Canon G7X Mark III Hands-On and Opinion (firmware 1.0.1, Silver)

Today we’re looking at the Canon G7X
Mark III. Thanks to Camera Craft in Rockford Illinois for let me try this
out at their shop. The G7X Mark III is a small compact camera with a lot of
features. Canon did announce there are going to be firmware updates for this
camera related to autofocus, so just keep that in mind with this video. This is 1.0.1 firmware.
Let’s start with the basic stuff. 20.1
megapixel one inch sensor. That means it’s larger than the super compact
cameras, and larger than all the phone so far. So definitely good in that case for
image quality. The big negative of this sensor is that is contrast based
autofocus. It doesn’t have any type of dual pixel, or phase detect on that
sensor. The lens attached to the camera is a 24 to 100 millimeter equivalent lens.
You’ve got f/1.8 to f/2.8 through that zoom range. It’s a really
nice lens on there. Pretty fast and a good decent amount of range to it. It
does have image stabilization in the lens, so that should help with photos and
video situations. The maximum mechanical shutter speed of the camera is 1/2000th of a
second. That’s pretty much in range with a camera like this. But it does have a
built-in ND filter to help out that situation. It can go all the way up to like
25600 on that electronic shutter, but there’s always issues related to that
with having wobbly stuff in images or anything moving quickly through that
with electronic shutter. It might not be straight. I wasn’t able to try out the
burst modes, but it is rated from 3 to 30 frames a second with that special burst
mode in the camera. With that special burst mode it does let you get frames
before you press the shutter, which is really nice feature to have in there
with action situations. It does have a built-in flash. That is very important on
this camera because it does not have a hot shoe. There’s no way to mount any
type of external flash. With the built-in flash there is an option to adjust the
sync of the shutter for first curtain.. second curtain.. That’s good to have
in there because that’s your only option. There are a multitude of easy mode
options with this camera. It is targeted towards beginners in a way I guess you
could say. Simple modes, simple ways to select the type of photo you want to do…
If it’s landscape, food.. whatever. Or you can do beauty modes. It’s all in there. I
didn’t look at it, but just know that if you’re interested in that stuff…
those are options on the camera. Let’s go over the hardware, the build, the
ergonomics of the camera. It does have that flip forward screen. So you’ve got a full
180 degree flip. So you can use that in selfie modes. That’s a really good benefit
of a camera like this. It does also tilt downward 45 degrees, so that’s not a ton,
but it is good if you’re trying to hold the camera up above you to see. That
works out. It doesn’t have a viewfinder. Just something to keep in mind with
photos. I think a camera like this, it doesn’t really need one. The screen
itself is a full touchscreen with Canon’s usual user interface. That gives you full
control through the touchscreen, which is really nice. It’s convenient. It works
well. It’s smooth… Canon has probably one of the best systems for touch in there
cameras. With the ports it does have the micro HDMI, which is nice to have. You
can do the clean output, but there are some caveats to it. Big benefit of this
camera is it now has a mic port 3.5 millimeters standard format. So you can
attach microphones to the camera directly. There is a control ring around
the lens, which is nice to have to adjust either aperture or shutter speed. You can
select that in the menus. On the top of the camera we have the main mode dial. As
I mentioned it has all those standard easy mode features. But it has also
manual, aperture, shutter speed.. all of that. It also has one custom setting save
mode, which is really nice to have if you want to adjust your settings and push
them into that one single custom mode. There is a dedicated exposure
compensation dial. It’s nice to have there with a manual control. On the top
you see a large mesh opening. That is the dual microphone. It’s stereo. I do test
the internal microphone later on in the video. I found that with my hands the shutter button and the main mode dial are kind
of in a flipped position where my finger rests on the mode dial instead of the
shutter button. Now, it’s gonna depend on your hands and how you use the camera.
Keep that mind with ergonomics. It just feels a little bit awkward for me. In the
back of the camera we have a scroll wheel for adjusting additional settings.
That’s really nice to have an additional physical control right there. The camera
comes with an NB-13L battery. It is 1,250 mAh. You’re gonna get the
usual lower-end on how many photos it can take. A camera like this, I’m not too
surprised. The camera can do USB charging, through the USB-C port. You need a special charger or at
least higher-end properly spec-ed charger for it to work. They do offer their
official charger. It’s pretty expensive. the PD-E1 charger. Handling on the
camera seems decent enough. It’s relatively small, but still not tiny. The
grip itself has ridge to it. I wouldn’t say it’s the best that I’ve used of a
camera this size, but it’s okay. Of course that depends on you and your hands. This
camera is at the size where you could fit it in a small bag or a decent size
pocket most likely a jacket pocket. Take note that the tripod socket is not
inline with the lens. I usually mention this on cameras like this when it is not.
