Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this overview, we are going to take a look at two different camera models that fall into different categories: the first model we are about to review, Canon EOS M6 is a camera from Semi-Pro Mirrorless category. It features CMOS sensor with a resolution of 24.0 MP. The second model we are looking at, Canon PowerShot G3 X, falls into a Large Sensor Superzoom category and it is equipped with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 20.0 MP.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from MirrorLess category create serious competition to models that fall into SuperZoom category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Canon EOS M6 and Canon PowerShot G3 X.
Canon EOS M6 Key Features:
Canon PowerShot G3 X Key Features:
Being a newer model, Canon EOS M6 substituted Canon M3.
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 20.0 MP||16.7% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||332.27 mm2 vs 116.16 mm2||65% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||9 fps vs 5.9 fps||3.1 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||49 vs 31||18 more focus points|
|Weight||390 g vs 733 g||343 g lighter|
|Dxo Color Depth||23.4 vs 21.4||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||12.6 vs 12.3||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1317 vs 521||Better High ISO performance|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||6.8 vs 5||1.8 better flash range|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||1,620k dots vs 1,040k dots||35.8% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||300 shots vs 295 shots||5 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3.2″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots | 1,620k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (optional) | Electronic (optional)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon EOS M6 and Canon PowerShot G3 X from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Canon EOS M6 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 343g less than the Canon PowerShot G3 X. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon EOS M6 and Canon PowerShot G3 X any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon EOS M6 features a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor . Canon PowerShot G3 X, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP 1" sized BSI-CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon EOS M6 and Canon PowerShot G3 X by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Canon EOS M6 has a sensor area 0.3x bigger compared to Canon PowerShot G3 X. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon EOS M6 and Canon PowerShot G3 X in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon EOS M6||Canon PowerShot G3 X|
No Significant Advantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon EOS M6 or Canon PowerShot G3 X, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon EOS M6 and Canon PowerShot G3 X here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon EOS M6 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon PowerShot G3 X. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon EOS M6||Canon PowerShot G3 X|
|Model||EOS M6||PowerShot G3 X|
|Announced||Feb 15, 2017||Jun 18, 2015|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Sensor Dimensions||22.3 x 14.9 mm||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||332.27 mm2||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6000 x 4000||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||100||125|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF-M||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||16||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.6x||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||31|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||1,620k dots|
|ViewFinder||Electronic (optional)||Electronic (optional)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps||5.9 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, slow synchro|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||78||63|
|DxO Color Depth||23.4||21.4|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.6||12.3|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1317||521|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC||1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||390 g||733 g|
|Physical Dimensions||112 x 68 x 45 mm||123 x 77 x 105 mm|
|Battery Life||295 shots||300 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)|