Powershot G7 X Mark III

Canon Power Shot G7 X Mark III & G5 X Mark II

Canon Power Shot G7 X Mark III & G5 X Mark II

The point and shoot compact camera market may have taken a bit of a hammering from the rise of camera phones, but there's one sector of the compact camera market that's doing rather well.

"With features such as live-stream to YouTube and a pop-up EVF, the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II are true testaments to the company's commitment to integrate the latest advancements for those who choose to digitally stream their journeys with the world or seek to scale and capture the highest peaks", said Canon's Kazuto Ogawa.

The G7 X III also now natively supports vertical video recording for those that produce mobile content for other social media platforms.

With all those things taken into account, along with the G7 X III's small, lightweight form factor, you should have a top-notch, low-cost YouTuber camera.

So which is which?

The PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II will be available starting in August 2019 with price tags of $750 and $900, respectively.

And the G7X Mark iii can also no film in portrait mode, similar to smartphones. These new compact cameras will future-proof both video and still imagery, thanks to super 4K movie quality, for vloggers and photographers looking to upskill their videography capabilities.

The cameras can also make use of a connected smartphone's Global Positioning System coordinate info for geotagging images.

Canon has changed the design of the G5 X Mark II so significantly from the previous G5 X that you wonder why it didn't ago for a different name. Superficially both look nearly identical from a cursory glance.

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It does get a slight lens extension, though, bumping from a 24-100mm to a 24-120mm zoom, without sacrificing aperture: it remains a fast f1.8-2.8 lens.

This EVF is 0.39 inches, has a 2.36 million dot resolution with 120 fps refresh rate, and features a "Smooth Priority" option.

On the back of the camera is a 3-inch touchscreen LCD with 180 degrees of tilting up for selfies and 45 degrees of tilting down. There's a clean HDMI output for external recording too, and a control ring for easy access to settings. Frame grabs of 4K video can also be performed in camera.

The PowerShot G5 X Mark II and the PowerShot G7 X Mark III both provide autofocus with confidence.

In a first for Canon, older versions of the cameras will remain on sale. In our brief tests it felt very fast and responsive at normal focal lengths and subject distances, though it did slow down markedly when zoomed in on objects closer to the camera.

Other features of the camera include panorama shot and star shooting.

For a small camera, the G7 X Mark III feels pretty secure in the hand, and the slightly size increase in the grip does seem to have made a significant difference.

We'd need to run the G7 X Mark III through our usual lab tests and real-worth shooting situations to get a proper idea of its performance, but the early signs are very good. Other imaging and video features are identical.

Interestingly, Canon intends to keep the older PowerShot G7 X Mark II on sale alongside the new model, and if stills are your main interest, this older model will give you nearly the same capabilities but for a lot less money.

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