Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The PowerShot G7 X kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the LCD.

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Canon included a mode dial on the top panel of the G7 X. It's a little small to use comfortably, and it's stacked on top of the EV dial, which means you may inadvertently turn the EV dial if you're trying to access the mode dial in a hurry. As you turn the mode dial to change shooting modes, you'll see icons representing each shooting mode across the top of the screen and an explanation of the mode. The mode dial settings are:

  • Auto
  • Hybrid Auto - filmstrip and camera icon
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter Priority (Tv)
  • Aperture Priority (Av)
  • Manual (M)
  • Custom (C)
  • Movie - movie camera icon
  • Special Effects - interlocking rings icon
  • Scene Modes (SCN)
  • Creative Shot - interlocking rectangles

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When shooting in Auto mode the shooting mode is listed in the upper left corner of the screen. Along the left side of the screen the camera displays the flash mode and the drive mode. Across the top of the LCD you'll see icons representing the image stabilization setting, battery icon, still image resolution setting, photo space remaining on the memory card, video resolution, and video time remaining on the memory card. Press the Disp button on the back of the camera to change the look of the screen, adding an on-screen electronic level.

In Auto mode you also can turn the ring around the lens housing to change the focal length of the lens, as shown by the graph along the bottom of the third screen shot here

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When working in Auto mode you can access a popup menu with basic camera controls by pressing the Func/Set button on the back of the camera. This popup menu is commonly found on PowerShot cameras, and it is a handy feature. The main popup menu category icons will appear on the left side of the screen, and the available settings icons will appear along the bottom of the screen.

The options in the Auto mode popup menu are extremely limited versus those in more advanced shooting modes. The options are:

  • Self-Timer - Off, 10 sec., 2 sec., Custom
  • Aspect Ratio - 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5
  • Resolution - L, M1, M2, S
  • Movie Resolution - 1920x1080 60 fps, 1920x1080 30 fps, 1280x720 30 fps, 640x480 30 fps

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By turning the mode dial to the SCN setting, you'll be able to access the PowerShot G7 X's scene modes, which are aimed at inexperienced photographers. Press the Func/Set button and then use the left and right side of the four-way button to move between the scene mode icons, which will be displayed along the bottom of the LCD. The Scene Mode icons are:

  • Portrait
  • Smart Shutter
  • Star
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Underwater
  • Snow
  • Fireworks

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When shooting Program mode, you'll turn the mode dial to P. The icons displayed in the upper left portion of the screen are similar to what you'll find in Auto mode. You again can change what's displayed on the screen by pressing the Disp button on the back of the camera, and you can use the EV dial on the top of the camera or the ring around the lens housing to change other settings.

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Shooting in Manual mode (with an M in the upper left corner of the screen) will give you access to changing the aperture or shutter speed values by using the lens ring or the four-way button ring. A graph will appear along the bottom of the screen to show the changes you're making.

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Canon included a manual focus option with the PowerShot G7 X. You can assign manual focus to the lens housing ring, which will make it more natural to use, more like what you'd find with an interchangeable lens camera.

Press the left side of the four-way button to see the focus setting options on the screen. Then select MF from the available icons. (Manual focus is not available in some shooting modes.)

When working with manual focus, the screen will magnify the scene, making it easier to accurately dial in the focus. Press Disp on the back of this Powershot model multiple times to increase the level of magnification when using Manual Focus mode or to cancel the magnification. You can use either the ring on the camera's lens housing or the four-way button ring to dial in the focus. To exit manual focus and return to autofocus mode just press the left side of the four-way button again and select a different focus mode from the icons.

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Each of the sides of the four-way button activates a different feature or popup menu. Just press the edges of the ring to select a feature, which are marked with icons printed on the camera. Some of these functions will not be available in certain shooting modes, and the flash functions aren't available unless you've opened the flash unit by pressing the flash switch on the left side of the camera. The options are:

  • Top - Drive (Single Shot, Continuous, Continuous Shooting AF) or Wi-Fi activation in Playback mode
  • Right - Flash (Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off)
  • Bottom - Disp (Changes the data displayed on the screen)
  • Left - Focus (Macro, Normal Autofocus, Manual Focus)

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When shooting in an advanced mode, you can access far more options using the popup menu than are available in Auto mode. Just press the Func/Set button on the back of the camera to open the popup menu icons along the left side of the screen. Either use the four-way button or the touch screen to access the icons. The popup menu options in Program mode are:

