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 number Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X has a minimum aperture number of 2.8, however the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 3.4 minimum aperture digital camera (0.6 larger).
Longer slowest 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 display diagonal 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.

13 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.
8 Reasons For
1% higher megapixel 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 megapixels 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 number 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 (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is 1,200mm maximum focal length, but the Canon PowerShot G3 X is only a 600mm maximum focal length digital camera (600mm shorter).
GPS (satellite) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS has a GPS (satellite), whereas the Canon PowerShot G3 X does not. Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

Cheaper by £254
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS costs £254 less than the Canon PowerShot G3 X.
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

9 Reasons Against
1% lower megapixel 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 megapixels 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 number 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 (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon PowerShot G3 X is only 600mm maximum focal length, but the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 1,200mm maximum focal length digital camera (600mm longer).
Does not have a GPS (satellite) Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X does not have a GPS (satellite), however the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS has a GPS (satellite). Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

More expensive by £254
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is £254 more expensive than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS.
Older by seven months
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is seven months older than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS.
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 number Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS has a minimum aperture number of 3.4, however the Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (0.6 smaller).
Shorter slowest 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 display diagonal 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.

Less retailers
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is only stocked by 1 store, whereas the Canon PowerShot G3 X is stocked by 14 shops. 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.

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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Average User Rating

Date Released

20 months Ago 13 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
20.2MP 20.3MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPEG XR
BEST
 RAW
 JPEG XR
Total Megapixels
20.9MP 21.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1
BEST

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
25x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
5.6 6.5
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
2.8
BEST
3.4
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
600mm 1,200mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm 24mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
8.8 - 220 4.3 - 215
Extra/Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 100x
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Unknown - Click to provide data 13/10
Combined Zoom
100x Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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 (AF) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Manual
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
ISO Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3,200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Unknown - Click to provide data 80
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s
BEST
15s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Forced off
 Manual
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Forced off
 Manual
 Slow synchronization
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1s
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Range (tele)
0.85 - 3.1 1.3 - 3
Flash Recharging Time
10s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (wide)
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
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
59.94fps 59.94fps
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
BEST
Video Resolutions
 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

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

Display

Display Diagonal
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%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
BEST
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
20,30 2,10
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 10x
Orientation Sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Orientation sensor
Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
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 Modes
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

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

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NB-6LH
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Unknown - Click to provide data 205 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 10 - 90
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
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