Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III may be the perfect vlogging camera

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III + G5 X Mark II
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If vlogging is your thing, the Canon Marketing Malaysia may have just rolled out the perfect digital compact camera for you. The PowerShot G7 X Mark III integrates two critical features for vloggers—an external mic jack and YouTube live-streaming capabilities. Canon didn’t stop there, it also launched the new generation PowerShot G5 X Mark II, which packages DLSR-like speed and quality into a lightweight, easy-to-handle package. 

Both the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Mark III share the same 20.1MP, 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor coupled with the powerful DIGIC 8 processor. In fact, they’re both almost identically spec-ed aside from the bigger optical zoom on the G5 X Mark II—the focal range of 24-120mm (35mm equivalent) enables 5X optical zoom compared to the G7 X Mark III’s 24-100mm (35mm equivalent) range for 4.2X zoom.

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The superfast, wide aperture f/1.8-2.8 lens, large stacked CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 processor enables faster autofocus, fast burst mode and 4K video capture without crop.

If you’re looking to shoot fast-moving objects, then the two cameras will deliver. Its pre-shoot settings starts at 0.5 seconds before you even press the shutter release button. You can shoot at a high speed of 30 shots per second in RAW burst mode (and 20fps in JPEG). ISO speed range is between 125-12800 (expansion to 25600 equivalent).

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Both cameras will let you capture 4K videos at 30fps without crop, and you can easily make 8MP JPEG frame grabs from your 4K footage.

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The cameras feature a 3-inch (~1.04 million dots) tilt-type LCD display, and also packed with connectivity features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE. Downloaf the Canon Camera Connect app to access remote shooting features and easily transfer photos and videos from camera to your smartphone or PC. 

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One great feature is a USB-C port that supports USB Power Delivery (PD) charging. Just plug in a USB-PD charger or powerbank, and you’ll be able to charge the camera, or in the case of the G7 X Mark III, keep it charging while you’re live-streaming on YouTube or shooting video.

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While both share similar underpinnings, there are several distinct differences between the two cameras. The G7 X Mark III comes with a 3.5mm external mic jack, so you can easily plug in a directional or boom mic for better audio. I plugged in my Rode Videomic Me and it worked quite well. That aside, Canon has built in YouTube streaming support into the G7 X Mark III, making it easy for content creators to live-stream. Canon refused to comment on support for Facebook or Instagram live.

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If you’re more into stills, then the G5 X Mark II will be down your alley. In place of a pop-up flash (on the G7 X Mark III), you’ll get a pop-up electronic viewfinder (EVF) with approximately 2.36 million dots resolution, offering 100 percent coverage. 

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Regardless of which you choose, they’re both compact and well-built, with nice-feeling tactile controls and focus ring. 

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If you need more flexibility, you may want to look at the EOS M50 interchangeable lens camera, retailing from MYR2,799 (body only). 

The question is: can the PowerShot G7 X Mark III give the Sony RX100 Mark VII a run for its money? Well, seeing that the class-leading RX100 is priced at a premium, I’d say the G7 X Mark III has a chance indeed.

Pricing and availability

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is available in black and retails for MYR3,599 while the PowerShot G7 X Mark III is available in black and silver, and is priced at MYR2,999. Both models can be purchased at all Canon authorised dealers nationwide. 

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I also had a chance to test out the BR-E1 tripod which comes with a built-in, removable remote control unit. No details on available or pricing yet.

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