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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

20.1-megapixel digital camera with 4.2X optical zoom, 4K video, Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and live streaming support (Silver)

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This is a great all-around point-and-shoot camera with some special features for aspiring social media stars.

This is a great all-around point-and-shoot camera with some special features for aspiring social media stars.

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About the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

Special features for social media stars

Canon's PowerShot G7 Mark III takes high-quality stills and shoots 4K video, but that's just the beginning. It also offers special features that make it a no-brainer for those who like to share images on social media. Wi-Fi is built in, and the camera can live-stream directly to YouTube.
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

The LCD viewscreen on the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III tilts upward so you can frame your own selfies.

Special features for social media stars

Canon's PowerShot G7 Mark III takes high-quality stills and shoots 4K video, but that's just the beginning. It also offers special features that make it a no-brainer for those who like to share images on social media. Wi-Fi is built in, and the camera can live-stream directly to YouTube.

It also optimizes your ability to turn the camera on yourself and be the star of the show. The 3" LCD screen tilts upward 180° and downward 45°, so you can choose your best selfie angle. The Vertical Video feature is perfect for framing up-close shots, and there's a 3.5mm minijack input for connecting an external mic.

And it's excellent for everyday use

Social media features aside, the PowerShot G7 Mark III excels at everything else you'd expect a top-shelf point-and-shoot camera to do. Its telescoping lens offers up to 4.2X optical zoom, and robust image stabilization helps neutralize tremors that can make images look blurry. It has dozens of shooting modes to help you adapt to your shooting environment, like Fireworks, Star Trails, Toy Camera Effect, and many more.

One more way to share

Sharing your photos and videos on social media is a great way to broadcast them to the masses, but sometimes it's nice to debut them for friends and family first. The PowerShot G7 Mark III features a micro HDMI port (cable not included), so you can connect to a TV and watch on a big screen.

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Product highlights:

  • 20.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 1" stacked CMOS sensor for excellent image quality
  • 4.2X optical zoom (4X digital)
    • optical image stabilization minimizes blurring caused by camera shake
  • 3" high-resolution (1.04-million-dot) LCD touchscreen
    • screen tilts up 180° and down 45°
  • self-timer lets you get in the picture
  • f/1.8-2.8 lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 24-100mm)
  • built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® for convenient sharing and remote control
  • allows live-streaming directly to YouTube™
  • DIGIC 8 processor for superior image quality and fast camera response
  • pop-up flash
Exposure modes:
  • continuous shooting mode: up to 20 frames per second (up to 30 frames per second in RAW burst mode)
  • shutter speed range: 1-1/2,000 seconds, bulb
  • ISO range: 125-3,200, expandable to 12,800 equivalent
  • shoots cinematic 4K video @ 30 frames per second
  • HD video (1920 x 1080) @ up to 60 fps
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Included accessories:
  • rechargeable NB-13L lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • wrist strap
Connections:
  • USB-C port for in-camera battery charging
  • 3.5mm input for adding an external microphone
  • micro HDMI (Type D) output (cable not included)
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • Digital camera (silver)
  • NB-13L Lithium-Ion battery pack (3.6V 1250mAh 4.5Wh)
  • CB-2LH Battery charger (DC output 4.2V 0.7A)
  • Wrist strap
  • Getting Started booklet
  • Warranty card
  • Online registration card
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features & specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen Yes
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled With smartphone
Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-100mm
Optical Zoom 4.2x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Micro
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Sensor Size 1"
Megapixels 20.1
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 5472 x 3648
4K Video Yes
Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Dimensions
Width (inches) 4-3/8
Height (inches) 2-9/16
Depth (inches) 1-11/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 10.7
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features
Play, Edit, and Print Functions
Battery Information
Input and Output Notes
Software

Features

Multi-angle Touch Panel LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III has a multi-angle 3.0" TFT color LCD monitor with capacitive touch technology. It features a resolution of approximately 1,040,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The monitor tilts up for framing low-angle shots, and up to 180° and so you can see a mirror image of yourself while taking self portraits. It also tilts backward 45° for framing high-angle shots. Capacitive touch panel controls on the LCD monitor are similar to those on a smartphone, with pinch and swipe actions to let you zoom in and out, and switch from single image to index display. With touch controls, you can quickly change the settings, focus, or even take a picture right on the screen.

