Canon’s expensive PowerShot G3 X compact is all concerning the zoom

Canon's pricey PowerShot G3 X compact is all about 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.

Canon's pricey PowerShot G3 X compact is all about the zoom

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.

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