I love the Canon PowerShot G7 X point-and-shoot camera we use here at DailyTekk. It’s one of our go-to video cameras for shooting product reviews and doing a bit of vlogging (Casey Neistat is one high-profile vlogger who uses this camera). It came highly rated from a variety of sources. People—myself included—like it’s near-DSLR qualities and features (minus the interchangeable lenses, of course). The flip-up screen is incredibly useful for filming yourself without a camera man or for shooting at tough angles.
Maybe at some point I will get around to doing a full review, but in the meantime I did want to point out a few issues that I wish I had known about before our team decided to make this purchase. In the end, for our purposes, these gripes wouldn’t have prevented us from buying the G7 X. No camera is perfect, and for all the great things this Canon does, there are a few flaws that can hopefully be corrected in the next iteration.
But I’d say that you shouldn’t be scared off by the following issues—just aware of them. Especially if you’re comparing the G7 X with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III.
Fragile Lens Cover
The Canon G7 X has a less than optimal lens cover. You know those little pieces of plastic that automatically open and shut over the lens when you turn the camera on and off? Ya those. I’m always worried I’m going to break them. This wouldn’t be that big of a deal except that, with a camera this size, the lens cover is right where you’d grab to pick this camera up (or let’s say it’s where you could easily grab without thinking). The word here is delicate. You have to be conscious about where you can grab/touch this camera, for sure.
Poor Battery Life
The battery life on the G7 X is not the greatest—especially if you’re shooting a lot of video. This is not the type of camera that you can use for a couple of days without needing to charge the battery (unless you use it pretty lightly). Here at DailyTekk, we’re needing to charge the battery in-between every video shoot. The features on the camera are so good, though, that we’re not looking back—instead, we opted for purchasing some additional batteries and an extra charger (which only set us back $44 on Amazon with the ...