Sony RX100 VII vs Canon G7X Mark III

The Sony RX100 VII has been touted as the a budget A9. But does its features keep its place as king of the compacts with the recently released Canon G7X Mark III?

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Sony RX100 VII

Canon released their new compact point and shoot, the Canon Powershot G7X Mark III, a few weeks ago. And Sony have followed up with their own refresh with the Sony RX100 VII.

And while the Canon’s latest Powershot is packed full with features, how does it stack up against the newly released Sony RX100 Mark VII? Which is itself choc full of new features.

The Sony RX100 line is king of the compacts and Canon has a lot of catching up to do, and while it may be a match for the older Sony RX100 VI, does it fall behind again with the Sony RX100 VII?

Sony RX100 VII

The Sony RX100 VII has an all new 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor, the same size as the Canon G7X Mark III.

The Canon comes with a focal length from 8.8-36.8mm, which is equivalent to a 24-100mm on a full frame sensor. The Sony has a little more reach though, at 24-200mm, but this was at a trade off for a smaller aperture.

The Sony lens is a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T, which utilises the same tech found in Sony’s A9 camera.

The Canon G7X Mark III has a variable aperture of F1.8-2.8, compared to Sony’s F2.8-4.5. This could be important for those wishing to use low light situations.

The Canon G7X Mark III now offers 4K video recording. As well as Full HD (1080) 120fps video, compared to the Sony which goes up to an incredible 960fps.

Unlike Sony, Canon does not feature a pop up EVF which will be available in the Canon G5X to compliment it’s liquid crystal tilt screen.

The Sony comes with an OLED EVF and a 912K dot LCD screen, which features blackout-free shooting, however at a cost of reduced refresh rates at slower shutter speeds when using the electric shutter.

Under certain conditions the Sony can shoot continuously up to 20FPS. And incredibly, it can shoot 90FPS is single burst shooting (7 raw/jpeg shots per burst which equates to 0.011sec per shot).

To get these shots, the Sony has 357 phase-detection AF points, and 450 contrast-detection AF points. With Real-time Eye AF for still and video.

Video

The Sony RX100 VII can shoot Full HD video, going up to 4K HDR (HLG) video (3840x2160px), Sony rate shooting times at 5 minutes if Auto Power Off Temperature is set to ‘Standard’. As with stills, you can use Real-time Eye AF and Real-time tracking for video.

The Sony RX100 VII has a 3.5mm microphone jack for external audio.

For time lapse photographers there is interval shooting mode, however Wi-Fi is not available when this is not in use.

Should you buy the Sony RX100 VII or Canon G7X Mark iii?

On paper Canon have seemingly produced a genuinely good rival to the Sony RX100 VII. But it seems not enough, Sony have taken their compact camera to a higher level again. 

The most likely deciding factor will be price. Canon’s recommended retail price for the Canon G7X Mark III is, as of the date of the publication of this blog article, £699.00GBP ($749USD at B&H Photo), the Sony RX100 Mark VII is positioned significantly more, priced at £1199 ($1198USD at B&H Photo).

Canon’s latest offering will be a very attractive purchase due to the price point, but for the better features in the Sony RX100 VII, you will need to pay a premium.

Finally

Check out my YouTube channel to see the predecessor Canon compact, the Canon G7X Mark II in action! And if this article was of value to you, you might be interested in my other comparison against Sony’s previous model Canon G7X Mark III vs the Sony RX100 VI.

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