Canon's HS System: The PowerShot G7 X Mark III employs the Canon HS System by combining the 1-inch, 20.1 Megapixel High-sensitivity stacked CMOS Image Sensor with the new DIGIC 8 Image Processor to produce spectacular images with minimal noise:

  • Image Sensor: For excellent image quality, the camera uses a 1" CMOS image sensor with approximately 20.9-million total pixels and 20.1-million effective pixels, giving your shots added depth and detail. The 1" image sensor is nearly twice the size of the 1/2.3" sensor used in most point-and-shoot digital cameras.
  • Image Processor: The camera features Canon's latest generation DIGIC 8 Image Processor. The new processor helps produce sharp, high quality images, even in low light. It offers enhanced tracking and detection capabilities to keep moving subjects in focus. The DIGIC 8 allows the camera to work faster, so you can shoot continuously up to 20 frames per second (up to 30 fps in RAW Burst mode with One Shot AF).

Built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth: The camera features built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) to let you wirelessly connect to and send images to computers or smartphones, upload images to social networking sites, photo and video-sharing websites, or use in emails, using the Canon iMAGE Gateway application. Shots can be geotagged using GPS information (latitude, longitude, elevation) from a smartphone you have paired to the camer via Bluetooth. When playing them back, you can check the location information embedded in your photos. You can also send images to other cameras or wireless printers, and shoot images remotely via your smartphone. A dedicated Wi-Fi button on the right side of the camera lets you establish a Wi-Fi connection with your smartphone.

Streaming: You can live-stream images and video from the camera. Streaming is available through YouTube only, and you must have active accounts to YouTube and Canon iMAGE Gateway.

Control Ring: The camera features a Control Ring surrounding the lens that has multiple assignable features for quick access. You can assign the following functions to the control ring, depending upon the shooting mode: manual focus, white balance, step zoom, continuous zoom, Auto Lighting Optimizer, Aspect Ratio, and ISO.

Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards, including support for ultra high-speed UHS-I memory cards. When shooting 4K video, or High Frame Rate movies, you should use a UHS-I memory card with a UHS Speed Class rating of 3 or higher.

File Formats: The G7 X Mark III records still images and movies in the following file formats:

  • JPEG: JPEG images are processed inside the camera for optimum image quality and compressed. There are two compression ratios to choose from: Fine and Superfine. You can record JPEG images in Large, Medium, Small 1, and Small 2 in 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, and 1:1 aspect ratios.
  • RAW: The RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera imaging element without further processing. The images show almost no deterioration in image quality, and are a higher quality than JPEG images. To view RAW images on your computer, you must use the Digital Photo Professional software (downloadable from the Canon website). Using the software's image processing function, you can broadly adjust the images without deterioration, and then convert the image to a JPEG, TIFF, or other type of image in line with your intended use. You can choose to record RAW files or JPEG files alone, or you can record RAW files and JPEG files simultaneously. RAW images can be recorded in any aspect ratio.
  • Movies: Using the dedicated Movie button, you can record movies in 4K or High Definition with stereo sound in MP4 format: Image Data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio Data: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo). 4K Movies are recorded at 3840 x 2160 at 30 frames per second. HD Movies are recorded at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) at 120, 60, or 30 frames per second and 1280 x 720 (HD) at 60 fps. In addition, the camera can record iFrame movies, Miniature Effect movies, and Star Time-Lapse movies to show movement of objects in the night sky.

Image Sizes: The camera can record in the following image sizes and aspect ratios for JPEG or RAW still images:

Image Size 16:9 3:2 4:3 1:1
Large 5472 x 3072 5472 x 3648 4864 x 3648 3648 x 3648
Medium 3648 x 2048 3648 x 2432 3248 x 2432 2432 x 2432
Small 1 2736 x 1536 2736 x 1824 2432 x 1824 1824 x 1824
Small 2 2400 x 1344 2400 x 1600 2112 x 1600 1600 x 1600
RAW/ C-RAW --- 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648 ---

Vertical Video: The camera has the ability to create videos in the portrait orientation for sharing to social media. This is ideal for playback on smartphones and tablets. Vertical Video is not available when live streaming on YouTube.

4.2x Optical Zoom Lens: The PowerShot G7 X Mark III is equipped with an f/1.8-2.8, 4.2x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 8.8-36.8mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-100mm). The 4x digital zoom extends the camera's telephoto capabilities to a total zoom of 16.8x. The focusing range differs depending upon the focusing mode:

  • Normal/Auto: 2" - infinity (W), 1.3' - infinity (T)
  • Macro: 2" - 1.6' (W)
  • Quick: 5' - 65.6' (W-T)

Digital Tele-Converter: Using the built-in Digital Tele-Converter, you can increase the focal length of the lens by approximately 1.6x or 2.0x. The focal length when using the 1.6x digital tele-converter is 38.4-160mm. When using the 2.0x tele-converter, the focal length is 48-200mm. The Digital Tele-Converter cannot be used together with the digital zoom.

