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

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Canon PowerShot G3 X

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


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


Canon PowerShot G3 X review


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Canon PowerShot G3 X review – Screen and viewfinder

Canon G3 X tilting screen

The touchscreen tilts 45° downwards, and 180° upwards to face forwards for selfies

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.

Canon G3X EVF

The optional £200 EVF-DC1 fits onto the hotshoe and tilts upwards 90°. It transforms the camera’s handling when shooting at telephoto

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.

  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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