Canon G3 X
- 20MP - 1" Sensor
- 3.2" Tilting Display
- ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 24-600mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
- 733g - 123 x 77 x 105mm
- Announced June 2015
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon G3 X summary
Canon G3 X is Canon's Large Sensor Superzoom camera initially announced on June of 2015. It includes a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1" size sensor with a full resolution of 5472 x 3648.
The G3 X is rated #7 out of 9 in Large Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #281 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please try out our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your customized factors.
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Canon G3 X Gallery
You can look at the G3 X from several angles in the gallery below.
Canon G3 X Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon G3 X based on things that are usually regarded as crucial in a camera.
Canon G3 X Sensor specs
The Canon G3 X is powered by the DIGIC 6 processor. The sensor measurement on the Canon G3 X is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor is able to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20MP and features a native ISO range of 125 to 12800. The ISO can be expanded digitally to a maximum of 25600. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below displays the G3 X's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The G3 X sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is showcased in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Canon G3 X dimensions
Canon G3 X weighs around 1.62 pounds (733 grams or 25.86 oz) & the dimensions of the camera is 123mm x 77mm x 105mm (4.8" x 3.0" x 4.1"). The weight of average Large Sensor Superzoom camera is 874 grams and the Canon G3 X is less heavy as compared to various competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The following is a pic of the Canon G3 X with a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view below will show the button arrangement on the G3 X.
Canon G3 X Lens details
The G3 X comes with a built-in lens offering a focal range of 24-600mm making it a 25.0 x zoom which is amazing and can allow you to zoom right in.
At it's widest 24mm, it has an aperture of f2.8 and that is kind of sluggish and not good for low light circumstances and you will find it hard to get good bokeh. You will likely also need to boost your ISO which causes noisy files. At the long end, 600mm is terrific zoom and comes with f5.6 which is very slow and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Canon G3 X Connectivity
The G3 X has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and sometimes alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Many apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Canon G3 X Video details
The highest possible video resolution on the Canon G3 X is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance between quality vs file size but 1080p isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The camera does include both headphone and microphone port making it pretty useful whilst recording sound.
Canon G3 X Weather Sealing
Canon G3 X provides environment proofing which makes it a great pick for use during tough environments. This can be particularly beneficial in case you are uncertain about the elements you may encounter during outdoor photography.
Canon G3 X Display and Viewfinder
The Canon G3 X includes a 3.2" tilting display having a resolution of 1,620k dots.
The display is selfie friendly for self portraits as well as group photos if needed. Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you are able to adjust focus point plus adjust settings with your finger.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The View Finder specifications for Canon G3 X are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
For bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are very useful.
Canon G3 X Shutter details
Canon G3 X continuous shooting speed is 5.9 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Canon G3 X Flash and Hot shoe details
Canon G3 X has both inbuilt flash along with external flash support.
Canon G3 X Autofocusing details
Canon G3 X has only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and exact as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect which is handy for taking photos of people.
The AF system includes 31 focus points to pick from. Canon G3 X has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to adjust focus. It also comes with Tracking AF for moving subjects. Canon G3 X can use manual focusing in case it is required during low light occasions or you require more exact focusing control.
Canon G3 X Battery life
The battery life (NB-10L) in the Canon G3 X is made to last for 300 photographs with respect to the CIPA standards making it less in comparison with it's competitors. The average Large Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 373. Sony RX10 III has got the best (420) battery life within this category of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Large Sensor Superzoom cameras having the best battery life:
G3 X vs RX10 III420 yesyesno
G3 X vs RX10420 yesyesno
G3 X vs RX10 IV400 yesyesyes
G3 X vs RX10 II400 yesyesno
G3 X vs FZ1000360 yesyesno
Canon G3 X for varying types of photography
The following bar chart provides a summary of the Canon G3 X for varying types of photography. To understand more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Canon G3 X Portrait photography features
The Canon G3 X gets a rating of 71 which is above average, meaning that it is a respectable choice to use for portraits. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files in addition to the flexibility to work with external flash.
Canon G3 X Street photography features
Having a above average points tally of 73, the Canon G3 X is a very decent pick for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Canon G3 X Sports photography advice
A reasonable sports photography rating of 59 means the Canon G3 X is relatively appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera needs fantastic tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Canon G3 X
Size is super important in buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon G3 X gets a nice 65 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent pick to buy for your journeys.
Canon G3 X Landscape photography details
If you find yourself looking to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon G3 X and it's above average rating of 63 for a landscape camera is a good choice among it's competition.
Canon G3 X Vlogging information
A vlogging camera ought to have a moving screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Canon G3 X is a fine pick for vlogging as it receives a nice rating of 69.
Canon G3 X Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the G3 X, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall into the category of Large Sensor Superzoom.
The chart followed below shows you a bird's eye view of the G3 X compared to it's highest rated competitors mentioned earlier.
There are more cameras you may consider as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.