Canon has announced two new PowerShot G-Series point-and-shoot cameras, the G7 X III and G5 X Mark II. The cameras are successors to the PowerShot G7 X II and PowerShot G5 X, respectively. Both cameras feature 20-megapixel 1-inch stacked CMOS sensors backed by DIGIC 8 image processors. They can shoot at up to 20fps with a maximum ISO of 12,800.
For video recording, both cameras can capture 4K/30p, 1080/60p (and 120p), HDR, and high frame rate movie with no crop. Both cameras have 180-degree tilting screens that are designed for selfies. Other shared features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, pop-up flashes, and USB-C charging via a power supply.
The PowerShot G7 X Mark III was subject to over a year’s worth of speculation, following the 2016 PowerShot G7 X Mark II, which proved to be a particular smash among videographers. Capitalizing on that popularity, Canon has buffed and tweaked that model to create a follow-up that’s even better suited to that audience.
The G7 X III is designed to be “the next-generation vlogging camera,” Canon says. The wireless connectivity allows it to be used for live-streaming to YouTube. On the front of the camera is a 4.2x optical lens (24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 in 35mm terms) with optical image stabilization. On the back of the camera is a 3-inch touchscreen LCD with 180 degrees of tilting up for selfies and 45 degrees of tilting down. Other features include clean HDMI out, 30fps RAW shooting with One Shot AF, a microphone jack, an improved user interface, and Creative Assist for photos and videos.
hanks to the latest DIGIC 8 engine, the camera is also capable of 4K video recording to 30p with no crop (outside of that needed to satisfy the 4K UHD aspect ratio), as well as 100/120p recording when shooting in Full HD for slow-motion playback. Grabbing frames from captured 4K footage is also possible in-camera, as is video capture in an HDR mode.
Other video-oriented features include a touch-sensitive LCD screen that flips all the way around to face the front, as well as a selfie-friendly user interface. The camera is also equipped with a built-in ND filter and a 3.5mm mic port (though no hotshoe), as well as clean HDMI output.
The new model shares its 20MP resolution with the Mark II that it updates, although it’s been blessed with a new 20.1MP stacked 1-inch CMOS sensor, once again with a back-illuminated design. This offers a native sensitivity range covering ISO125-12,800, and an expansion to an ISO25,600-equivalent setting.
The G5 X Mark II features a new 2.36-million-dot, 0.39-inch pop-up OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF). Autofocus is easier now with a new tough and drag AF system on the touchscreen LCD under the EVF. On the front of the camera is a 5x optical lens (24-120mm f/1.8-2.8 in 35mm terms) with optical image stabilization. Other features of the camera include panorama shot and star shooting.
The PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II will be available starting in August 2019 with price tags of $750 and $900, respectively.