Canon PowerShot G7X
The Canon PowerShot G7X measures 10.5x6x3.8cm and weights 300grams, add 4cm to the last figure when the lens is fully zoomed.
The right side has a flip door behind which are AV and HDMI connectors, below this is a flush button that will search for a Wi-Fi access point and behind the flip door is a strap anchor point. The left side also has an anchor point as well as the built in flash flip up button. On the base is a tripod screw as well as the door behind which are the solid battery and any SD card you may use.
The face has the 4.2x zoom lens (8.8-36.8mm) while the flash pops up from the top to be no closer than 5cm from the lens. Above the lens on the top are the twin pin hole microphones, the flush on/off button and slightly to the right at the front edge the shutter release button with zoom control surrounding it. Finally two wheels the top one has eleven settings including the place everyone should start ‘Auto’ and below this a calibration from -3 to +3.
This leaves the back that is dominated by the 6.4x4.4cm TFT screen that both captures and displays what you are looking at, the notional diagonal imperial measurement is 3inches. To the right of the TFT is the all-important rubberised thumb grip and below this two pairs of well-marked buttons with the ubiquitous five position joystick control splitting them.
A feature that you first came across with camcorders the flip display comes in here as the TFT can be rotated from the top by 180degrees to capture the selfie.
You can capture still images in 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1 and 4:5 modes. Each of these sizes can be captured in L, M1, M2 and S modes. The best resolution is 20MP and the lowest is less than VGA dependant on the shape selected. You can even capture over 4FPS at 20MP.
You can of course capture rather good video and this can be full HD (1920x1080) in either 60FPS or 30FPS and then 1280x720 in 30FPS and VGA (640x480) at 30FPS.
This unit takes good shots in all lights; it is especially good in low light and can capture good images in places where flash is not allowed. So while having to raise the flash manually may initially seem a pain it does mean it only fires when you want it to.
The control ring on the lens gives control that you only normally have on a DSLR. Doing things from the other side use the touch screen to give you exactly what you want from your image. The 24mm wide angle is great when you just cannot get everything in the image because you cannot get far enough away. You can even control the camera remotely from your SmartPhone.
The Canon PowerShot G7X is available from the first link below and with £40 cashback costs £398.79 with free delivery.
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