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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.

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