Canon PowerShot G3 X Digital Camera

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Canon PowerShot G3 X Digital Camera Reach out and acquire far away subjects and scenes without concession thanks to the large 25x optical zoom lens and 20.2-megapixel 1.0" High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and installed on the Canon PowerShot G3 X Digital Camera. The Canon lens provides a fast maximum aperture range of f/2.8 thru 5.6 for taking photos in a range of shooting situations while the zoom range extends from a 35mm wide angle 24mm equivalent thru a super telephoto 35mm 600mm equivalent. In addition, photographing at odd angles, or when shooting a selfie, there's a benefit from the included a 3.2" 1.62M-dot multi-angle tilting touchscreen LCD.

Combining ae High-Sensitivity Sensor with the DIGIC 6 processor, creates the Canon HS System, delivering excellent poor-light shooting up to ISO 12,800 as well as a profusion of other capabilities. Continuous shooting is possible at up to 5.9 fps with no buffer time slowing you down, while the High-Speed autofocus System will latch on to focus in as very quick 0.14 seconds. Focusing is also precise through the implementation of 31 points across the image frame. Another feature of this combination is full HD video capture up to 60p and the capability to output live video over an HDMI cable.

Body design is critical when it comes to long zoom compact cameras, and the G3 X performs using multiple physical control points. A ceasless ring is attached to the lens barrel while a mode dial, exposure compensation dial, front dial, and controller wheel are also available to fine-tune adjustments. In addition, there is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity along with NFC (Near Field Communication) for straight connection with tablets, smartphones, and the CS100 Connect Station. ✓

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Body type SLR-like (bridge)  
Max resolution 5472 x 3648  
Other resolutions 3:2 (4320 x 2880, 2304 x 1536, 720 x 480), 16:9 (5472 x 3080, 4320 x 2432, 1920 x 1080, 720 x 408), 4:3 (4864 x 3648, 3840 x 2880, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480), 1:1 (3648 x 3648, 2880 x 2880, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480)  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 20 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels  
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)  
Sensor type BSI-CMOS  
Processor DIGIC 6  
ISO Auto, 125-12800 (expands to 25600  
Boosted ISO (maximum) 25600  
White balance presets 7  
Custom white balance Yes (2 slots)  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24600 mm  
Optical zoom 25  
Maximum aperture F2.8 - F5.6  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus Yes  
Normal focus range 5 cm (1.97)  
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)  
Number of focus points 31  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 3.2  
Screen dots 1,620,000  
Touch screen Yes  
Screen type TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 6.80 m (with Auto ISO)  
External flash Yes  
Flash modes Auto, on, slow synchro, off  
Continuous drive 5.9 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 3  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)  
Format MPEG-4, H.264  
Videography notes Star time-lapse, miniature effect, short clip also available  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes  
Microphone port Yes  
Headphone port Yes  
Wireless Built-In  
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC  
Remote control Yes (wired or via smartphone)  
Environmentally sealed Yes  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description NB-10L lithium-ion battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 300  
Weight (inc. batteries) 733 g (1.62 lb / 25.86 oz)  
Dimensions 123 x 77 x 105 mm (4.84 x 3.03 x 4.13)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording Yes  
GPS None


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Canon PowerShot G3 X Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 4