Canon Pow­er­Shot G3 X

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There’s no deny­ing the ap­peal of compact cam­eras with high-pow­ered zoom lenses. For one, they let you frame your sub­ject eas­ily, even if you’re on the op­po­site side of a four-lane high­way. While it’s highly un­likely to find an in­ter­est­ing sub­ject on a high­way, and not to men­tion how dan­ger­ous it is, the point is that compact zooms give you more fram­ing op­tions with­out the need to change lenses. One of the lat­est compact zooms on the mar­ket to­day is the Canon Pow­er­Shot G3 X.

The G3 X is equipped with a 20.2MP, 1.0-inch sen­sor and a lens sys­tem that has a 35mm equiv­a­lent fo­cal range of 24 to 600 mm. While this isn’t as pow­er­ful as Nikon’s P900 (which has a fo­cal range of 24 to 2,000 mm), the range pro­vided is still re­mark­able. Due to the na­ture of zoom lenses, the widest aper­ture ranges from f/2.8 to f/5.6.

Other no­table fea­tures in­clude a vari-an­gle LCD screen that can be tilted up 180 de­grees (for self­ies) and 45 de­grees down­wards. Need­less to say, this fea­ture also makes it eas­ier to add a lit­tle more cre­ativ­ity to your com­po­si­tion. Speak­ing of cre­ativ­ity, the G3 X comes with a host of au­to­mated modes and cre­ative fil­ters. Th­ese in­clude HDR mode, Star, and a Wink self-timer, among oth­ers. Th­ese modes make it eas­ier to grab great shots, es­pe­cially if you’re un­sure of the ex­po­sure set­tings. Of course, this cam­era also has NFC and Wi-Fi ca­pa­bil­i­ties for re­mote shoot­ing and quick shar­ing.

When it comes to im­age qual­ity, the G3 X is ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing a re­spectable amount of de­tails, thanks to its high MP count. How­ever, due to its 1.0-inch sen­sor, it’s best not to push ISO set­tings above ISO 1,250. If you ab­so­lutely have to, the max­i­mum is ISO 2,000, and that’s only for on­line use.

As for the shoot­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the cam­era is com­fort­able to grip and isn’t that heavy, so car­ry­ing it around isn’t a chore. It is rather bulky though, but this is un­der­stand­able be­cause of the large fo­cal range of its lens. In terms of re­spon­sive­ness though, the cam­era lags slightly, es­pe­cially when at­tempt­ing to change the ex­po­sure set­tings.

Over­all, the Canon Pow­er­Shot G3 X is a cam­era that’s equipped with a pow­er­ful zoom lens sys­tem. It gives you plenty of fram­ing op­tions, and has plenty of au­to­mated modes that make it easy to cap­ture great pho­tos. It’s great for the av­er­age user, but for en­thu­si­asts, there are bet­ter op­tions out there.


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