When I decided to get on Youtube, I decided to get a more portable camera other than my profession (but heavy!!) Nikon D7100. I looked around and basically read every possible review. Until I found Canon G7X. I was a little worried because it was almost 500GBP, but after using it for a year, I can highly recommend it! About 95% of my videos are all filmed with this camera, so take a look at my YouTube channel Arabian Wanderess to see the video quality if you need more video examples.
Six things I personally love about Canon G7X
- One. The Flip Screen!!
Omg this is so essential when I am vlogging you have no idea! I can see how I look and exactly what I am filming.
- Two. The Weight!!
It's such a light and portable camera. It fits the smallest purses I have. I don't even feel like I am carrying it.
- Three. The Wifi function!!
I haven't taken any photos on my phone in AGES! The quality of Iphone photos just do not compare to the photos I take with this camera. The wifi function makes it so easy to transfer the photos from the camera to the phone using the Canon app. It takes me less than a minute to connect, upload and share on social media! My camera instagram photos are getting lots of love! You can give them some love too!
- Four. The low light performance (Night filming)
This is another great thing! My biggest worry was if this camera would still preform well. It does work nicely at night for the most part. I had to fix the yellow saturation of some videos on Premier Pro, but it's quiet good. It's good for photos as well. Take a look at my London after Midnight Photos. All were taken with this camera. I think it's quiet powerful. Unfortunately, this camera can't seem to take stunning photos of the moon or stars, but that's another story. For a compact camera, it's mind blowing!
- Five. The baby tripods! (Great to take photos when you are travelling solo!)
This is very helpful! When I am travelling light and for a short time, I only pack one of these Joby tripod with me. They are versatile and can bend and etc. When I was travelling in Sri Lanka, I took my solo dreamy beach photos (like the one below) by using the Joby tripod and the Remote Live View Shooting function (accessible in the free Canon phone app).
- Six. Remote Live View Shooting Function (For Quick Stop Motion Films)
As I just mentioned in the previous point the Remote Live View Shooting, which is accessible through the Free Canon phone app is a life saver for taking travel photos if you are travelling solo OR for stop motion films!
** Check the video below and forward to 2:54 to see the stop motion I included using this camera and the Remote Live View Shooting.
Extra Tip: I bought two extra batteries from Amazon, so I stay longer on the road without worrying about the battery life!
Another Tip: I got the wind muffler to get better quality sound.
Also another thing you might want: a camera protective case! I got my poor camera scratched so many times until I got a case! Like a whole year later.
Cheaper Travel Camera Recommendation
By the way, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the Canon G7x reviewed above and you don't really care for vlogging or flip screens and you want a light, reliable, good quality camera with the phone app then the Canon Powershot SX610 is going to be a great option for you. I bought it for my sister as a birthday present and she loves it. The quality of her photos are so much better than a phone camera.
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