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Canon PowerShot G3 X Digital Camera

£499.97
Compact Camera 20.2MP 25x Jun 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Eleven industry awards
Does not have a good battery life
Unacceptable noise level
129 Reviews + 10 Awards
Camera Labs Recommended Digital Versus 5 Star PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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The Absence of an Eye Level Viewfinder At This Price is Puzzling

Five people who purchased the Canon PowerShot G3 X agreed that it was good value for money. Dpexpert.com.au mentioned two years ago “The absence of an eye level viewfinder at this price is puzzling” in their review of this digital camera. In the same month Reviewed.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Canon G3 X is a camera that puts the bargain point and shoot crowd to shame” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Woodio said in their review of this digital camera “The brown cover seems cheap” but even so they only gave the product a score of 3 stars out of 5.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was expensive. Expert website Dpexpert.com.au wrote “It is too expensive for the casual user”. Two years ago Biff said on Amazon “It starts to get a little expensive when you add in the optional viewfinder, which in my case I felt it was essential to have”. Geno scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I looked at the bridge camera's finding the Pana FZ1000 too big and the Sony RX10II too expensive for such a short reach”.

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Reviews

Eleven Industry Awards

Camera experts love this compact camera and have given it eleven awards.

The experts at five expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this Canon digital camera. PhotographyBlog.com, Camera Labs, Dkamera.de and Focus-numerique.fr all gave this camera a "Recommended" award and it received a "Recommended Product" award from Digitaltrends.com.

The writers at two additional expert review sites both wrote that this digital camera was very good. This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from both Ephotozine and Gadgetspeak.com.

The authors at review websites Photoreview.com.au and Reviewed.com both wrote that this Canon camera was fantastic and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Stuff.tv/my/ gave this digital camera "" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on twenty-eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and Photo Answers.co.uk the average expert rating of this camera is 81 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, PowerShot G3 X owners rated this digital camera 90 out of 100. 37 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 98% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Excellent Brand

Based on 34,085 owner and expert reviews (including 390 verified purchases), Canon has excellent reviews for its digital cameras. Canon also has excellent reviews specifically for its compact cameras. 96% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The PowerShot G3 X supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The PowerShot G3 X does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Smart TV

Not Good in Terms of Connectivity

One customer thought the product was not good in terms of connectivity. Amazon.co.uk said “Wifi Connectivity” in their review of this digital camera.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was noisy. Biff mentioned “Perfectly usable for most users altougth at the higher end there is some noticeable noise” but even so they still gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.


Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Three people who bought the product thought it did not have a good battery life. Amazon.co.uk scored it 20 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot G3 X “Short Battery Life”. Ken said on Bhphotovideo.com “I will say this, from a dead battery it takes about 2 hrs” however he gave this digital camera a score of a maximum of 5 stars.


Light Exposure

Supports Eighteen ISO Sensitivities

The Canon PowerShot G3 X has a greater number of ISO speeds than most compact cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports a 320 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "125", "160", "200", "250", "400", "500", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2250", "3200", "4000", "5000" and "6400" are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The PowerShot G3 X has a quite big optical zoom (25 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera. The average optical zoom of compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera is 9.3x.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this spec and age is 260mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 75mm to 750mm. At 600 millimeters, the PowerShot G3 X has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released one year ago.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera is 26mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot G3 X has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Canon PowerShot G3 X has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

Other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include the Panasonic DMC-LX100 (£497.00) which is cheaper.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Nine customers said that it had good features. Paul said on Bhphotovideo.com “I have been waiting for a pocket camera that has similar features to my Professional Canon cameras that capture Raw, quick easy f stop changes”. Martin R said on Bhphotovideo.com “Features such as quick”. Two years ago W.t. wrote “It has so many features packed in to a fairly small package” in their review of this digital camera.


Weight & Dimensions

Weathersealed Body

Twenty-nine people said in their reviews that the product was compact. Two years ago Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot G3 X on Digital Versus “The G3 X has a few handling faults that need to be addressed if it's to become a truly flawless expert compact”. Also two years ago Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a new premium superzoom compact camera with a large CMOS image sensor” and scored it 80 out of 100. In the same month Techradar.com mentioned “Canon's Powershot G-series cameras are aimed at enthusiast photographers who want a compact camera with the type of control that they expect from an SLR in a smaller unit” in their review of this digital camera.

Ten customers who reviewed it concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Digitalversus.com said “If you thought the G1 X Mark II was bulky”. Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Ephotozine “The Canon Powershot G3 X offers a large 1inch sensor and the longest optical zoom available with this size sensor, which makes the camera quite chunky.”. Two years ago expert website Hardwarezone.com.sg said “The G3 X is Canon's latest powerful, chunky G-series camera since the PowerShot G1 X Mark II was released in early 2014” in their review of this digital camera.

