Canon says its premium compact digital camera the PowerShot G3 X is aimed at photographers looking for DSLR-style features and quality in a compact, dust- and water-resistant body. The camera features a 1-inch, 20.2-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 125 – 12,800. The sensor, along with the DIGIC 6 image processor, creates Canon’s HS System, to provide photographers with a high-performance point-and-shoot camera that captures vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.
This long-zoom camera has an 25x f/2.8-5.6 lens (equivalent to 24-600 mm). In addition, an improved Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system provides virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions, says the company.
The G3 X is the most rugged G-series model yet, notes Canon. The combination of enhanced body panel construction with rubber sealing helps ensure this is a dust- and water-resistant camera. It also features controls and menu operation inherited from the Canon EOS line of DSLRs, a first for the G series. Useful controls include an Auto Exposure (AE) lock button, Autofocus (AF) selection button and Drive/AF button.
The G3 X supports both manual exposure control and the user’s choice of RAW, JPEG or RAW+JPEG recording formats. For quick camera setting, the camera includes a programmable continuous ring on the lens, an exposure compensation dial and mode dial on top, and a rear control dial. An optional electronic viewfinder features 2.36-megapixel resolution and an adjustable viewing angle.
The camera features a 3.2-inch multi-angle capacitive touch panel LCD screen. The adjustable screen enables shooting from a variety of angles with enhanced flexibility by tilting up to 180 degrees for capturing selfies and creative low-angle shots, or as much as 45 degrees down for overhead shots.
The camera’s ability to record 1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) is enhanced through several new features including an external stereo microphone jack, a headphone jack for audio monitoring while recording, and manual control of exposure and audio levels. The camera also features live HDMI output while recording allowing for direct connection to external video recorders as well as convenient playback of recorded movies on an HDTV.
The G3 X features high-speed AF and 31 widely spread AF points to help capture fast-action shots with accuracy and ease. Paired with a continuous shooting speed of up to 5.9 frames-per-second (fps), the PowerShot G3 X gives photographers the capability to keep shooting in full resolution with no buffer lag or frame limit, says Canon.
The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi capabilities allow users to easily share images and videos via social media using Canon Image Gateway through a Wi-Fi access point or directly to compatible iOS and Android devices. The camera is also equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC), allowing for quick and simple pairing to compatible Android devices as well as full support for Canon’s soon-to-be-released Connect Station CS100 device. In addition, Canon’s free Camera Connect app, available for both iOS and Android devices, allows users to share images and remotely control the camera and capture images from one app.
The camera also includes Canon’s Star Mode to capture photos and video of starry night skies with superb quality. The “Star Trails” mode turns star movement into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time-Lapse Movie” mode makes beautiful video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background.
The Canon PowerShot G3 X premium compact camera is scheduled to be available in July for an estimated retail price of $1,199.00.