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Canon Powershot G3 X Summary

20 Megapixels20 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringWeatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Canon Powershot G3 X Assessment

The Canon Powershot G3 X combines a 20 megapixels 1" CMOS sensor and a 25X optical zoom into a body the size of a typical prosumer ultra-zoom. While no small feat, Canon built the G3 X with a fully weather-sealed body, equipped it with dual control-dials, plus a wide lens-ring and added the option for an add-on EVF, aiming squarely this ultra-zoom at professionals and enthusiasts.

Image-quality is high, falling closer to a mirrorless than the typical ultra-zoom. Noise-levels are relatively low with good retention of details up to ISO 800. Sharpness is excellent in the center of images and good when stopped down to F/5.6 at most focal-lengths. Color and Auto WB could stand to be improved but are generally quite good, as is the multi-segment metering system of the G3 X.

The Canon G3 X is a responsive digital camera yet its overall speed of operation is average. Only shutter-lag stands out as particularly good, while the remaining numbers are hover clearly around average. The reality is that there are so few competitors to the Canon Powershot G3 X that its imperfections must be accepted as compromises of the form-factor.

PROS CONS
Low image-noise Strong edge softness
Impressive retention of details until ISO 800 Yellowish cast under artificial light
Good dynamic-range Slow AF near telephoto
Nicely saturated colors Slow to exit Playback
Reliable and consistent metering No continuous drive RAW buffer
Instant shutter-lag with very short black-out Many controls hard to press, impossible with gloves
Mostly sturdy and weatherproof body Poor LCD visibility in bright light
Built-in 3-stop ND filter LCD hinges wiggle
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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Canon Powershot G3 X
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By Neocamera on 2016-01-05

Canon G3 X Highlights


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 13 x 9mm

1" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

20 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 125-25600
25X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
Unknown Size Optional EVFCustom white-balance
1 Axis Digital LevelSpot-Metering
WeatherproofHot-Shoe
5.9 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3.2" LCD 1.6 Megapixels
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