Just Announced: Canon G3X

Just Announced: Canon G3X

A development announcement for this camera was given back in March, and today Canon unveiled the camera’s full specifications, pricing ($999) and shipping date (mid-July).  Essentially this is a very similar camera to the G7X, but with a 24-600mm f/2.8-5.6 zoom lens on it, and some minor handling and build changes, notably the addition of weather sealing. In fact, Canon say that the weather sealing is equivalent to that of an EOS 70D, which makes it their toughest point and shoot camera today.

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Specifications

  • One-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 24-600mm equivalent, f/2.8-5.6 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens
  • Improved Five-Axis Intelligent IS
  • Dust- and water-resistant
  • Multi-Angle, 3.2-inch 1.62-million dot capacitive touch panel LCD screen
  • 1080p Full HD video (24p, 30p, 60p), Live HDMI output
  • External stereo microphone and headphone jacks
  • EOS-inherited control layout
  • 31-point High Speed AF system
  • Wi-Fi and NFC enabled
  • Compatible with a variety of Canon EOS accessories

The question is, can you call this a point and shoot anymore?  I don’t really think you can.  It’s far from pocket sized, and seems to target the crossover superzoom sector much more accurately, with competitors like the recently announced Sony RX10 II. 

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The G3X features the same 20.2MP sensor from the G7X, and also the Sony RX100 MKIII.  Unfortunately, it seems Canon were not yet able to buy the new backlit sensor from the RX100 MKIV, for this camera.

It’s an interesting little camera, that seems to be somewhat let down by the lack of an internal EVF.  The external EVF from the G1X MKII does work with the G3X, but that is a couple of years old now, and EVF technology is advancing at a rapid pace.  That particular viewfinder wasn’t all that good when it was introduced, so it’s pretty jurassic in 2015.  I’m surprised they didn’t offer a new version for a camera they seem so proud of.

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At $999, it’s cheaper than the RX10 II ($1300), but the RX10 II does have an EVF, and also shoots 4K video.  The accessory EVF for the G3X will cost approximately $300, so it’s a pretty straight price fight if you definitely want to have some sort of viewfinder.  The Canon seems to be quite a bit less bulky, but the Sony trumps it on every feature, as far as I can see.  So the question will be… does size matter?  Do you need an EVF?  4K video?

The third horse in the race is the Panasonic FZ1000, cheaper than both of them and included 4k video, but quite bulky and definitely lacking excitement in terms of design. (Panasonic camera’s always bore me to tears, sorry!)

One thing I am very pleased to see, is the inclusion of a headphone jack and a microphone input.  This makes it an excellent little camera for multimedia shooting on the go.  Bloggers will find this an excellent package for that reason!

Where to buy

B&H Photo – $999

Press Release

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CANON’S NEW POWERSHOT G3 X DIGITAL CAMERA DELIVERS FEATURES PROS NEED AND THE CONVENIENCE ADVANCED SHOOTERS CRAVE

Newest Addition to G-Series Features a One-inch 20.2MP CMOS Sensor, a 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens, Dust- and Water-Resistant and Built-in Wi-Fi® with NFC 

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 18, 2015 — Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced an exciting addition to its G-series of premium compact digital cameras — the Canon PowerShot G3 X. Ideal for photographers looking for DSLR-style features and quality in a compact, dust- and water-resistant body, this camera’s large, one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor delivers optimal performance with an ISO range of 125 – 12,800. The sensor, along with a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon’s HS System to provide photographers with a high-performance point-and-shoot camera that captures vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.

“The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a truly superb digital camera, one that provides so many top-notch features to empower photographers of all skill levels to shoot and share stunning images and HD video with ease,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The compact size will make the PowerShot G3 X camera a pleasure to have on-hand for any occasion and the advanced features will help make sure the moment is captured beautifully.”

This long-zoom, premium compact camera allows users to get close to the action with its bright f/2.8-5.6, 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens (equivalent to 24-600mm). In addition, an improved Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system provides virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions.

