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The competition among large-sensor compacts is heating up with the all-new Canon Powershot G7 X. This new compact slots itself below the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II introduced earlier this year, offering an intermediate sensor-size in a more compact body. The new G7 X features a 20 megapixels 1″ sensor, versus s 12 megapixels 1.5″ one on the G1 X Mark II. The new body is 45% lighter and 55% smaller by volume and it even manages to squeeze in a brighter lens.

Canon Powershot G7 X

The compact Canon Powershot G7 X offers a 20 MP 1″ CMOS sensor with 2.7X crop-factor. It has a wide ISO 125 to 12800 sensitivity range and unusually long 1/2000 to 250s shutter-speed range. The processor capture full-resolution images at 6.5 FPS or record 1080p HD video at 60 FPS. This premium compact offers plenty of external-controls, including dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial, plus a dedicated one for exposure-compensation.

This compact is equipped with a bright F/1.8-2.8 lens, equivalent to 24-100mm in 35mm-terms. This compensates partly for the smaller sensor relative to its sibling by allowing almost one additional stop of light at the long end of the zoom. Framing on the G7 X is exclusively possible via its 3″ touchscreen LCD with 1 MP of resolution. Unlike the G1 X Mark II, there is no provision of an external viewfinder.

The Canon Powershot G7 X is expected to ship next month for a suggested price of $749 CDN or $699 USD. B&H Photo and Adorama are accepting pre-orders at these links.

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