Canon Brings 4K & YouTube Live streaming to its New PowerShot GX 7 Mark III
Stephan Jukic – July 9, 2019
After more than a year of deep secrecy around the successor to Canon’s highly successful GX 7 Mark II line of compact point-and-shoot cameras, the company has finally unveiled the new GX 7 Mark III with lots of extra kick.
The new compact camera model is squarely focused on the vlogger community with two major features to boost its credentials for this particular use and they just might make it the ultimate video blogging creator’s tool for its compact size.
These particular headline features are the ability to shoot video in 4K ultra HD resolution and the ability to live stream video recordings directly to YouTube via WiFi connectivity (wherever available). This last feature in particular is something that nobody else is yet offering for a camera like the GX 7 Mark III.
Given the widespread adoption of the GX 7 series to-date by YouTubers in particular, Canon obviously too an obvious trend and a certain amount of consumer feedback seriously enough to really beef up what made these cameras so useful in the first place. With the GX 7 Mark III’s new features, these same consumers and new buyers both can take advantage of a more advanced level of usability for video blogging.
Aside from the headline live streaming technology for YouTube feeds, the latest GX 7 camera also comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack for external microphone usability and also comes with a clean HDMI out port. One downside here however is that there is no hotshoe on this little shooter, meaning that vloggers will have to set up their own external rig or cage.
Another addition is a Picture Styles import from Canon’s EOS line of DSLR models, which means the ability to create flat profiles for video recordings. This isn’t true log profile capability but it does introduce a lot more flexibility than was possible in the previous version of the G7. Besides the above, the GX 7 Mark III offers vertical video shooting capability, which will definitely be useful for those who want to post their material on Instagram. With this extra feature, video shot vertically isn’t reoriented automatically in post, saving some time in the production process and especially useful for the live YouTube streaming feature of the Mark III.
Moving on to the Canon PowerShot GX 7 Mark III’s major shooting specs, what the compact package of this shooter packs is a completely new 20.7 megapixel 1-inch stacked sensor with improved ISO and readout speeds, a 4.2x optical zoom lens with a f/1.8-2.8 aperture and an equivalent 24-100mm range.
As for it its shooting resolution and frame rate capabilities the Mark III handles 4K UHD video at up to 30fps without any crop factor and can go up to 120fps during recording of 1080p video. In addition to these recording modes, the GX 7 Mark III also includes a 30fps Raw shooting mode with a CR3 raw format that first appeared in Canon’s EOS M50 mirrorless models.
To make shooting as comfortable as possible, the touchscreen LCD display of this little camera can flip up by 180 degrees for selfies or downwards by 45 degrees for low angle shots.
There’s even an HDR movie mode in the GX 7 Mark III for smooth recording at wide dynamic range and to smooth things out even further, the camera comes with an Auto Lighting Optimizer that’s the same as that of Canon’s EOS cameras. Topping this set of lighting features off is a physical 3-stop ND filter for recording in extremely bright sunlight.
The cost for all of the above? A pretty reasonable $749 with silver black and all-black options available once the camera gets its North American/US/UK debut in August of this year.