Canon PowerShot G3 X Digital Camera Reviews

Canon launches PowerShot G3 X, a bridge expert against the current market and its direct competitors and the RX10 II FZ1000.


Canon introduced last week a new compact camera for photographers informed, the PowerShot G3 X. It complements the G1 X and G7 X , and competition from bridges such as the Sony RX10 II or the Panasonic FZ1000 .

Canon G3 X is inserted as the name suggests between his two seniors. It has a sensor size 1 inch 20 million pixel, like the compact pocket G7 X, but it is more powerful, especially in terms of zoom, without adopting the sensor format 1.5 inch G1 X.

A record zoom and video with good sound
Like BenQ camera profiled by A2zcamerablog, the distinctive point of the G3 X is undeniably 25x zoom equivalent to a 24-600 mm f / 2.8 to 5.6, even more powerful than the FZ1000 (16x 25-400 mm f / 2,8 4) than the RX10 series (8x 24-200 mm f / 2.8). It enjoys strong fortunately stabilization on two axes, boasting a gain of 3.5 IL, but it will still good lighting conditions (daylight) to succeed a photo to 600mm f / 5.6, or accept the presence of digital noise that accompanies the rise in high sensitivities. It has to reverse a neutral density (ND) filter, which enables a more open when there is a lot of light (maximum shutter speed of only 1/2000 s) to loosen the subject of the background, and a nine-blade diaphragm, for a softer background blur.

The unit also put on video. If he ignores the Ultra HD, it actually has a microphone input, a headphone jack, the sound of manual adjustment of focus peaking or a double thread to the sole of a video tripod. Quite the opposite of his rivals and FZ1000 RX10 II.

Also an expert as another
The G3 X is also an expert camera as another. CMOS sensor 20 million pixels at 3: 2 is retro-exposed and reaches 12,800 ISO natively without the possibility of extension, however. He photographs in RAW format, and films to MP4 with H.264 video and AAC sound in 1080p at 24, 25, 30, 50 or 60 frames / s.

Ergonomically, it has an exposure mode selection barrel, an exposure compensation barrel, wheel encircling the directional pad, lever encircling the shutter release for motorized zoom , a ring focus assignable and even an additional contextual adjustment knob at the index. The screen, capacitive touchscreen of 3.2 inches and 900 x 600 pixels (1.62 million dots) can turn 180 ° up but also to 45 ° down. Unlike rivals bridges, it incorporates no viewfinder, but it has a claw that can accommodate a flash or an optional electronic viewfinder EVF-DC1.

Finally found the 802.11n Wi-Fi and NFC for remote control and transfer from a smartphone or tablet Android or iOS.

The Canon PowerShot G3 X will be available in mid-July in France for the tidy sum of 900 euros. The electronic viewfinder being charged 250 euros extra.