Canon Downsizes with DSLR-like Compact, the G3 X

June 18, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

People tend to shudder at the word downsizing, but Canon is embracing the principle in the new PowerShot G3 X, squeezing features from its larger DSLRs into a compact camera body.

The G3 X features a 20.2-megapixel, 1-inch CMOS sensor and Canon DIGIC 6 processor. The camera boasts a 24-600mm lens with 5-axis stabilization (two axes are compensated for optically and three digitally). The lens has a variable aperture from f/2.8-5.6. 

The G3 X offers a native ISO range of 125-12,800, a 3-inch tilting touch screen display that can be popped over the top of the camera for selfies and Wi-Fi and NFC for wireless remote and image transfers. The camera can fire off up to 5.9 frames per second in continuous shooting mode and features a 31-point AF system to keep subjects sharp.

According to Canon, the G3 X will have the same weather resistance as the EOS 70D. It’s also be the first PowerShot camera to gain DSLR-like controls and menu operations from the EOS lineup, Canon said. Controls such as a Drive/AF, autofocus, and auto exposure lock will be available as buttons on the exterior of the camera and the lens ring can be programmed to a custom setting.

Unlike a DSLR, however, there’s no viewfinder. Instead, Canon will sell the optional EVF-DC1 to support the G3 X.

Canon’s new compact is more capable on the video front than many of its predecessors. It’s capable of recording video in 1920x1080p60 with manual control over exposure. Focus and exposure can be adjusted during filming as well. It accepts external mics, has a headphone jack for monitoring and offers clean HDMI output for recording on external devices.

The G3 X is expected to ship in July for $1,000.