  • DR Correction - Off, Auto, 200%
  • Shadow Correct - Off, Auto
  • ISO - Auto, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
  • My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
  • Bracketing - Off, AEB, Focus BKT
  • Burst Mode - Single Shot, Continuous, Continuous Shooting AF
  • Self-Timer - Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, Custom
  • Flash Power - +2 to -2 in 1/3 increments
  • Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg, Spot
  • ND Filter - Off, On
  • Aspect Ratio - 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5
  • Image Format - JPEG, RAW, RAW and JPEG
  • Image Size - L, M1, M2, S
  • Image Quality - Superfine, Fine
  • Movie Format - 1920x1080 60 fps, 1920x1080 30 fps, 1280x720 30 fps, 640x480 30 fps
You can remove some of the tabs that are displayed on the popup menu by working through the camera's setup menu, just to make it easier for you to find the setting you want by removing settings you'd never use.

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As mentioned earlier, you can assign one of several functions to the ring around the lens housing. Just press the Ring Func button on the back of the camera to open a popup list of icons across the top of the LCD, showing the options for assigning a function to the lens ring. The options are:

  • Standard - The default function is automatically assigned, depending on the shooting mode selected (Program - ISO, Shutter Speed Priority - Shutter Speed, Aperture Priority - Aperture, Manual - Aperture, Custom - ISO)
  • ISO
  • Manual Focus
  • White Balance
  • Step Zoom
  • DR Correction
  • Shadow Correct
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Custom - Can create individual settings for each advanced shooting mode
This feature is not available in Auto mode. The lens housing ring is always set to focal length in Auto shooting mode.

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Turn the mode dial to the interlocking rings icon to access the PowerShot G7 X's special effect modes. To change special effect modes press the Func/Set button to see the icons for each option listed along the bottom of the screen. Once you've selected a special effect, you sometimes can access additional specific features by turning the lens housing ring.

  • High Dynamic Range - Natural, Art Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold, Art Embossed
  • Nostalgic - Low, Medium/Low, Medium, Medium/High, High
  • Fish-eye Effect - Low, Medium, High
  • Miniature Effect
  • Toy Camera Effect - Cool, Standard, Warm
  • Background Defocus - Auto, Low, Medium, High
  • Soft Focus - Low, Medium, High
  • Monochrome - Blue, B/W, Sepia
  • Super Vivid
  • Poster Effect
You also can apply some special effects by using the My Colors effects in the popup menu for the advanced shooting modes as discussed earlier.

Turn the mode dial to the interlocking rectangles icon to make use of the Creative Shot mode, in which the camera will shoot six photos in about a second. The G7 X will apply a different special effect to each photo. This six-in-one feature is more of a fun feature than a useful one, as the artistic effects applied to each photo are random. You can pick from five options, where the G7 X will select effects that fit in a particular category, including: Auto (all categories), Retro, Monochrome, Special (bold and distinct effects), and Natural. Just turn the ring around the lens housing to pick the different options.

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Canon has given the PowerShot G7 X the ability to record video from any shooting mode. Just press the red record button on the back of the camera to start and stop recording. A red "Rec" icon will appear near the upper right corner of the screen during recording. Use the popup menu and the icons along the left side of the screen to change the movie resolution.

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Although the G7 X offers a touch screen LCD, Canon failed to give this camera a menu redesign, which means that it'll probably be easier for you to use the four-way button to work through the menus than to use the touch screen. Touch screen cameras that are easier to use make use of menus with multiple icons that look more like a smartphone layout.

Just as with most PowerShot cameras, across the top of the screen you'll see three tabs that lead to different menus. The camera tab on the left leads to the shooting menu. Some of the menu options may be grayed out depending on which shooting mode you've selected on the mode dial. In Program mode the menu options are:

