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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Great Product Bogged Down By Poor Autofocus

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    So, I got this to try and increase my quality for my YouTube tech reviews and to possibly use on my Twitch stream for a face cam. For the most part it is a good choice, as it does a lot of things right, but as many other reviews have mentioned, there are some glaring negatives that will make a lot look elsewhere. I’m not an expert at cameras. I’m almost as run of the mill as you can get. I’ve been using my cell phone (iPhone X) to do any of my picture and video recording needs but wanted to upgrade. The first thing you’ll want to do when you receive the camera is install the two firmware updates that have been released since the camera first came out. The first includes an improved autofocus that is substantially better but still doesn’t fully rectify the issue. The second adds a 24-fps option to video recordings. Two things that were desperately needed and should have been available at launch. The update process is relatively simple. It’s strange to me that this camera has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but you can’t download a firmware update through that. BUILD QUALITY/USE: The materials on this camera are a mix of plastic and metal. Overall, it feels well built. It has a small spot for your thumb on the back right and a small hump on the front right with a matte material to help with grip but because it’s so small and light it’s not the most comfortable. Most of the time I tried to use two hands just to insure I didn’t drop it. When vlogging there is a nice area to grab even when the screen is flipped up so there shouldn’t be any problem there. On the front of the camera you have a 20.1 MP, 1-inch sensor, 24-100 mm f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens with a control ring around the lens, which can be used to perform multiple functions such as shutter/aperture control, zoom, EV compensation, and ISO adjustment. On the front right is the small handgrip I previously mentioned. In single shot mode you can track subjects and take advantage of face detection. This works well but as you can see from other reviews, it isn’t flawless, and can leave a lot to be desired. These options don’t work with burst capture. It supports 4k 30 fps but only for 10 minutes at a time or else it will overheat. You can also do 1080p 120fps slow motion capture, but it is not as sharp as the other modes. Stabilization is good. I didn’t have any problems and it was better than my phones. When in focus, image/video quality is very good with low image noise, nice colors, and good detail. There is softness at the edges of the lens and tends to overexpose itself. Image quality and overexposure is better on this camera than on my phone. On the top of the camera going left to right you have a power on/off button, shutter release, below the shutter release is the zoom, then a mode dial, and under the mode dial you have an EV compensation control which goes from -3 to +3. All these buttons feel solid without wobble. Some may say they are a bit tight as it can be hard to switch the modes with just your thumb. On the rear of the camera, going left to right, top to bottom, you have a high quality (but not quite as high quality as some smart phone’s) LCD touch screen with an adjustable tilt that goes up, down, and forward for vlogging/selfies. A lock exposure (*), record video button (usually 1080p 30/60fps), a command dial that has four direction presses. On the outside of the command dial is a rotational dial that does the same thing as clicking in a direction. Up is for drive/delete, right for flash on/off/auto, down for info, and left for macro/manual focus. In the center is a q/set button. Under that you have a play button to review previously taken photos/videos on the memory card, and a menu button to adjust settings. By pressing the q-button it gives you a lot of other options to select either through touch or through using the direction buttons to further adjust your picture depending on the setting you are on. On the right-hand side, you have a micro-HDMI, USB-C port, and Wi-Fi button. The camera has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Setup is straight forward and easy. Via Bluetooth you can connect to your phone and send pictures and then upload to social media that way. You can also control the camera with that as well. Wi-Fi allows you to upload your photos to certain cloud platforms and certain social media sites. You can live stream directly to YouTube but during a live stream it does not capture the footage to your memory card. In camera charging is supported but it also comes with an external charger. On the left you have your flash slider which pops the flash up and a 3.5 mm microphone connector. On the bottom right, you have a battery port with the memory card holder. It supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. Battery life for my use was great. However, it won’t last you all day shooting with a CIPA rating of 235 images. PROS: • Ease of use • Everything except the auto focus just works and works well. • Picture/video quality (at this price point and when in focus) • Ability to manually control a lot of features. • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth. • Zoom • Touch screen • Excellent pocket camera for vlogging. • Works well on streams (twitch) as you can passthrough without anything on the screen. • Literally pretty much everything about the product except for price and autofocus. • Has better quality photos/video than my iPhone when setup correctly. CONS: • No EVF • Auto focus is much improved with new firmware update, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. My phone’s focus is so much better. • Battery won’t last all day for shooting. CONCLUSION: This camera is packed full of features and the spec list for this price point is great. Build quality, operation, and ease of use works great except for the focus. It is a good pocket camera that is made as a point and shoot camera for noobies like me. It was easy to setup and learn. Picture/Video quality is good when it is in focus. I have very little negatives. However, the focus leaves a lot to be desired and makes me not want to use the product. As I feel like I spend more time trying to get the stupid thing to focus on what I want than I do making content. It also takes me more time because I must go back and record or take a photo of something if it is out of focus. Or skip forward when editing video to wait for it to focus. You can also miss moments waiting for the camera to focus. Yes, the picture/video quality is better than my iPhone X in all regards. I can also take photos in dark or bright environments better because the lens is better. Though not dramatically and at this price point it is a very hefty tax to pay for it. I reverted to just doing manual mode for almost everything (including focus) and my experience with that is great and has made me enjoy the camera a lot more. But doing so made me learn a lot more about cameras than I was at first expecting. With all that said. I just don’t know if I can recommend this camera strictly due to the focus. As I think the target demographic for this camera is for individuals like me who have very limited knowledge of cameras and just want it to work. But you must fiddle with settings to get the best quality out of it which requires a learning curve. Most reviews from people who know what they are doing don’t seem too put off about the focus. Likely because they are doing manual mode in which the camera is great. For those who are more casual users and aren’t as serious about picture quality and learning new things, then I just don’t see why the camera on your cellphone wouldn’t be adequate enough and allow you to save $750.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Once the firmware is updated, this thing is great!

