Canon PowerShot G7 X Sports a One-Inch Sensor

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The PowerShot G7 X is a Canon compact with a 1-inch sensor. To shutterbugs, that news should excite as the PowerShot G7 X appears to occupy that highly sought after space where DSLR output meets the simplicity and convenience of Point and Shoot cams.

PowerShot G7Wrapped up in a small, somewhat unassuming package the G7 X packs a 20.2 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 125 – 12,800, and a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8, 4.2x optical zoom lens. Canon’s proprietary DIGIC 6 Image Processor is said to enable photographers to achieve high quality image and video results even in low light settings,

Among some of the features the camera includes are high speed autofocus and 31 autofocus points, 6.5fps continuous shooting, and 1080/60p full HD video that can be played back on an HDTV via the HDMI port. There are also a number of interesting shooting modes that may appeal to sky-watchers, including one called “Star Time-Lapse Movie,” which can be set up to record the movement of stars. “Creative Shot Mode” offers a number of filters for still images in four categories: Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural.

Adding an added dash of appeal for serious shutterbugs who occasionally want to turn the camera on themselves (yeah yeah yeah, the selfie-craze marches on), the G7 X includes a 3-inch touch LCD screen with 1040k-dot resolution that can be flipped up at a 180-degree angle.

Canon is set to release the G7 X in October at a starting retail price of about $700.

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