Canon’s latest enthusiast compact offers a compelling combination of a long zoom range and a relatively large 1in sensor. Andy Westlake tests it out

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Features:
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Pros:

  • - Huge lens range covers almost any subject
  • - Good image quality from 1in sensor
  • - Excellent touchscreen interface

Cons:

  • - No built-in viewfinder
  • - Awkward ergonomics
  • - Poor continuous shooting with raw enabled

Product:

Canon PowerShot G3 X review

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Price as reviewed:

£799.00

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Canon PowerShot G3 X review – Autofocus

The G3 X's AF system struggles with fast moving subjects, but gets a few shots in focus

The G3 X’s AF system struggles with fast moving subjects, but gets a few shots in focus

In good light, the G3 X focuses quickly, decisively and accurately, just as we’d expect to see from a modern contrast-detection system. As light levels fall, though, the autofocus becomes progressively slower, especially at longer focal lengths with their slow maximum apertures, taking up to a second to acquire focus in just moderately low light. This means that the G3 X isn’t necessarily a great choice for shooting indoors in poorly lit interiors.

Continuous focusing isn’t particularly great, either. With no phase-detection elements to help it out, the G3 X is no match for either DSLRs or recent CSCs. This negates some – although not all – of the advantage of having such a long lens in a relatively small package. For example, shooting at an airshow I got relatively few shots in really sharp focus. Of course, you can always revert to manual focus in some situations, aided by a peaking display and magnified view. But again, the slow maximum aperture of the lens means that the live-view feed gets rather noisy in only moderately low light.

  1. 1. Canon PowerShot G3 X review - Introduction
  2. 2. Canon PowerShot G3 X - Features
  3. 3. Canon PowerShot G3 X review - Screen and viewfinder
  4. 4. Canon PowerShot G3 X review - Build and handling
  5. 5. Canon PowerShot G3 X review - Autofocus
  6. 6.  Canon PowerShot G3 X review - Performance
  7. 7. Canon PowerShot G3 X review - Test results
  8. 8. Canon PowerShot G3 X review - Dynamic range
  9. 9. Canon PowerShot G3 X review - Verdict
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