The Canon PowerShot G3 X camera is the most rugged G-series model yet. The combination of enhanced body panel construction with rubber sealing helps ensure this dust-and-water resistant digital camera is ready to shoot action-packed adventures even in some of the most adverse conditions. It also features controls and menu operation inherited from the Canon EOS line of Digital SLR cameras, a first for the PowerShot G-Series. Useful controls include an Auto Exposure (AE) lock button, Auto Focus (AF) selection button and DRIVE/AF button.  For photography purists, the PowerShot G3 X camera fully supports both manual exposure control and the user’s choice of RAW, JPEG or RAW+JPEG recording formats. For quick camera setting, the PowerShot G3 X includes a programmable continuous ring on the lens, an exposure compensation dial and mode dial on top, and a rear control dial. Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1 featuring 2.36MP resolution and an adjustable viewing angle is also available as an optional accessory for the PowerShot G3 X to help users compose shots in bright, sunny conditions.

The PowerShot G3 X camera features a bright 3.2-inch Multi-Angle capacitive touch panel LCD screen with 1.62 million dot resolution, providing a sharp, clear, and vivid display. The adjustable screen enables shooting from a variety of angles with enhanced flexibility by tilting up to 180 degrees for capturing selfies and creative low-angle shots, as much as 45 degrees down for overhead shots.

The camera’s ability to record 1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) is enhanced through several new features including an external stereo microphone jack, a headphone jack for audio monitoring while recording, and manual control of exposure and audio levels. The camera also features live HDMI output while recording allowing for direct connection to external video recorders as well as convenient playback of recorded movies on an HDTV.

For those looking to shoot from the sidelines, the PowerShot G3 X features high-speed AF and 31 widely spread AF points to help capture fast-action shots with accuracy and ease. Paired with a continuous shooting speed of up to 5.9 frames-per-second (fps), the PowerShot G3 X gives photographers the capability to keep shooting in full resolution with no buffer lag or frame limit.i

The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi capabilities allow users to easily share images and videos via social media sharing sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube using Canon Image Gateway through a Wi-Fi access point or directly to compatible iOS1 and Android2 devices. The camera is also equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC™)2 , allowing for quick and simple pairing to compatible Android devices as well as full support for Canon’s soon-to-be-released Connect Station CS100 device. In addition, Canon’s free Camera Connect app 3, available for both iOS and Android devices, allows users to share images and remotely control the camera and capture images from one app.

The PowerShot G3 X camera also includes Canon’s Star Mode to capture breathtaking images and video of starry night skies with superb quality.  The “Star Trails” mode turns star movement into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time-Lapse Movie” mode makes beautiful video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background.

In order to enhance the shooting experience, the Canon PowerShot G3 X camera is compatible with a variety of optional accessories like the Canon Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1, the Canon EX-Series Speedlite system.

Pricing and Availability
The new Canon PowerShot G3 X premium compact camera is scheduled to be available in July 2015 for an estimated retail price of $999.99. For more information please visit:

http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/powershot_g3_x

Canon PowerShot G3 X Premium Compact Camera Specifications Summary:

  • One-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 24-600mm equivalent, f/2.8-5.6 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens
  • Improved Five-Axis Intelligent IS
  • Dust- and water-resistant
  • Multi-Angle, 3.2-inch 1.62-million dot capacitive touch panel LCD screen
  • 1080p Full HD video (24p, 30p, 60p), Live HDMI output
  • External stereo microphone and headphone jacks
  • EOS-inherited control layout
  • 31-point High Speed AF system
  • Wi-Fi and NFC enabled
  • Compatible with a variety of Canon EOS accessories

*Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

i The PowerShot G3 X will continually shoot at a rate of 5.9 fps with focus locked in JPEG mode to the capacity when using an SDHC/SDXC UHS-I card  based on Canon’s standard test method.
1 Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0/7.1/8.0/8.1, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4 and Android tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0. Data charges may apply.
2 Compatible with Android devices version 4.0 or later.
3 With the download and installation of the free Canon Camera Connect app

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