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Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X


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Canon PowerShot G7 X
Fujifilm X30
Fujifilm XQ2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Fujifilm X30
Fujifilm XQ2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
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Release Date
Oct 2014
Sep 2014
Mar 2015
Oct 2014
Mar 2015
Optical Zoom
4.2 x
4.0 x
4.0 x
3.1 x
5.0 x
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Ultracompact
Large sensor compact
Compact
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
13.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
13.23 mm
3.6 mm
3.6 mm
21.64 mm
2.5 mm

  • The Canon PowerShot G7 X has a bright zoom lens that covers a lot of range and a large 1-inch image sensor, but just misses earning our Editors' Choice nod for top premium compact camera.


  • The new Canon PowerShot G7 X is an excellent pocket camera for enthusiast photographers, offering a wealth of options for shooting both still and video, excellent image quality, speedy auto-focusing, intuitive and configurable handling, and solid construction. It can't quite match the bigger and heavier G1 X Mk II in terms of performance at higher ISO speeds, but it does offer most of that camera's functionality in a smaller package, and even out-performs it in some areas.

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    The Canon Powershot G7 X provides nearly every advanced feature that you can find on a digital camera in today's marketplace, including a touch screen LCD that tilts, NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity, and Canon's latest image processor chip that yields good response speeds. With a large image sensor and 20-megapixels of resolution, the G7 X does a great job recording high-quality images too. This model's primary drawbacks are a small optical zoom lens and a high price.


  • The Fujifilm X30 has a great EVF and Classic Chrome film simulation, but some will miss the X20's optical viewfinder.


  • The new Fujifilm X30 is an evolutionary rather than revolutionary upgrade of last year's X20 model, principally adding a better electronic viewfinder and tilting LCD screen, together with more intuitive and customisable controls and a much improved movie mode.


  • Although it doesn't improve upon the image quality of the X20, the X30 makes a few useful upgrades to enhance handling and make it more versatile. However, there are similaly sized (and smaller) cameras with larger sensors.


  • The Fujifilm XQ2 is a pocket-friendly camera that is capable of capturing excellent images.


  • Calling the Fujifilm XQ2 a modest upgrade is something of an understatement - it's identical to the original XQ1 camera, except for a faster image proccesor, new Classic Chrome film simulation, new white colour-way, and a slightly lower official price on launch. In all other respects, it's impossible to tell the two cameras apart, which is disappointing given the 18-month gap between them, and ultimately means that Fujifilm's premium compact camera has fallen some way behind the fast-moving competition.


  • A thoroughly enjoyable camera to use. It does everything pretty well but falls short of challenging the very best in its class – a 1-inch sensor, better lens and a tilting touch-screen would potentially make the difference.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is an ambitious compact camera with a big sensor, a wide-aperture lens, and 4K video recording, but it falls just short of top honors.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is the most capable compact camera that we've ever reviewed, offering a mouth-watering combination of cutting edge technology, excellent image quality, and intuitive handling. There are still a few downsides - most notably the lack of a touchscreen or articulated LCD and a rather narrow control ring - but the new LX100 manages to pull off the trick of being both a technological tour-de-force and a camera that's a veritable joy to shoot with.


  • There may be smaller interchangeable lens cameras, but the LX100 is a joy to use. It gives you bags of control and produces high quality images. Just beware of flare when the sun is near the edge of the frame.


  • The Fujfilm XP80 offers affordable durability in a compact package.
    ISO 6400 (reduced file size). The Fujifilm XP80 is excellent for shooting right in the middle of the action. The 10 fps burst speed is among the best for the category. The video capabilities and wide range of mounting options makes it a good choice for mounting on a bike, surfboard, or whatever else you can imagine. It's not a good option for shooting indoors, however.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is a good all round compact camera, which is ideal if you’re the type of person who likes to go on adventure holidays - or, alternatively if you’re just looking for something which will be able to withstand average family life.
    Although picture quality may not be quite as high as some cameras without such rugged credentials, for a holiday or family camera, it’s still pretty good and you should be pleased with what it can produce.

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    The FinePix XP80 from Fujifilm is a nice point-n-shoot camera that will work well for the beginning photographer seeking waterproof capabilities in a simplistic model. This camera's images are surprisingly sharp for such a basic camera with a small image sensor. Another pleasing surprise is that the XP80 has very little shutter lag when the lighting conditions are good. However, color representation and exposure are a little off with the XP80.