Canon Powershot G3 X Review Summary
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.
|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|
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Canon G3 X Facts
|20 Megapixels Ultra Zoom||ISO 125-25600|
|25X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-30s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Unknown Size Optional EVF||Custom white-balance|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Spot-Metering|
|5.9 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|3.2" LCD 1.6 Megapixels|
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