Canon Powershot G3X Review: Heavy duty, long-range Sniper

Intro

Currently, if you own a DSLR and want a super-telephoto zoom lens, your cheapest options will be the Sigma 150-600mm and Tamron 150-600mm lenses. If mounted on APS-C cameras, the 1.6x crop factor yields you a 240-960mm full-frame equivalent focal range. However, those lenses alone cost over a thousand dollars each, and you don’t even get the luxury of wide shots with the lowest focal length on offer being 150mm.

Have no fear, the Canon Powershot G3X is here. It is a bridge compact camera, and it has a massive focal range of 24-600mm (that is after factoring the crop factor of approximately 2.7x). The best part is, you can get the whole camera for just S$1199 — money that would go into the above mentioned lenses alone.

Now, I don’t mean to say that anyone purchasing those lenses is foolish — in  fact, the above lenses give you the versatility of DSLRs, and they undoubtedly have better optical quality. However if you’re not someone who demands DSLR versatility in every situation, or could do with a lower optical quality, then the G3X is for you.

What are its key features?

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Number one on the list is obviously the absolutely massive focal range. 24-600mm (full-frame equivalent) works out to 25x optical zoom, which means that you can get full body shots of people walking almost a hundred meters away. All this is in a body that is smaller than almost every DSLR on the market right now, save for the Canon EOS 100D. It measures 123 x 77 x 105 mm, and weighs 733g with batteries — just 22g lighter than the EOS 70D.

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It houses Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processor, the same as which is found in the EOS M10 and EOS 7D Mark II. It has a 20.2 MP sensor with a 1″ diagonal, just slightly smaller than the APS-C sensors found in most consumer-grade DSLRs. Its ISO range starts, oddly, from 125 and goes all the way to 12800 (expandable to 25600). Canon claims that it can shoot 5.9 FPS in burst mode, but in RAW shooting it slows to a crawl at 1 FPS. The videography is a strong suit as well, being able to shoot 1080p video at 60/50 or 30/24 FPS.

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Since it is a bridge camera, it has an internal five-axis Image Stabilisation (IS), something very important when shooting at telephoto range. Shooting is also made easy, with the 31-point high speed AF system. The body is also dust, and waterproof and its display is a 3.2 inch touchscreen IPS, with 1.62 million dots. Also in-built is a 3-stop Neutral Density (ND) filter, and it has an auto-timelapse mode too. Finally, Canon has also packaged it with WiFi and NFC capabilities.

If you’d like to have a look at it’s full specifications, have a pop into the last page, for let’s get started with the review now!

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