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    If I can sum up my review in a short manner, it is only that you NEED to ignore these reviews that are outdated and/or ignorant of the fact that Canon has released a firmware update to address the problems this camera was having with autofocus etc. Before I did anything shooting or filming, I made sure to update the firmware first. The steps to do this are fairly simple, but there are only a couple of poorly shot videos on the internet that outline how to do it in simple terms. I will give a crack at it in this written review. The equipment required is an SD card, a computer with internet access for downloading the firmware update (version 1.2.0 as of December 12th, 2019), and a bit of time. I formatted the card in the settings on the Camera (this wipes it completely clean, so be careful) and then plugged it into the SD card reader for my computer. On Canon's website, I looked up the firmware on the support page where I was able to download the Zipped folder containing the update file and PDFs in different languages on how to perform the upgrade. There are both Windows and Mac OS X versions available. I unzipped this folder and dragged the file PSG7X3_120.FIR onto the SD card (not inside a folder, just the main page). I then flipped the setting wheel to 'P' and pressed the view button to turn it on. On the settings page, go to number 5 and scroll down to firmware. It will show you the current firmware version (1.0.1. is what mine displayed) and it will ask you if you want to update the firmware. Select OK. It will then go through the process and shut off. When you boot it back up to check, it is updated! It then gives you the option of two autofocus modes; Mode 1 is what you want for a quicker, more adaptable autofocus while filming. The process is simple enough, taking less than 10 minutes, and is worth taking the time to do for a camera whose predecessor is so esteemed and loved by many. I hope this review and like I said, ignore the negative reviews that make no mention of updating their camera first with the latest firmware! Thanks for reading this and have a good day!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A high quality camera with a lot of great features

