The Canon G7X. If you have been dabbling in the world of YouTube or if you have been asking for camera recommendations, then chances are you have heard of it. You may even have been trying to get your hands on one. The Canon G7X has been labelled ‘the vloggers camera of choice’ and if you ask any blogger / vlogger what the latest ‘must have’ camera is, then it’s likely they will mention the G7X.
If you have been following me on Instagram or have been watching my YouTube channel then you will have noticed a marked difference in picture quality lately. That is due, in part to the Canon G7X. Having been sent one of these little beauties, I am going to do a full review to see whether they are really worth the hype. I must caveat this review by admitting that I am by no means a professional photographer. There are any number of in depth, technical reviews on the Canon G7X but I’m afraid that this is not going to be one of them. I have a passion for taking gorgeous photographs and a new found interest in the world of YouTube vlogs for sure but a professional photographer, I am most definitely not. So if you are a total technical pro then look away now. This review is from the perspective of a bit of a novice.
Things That I Love About The Canon G7X
- Size – I mainly like to photograph my children, family, pets and travels which means that I need a small and portable camera to take out and about with me. As a busy mama who is always juggling changing bags, car seats, buggy’s and breadsticks, I found the G7X to be the perfect size. It’s compact enough to sit comfortably in my pocket and small enough to get an easy, one-handed grip on which is essential when you are juggling the aforementioned baggage/offspring.
- Handling – the G7X is quite a heavy little thing, which surprised me initially. However, I soon realised that this is to balance the camera which stops all those horrible shaky pictures and vlogs that I experience with my iPhone and cheaper Nikon camera.
- Menu System – For a newbie photographer / vlogger like me I was worried that such a high-tech camera would have an overwhelming and difficult menu to navigate, full of technical wizardry. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong because the Canon G7X has an incredibly simple, touch-screen menu that even I managed to navigate.
- Bright Lens – I hate using the flash on camera’s. I find that with a flash, the photograph quality looks awful and gives the picture a washed-out appearance. The bright lens on the G7X means that there is a lot less need for the flash. The low-light capability of the G7X means that you rarely need to resort to using the flash and if you do need it then it magically removes the shiny face/red eye syndrome that usually occurs.
- Custom Setting – Ok you get it, I’m a photography newbie but this custom-setting has allowed me to take some seriously lovely shots. Point, shoot and the G7X takes several shots in quick succession and applies a series of different filters to them. Some of my best photographs on Instagram have come from this setting and I love it.
- 20.2 Megapixel Image Sensor – Even I know that this is pretty damn good and gives some amazing clarity to your photographs.
- WIFI Connectivity – This allows you to transfer your photographs wirelessly on to your computer/phone/printer.
- Tilt / Swivel Screen – When you are vlogging, this means you can swivel the screen and see exactly what on earth is going on with your hair whilst filming. Same for selfies and you can tilt the screen towards you giving you that perfect angle should that be your thing.
- Tracking Focus For Moving Objects – Brilliant for snapping that perfect shot at your little one’s school sport’s day or when the baby just will not keep still long enough to point and shoot.
- Easy To Use Control Ring – You can use the camera in Auto mode all of the time if you so wish. However, as I am trying to learn a thing or two about photography I don’t use the Automatic mode too much. I was pleased to discover that I could easily use the control ring at the top of the camera to control the aperture and shutter speed to produce the desired effect.
Things That I Don’t Love About The Canon G7x
- Battery life – The Canon G7X has quite a small battery with a short life. If I am vlogging then I can probably only get a few hours out of it so an extra back-up battery is pretty much essential.
- Volume – The speakers on the camera are located right where you want to put your fingers when you are holding it. I’ve had to re-shoot quite a bit of video footage for my YouTube channel because I’ve accidentally had my fingers covering up the speakers.
Despite, these few negative aspects, I am loving using the Canon G7X. I have been able to take so many beautiful and precious photographs using this camera and for that alone, it is worth its weight in gold. Add to that the fact that the G7X is compact, easy to use, sturdy and reliable and this is going firmly into my blogging/vlogging essentials kit.
Here are a few of my favourite shots:
Head on over to my YouTube Channel to see the difference in the quality of my vlogs since I started using the Canon G7X. The incredible HD quality has brightened up my footage immeasurably I’m sure you will agree. Not only that, using the G7X has made the whole process of vlogging a lot more hassle-free and enjoyable.
Whilst there is still a long way to go to discover and learn how to use all of the clever features of the Canon G7X, I have not been disappointed as a novice photographer/vlogger. I highly recommend this camera to anyone who wants a high-quality yet portable camera as well as to anyone who wants to take excellent, hassle-free video footage.
If you are thinking about purchasing one of these little beauties and have any questions then feel free to drop me a line in the comments box below.