Canon PowerShot G3 X Review

Overall 45
Imaging 19
Features 69
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP 1" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expands to 25600)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3.2″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.9 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 123 x 77 x 105 mm
  • Weight: 733 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Canon PowerShot G3 X Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot G3 X that Canon has first introduced to the public in Jun 18, 2015. This model is a Large Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Large Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #14 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #339 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot G3 X Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot G3 X review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 31
  • Viewfinder: Electronic (optional)
  • Continuous Shooting: 5.9 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes

CONs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 521
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot G3 X With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot G3 X. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X has the following external dimensions 123 x 123 x 105 mm (48.43 x 30.31 x 41.34″) with the weight of 733 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 882g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Canon PowerShot G3 X, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot G3 X is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 105mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot G3 X with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot G3 X is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot G3 X compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon PowerShot G3 X — 300 shots
Min: 300 shots
Average: 375 shots
Max: 420 shots

Thickness

Canon PowerShot G3 X — 105 mm
Min: 102 mm
Average: 122 mm
Max: 145 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot G3 X — 733 g
Min: 733 g
Average: 882 g
Max: 1095 g

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot G3 X comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot G3 X comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon PowerShot G3 X Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot G3 X boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot G3 X has the following ISO range 125 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 25600.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon PowerShot G3 X features a 20.0 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon PowerShot G3 X, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 63 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon PowerShot G3 X’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot G3 X is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot G3 X with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot G3 X

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot G3 X is equipped with a Tilting 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,620k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic (optional) ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot G3 X are its 5.9 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

PowerShot G3 X features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, PowerShot G3 X has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot G3 X, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot G3 X allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Canon PowerShot G3 X provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Canon PowerShot G3 X is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Canon PowerShot G3 X a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Canon PowerShot G3 X is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, PowerShot G3 X is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect PowerShot G3 X with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon PowerShot G3 X provides a shooting life of 300, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 375 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon PowerShot G3 X is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Canon PowerShot G3 X for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot G3 X’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot G3 X’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot G3 X to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot G3 X for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G3 X performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G3 X can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot G3 X for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G3 X performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G3 X can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (123 x 77 x 105 mm)
  • Small 1"(13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot G3 X for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G3 X performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G3 X can be called a 89 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Big size (123 x 77 x 105 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.9 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (31)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (521)
  • Small battery life (300 shots)

Canon PowerShot G3 X for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G3 X performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G3 X can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (733 g)
  • Big size (123 x 77 x 105 mm)

Canon PowerShot G3 X for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G3 X performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G3 X can be called a 85 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (12.3)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (521)

Canon PowerShot G3 X Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot G3 X
Announced Jun 18, 2015
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 1,620k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.9 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6.8
Flash Modes Auto, slow synchro
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 63
DxO Color Depth 21.4
DxO Dynamic Range 12.3
DxO Low Light ISO 521
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1"
Sensor Dimensions 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Sensor Area 116.16 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 25,600
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 31
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 733 g
Physical Dimensions 123 x 77 x 105 mm
Battery Life 300 shots
Battery Type 300 shots
Battery Model NB-10L
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Storage Slots 1

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