Canon will finally offer a microphone input and 4K video with the G7X Mark III

Jul 1, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Canon will finally offer a microphone input and 4K video with the G7X Mark III

Jul 1, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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In a dwindling compact camera market, the Canon G7X Mark II has proven to remain very popular – particularly amongst vloggers. It’s a fantastic little camera for what it is and has received many great reviews since its release in 2016. But many people all had the same complaint. It only shoots 1080p.

The G7X line’s major competitor is Sony’s RX100 series, and those have shot 4K ever since the Sony RX100 IV was released back in 2015. But now Canon looks to finally be catching up after Nokishita leaks specs and photos for the soon-to-be-officially-announced Canon G7X Mark III. It shoots 4K, and even has an external microphone socket!

According to the leaked photos, the exterior appearance of the G7x Mark III is fundamentally identical to the G7X Mark II. It also houses a 20.1-megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor. Whether or not it’s the same one as the Mark II is unknown. It still has the popup flash in the same spot (not that that’ll matter for most people), and the LCD is still flippy up instead of flippy out.

The G7X Mark III is also reported to shoot 1080p video, except it now does it at up to 120 frames per second due to the addition of 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video. They also say that it will finally get a microphone socket. There doesn’t appear to be an easy way to mount a microphone to the camera, though (no hotshoe), so perhaps a GoPro-style with a direct plug-in side-mic with no cable would be the best solution. I wonder if a Rode VideoMic Me would work?

  • 20.1 megapixel 1.0-inch back-illuminated CMOS
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • RAW files can be shot at up to 30 frames per second
  • 4K video
  • Full HD 120 fps movie
  • 3.5 mm microphone input terminal
  • Equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Size: 105.5 x 60.9 x 41.4 mm
  • Weight: 304g

The G7X Mark III appears to be what people had hoped for in the G7X Mark II. What it really needed three years ago to blow Sony away in the vlogging space. The G7X Mark II has held its own very well, although Sony now has a solid foothold in that space with more recent RX100 releases. Perhaps this might strengthen Canon’s position going forward.

As seen in the photos, the camera has a 4.2x stabilised zoom lens offering a focal length of 8.8-36.8mm and a variable aperture of f/1.8-2.8. In 35mm terms, this equates to a field of view similar to that of 24-100mm on a full frame sensor.

I went back and forth for a while on whether I should add a G7X Mark II to my kit, but the lack of 4K video and particularly the missing external microphone input were always the things that ultimately put me off. But this one might have to be added to my bag at some point.

There’s no word on when an official announcement will happen yet and do bear in mind that we’ve heard rumours about the G7X Mark III before. But the specs shown now are somewhat different to those mentioned a year ago. And there was no mention of a microphone socket then, either. In fact, I specifically pointed out that it would be its single biggest downfall amongst vloggers if it didn’t have that.

Now, though, seems about the right time to release an update to the G7X Mark II. Also, this time around the leak includes product photos. So, hopefully, it won’t be too long before we do hear an official announcement from Canon. Although, as with all rumours, I’d still take it with a grain of salt until we do hear from Canon themselves.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “Canon will finally offer a microphone input and 4K video with the G7X Mark III”

  1. Haroen Dilrosun Avatar
    Haroen Dilrosun

    still the sony x100-6 is a better camera,if they can solve the battery problem

    1. Ladislav Nosek Avatar
      Ladislav Nosek

      A better camera? It depends. When you compare the F-number, then not, for example. When you compare the grip (which means the comfort of use and the risk of slipping out of hand), also not. And why only 50 percent of people gave five stars to Sony rx100 VI at amazon.com, while 70 percent gave five stars to G7X mark 2? IF(!) Sony rx100 VI is a better camera then surely not accordingly to the price relation ($1200 vs $560 in the case of G7X M2). The prices of Sony are simply crazy and not corresponding to the benefit.

    2. disqus_xVzACGgeIf Avatar
      disqus_xVzACGgeIf

      Not in this life! Hahahah! The price is the worst, FNUMBER is worst than … I cannot see any advantage over Canon. Canon is a leader is this niche for sure.

  2. HamzaShaikh Avatar
    HamzaShaikh

    If u need to know more about Canon G7X Mark III you can read full article here Canon G7X Mark III Review