  • AF Frame - 1-point, Face AiAF
  • AF Frame Size - Normal, Small
  • Digital Zoom - Standard, Off, 1.6x, 2.0x
  • AF-Point Zoom - On, Off
  • Servo AF - On, Off
  • Continuous AF - On, Off
  • Touch Shutter - On, Off
  • AF-assist Beam - On, Off
  • MF-Point Zoom - Off, 2x, 4x
  • Safety MF - On, Off
  • MF Peaking Settings - Peaking (On, Off), Level (Low, High), Color (Red, Yellow, Blue)
  • Flash Settings - Flash Exp. Comp. (between -2 and +2 in 1/3 increments), Shutter Sync. (1st-curtain, 2nd-curtain), Red-Eye Lamp (On, Off), Safety FE (On, Off)
  • ISO Auto Settings - Max ISO Speed (400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800), Rate of Change (Slow, Standard, Fast)
  • High ISO NR - Standard, High, Low
  • Spot AE Point - Center, AF Point
  • Wind Filter - Off, Auto
  • Review Image After Shooting - Display Time (Quick, 2 sec, 4 sec, 8 sec, Hold, Off), Display Info (Off, Detailed)
  • Blink Detection - On, Off
  • Custom Display - Shooting Info (Yes, No), Grid Lines (Yes, No), Electronic Level (Yes, No), Histogram (Yes, No)
  • Night Display - On, Off
  • Reverse Disp. - On, Off
  • IS Settings - IS Mode (Continuous, Shoot Only, Off), Dynamic IS (1, 2)
  • Face ID Settings - Face ID (On, Off), Add to Registry (Add a New Face, Add Face Info), Check/Edit Info, Erase Info
  • Set Control Ring Func. - Default Control, ISO Speed, Focus, WB Correction, Step Zoom, DR Correction, Shadow Correct, Aspect Ratio, Custom
  • Set Ring Func. Button - Swap Control Ring Function, AF Frame Adjustment, DR Correction, Shadow Correct, ISO Speed, White Balance, Custom White Balance 1, Custom White Balance 2, My Colors, Self-Timer, AF Frame, Light Metering, ND Filter, Aspect Ratio, Select RAW or JPEG, Servo AF, Touch Shutter, Peaking, AF Lock, AE Lock, Digital Tele-converter, Eco Mode, Display Off, Not Assigned
  • Set Movie Button - Movies, AF Frame Adjustment, DR Correction, Shadow Correct, ISO Speed, White Balance, Custom White Balance 1, Custom White Balance 2, My Colors, Self-Timer, AF Frame, Light Metering, ND Filter, Aspect Ratio, Select RAW or JPEG, Servo AF, Touch Shutter, Peaking, AF Lock, AE Lock, Digital Tele-converter, Eco Mode, Display Off, Not Assigned
  • FUNC. Menu Layout - DR Correction, Shadow Correct, ISO Speed, White Balance, My Colors, Bracketing, Self-Timer, Light Metering, ND Filter, Aspect Ratio, Image Type, Recording Pixels, Compression, Movie Quality
  • Save Settings - OK, Cancel


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Touch the middle tab with the hammer and wrench icons to access the Setup menu. Again, some options may be grayed out, depending on how you have the camera's settings configured. The Setup menu options are:

  • Mute - On, Off
  • Volume - Start-up Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Operation Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Selftimer Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Shutter Volume (Level 1 to 5)
  • Sound Options - Start-up Sound (1, 2), Operation Sound (1, 2), Selftimer Sound (1, 2), Shutter Sound (1, 2)
  • Hints & Tips - On, Off
  • Date/Time - Set the Date and Time of the internal clock/calendar
  • Time Zone - Choose time zones for Home, World
  • Lens Retract - 0 sec., 1 min.
  • Eco Mode - On, Off
  • Power Saving - Auto Power Down (On, Off); Display Off (10 sec., 20 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min., 3 min.)
  • LCD Brightness - Adjust the LCD's default brightness; 5 levels
  • Start-up Image - 1, 2, Off
  • Format - Format the memory card; deletes all files
  • File Numbering - Continuous (recommended), Auto Reset
  • Create Folder - Monthly, Daily
  • Units - m/cm, ft/in
  • Electronic Level - Horizontal Roll Calibration, Vertical Roll Calibration, Reset
  • Video System - NTSC, PAL
  • Touch Operation - On, Off
  • Touch Response - Standard, High,
  • Wi-Fi Settings - Password (On, Off), Target History (On, Off), Resize for Sending (M1, S, No), Change Device Nickname, Check MAC Address, Reset Settings
  • Mobile Device Connect Button - OK, Cancel
  • Copyright Info - Display Copyright Info, Enter Author's Name, Enter Copyright Details, Delete Copyright Info
  • Certification Logo Display
  • Language - Choose the menu language, 30 options
  • Reset All - Restore all settings to their factory defaults

The far right tab is marked with a star icon and leads to the My Menu settings, which gives you the option of creating a customized menu that contains all of your favorite settings. My Menu is good for gaining quick access to the settings you use most often.

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