Five customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was a good body shape. Ephotozine said “Weathersealed body” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Nice Body Color” although they rated it 1 stars out of 5.

Three owners reckoned that it was easy to carry around. Paps gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The light weight makes it harder to steady, though easy to carry all day” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Lynie said “Size of the camera is small & easy to carry”. In the same month Wdphotosla said “Easy to carry to places like the horse race track”.

One person considered that this digital camera was lightweight. In April last year Pinecone gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and said “My lightweight alternative was a small-sensor superzoom”.

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Heavy

The Canon PowerShot G3 X is one of the heavier cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera (690 grams) amongst compact cameras of this age. The lightest compact camera that has been available for more than a year is 180g and the heaviest is 1.1kg.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic DMC-LX100 (£497.00) (351g) which is also cheaper.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot G3 X has an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including a cheaper camera such as the Lumix DMC-TZ100 (£498.99), or the DMC-LX100 (£497.00) both from Panasonic or you might consider a higher rated camera such as the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II (£549.99).

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The Canon PowerShot G3 X has one of the larger display diagonals (3.2 inches) amongst compact cameras of this age. The average display diagonal of similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago is 3".

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The PowerShot G3 X has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The PowerShot G3 X supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras that were released more than a year ago also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Canon PowerShot G3 X supports Full HD video, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 (£498.99), or the Fujifilm X70 (£498.00) which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II (£549.99) which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Good Flash

Four customers concluded that this digital camera had a good flash. Lindas wrote “I am concerned about losing them! That said, if you use the viewfinder, you cannot use the built-in flash”. Fotomanva wrote “Battery life is good for about 200 images without using the flash so my best advice is to buy an extra battery” in their review of the Canon PowerShot G3 X.

Highquality 60p Movies

Nine customers who bought this digital camera concluded that it was good for video recording. Digitaltrends.com said two years ago “Highquality 60p movies”. Digital Versus said in their review of the Canon PowerShot G3 X “Great video picture quality”. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Other than the requirement for an add-on EVF, there's little to complain about; image quality is excellent and movie footage shouldn't disappoint purchasers” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5.

Long Zoom Range

Thirty-seven people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good zoom. Two years ago Dpexpert.com.au mentioned “Obviously the best pictures are taken when the zoom is set in its middle range.” in their review of this digital camera. Techradar wrote “600mm equivalent zoom range, inch type sensor, axis image stabilization” . Stuff.tv mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Versatile zoom lens”.

Fourteen customers who purchased the product considered that it had a good lens. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “Huge lens range covers almost any subject” . Dpexpert.com.au wrote two years ago “The lens is effectively image stabilised” in their review of this digital camera. Smitty said on Bhphotovideo.com “Lens is great, really reaches out”.

Five owners who reviewed the product thought it had a good autofocus. Digital Versus mentioned “Focus peaking available in video mode” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Fastaccurate auto-focus”. Rts wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Fast focus, takes great shots, works well in all kinds of light, light weight, offers a great variety of options” in their review of this digital camera.

Four people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good image stabiliser. Techradar.com/au/ said two years ago “5axis image stabilization” in their review of this digital camera. Dale said on Bhphotovideo.com “The G3x's image stabilization is perfect” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Tilting Display

Nine owners who reviewed the product considered that it had a good viewfinder. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au mentioned “We concluded our reviews of the PowerShot G1X Mark II and G7X by stating The lack of a built-in viewfinder is always a deal-breaker for us”. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “The lack of a built-in viewfinder makes using that long le” . Mstrait13 said “PS I added the electronic viewfinder to the G1X Made my day best accessory money an buy”.

Seven customers concluded that it had a good screen. Ephotozine mentioned in their review of this digital camera “High resolution 3.2inch tilting touch screen” . Pc Mag wrote in their Canon PowerShot G3 X review on PC Mag “Tilting touch-screen display”. Yugatech.com said in their review of this digital camera “Tilting display”.

Four customers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had an electronic viewfinder. Dpexpert.com.au wrote “The theoretically optional EVF is, in fact, essential”. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Hot shoe supports add-on EVF and Canon Speedlites” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “It really needs a built-in EVF”.

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Sharp Images

Fifty-two customers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Ephotozine said in their review of the Canon PowerShot G3 X “7fps continuous shooting (JPEG images”. Amateurphotographer.co.uk gave it a rating of 70 out of 100 and said “Good image quality from 1in sensor”. Two years ago Stuff.tv gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Sharp images” in their review of this digital camera.