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    The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is a high quality camera with many great features. It gives the user extreme portability while allowing for professional level photos and videos. The camera was paired with the SanDisk Extreme Plus 128 GB UHS-I microSD card, which is ideal for 4k video due to its fast read and write speeds and for storing a large number of high resolution photos. Features to note: * 3" multi angle touchscreen LCD: The touchscreen is responsive and is easy to view from any angle. I did not have any issues with hitting a wrong button. When it is flipped up or down it is firmly attached and doesn't feel like it is going to snap off. The versatility of this screen allows the user to position the camera at angles other cameras could not while maintaining the ability to see what the camera is seeing. I think this is great because nothing is worse than recording something and finding out you or the intended object are not even in the frame! Overall, this screen is well implemented and a great feature. * 4K video: The camera has the ability to record 4K video at 30 fps and HD video at 120 fps. It can be recorded in both horizontal (landscape) and vertical (portrait) positions. It has a multi angle touchscreen that can be flipped up 180 degrees so the user can see themselves while recording in both the horizontal or vertical orientation. Streaming is only available on YouTube and there are some additional requirements/limitations. There is the option to add an external mic to the camera in addition to the standard stereo quality mic that is included; however, the standard microphone delivers clear sound. Lastly, there is a HDMI output so videos can be played back on a large TV. These features allow the user to create high quality videos without needing to purchase a stand alone video camera. The quality of the videos are excellent, especially when recording in 4K. 4K is very power intensive/heat producing and I found recording shorter segments (a few minutes at a time) was the most efficient so the camera wouldn't get too hot. When recording in lower resolution, the camera did not experience any overheating issues. If you are thinking about vlogging/streaming or creating home/casual videos, this camera hits the mark. * WiFi/Bluetooth technology to transfer photos/videos: Using WiFi technology, it was straight forward to transfer files from the camera to a smart phone. I used an iPhone 11 Pro Max running IOS 13.3. You download the CameraConnect App from the Appstore and follow the onscreen instructions. It gives you the option to connect via Bluetooth or WiFi. The directions are clear and even the most novice user should be able to successfully pair the camera and phone. ***A note for connecting via WiFi - If you have an installed VPN that connects on demand, you will be unable to connect to the camera until you turn off this option in the VPN settings on.*** Within the App you can turn on/off geotagging on photos if you do not want that information available. Please note there was a known issue with auto focus but this has been addressed by Canon with a firmware update on 12/12/2019. Overall, this camera is excellent. It is compact in size but packed full of amazing features. It allows you to take beautiful high resolution photos with its 1 inch 20.1 MP sensor and up to 4k 30 fps videos. I believe it out-competes all smart phone cameras in both photo and video quality. It is highly competitive in its camera class. I highly recommend this camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    New Age Camera That Makes Everything Look Better

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    Although smartphones have made it easier for anyone to be a "photographer", there is still a need for high quality standalone cameras. The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III continues to prove the need for cameras by offering high end specs but while also conforming to the smartphone era. PROS: - Once unpackaged, you notice how small the camera feels and overall how elegant it feels. It’s a nice mix of having so weight and form to it so that it feels high end - but not too much to make it feel clunky. I am a big fan of the black design and I think overall its very pleasant to have and hold. - Set-Up is mainly a breeze! There are a few options you set up on the front end and then its ready to go. Of course you can do a deep dive into the options menu to change preferences etc…but if you want to you could start using this camera almost right out of the box which is great. - I would highly recommend you utilize the Canon Camera Connect App and I think most users will. This app is overall what you will use to communicate from your smart phone to your camera. It offers tons of great features including taking a pic, quickly transferring that picture to your phone, and then you can edit/post/send that to whatever you need to. Very easy to use and great idea for many people as they want content instantly. - The 3 inch touchscreen is one of the best feature of this camera. It really provides clarity for the images/videos as well as offers incredible ease of use. The multi-angle view is fantastic when taking different angles but also for the selfie view, it’s a way where you can take a picture or take video and see exactly what is being taken. It really helps makes your content better overall. - I was very impressed with how great the 4K video looks on this Camera. It just adds to much depth to whatever you are recording and playback looks wonderful on it. Very pleased that Canon did so well on the 4K! - Finally, most importantly this Camera takes pictures so well! The lighting is always great, there is great definition in the picture, and the auto-focus is great. I know some people had issues with the focus at first but Canon has a Firmware update out and its essential to download as you should update firmware on anything you use. CONS: - The box does not come with a few items I wish it had which is a USB-C Cable, carrying case/pouch, and a memory card. All of those you will have to provide on your own. - Updating the Firmware requires you to plug your Camera into your computer via a USB-C cable and downloading the firmware from the website. You would think a camera like this could do it all via WiFi with no cables but it doesn't and I think it’s a step back for the ease of use for the camera user. BOTTOM LINE: - The Canon G7 X Mark III will make so many people happy: travelers, vloggers, social media users, and those who just want to just capture family memories. It has enough ease of use to just grab it and go, but enough deep features for people who really want to dive into making the best content possible. I used to think my Smartphone took pictures that were just as good as professional cameras, but after using this I know how far off I am!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Value and Intro into Photography

