CANON POWERSHOT G3 X
The PowerShot G3 X is the latest in the line of Canon’s bridge camera series, offering a larger sensor in a compact body. Like Panasonic’s FZ300, it also carries a more ‘modest’ zoom range of 24-600mm (35mm equivalent) compared to the incredible reach of the COOLPIX P900, but does so in a much slimmer body.
The one thing it lacks compared to the other two is a built-in viewfinder – Canon offers you an additional purchase of a hotshoe EVF instead. The rear LCD is also slightly less versatile than the other two, with tilt but not swing capabilities. However, it does compensate by adding the element of touch and being able to flip up to what’s commonly referred to as ‘selfie’ mode. Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t function any differently this way, so you’ll have to rely on touch shutter to take the picture.
The body itself is made to be weather-resistant, and feels solid in the hands, while not being too bulky. The handgrip is just about deep enough to allow for a proper hold of the camera, and the lens doesn’t extend out too far in operation, allowing you to maintain stability even at the zoom’s extents.
One thing we wish could have been better implemented though; is the continuous ring that’s found around the lens. At the moment, it appears the continuous ring can only be used to adjust one function based on the mode you’re in, which means in Program mode, you can only use it to adjust your ISO setting or for manual focusing, which seems a real waste when it could easily be used to adjust other settings, or as a zoom ring for the camera. That would definitely speed things up for stills photography, and add more options to the user.
You can manually adjust the angle of the pop-up flash.