Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is a good pocket camera with a big 1-inch sensor, a bright zoom lens, and 4K video, but it faces strong competition from smartphones and cameras alike.

Pros

  • Pocket-friendly design.
  • 1-inch sensor.
  • Bright zoom lens.
  • Tilting touch LCD.
  • Fast focus and burst rate.
  • 4K with mic input and live streaming.

Cons

  • 4K video not available in all modes.
  • Face detection doesn't work with burst shooting.
  • Lens not as crisp as some others.
  • No EVF.

As good as the latest smartphones are, there are still plenty of reasons to use a dedicated pocket camera. Pros who reach for a big camera with changeable lenses for work may want something smaller for more casual outings. A smartphone may suffice for some, but if you prefer the ergonomics and the handling of a traditional camera, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III ($749.99) is worth a look. It's not our absolute favorite in the category, but it is a very capable compact. If you can spend a bit more, think about our Editors' Choice, also from Canon, the $900 G5 X Mark II, which has a bit more zoom power and an EVF.