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    My knowledge of cameras and photography boils down to can I trust my cellphone to capture my subject quickly, accurately and look good enough on Auto settings to share. But since I received the Canon PowerShot G7 Mark III, I've been trying to branch out and fiddle with White Balance, ISO, Focal Length, RAW and the likes that comes with working with a real camera. I've learned a little bit to get better shots but Auto mode works just fine for me. Overall, I definitely see the benefits of owning and using a Real camera but just whipping out my phone and snapping my subject such as my cats is just so much easier. Back to the camera. It's packed full of features that make it a compelling option for a beginner like myself. Has WiFi, and Bluetooth to connect to my phone, laptop or email to get my images to things I use everyday from the app. The charging/transfer over USB-C is a great touch for future proofing. The flippable view finder is great for vlogging if you're into that. 16x zoom helps you get in On the downside, the camera has issues with my SD card saying it can't be found or requiring a reformat only to end up working again through a power cycle. In the end, I do enjoy using the Canon, when I remember I have it around and wish to use it. A great beginner option in features and price until you can get into DSLR and Mirrorless options.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great camera for a beginner

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    I find it very amusing that the example for a review title that the website gives me is "great camera for a beginner", because that is exactly what this is. I wouldn't want to use this as a professional camera, but for a casual photographer, this is probably about the best that you are going to get. The pictures are amazing (I'm kind of sad that I had to resize the photos and lose a lot of the quality in order to upload them), the different filters and settings are fun to play with. My favorite is the analog film mode (I don't have any pictures that I took with that which don't have my son in them and I don't want to upload pictures of him publicly). And it works in all kinds of lighting (including practically no light, the picture of the black jacket was taken in a room with nothing but a tiny bit of light coming in from a hallway). It isn't quite as responsive as a DSLR, but it is definitely faster than any other point and shoot camera that I've used. The video quality is really good too and while the built in mic isn't amazing, it is better than most built in mics out there (and there is an option to add an external mic, I haven't bothered though). The feature that I am geaking out the most about though is the built in wifi and the ability to directly upload to photo sharing/storage sites. It is a bit slow (especially compared to removing the memory card and inserting it into a card reader), but it sure is handy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Nice Size with a Horrible Focus System

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    This camera has been long waited for and honestly has let me down alot. The audio on this camera was ok, so I used a small microphone on side and worked amazing. This issue I could overcome, what I cant get past is the horrible focus system. I know it doesn't have the dual pixel system like m50 but for the price the auto focus could have a better computer system for it. Vlogging with the camera for Our Micro Family we need a good camera, and this one did not work. I would be interested in canon releasing a firmware update to improve the camera but the other issue is adobe does not support cr3 the new raw file format from canon so i had raw files I could not edit either. Long story short, canon is amazing brand but did not deliver enough to impress this vlogger.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Best Buy Customer Care on behalf of Canon
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      FIRMWARE UPDATE Canon G7X Mark III Users: Canon has introduced a firmware update for the G7X Mark III, which addresses video autofocus speed, accuracy and subject detection. Please visit the product support page for the G7X Mark III on the Canon website, usa.canon.com, for download instructions.

    • Brand response from Best Buy Customer Care on behalf of Canon
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      Canon USA’s commitment to customer satisfaction is our top priority. Based on customer feedback we’ve received, we are taking the necessary steps to provide a firmware update that can help improve video autofocus speed, accuracy and subject detection performance. This update will be available through a free download from the Canon U.S.A. website at the end of October 2019.

  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great camera has a lot of nice features

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    Absolutely love this camera it's good for youtubing and blogging also great for taking really good shots vacations I would highly highly recommend this camera it is way worth the $750

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Pros & Cons for Vlogging/YouTube

