Canon Powershot G7 X Features A Sony BSI-CMOS Sensor

 Powershot G7 X

Powershot G7 X: Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

A lot suggests the Canon Powershot G7 X is featuring a Sony 20-MP 1” BSI CMOS sensor. The same sensor that’s mounted on the Sony RX100 III and Panasonic FZ1000.

In a meeting with Dpreview‘s staff, Canon stated that the sensor in the Powershot G7 X is a “BSI-CMOS” sensor, and that the sensor is not manufactured by Canon.

A similar hint comes from PetaPixel in their G7 X vs RX100 III comparison. They write:

Surprisingly the Canon G7 X and Sony RX100 III could be stepbrothers. Canon allegedly admitted the 20MP 1″ sensor was not developed internally, fueling speculations that G7 X could be using the same Sony 20-MP 1” BSI CMOS sensor. Any difference between the two rivals can be attributed to the lens and design philosophy of the engineering teams from both sides.

Thom Hogan from gearophile writes:

What we get in the US$700 G7 X is the Sony 20mp 1” sensor coupled with a 24-100mm (equivalent) f/1.8-2.8 lens, a 1m dot touchscreen, a built in ND filter, 1080P/60 video and some other PowerShot stuff. […] it even has a “selfie” mode.

As you can see, it appears the Powershot G7 X is indeed featuring Sony’s sensor. A Sony 1 inch sensor coupled with Canon’s excellent optics sounds good to me. The G7 X has a longer zoom range than the Sony RX 100 III.

There is also a serious hint by Canon itself that they are working on another compact camera with possibly an 1 inch sensor. And that’s not all, another hint by Canon itself suggests the company is researching the possibility of developing a new mount type, and that they could join the m4/3 standard.

Is Canon changing strategies and opening to sensors made by other manufacturers? What do you think?

Canon’s new super-small camera with an 1 inch sensor and WiFi is already shipping at DigitalRev for €629/$699. The PowerShot G7 X will be available in October 201. Pre-order at Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon.

Sony RX1000 III


Hot Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/ PIXMA PRO-100 And More Accessories – $2,849 (Adorama)


Super hot deal by authorised Canon dealer Adorama. You get a rich EOS 5D Mark III bundle for $2,849 after $550 mail-in rebate (info here). Free shipping in the USA. The bunds includes:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III – USA Warranty (Regular $3,399)
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer (Regular $398)
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets (Regular $38.41)
  • Slinger Bag, Single Strap Backpack / Shoulder Bag, Black (Regular $59.95)
  • Green Extreme LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack (Regular $34.95)
  • Flashpoint Battery Grip For Canon 5D Mark III (Regular $69.95)

You get $200 MIR on the camera and $350 MIR on the printer/camera/paper for a total of $550 in savings. Price at checkout is $3,399.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Hands-On Review (Dpreview)

EOS 7D Mark II Hands-On Review


Dpreview posted their hands-on review of the brand new Canon EOS 7D Mark II. An excerpt:

The 7D II offers the same ‘Intelligent Tracking and Recognition’ (iTR) mode introduced in the EOS-1D X, which uses colorinformation from the RGB sensor to identify and track subjects in conjunction with the AF system. Theoretically, this allows the camera to automatically select the appropriate AF point in order to stay on the initially focused subject. It should even detect faces to focus on them (outside of Live View).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II announcement, product description and specs here.

[via Dpreview]
EOS 7D Mark II Hands-On Review

7D Mark II smart viewfinder (image © Canon)

In Germany Wex Photographie is accepting pre-orders for the EOS 7D Mark II (€1,699). The new EOS 7D Mark II can be pre-ordered also in the USA. Shipment is expected for November 2014 and orders will be shipped on a first come first serve basis:

World-wide pre-order links after the break.

Chuck Westfall about the EOS 7D Mark II

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Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Presentation Video (by Zeiss)

By Carl Zeiss Lenses on Youtube:

With the Otus 1.4/85 ZEISS is expanding its high-end lens family. The Otus 1.4/55, an SLR standard lens, already set new global standards in what it means to achieve perfection. The expectations for the 85-mm focal length are just as high. This new member of the Otus family is an outstanding and fast all-around lens that accepts no compromises

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 sells for $4,490 and can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo and Adorama. Sample pics can be seen on Zeiss’ Flickr album.

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4