Monday, June 29, 2015

Review - Quality pictures with Canon Powershot G7 X


It has been more than 2 years since I used a camera to take photos of our family food trips and outings. One of the main reason is the hassle of slinging the camera around wherever I go. When Canon Powershot G7 X was first launched in the market, I was pretty tempted to make the purchase as it was light and compact. When opportunity struck and I was able to loan the camera for 2 weeks over the June holidays, I could not contain my excitement to see how well it will work for me!

Weighing about 300g, with a dimension of 103 x 60.4 x 40.4mm, I can easily slot the camera in my bag or even my pocket. Best of all, it gives quality pictures in the class of compact camera. With its compact size and light-weight, I find it convenient to carry Canon G7 X around without feeling the extra baggage.

3 out of the 6 artistic photos taken using the Creative Shot Mode

The Mode and Exposure Compensation dial are stacked together making it easier and quicker to tweak and modify the exposure settings. If you are an amateur like myself, you will love the Creative Shot Mode where 6 artistic photos will be taken with merely 1 click!

What I like about Canon G7 X is the clarity, sharpness and vibrant colours of the photo images, particularly when the kids are on the move. Whether they are on the wheels or running around on the field, the improved 31-point AF enables G7 X to cover a larger area in the frame and enhances its accuracy in determining the subject, ensuring the desired object to be always in focus.

I may not be a professional photographer, but it's easy to create the bokeh effect as if you are a pro. "Bokeh" is Japanese in origin and it means a blurry quality or parts that are out of focus. I held the Barney soft toy in one hand and tap on the camera screen to focus on the toy. Took a snapshot and you got your bokeh shot.

Photo taken in Auto Mode

Alternatively, you can adjust the aperture to a lower setting to capture your desired bokeh effect.

Taking Meet & Greet photo is such a pleasure as the photo quality turns out to be superb! Thanks to the large 20.2 megapixel sensor which captures high definition images. 

Close up shots (up to approximately 5cm away) are equally beautiful and I could not resist the temptation of taking more floral shots. Each photograph looks so good that I can print it out and frame it on the wall.

That's not all! Selfie is not a hassle anymore with the 3 inch 180 degree tilt-up touch screen (1.04 million dot LCD) facing the front.

Thanks to Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop, I learnt more photography tips and techniques and was able to take livelier pictures using Canon Powershot G7 X. (Jump shots, panning shots etc.)

Am I tempted to make the purchase!? Yes! I love its compact size, light weight and the quality photo output. Current retail price of SGD 799, Canon Powershot G7 X is a stylish camera with a sleek design. In celebration of SG50, Canon introduces a special edition of PowerShot G7 X. SG50 Limited Edition, with red ring and emblem. Designed and manufactured in Japan, there are only 500 sets and it is available now at a recommended retail price of SGD 829. Time to save up for a compact camera!

Disclosure: All comments and opinions are personal and no monetary compensation was received. Thank you Canon Singapore for loaning Powershot G7 X to me for 2 weeks for the review.

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