Nine owners who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine gave this digital camera a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Longest optical zoom lens with a 1inch sensor”. Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “1inch type sensor”. Expert review site Ephotozine.com gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Features a 20 megapixel 1inch BSI CMOS sensor, with an impressive 25x optical zoom lens, 5-axis image stabilisation” in their review of this digital camera.

Six owners considered that it had a good picture resolution. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Adjustable touchscreen with great resolution”. Paps mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The main reason to purchase this camera is for the high resolution on the zoom;”. Two years ago Richz5 said on Bhphotovideo.com “I almost always use the viewfinder when shooting so I would highly recommend it”.

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good in low light. Yugatech.com mentioned last year “Decent low light shots” in their review of this digital camera. Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera also last year “Good in Low Light” yet they only gave it a rating of 20 out of 100. Macguru said “Response time to shutter is excellent and low light capabilities are exceptional”.

One person mentioned that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Neocamera.com said “Impressive retention of details until ISO 800” in their review of this digital camera. One owner mentioned that it was good in terms of colour rendition. Two years ago Jmlesko wrote on Bestbuy.com “The file is super with color rendition and ease of use”.

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Support

Good Support

Three people mentioned in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “An f/2.8-5.6, 25x lens with 9-blade aperture, full manual”. Betsy B wrote last year “#1 image quality (of course), RAW capture, image stabilization, full manual, flash, Wifi, small, decent battery life, at least some zoom capability”. Ctablancos wrote in their review of this digital camera in the same month “All the manual features I enjoy, together with a powerful zoom in a compact package” .


Design

Nice Design

Seven customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Digitalversus.com mentioned two years ago “Nevertheless, Canon has pulled off a pretty impressive feat in equipping the G3 X with such a great technical featu”. In the same month Woodio said “It has nice styling” in their review of this digital camera. Babs mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com also two years ago “The noise handling is pretty good up to 400-500 ISP” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot G3 X was smooth. Two years ago Alex wrote in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Camera does smooth transition from outdoors to dimly lit indoor spaces”. Ajk mentioned “The power zoom is smooth and easy to control”.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it was well designed. Haz mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Some strong reservtaions design wise”. Joe scored it 80 out of 100 and he mentioned “It's easy to use and very well designed”.

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Customizable Settings Wheels

Nineteen customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use. Lisathebirder scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The camera is easy to use and takes phenomenal photos”. Wdphotosla mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot G3 X two years ago “Take great photos and easy to use” . Pinecone said in their review of this digital camera “The manual-focus button handy on the barrel” .

Four owners who bought this digital camera said that it was easy to use the menus. Digital Versus wrote “Customizable settings wheels” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “Intuitive Menus”. Chuck gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and he said two years ago “Good sensor, lcd and menu providing excellent results” in his review of this digital camera.

Two customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “It is not possible to hold a camera at arm's length”. Last year Pinecone mentioned “Very comfortable to operate”.

Two owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to handle. Digital Versus wrote “Simple interface and pleasant handling” in their review of this digital camera. One owner concluded that the product had a good interface. Amateurphotographer.co.uk rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Excellent touchscreen interface”.

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High Build Quality

Thirteen owners who purchased it wrote that it was well made. Ephotozine said “Built in WiFi and NFC” in their review of this digital camera. Stuff.tv wrote “Sturdy, weatherproof build” in their review of this digital camera and gave the Canon PowerShot G3 X a score of 4 stars out of 5. Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com “Solid constru” in their review of this digital camera.

Four owners said in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Neocamera.com wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Mostly sturdy and weatherproof body”. Yugatech.com said “Compact, robust form factor”. Biff gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on Amazon “It feels and looks robust”.

One customer reckoned that the product was reliable. Neocamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Reliable and consistent metering”. One person who purchased the product concluded that it was sealed. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Sealed against dust and moisture”.

One owner who bought the product concluded that it was easy to damage or scratch. Fotomanva said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “The camera shows no sign of damage and all works well”.

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High Build Quality

Thirty people said in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Image quality, especially in RAW, is good”. Dpexpert.com.au also mentioned “With care the quality at 600mm is better than acceptable” in their review. Ephotozine mentioned in the same month “High build quality”.


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Released Over a Year Ago

It was April 2017 when this compact camera was released.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon powershotg3x, canon 0106c001kit, canon 0106c001evf, canon 0106c001iv
Barcodes 00013803254754, 00635492500709, 00840014161591, 04549292034615

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