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I pre-ordered this camera the day it was announced as a replacement to our G7X Mark 2. The main feature I really needed was the Mic input, and the 4K option was nice as well. Thus far we’ve recorded a couple videos for our YouTube channel (The Montes Family) and if you watch the video titled “How well do we know each other?” you’ll notice the camera goes out of focus at certain points in the video and seems slow to correct. All previous videos on our channel were shot on the G7X Mark 2 and we didn’t have that issue with the Mark 2. So it seems the concerns about autofocus on the Mark 3 are legit. My only hope is that the issue is fixed in a future firmware update because it’s unacceptable for a camera at this price point. The only reason I’m keeping the camera is because I do like the fact that I can now connect my Rode mic directly and I no longer have to sync audio. Other similar compact cameras such as the Sony RX100 do NOT have a mic input so alternative options are limited. Other things to keep in mind; 4K video is limited to 9 mins per shot and the camera now requires a USB-C cable to connect to your computer (not included). I did have issues accessing my media directly from my MacBook’s finder app, but was able to finally retrieve the media once in Final Cut Pro. Overall, I really wanted to love this camera but the autofocus issue has tempered my enthusiasm for now. I’ll have to hold off on recommending this 100% until it’s addressed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Best Buy Customer Care on behalf of Canon
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      FIRMWARE UPDATE Canon G7X Mark III Users: Canon has introduced a firmware update for the G7X Mark III, which addresses video autofocus speed, accuracy and subject detection. Please visit the product support page for the G7X Mark III on the Canon website, usa.canon.com, for download instructions.

    • Brand response from Best Buy Customer Care on behalf of Canon
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      Canon USA’s commitment to customer satisfaction is our top priority. Based on customer feedback we’ve received, we are taking the necessary steps to provide a firmware update that can help improve video autofocus speed, accuracy and subject detection performance. This update will be available through a free download from the Canon U.S.A. website at the end of October 2019.

  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Shy Short of being perfect...

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    Canon has made something special here and it's a great camera. Perfect for blogging and traveling with lightweight. Powershot GX7 is packed with features that are insane. in fact, it has everything I could want in a modern digital camera. But I want to talk about the shortcomings and get this out of the way early in the review; The AutoFoucs is not that great even after a new firmware, and that's a shame because this is could be something special if Canon just take the steps to make it great. It's having issues trying to focus on "Mode 1." is the mode to use. But it somewhat struggles still getting on the person's face this is much better than using "mode 2" in my opinion but that's not a high prise. "Mode 2" is the worst of the focus and I would stay away from this one entirely as it takes seconds to focus on the subject's face. This is a huge drawback and I don't know why they would hinder this otherwise great camera. The second thing I want to get out of the way is that the camera does overheat when shooting in 4K (up to 10 mins) and will dial it back to 1080p when the symbol pop up on the screen. Not a huge issue to me but I can see how this could be annoying to a blogger as they want to showcase the very best. Everything else is perfect here. The camera can connect to Wifi to Livestream directly with your YouTube channel and others, There is a vertical video shooting that can help you when holding it in the right or left hand. This is great if you want to use it as a selfie cam, and The camera is very ergonomic when using it. The touchscreen works great when selecting menus as the OS itself is easy to navigate. You can also send images through the iOS app and over Bluetooth to your phone which I love. SD slot allows for more storage for videos and pictures. HDMI out works fine and so does the mic output. Mic is great for getting your voice clearly heard through the video. In a sense, there is no way you can get something like this wrong, with this many features but the Autofocus is just not good still, Needs way more firmware updates or just a brand new product in its line. This thing takes fantastic pictures like a camera when the focus does pop in perfectly. The images are incredibly crisp and sharp. I do enjoy using it more so over my other cameras. A time-lapse video mode is another useful feature. The overall construction of the camera is nice and well-built but I wouldn't be dropping this on the ground anytime soon the GX7 can take a few scuffs. The hinge is super sturdy, nothing feels like it will snap or break when moving the touch screen at the angle you want. 120 FPS is also nice but it's also another thing that causes overheating issues if left on too long... This kinda leads me to believe that even at this price point you can not push this camera too far. If you are a blogger just getting started and want something that's easy to use this is it. For someone who wants more pro features, this is not the camera you should be looking at. I personally never felt so indifferent about a product like this before, I feel as if you are getting something great with this camera with every single feature Canon gives you but what use is the GX7 if the autofocus is not that great? The point of the digital camera is to take clear photos, even better when autofocus is snappy. This is not but its good enough...but that's the problem Canon (we all know) can do better than this. Maybe a few more firmware updates will help this camera but If I was Canon I wouldn't give up on working on the GX7 Series shortcomings. 4/5 stars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Camera, good connectivity

