pocketable Micro 4/3

Screenshot 2014-09-16 10.29.53The headline feature in the LX 100 is the Micro 4/3 sensor. The larger sensor offers a significant advantage in lower light at the expense of a slightly larger body but still smaller than the current crop of micro 4/3 cameras. You also have 4K video recording. Screenshot 2014-09-16 10.29.35 

Spec of the Panasonic LX 100

  • 16.8MP 4/3" Multi-Aspect MOS Sensor
  • Leica DC Vario-Summilux f/1.7-2.8 Lens
  • 24-75mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 11 FPS
  • 2,764k-Dot EVF
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot Rear LCD Screen
  • 4K Ultra HD Video at 30/24 fps in MP4
  • Full HD Video at 60fps in MP4 or AVCHD
  • Manual Control Rings and Dials
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • External Flash Included

Beyond the sensor your get excellent manual controls and 4K video recording(limited to 15 minutes) and a slightly faster lens.  The Wifi does support photos and control of video too.