Today as I walked past the Silver Street London Camera Exchange store I noticed that they had a box for the new Canon “Powershot G7 X”, I have to say I’ll be happy when the camera manufacturers stop feeling the need to insert the letter “X” in their camera names; it’s starting to become a bit stale. I also noticed how similar this name is to the Panasonic Lumix GX7 – its not confusing is it 🙂
So I popped in and asked if I could have a go of the new model, this is the first time I saw the camera in the flesh (or is that metal). First impressions were that this model was a hybrid between the Powershot X series of cameras and the Powershot S series. It had a nice solid feeling and all of the controls seemed logicalcally placed – I like the fact that we get a mode dial.
There was also a control wheel around the lenses throat that can be used to adjust exposure or other camera settings; however, as you turn the wheel you hear a mechanical clicking noise. The wheel doesn’t spin quickly you need to use a bit of force to rotate the ring. Did I say that the clicking noise is very annoying? You couldn’t use the camera and use the control wheel in a quiet environment – bad decision Canon!
The other big issue that I have with the camera is that it is simply too small. I don’t have the biggest hands in the world but I had a real problem trying to come up with a grip that allowed you to firmly hold the camera and not have part of your hand rest on one of more of the rear buttons.
As you can see from the picture above, the rear thumb-rest is flush with the buttons so doesn’t help much. So all in all Canon have released a 1″ sensor model but there are too many things that I don’t like.
Canon did price the G7 X quite competitively at £580 which is firmly between Sony’s similar RX100 models, the RX100-MkII is £489 and the RX100-MkIII is £699. The RX100-MkIII does however come with a viewfinder. The G7 X comes off as a “me too” product. Did I say that the clicking noise of the lens control wheel was annoying?