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:
Build/Handling:
Metering:
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AWB Colour:
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LCD viewfinder:

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

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£799.00

Canon PowerShot G3 X review – Test results

G3 X standard

In its standard mode the G3 X gives punchy, saturated colours

In general, the Canon PowerShot G3 X offers similar image quality to other premium compacts that use the same 20.2-million-pixel, BSI CMOS sensor, and is therefore vastly superior to superzoom cameras with small 1/2.3in sensors such as the PowerShot SX60 HS. It is capable of recording lots of detail at low ISO settings, while giving reasonably low-noise images up to about ISO 800. Beyond this it gets increasingly stretched, and ISO 6,400 and above are barely acceptable.

With only limited software support available (only Canon’s own Digital Photo Pro supports the camera at the time of writing), we’ve not been able to look at raw image quality as far as we’d like, and spent more time looking at Canon’s JPEGs than is ideal. The images certainly bright and punchy, but I suspect many enthusiast photographers would like to tone down their excesses a little. Unfortunately, Canon doesn’t allow you to modify the JPEG processing if you also want to record raw files.

Resolution

At its best around the 50mm equivalent mark on the lens, the G3 X is capable of resolving close to 3,200l/ph at ISO 125, which is as good as anything else we’ve seen with this sensor. With our high-contrast black & white resolution test chart, this drops only slightly as the ISO is raised, to about 2,800l/ph at ISO 1600. But beyond this the resolution drops off more rapidly as noise increases, with the top two settings giving poor results.

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 125

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 125

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 125

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 125

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 400

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 400

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 800

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 800

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 1600

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 1600

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 3200

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 3200

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 6400

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 6400

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 12800

Canon PowerShot G3 X resolution, ISO 12800

  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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