Canon Powershot G7X
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The Canon G7X

I’ve always been a believer of the saying that “It’s not the camera, but who’s behind the camera, that matter.” However, the features and capabilities of a camera do offer a degree of convenience and an opportunity for a photographer to open a whole new world of possibilities. To me, the Canon Powershot G7X , or Canon G7X, may be the digital camera that offers just that.

Seoul (October 2015) - Day 01

Seoul (October 2015) - Day 01

What I Love About The Canon G7X

  • Whenever I’m unsure of which camera to get, I often go to YouTube for reviews because 90% of the time, vloggers add sample clips. After doing a generous amount of research and video watching, A LOT of YouTube vloggers claim that the Canon G7X is one of the best vlogging cameras in the market today. To test the claim, I recorded the video above in a park outside Changdeokgung Palace, right beside a busy road. You can hear the sound of the surroundings, but my voice was also loud enough for the camera to pick up. I think that’s what I like about this camera, you don’t need an audio jack to record videos (although having one is supposed to improve its quality).
  • The smart autofocus of Canon got me sold, as it’s able to detect my face in most occasions. If the camera couldn’t detect my face, it’s either because I’m standing too close or moving too much, but a simple tap on the touchscreen will fix the focus.
  • The camera comes in a very compact body with a selfie-friendly tilting LCD screen. It also boasts a 20.2-megapixel.
  • Wi-fi connectivity for both photos and videos. It can also read images that were taken with the Fujifilm X-M1 — The X-M1 couldn’t do this; the images taken with the G7X was a big blur. :(
  • The G7X comes with several features that any casual photographer might love. I love the Background Defocus because it blurs out everything except for my face. In fact, the “At 27, I Celebrate Life” blog post was taken with that feature!
  • Just like the Fujifilm X-M1, the G7X has the ability to shoot RAW. The special features, however, are only applicable if photos are captured as JPEG.
  • The Canon G7X comes with a sweet aperture of 1.8!
  • Although I wasn’t able to try this feature for myself because Seoul is too bright and hazy at night, Canon claimed that this camera has the ability to capture the stars.

What I Don’t Love About The Canon G7X

  • The colors of the images look a little bit dull when I look on the LCD? But that’s just what I think. I don’t know. Maybe something’s wrong with my eyes.
  • The struggle to take selfies and still be able to see the background.
  • No electronic viewfinder which shortens the battery life.
  • No external mic jack for better audio quality. :(

I absolutely love this camera and I highly recommend it, but is it worth the purchase?

If you’re looking for a lightweight and stylish camera to use for self-portraits and video blogging, then yes, this camera is worth the purchase. I love using this camera because it was 1) selfie-friendly, 2) so light, and 3) fits in my handbag! As a lifestyle blogger, this camera is more than sufficient to capture all the flatlay and events I go to, and I would use this as my default vlogging camera during my travels.

But why am I not buying it? I’m keen on getting a mirrorless camera, particularly the Canon EOS M10. Unfortunately, the Canon EOS M10 won’t be released until next year. :(  The Canon M10 is now available at all Canon stores for PHP20,998 (add PHP700 for an SD card upgrade).

Disclosure: I own a Fujifilm X-M1, a mirrorless camera that I purchased last September 2014. Comparing the Fujifilm X-M1 to the Canon Powershot G7X is like comparing apples and bananas. The Canon Powershot, although could shoot RAW, is not a mirrorless camera.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Mei
    December 12, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    I can’t say Canon is a favorite because I haven’t thoroughly tried and tested other brands but I must say I am very much satisfied with Canon, I don’t feel the need to try other brands anymore. Canon G7X was actually one of my choices among many cameras of Canon. I’ve read a lot of good reviews about it and watched sample videos too. Also, I have a Powershot before so I am confident that G7X would give better outputs. But looking at its price, I think it is too pricey for a digital camera. The Powershot I owned before was around Php20k that time and considering the tight competition in the market, I think digital cameras should not be that expensive now. Besides, it doesn’t fit my budget as well. :(

