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Review: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

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Whether you are a vlogger or a content creator, image and video quality is paramount. Choosing the right filming or photography gear can be a task. Canon makes it easier with its new Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III. This compact camera may be small in size, but it is quite capable of shooting some amazing images and videos.

For this review, Canon sent us the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III Premium Vlogger Kit, which included the camera, a Canon Tripod Grip HG-100TBR, and a 64GB SD card inside the package to get us started. The PowerShot G7 X Mark III is capable of shooting 4K videos and 20.1-megapixel images, thanks to its large 1.0-type sensor.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is quite small and lightweight – so it is ideal for vloggers, bloggers, live streaming, video conferences, or simply anyone posting content online. The camera comes packed with a fast 24-100mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens, which is very similar to its predecessor, the G7 X II.

However, Canon has gone one step further by giving the Mark III a new Stacked CMOS sensor and Digic 8 processor that, when combined together, produce very good-looking images and videos. Even though the camera is lightweight, it feels robust and well-rounded in the hands, since it weighs around 300 gms.

The rear of the camera is dominated by the tilting touch screen, thumb rest, and a small selection of buttons. The camera offers an excellent layout of minimal buttons and a control dial that’s also a four-direction pad with a Q button in the middle.

The 3-inch screen is quite bright and it tilts up 180 degrees making it perfect for selfie-style stills and especially vlogging. You can also tilt the screen down by 45 degrees. The top edge of the camera is also quite minimal in design – you get a built-in mic and a pop-up fill flash that is hidden inside the top plate of the camera, which can be ejected by using the small switch on the side.

In addition, you also get the zoom selector, exposure compensation, and command dial on the top. This is rounded off by the ON/OFF button. On the right side of the camera, you will find the USB-C port and a mini-HDMI port. On the left edge of the camera is where you will find the built-in popup zoom button and a 3.5mm microphone jack. The microphone jack is a welcome addition, which content creators will greatly appreciate.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III also features a 5-axis Advanced Dynamic Image Stabilisation, which gives the camera the ability to take stable shots when zoomed in and even when panning. One of the standout features of the G7 X Mark III is the video modes. The camera offers four different types of video modes such as Movie Auto Exposure, Vlogging, Movie Manual Exposure, and HDR Movie.

The camera is capable of shooting up to 4K videos at a frame rate of 25 fps, in addition to 120-fps full HD slow-motion videos. What’s more, the camera also offers great post-production options – you can crop shots and change the focal lengths after capturing the footage.

During our review period, we found that the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III did the job as advertised. Since it is quite lightweight, carrying it around wasn’t a task. In fact, we found ourselves reaching out to it as the device of choice, whenever we wanted to shoot something outdoors, on the go.

The bundled tripod grip in the Premium Vlogger Kit did come in handy, though the camera can be handled without the need for a separate grip or a gimble. All of the buttons on the camera are accessible and they provided a very good level of feedback to let you know you have hit the buttons properly.

The Command Dial and Exposure Compensation dial feel great and are clearly marked, and both provide clicky feedback as you turn them. The Canon menu system was also simple to understand and intuitive. In terms of performance, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III did a great job, too. It didn’t matter whether we shot images or videos under good lighting conditions or low light, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III performed consistently.

Since Canon has thrown in a touchscreen focusing system, you can select your focus point and shoot from the rear screen, which makes the whole process a lot easier. The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III has the ability to shoot in RAW, compressed RAW, and JPEG. The in-camera RAW to JPEG editing is a commendable feature that allows you to quickly share your edited images to your smartphone for sharing over your social media channels.

Overall, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is a great performer. It offers a wide range of features, very good picture and video quality, and is very lightweight to be carried around. If you are looking for a dependable camera for your vlogging sessions or for content creation on the go, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 2,999

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III AED 2999
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In terms of performance, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III did a great job, too. It didn’t matter whether we shot images or videos under good lighting conditions or low-light, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III performed consistently.

