Canon G7X iii or Sony RX100 vii for making YouTube Videos

Both shoot 4k uncropped.

Both have stabilization

Both now have a microphone.

But which is the best compact camera for vlogging? Coming up.

Video Quality

Both have a 20 mega pixel 1 inch cmos sensor, with the Canon using the sensor from the Rx100 mark 4 which is on the older side of things.

The G7x mark 3 could not shoot 24 frames per second when released, but that was fixed with a firmware update and both cameras can shoot 4k in 24 and 30 frames per second.

Both cameras can also shoot Full HD from 24 frames per second up to 120 frames per second for some slow motion awesomeness.

Video quality in Full HD is comparable between the two cameras, but the Sony is slightly sharper when shooting in 4k.

The Canon also has a live streaming feature, if that is your thing. If it’s not, be sure to like this video.

I tend to geek out on video, but for photographers, both shoot continuous 20 frames per second at 20 megapixels, but for shorter bursts, the Sony can shoot up to 90 frames per second for 7 frames and both deliver excellent images.

Both cameras have an option to shoot panoramas and can shoot intervals for time lapse images.

Both the Sony rx100 mark seven and the g7x mark 3 come with optical stabilization, while the Sony also provides digital stabilization.

ISO ranges from 100 to 12,800 for both cameras, but Sony also offers extended ISO up to 25,600 through software processing. 


In the aperture department, the Canon takes the cake with an f-stop range of 1.8 to 2.8 as well as a built in 3 stop nd filter to help with longer exposures and nice motion blur. 

The Sony comes in higher with an f-stop range of 2.8 to 4.5 and no ND filter. 

But, there are aftermarket ND filter solutions for the Sony and in bright conditions the 3 stops on the Canon won’t be strong enough to always allow for the 180 degree rule.

However, not having an ND filter allows the rx100 mark seven to have a longer equivalent focal range of 24 to 200mm compared to the G7X mark 3 that only has an equivalent focal range of 24 to 100mm.

Both cameras have a flip up screen, making it easier to vlog. The Sony screen provides more range of motion, tap to focus, but the Canon is more user friendly with tap to focus and a touch  enabled screen menu system.

The Sony includes both a pop up viewfinder and flash, whereas the canon only comes with a pop up flash.


Fortunately, for vloggers, both cameras now provide a mic jack to record audio, though you will want a cold shoe attachment to mount the mic.

Both are small and tough but neither is great ergonomically. The canon has a small odd shaped rubberized grip that doesn’t add much to comfort, whereas you would have to purchase a grip separately for the Sony. 

However, the Sony adds to the lack of ergonomics with a sleek slippery metal finish that is sure to build finger muscles as you clamp down on its smooth surface.


Now for the Elephant in the room. The autofocus on the Sony is fast and accurate, whereas the Canon tends to crush your inner narcissist by keeping you out of focus. 

On a serious note, if you are not patient, the autofocus on the Canon is probably not for you. I have found that if you give it a couple seconds to focus, it does a decent job staying focused, except when you are moving in and out of high contrast areas.

The firmware update does help some, but autofocus is the achilles heel of the Canon.

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