If you’re doing any type of situation where having the lens and the tripod
socket aligned with panoramas or something similar. Another thing I
noticed that the strap lugs are in an unusual position. Now, that could be good
or bad in test those out. But just something to look at and check out for
yourself. Let’s get into the wireless capability of this camera with Canon’s
official app. There is a lot to it. We have full control of photo taking. Can do
timer, you can do so many things… full manual control. Adjust aperture, shutter
speed, ISO. Seems quicker than the M50 is to connect, which is good. You can
transfer photos automatically. I didn’t test that out, but it’s in there. On the
video side, again, you have full manual control of video. You have levels… A
really cool feature is that you can adjust the zoom level of the camera in
video situations even when it’s recording. So you can do some nice smooth
zoom ins in video with the camera and just really enjoyed that feature using
it at the camera shop. You can enable the usual peeking mode in
manual focus situations on the camera. Of course that just means you get some
additional bright lines bright colored lines when you’re in manual focus while
you adjust the focus ring. There is a focus bracketing feature. I really like
this feature. Gives you a lot of options with closer up photography. What it does..
it allows you to select a start and end point for focus and then the camera
incrementally goes through those focus points depending on how many frames you
want to take. Once you’re on your computer or whatever you can put those
photos together and make one picture with the main subject fully in focus.
This is kind of big for Canon, but with aperture priority mode you do have a
minimum of shutter speed setting in ISO setup. Now, my M50 does not have this. It’s
super frustrating to not have that minimum shutter speed. But in this camera
it’s in there. It’s nice to have, so with aperture priority gives you a way to
fully fine-tune that setup. There are three controls that can be adjusted in
the camera. You have the main dial around the lens, but you can only do Av and Tv.
With your auto exposure lock button you can fully customize that one single
button to a lot of different things like turning out the screen. Then with the
back control dial you can adjust that to standard or off. So not much
customization with this camera for adjusting buttons and what they do. This
camera is very much targeted towards people that are interested in video. Of
course, no viewfinder. Has that flip up screen. They do YouTube or whatever…
So this camera can actually do live streaming with Youtube. I didn’t try that
out, but it is in there if you are curious about it. Of course with the
microphone jack gives you the potential for nice audio right into the camera.
I did have my Boya microphone with me so I was gonna try it out with this camera.
David helped me out as well. He found a bracket that I could use, and I was able
to rig up the microphone with the camera. Worked out pretty well. I’m sure that
with different equipment you can find a smaller solution that works out well, but
really the only mounting point on the camera is on the bottom with the tripod
socket. Eventually little cages will come out for this camera where you’ll have
a lot of different mounting points. So I did try out a vlogging setup with the
camera. It works out pretty nicely. Gonna go over all of the
different clips I took with that setup… Quick test audio with the microphone. See
how it sounds… I can see audio levels on the screen, which is really nice. Quick test of the audio without the microphone attached… Still manual levels.
See if it sounds any different. Can see the… (levels) On the screen with the levels, which
is really nice. Quick test of the audio. This is with auto levels… and the standard
microphone on the camera. See how it sounds… This is actually not showing the
levels with auto on, so that’s interesting. Let’s touch around the camera.
See where that microphone is… Last test. This is with the microphone attached with auto levels. See
how it sounds. In this case I can touch the camera itself and shouldn’t having
issues with the microphone on the camera of course. So in.. with auto
levels again it doesn’t show it on the screen… so. One of the biggest issues with
vlogging on this camera. You could see in my video clips is that focus was not
consistent. Now, hopefully that’ll be improved on with
firmware, but we’ll have to see. I can’t judge it at the moment. In addition to
all of that setup, it does have the time-lapse movie mode, which is on the
M50 that I use. Nice to have. It takes frames and then it puts it into a movie
file. It’s super convenient. It works pretty well. You can do 4k and 1080p on
that. All the different standard video modes. You do have 4k video which is nice to
have. That’s at 30 frames a second. Also, you’ve got the 25, 30, and 60 frames a
second depending on if you’re in NTSC or PAL in the setup menu. Does also have 120 frames a second. That
makes a video file at 30 frames a second once it stretches it out. There’s no
audio, no autofocus, with that specific mode… It also does the vertical video. I
didn’t try that out, but just know that it is in there. As I mentioned the lens
does have image stabilization in it. The camera also has the digital image
stabilization. You will get a little bit of crop in your video when you turn that
on. So I think there are a lot of good features with video, but of course it
doesn’t have 24 frames a second. But with this specific camera I don’t think it’s
as big of an issue as some of the other ones. Let’s go over picture quality in still
photo situations. I took some sample photos. We’re gonna look at them on screen. I’ll
put all the information for each photo. I’ll do 100% crop in a certain area, and
also just show you a compressed view of each picture. Didn’t take too many photos,
but it will be in there with the different ISO settings and all that… As you can see the one inch sensor is not
magic. Although, I do think it’s better than a lot of phones. A lot of small tiny
cameras. So it’s kind of a nice balance between the best stuff… The ILCs,
the large sensors, and the really tiny stuff. That was a look at the G7X Mark III. There are a lot of features in it. It is not a cheap camera, but it… build quality wise
it seems pretty solid. I think the Achilles heel of this camera
is in autofocus. It uses contrast detect. These days you’ve got the RX100 series
that a lot of the recent ones like the version VII have phase detect on the
sensor. If autofocus is your main thing. You want as perfect as possible, as much
as possible… especially in video situations. That is the key thing to
consider? You probably want to look elsewhere, but of course, try this camera
out. See if it works for you. Especially after firmware updates come out. Check it
out. Make sure that the autofocus works alright for you,
and then it’s a great option. Because it has so many features especially with the app
and focus stacking. It just has a lot to it. So I don’t want to be too critical of
the camera because it does a lot, but there are, again, some issues. Hope you enjoyed
the video. I’m Scott from Photography Banzai. Again, thanks to Camera Craft in Rockford
Illinois for let me try this out at the shop. Thanks again!

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