Preset Focal Lengths: You can shoot at preset focal lengths from 24mm to 100mm (35mm equivalent). This "Step Zoom" feature allows you to shoot at the angle of view of those focal lengths to replicate the use of various prime lenses at the same focal lengths (24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 100mm).

Optical Image Stabilizer: Optical (lens shift type) Image Stabilization allows you to minimize the camera shake which results in blurred images when you shoot distant subjects that have been magnified or when you shoot in dark conditions. Intelligent Image Stabilization (Intelligent IS) automatically selects one of four modes of image stabilization depending upon the shooting conditions: Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid), and Tripod. For Video recording, the camera chooses Dynamic, Powered, Macro (Hybrid), and Active Tripod modes.

Star Shooting Modes: The G7 X Mark III features new Star Shooting modes to help you take photographs of stars in the night sky. Each of these modes requires a tripod to prevent camera shake. Other functions, including Night Display, Color Adjustment, and Star Emphasis, help you make your nighttime photos better. The Star Shooting modes include:

  • Star Portrait: You can capture shots of people against starry skies. Three images are taken, including one with flash, and combined into a single image. The photo is processed to make the stars more prominent.
  • Star Nightscape: Lets you capture impressive shots of starry skies above night scenes. The stars are automatically enhanced to make them more visible.
  • Star Trails: Streaks created by the movement of stars through the sky. You can set a shutter speed and the number of shots, and the camera shoots continuously, over an extended period (around two hours).
  • Star Time-Lapse Movie: Still images are captured continuously at a specified interval and over a certain, and combined to create a movie. During playback, you can view the movement of stars through the sky in a short time.

AF-Assist Beam: The AF-assist beam will sometimes emit when the shutter button is pressed halfway to assist focusing in certain conditions, i.e. dark conditions. The AF-assist beam can be turned off. If animals are your subject, turn off the beam when shooting in the dark to avoid startling them.

Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

Focus Bracketing: The camera automatically takes three shots; one at the manual focus position, and one each with focus positions preset farther and nearer. The three shots are taken at the same interval as continuous shooting. The farther and nearer focus positions can be set in three steps.

Drive Modes: The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III features Single, Continuous, and Self-Timer Drive modes:

  • Single Shot: The camera captures a single image each time the shutter button is fully pressed and released.
  • Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use this mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. The following continuous modes are available:
    • One Shot AF Hi: approx. 20 shots per sec.
    • One Shot AF Lo: approx. 3 shots per sec.
    • Servo Hi: approx. 8.3 shots per sec.
    • Servo Lo: approx. 3 shots per sec.
    • RAW Burst: approx. 30 shots per sec.
  • Self-Timer: The self-timer can be used to shoot a group photo that includes the photographer. The camera will activate approximately 10 seconds after a preset time after shutter button is pressed to allow the photographer time to get into the shot. A 2-second self timer is also available if you want to avoid camera shake. The camera features a custom self timer, allowing you to set the time delay (0-10, 15, 20, or 30 seconds) and the number of shots taken (1-10 shots).

Shooting Modes: Using the Mode Dial on the top of the camera, you can select from numerous shooting modes:

  • Auto: Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions, and automatically selects an appropriate setting.
  • Hybrid Auto: You can make a short movie of the day while shooting still images. The camera records 2-4 second clips of scenes just before each shot and combines them into a digest movie.
  • Special Scene Modes: Appropriate settings for specific scenes and shooting conditions: Self-Portrait, Portrait, Smooth Skin, Food, Handheld NightScene, HDR Backlight Control, and Fireworks.
  • Movies: You can set the camera for standard or iFrame movies, and configure the settings. The camera also has a dedicated movie button to start and stop movie recording when the mode dial is not set to Movie mode.
  • Creative Filters: The camera determines the subject and shooting conditions, automatically applying special effects and recomposing the shot to emphasize the subject. Six still images are recorded for each shot, each with a different effect, including Grainy B/W, Background Blur, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Water Painting Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect, HDR Art Standard, HDR Art Vivid, HDR Art Bold, and HDR Art Embossed.
  • Program AE (P): The camera automatically sets both the aperture and the shutter speed.
  • Shutter Speed Priority (Tv): When you set the shutter speed, the camera sets the aperture according to shooting conditions. The shutter speed can be set between 1/2000 and 30 seconds. For long exposures, you can set the shutter speed to Bulb.
  • Aperture Priority (Av): When you set the aperture, the camera sets the shutter speed according to shooting conditions. The aperture can be set between f/1.8 and f/11 (wide angle) and f/2.8 and f/11 (telephoto), depending upon the zoom position.
  • Manual (M): The aperture [f/1.8-11 (W) or f/2.8-11 (T)] and the shutter speed (1/2000 to 30 seconds) are manually set.
  • Custom Mode: You can register commonly used shooting modes and settings to your preference and store them.

