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Lens ring

Fast lens

No hot shoe

Stacked dials

Controls

Yes, it does selfies

Wi-Fi

Connectors

NFC

Like a lot of Canon's higher-end compact PowerShots, from the S120 up, the G7 X has a multifunction ring on the lens.

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Ironically, the lens is the fastest in the G X series; only the G16 has a comparably fast one, albeit at a slightly longer zoom range.

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Canon really is mimicking Sony; the only other camera in the expensive end of this class that lacks a hot shoe is the RX100 II and like that camera it lacks a grip.

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The G7 X takes the offset double dials of the G16 -- exposure compensation and mode -- and stacks them.

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The back control layout is roughly the same as the G1 X Mark II. One significant difference is the dedicated button on the back for programming the function of the lens ring.

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Like every other camera coming out these days, the screen flips up for photographing one's own face.

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The camera has a dedicated button for initiating a Wi-Fi connection for devices that don't support NFC -- i.e., pre-iPhone 6-generation iPhones.

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Like most of the cameras in its class, the G7 X has a micro HDMI and USB connections.

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Although it doesn't use the NFC logo for some reason, the wireless icon is where you tap to automatically launch the connection and the mobile app.

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