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    So this camera is awesome in quite a few ways and I am really enjoying it. It is not perfect but it depends on what you are looking for. I love what it is trying to do with the connectivity, but the only one that seems to work extremely well is the youTube connection so if that is what your main focus is this might very well be the camera for you. It connects to your phone perfectly fine however, you need to have the app launched and connect to the camera to transfer photos. I would have really loved to see this happen in the background. I would also have loved to see an auto upload to iCanon or google photos without needing to go in and select the image. In the end it was just easier to grab the SD card out of the camera and put them on the computer the old fashioned way. So besides that I pretty much loved this camera. It has a real zoom compared to a phone. The images are awesome and are way better than I can output on my phone. I am more of a point and shoot person, I don't play with affects too much and I definitely am not a talented photo shooter. I played around with the different setting and I really only used about 3 at the end of the day and that was perfect for myself... depending on your skill level you might use more than that but you don't need to. I used the auto focus feature and then could just tap on the screen where I wanted it to focus and it would focus quite fast, otherwise it could take a little time guessing what I wanted to shoot sometimes. The next setting was the multiple shot button. This one is awesome, I got some awesome christmas shots of my kids finally since they are both at that age where they don't smile quite at the right time together. I just held the button down and there was about 1 in the 20 it snapped where they both had nice faces on. The last button that I really used quite a bit was the record button, there was a record button on the wheel but the the really useful button was the record button on the back panel. I could just hit that and it would start recording a video. The last feature I loved about this camera was the touch screen, you could tap on what you wanted to focus on as well as navigate menus extremely easy. As an added bonus the screen flips over and you can take a selfie with it really easily if you so choose Pros: Touch screen Screen can rotate 180 degrees Phone can be used as a remote Delay function to take pictures. YouTube Live functionality Easy to use Point and Shoot works really well Cons: Automatic Connectivity could use some improvement No Facebook Live feature That is pretty much what I have for this. If you are in the market for a great point to shoot camera this is an awesome choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Pictures when it decides to FOCUS

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    We live in a generation of cell phone photographs. And why not? The cameras incorporated in modern cell phones are ridiculous The clarity, processing ability, and convenience because its always there. But can cell phones really compete with a modern quality purpose built digital camera? My first impression of the Canon Powershot Mark III was that feels SOLID. This camera is heavier than you would think and you can usually tell the quality of a device my how solid it feels. And to dive further, every knob, button, and switch on this camera feels VERY well made. I have no doubt that this camera will survive travel and usage for some time. When its comes down to using this camera, my experience has been that there is a STEEP learning curve to it. I am not the most experienced in sophisticated camera usage. I have used my Samsung phone a lot, I LOVE using my variety of GoPros, but I wanted to graduate to a true "skilled" camera. There are LOTS of settings, the camera will integrate into your phone, it might even fold laundry for you. I have used this camera very heavily throughout the holidays and I am pretty sure I havent even scratched the surface on what this camera is capable of. What this camera does not do...FOCUS! I have read reviews prior about this camera and seen the complaints regarding the focus speed of this camera, but Canon came out and said this issue was resolved with a software update. It has not. This camera takes a LONG time to auto focus. I took my daughter to see Santa before Christmas and thought this would be a GREAT opportunity to get acquainted with this camera. Static shot in a controlled environment. Easy, right? NOPE. This camera would NOT focus. After 2-3 minutes of my toddler sitting quietly on Santa's lap and behaving extremely well, this camera would not focus at all and I could not get a picture of my little one with Santa at all. Luckily the retail store Santa was at was supplying free pictures. This is unacceptable to me. There was nothing complex to this photo at all. I was able to catch other family photos in different environments, but none more important than the picture I missed out on. Also, going from very cold outside to temperature controlled indoors I have had issues with the lens fogging over and taking a long time to become usable again. With practice, I believe I will get better with this camera. I have a vacation in May in which I am heading out of country and will be taking this camera with me and video blogging. I am hoping by then I can get more familiar and take all of the great pictures and videos in the world. But I still feel that this camera and its auto focus needs an overhaul. Until then, I really can't recommend this camera. Long story short...at present time I can not see a reason to bring this camera with you as its difficulty of use and the auto focus is terrible. Your cell phone will do everything you need and them some. This camera will leave you frustrated. Unless you want to video blog exclusively, there are most likely better options for you out there.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great camera for those who are on a budget.