Exposure Compensation: When shooting against a bright or dark background, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject is correctly lit. You can adjust the exposure from -3 to +3 in 1/3-stop increments.

Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit.

Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): In this mode, the camera automatically changes the exposure within a set range to take three shots at the same interval as continuous shooting. The images are shot in the following order: standard exposure, underexposure, and overexposure. You can set the amount of under- or over-exposure from -2 to +2 in 1/3-stop increments.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative: Used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
  • Center-Weighted Averaging: Averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center.
  • Spot: Meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor.

ISO Settings: The PowerShot G7 X Mark III features Auto and Manual ISO. The higher the ISO, the greater it reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations. ISO speed settings can be adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. The settings include Auto, or manual settings between ISO 125 and ISO 12800, with extensions to an equivalent of 25600.

Built-In Flash: The PowerShot G7 X Mark III has a built-in, pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), Slow-Synchro (flash timing is adjusted to slow shutter speeds) or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 24.6' in Wide Angle and 1.3' to 16.4' in Telephoto. You can adjust the flash exposure compensation (+/-2 stops in 1/3 stop increments).

ND Filter: The ND filter reduces light intensity to 1/8 (3-stops) of the actual level, allowing for slower shutter speeds and smaller aperture values. Use of a tripod is recommended with the slower shutter speeds to prevent camera shake.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, and Custom.

Picture Style: You can choose your preferred colors as a Picture Style to suit the picture representation and subjects. There are 8 Picture Styles available: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, and User Defined 1-3. Picture Styles can be customized further by adjusting strength, fineness, threshold, contrast, saturation, color tone, filter effect, and toning effect.

Play, Edit, and Print Functions

Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD monitor for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. You can select the review time from Quick, 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Off. It will also display until you press the shutter button halfway to focus your next shot (Hold).

Index Replay: This feature allows you to view 6, 12, 42, or 110 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in Single Image Replay mode, you can magnify the image up to 10x to get a closer look at the detail. You can also maneuver around in the magnified picture by using the multi-purpose control dial.

Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. Each image displays for approximately 3-10, 15, or 30 seconds. You can choose whether you want a fade transition effect or not.

Movie Playback: In addition to normal playback of your video clips the camera features slow-motion, fast-forward, rewind and frame-by-frame playback.

Cropping: You can crop a portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file. You can also trim the beginnings and ends of recorded movies in one-second increments.

Resizing Images: You can resize images to a lower pixel setting and save the resized image as a separate file.

Red-Eye Correction: You can automatically correct red-eye that occurs in images taken with the flash.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

PictBridge/Wireless Printing: You can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand with an optional USB cable and print photos without having to connect it to a computer. You can also connect the camera wirelessly via an access point or directly.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III powered by the supplied NB-13L rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (3.5V / 1250mAh / 4.5Wh). The battery pack can be charged in the supplied CB-2LH battery charger in approximately 5 hours. The typical performance of the battery is as follows:

Still Images LCD Screen: Approx 265 shots
Eco Mode (LCD): Approx. 320 shots
Movie Recording Actual Use Approx. 55 minutes
Continuous Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
Playback Time Approx. 5 hours

Eco Mode: To save battery power, the screen darkens when the camera is not used for approximately two seconds, then turns off after another ten seconds. The camera shuts itself off after three minutes of inactivity.

Input and Output Notes

Digital Terminal: The PowerShot G7 X Mark III has a USB Type-C terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible printer via a USB cable (not included).

Micro HDMI Output: The PowerShot G7 X Mark III features a Micro-HDMI (Type D) output for connecting the camera to your HDTV. No HDMI cable is included with the camera.

External Microphone: The camera has a 3.5mm input for connecting an external microphone. When a microphone is connected, the built-in microphone is muted.

Note: The camera does not have a hot shoe for mounting an external microphone. The mic must be hand-held or on a tripod.

Software

Software: The PowerShot G7 X Mark III does not come with software in the box. The Digital Camera Software program, available for download from the Canon website, includes the following applications:

  • Image Transfer Utility: supports cameras with the function that automatically sends images to computers.
  • Digital Photo Professional: view, edit, process, and edit RAW images, and edit JPEG images while retaining originals
  • Picture Style Editor: edit Picture Styles and create and save original Picture Style files

Operating Systems: The software is compatible with the following operating systems:

  • Windows: Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Macintosh: Compatible with Mac OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14.

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