    Another thing is, I am more focused with mirrorless cameras too! It is more versatile, I believe, as it is more like a digital camera and SLR in one. In Canon’s mirrorless series, from EOS M to EOS M3, I have always been amazed with the shots though I haven’t actually tried any of those. But if you have to compare the price, the most basic kit is cheaper! So I think it’s a good decision for you to choose a mirrorless over G7X. But then it always depends on your own needs and satisfaction. :)

    By the way, I wonder when you drafted and published this post since it’s not indicated, but something caught my attention: mentioning that EOS M10 won’t be released until next year. Good news, it’s already available in the PH! :) I even tweeted about how tempting it is because it’s way cheaper than M3! Hehe

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      Kisty Mea
      December 13, 2015 at 12:08 AM

      I agree! Parang 35K ang G7X if purchased from Canon directly. Sa OLX, may 20K na kasi! At the time of camera lendout, the G7X felt like a good investment because wala pang M10 noon. Pero ngayon meron na, mas ok na choice yung M10… Of course, depende na yan sa lifestyle and preference. Parehas lang naman may pros and cons.

      I also drafted this about two weeks ago! I’ve been waiting for Canon to release M10 in stores, even called their office last week to ask. :/ Then I was at SM Aura last Monday and saw the camera at their Canon store! :D
      I don’t get lang why the material looks plastic on the white and grey cam. Mukhang toy camera na ewan eh! :))

      • Reply
        Mei
        December 13, 2015 at 1:32 PM

        Oh, hindi kasi ako nagtitingin sa OLX masyado, meron na palang tag 20k dun. I prefer to buy from Canon to make sure its warranty and stuff. Di ko na tiningnan yung white and grey kasi di ko feel yung colors so I disn’t know it looks plastic. Mine’s black and it feels matte, I thought it’ll be the same with other colors. Go with black na! :)

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          Kisty Mea
          December 13, 2015 at 11:43 PM

          Not everything on OLX are from the grey market. I got my Fujifilm X-M1 from OLX and the seller was Pixel Pro, one of Fuji’s authorized dealer! :) We’ll see. I haven’t seen the white one, so I’ll check it out first. White kasi ang first choice ko, followed by the matte black.

  • Reply
    Nana
    December 13, 2015 at 2:54 AM

    This was super duper useful! Thanks for sharing your experience with this camera. I’ve always been a big fan of Canon Powershots and your post makes me want to get the G7X~

    ♥ Nana’s Notebook

  • Reply
    Tina
    December 15, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Hi! My friend got his M10 last week from MOA.

  • Reply
    Dianne
    December 16, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    This post is just right in time when I am actually thinking of what camera to buy. I am not a pro so basically I want a light camera that I can use for blogging and for travels. I love the quality of g7x, and I agree, I like the sound quality dun sa video mo. It’s definitely a plus! I love the deblur background effect on your photos in “At 27 I celebrate Life” post. Thought it can only be achievable using DSLR cameras.

    I’ll be listing this camera to my options though I still prefer mirrorless cameras. Thanks for the review!

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      December 16, 2015 at 2:36 PM

      Hi Dianne! I’ve recently purchased the Canon M10, it’s a mirrorless camera similar to the G7X. I got it about three days ago, so I’m still exploring the camera pero I noticed na medyo stripped down yung features niya (the M10) when compared its predecessor (M3) and G7X. I guess this is fine if you don’t need the extra features/filters?

      Anyway, I’m scheduled to review the Canon EOS M3 and M10 next year. So if you’re looking for a mirrorless camera, I hope you could wait for that review. :)

  • Reply
    Monique
    January 10, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    did you edit the photos here? I really love the quality of the pictures!! And about mentioning thea canon eos m10, im trigger to save money and buy it as a birthday gift to my self! but i hope, you can make a review of canon eos m10 once you get one or explore it :)

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