I am head over heels in love…♥ I found myself a new soulmate!

 

Sunset over the highway, shot from a moving car with the Canon Powershot G7 X near Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands

Last year I bought a new camera to replace my Panasonic Lumix TZ10, the lense of which was cluttered with dust. Repair would be as expensive as a new camera, so I figured a new camera would be the best option. After much consideration and testing, I chose the Sony HX300, a superzoom bridge camera. I thought it would come in handy as a versatile extra to my starter DSLR, a Nikon D5100.

Thistle and huge bumble bee (probably a young Bombus Magnus queen, about 3cm), shot with Canon Powershot G7 X, near Nisse, the Netherlands

But I was wrong. Once spoilt with DSLR image quality, the images the Sony HX300 produced really didn’t meet my new standards anymore. And since image quality worsened fiercely at the higher zoom range, 50x optical zoom hardly seemed a nice feature anymore after a handful of shots.

Thistle and bee, shot with Canon Powershot G7 X near Nisse, the Netherlands

What didn’t help, was that the bridge camera was almost as big as my DSLR. With the image quality being disappointing, it seemed much more convenient to tuck the TZ10, of which the image quality was comparable to that of the HX300, into my pocket every time we’d go for a walk or to the beach and to accept the spots of dust on the lense.

Common Carder Bee on thistle, shot with Canon Powershot G7 X, near Nisse, the Netherlands

But then the Sony HX300 began to weigh on me. An unused camera…what a waste! So when I found out I could actually sell it for a good price, I did and decided to use the money to help buy a new compact camera that I actually liked.

Egg shell of a blackbird, shot with a Canon Powershot G7 X near Nisse, the Netherlands

This time it was easy to find a really nice pocket sized camera with superb image quality. These days manufacturers cram huge image sensors into these cameras, sacrificing the absurd zoom range, but I don’t see how that is ever going to be a problem  when you get photos as beautiful as these.

Pink Lily in my friend’s pond, shot with the Canon Powershot G7 X, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands

After reading tests and reviews I’d made up my mind. It was going to be the Canon Powershot G7 X. And I haven’t regretted it for a moment! Should you need a new compact camera, this really is one to look into. It does all it promises and just delivers incredibly beautiful photos. The three thistle photographs were all shot when it was a bit windy and the flowers kept moving. But the G7 X handled that a lot better than my Nikon D5100 does. So…the Nikon D5100 is probably just going to be my work-camera…and the G7 X will go with me everywhere I go.

The G7 X does awesome colours, superb sharpness and beautiful shallow depth of field, which is wonderful in macro shots, as you can see, but equally wonderful in regular photos. It makes it so easy to single out objects and let them feature in your photos. The camera’s got lots of manual options, probably as much as a DSLR, but if you can’t be bothered with those, the automatic settings are awesome already! It’s a little expensive for a compact, but if you can find a demo like I did, you could save up to 1/3 of the price.