Canon’s expensive PowerShot G3 X compact is all concerning the zoom
By current requirements, Canon’s new PowerShot G3 X is a properly-outfitted compact digital camera. However, arriving days after Sony’s RX10 II, it is arduous for it to keep away from robust comparisons. Each cameras have 1-inch, 20.2-megapixel sensors with 25,600 max ISO. The G3 X’s most important weapon is the 25X optical zoom with a 24-600mm (35mm equal) subject of view, handily trumping most fashions, together with Sony’s. It additionally has 5 axis picture stabilization, which is a surprisingly excessive-finish function for a compact digital camera and useful with such an enormous lens. Different options embrace a 2.36-megapixel EVR, three.2-inch multi-angle LCD display, mud and water resistance, WiFi/NFC wi-fi functionality and 1080p/60fps video with clear HDMI output.
That is all properly and good. However! Canon’s massive lens has a variable f/2.eight-5.6 aperture, and lots of photographers would gladly commerce that for the RX10 II’s 24-200mm fastened f/2.eight lens. The 60fps, Full HD video can also be nice, however Sony has moved that bar a lot. The RX10 II now shoots 4K video utilizing its improved XAVC S codec with none line-skipping or pixel-binning. It could additionally shoot sluggish-movement video at as much as 960fps, and Full HD video at 240fps, or 4 occasions the body price of the Canon. You may query how helpful these options are, however if you would like ‘em, Sony’s received ‘em.
The RX10 II may also shoot at 1/32,000 of a second and 14fps, handily besting the G3 X’s half,000th of a second shutter and 5.9fps capturing velocity. All of that velocity is due largely to Sony’s extra superior “stacked” 1-inch CMOS sensor, which may learn out extraordinarily shortly because of a constructed-in DRAM chip. In the meantime, Canon determined to ditch 1.5-inch sensor used within the decrease-finish G1 X Mark II, choosing a 1-inch model as an alternative. We expect that the larger sensor — which lies between micro 4-thirds and APS-C sizes — would’ve appealed to a lot of compact shooters and helped offset Sony’s technological benefit.
That takes us to the worth. The Canon PowerShot G3 X runs $1,000, considerably cheaper than the $1,300 RX10 II. However should you’re already dropping a grand on a compact digital camera, what’s one other $300 for lots extra options? That stated, the loopy lengthy zoom is likely one of the largest you will discover on a 1-inch chip digital camera, so it might discover followers trying to shoot distant vistas. If that features you, it arrives subsequent month.