Why the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III is a must-have sidearm

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III

Compact cameras like the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III have felt like an endangered species in recent years, as my colleague Rod recently lamented. "Do you remember the last time there was a new point-and-shoot camera announcement?" he wrote.

"We've waited over two years for a new point-and-shoot… and I'm sure we're not going be seeing another one again. After all, smartphones these days take far better images (mostly using computational photography or software to achieve that goal), even the budget handsets."

And in truth, he's not wrong. The best camera phones are, in many ways, the best cameras that you can keep in your pocket. However, they do have limitations – and while they're perfect for taking spontaneous snaps, there's no doubt that a dedicated camera will get you better results for stills and video – and this is where the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III comes into its own. 

It truly is a Swiss Army knife for all forms of imaging. It's small enough to slip into your pocket, and it has a 24-100mm equivalent zoom lens – and it's an optical zoom, not a fake digital zoom like on most phones (where the camera essentially crops in on the image and then uses software to clean it up). 

The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III (left) next to its predecessor (Image credit: Future)

Its 20.1MP 1-inch image sensor dwarfs those found in most phones, and offers crisp, clean photographs with a frankly ludicrous 30 frames per second burst shooting. It also boasts beautiful 4K 30p video, along with a flippy screen that makes it a fantastic choice for self-shooting vloggers and content creators. 

Indeed, the G7 X series has long been the camera of choice for this crowd, as it also offers a microphone jack, clean HDMI out and flat video profile. Moreover, the Mark III enables you to stream directly to YouTube.

As advanced as all these features are, though, they're built into what is ultimately still a point-and-shoot camera. Sure, you can unlock all the clever stuff for advanced usage, but anyone can pick this camera up and just start shooting away – fire and forget style.

Yes, there are arguably better dedicated photo cameras, or video cameras, or vlogging cameras, or holiday cameras. But if I have to choose one camera that does it all? I'm picking this one. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.