Canon G7X – A Beginners Review

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.

 

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Things That I Love About The Canon G7X

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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  6. 20.2 Megapixel Image Sensor – Even I know that this is pretty damn good and gives some amazing clarity to your photographs.
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  7. WIFI Connectivity – This allows you to transfer your photographs wirelessly on to your computer/phone/printer.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

 

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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.

xxx

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34 Comments

  1. July 11, 2016 / 9:42 am

    You certainly do take lovely photos. This does indeed sound like a very good camera. As you point out the size doesn’t make it a problem to carry with the clutch of other stuff we inevitably travel around with. I’m a very frustrated photographer – I think I need to enrol in a basic night class or something.
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    • July 12, 2016 / 9:51 am

      Oh I would love to take a class in photography. It’s always finding the time though isn’t it! Thanks for your comment 🙂
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  2. July 11, 2016 / 9:43 am

    It looks like such a fab camera. I really want it but my husband wants a Canon 70D for photography (which I can steal for sit down videos) so we can’t afford both. The wifi and the tilt screen are definitely pluses. I’m filming and vlogging on my iphone at the moment and always have it on charge when I do. I’m a new subscriber to your channel so will keep an eye out on the quality. What did you use before getting this camera?

    I’d love if you’d check out my channel too: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLwY31aEd-co2RNHdSAmKiw It’s mostly pregnancy updates at the moment but mummy vlogs coming soon.

    • July 11, 2016 / 1:24 pm

      Hi Debbie, thanks for your comment. I was using a cheap Nikon camera (can’t remember the actual model) and my phone before I had the Canon. I will head over to check out your channel. Thanks for subbing x
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  3. July 11, 2016 / 10:49 am

    This is the camera I would love! I need to start saving as currently film with my phone! Excellent review 🙂 xx #bigpinklink

  4. Julia
    July 11, 2016 / 11:09 am

    This looks like the perfect camera for me!

  5. July 11, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Oh your pictures are fab!! Sound a bit crazy but before I started Instagram I had no idea how hard it was to get a good picture…. I love the look of this one though. Is it too early to start a Christmas list??? #marvmondays
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    • July 12, 2016 / 9:52 am

      Haha never too early! Especially with these babies, they sell out so quickly! x
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  6. July 11, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous! I’m in the market for a new camera but I’m secretly hoping that my husband has bought one for my birthday this week (will find out soon!) #marvmondays

    • July 12, 2016 / 9:53 am

      Thank you 🙂 Happy Birthday for this week and fingers crossed for you! x
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  7. July 11, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Lovely pictures hun! I really need a smaller camera now, we’ve got a Canon 600D SLR – takes amazing pics but too big to carry around for the day-to-day. Did you see me with my iPad at #BML16 (ha ha!) I love the fact it connects straight up to your wifi that is so handy, and the swivel/titl screen is such a bonus too. Claire x #MarvMondayx
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    • July 12, 2016 / 9:54 am

      There’s a lot of choice out there, especially if you’re lucky enough to know what you’re doing with photography! Thanks for commenting hun x
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  8. July 11, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Great review! It’s not always the technical stuff that counts, we want to know exactly what you’ve told us, which is how it works in real life. I got a new compact/bridge camera recently, although it doesn’t have a tilt screen, which may have been useful. I must admit I’m still toying with the idea of a DSLR for gorgeous portrait shots! Although yours look beautiful anyway from this little gadget. #KCACOLS

    • July 12, 2016 / 9:55 am

      I’m glad you like the review, thanks so much! We have a DSLR and it is fantastic but I love the compact size of this one x
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  9. July 11, 2016 / 11:41 pm

    The quality looks amazing, some lovely pictures. A really useful review, thanks. #KCACOLS

  10. July 12, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Ooh Fi I have major camera envy! This looks great and I’ve heard so many good things about this camera for vlogging. I have the 700D which is quite bulky for day in the life blogging, so i end up using my phone. I’ll definitely have a look at this – loving your vlogs and it’s giving me so much inspiration to do more with mine! xx #bigpinklink
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  11. July 12, 2016 / 11:41 am

    Wow, aren’t you lucky! I REALLY wanted one of these cameras, but am far too skint so I might just have to see what Santa brings me…it is more likely to be a lump of coal than a camera, but we will see! Lucy xx #triballove
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  12. July 12, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    What a fab review!! I love the balance, and the description of all things that are important to all things blogger/vlogger, as well as being a busy mum! I was sold on the fact that it’s easy to navigate-I’m a total technophobe, and this aspect of my personality is not getting better, so I really need something that’s easy to work!! The pictures are absolutely beautiful! Photography is one area of my blog I really need to improve-all my pictures are taken on my iPhone, or from pixabay…! And a lot of blogs gain their popularity through great images, so I will work on it!! Thanks for sharing such a great review!
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  13. July 12, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    Beautiful photographs! This camera looks great! I have decided I want to start taking better quality photos for my blog so as I’m turning 30 this year, I have asked my partner for a camera so I will have to get him to look into this one as it looks great for a blogger like me. Good tip about the speakers! 🙂

    #kcacols

  14. July 14, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I have been looking for a camera recommendation so thanks for this!! I shall be purchasing one very soon. x

  15. July 14, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Use my Samsung note 4 to take pictures which is great and handy but I really need to invest on a good camera especially now that I’m a blogger. This one looks great. #KCACOLS

  16. July 16, 2016 / 1:01 am

    Your pictures are beautiful. I’ve been toying with the idea of purchasing a camera for photos, I’m going to take a look at this one and maybe add it to my Christmas list x

  17. July 16, 2016 / 9:04 am

    I have the same camera but I don’t use it for taking photos just for my videos. For my photos I use a DSLR. I haven’t had a problem with the battery life yet and I use it to film a full day out at events. I was always please with it. The only problem I had was using the wifi. I only used it once and I almost lost all my footage. I don’t trust it 100% yet. But I guess it could be me that needs to learn how to use that function more. I general I think it is an awesome camera. The quality is excellent. I will definitely recommend it too. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS.
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  18. July 17, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Lovely pics and great review! I havent actually heard of the Canon G7X before, I’ve actually had my eye on the Olympus Pen for the last few months but I may have to have a rethink now! It sounds and looks like a great camera, really pleased you linked this up to #MarvMondays 🙂 Emily

  19. July 21, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    These pictures are beautiful. I’m looking for a new camera so I’m definitely going to check this out!

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