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
Canon PowerShot G3 X review – Screen and viewfinder
The rear of the G3 X is dominated by its 3.2in screen, which at 1.62 million dots is of an unusually high resolution. It is bright and detailed, but gives a somewhat over-exaggerated rendition of the G3 X’s already-strong colours, with bright reds looking particularly cartoonish.
The screen titlts both 45° downwards and 180° upwards, to face fully forwards for selfies, but the complex mechanism required for this results in an unusually large bezel around the LCD. Personally, I’d have preferred a fully articulating screen, which would work better for portrait-format shooting.
There’s no built-in viewfinder, but thankfully the G3 X accepts Canon’s EVF-DC1 viewfinder that’s also used by the G1 X II and the EOS M3, although this adds £200 to the cost. This slides onto the hotshoe, tilts 90° upwards and has an eye sensor for automatic switchover from the LCD.
The 2.36-million-dot OLED panel is sharp, bright and detailed, but it’s small compared to the EVFs built into the Panasonic FZ1000 and Sony RX10. When attached to the camera, it also makes for a relatively bulky, awkwardly shaped package that won’t fit so easily into a bag, and spectacle wearers might find its hard rubber eyecup uncomfortable.