Canon PowerShot G3 X vs Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

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Canon PowerShot G3 X
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
22% smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X has a minimum aperture of 2.8, however the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 3.4 minimum aperture digital camera (0.6 larger).
Longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Canon PowerShot G3 X is 30s maximum shutter speed. That's 15s longer than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (15s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Larger screen size Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 3.2" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" larger than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Shorter Edit
Canon PowerShot G3 X is 76.5mm tall. That's 5.2mm shorter than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (81.7mm).
11 Reasons For
1% higher megapixel count Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 20.3MP digital camera. That's 0.1MP higher than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (20.3MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

1% more total megapixel count Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 21.1MP digital camera. That's 0.2MP more than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (21.1MP).
50% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 50x optical zoom digital camera. That's 25x bigger than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (50x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

0.9 smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 6.5 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 0.9 smaller than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (6.5).
A lot longer maximum focal length Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS has a maximum focal length of 1,200mm, but the Canon PowerShot G3 X is only a 600mm maximum focal length digital camera (600mm shorter).
13.4mm thinner Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 91.9mm deep digital camera. That's 13.4mm thinner than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (91.9mm).
3% narrower Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 120mm wide digital camera. That's 3.3mm narrower than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (120mm).
Cheaper by £318
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS costs £318 less than the Canon PowerShot G3 X.
8 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Better selling
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS ranks No. 10380 by number of sales, however the Canon PowerShot G3 X ranks No. 26660.
Much better user reviews
Based on 2 reviews, the average user review score of the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is 100%, however the average rating of the Canon PowerShot G3 X is 90% (based on 30 reviews).

Reasons Against

12 Reasons Against
1% lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 20.2MP digital camera. That's 0.1MP lower than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (20.3MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

1% less total megapixel count Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 20.9MP digital camera. That's 0.2MP less than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (21.1MP).
25x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 25x optical zoom digital camera. That's 25x smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (50x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

0.9 bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 5.6 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 0.9 bigger than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (6.5).
Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X has a maximum focal length of 600mm, but the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 1,200mm maximum focal length digital camera (600mm longer).
13.4mm thicker Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 105.3mm deep digital camera. That's 13.4mm thicker than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (91.9mm).
3% wider Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 123.3mm wide digital camera. That's 3.3mm wider than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (120mm).
More expensive by £318
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is £318 more expensive than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS.
Less retailers
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is only stocked by 18 shops, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is stocked by 26 retailers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Older by seven months
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is seven months older than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS.
Less popular
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 26660 by number of sales in our digital cameras, however the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS ranks No. 10380.
User review Rating is much Worse
The Canon PowerShot G3 X's average user score is 90%, however the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS's is 100% (based on 2 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
18% larger minimum aperture Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS has a minimum aperture of 3.4, however the Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (0.6 smaller).
Shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is only 15s maximum shutter speed. That's 15s shorter than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (15s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Smaller screen size Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 3" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" smaller than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Taller Edit
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is 81.7mm tall. That's 5.2mm taller than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (81.7mm).

Awards

8 Awards
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
dkamera.de: Recommended
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
focus-numerique.fr: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel Count
20.2MP 20.3MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3080
 3648 x 3648
 4320 x 2880
 4320 x 2432
 2304 x 1536
 2048 x 1536
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 720 x 480
 640 x 480
 480 x 480
 5184 x 3456
 5184 x 2912
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2432
 2736 x 2736
 3648 x 2048
 2592 x 1944
 640 x 424
 640 x 360
BEST
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3080
 3648 x 3648
 4320 x 2880
 4320 x 2432
 2304 x 1536
 2048 x 1536
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 720 x 480
 640 x 480
 480 x 480
 5184 x 3456
 5184 x 2912
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2432
 2736 x 2736
 3648 x 2048
 2592 x 1944
 640 x 424
 640 x 360
Maximum Image Resolution
 5184 x 3888
 5184 x 3888
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPEG XR
BEST
 RAW
 JPEG XR
Total Megapixel Count
20.9MP 21.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1
BEST

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
25x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x 4x
Maximum Aperture
5.6 6.5
BEST
Minimum Aperture
2.8
BEST
3.4
Maximum Focal Length
600mm 1,200mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length
24mm 24mm
Focal Length Range
8.8 - 220 4.3 - 215
Extra / Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 100x
Lens Structure
Unknown - Click to provide data 13/10
Combined Zoom
100x Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 continuous
 servo
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 AI
 Face detection
 AI Focus
 continuous
 servo
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 AI
 Face detection
 AI Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus assist beam
Focus Points Selection
 Manual
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
ISO Speed
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 25
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 3,200
Minimum ISO Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 80
Auto Exposure Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s
BEST
15s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Forced off
 Auto
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Forced off
 Auto
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1s
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Tele Flash Range
0.85 - 3.1 1.3 - 3
Flash Recharging Time
10s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range
0.6 - 6.8 0.5 - 5.5
Flash Exposure Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure lock
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
59.94fps 59.94fps
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
BEST
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

Display

Screen Size
3.2"
BEST
3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST
Headphone Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone out port
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
Self-Timer
20,30 2,10
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 10x
Orientation Sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Orientation sensor
Tripod Mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mount
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Direct Printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Direct printing
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Scene Mode
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
Display Language
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
690g Unknown - Click to provide data
Height
76.5mm
BEST
81.7mm
Depth
105.3mm 91.9mm
BEST
Width
123.3mm 120mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
733g 442g
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data NB-6LH
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 205 shots

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 90 10 - 90
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication
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