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Love the camera for its price. Captures great photos and shoots very high quality video. Love the camera and its perfect for someone like me who is a beginner looking for an affordable, but nice camera. 4k only shoots for about 5-10 minutes and the camera starts to overheat. Also the autofocus can be a bit sensative to motion so sometimes will have lots of focus issues in recordings. Otherwise highly recommend!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    My absolute favorite

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    I have been a canon fan for years and this is my sixth canon camera, my g7x mark ii has been my absolute favorite camera I own for a couple years now. When I found out this Mark iii was coming out and read about the upgrades it was given I was thrilled. I always tell people my g7x is my dlsr quality camera in a point and shoot size and it is true, it has been the only camera I take with me on trips now, and it is small enough to get into concerts with, giving me ridiculously great concert photos and videos every time. Once I got this camera in my hands I saw the physical changes that I was glad canon made on this Mark iii, the slightly lighter weight, even thinner screen, and improved hand/thumb grips. I have never once been disappointed by the quality of my photos and videos from my Mark ii, it is my preferred camera over my t5i and there is absolutely no question that the photos and videos from the mark ii to the t5i are on a whole different level of quality. However, it amazes me that with the mark iii and its 4k video capabilities and its image stabilizer, that quality I have come to know and love is now even better. I have taken quite a few videos for comparison and the difference between 4k and 1080p is not as drastic of an improvement as I was hoping for but it is still unbelievably high quality. The g7x mark iii seems to do just as well in low light conditions as had the mark ii. That was something that has always impressed me from the g7x camera is how well it exceeded in low light conditions, it has never been something I had to worry about. I mentioned the screen being even thinner now and it is the best camera screen I have ever worked with. Not only is it massive, but its touch sensitivity is nearly cell phone quality. The image quality of the screen also exceeds expectations, I've had many cameras where when looking at my photos or videos on camera the quality was just lacking but when looked at on a computer they were fine. However this display quality of the g7x mark ii and iii is so good, I get so excited about my photos before I even import/edit them because I can see how great the quality already is. I think it has also helped me take better photos as well, it is easier to make adjustments to your photo taking when you have a high quality and accurate display to go off of. Aside from the quality of the screen, the adjustable/multi angle function has been a lifesaver many times already. I am pretty short and when at concerts or sporting events I always have to put my arms up in the air to get photos or videos, with the ability to angle the screen down towards me, it means I don't have to hope I'm getting the frame I want. I've also had many situations where my g7x was on a tripod at about chest height and instead of bending down to see my display, I can simply angle it up and be very comfortable while working with the camera. The multi angle screen function was something I never really thought I'd use but once I realized how useful it is, I regularly use it. Another function that is very useful is the wifi and/or bluetooth connection. It is again one of those abilities I never really felt I needed, until it was there for me to use and now I couldn't imagine not having it. The connecting via wifi is very useful when it works, I've noticed on my mark ii connecting was usually pretty finicky but I've been working a lot with the mark iii instead and it seems to be just as finicky. When it does work, it works great, however it is getting the initial connection to happen seems to be a struggle on both models. My one and only complaint about this g7x mark iii camera is the menu/user interface got more complicated. Luckily it looks pretty much the same and if you are familiar with the canon interface you will be able to jump right into this one. However the menu got more cluttered on this model and for example the time lapse function is way more complicated to use now on the mark iii than the mark ii is. As someone who loves time lapses I was disappointed to see how much digging in menus and buttons and screen touching has to be done to start a time lapse. On my mark ii, it is about 2-3 clicks and its recording and it is easy to start another one right away. On the new model, time lapse function always defaults at disabled when the camera is first turned on and again after a time lapse has been created. You first have to go into the menu, enable the time lapse function again, then set your settings, then click the record button, then click the shutter button. I don't understand why the ability to take a time lapse had to be so buried in the menus, I was upset I even had to research how to make a time lapse on the mark iii because on the mark ii it is so simple and easy to get to. Hopefully this is something canon can change with software updates? Other than the more cluttered interface and menu options, I have zero complaints about this camera and I highly recommend it to anyone at any photography skill level. As someone who takes photography classes and does photography jobs on the side, I never thought I'd prefer a smaller camera over my dlsr camera but my g7x changed that for me, its versatility is unmatched and the quality it brings is well worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good but auto focus isn't great

