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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Canon G7X Digital Camera in Malaysia Now

Back in the spring of 2012, Canon launched a camera which got us incredibly excited. The industry's first large-sensor, fixed-lens zoom digital camera, the Canon G1 X was something we'd been requesting for years, and while it was larger than we'd hoped, we were thrilled. Until, that is, Sony stole Canon's thunder with the RX100. That camera compromised on sensor size but still provided a significant sensor size advantage over existing camera phones and compacts -- even enthusiast models -- and yet was small enough to fit in a pants pocket.
We weren't alone. Despite a relatively high pricetag for a compact camera, the RX100 and its subsequent siblings have sold in droves, and until now, Sony has had the market pretty much to itself.

And yet suddenly, with the simultaneous launch of the Canon G7X and Panasonic LX100, Sony has a battle on its hands. These two cameras each have some fairly important differences from the RX100-series cameras, but they also share much of what made Sony's cameras so popular: the advantages of a fairly large sensor, a fairly compact body and an optical zoom lens that helps get the framing you're after.

Of the two new models, it is Canon's which is closest to the Sony formula in size. In fact, the Canon G7X is nearly indistinguishable from the Sony RX100 III in terms of its dimensions, and only slightly heavier. It looks to have a very similar 20.2-megapixel image sensor, if not perhaps even the same one, and yields the same maximum sensitivity of ISO 12,800.

Yet despite having near-identical dimensions, Canon packs in almost 50% more zoom reach than in the RX100 III while retaining the same maximum aperture range. Essentially, the Canon G7X pairs the wide-angle possibilities of the RX100 III with the telephoto possibilities of the RX100 and RX100 II, and somehow manages to cram in the brighter aperture of the former. We're not sure how they've managed it, but in one fell swoop Canon has brought forth a convincing rival for all three cameras in a single model, at least on paper.

And the Canon G7X shoots significantly faster than Sony's rivals with autofocus enabled, too, even if it still trails them in performance with focus locked. Better still, it has a touch screen that makes it easier and quicker to focus precisely where you want, so you can really take advantage of that greater AF speed.

Available from October 2014 in the US market, the Canon PowerShot G7X is priced at around US$700. That's a noticeably lower pricetag than Sony's latest competitor, the RX100 III. In fact, it puts the G7X somewhere in between the entry-level RX100 and the subsequent RX100 II in terms of pricing.

With dimensions of 4.1 x 2.4 x 1.6 inches (103 x 60.4 x 40.4mm) the Canon G7 X is near-indistinguishable in size from its nearest competitor, the Sony RX100 III. It's just fractionally taller and wider, but despite its longer-reaching lens, just microscopically slimmer than the Sony.

At a weight of 10.7 ounces (304g) loaded and ready to shoot, it's a little heavier, though. By way of comparison, the Sony RX100 III weighs about a half-ounce (14g) less, with battery and flash card loaded.

Its lightest and smallest competitor in the class is the original Sony RX100. Although that model has a shorter, less-bright lens and lacks quite a few of the G7 X's features -- most notably, its tilting screen and Wi-Fi connectivity -- it's about 0.2 inches slimmer and weighs 2.3 ounces (64g) less while retaining the same 1"-type sensor size.

Seen from the front, the Canon G7 X cuts a clean, unassuming profile. With the exception of a ring surrounding the 4.2x optical zoom lens, there are no controls on the front deck.

Nestled above and to the right of the lens (as seen from the rear) is a small LED that serves double-duty as an autofocus illuminator and self-timer lamp. And as you can see, the lens itself includes a built-in, sliding lens barrier that negates the need for an easily-lost lens cap.

From above, the G7X shows its colors as an enthusiast camera with a dedicated Exposure Compensation dial, stacked wedding cake-style beneath the Mode dial at the right end of the camera body. Both dials are diamond-knurled around the outside, just as is the dial that surrounds the lens ring, providing plenty of grip.

Just a little to the left of the Exposure Compensation and Mode dials sits the Shutter button, surrounded by a Zoom rocker that functions both in Record and Playback modes. Left of and behind this is the Power button, while a popup flash strobe can be seen at the far left end of the top deck. In between are two ports for the stereo microphone, and a single three-hole port for the speaker.

The rear of the PowerShot G7X is also quite clean and straightforward, although the controls are clustered very near to the edge of the camera. With no protruding front grip, a two-handed hold is required to reach and use most of these controls with your thumb. A modest thumb grip at the top right corner helps secure your purchase when shooting stills single-handed, though.

Left of the control cluster is the 3.0-inch LCD monitor, surrounded by a fairly large bezel. The monitor is mounted on a hinge that allows it to swing upwards 180 degrees for shooting selfies or from the hip, but since it's a fixed hinge, no downward tilt is possible. That means it won't help out when shooting over your head, and nor can the screen be turned to face inwards for protection, unlike side-mounted tilt/swivel types.

With that said, none of the G7 X's nearest competitors have a tilt/swivel screen, although Sony's RX100 II and III do both provide for overhead or waist-level shooting, and the latter is also selfie-friendly. And at least there's nothing obscuring the bottom of the G7X's LCD when in selfie mode, at least unless you raise the flash.

As for the controls, there are four buttons surrounding the four-way controller, which sits at the center of the rear dial and has a central Function / Set button. Above the Four-way controller are a Ring Func. button that switches which variable will be controlled by the lens ring, as well as a Video Record button. The latter is close enough to the edge of the camera that you'll want to shoot videos two-handed to avoid shake.

Beneath the Four-way controller are Playback and Menu buttons, as well as a small card access lamp that sits just above and left of the Playback button. The four-way controller itself also offers controls for Drive mode / Wi-Fi, Focus mode, Flash and Display on its cardinal directions.

Switching to the right-hand side of the Canon PowerShot G7X, you can see that the lens telescopes out an inch or more from the front of the barrel when in use.

There is but one control on this side: The Mobile Device Connect Button, for quick connection to smartphones or tablets. It sits beneath a small flap that covers the connectivity compartment. Beneath are the G7X's combined standard-definition A/V output and digital USB data port, and a Micro HDMI port for connection to high-definition displays.

Switching to the left-hand side, there's only one control: a mechanical release for the built-in, popup flash strobe that sits above on the top deck.

And finally, we come to the base of the camera. There's not a lot to see here, but it's worth noting that the release on the card / battery compartment door and the base of the tilting LCD monitor both share the same diamond-knurling as the various control dials and lens ring.

The metal tripod mount sits off the central axis of the lens, which isn't ideal for tripod-mounted panorama shooting, but it'd be easy enough to correct for with a short bracket if you plan to shoot a lot of panos. And finally, a small logo imprinted into the bottom of the camera indicates the location of its NFC antenna.

Since Apple has finally seen the light and implemented NFC in its latest iPhone models (a whopping four years after it came to rivals like Android, Symbian and Windows Phone), we're hopeful that this will now work for both iOS and Android, allowing quick-and-easy pairing and sharing on the two dominant mobile platforms.

What's inside the G7X? Let's take a look and see!\

Original News From : http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/canon-g7x/canon-g7xA.HTM

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