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Sony Unveils Next-Gen ZV-E10 II Vlogging Camera with New Lens Kit

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Sony Middle East and Africa has launched the ZV-E10 II, the successor to their popular ZV-E10 vlogging camera. The new model builds on the strengths of the original while adding improved performance and features for content creators. The ZV-E10 II boasts a new 26-megapixel sensor and the latest BIONZ XR image processing engine for better image quality. Autofocus and video capturing have also been enhanced, with features like a new vertical format user interface and improved battery life.

The camera offers two key functions for creating professional-looking content: Creative Looks and Cinematic Vlog Setting. Creative Looks provides a variety of presets for different looks, while Cinematic Vlog Setting automatically adjusts settings for a cinematic feel.

Key Highlights:

  1. Upgraded 26MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor
  2. Improved autofocus and video capturing
  3. Cinematic Vlog Setting for Automatic Video Optimization
  4. Vertical shooting mode with a rotating user interface
  5. Upgraded battery for extended recording time
  6. Compact and lightweight design

The ZV-E10 II camera body will be available in selected countries from July 2024. Sony also announced the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II lens, a compact zoom lens ideal for the ZV-E10 II. This lens is lightweight, offers good image quality, and features built-in image stabilization. The E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II will be available in black in selected countries from July 2024.

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Canon Adds New Cinema RAW Light Recording Formats to EOS C500 Mark II Via Firmware Update

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Canon Europe has announced the release of a new free-of-charge firmware update for the EOS C500 Mark II, further enhancing the camera’s professional functionality. The firmware update adds 12-bit Cinema RAW Light formats: LT (Light), ST (Standard) and HQ (High Quality), improving workflow flexibility and providing more options post-production. Previously made available for the EOS R5 C and EOS C70, this highly requested feature allows users to select a scalable range of internal RAW recording data rates that either further enhance the fidelity of the sensor output or reduce file sizes – all while maintaining the high-quality 12-bit colour information.

The EOS C500 Mark II features a 5.9K full-frame sensor, internal RAW recording, interchangeable lens mount and highly configurable modular design. The camera is a popular choice for television and cinematic productions due to its impressive image quality, extensive connectivity, and compact body. 

Aron Randhawa, Senior Product Specialist at Canon Europe, said, “Cinema RAW Light is continually evolving and has a clear advantage over heavily compressed formats, especially for colour grading and VFX pipelines. All three scalable new formats are 12-bit, even at higher frame rates, with no chroma subsampling, enabling cinematographers to unleash the full capability of their production camera.”

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Fujifilm Launches INSTAX Pal

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FUJIFILM Corporation has launched the “INSTAX Pal” in the market. The palm-top size camera joins the INSTAX series of instant cameras, allowing users to take photos anytime and anywhere. It will be available in five colours to suit different lifestyles, broadening the scope of shooting situations and experiences. The INSTAX instant photo system marks its 25th anniversary this year since its original launch in 1998. The system evolved with time, embracing trends and new technologies, to expand its lineup from analogue instant cameras to hybrid instant cameras and smartphone printers. The INSTAX series offers diverse ways of enjoying photography to broaden its user base covering young people and middle-aged groups.

The new INSTAX Pal is INSTAX series’ first model specialising in taking pictures. Removal of the printing function has made it possible to reduce the size to a palm-top level for even greater walkaround capacity. The INSTAX Pal features a variety of functions to facilitate shooting situations and photographic experiences. The Standard mode, activated by pressing the shutter button on the rear panel, takes advantage of the wide-angle lens to shoot from an elevated position or at a sharp angle, difficult to achieve with smartphones, using just one hand to capture a dynamic image that brings in more of the background.

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The Remote mode connects the camera to a smartphone installed with a dedicated app via Bluetooth so that pictures can be checked on the smartphone as they are taken. The Interval mode takes photos continuously at a three-second interval. These features set this camera apart from smartphones with unique shooting experiences. The INSTAX Pal can also establish a Bluetooth connection with the INSTAX Link series of smartphone printers to produce INSTAX prints out of images taken with it.

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