Reach out and capture distant scenes and subjects without compromise thanks to the large 20.2-megapixel 1.0" High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and 25x optical zoom lens present on the PowerShot G3 X Digital Camera from Canon. The Canon lens offers a fast maximum aperture range of f/2.8-5.6 for operation in a range of conditions while the zoom range extends from a wide angle 24mm equivalent to a super telephoto 600mm equivalent. Also, operating at odd angles, or when taking a selfie, is benefitted by the inclusion of a 3.2" 1.62M-dot multi-angle tilting touchscreen LCD.
- 20.2 MP 1" High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
- DIGIC 6 Image Processor
- 25x Optical Zoom f/2.8-5.6 IS Lens
- 24-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
- 3.2" 1.62M-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- High-Speed AF with 31 Focus Points
- Full HD Video at 60p; HDMI Output
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
- ISO 12,800 & 5.9 fps Continuous Shooting
- Control Ring, Wheel, and Physical Dials
When combining the High-Sensitivity Sensor with the DIGIC 6 processor, the Canon HS System is created, providing excellent low-light performance up to ISO 12,800 as well as a plethora of other capabilities. Continuous shooting at up to 5.9 fps is possible with no buffer time to slow you down, and the High-Speed AF System will lock focus in as fast as 0.14 seconds. Focusing is also accurate through the implementation of 31 points across the frame. Another feature of this combo is full HD video recording at up to 60p and the ability to output the video live over an HDMI cable.
Body design is critical when it comes to compact long zoom cameras, and the G3 X delivers with multiple physical control points. A continuous ring is available on the lens barrel while an exposure compensation dial, mode dial, front dial, and controller wheel are also present to make adjustments. Additionally, it has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication) for direct connection with smartphones, tablets, and the CS100 Connect Station.
20.2 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor
The 20.2-megapixel High-Sensitivity 1" CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor work in concert to produce high resolution still imagery and full HD video recording with notable low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 12,800. The combination of these two technologies creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, which provides effective low-light sensitivity with minimal noise and enhanced clarity to truly benefit impressive image making in dimly-lit situations. The processor also contributes to overall speed throughout the camera, including High-Speed AF, full HD 1080p video recording at 60 fps, and a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5.9 fps with no buffer limit.
The redeveloped sensor and processor also combine to enable RAW imaging with 14-bit signal processing, the same used in Canon's EOS DSLRs, to provide high image quality with expanded post-processing capabilities.
Canon 25x Optical Zoom Lens
With a wide 24-600mm equivalent focal length, the G3 X can capture wide vistas and distant subjects without issue. It has a bright f/2.8-5.6 maximum aperture range that will benefit capture in low-light conditions. Also, Intelligent Image Stabilization is built-in to ensure sharp imagery during long shutter speeds and telephoto focal lengths.
Full HD 1080p Video Recording
Record full HD 1920 x 1080p video at up to 60 fps with the G3 X. Advanced features include an external microphone, a headphone jack, and manual controls during recording. This all works together for capturing brilliant images in a wide variety of shooting conditions. Also, it has HDMI output for quick playback on an HDTV or recording using an external device.
High-Speed AF System & Continuous Shooting
Lock focus in just 0.14 seconds with the High-Speed AF System. Thirty-one AF points ensure sharp imagery throughout the frame. When combined with the fast 5.9 fps continuous shooting rate, which has no buffer time, users can be sure they capture the decisive moment.
3.2" 1.62M-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Take selfies or work at odd angles with the multi-angle capacitive 3.2" touchscreen LCD on the rear of the G3 X. This screen also has a resolution of 1.62M-dots which display sharp, clear imagery for video or composition.
Physical Controls & Design
With a physical control ring on the lens, an exposure compensation dial, mode dial, front dial, and controller wheel, photographers looking for tactile operation will be very satisfied. This provides users fast, intuitive access to commonly adjusted settings as well as the ability to dial in certain movements through muscle memory. The body is also compact while still featuring a contoured grip and a long zoom range.
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables seamless and instant transferring of photos and videos to mobile devices, home computers, and to select social networking sites. Linking Android devices to the camera is aided through the incorporation of NFC, which facilitates connection simply by tapping the two devices. A dedicated Mobile Device Connect Button is available too, to further establish a simplified means for linking both iOS and Android devices. Additionally, Automatic Switching via the Image Sync function works to automatically sync images with any discovered and linked PC within a designated network or, alternatively, images are temporarily sent to the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY for later transferring.
When connected, the mobile device can also be used to remotely control and release the camera's shutter, self-timer, flash, and zoom from a distance, as well as display a live view image on the linked device's screen. This connectivity also enables compatibility with the CS100 Connect Station for transferring files for backup and remote access.
- Star Mode optimizes settings for capturing stills and video of the night sky.
- Dust- and water-resistant construction.
- Accepts optional Electronic Viewfinder through hot shoe.
Pixels Actual: 20.9 Megapixel
Effective: 20.2 Megapixel
Sensor 1" CMOS
Bit Depth 14-bit
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC LC
Max Resolution 20 MP: 5472 x 3648
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Lens EFL: 8.8-220mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-600mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - 5.6 (T)
Filter Thread None
Zoom Optical: 25x
Focus Range Wide: 1.97" (5 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 33.46" (85 cm) - Infinity
Macro: 1.97" (5 cm) - 19.69" (50 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 125-12800 (Extended Mode: Auto, 125-25600)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 1 - 1/2000 second in Auto Mode
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 15 - 1/2000 second in Shutter Priority Mode
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/2000 second in Manual Mode
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Manual, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom 1, Custom 2, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Shade, Tungsten
Continuous Shooting Up to 5.9 fps at 20 MP frames
Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec
Interval Recording No
Flash Modes Auto
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.97 - 22.31' (0.6 - 6.8 m)
Telephoto: 2.79 - 10.17' (0.85 - 3.1 m)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Built-in Memory None
Memory Card Type SD
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080p: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720p: 30 fps
640 x 480p: 30 fps
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes 59 Seconds
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder Type None
Screen 3.2" LCD Touchscreen Tilt (1,620,000 pixels)
Screen Coverage 100%
Connectivity 1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, AV Output, USB 2.0
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 90%
Battery 1x NB-10L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 920 mAh
AC Power Adapter ACK-DC80 (Optional)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 3.0 x 4.1" / 12.4 x 7.6 x 10.4 cm
Weight 25.9 oz / 734 g