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I like the camera because it's pretty easy to use and good quality. However, even after I updated the firmware I'm not super impressed with the auto focus. I think my phone has better auto focus.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Camera

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    Owned for 7 months when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    I bought this popular camera to learn the settings and different adjustments, like a starter camera. It's great quality, durable, and great for travel. Because of the research I had done, I was fairly familiar with the "shortcomings". One thing I wasn't familiar with was how quickly it dies. That is literally my only complaint.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Easy to Use, High Quality Videos

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    I’ve been using my smart phone for a while to take photos and pictures. Even doing some light video editing with the media. It has been a while since I’ve used a dedicated photo/video device and now I see why so many do, even in the amateur space. If your getting somewhat serious about your hobby, I recommend this camera as your pocket point and shoot or vlog camera. First thing you’ll notice out of the box is the build quality and ergonomic design. This camera is easy to hold if your doing point and shoot photos. The grip is fantastic for taking pictures or recording video. Frequently used buttons are well within reach. The touch screen display looks fantastic. Over time, I’ve found myself using the touch controls more than the navigation wheel. Not to say the navigation wheel isn’t good with its grippy feel and intuitive info graphics. One of the great things about the screen is its ability to fold out for selfies or vlogging. You can use the touch screen to get your picture right before pressing the record button, all while having the camera pointed at the subject matter whether you’re on the front or back of the lens. There are tons of features, many of which I’m still learning about. The advanced user guide you can download from cannons website is extremely useful. The menus are easy to navigate through and setting up the Wi-Fi is easy enough if you can follow the on-screen directions on the camera and your smart phone or computer, whichever you’re connecting it to. The one feature most will find useful is being able to navigate the photos/videos on your smart phone and pick and choose which ones to download. This is especially nice if you want to quickly upload on the go as your phone connects directly to the camera, so it doesn’t require a Wi-Fi network. I did connect this to my iPad as well so I could do some light editing before sharing, so there’s that option available. It works the same as connecting to a mobile device. 4k Video footage looks beautiful. I filmed a short 4k video of a family member blowing out birthday candles. I was pleased with the video quality, even though my lighting was poor, everything turned out very smooth. I was holding the camera by hand, and while the image stabilization helps, it doesn’t work miracles. I would recommend a handheld tripod or gimbal if you’ve not developed a steady hand for opportunist point and shoot moments. I’m happy without the output options for picture and video formats. Being able to snap photos in the raw format and jpeg formats and exporting both opens the door for editing options should you choose to touch up the higher quality output photo. I downloaded Cannon’s Digital Photo Professional 4 for my pc and it allows for editing and converting of the .CR3 files. As for video, recording in 1080 is fine for most situations, but there are moments and footage I want to capture in 4k, especially b-roll footage if I’m working on a project. You can quickly switch modes using the touch screen without thumbing through the menus to make the change. All in all, I’m very happy with the Mark III. I know some reviews complain about the auto-focus. There is a firmware update that will hopefully address this for most as it did for me. Hopefully there is some expandability for uploading to other services in a future update as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent alternative to a DSLR

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    The G7 X III is a great camera for someone who wants to take high quality, high resolution photos without the knowledge and skill required to use a DSLR I do not have a lot of experience with Canon but, this camera is a great point and shoot camera for when I am going somewhere, where my DSLR is too bulky or cumbersome to take. The cameras auto mode is by far the best I have ever used, the white balance, focus and detail is on point in every shot, regardless of lighting quality or condition. It's an excellent choice for both an everyday user to a photographer looking for a smaller more compact choice as it doesn't take away all settings such as ISO, aperture and other options that most point and shoots do. Overall, a very well made, and extremely user friendly camera!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good simple camera

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

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    Just purchased few weeks ago. Simple easy to use point and shoot camera. Wish it had better zoom but works great for small pocket sized camera,

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Camera for Video

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Satisfied with purchase, had to update some settings for 60fps but overall pleased with my purchase.

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    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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